Week 3, S1: EMS Family Newsletter

The What-to-Knows at Estacada Middle School for Families

Week 3 at EMS: September 20 to September 24

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iReady Reading and Math Opportunity

NEXT WEEK: Beginning on September 27 we will measure your student's reading and Math skills. The data we collect from these assessment opportunities will determine what interventions or enrichments your student receives on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.


Please discuss the importance of your student's effort with these opportunities. We want for your student's experience to be timely and meaningful!

What Is Measured With iReady Diagnostic?

Your student has strengths in certain skills. Your student has opportunities for learning in certain skills. We want to know how to support your student. To pinpoint exactly what your student needs, we need a tool to determine your student's needs.

Engineering and Invention After School at EMS!

This year we are excited to announce an opportunity for creative, inventive, and imaginative EMS students! In October we are starting Estacada Middle School chapter meetings of MESA (Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement). MESA is a nationally recognized STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) organization which partners with Portland State University to provide engaging hands-on engineering and inventing experiences for kids here in our middle school community.


Come join us to build inventions, learn about block coding, build teamwork skills, and develop human-centered design skills to solve the problems facing our world today!

Where: MESA Club will meet at the middle school on Tuesdays after school (3:25 to 4:25) in room 109.
When: First meeting Tuesday, October 12th, 2021. Meetings will take place every Tuesday.

Participation in MESA is free to all student participants. Please note: there is no option for bussing home after MESA this year


To join, please have your child speak to their science teacher. Please contact Ms. Kottkamp with any questions or concerns at (kottkampb@estacada.k12.or.us).

MESA Recruitment Video - EMS Chapter - 2021/2022

Virtual Open House and Learning Series

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 7-8:30pm

This is an online event.

Join EMS faculty to discuss how well your child is learning at school. We want you to know exactly what is expected for your student, why it is expected of your student, and how we are going to ensure your student will meet their learning goals.


You will meet your student's teachers by using your student's Chromebook or personal device and signing into Canvas classes to click on Zoom links.


This opportunity will be for you to familiarize yourself with what "right looks like" so you know what is being asked of your student throughout the year.

View Pictures of the First Week of School!

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Apply! Free & Reduced Meals (Even Though Free Meals)

Even though all meals at EMS are free this year, it is important to apply. Your application supports our school's ability to access grants and may help you qualify for reduced costs for extracurricular activities.

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Chromebook Reminders!

Reminder: The Chromebook is to travel with your student to and from school, daily. It is expected and necessary for your student to bring their Chromebook home each day in the case of an unexpected requirement to quarantine.


Reminder: The Chromebook charger is to stay at home so your student can charge their Chromebook each night prior to school on the next day.

Face Coverings at EMS

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Will Your Student Have to Quarantine? Yes, potentially.

Click here to view the robo-message you will receive because your student is exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 at school.


EMS has a responsibility to limit the transmission of COVID19 in school. To limit the transmission (not eliminate), these are the core safety measures:

--One-way hallways

--Mandatory mask-wearing

--3' physical distancing where and when appropriate

--Improved ionized air filtration systems

--Multiple lunchroom spaces, including outdoor eating

--Hand-sanitizing stations in each classroom and wipe-out-of-desk procedures

--Contact-tracking and seating arrangements

--Individual Chromebooks

--Quarantine and Isolation procedures


Please do not send your student to school if you or your student are unwell. If your student becomes sick we will notify you. And, if your student tests positive for COVID19, we need your help to ensure we can quarantine all close contacts your student has had while at school. Quarantine and Isolation procedures are a responsible and effective way to discontinue additional outbreaks at school. Be honest and communicate with us when you have questions.

Estacada School District Safety Protocols

Click Here to View our District's Safety Protocols for the upcoming school year. These measures are updated and subject to frequent change.

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Registration is now open for our 2021-2022 Estacada Youth Basketball season. You can register at www.estacadayouthbasketball.org.


Also, this league wouldn't run without our volunteers, coaches, and sponsors. So if you're interested in coaching, helping out, sponsoring a team or making a donation, please contact us at estacadayouthbasketball@gmail.com.

Estacada Middle School

Our mission is to equip each student with the skills necessary to be resourceful and successful.
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Go Tigers!