Essex Elementary School Newsletter



The start of a new school year is a time of mixed emotions. Families and children are excited about reuniting with their friends, but this excitement is often tinged with nervousness, a sense of apprehension about the unknown classroom and teacher they are about to meet. Not surprisingly, these very same emotions are felt by teachers and staff! We spend all summer planning and preparing for our students and then, almost quite suddenly, they arrive, and any nervousness is instantly replaced by excitement and quite frankly, adrenaline, as the building and grounds spring to life. This year has been no exception.

One aspect of school life we have been intensely in intently planning around is the social/emotional component of learning for our children. We have rededicated our commitment to Responsive Classroom practices in each of our classrooms and throughout the building. One aspect of Responsive Classroom that we hope you hear a great deal about from your child is CARES. This acronym highlights the “super-powers” we are working to teach our students;

Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy and Self-control. As a school we are focusing on each of these attributes for one week, working with children to help them understand not only what these words mean, but also what it looks and sounds like when you practice them. During this five week process we will be slowly unveiling our new mascot and logo, culminating in a school-wide assembly where we will re-emphasize the importance and value of CARES. Please look for more information regarding Responsive Classroom, CARES and social/emotional learning in general over the next few weeks/months.

In the meantime, enjoy the beautiful late summer, early fall weather, make sure your child gets plenty of sleep, and get them outside to play!! Believe me, they have lots of energy.

Picture Day is Monday, September 16th!

Health Office News

Student Yearly Health Information forms: Please fill them out and send them back to me at the Health Office ASAP.

Vision and Hearing Screening: Vision and hearing screening will be done on K and 1st grade students this October/November. If your child requires further evaluation, I will send a note home with their results and a referral to see your pediatrician.

Immunizations: If your child has had any new immunizations please send in an updated immunization record.

When to keep your child home from school: A child must be fever free without fever reducing medications for 24 hours (a full day) prior to returning to school. (A fever is defined as 100 F or above) They should also stay home if they have had diarrhea or vomiting within the past 24 hours, an undiagnosed rash, reddened, or itchy eyes with purulent drainage.


Also, please avoid coming into school to drop off or pick up your child if you are ill, or bringing any siblings into school who are ill. Our goal is to keep our students here healthy and learning. I appreciate your help in doing so.

Kimberly Bullock, BSN, RN

EES Nurse

The Book Fair is Coming!!

Our Arctic Adventure Book Fair; Snow Much to Read! is right around the corner, from October 11 - 17; more details to be announced soon. Always an exciting time, the book fair will offer something for everyone! Lots of new titles and special bargains for all ages! Families, faculty and the community are invited to attend this exciting reading event. Funds raised during this fair help purchase books and support other library programs. If you are interested in volunteering during the Book Fair, please contact Carol Scrimgeour at

Upcoming Events

9/16 – Picture Day

9/20 – PTO Fun Run

10/3 – Open House

10/17 - Book Fair

Open House

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6-7:30pm

1 Bixby Hill Road

Essex, VT