Essex Elementary School Newsletter

February 19, 2021


Greetings EES Families,

It is hard to believe that we are already at February Break. This school year is flying by and we have so much to celebrate! This week we celebrated our 100th day of school. While this is an exciting day each year, it felt extra special this year. We are grateful to be celebrating 100 days of mostly in-person school for our PK-2 learners. On Thursday, we rang the school bell in recognition of our 100th day. I appreciate all of the hard work you have put in to help us get to this day safely and successfully! Our partnership with staff, students, families and community to educate our students has been amazing- thank you everyone!


  • At the end of this school year my co-principal, Peter Farrell, is retiring. I am thankful for his support and partnership this year and for all of the wonderful work he has done at EES over the past 10 years. Mr. Farrell has contributed to the success of our school and laid the foundation for our future success as well.

  • Remote Learning Wednesdays will continue until at least April Break. Please see more information from Superintendent Beth Cobb in the most recent EWSD Communications message. If you have any questions, please let me know.

I hope you all enjoy the break with your families. I look forward to welcoming everyone back, rejuvenated, in March! Take good care and please reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

My Best,




EWSD is now accepting registration requests for prekindergarten enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year. Space is limited in our pre-K classrooms and placement is determined by a lottery drawing. The window to submit a registration request will be open until Friday February 26th. Please click on the "Pre-K Lottery Form" button to submit a pre-K registration request.



Tuesday March 23, 2021

Join us on Zoom with Passcode: 853226
6:00p.m. - 7:30p.m.

This is an informational evening exclusively for parents/guardians of incoming kindergarten students residing in Essex Town.

Learn more about:

  • What to expect, a day in the life of a kindergartener,
  • The registration process,
  • Important school procedures,
  • Transportation, and
  • Have your questions answered!

*If you have any questions prior to the meeting, please email principal Ashley Gray at



Essex Elementary School has added Movement Pathways in each grade-level hallway! A Movement Pathway is a regulation tool that uses a series of systematic movements for improving self-control, focus, and cognitive functioning. Our SEL Team, in collaboration with our Physical Therapist, developed unique pathways for each grade-level hallway. These are made to be used as a whole class during transitions or for individuals when they need some extra movement throughout the day.

Check out this video to see how these pathways are used at our school!

Check these articles out for more information about the science and evidence behind Movement Pathways.



EES Families, next week is our winter break.

Take advantage of the benefits that having a break provides:

  • Increased overall wellness.
  • Better sleep due to a more relaxed schedule.
  • Improved productivity due to bodies being recharged.
  • Most importantly, more time with your families!

Enjoy yourselves, have fun, and stay safe!

Your Nurse,

Kimberly Bullock, BSN



Funds for Groceries Available!

Families that qualify for free/reduced meals might also be eligible for Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) funds!! In order to receive these additional P-EBT funds, families MUST first have an approved free or reduced meal application on file. If you have not submitted an application yet, please consider doing so by going to or visiting the EWSD Child Nutrition Website for more information on qualifying.

If you already have an approved application on file from last school year or this school year, you do not need to submit another application.

For more information please visit this list of frequently asked questions on P-EBT benefits.

If you have questions about the free and reduced meal application, please contact the EWSD Child nutrition office at



Did you know… the EES Learning Center provides free access to several amazing resources? We subscribe to quality educational databases for both stories and information, such as Bookflix and PebbleGo. To find these resources, navigate to our Learning Center website. The direct link is: (or click on the Library link from the EES homepage). Click here to download the password information for these resources..

Please contact Carol Scrimgeour at if you have any questions.


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  • 2/22 - 2/26 ~ Winter Break- No School
  • 3/19 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School

*** NO SCHOOL FEBRUARY 22nd - 26th ***

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*We take care of ourselves

*We take care of each other

*We take care of our school


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