Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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November 1, 2021

Scotty Updates

The Scotty Updates has been created to provide families and staff with information regarding upcoming events, happenings, and programs at Scotland Elementary School. Please take time each Monday to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin

Dear Scotland Families,


I hope you are all well, and had a great weekend. We are so incredibly grateful for all of the love and support from our community. This week was just incredible!


  • A heartfelt thank you to Kate Krsulich and Kerri Austin for decorating the outside of our school. What a fun way to enter the building each day!!
  • Our PTA sponsored Guest Artist, Mark Kistler, who engaged all students in a virtual visit on Thursday. It was such fun, energetic presentation! The students and staff had a wonderful time.
  • On Thursday morning, our staff enjoyed sweet treats and coffee from our families. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness!
  • Our PTA Pumpkin Blaze and The Great SES Pumpkin Challenge were both a huge success! Thank you to Kerri Austin for hand cutting each of the wooden pumpkins for classes to decorate! Thank you to Brooke Cracco and Kathryn Chambers for their time and efforts to create the amazing Pumpkin Blaze experience! All of our classes did such a fantastic job, we will celebrate with a pajama day on Friday, November 5th!
  • Thank you so much to our entire PTA for making the week all around so special! ❤️🖤



Our Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Friday, November 19th, Monday, November 22nd, and Tuesday, November 23rd. This year, there will be both a virtual and in-person option for parents to participate. These three days will be early dismissal days. Your child's teacher will be sharing conference information in the coming week. Afternoon conferences will be held from from 12:40pm to 3:20pm. On Monday, November 22nd, there are also evening conferences from 5pm to 6:30pm.


Due to Parent/Teacher Conferences, Scotland School will be dismissed at 11:40am on November 19th, 22nd, and 23rd. As we do on all early dismissal days, lunch will be served, but there will be no recess. We are excited to meet with you, and discuss your child(ren)'s progress so far this year!


Please find some additional information, shared by Dr. Da Silva on Friday:


PreK- Gr 6 COVID-19 Screening Program

We had a successful first day of PCR screening testing at BES, FES, VPES, and ERMS. All tests came back negative for COVID-19. Then on Monday evening we received word from the state of CT that the screening testing would be temporarily paused so the DPH could work out some logistical issues with Quest. Unfortunately, this resulted in the cancellation of testing for BMES, RES, SES, and SRMS for this week.


Quest reached out to us on Wednesday to confirm that, per a request by the state of CT, pooled testing will no longer be done. Each student will receive an individual PCR test. The experience for students will not change. Testing is set to resume Monday, November 1 since there is no school on Tuesday, November 2. Testing at all schools will be done on Monday only next week and will resume on Mondays and Tuesdays the following week. About 50 additional students have been enrolled in the program since last week. We now have 520 students participating. If you would like to opt your child into this voluntary program please sign the consent in PowerSchool by Wednesday for them to be included in the following weeks’ testing.


I hope you are well!


Kind regards,

Jill

Snaps around Scotland! 📸

Guest Artist, Mark Kistler virtually visits Scotland!

Spirit Week! ❤️🖤

Color Day - Together we make a rainbow 🌈

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Twin Day Tuesday 👯‍♀️

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Wacky Wednesday 🙃

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Scotty Spirit Day ❤️🖤

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Happy Halloween/Crazy Hair Day 🎃

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Halloween Sing-A-Long 🎶

Thank you to Mr. Tornatore, who led Scotland students and staff in our traditional Halloween sing-a-long on Friday. It was amazing to be together as a school again, the first time in several years!
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Events and Happenings 🗓

WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, November 1st:

  • F Day

Tuesday, November 2nd:

  • No school for students
  • Professional Development Day


Wednesday, November 3rd:

  • A Day

Thursday, November 4th:

  • B Day
  • Picture Retake Day

Friday, November 5th:

  • C Day
  • Pajama Day!


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UPCOMING EVENTS:


Tuesday, November 2nd:

  • No school for students
  • Professional Development Day


Thursday, November 11th:

  • Veteran's Day - No School


Friday, November19th:

  • Early Dismissal 11:40am
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences


Monday, November 22nd:

  • Early Dismissal 11:40am
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences


Tuesday, November 23rd:

  • Early Dismissal 11:40am
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences


Wednesday, November 24th:

  • Early Dismissal 11:40am
  • Day before Thanksgiving


Thursday, November 25th:

  • No School
  • Thanksgiving Day


Friday, November 26th:

  • No school
  • Day after Thanksgiving Day

A Note from Our PTA

Scotty Spirit Wear Store NOW OPEN!

We’re excited to launch a new Scotland Spiritwear store in partnership with Custom T’s and More located right here in Ridgefield! ❤️🖤


You can access the shop via our PTA website as well as through this direct link: http://shop.tsandmore.com/ses/shop/home


Order online by November 15th for an estimated arrival date of November 30th. Please note, the arrival date may change due to different vendors and ongoing supply chain challenges. We appreciate your patience!


Key Highlights:

-Orders will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom

-All orders will be placed online, goodbye to paper forms!


Please reach out with any creative ideas you may have. We’re always open to explore new apparel ideas!


Questions?

📧: Colleen.d.scott@gmail.com

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The PTA Needs You! Volunteers Wanted!

We're so excited to get parents involved again at SES! We're so LUCKY to be able to offer opportunities for you to help our kiddos and our school!!

