Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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February 14, 2022

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 at the beginning of each week to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin ❤️

Dear Scotland Families,


Happy Monday and Happy Valentine's Day! This week at Scotland and across Ridgefield Public Schools, we are taking time to appreciate our amazing staff! Our week will be filled with goodies and treats to show our staff how much we love and appreciate them (see below)! We are so lucky at Scotland, as we have the most extraordinary individuals, who support and love our students as their own. ❤️


The Scotland fifth-graders are working to make the world a better place for everyone. After learning from a powerful book that some people do not have access to clean drinking water, these young change makers heard their CALL TO ACTION! Alongside the SES PTA, fifth-graders designed a series of fundraising events they dubbed “Water for Everyone.” Be on the lookout for information about the multiple fundraisers that will take place between now and mid-May. Their fundraising effort is to raise $15,000- $18,000 to build a community well in South Sudan.


In addition to fundraising, the Student Council thought it was important to educate others, especially the younger learners at SES, about why water is an important source and should be a human right for everyone. Therefore, Student Council has created Water Wednesdays, where they design and share informational videos about water with the entire school. Please enjoy this link to learn alongside your children. The Student Council hopes it starts conversations around your dinner table of how lucky we as a community have access to clean water and the importance of water on a global level. Make sure you are on the lookout for upcoming Water Wednesday videos. Happy viewing!


Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, Tuesday, February 15th, beginning at 8:50am. If you would like to opt your child in, kindly indicate so in PowerSchool, and notify Mrs. Martire (lmartire@ridgefieldps.net) and Mr. Crook (acrook@ridgefieldps.net). Once your child is fully vaccinated please email Aaron Crook acrook@ridgefieldps.net to remove your child from the testing roster.


Just a reminder that there will be an early dismissal on Thursday (11:40am dismissal) and no school on Friday and next week for our February Recess. Wishing you a safe and healthy week, and some relaxation in the week to come!


Kind regards,

Jill


Kindergarten Registration is coming soon. If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. More information will be forthcoming!

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We ❤️ Our Staff!

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Water Wednesday Video 1

Presented by our 5th Grade Student Council Members

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🎶 4th/5th Grade Concert - February 15, 2022 🎶

Our 4th & 5th grade band/orchestra/chorus concert is coming up on Tuesday, February 15th. We are thrilled to provide the opportunity for students to perform in front of a live audience! Please note the times for these concerts have changed. The Fifth Grade Concert will begin at 6pm. The Fourth Grade Concert will begin at 6:45pm. There are some guidelines the district has provided for the upcoming concerts:

  • Each student may have no more than two guests/audience members attend.
  • Masks must be worn by all audience members regardless of vaccination status.
  • All performers will be masked and spaced in accordance with RPS guidelines.
  • When possible please leave space between yourself and a guest from another family.
  • At the conclusion of the concert, please do not gather. It is important that 5th grade students leave in a timely fashion so that 4th grade students and their guests may enter.
  • If a guest is not feeling well, or has any symptoms no matter how mild, we ask that they please do not attend the concert.

  • According to the District mitigation strategies as determined by the local and State department of health, students who need to follow the “6-10 day mask protocol” unfortunately will not be able to participate in chorus and in the band if they play a wind instrument. Hopefully, this will impact few, if any, students.

Snaps around Scotland 📸

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All Strings Music Fest - 2022

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Lunar New Year Celebration

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Events and Happenings 🗓

WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, February 14th:

  • C Day

Tuesday, February 15th:

  • D Day

Wednesday, February 16th:

  • E Day

Thursday, February 17th:

  • F Day
  • Early Dismissal Day for students - 11:40am
  • Professional learning for Staff

Friday, February 18th:

  • No School for Students- February Recess
  • Professional development day for staff


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UPCOMING EVENTS:


Tuesday, February 15th:

  • Rescheduled Date for Winter Concert
  • Grade 5 - 6pm
  • Grade 4 - 6:45pm


Thursday, February 17th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional development for staff


Friday, February 18th

  • No School
  • Professional development for staff


Monday, February 21st - Friday, February 25th:

  • No School - February Recess


Monday, February 28th - Friday, March 4th:

  • Scotland Diversity Days


Thursday, March 10th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional Development for staff


Friday, April 8th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional Development for staff

Essentials Schedule - Effective 1/25/2022

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A Note from Our PTA

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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.

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.

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