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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!

Scotty Updates

We created the Scotty Updates 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. You can find them multiple ways. They are under the Parents and Staff Quick Links on our Home page. They are also located in the sidebar of our News page. Thank you for taking the time to stay updated!

Parent Workshop

Mark your calendars for our parent workshop on Thursday, February 4 at 8:00 p.m. via Zoom. Lorena Seidel, Scotland Elementary School parent, educator, and author, will host this informal and fun workshop. Please register online.

Virtual Talent Show

Calling all musicians, singers, artists, dancers, magicians, comedians, and creators! Join our Scotland virtual talent show on Friday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m. The deadline to submit your video or picture is on Friday, March 12. Please send our talent videos or picture of your creation to us via email. Be sure to include your name, grade, and the type of act. We look forward to seeing your many talents!

School Dismissal Manager

We continue to use School Dismissal Manager this year at Scotland. Please click here for information regarding this system. This system will be available to families in late August. We will email a welcome letter to families when the system is available. If you have any additional questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

Classroom/Recess Attire

As we know in the north, the beginning of December may bring some much colder weather. At Scotland, we make every effort to send students outside for recess on a daily basis, as we are aware of the benefits of daily physical activity for children. As a part of our mitigating measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, our classroom windows will remain open to circulate air throughout the school year. As such, please send your child to school dressed in layers as the classroom spaces can become cold.

Students go outside for recess daily unless the weather/temperature is unusually severe. We will have indoor recess only when the windchill is below 20 degrees or if it is actively precipitating. Please provide your child with appropriate outerwear everyday - gloves, hat, snow pants, and jacket. We do permit students with appropriate clothing to play in the snow. Please note that for safety reasons we cannot allow children to play in the snow without gloves/mittens, snow pants, and boots. Students without snow clothing can play on the blacktop area. Please label your child(ren)’s outer clothing, sneakers, and rain wear for easy identification. We place any lost clothing in our lost and found area and keep it for a period of time before donating it to charity. As always, thank you for your support!

Yearbook Pictures

Attention, remote Scotties! The yearbook is looking for pictures of you. Please send your photos to Robin Prokopczyk via email. We want to see you!

Asynchronous Early Dismissal Days

We will be holding one Early Dismissal day per month between January and May where students will engage in asynchronous learning in the afternoon. The purpose of this time is to allow our faculty to plan, prepare and discuss best practices to support student learning. Each of our schools will send a reminder as we approach the dates below.

  • Friday, January 29
  • Friday, February 26
  • Monday, March 15
  • Monday, April 26
  • Monday, May 24

Parent Requests for Changes Into or Out of Cohort “C”

Parents who elect to change their children’s learning model into or out of Cohort “C” may do so by:

  • Filling out this form.
  • Emailing your child's classroom teacher - Mrs. Katkocin, Mrs. Martire, and Mrs. Anderson.

Please provide the school with at least 72 hours to complete this change.


Our dismissal process has been working smoothly, and we are incredibly grateful for your patience and flexibility as we navigate the space we have to use. We will continue to work with Ridgefield Police to ensure a safe, efficient pickup at Scotland! Just a few dismissal reminders as we head into the week.

  • Please be sure to enter dismissal information into School Dismissal Manager (SDM). If a family arrives to pick up a student whose name is not entered in SDM, we will ask the family to park, and then sign out their child with our security guard. This is to ensure the safety of each and every student.
  • Please have your student's name(s) visible in the front windshield on the passenger side of the car. This will allow our staff to call students for dismissal in the most efficient way possible.
  • In the pick-up line, students must enter the car on the passenger side of the car. We cannot have students walking between cars to enter from the driver's side. If your child must enter on the driver's side, please park your car, and one of our staff members will walk your child to you.
  • If you need to help your child buckle, or perhaps open a snack for their ride home, kindly park the car in one of the available spots to do so.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and cooperation!

Weather-Related Procedures

On Tuesday, October 27, we received guidance from the Commissioner of Education on “Weather-Related Closures.” This guidance offers Districts the opportunity to transition into a ‘remote learning’ model rather than a weather-related school cancellation requiring a make-up day in June. The decision to apply the remote learning option is dependent on reported power outages in the community or other factors that may impact our ability to provide an appropriate educational experience. Please learn more about this new communication in Superintendent Silva's October 29 letter.