Essex Elementary School Newsletter

November 8, 2019


During our first few months of school we have been focusing intently on developing our school culture and climate. This includes CARES: Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, Self- control, our school rules: We take care of ourselves, We take care of each other, We take care of our school, and our new lion logo and motto: We Are the Pride. We have woven each of these into our classroom morning meetings, our all school morning meetings and our daily discussions with children. We have also instituted a “Pride Lunch” at each grade level, where the class that exhibits their Pride the most earns lunch outside the cafeteria with one or two adult staff members.

This past summer we decided that the best way to cap off our focus on CARES and Pride would be to distribute Pride t-shirts to our students, so we ordered several hundred. Our intention is to give a shirt to every child in the building, and to students who come during the year. So when your child comes home with a new shirt, you’ll know where it came from! If you care to help offset the cost of the shirts and help us continue this tradition, any donation is appreciated.


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Back row: Peter Farrell, Donna Sturgess, Christen LaFountain, Sarah Buhl, Peter Picard

Front row: Sierra Smith, Annie Allardyce, Jo-Ellen Rowley, Jen King.

Missing from photo: Laura Green

Our Team has been meeting regularly to promote social emotional learning (SEL) across our school. SEL is the process through which children and adults learn and apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills needed to:

  • Manage their emotions

  • Set and achieve positive goals

  • Empathize with others

  • Maintain positive relationships

  • Make responsible decisions

Some of the work we have been doing includes:

  • Planning Schoolwide SEL activities

  • Improving SEL communication with families

  • Increasing SEL across all school environments

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Mrs. Seligman's PRIDE Lunch

Mrs. Seligman's first grade class celebrating earning a special PRIDE Lunch for using CARES in the cafeteria! Students and classes earn Pride Lion pictures throughout the week when they demonstrate Cooperation, Assertiveness, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control (CARES) in the lunchroom- this earns them an elegant lunch with a story outside of the cafeteria!


Flu Information for Parents with Young Children

Flu is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year flu places a large burden on the health and well-being of children and their families. Annual influenza vaccination is the best method for preventing flu and its potentially severe complications in children.

What are the symptoms of the flu?

Symptoms of the flu can include fever, cough, sore throat,

runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, chills, fatigue

and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea (more common in

children than adults). Some people with the flu will not

have a fever.

Please keep your child home if they show any signs of the flu. Also, please do not give them Tylenol or Ibuprofen prior to coming to school as it will mask the symptoms and they end up feeling really bad in the afternoon and will have exposed their whole class to whatever virus they have. I do have Tylenol and Ibuprofen at school for those students who do need it.

Please help me to keep your child as well as the rest of the students healthy.

Kimberly Bullock, BSN, RN

EES Nurse



The art room is looking for volunteers to help tie peace bells in mid-December. This is a project that can potentially be picked up and taken home to do, or done at school.

Please contact Ms. Blain; if you are able to help!


A Winter Coat Drive is currently underway to include winter coats, snow suits, snow pants, hats, mittens, scarves and boots for children and adults. The winter gear will be distributed at the Heavenly Pantry Food Shelf at their November 21st distribution. We ask that the winter gear is clean and in good repair. Please drop donations in the box at the main entrance. We would like to receive all donations by November 17th.

thank you for your support of this program and for helping our neighbors in need.


Missing Items?

Please check our lost and found! It is already overflowing with sweaters, sweatshirts, jackets, coats, water bottles and other miscellaneous items!

The lost and found is located in the front lobby near the gymnasium door.


Individuals interested in volunteering in our schools must register once a year, even if you are interested in volunteering at multiple schools/locations.


  • 11/25 - 11/29 School Vacation