Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of September 21, 2020

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 this message finds you all well, and enjoying this crisp morning. As you are aware, Scotland will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday, September 24th. This is a time where you will be able to learn about your child(ren)'s teacher, and classroom procedures and routines. Your child's teacher will also share about the content in which your child will be learning this year. We are holding three sessions, which will last about 25 minutes each. Please see the letter for Open House below.


Outside of Scotland, there are three bins where teachers will leave materials for our remote learners. If necessary, your child's teacher will notify you that there are items to pick up in those bins. The bins will remain outside through the day and evening for your convenience.


As the elementary schools transition from the hybrid model into the full in-person model, please note that our arrival and dismissal will take a bit longer, as we will be having double the amount of cars moving through. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate the increase in cars. Know that we are working as quickly and efficiently as we can to escort our students safely to their cars.


Wishing you all a wonderful week!


Kind regards,

Jill

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A Note from Mrs. Martire


If your child is ill or has been exposed to Covid-19 please contact me at 894-5825 extension 6575 or email me at lmartire@ridgefieldps.net.

Attached below is the letter that was sent out from the RPS nurses at the start of the school year for your reference. It includes a link to Addendum 5 ( also attached below: link to CT Guidelines) which was a collaborative effort by the Connecticut State Department of Education and the State Department of Public Health to provide schools districts with guidance and protocols for responding to specific Covid-19 scenarios that may occur with school reopening.


Due to COVID health and safety concerns, any student with any one of the potential COVID symptoms (cough, difficulty breathing, fever or chills, fatigue, muscle or body ache, headache, new loss or taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea) must remain home until the CSDE and CT DPH guidance is met in accordance with Addendum 5.


Addendum 5 has several scenarios based on symptoms and exposure. Becoming familiar with the document will be helpful as I will be referring to this often this year as we continue to experience this global pandemic.


Please feel free to contact me with any questions .


Stay well,

Lisa Martire

Pictures from the Week....

RPS Federal SSO Meal Program and Meal Pickup Procedure for in School and Remote Students

Picture Day! 📸

SCHOOL PICTURE DAYS!


September 22nd:

  • GROUP A and Remote Learners with surnames A-K

October 21st:

  • Picture retake day!


•Ordering will take place online only this year.

•Also due to COVID restrictions:


  • Pictures will take place outside and socially distanced, and volunteers will not be needed this year.


•Please email Aida Clarkin if you are a remote learner and would like to come for a picture sitting on your assigned day at aida0721@yahoo.com

Gentle Reminders...

  • All students should bring their chromebooks back and forth from school to home daily.
  • Literacy kits (black drawstring bag) and math kits (Ziploc bags) should also come back and forth from school to home daily unless otherwise indicated by your child's teacher.
  • Please make sure you pack your child a water bottle each day! As a health and safety measure, our water fountains have been disabled.
  • Payments for lunch can be paid through the School Online Payment Portal. Please see link below.


Virtual Learning:

  • 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 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), please notify the classroom teacher ahead of time, just as you would if they were in the building.


Arrival/Dismissal:

Thank you all for your caution with our new arrival and dismissal procedures. Just a few quick reminders:

  • The time slotted for parent drop off in the morning is from 8:35-8:45am.
  • If you are dropping your child off between 8:45am and 8:55am, please park your car and walk them to the crosswalk, where a staff member will meet and assist them across the driveway.
  • If you are dropping your child off after 8:55am, please park in a designated parking space, and walk your child to the security guard at the front door.


Thank you so much for your partnership in making this experience a success!

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School Dismissal Manager


We 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!

Events and Happenings

WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, September 21st:

  • Cohort A: in-person
  • Cohort B: remote learning


Tuesday, September 22nd:

  • Cohort A: in-person
  • Cohort B: remote learning


Wednesday, September 23rd:

  • Cohort A: in-person
  • Cohort B: remote learning

Thursday, September 24th:

  • Cohort A: remote learning
  • Cohort B: in-person


Friday, September 25th:

  • Cohort A: remote learning
  • Cohort B: in-person


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UPCOMING EVENTS:


September 22nd:

  • Picture Day : Cohort A and remote learners with last names a_k


October 21st:

  • Picture Retake Day

A Note from Our PTA

CVCs (Classroom Volunteer Coordinators) wanted!

Are you looking to get involved in your child's classroom and would you like to assist your child's teacher in communication with the class?


CVC Responsibilities:

  • Organize classroom parties and special activities

  • Communicate with classroom teacher

  • Share communication with the class via email

  • Recruit classroom volunteers as needed


**These are some of the responsibilities in a “normal” year & some of the typical CVC duties, currently there are a lot of unknowns and the duties will most likely be different this year.


If you're interested and haven't yet reached out, please email krosengren29@gmail.com with your name, your child’s name and their teacher’s name. Thank you!!

Outdoor Space Naming Contest

What should we call this new area at SES? Help come up with a name. The family with the winning name will receive a basket of scotty spirit goodies! Email us your ideas @ scotlandelementarypta@gmail.com

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Join the PTA!

Don’t Forget to Join the PTA!


Joining the PTA helps you stay connected with the school community!

You will have access to our Member Directory, which makes it easy to connect with other parents (for play dates and birthday party invites, for example.) You will receive information about everything happening at SES before the rest of the school!

Get to know teachers & staff better with informational sessions throughout the year! Receive our weekly PTA E-blast with exclusive member-only information. We will stop sending the E-blast to non-members beginning the week of October 8.

Join before October 1 to have your name entered into a raffle for a $50 Scotty Spirit Wear Gift Certificate!

To join, visit our website: www.scotlandpta.org and click “Join the PTA!”

Email scotlandelementaryPTA@gmail.com if you have any questions!