Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of October 19, 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!

As we move into our eighth week of school, teachers and staff have been working hard at building community and relationships with their students. One of the many things we do in the beginning of the year is to assess students so staff can support each child and have current information on the children in their class. In typical years, these assessments are taken in the first few weeks of school. This year, we decided to delay many assessments until October to establish our strong classroom communities.

As you likely have read in the district communication sent last Thursday, elementary students will begin the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment from the Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) this month. This computer based assessment is a tool we have been administering for several years, and it is part of our routine to consider the information that we gain from this source alongside the day to day work of students and other routine assessments (e.g. running record, fluency probes, sight words etc). Classroom teachers will review the results of the assessment during parent teacher conferences, where they can discuss the meaning of the results in the context of the school day. At Scotland, our testing window will begin on Wednesday, October 28th, and continue through November 17th. Individual class testing schedules will be communicated with you next week by your child's teacher.

Parents and Caregivers of Temporary Remote Learners

You will find more information about the assessment including some technical preparation steps that may be helpful for parents and caregivers of temporary remote learners. Temporary remote learners do have the option of coming to school to complete the computer based assessment. Please email your child’s teacher if you wish for your child to complete the assessment in school.

Please find information regarding the MAP assessment below. Your child(ren)'s teacher will be in touch when our assessments begin.

For Virtual Learners: Preparing Your Computer for the Test

Prior to Test Day:

1. Make sure your device has an internet connection.

2. Disable pop-up blocking on your internet browser.

3. Make sure your device meets testing requirements using the Device Readiness Check

4. Watch the MAP Growth introduction video:

5. Practice the test

  • username: grow
  • password: grow

On Test Day:

1. Minimize distractions for your child as much as possible

2. Provide a quiet testing environment

3. Allow the teacher/proctor to open the session first. (With support from classroom teacher)

4. Log in at

5. Make sure you keep the Meet open to provide a way to communicate with the teacher/proctor during the test

6. Follow any additional instructions from the teacher/proctor.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Kind regards,


Reminder: If your child is going to remain a temporary remote learner, please complete this form, and email both your classroom teacher and Mrs. Anderson at to notify us.

*Follow Scotland on Instagram @ScotlandElementarySchool

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Halloween! 🎃

It is hard to believe, but Halloween is going to be here soon! We are getting very excited for this festive day, though we know it may look a bit different this year! All students K-5 are invited to wear Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30th. If your child would prefer not to wear their costume to school, they are welcome to participate in crazy hair day instead. Mr. Tornatore and I are working to reimagine our Scotland tradition of a Halloween sing-a-long. We will share our plan as we get closer to Halloween.

Each teacher will engage students in curriculum throughout the day. Our classroom based Halloween celebrations (with individual crafts or games, no food) will take place at the end of the day to ensure that students are engaged and learning throughout the day at school. We would like to ask the following to ensure safety of all students and staff:

  • If students choose to dress up, please have them come dressed to school in their costume, as there will not be a space for them to change once here.
  • Costumes must allow easy bathroom use so students can independently use the restroom.
  • To ensure safety, costumes may not include props or masks, and please limit makeup to the eyes only. Students will be expected to wear their day to day mask, as they have been doing.
  • Please encourage your child to choose a costume with a non-violent theme. Costumes should be “kindergarten friendly” (not scary or gory). Gentle storybook characters or heroes often lend themselves to fantastic costumes as they encourage reading for pleasure!
  • Kindly refrain from sending your child in an inflatable costume or any other distracting costume.

We are so very excited for this festive day!

School Lunches 🍕🥗

Did you know that school lunches are free for all students every day? All in-school students in grades K-8 are able to get one free meal per day while attending school!

  • Any additional food or drink beyond the prepared meal will cost extra and be processed to your child’s lunch program account (i.e. extra slice of pizza, cookies, chips, water, etc.).
  • All remote learners, including home schooled students may pick up free meals at our remote meal distribution location at East Ridge Middle School on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays between 3:00-5:00pm.
  • Due to food safety reasons each student may pick up 2 meals on Mondays, up to 2 meals on Wednesdays, and up to 3 meals on Fridays.

Beginning on Friday, October 16th, RPS will be sending home bagged lunches with every Scotland student for Saturday and Sunday. These lunches will include one muffin fun lunch and one cereal fun lunch. Again, these lunches are free of charge to all Ridgefield students. Students will receive these lunches in their homerooms at the end of the day before dismissal. They will be in their backpacks upon returning home. Most of the items in the lunches will be shelf-stable food, though a few items may require refrigeration (i.e. milk). Keep an eye out for these lunches beginning Friday!

Dismissal 🚘

Our dismissal process has been working smoothly, and I am incredibly grateful for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the space we have to use. We will continue to work with Ridgefield Police to ensure a safe, efficient pickup at Scotland! Just a few dismissal reminders as we head into the week...

  • Please be sure to enter dismissal information into School Dismissal Manager. If a family arrives to pick up a student whose name is not entered in SDM, the family will be asked to park, and then sign out their child with our security guard. This is to ensure the safety of each and every student.
  • Please have your students name(s) visible in the front windshield on the passenger side of the car. This will allow our staff to call students for dismissal in the most efficient way possible.
  • In the pick up line, students MUST enter the car on the passenger side of the car. We cannot have students walking between cars to enter from the driver's side. If your child must enter on the driver's side, please park your car, and one of our staff members will walk your child to you.
  • If you need to help your child buckle, or perhaps open a snack for their ride home, kindly park the car in one of the available spots to do so.

Congratulations, Mrs. JP's class!

Last week, Mrs. JP's class won a pizza party for being the class with the highest PTA participation rate. We celebrated outside in Scotland Yard, and enjoyed pizza and some treats!
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Snaps around Scotland 📷

School Pictures! 📸

School Pictures are In!!


Parents w/ questions (such as about order forms, late orders, missing orders, refunds, etc.) should contact Coffee Pond:


  • If your child was absent on Picture Day or you are unhappy with your child's picture, retakes will be taken on October 21st
  • Be sure to send the picture package in with your child on 10/21.
  • Please email Aida Clarkin at to schedule a retake.


  • Remote families who took pictures can pick up their school pictures in the bin outside of the school beginning Thursday, 10/8

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

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

Virtual Learning Reminders

  • 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.

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


Monday, October 19th:

  • E Day

Tuesday, October 20th:

  • F day

Wednesday, October 21st:

  • A day

Thursday, October 22nd:

  • B day

Friday, October 23rd:

  • C day



October 21st:

  • Picture Retake Day
  • If your child missed their school picture day please contact Aida Clarkin with your student’s name and teacher at

Thursday, October 29th:

  • Early Dismissal Day: Dismissal will begin at 11:30am
  • Students will be involved in "asynchronous" (not live teaching) activities in the afternoon from home

October 26-30th: PTA Virtual Pumpkin Carving Contest. See details below.

Saturday, November 7: PTA Virtual Wine Tasting from 8-9pm. Visit for more information.

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A Note from Our PTA

Virtual Wine Tasting & Auction Details

1. Visit to purchase a ticket to our Virtual Wine Tasting Event + our brand new Scotty Pride Lawn Signs!! *Please note the time for the wine tasting is now 8-9pm

2. Visit to bid on items in our fundraising auction

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