Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Summer Edition 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. The first newsletter for the school year will be sent out Monday, August 31st. If you do not receive it, please contact Mrs. Lupinacci at (203) 894-5825 so we can correct your email address in PowerSchool. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin

Dear Scotland Families and Students,

Welcome back to what is sure to be a fantastic year at Scotland! I hope that you have all had the opportunity to rest and relax this summer. I am thrilled to welcome our students back next Monday! For those of you new to the Scotland community, we are excited to welcome you! For returning students, we are thrilled to see you again! Ms. Weirsman and I are excited to collaborate with our staff, students, families, and community to provide our students a successful, challenging, and engaging year.

The Scotland staff is here to help and support you every step of the way. We look forward to working together to provide all students with with a safe and engaging school experience. Please see below for important information regarding the reopening of schools.

I hope that you enjoy the remaining days of summer! We are looking forward to seeing everyone on Friday, August 27th for Open School.

Kind regards,


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  • Each class will have one 45 minutes special per day (art, library, music, or PE)
  • We will continue to follow the six day A-F day schedule.
  • Students will once again attend essentials in their respective classrooms (the essentials’ classrooms).
  • Please find the specials rotation below.
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We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.


  • 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.


  • 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 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
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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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Gentle Reminders...

  • Teacher assignments as well as student bus information can be found on the Parent Portal.
  • Please be sure to update all forms on the Parent Portal. The portal will be available for parent access on August 23rd.
  • Our school lunch program will begin on the first day of school. The lunch menu is located in the link 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. Payments for snack can be sent with students daily or paid through the School Online Payment Portal.

The Week Ahead

Friday, August 27th - 2:00-3:00pm
  • Open School
  • Bring your child(ren) anytime between 2:00 and 3:00 PM for a short visit with their teacher and a tour of their classroom!
  • COVID guidelines restrict the visit to students only (parents will wait outside). Masks are required to be worn.

Monday, August 30th - A Day

  • First Day of School
  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Tuesday, August 31st - B Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Wednesday, September 1st - C Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Thursday, September 2nd - D Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Friday, September 3rd - E Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Events and Happenings

Friday, August 27th:

Open School, grades K-5

  • 2:00-3:00PM

Monday, August 30th:

1st Day of School, grades k-5

  • Full Day, grades 1-5: 8:35am-3:05pm
  • Shortened day, kindergarten: 8:35-11:40am

Monday, August 30th - Friday, September 3rd:

Kindergarten shortened day

  • 8:35-11:40am

Monday, September 6th:

Labor Day – no school!

Tuesday, September 7th:

Rosh Hashanah - No School!

Wednesday, September 8th:

1st full day of kindergarten

Tuesday, September 14th:

Picture Day!

A Note from Our PTA

Join the PTA!

Joining the PTA helps you stay connected with the school community. You will receive information about family events, before & after school programs, school events, parties and much more! Get to know teachers & staff better with informational sessions throughout the year!

To join, visit our website: