Scotland Elementary News

There’s nothing we enjoy more than sharing all the great news about our students and staff members. We love featuring their accomplishments and celebrating with them. And we have a lot to share! Stop by here regularly to read about student and staff awards, past happenings, upcoming events, and so much more!

Construction News

There will be construction on North Street and Barlow Mountain Road the week of September 25th. This will result in delays impacting all busses in the district for the week. Due to this large scale impact we will not be sending out notifications of individual bus delays during this period. Thank you for your patience.

School Start Time Presentation - Dr. Kanaan

On September 18, 2017, Dr. Kanaan from UCONN presented to Ridgefield parents and staff on the issue of healthy sleep patterns and its relationship to school start times.

We encourage you to watch this informative presentation online.

Parenting the Selfie Generation

Parenting the #Selfie Generation Resilience for LifeRPS is happy to partner with the Ridgefield Council of PTAs, Ridgefield Library, Ridgefield Youth Commission, Books on the Common, Project Resilience, Town Vibe, and Silver Hill Hospital in presenting this year’s series of parent workshops. Coming in October:

Anxiety Awareness Flyer“Anxiety Awareness: What’s All the Angst About?”
October 3, 2017: (Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. at Ridgefield Library and 7:00 p.m. at Scotts Ridge Middle School)
A screening of the new documentary Angst: Breaking the Stigma Around Anxiety, followed by an open discussion and Q&A session with noted psychiatrist Aaron Krasner, M.D., $5.00 suggested donation at the door. See our flyer for full details.

“10 Best-Ever Techniques to Manage Anxiety and Depression”
October 19, 2017: (Thursday, 7:00 p.m., Scotts Ridge Middle School)
Go home with practical strategies to manage anxiety and depression from renowned expert and author, Margaret Wehrenberg, Psy.D. 

Mark your calendar for all workshops with this schedule for the full series.

Adolescent Sleep Research by Dr. Jennifer Papa Kanaan

The Board of Education’s Steering Committee for the School Start Times Project will host a community information event featuring speaker Dr. Jennifer Papa Kanaan on Monday, September 18, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. at the East Ridge Middle School auditorium. She will present the latest medical research on the importance of adolescent sleep and how it is being applied to the issue of healthy start times for Ridgefield’s students.

Please read our full press release for the details on the event.

District Calendar Correction

Our district on-line calendar incorrectly stated an early dismissal time for all schools at 12:15 p.m. on September 14, October 12, and April 6. This has been corrected and we apologize for the confusion. Early dismissal times at our schools are as follows:

  • Ridgefield High School 10:30 a.m.
  • East Ridge and Scotts Ridge Middle Schools 11:05 a.m.
  • Branchville, Ridgebury, and Scotland Elementary Schools 11:40 a.m.
  • Barlow Mountain, Farmingville, and Veterans Park 12:15 p.m.

Ridgefield Public Schools Phone System Changes

RPS New Phone System Arriving 8/7/17 10:00am Same phone numbers, new extensions, Listen to new options on auto-attendants, search by name directoryOn Monday, August 7, the Ridgefield Public Schools will be activating their new phone system. The main phone numbers for the schools and central office will remain the same. Internal extensions have all been changed from five to four digits.

You will notice new auto-attendant messages when you call the schools or central office. Please listen carefully to the new options and selections for each location. Callers will be able to use a “search by name” feature in order to contact specific staff members. 

We anticipate the new extensions will be updated on the website and district documents over the next few weeks.

For more information, please read the press release in full.

First Day Of School

We are so excited for the new school year! The first day of school is on Thursday, August 31. We will dismiss kindergarten students at 11:40 a.m. from August 31 through September 8. Monday, September 11 will be the first full day for kindergarten. Students in first through fifth grades will attend school from 8:35 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. starting on the first day. Let's make it a great year!

Open Classrooms

On August 30, 2017, we will have open classrooms from 2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet your new teacher and see what your new classroom looks like. (This is also a great way to alleviate any back-to-school jitters). We look forward to seeing you there!

We have our PTA "Welcome Back" celebration on the same day from 3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. The PTA is a very important part of our school community. Please join us!

New Student Orientation

Who’s ready for a great school year? We will be holding an orientation for our new students on August 18, 2017, at 1:00 p.m. Come join us to learn all the ins and outs of our school and meet your classmates. We look forward to meeting you!

Revised 2017-18 School Year District Calendar Approved

At the June 26, 2017 Board of Education meeting, the 2017-18 revised calendar was approved. Four half-days have been added for professional development. Our building leadership is reworking the half-day schedules as such to allow for longer class times by alternating morning and afternoon classes on these shortened professional development days. We will monitor the effectiveness of this new schedule and keep you updated throughout the school year on the details of this work. We are confident that these professional development investments will make a positive difference in the classroom for our students.

View the revised 2017-18 district calendar.

Open House Event Dates Scheduled for Fall 2017

Please mark your calendars for our Fall 2017 school open house events:

  • Barlow Mountain Elementary School - September 13
  • Branchville Elementary School - September 13
  • East Ridge Middle School - September 28
  • Farmingville Elementary School - September 13
  • Ridgebury Elementary School - September 12
  • Ridgefield High School - September 14
  • Scotland Elementary School - September 12
  • Scotts Ridge Middle School - September 27
  • Veterans Park Elementary School - September 13

Our New Mission Statement & Vision of the Graduate

We are happy to share our new Mission Statement and Vision of the Graduate. This is the culmination of the efforts of our Strategic Coherence Planning Committee, a team of BOE members, administration, teachers, parents, and community members who worked diligently throughout this past year to define the outcomes we want for our Ridgefield students. Approved by the BOE, this will define our work going forward.

Summer Reading 2017

Please take a moment to view our parent presentation on summer reading for information on goals, strategies, and more!

Summer Math Activities

We want our students to love math as well as become efficient, flexible math thinkers! Our elementary math specialists have gathered a variety of games and activities for students entering grades 1-5 as a means of retaining skills they have learned and practiced throughout the school year! Read through the power point and grade level summer calendars to find fun math activities for everyone! Have a safe and "mathy" summer, everyone!! - Elementary Math Specialists

Day in the District - A Community Comes Together to Celebrate!

The Art Show at Scotland Elementary School
By: Ruth W. Feldman, RPS Communications Coordinator

Sometimes when a teacher says, “Wouldn’t it be nice if….” and it is said to the right people at the right time, something extraordinary happens. At Scotland Elementary School, art teacher Jennifer Zeyer had a vision of a family event that was more than a drop-in to see a year’s worth of artwork. She wanted the students, in all grade levels, to take ownership of the event. She wanted parents and grandparents to see what she sees in her students - creative, inventive, and curious young people. She wanted it to be about community; not only would parents take pride in their child’s successes, but ideally share in the wonder at the work of all the students.   

Well, Ms. Zeyer got her answer, and now the Scotland Elementary Art Show is one of the most well attended and enjoyable events of the year for SES families. See for yourself, in this month’s video version of “A Day in the District.”

School Start Times Project

At the May 22 Board of Education Meeting, Superintendent Baldwin and the Strategic Planning Committee presented their plan for reviewing school start times across the district and the opportunity to change them to align with current research on adolescent sleep and be responsive to elementary level feedback.

We invite you to visit our new webpage dedicated to the School Start Times project.