ESS Update

Week ending January 29, 2021

Update from Mrs. Weber

2 weeks back to in-person learning and all is going well! The students and teachers are doing a great job with everything and having students back in the building is amazing!

Thank you to the parents who reached out to me about morning drop off. I worked with Mr. Trabka, head of security and we have made some changes that have helped. It also takes all of your cooperation to follow all rules and expectation. I greatly appreciate your patience and adherence to the guidelines.

The buses have also been running smoothly at drop off and pick up time as well. The greater number of students who ride the bus will also help with traffic flow in the morning and afternoon.

The COVID operations team met this week and the current 4 day full day in person learning model will continue for the foreseeable future.

Have a wonderful weekend-stay warm. Reach out at any time-Mrs. Weber

February Fun Days

Wednesday 2/3-Crazy Hair Day

Friday 2/5-Sports Jersey Day

Wednesday 2/10-Hat Day

Wednesday 2/17-ESS Spirit-wear Day

Wednesday 2/24-Fancy Day-dress up in your fanciest clothes

Incoming Kindergarten Registration

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year for students who will be attending Kindergarten starting in September 2021 will begin on Monday February 1st and run through Friday March 5th.

Please call 203-929-1330 or email Mrs. Quinlan ( to set up a registration appointment.

Students are eligible to attend Kindergarten if they turn 5 on or before December 31, 2021.

Student screenings will take place at another time-more information on that process will be shared at a later date.

Please share with any families that you know who have children eligible to register-thank you!

Morning Drop Off Reminders

All traffic in the morning MUST come in from Soundview and exit out onto Willoughby.

When dropping off in the morning, if you must get out of your car to assist your child, please pull into a parking spot and walk your child across ONLY at the crosswalk. Only children who can get out of the car independently should be in the the drop off line. This way we can keep traffic moving and avoid creating a line which spills out onto the street. Thank you for your cooperation with this important safety measure.

Pick Up Reminders

When picking up your child from school, please remember to keep a 6 foot distance from the next person, masks must remain on for adults and children until you get to your car and you must always have ID ready to show the staff on duty. Thank you for following these guidelines and keeping everyone safe.

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

Important Dates to know

Wednesday February 3-Full day distance learning day

Wednesday February 10-Full day distance learning day

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

Wednesday February 17-Full Day Distance Learner Day

Wednesday February 24-Full day distance learner day

Monday February 22-Friday February 26-Kid's Heart Challenge-more information available below

Social Awareness Recognition Winners

Please watch the video below to see who was recognized for being socially aware

February Lunch Menu

See below for the menu for February

Travel Guidelines

Opting into full-distance learning (FDL) is not intended for students who are taking vacations. District policy states that teachers are not required to provide work for students who are choosing to take vacations during school days.

FDL is for families who are keeping their children home for COVID health reasons or who are in quarantine after an exposure. Furthermore, per state law, you must quarantine and should not send your child to school for 10 days after arriving in CT.

Executive Order Regarding Travel: Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 9S, anyone traveling into Connecticut from a state or territory, other than New York, New Jersey, or Rhode Island, or from a country other than the United States, is directed to self-quarantine for a 10-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state or country.

For additional guidance on international travel, visit the COVID-19 Travel Recommendations section of the CDC's website.

If you have traveled out of Connecticut, you must fill out the Shelton travel survey prior to coming back to school:

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-

District Notices week ending January 29