ESS Update

Week ending January 15, 2021

Thank you PTO!

Thank you to the PTO for the sign! It was a welcome sight upon our return. Thank you to all students and parents for being patient as we began in person learning yet again! One student told me it was more exciting than Christmas morning-that made my heart so very very happy!
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NWEA testing for distance learners

We are giving our distance learners an opportunity to take the test here at school on Wednesday January 27 and February 3rd. Students will enter and exit through the cafeteria entrance, where the test will be administered. A lavatory will be open to those who need it.

1/27 NWEA Literacy Assessment

Kindergarten 9:00-10:00

Grade 1 10:15-11:15

Grade 2 11:30-12:30

Grade 3 12:45-1:45

Grade 4 2:00-3:00

2/3NWEA Math Assessment

Kindergarten 9:00-10:00

Grade 1 10:15-11:15

Grade 2 11:30-12:30

Grade 3 12:45-1:45

Grade 4 2:00-3:00

Please email Mrs. Toohey,ESS Reading Consultant to schedule your child’s test-times and dates are listed above. Please contact her by Friday 1/22/21 to schedule your child’s test

Valentine's Day

Although we are back in person learning, we are still following the safety guidelines put into place. As we all love to celebrate Valentine's Day, at this time it is best that students do not exchange valentines in the classroom. We encourage families to send in a special snack for your child on February 16th which will be eaten during a small classroom celebration

January Social Emotional Learning Focus-Social Awareness

Watch this video so that you and your child can discuss what social awareness is
SEL Lesson Social Awareness Week 2

Student Technology

Parents have the option of allowing their child bring their own device (either a laptop or Chromebook) to school for them to use.

If you would like your child to use their own device from home at school a Bring Your Own Device Agreement must be signed and returned to the main office. You can download that agreement by clicking on the link below. Please complete and return to school.

Important Dates to know

Monday January 18-No school-Martin Luther King Day

Wednesday January 20-Full day distance learning day

Wednesday January 27-Full day distance learning day

Thursday January 28-PJ Day-come dressed in your comfiest, school appropriate PJ"s.

Friday February 12-Monday February 15-President's Day weekend break

Tuesday February 16-Friday February 19-Jump Rope for Heart-more information will come as we get closer to that event

District Notices week of January 15

Expectations for in person learning

We will be 4 full days-in person learning- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

School times are 9:00 AM-3:45 PM. Student drop off begins at 8:45 AM. Any students arriving via car after the doors close at 9:00 will be marked tardy.

Dismissal begins at 3:45. If you are picking your child up, please make sure you have ID ready and follow all social distancing protocols. Signage will show you where to stand. Changes in the way your child will be dismissed will NOT be accepted after 2:45. You must call the office to make this change-we will not accept email requests.

Wednesday will be a full day distance-learning day, the same as we have been doing since November, except students will be following a full day schedule-9:00 AM-3:45 PM. Your child will have a break for lunch and recess as well as other scheduled breaks. Art, Music, PE and Library will be held at their regularly scheduled times on Wednesday so please be sure your child is logging in.

We will keep all routines the same as we had prior to going out with some changes that are listed below:
Recess-Students are able to have recess outside. Classes will not be able to be mixed during recess, students must remain socially distanced and masks must remain on the entire time, both for indoor and outdoor recess. Your child’s class will have assigned outdoor areas for recess. I would suggest that you have your child bring individual recess bags with things for them to do if you would like such as jump ropes, chalk, etc

Lunch-students will continue to eat in the classrooms with coverage coming in. We remain a nut free school throughout ESS. Lunch and breakfast is free of charge for all students everyday through the end of this school year.

Expectations for full time distance learners and Wednesdays- parents have the responsibility to be sure their child/children are logging on and marking attendance by 9:10 each day. You will be provided details for scheduled synchronous learning times (it will not be live streaming all day) to ensure your child’s attendance with those meets.

I am thrilled to welcome the children back. Please feel free to email me with any questions you may have-