Essex Elementary School Newsletter

February 5, 2021


Greetings EES Families!

We have enjoyed the start of February and our students are filling the building with positive energy and lots of new learning!

We are beginning to plan our information sharing and gathering for next year’s incoming Kindergarteners (hard to believe we are already planning for next year!). Please see the invitation for our Family Information Night for incoming Kindergarten Families in this newsletter. If you know of someone who might be interested in attending, please feel free to spread the word!

I want to thank all of you for your continued partnership on Remote Wednesdays. I know that there are pros and cons to these days and that families are having to make changes in their schedules to support students. Thank you for your efforts, patience and flexibility as we partner together in educating your children.

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.

I hope everyone enjoys a fun and snowy weekend,


Incoming Kindergarten Family Information Night

  • 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



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.



Dear EES Families,

The school counselors are back in your child’s classroom teaching again. During these lessons your children will be participating in activities and engaging in conversations about accepting differences, teaching tolerance, kindness rules, and diversity and inclusion. Literature is such a lovely way to help children make connections to all of these topics. Below is a small list of books that celebrate what the children are learning.Taking just 15 minutes to read with your child is such a great way for them to feel connected and fill each other's buckets. If you have any questions about school counseling services at EES, please feel free to reach out to your child’s school counselor.

A New Kind of Wild

Be Kind

I Am Enough

Love Is My Favorite Thing

The Day You Begin

Love Makes A Family

All Are Welcome Here

Love Is My Favorite Thing

The World Needs More Purple People

Outside Inside

I Am A Bucket Filler

Share Some Kindness Bring Some Light

Take care,

Brea, Jen and Sarah

I Can Spread Kindness



Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon and EWSD is following the established guidelines:

  • We do not share food from home.
  • We do not allow students to bring items to school from home to share with other students.
  • Unfortunately that means that students may not bring in valentine’s or treats to share with their classmates or other students and staff.



Artists have been busy this winter working on new projects! Visit our Instagram account to see photos!

Kindergarten artists are starting a papier mache unit!

In first grade, artists are learning to weave beautiful trees.

Second grade artists are learning fun painting techniques in preparation for our sewing unit!

Stay creative!

Ms. L and the Art Cart




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


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