ESS Update

Week ending January 22, 2021

Pajama Day-Thursday January 28

Wear your comfiest, most school appropriate pj's! Slippers can be worn ONLY in homeroom classrooms-shoes must be worn in all other areas

February Fun Days

Wednesday 2/3-Crazy Hair Day

Wednesday 2/10-Hat Day

Wednesday 2/17-ESS Spirit-wear Day

Wednesday 2/24-Fancy Day-dress up in your fanciest clothes

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, 2016.

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!

Congratulations to Mrs. Zack's class!

Mrs. Zack's class entered a "Write to Connect Contest" hosted by Follett where 10 classrooms across the United States were chosen at random to connect with author Dan Santat ( author of After the Fall and Beekle). After Mrs. Zack found out they had won, they were to read the book, "After the Fall" as a class. This story was about what happened to Humpty Dumpty after the fall off the wall and what life was like for him. After reading the story, the students wrote letters to the author sharing what they thought of the book and asked him questions. Mr. Santat will then record responses to the questions and send them to ESS via video!

Below is a link to their current Write to Connect Contest, and some of the class letters are featured on the link!

Morning Drop Off Reminders

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 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.

COVID guidelines for Parents

Please read the important attachment below

Valentine's Day

Although we are back in person learning, we are still following the safety guidelines put into place. As we all love to celebrate Valentine's Day, at this time it is best that students do not exchange valentines in the classroom. We encourage families to send in a special snack for your child on February 16th which will be eaten during a small classroom celebration

January Social Emotional Learning Focus-Social Awareness

Watch this video so that you and your child can discuss what social awareness is
Social Awareness

Student Technology

Parents have the option of allowing their child bring their own device (either a laptop or Chromebook) to school for them to use.

If you would like your child to use their own device from home at school a Bring Your Own Device Agreement must be signed and returned to the main office. You can download that agreement by clicking on the link below. Please complete and return to school.

Important Dates to know

Wednesday January 27-Full day distance learning day

Thursday January 28-PJ Day-come dressed in your comfiest, school appropriate PJ"s.

Friday February 12-Monday February 15-President's Day weekend break

Monday February 22-Friday February 26-Kid's Heart Challenge-more information will come as we get closer to that event

District Notices week ending January 22

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-