Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

Big picture

Week of October 24, 2022

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.

A Message from Jill & Tim

Dear Scotland Families and Staff,


I hope you are all well, and had a great weekend! I have received feedback from our community that sending the Scotty Update on Sunday would be more convenient so our families can read it before the week starts. Beginning today, I will be sharing our weekly update on Sundays instead of Mondays.


This week is our Spirit Week! We are looking forward to kicking off our week making a rainbow today! Please see the chart below with the list of the spirit days.


On Thursday, our 5th graders will be hosting the Little Doctor's Blood Drive from 4-8:30pm. Please consider coming to donate blood during this time! We will also have our Scotty Pumpkin Blaze out in front of Scotland from 6-8pm. Be sure to drop off your child's pumpkin to be displayed!


*************************************************************************************************


Reminder - Halloween:

It is hard to believe, but Halloween is going to be here soon! We are getting very excited for this festive day. We will celebrate at Scotland on Monday, October 31st. All students in grades K-5 are invited to wear Halloween costumes to school. If your child would prefer not to wear their costume to school, they are welcome to participate in a Scotty Spirit day instead.


Each teacher will engage students in curriculum throughout the day. Our classroom based Halloween parties 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.
  • Kindly refrain from sending your child in an inflatable or any other distracting costume.
  • 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!


Our kindergarten students will parade outside in the front parking lot at the end of the day on October 31st, beginning at 2:30pm. Kindergarten families are invited to come watch, and will receive additional information in the coming weeks.


*************************************************************************************************


Reminder - Picture Retakes:

Picture retakes are coming on November 2nd. If your child was absent on Picture Day or you are unhappy with your child's picture, retakes will be taken on November 2nd. Please reach out to Aida Clarkin (aida0721@yahoo.com) if you would like to have your child’s picture retaken. Please include your child’s name and homeroom teacher. Be sure to send the original picture package in with your child on 11/2.


QUESTIONS??

Parents with questions (such as about order forms; late orders; missing orders & refunds etc.) should contact Coffee Pond:



Take care and have a great week!


Kind regards,

Jill & Tim

Big picture
Big picture

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!

Veteran's Day!

Big picture
Big picture

Community Night at Scotland

For those families who were unable to attend our event on 10/13, please find instructions for how to do the Art Night projects at home!

Spanish Translation

Mandarin Translation

German Translation

Russian Translation

Lost & Found

Recognize any of your kiddos’ clothing? Our Lost and Found is overflowing! Clothes are displayed for students to come find their belongings. Any leftover clothes will be donated at the end of this week, 10/28/2022.
Big picture

Events & Happenings 📆

Monday, October 24th:

  • A Day


Tuesday, October 25th:

  • B Day

Wednesday, October 26th:

  • C Day

Thursday, October 27th:

  • D Day
  • Thursday, October 27th:
    • PTA Scotty Pumpkin Blaze - 6-8pm
    • Little Doctor's Blood Drive - 4-8:30pm

Friday, October 28th:

  • E Day
  • Scotty Spirit Day! Wear your Scotty spiritwear to show your school pride!


********************************************************************************************


Coming Soon:


Thursday, October 27th:

  • PTA Pumpkin Event - 5:30-7pm
  • Little Doctor's Blood Drive - 4-8:30pm


Tuesday, November 8th:


  • Election Day - No school for students; Professional learning for teachers



Friday, November 11th:


  • No school - Veterans' Day



November 18th - November 22nd:


  • Early Dismissal: 11:40am - Elementary School Conferences



Wednesday, November 23rd:


  • Early Dismissal - Thanksgiving Eve



November 24th-November 25th:


  • No school - Thanksgiving Recess

Snaps around Scotland 📸

Visit with Sarah Schaefer, Mathodology Founder

Big picture

Bus Safety Drills

Big picture

Second Grade Writing Celebration

Big picture

2nd Grade Students Teaching 1st Graders Fiction Reading Strategies

Big picture

1st Grade Reading Celebration with 4th Grade Reading Buddies

Big picture

A Note from Our PTA

Square1Art Fundraiser

The Square1Art fundraiser is here! Square1Art provides you the opportunity to purchase keepsakes and gifts featuring your child’s art. Every order helps to support Scotland Elementary School PTA. Details are coming home with your Scotty this week. Order by November 7th!
Big picture

How it Works

1. CREATE Create artwork using the Square1Art Template sent home, or download your own template here!

2. TAKE A PHOTO Take a photo of your child’s art using an iPhone or tablet

3. UPLOAD Upload your art online at: http://www.square1art.com/shop/upload

4. SHOP Shop for keepsakes! Place orders through Nov 7th. Order early to receive gifts in time for the holidays!

Information to keep handy...

Big picture

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!


Big picture
Big picture

⚽️ 🎼 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
Big picture
Big picture

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.
Big picture
  • 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

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.

Big picture
Big picture

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!