Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of May 8, 2023

Scotty Updates

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.

Scotland Visitor Log

To ensure the safety of all, if you are scheduled to come into the building for a meeting, classroom event, library helper, or any other visit, you will need to fill out this form before arriving at school.

VOTE—TUESDAY!

The Budget Vote is Tuesday, May 9 at Yanity Gym, 6 am to 8 pm.

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A Message from Jill & Tim

Good afternoon!


Happy Sunday! This week is our Scotland Art Show and Spring Book Fair! 🖼️ 📖 We hope you will join us Thursday Evening from 5:30-6:45pm for some amazing art, book shopping, and Bridge Street Premium Ice! We will also have some talented musicians playing for us throughout the evening. We look forward to seeing you Thursday!


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The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee is looking for new members. This past year the committee organized a Fall Art- Decorate the School evening, Cultural Night, in school African Dance program, designed enrichment bulletin boards for Black History and Women's History Month, and the Celebrate Scotties Board. The goal of the committee is to bring our families together to learn about and celebrate the diverse community that is Scotland. If you are interested in joining please contact Dana Harnett at danemia@hotmail.com. Our final meeting this year is May 19 at 9am and would love for new members to attend.


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Kindergarten Registration:

Kindergarten Registration is underway! If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2024 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. Please note that kindergarten enrollment numbers have an impact on the number of sections of kindergarten, and the overall staffing within Scotland. We have 39 kindergarten students officially enrolled for the 2023-2024 school year. This means, we will have 2 sections of kindergarten at this time. Please remember to be officially enrolled for kindergarten, you must complete the online registration process here. Information has been shared with incoming families. If you have a child entering kindergarten in August, and have not received information about kindergarten registration, please reach out to Mrs. Lupinaccci at llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net. Please remember to call the office to R.S.V.P. for Mini-K/Kindergarten orientation!


Have a great week!


Kind regards,

Jill & Tim


Reminders:

  • If you need to make a change to your child's dismissal after the daily cutoff time of 12pm, you will need to send an email to both canderson@ridgefieldps.net and llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net in order for us to make that change. We really appreciate your help with this!
Scotland March Book Madness Winner!!

Our March Book Madness has a final Winner! Click here to see all of our rounds and which book was our Scotty favorite!!

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Spotlight on Curriculum 🔦

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Snaps around Scotland 📸

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Chief Kreitz visits Scotland to share his love of reading ❤️

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Events & Happenings 📆

Monday, May 8th:

  • D Day


Tuesday, May 9th:

  • E Day

Wednesday, May 10th:

  • F Day

Thursday, May 11th:

  • A Day
  • Scotland Art Show 5:30-6:45pm
  • PTA Sponsored Book Fair Evening with parents 5:30-6:45pm

Friday, May 12th:

  • B Day

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Coming Soon:


Wednesday, May 10th - Thursday, May 11th:

  • PTA Sponsored Spring Book Fair - student in-school shopping days


Thursday, May 11th:

  • Scotland Art Show 5:30-6:45pm
  • PTA Sponsored Book Fair Evening with parents 5:30-6:45pm


Thursday, May 25th:

  • Scotland Spring Musical Performance 5:30pm


Thursday, June 1st:

  • Scotland Field Day!
  • Grades K-5
  • (Rain Date Thursday, June 8th)


Friday, June 2nd:

  • Mini-K for Incoming Kindergarten students and parents
  • 5th Grade Field Trip to ACT - Secret Garden
  • Poetry Cafe - Grade 5 and families - 5:30pm


Wednesday, June 7th:

  • Scotland Fifth-Grade Spring Musical, Disney Jr. Beauty and the Beast- 5:30pm


Thursday, June 15th:

  • 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony - Tentative Date

Information to keep handy...

Scotland Spring Assessment Information - Grades 3-5

As shared before break, our students in Grades 3-5 will complete the state standardized testing this spring. Students in Grades 3-5 will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment. In addition, students in Grade 5 will complete the Next Generation Science Standards Assessment. Our students at Scotland Elementary will be completing the testing in May. Our testing at Scotland will run from May 2nd - May 25th, with additional make-up days the following week if needed.


Testing is scheduled over multiple sessions, but may be scheduled in shorter or longer sessions as appropriate for the students in the school. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is untimed for all students, and additional days are incorporated into the schedule to allow for all students to work at their own pace. We ask that you try to avoid scheduling appointments during your child’s testing window so that students can be present during their scheduled assessment periods. Please find the detailed schedule for these assessments below.


More information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment may be accessed on the Smarter Balanced website at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/ and the NGSS (Gr. 5 only) website at: https://portal.ct.gov/sde/science/science-standards-and-resources


Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

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Last Day of School

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Scotties Celebrate Spring!

The PTA needs your help decorating our "Scotties Celebrate" board for spring. Please click the link below to send in pictures and comments showcasing the different holidays, activities, and events your family does in spring.

