Scotty Updates

A Newsletter from Scotland Elementary School

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January 24, 2022

Scotty Updates

The 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 at the beginning of each week to review our newsletter. Thank you!

A Message from Mrs. Katkocin

Dear Scotland Families,


Happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend. In the winter, we send students outside for recess as much as possible unless the windchill is below 20 degrees, it is actively precipitating, or if the grounds are not safe for students to play. With snow on the ground for the foreseeable future, it is very important for the students to have snow gear for use at recess. This includes:

  • snow pants
  • snow boots
  • warm coat
  • gloves or mittens
  • hat and scarf

If students do not have this gear at school, they are required to play on the blacktop areas. Since our students enjoy the snow so much, staying on the blacktop can be very challenging. Please support us by ensuring that the children have the proper snow gear to make recess as much fun as possible.


Our COVID-19 screenings for families who have opted in will continue this week, today, January 25th, beginning at 8:50am. If you would like to opt your child in, kindly indicate so in PowerSchool, and notify Mrs. Martire (lmartire@ridgefieldps.net) and Mr. Crook (acrook@ridgefieldps.net). Once your child is fully vaccinated please email Aaron Crook acrook@ridgefieldps.net to remove your child from the testing roster.


Kind regards,

Jill


Kindergarten Registration is coming soon. If you have a child turning 5 before January 1, 2023 please contact the main office at (203) 894-5825. More information will be forthcoming!


Our essentials schedule will be changing, effective January 25th, which is an A day. Students in grades K, 1, 2 will get an extra session of library in their 6-day rotation, and students in grades 3, 4, 5 will get and extra session of music in their 6-day rotation. This is a switch from the first half of the year. Please find the essentials schedule for the second half of the year below.

Kids Heart Challenge Information ❤️

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Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children: How to Support Your Child's Social and Emotional Well-Being

Research shows that 80% of our children's future success will depend on their mindset. A lack of emotional intelligence limits people (including children) in their ability to manage themselves, manage others, or manage situations. On the flip side, children can rise above any situation when they have strong emotional intelligence skills.


This talk will supply parents with successful strategies to use when handling children’s social, emotional, and behavioral challenges—in and out of the home setting. It will also help parents coach their children on how to communicate about and address confidently and skillfully their social and emotional challenges.


Helping children develop emotional intelligence can greatly reduce their risk for many problems faced by youth today: violence, prejudice, racism, drug abuse, suicide, low motivation, and low self-esteem. Just as important, these strategies will allow parents to help their children develop an invincible mindset and an unshakable sense of self.


This will take place during our general PTA meeting Thursday, 2/10 at 7:00PM. The link will be shared by the PTA in the next e-blast.

Snaps around Scotland 📸

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Events and Happenings 🗓

WEEK AT A GLANCE:

Monday, January 24th:

  • F Day

Tuesday, January 25th:

  • A Day

Wednesday, January 26th:

  • B Day

Thursday, January 27th :

  • C Day

Friday, January 28th

  • D Day
  • Wear your Scotty Spiritwear!!


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UPCOMING EVENTS:


Monday, February 7th- Friday, February 11th

  • Kids Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump Rope for Heart)


Tuesday, February 15th:

  • Tentative Date for Winter Concert
  • Grade 4 - 6pm
  • Grade 5 - 6:45pm


Thursday, February 17th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional development for staff


Friday, February 18th

  • No School
  • Professional development for staff


Monday, February 21st - Friday, February 25th:

  • No School - February Recess


Thursday, March 10th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional Development for staff


Friday, April 8th:

  • Early Dismissal - 11:40am
  • Professional Development for staff

Essentials Schedule - Beginning 1/25/2022

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A Note from Our PTA

The PTA Needs You! Volunteers Wanted!

We're so excited to get parents involved again at SES! We're so LUCKY to be able to offer opportunities for you to help our kiddos and our school!!

Volunteering with the PTA allows you to contribute your skills and knowledge for the benefit of both your own children and the greater school community. You’ll also meet and make new friends!

Please fill out the form and you'll hear back from us soon!

CLICK HERE to find out all the ways YOU can make a difference this year - opportunities available for those with extra time and those with little time!)

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Important Information to Keep Handy! 📝

Cafeteria Snack!

Snack will be available for 4th and 5th graders beginning in October. While school lunch continues to be free during the 21-22 school year, these snacks are available for purchase. These items can be purchased at the school kitchen or prepaid online at School Payment Portal Powered By LunchTime Software using your child's Lunch Pin available in PowerSchool. Snacks can not be provided if there is a negative balance in your child's account.

Welcome Back Library Volunteers!

YES! We are able 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. Come spend time with your child and help the SES library at the same time! 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 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) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on SignUp.


Click on the links here or find them on the SES PTA WEBSITE:








Please contact Amy Tomasco at sesnotes1@gmail.com with any questions.

Schedules

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School Lunch


  • School Lunch will be available from the first day of school. Chartwells is the District-wide food service provider. The school lunch menu is available online on the RPS website; click District Offices and click on Food Service, as well as below.
  • School lunch will continue to be free during the 21-22 school year. 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.
  • Questions in regard to Lunch Time POS can be directed to John Morris, RPS Food Service Director at 203-894-5550 x1127 or john.morris2@compass-usa.com
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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 3:20pm.
  • 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.
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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!

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