Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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Week of October 3, 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 think I can speak for everyone when I share that we thoroughly enjoyed our Scotty Sprint last week! It was an afternoon filled with school spirit, laughter, and joy! It was amazing watching our students run together and connect as a community! A huge thank you to our PTA for all of the planning and preparation that ensured the event to run so smoothly! A special thank you to Becky Hurta and Nicole DeMain for all of the planning, and Mr. Tornatore for being our Master of Ceremonies!


This week, we will not have school on Wednesday in observance of Yom Kippur.


Take care and have a great week!


Kind regards,

Jill & Tim

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Spotlight on Curriculum/Instruction 🔦

Students in grades kindergarten and first grade participate in phonemic awareness exercises daily, using our curricular resource, Heggerty. Phonemic awareness is the ability to identify and work with individual sounds (phonemes) in a word. Please find additional information below!
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A window into third grade...

3rd grade mathematicians engage in collaboration as they work through their place value lesson.
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Events & Happenings 📆

Monday, October 3rd:

  • F Day


Tuesday, October 4th:

  • A Day

Wednesday, October 5th:

  • No School - Yom Kippur

Thursday, October 6th:

  • B Day

Friday, October 7th:

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


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Coming Soon:


Wednesday, October 5th:

  • No School - Yom Kippur


Monday, October 10th:

  • No school - Columbus Day


Thursday, October 20th:

  • Early Dismissal for students - 11:40am; professional learning for staff

A Note from Our PTA

!!!THANK YOU!!!

SCOTTY SPRINT

The Scotty Sprint was the jolt of school spirit we needed, and its triumphant return after a 3-year sabbatical was shown on the smiles of our students! Thank you to everyone who volunteered, participated, and fundraised!


We raised over $23,000; THANK YOU!!! Fundraising remains open through October 9th; the Sprint is one of just TWO fundraisers for the PTA this year! Please continue to fundraise here: Scotty Sprint Fundraising.


Sprint Lap Medals are awarded the week of October 3rd. Fundraising prizes are awarded the week of October 17th.


MEMBERSHIP

Please join the PTA; your membership is critical to receiving the emails, text messages, and membership directory. We need everyone to be members! Follow this link to join the PTA: https://scotlandpta.membershiptoolkit.com/


We are working through membership directory updates and a few technical challenges with select members.


UPCOMING EVENTS

Save-the-date for the following PTA-organized and sponsored events:


(1) After-School Enrichment opens up the week of October 3 and launches in a few weeks

(2) Scholastic Book Fair, Wednesday & Thursday, October 12 and 13 IN-SCHOOL SHOPPING

(3) Decorating Scotland for the Fall, Thursday, October 13, from 5:30 to 7:00 - a phenomenal opportunity to decorate the building with fall art projects

(4) Scholastic Book Fair EVENING FAMILY Shopping Event, Thursday, October 13, from 5:30 to 7:00

SCOTTY SPIRIT STORE

Coming soon with some amazing new items; thank you for your patience!



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Information to keep handy...

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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!


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⚽️ 🎼 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!