Essentials' Schedule - January 24th - End of year

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SDM Reminder

In an effort to ensure that all students are safe and know how they are getting home, all dismissal changes must be put into School Dismissal Manager no later than 12pm daily. Our office is experiencing a great deal of calls changing the dismissal plans for students at the end of the day. It is challenging to navigate these changes, ensuring that staff are aware and students know how they are getting home so close to dismissal. If you need to make a change to your child's dismissal after the daily cutoff time of 12pm, you will need to send an email to canderson@ridgefieldps.net and llupinacci@ridgefieldps.net in order for us to make that change. We really appreciate your help with this!

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Scotties Helping Scotties!

Within the Scotland community, affording supplies, field trips, yearbooks, enrichment, and activities is never something a student should miss because of financials!


The PTA sets funds aside to help families in our community. We all experience financial challenges, from layoffs to life's moments and everything in between.


If you are experiencing any type of financial challenge, please email the principal about your needs. Your request is FULLY ANONYMOUS to everyone except our principal.


Do not be bashful; our community is always here to help! Please reach out to Jill with any needs you may have!

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School Lunch 🥪

Ridgefield Public Schools announced that they have contracted with Aramark to be the District’s new food service provider. Aramark’s commitment to excellence, affordability, the environment, and diversity were all important in this decision.


The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) advised that federal funds have been allocated for the Free School Meals for Children grant.

  • Funding will support free lunches for all students in grades K-8 until funds are depleted.
  • Snacks and additional items will be available through The Lunch Time POS system that allows students to purchase their lunch by entering a 5-digit code at the cash register. These items can be prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software and at the school kitchen. Please read the letter here.

School Lunch will be available from the first day of school.



The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.


There will be no change in the payment system; all school lunch balances will roll over.


Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to Eric Nickelson, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or enickelson@ridgefieldps.net


Please find the lunch menu below.

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Library Volunteers!

Hello and welcome to a New Year in the SES Library! We are excited to once again have volunteers during Library Classes. The SES library is looking for volunteers to help with library book check out, reshelving returned books and hands-on activities. If you have time in your busy day to volunteer, the SES library would appreciate your help!

No long-term commitment necessary and it is not hard to do. If you have some time during the day and would like to be a part of the fun, here's how it works in 3 easy steps:


1) Click the link below to see our Sign-Ups by grade on SignUp.com

Kindergarten:https://signup.com/go/RXgASEF

First Grade:https://signup.com/go/sdfnzCz

Second Grade:https://signup.com/go/oAwbgON

Third Grade:https://signup.com/go/DJogDsp

Fourth Grade: https://signup.com/go/mcPzzKd

Fifth Grade: https://signup.com/go/XzBEjrg


2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you would like. Please be considerate of other families and choose a few spots to begin with. Once everyone has had a chance to sign up, you can go back and volunteer for any open spots. If you do not see your class listed, it means it already has a volunteer.

3.) Fill out the Visitor Form to let us know the time and day you are coming to Volunteer.

The link is: https://bit.ly/3qbV1is


Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp. Use the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE


Please contact Amy Tomasco at sesnotes1@gmail.com with any questions.


It's not scary to help out in the LIBRARY!


School Hours

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⚽️ 🎼 Essentials 🎨 📚

  • Each class will have one 45 minute essential per day (art, library, music, or PE)
  • We will continue to follow the six day A-F day schedule
  • Please find the essentials rotation below
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Arrival & Dismissal 🚗

We will follow a similar drop off / pick up procedure that we did last year.


Arrival

  • Drop off begins at 8:30am. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:30am as there will be no supervision at this time.

Dismissal

  • Pick up will begin at 3:25pm.
  • Each day, please have your child(ren)’s first and last name displayed on your passenger visor, and have it remain visible until your child is in the car. This needs to be bold and large enough to be visible at a distance. This is a very important step to ensure we have your child ready when you arrive.
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  • For the safety of both students and staff, proceed carefully and slowly through the lot.
  • Please have your child exit/enter the vehicle when your gear is in the park position and is one of the cars at the front of the line designated for drop off.
  • Students must exit the vehicle on the passenger side (building side) of the vehicle. Multiple children must exit on the passenger side. It is dangerous to exit/enter on the driver's side of the vehicle!
  • Students need to have all of their items ready in hand and will then exit the car immediately.
  • Parents, please stay in your vehicle at all times so that the process will prevent backups on Barlow Mountain Road.
  • If you miss the drop off time (after 8:45 a.m.), please park in the front lot and walk your child across the designated crosswalk to the main entrance of the building. If you arrive after the drop off window and must park in the parking lot, we ask that you kindly use the crosswalk.

Chromebooks 💻

Chromebooks K-5:
  • For information on this year's Chromebook distribution and policies click here to watch a short video
  • If you have further questions or concerns email: helpdesk@ridgefieldps.net
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School Dismissal Manager


We will 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!