ESS Update

Week ending February 19, 2021

Update from Mrs. Weber

I hope you had a great week! I am excited for next week's Kid's Heart Challenge! We have raised so much money so far--Keep it up!

Have a great weekend-Mrs. Weber

February SEL Focus-Relationship Skills

Social-Emotional Learning: Relationship Skills
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Drive Through Girl Scout Cookie Sales

Each weekend starting February 27th-March 28th in the Bus Loop from 9:00-5:00. Come support our troops-you know you want a cookie!

February Fun Days

Wednesday 2/24-Fancy Day-dress up in your fanciest clothes-send me pictures of your outfits!

Thursday 2/25-Lucky Tray Day-if you order lunch today, you have a chance to win a prize from the cafeteria!

Thursday 2/25-Wear red for Heart Health!

Important Dates to know

Monday February 22-Friday February 26-Kid's Heart Challenge-more information available below

Wednesday February 24-Full day distance learner day/Fancy Day

Monday March 1-Friday March 5-Read Across America Week-each day there will be a live mystery reader!

Monday March 1-Friday March 5-Kindness week

February Lunch Menu

See below for the menu for February

Random Acts of Kindness Week-March 1-March 5

Morning Drop Off Reminders

All traffic in the morning MUST come in from Soundview and exit out onto Willoughby.

When dropping off in the morning, if you must get out of your car to assist your child, please pull into a parking spot and walk your child across ONLY at the crosswalk. Only children who can get out of the car independently should be in the the drop off line. This way we can keep traffic moving and avoid creating a line which spills out onto the street. Thank you for your cooperation with this important safety measure.

Pick Up Reminders

When picking up your child from school, please remember to keep a 6 foot distance from the next person, masks must remain on for adults and children until you get to your car and you must always have ID ready to show the staff on duty. Thank you for following these guidelines and keeping everyone safe.

Incoming Kindergarten Registration

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year for students who will be attending Kindergarten starting in September 2021 will begin on Monday February 1st and run through Friday March 5th.

Please call 203-929-1330 or email Mrs. Quinlan ( to set up a registration appointment.

Students are eligible to attend Kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before December 31, 2021.

Student screenings will take place at another time-more information on that process will be shared at a later date.

Please share with any families that you know who have children eligible to register-thank you!

Travel Guidelines

Opting into full-distance learning (FDL) is not intended for students who are taking vacations. District policy states that teachers are not required to provide work for students who are choosing to take vacations during school days.

FDL is for families who are keeping their children home for COVID health reasons or who are in quarantine after an exposure. Furthermore, per state law, you must quarantine and should not send your child to school for 10 days after arriving in CT.

Executive Order Regarding Travel: Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 9S, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States, is directed to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.

For additional guidance on international travel, visit the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations section of the CDC's website.

If you have traveled out of Connecticut, you must fill out the Shelton travel survey prior to coming back to school:

Expectations for in person learning

We will be 4 full days-in person learning- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

School times are 9:00 AM-3:45 PM. Student drop off begins at 8:45 AM. Any students arriving via car after the doors close at 9:00 will be marked tardy.

Dismissal begins at 3:45. If you are picking your child up, please make sure you have ID ready and follow all social distancing protocols. Signage will show you where to stand. Changes in the way your child will be dismissed will NOT be accepted after 2:45. You must call the office to make this change-we will not accept email requests.

Wednesday will be a full day distance-learning day, the same as we have been doing since November, except students will be following a full day schedule-9:00 AM-3:45 PM. Your child will have a break for lunch and recess as well as other scheduled breaks. Art, Music, PE and Library will be held at their regularly scheduled times on Wednesday so please be sure your child is logging in.

We will keep all routines the same as we had prior to going out with some changes that are listed below:
Recess-Students are able to have recess outside. Classes will not be able to be mixed during recess, students must remain socially distanced and masks must remain on the entire time, both for indoor and outdoor recess. Your child’s class will have assigned outdoor areas for recess. I would suggest that you have your child bring individual recess bags with things for them to do if you would like such as jump ropes, chalk, etc

Lunch-students will continue to eat in the classrooms with coverage coming in. We remain a nut free school throughout ESS. Lunch and breakfast is free of charge for all students everyday through the end of this school year.

Expectations for full time distance learners and Wednesdays- parents have the responsibility to be sure their child/children are logging on and marking attendance by 9:10 each day. You will be provided details for scheduled synchronous learning times (it will not be live streaming all day) to ensure your child’s attendance with those meets.

I am thrilled to welcome the children back. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have-

District Notices week ending February 11