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September 18, 2019

The Saugatuck Scoop

brought to you by the . . .

Saugie’s Checklist:

  • Help SES Save the World - CLICK HERE to donate to our Direct Financial Appeal!
  • Don’t Delay! CLICK HERE to join the SES PTA today!

Save the Date . . .

Wednesday, September 18th
SpEd Sip ‘n Chat, Westport Library
Room 210
Thursday, September 19th
Back to School Night Grades 3-5
Monday, September 23rd 7:30pmBoard of Education Meeting, SHS Cafeteria
Wednesday, September 25th 7:30am2nd Grade Rise and Read, SES Library
Monday, September 30thRosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 7th 7:30pmBoard of Education Meeting, SHS Cafeteria
Wednesday, October 9thYom Kippur - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, October 15th 6:30pmMath Night K-2, SES Cafeteria
Friday, October 25th 6:00-8:00pmBoo Bash, SES

Brought to You by the PTA . . .
Rise and Read - 2nd Grade
We are excited to see second graders in the library on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:30am for our first Rise and Read of the school year! Please consider donating breakfast if your child is in either Mrs. Bloom and Mrs. Lawrence’s classrooms - CLICK HERE to sign-up. And to support the school community in reducing waste, we encourage all children attending to bring their reusable water bottles with them.

Help SES Save the World!
Help us continue to make the world a better place by donating to our direct financial appeal for composting initiative. In short 8 weeks last spring, our student “Green Rangers” kept nearly 500lbs of food waste from entering the municipal waste system, and helped significantly increase the use of recyclable containers. CLICK HERE to watch a video of our students explaining the importance of this initiative, and then CLICK HERE to donate and support our SES environmental activists!

Books as Gifts
Celebrate your child's new school year by donating a personalized book to the library! Follow the paw prints on Back to School Night to the table outside the library full of new books - choose a book, and your child will get to read it first before it gets circulated in the library. Please remember to bring checks or cash. Questions? Contact Lavinia Larsson at ldlarsson2002@yahoo.co.uk

PTA Membership Registration is Open!
Why should you join the PTA? Because the PTA’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of every child and teacher at SES! Just a few of the events and opportunities that the PTA funds are the ArtSmart program, Cultural Arts, Visiting Authors, Rise and Read and much, much more! AND, one lucky member per month will win the VIP PTA parking spot in the front of our school! CLICK HERE now to join! (Registration code is: westport) Questions? Contact ses_pta_membership@westportps.org

Board of Education Update . . .
At the BOE meeting on September 16th, the Administration gave a summary report on the recent history of its quest for four person team structure and enrollment rebalancing at the middle school. CLICK HERE to read the WestportNow article. The demographer will be presenting at a special meeting scheduled for September 23rd at 7:30pm at SHS cafeteria. You can find the meeting agenda here. We encourage you to stay connected by attending the BOE meetings in person, watching on television (Optimum channel 78) or live-stream via computer on the district’s website (www.westportps.org) and reach out to the decision makers (see email list below) to share your opinions.
Board of Education: BOE@westportps.org
Interim Superintendent David Abbey: dabbey@westportps.org
Board of Selectman: selectman@westportct.gov
Board of Finance: town-bof@westportct.gov
Representative Town Meeting (RTM): rtmmailinglist@westportct.gov
PTA Council: pta_council@westportps.org
SES PTA: ses_pta@westportps.org

Special Education News . . .
SpEd Sip 'n Chat - Today!
Meet, ask questions, and exchange ideas and tips with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Connect with others today, September 18th at 9:30-10:30am at Westport Library, Room 210. No need to RSVP. Future meeting dates are October 16th, November 20th, and December 18th.

RULER in the Community . . .
The Westport Library has created booklists for children to support the RULER initiative and their social and emotional development. Visit the Westport Library's links - 3rd-5th grade and K-2nd grade - or ask a children's librarian for help! Also, for those of you who have teens, The Westport Library will be hosting a songwriting and emotions workshop led by musician, Chase Jackson. CLICK HERE to learn more and to register! For more information about the RULER approach, please CLICK HERE. Questions? Contact Lindsay Weiner at lindsayweiner33@gmail.com

All Around Town . . .
Ukulele Fun!
Come and join the fun at the 2nd Annual CT Ukulele Festival! On Saturday, September 21st, explore the world of ukulele playing, at Pequot Library, Southport. Free loaner ukuleles are available, and there will be workshops, food and drink all day. Stay for the “Bruce off Broadway” concert at night. For more details go to ctukulelefestival.com

Join TEAM Westport!
Be a TEAM Westport Parent Representative! Help foster communication and enhance school climate by contributing to an exciting new program launching this year that is designed to support equity and inclusion in the Westport Schools. TEAM (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Westport has been actively serving our community since 2003. As a TEAM Westport Parent Rep you will have an opportunity to attend monthly TEAM Westport meetings (8am, first Tuesdays of the month), collaborate with other TEAM Westport Parent Reps, and serve as a liaison for your school. To learn more contact Catherine Lewis at clewis@ackerman.org or Zoe Tarrant at zoe2tarrant@gmail.com

Set Young Minds In Motion
Is your child interested in Robotics? Cooking? Writing? Trying something new? Join K-8 students from Westport and surrounding areas for a Saturday afternoon of engaging activities! Volunteer with Minds in Motion (March 28, 2020) and help our kids have enriching experiences that will spark their love of learning. Volunteers needed for the Planning Committee, Workshop Leaders, and Day-of Volunteers. Volunteer kick-off meeting is Wednesday, October 3rd, 2019 at 9am at the Westport Library. Questions? Contact Stacy Rybchin at stacy@rybchin.com or Annalyce Loretto at annalycem@gmail.com

After-School Fun
Spark fun and learning with Westport Continuing Education’s after school programs! Fall registration is open now - CLICK HERE to check out our new, mobile-friendly website. Our popular PM/PE and Sports and Homework Clubs are led by Westport teachers at Greens Farms and Kings Highway Schools. CLICK HERE to view NEW programs and a listing of daily After School Programs by elementary school. WCE also offers a wide variety of programs for middle school.

Community Bulletin Board . . .
CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!
Cultural Arts
Special Education
Author Series
PYD Health and Wellness

A Scoop of Thanks to . . .
. . . Ashley Moran, Tawin Tansuriwongse, Sena Ryan-Herbert, Skylar Ismael-Bakkali and Connor Ciano-Buckley, (our Student Green Rangers), Beth Messler, Tony McDowell and Pippa Bell Ader (representatives from Sustainable Westport) for their informative and outstanding presentation on zero waste initiative/composting at SES at the General PTA Meeting . . .
. . . Renee Fontana, Rebecca Oren, Erynn Keefe and all the Picture Day volunteers for making the day run smoothly! . . .
. . . Jen Berniker, Miriam Young and Stacie Waldman for throwing an epic Fall Family Fun Fest . . .
. . . Cory Tebbutt and Jessie McEntee for organizing and orientating the wonderful Room Parents.

The Final Funny . . .
Q: What kind of tree fits in your hand?
A: A palm tree!

Contact The Scoop:
If you’d like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of the Scoop, complete THIS FORM by Friday at 5:00pm to request submission in the following week’s Scoop. (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by Principal Beth Messler (emessler@westportps.org) and PTA Co-Presidents Sarin Cheung (sarinpta@gmail.com) and Michelle Barman (michellesespta@gmail.com). Contact the Scoop (saugatuck.scoop@gmail.com) with any questions or just to say hello.