Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Welcome Back Edition 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.

A Message from Jill & Tim

Dear Scotland Families and Students,


Welcome back to what is sure to be a fantastic year at Scotland! It was wonderful seeing so many of you at Open School on Friday, and we are thrilled to welcome our students back Monday! For those of you new to the Scotland community, we are excited to welcome you! For returning students, we are thrilled to see you again! Mr. Luchsinger and I are looking forward to collaborate with our staff, students, families, and community to provide our students a successful, challenging, and engaging year.


The Scotland staff is here to help and support you every step of the way. We look forward to working together to provide all students with a safe and engaging school experience. Please see below for important information regarding the reopening of schools.


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. This form is required for any adult entering the building during school hours. Please remember to bring your ID when arriving at the building.


I hope that you enjoy the weekend!


Kind regards,

Jill & Tim

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Events & Happenings

Monday, August 29th - A Day

  • First Day of School
  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten


Tuesday, August 30th - B Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten


Wednesday, August 31st - C Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Thursday, September 1st - D Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten

Friday, September 2nd- E Day

  • Shortened Day (11:40am dismissal) - Kindergarten
  • Scotty Spirit Day! Wear your Scotty spiritwear to show your school pride!


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Coming Soon:


Monday, September 5th:

  • Labor Day – no school!


Tuesday, September 6th:

  • 1st full day of kindergarten


Tuesday, September 13th:

  • Picture Day!
  • Open House - 5:30pm


Thursday, September 15th:

  • Early Dismissal
  • 11:40am dismissal for students, professional development for staff


Monday, September 26th:

  • Rosh Hashanah - No School!

⚽️ 🎼 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

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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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!

A Note from Our PTA

Join the PTA!

Joining the PTA helps you stay connected with the school community. You will receive information about family events, before & after school programs, school events, parties and much more! Get to know teachers & staff better with informational sessions throughout the year!


To join, visit our website: www.scotlandpta.org