Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of September 28, 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! Thank you for your participation in our first Virtual Open House last Thursday! It was wonderful seeing all of our Scotland families participating in this experience! If you missed Open House, please check the stream in your child's google classroom to access the curriculum presentations.

As the elementary schools transition from the hybrid model into the full in-person model, please note that our arrival and dismissal will take a bit longer, as we will be having a significant increase in the amount of cars moving through. On Tuesday, we will begin calling students for parent pick up at 2:50pm in an effort to spread out dismissal a bit. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate the increase in cars. Know that we are working as quickly and efficiently as we can to escort our students safely to their cars.

As we prepare our classrooms for full capacity of students, we are maximizing the social distance in classrooms as much as possible as well as adding barriers, to ensure the safety of our students.

  • Our kindergarten classrooms are being outfitted with plexiglass dividers on each of the tables so that students have a barrier while working and eating.
  • In grades 1-5, polycarbonate shields are being installed on each desk that is located within 6 feet of another area in an effort to create a barrier for instruction and eating.
  • We have analyzed our classroom furniture and removed all pieces that are not needed for the class in order to maximize floor space.
  • Hand washing continues to be an important part of our routines which we know will take more time as we increase the number of students in a room.
  • All classes will eat lunch in their classrooms, and have recess outside whenever possible.

If your K-2 child is going to be a temporary remote learner past our full K-2 reopening on 9/29 or your 3-5 child is going to be a temporary remote learner past our full 3-5 reopening on Oct. 5th, please email both your classroom teacher and Mrs. Lupinacci to notify us.

Wishing you all a wonderful week!

Kind regards,


Reopening Recap

  • On Monday, September 28, RPS schools are closed for Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of Atonement.
  • Tuesday, September 29 marks the first day that RPS kindergarteners, first and second graders in both cohorts will attend in person.
  • Elementary students in third, fourth, and fifth grades in Cohort A will go in person on Tuesday and Wednesday and remote on Thursday and Friday; grades 3-5 in Cohort B will be remote on Tuesday and Wednesday and in person on Thursday and Friday.
  • The elementary school buildings plan to be open full-time in person for all RPS elementary students on October 5.

Pictures from Open House!

Student Work Around the Building...

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

RPS Federal SSO Meal Program and Meal Pickup Procedure for in School and Remote Students

Gentle Reminders...

  • All students should bring their chromebooks back and forth from school to home daily.
  • Literacy kits (black drawstring bag) and math kits (Ziploc bags) should also come back and forth from school to home daily unless otherwise indicated by your child's teacher.
  • Please make sure you pack your child a water bottle each day! As a health and safety measure, our water fountains have been disabled.
  • Payments for lunch can be paid through the School Online Payment Portal. Please see link below.

Virtual Learning:

  • 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 all for your caution with our new arrival and dismissal procedures. Just a few quick reminders:

  • The time slotted for parent drop off in the morning is from 8:35-8:45am.
  • If you are dropping your child off between 8:45am and 8:55am, please park your car and walk them to the crosswalk, where a staff member will meet and assist them across the driveway.
  • If you are dropping your child off after 8:55am, please park in a designated parking space, and walk your child to the security guard at the front door.

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, September 28th:

  • No School - Yom Kippur

Tuesday, September 29th:

  • Grades K-2 return full in-person
  • Grades 3-5 remain cohorted (Cohort A in-person, Cohort B remote learning)

Wednesday, September 30th:

  • Grades K-2 return full in-person
  • Grades 3-5 remain cohorted (Cohort A in-person, Cohort B remote learning)

Thursday, October 1st:

  • Grades K-2 return full in-person
  • Grades 3-5 remain cohorted (Cohort A remote learning, Cohort B in-person)

Friday, October 2nd:

  • Grades K-2 return full in-person
  • Grades 3-5 remain cohorted (Cohort A remote learning, Cohort B in-person)



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

A Note from Our PTA

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CVCs (Classroom Volunteer Coordinators) wanted!

Are you looking to get involved in your child's classroom and would you like to assist your child's teacher in communication with the class?

CVC Responsibilities:

  • Organize classroom parties and special activities

  • Communicate with classroom teacher

  • Share communication with the class via email

  • Recruit classroom volunteers as needed

**These are some of the responsibilities in a “normal” year & some of the typical CVC duties, currently there are a lot of unknowns and the duties will most likely be different this year.

If you're interested and haven't yet reached out, please email with your name, your child’s name and their teacher’s name. Thank you!!

Last Chance to Order Your Scotty Masks - store closes Monday 5pm!

Are you still looking for masks? Tiger Sports is currently sold out of Scotty masks in store but you can now order online below. Note: This order is separate from our other spirit wear offerings. Please order by Monday September 28 at 5pm!!!

Join the Scotland PTA!!

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The class with the highest percentage of PTA membership by October 5 will win a lunch with Mrs. Katkocin!!

Congrats to the Ciuffetelli family for winning $50 to the Scotty Spirit store for signing up for the PTA early!!

We will stop sending the E-blast to non-members beginning the week of October 4.

To join, visit our website: and click “Join the PTA!”

Email if you have any questions!