Volunteering with the PTA allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge for the benefit of both your own children and the greater school community. You’ll also meet and make new friends!

Please fill out the form and you'll hear back from us soon!

CLICK HERE to find out all the ways YOU can make a difference this year - opportunities available for those with extra time and those with little time!)

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Important Information to Keep Handy! 📝

Cafeteria Snack!

Snack will be available for 4th and 5th graders beginning in October. While school lunch continues to be free during the 21-22 school year, these snacks are available for purchase. These items can be purchased at the school kitchen or prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software using your child's Lunch Pin available in PowerSchool. Snacks can not be provided if there is a negative balance in your child's account.

Quarantine Learning Information

If an entire class is placed in quarantine, students will be logging into their Google Classroom, and will participate in daily lessons with their classroom teacher. Our essentials teachers will also be logging into the Google Classroom to provide virtual instruction for students.


If individual students are placed in quarantine (perhaps due to an outside exposure, or an exposure on the bus, sports, etc), students will be invited to join our Quarantine Learning Classroom. You can view the Quarantine Learning Parent Handbook here. During their time home, students will receive grade level appropriate instruction provided to all students in their grade level district-wide who have also been placed in quarantine. You can find additional information about Quarantine Learning, shared by Dr. Da Silva on September 10th.


Our virtual learning expectations in either situation remain the same as last year.

  • Students will be visible to the teacher and other participating students (please remind your child to have their camera on throughout the lessons).
  • Parents are encouraged to have their students independently participate via a location that is quiet and free of distraction, to the extent possible. Other individuals in the home are not permitted to participate in or be visible on the video conference, or otherwise observe the lesson, other than reasonable adult supervision of the student.
  • Parents and students are prohibited from recording video conferencing sessions. The district will also not be recording any classes/sessions.
  • Depending on each student’s individual circumstance, teachers or service providers may request the facilitation of the supervising adult to assist the student in engaging in the session.
  • In addition, if your child needs to leave for a period of time during instruction (i.e. doctor or dentist appointment), kindly notify the quarantine learning or classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.


As always, I thank you for your partnership and support as we continue to navigate this school year together.

Health & Safety Update

The CT CSDE and DPH released updated quarantine and isolation guidelines for schools this week via Addendum 5. RPS will be following this guidance, please take a moment to read it. Key components that families need to know are:

Vaccinated and unvaccinated students and staff should stay home from school if you have symptoms; and contact your school nurse. You may return to school with a negative COVID-19 test after symptoms have resolved. Vaccinated and unvaccinated students who come to school with a symptom of COVID-19 will be sent home by the school nurse. Students who are sick should tend to their health and will not access quarantine learning.
  • Fully vaccinated students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 and have not developed any symptoms may continue to come to school. Unvaccinated students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine at home. They can get a test on day 5 after exposure, and return to school on day 8 if they remain free of symptoms. Students who are required to quarantine and are symptom free will have access to quarantine learning.


RPS is asking families who travel domestically or internationally to follow CDC travel guidance which can be found here.

Welcome Back Library Volunteers!

YES! We are able to once again have volunteers during Library Classes! The SES library is looking for volunteers to help with library book check out, reshelving returned books and hands-on activities. Come spend time with your child and help the SES library at the same time! No long-term commitment necessary and it is not hard to do. If you have some time during the day and would like to be a part of the fun, here's how it works in 3 easy steps: 1) Click the link below to see our Sign-Ups by grade on SignUp.com 2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you would like. Please be considerate of other families and choose a few spots to begin with. Once everyone has had a chance to sign up, you can go back and volunteer for any open spots. If you do not see your class listed, it means it already has a volunteer. 3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.


Click on the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE:








Please contact Amy Tomasco at sesnotes1@gmail.com with any questions.


It's not scary to help out in the LIBRARY!

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Schedules

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School Lunch


  • School Lunch will be available from the first day of school. Chartwells is the District-wide food service provider. The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.
  • School lunch will continue to be free during the 21-22 school year. Snacks and additional items will be available through The Lunch Time POS system that allows students to purchase their lunch by entering a 5-digit code at the cash register. These items can be prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software and at the school kitchen.
  • Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to John Morris, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or john.morris2@compass-usa.com
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We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.


Arrival

  • Drop off begins at 8:30am. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30am as there will be no supervision at this time.

Dismissal

  • Pick up will begin at 3:20pm.
  • Each day, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name displayed on your passenger visor, and have it remain visible until your child is in the car. This needs to be bold and large enough to be visible at a distance. This is a very important step to ensure we have your child ready when you arrive.
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  • For the safety of both students and staff, proceed carefully and slowly through the lot.
  • Please have your child exit/enter the vehicle when your gear is in the park position and is one of the cars at the front of the line designated for drop off.
  • Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side (building side) of the vehicle. Multiple children must exit on the passenger side. It is dangerous to exit/enter on the driver's side of the vehicle!
  • Students need to have all of their items ready in hand and will then exit the car immediately.
  • Parents, please stay in your vehicle at all times so that the process will prevent backups on Barlow Mountain Road.
  • If you miss the drop off time (after 8:45 a.m.), please park in the front lot and walk your child across the designated crosswalk to the main entrance of the building. If you arrive after the drop off window and must park in the parking lot, we ask that you kindly use the crosswalk.
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School Dismissal Manager


We will continue to use School Dismissal Manager this year at Scotland. Please click below for information regarding this system. This system will be available to families in late August. A welcome letter will be emailed to families when the system is available. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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