ESS Update

Week ending 10-2-2020


We are a fully nut free school. This includes peanut butter, Nutella, almond butter etc and any other nuts. This also includes any candy that may be part of a Lunchables or any that you may send in for a treat such as Reeses pieces, peanut butter cups, etc. Please help us keep all of our students safe!

Mesage from Mrs. Bush and the Library

Hello families-

There are still a LOT of library books checked out that were due in March! Please check at home and send them in to school. I've gotten some back but there's still about 300+ checked out

Thank you!

Important Dates

Sunday 10/4-Last day for the online Book Fair-click here to shop!

Monday 10/12-No School

Tuesday 10/13-4 day in person learning schedule begins, early dismissal schedule still in effect

Friday 10/16- Picture Retake/Make Up Day


Want to support the ESS PTO? Go to to purchase your membership.

Back to School ABC's

Monday October 5

Sunglasses Day-wear your coolest shades

Tuesday October 6

Thank You Day-thank 3 people today and tell them what you are thanking them for

Wednesday October 7

USA Day-wear red, white and blue

Thursday October 8

Vacation Day-share your ultimate vacation destination

Friday October 9

Wear Your Hat Day-find a fun hat to wear

October is Italian Heritage Month!

October Is…

Italian Heritage Month!

Is the country of Italy part of YOUR heritage?

Share an Italian tradition with us!

Send a picture of you/your family and teach us about a food, a game, a celebration or

anything ITALIAN!

Email your pic/sharings to Ms. Butler!

ESS Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

During the next four weeks K-4 students will have opportunities to learn about all things Hispanic...countries, people, culture and language through interactive activities! We would love for our Hispanic ESS family members to help teach students, too!

Do you have Hispanic traditions, pictures and/or stories to share? Please email or send in your contribution to Ms. Butler at! We will add what you share to our hallway display for all to see!! Gracias!

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Breakfast and Lunch

All students in each of our schools (and distance learners) can eat for free.This program will last until Dec.31, 2020 or until the funding runs out, whichever comes first. The program will operate on regular school days (not on holidays or weekends).

Food pick up during distance learning Mondays as well as for students who are on full distance learning days will be at Shelton High School from 9 AM-11 AM.

Covid Quick Links-Updated 10/1/2020


All students, regardless if they are attending in person learning or distance learning, must be called out if they are not attending school that day. Please call 203-929-1330 at any time stating student name, grade level, classroom teacher and reason for absence.

In person learners must be in their seats by 9:00 AM or are considered tardy. All online learners must complete the attendance task given by their teachers, call the school or email the office ( by 1:50 each day they are distance learning or will be marked absent.

Any student marked with unexcused absences will receive a call at 2:30. If the office does not hear from you by 4:00, the absence will remain unexcused


Morning drop off will take place at the end of the sidewalk near the 4th grade wing of the building. Please follow all directions of the staff outside on duty. If your child needs assistance with unbuckling, backpacks etc, please pull over and park in a designated spot so that traffic flow can remain constant. At no time should anyone be pulling into the bus loop.

If you drop off after 9 AM and the doors are closed, you must park and walk the student to the front door. You will ring the bell, tell the student's name and he/she will be buzzed in. Parents are not allowed in the building


If you are picking your child up at dismissal, please take note of the following procedures:

1-Please make sure whatever adult is picking up has a photo ID and is on the list you have supplied to the main office for approved pick up. Only students who have opted out of bus transportation or have sent in a note will be dismissed as pick ups. Please email Mrs Quinlan (, Mrs. Gallant ( and the student's teacher if you are changing the days dismissal and will be picking up. If we do not have a note, the student will be sent home on the bus. Phone call changes will not be accepted.

2-All pick ups will be in the back of the school. There is signage to which door your student will be coming out of. Kindergarten will come out of the library door, 1st and 2nd grades will come out of the middle door and 3rd and 4th grades will come out of the cafeteria door. All social distancing rules apply. Please stand behind the yellow lines at all times

3-When it is your turn, you will come to the yellow line, show the photo ID and give the name of the student you are picking up. The staff on duty will verify your ID and that you are on the list for pick up. They will then call for your student. Please be patient with procedure as it is new and many students are being picked up this year.

4-If you are picking up students in multiple grades, you must follow the same protocols at each door. Please start with your older student and work your way down to the younger student.

5-According to current CT state statutes, the playground is closed.

6-Please be mindful when driving in and out of the parking lot

In person learning changes

As you may know, the BOE agreed to Dr Smith’s recommendation 9/23 regarding the change in the K-4 instructional model. Beginning Tuesday October 13th, all K-4 students can come for in-person learning Tuesday-Friday each week while still maintaining the early dismissal schedule. Mondays will remain a full distance learning day for all students.

Parents are asked to let us know if they are changing from full distance to in person learning OR changing from in person learning to full distance by October 6th. This will give all teachers enough time to ensure everything is ready for the change in schedule starting the 13th.

If your child will remain full distance-no need to do anything

If your child will remain an in person learner-no need to do anything but know they will be attending school Tuesday-Friday. There is no longer an option for hybrid learning-it is either 4 days in person or full distance learning

If you are changing your child from in person learning to full distance-please go to and fill out the Opt Out of in person learning form and email it to me (

If you are changing your child from full distance to in person learning, please email your child’s teacher, Mrs. Quinlan ( and myself ( no later than October 6th.

Lunch will remain in the classrooms

Dismissal procedures will remain the same

Specialists will continue going into the classrooms

Playground will stay closed, there will be no recess until we go full days

This schedule will be in place through the end of October, beginning of November

Please reach out with any questions you may have-Mrs. Weber