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The Saugatuck Scoop, March 20th 2019

Saugie’s Checklist:

⏰ Don’t Forget! Early Dismissal starts today through Friday

📘 One Book, TWO Schools continues this week!

🎱 Bingo Night is this Friday, March 22nd!

🍭 CLICK HERE to buy tickets for Willy Wonka on March 29th and 30th!

Save the Date:

Wednesday, March 20th - Friday March 22nd

Parent/Teacher Conferences

(half days - 12:15pm dismissal time)

Friday, March 22nd, 6:30pm (*doors open at 6:00pm)

Bingo Night, SES Auditorium

Wednesday, March 27th, 9:15am

General PTA Meeting and

Internet Safety Presentation

Friday, March 29th, 7pm

Saturday, March 30th, 2p

Saugatuck Theater Group presents

Willy Wonka

Now through April 30th

Annual SES Art Show

B-I-N-G-O Night!

This Friday, March 22nd! Bingo will begin promptly at 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm). There will be fun prizes for all Bingo winners. Raffle tickets on sale for the chance to win awesome prizes including an iPad! Cost: $5 for your first Bingo card, $2 each additional card.

An Important Presentation About Internet Safety by Mr. Lawrence at the General PTA Meeting on Wednesday, March 27th

When children first learn to walk, parents spend a lot of time holding their hand, guiding them on sidewalks, teaching them how to cross the street carefully, and protecting them from things outside of their control. When children first start using the Internet, we often assume that they'll make the right choices, visit the correct sites, and post the right kinds of things. The truth is, allowing a child to explore the Internet without supervision or conversation, is like allowing a toddler to walk down Main Street without an adult. Come hear about all of the ways you can help your child navigate the many facets of the Internet on Wednesday, March 27th. Mr. Lawrence will present at 9:15am in the Cafeteria.

Willy Wonka Tickets Are Going Fast!

The suspense is terrible! I hope it will last - Willy Wonka. Our first school musical is less than 10 days away! Buy your tickets now for The Saugatuck Theater Club's presentation of Willy Wonka before they sell out. There will be a candy shop and even Wonka bars made from Belgian Chocolate. Five bars at each show will have actual golden tickets and awesome prizes! Showtimes are Friday, March 29th at 7pm and Saturday, March 30th at 2pm (doors open at 6:15pm on Friday and at 1:15pm on Saturday). Tickets are $5 in advance, $7 at the door. Running time is approx. 45 minutes. CLICK HERE to buy tickets now!

Annual SES Student Art Show

The Art Show is open NOW! Be sure to check it out when you come in for your conference or the next time you’re at school. It is located in the curved foyer and adjacent hallways outside the SES auditorium and will run through April 30th.

One Book, Two Schools Update

OBTS Calendar

  • Take a look at our beautiful video discussion board! Have your child join in on the fun of sharing thoughts about the book! Click here
  • Dinner table discussion: who is everyone's favorite character and why?
  • Please send photos of “caught reading” our OBTS book to rlocke@westportps.org and drawings, poetry or writing pieces are welcomed for our INSPIRATION Board!

SES Logowear Available Online!

Check out our hi-tech hoodies, re-usable, washable snack bags, and water bottles. All proceeds directly benefit the SES PTA. Orders will be delivered directly to your child at school. For questions or if you want to arrange alternative delivery, contact kathryncochran75@gmail.com. CLICK HERE to shop now!

✴ The SES Scene

Penny War Update!

At the Town Meeting this past Friday, it was revealed that SES had raised $2608.51 for the Saugatuck Elementary School Community Award for Staples Tuition Grants. This total beat our school goal by over $850! During this Caring Council fundraiser, buddy grade level teams worked together to raise money during the Penny War. Ultimately Grades 2 and 5 were victorious, followed closely by Grades 1 and 4, and Grades K and 3. As promised, Principal Messler sported hair in the color of the winning team all day--in this case a bright red wig celebrating the victory of the Grades 2 and 5 buddy team. Congratulations Saugatuck and well done!

RULER Program News

Looking for a great way to engage in conversation with your children about emotions? Pick up a book and read! This week we feature two recommendations by SES librarian, Rae Anne Locke. Both books are available at the SES Library as well as The Westport Library.

Girl Running by Annette Bay Pimentel

Girl Running is a wonderful new picture book for children in upper elementary grades. Use this book as inspiration and a lead-in to talking to your child about topics such as determination, struggle, joy in setting a goal, and fairness. This chronicles the true story of Bobbi Gibb, the first woman to complete the Boston Marathon.

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek

This book features colorful illustrations and heart shaped cut-outs. It's a lovely and helpful picture book told in a lyrical, simple way ("My heart is yelling, hot and loud" says the child narrator.) Use it to help children identify words for different emotions, that it's ok to feel emotions like anger, and that hopeful can come right after sadness. It would be great to see what symbols your child would come up with for each emotion (as an example: the Big Bad Wolf represents fear in the book).

For more great book recommendations to help explore the world of emotions, the Westport Library has also created RULER related book lists. Check them out here

✴ Special Education News

SpED Sip ‘N Chat

Meet, ask questions/advice, 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 Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, 9:30 - 10:30 am at Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods). No need to RSVP. (Future meeting dates are: May 15th, and June 12th.)

The Saugatuck Spotlight!

This week, we shine the spotlight on stupendous second grade teacher Roshawn Lawrence!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would want to be a . . . A party/special function planner

If I could only eat one food for the rest of my life it would be . . . Bacon

My favorite place to visit is . . . Jane Austen Museum in Bath Somerset, England

Little known fact about me . . . I was born on the same day as my brother 1 year after him.

My favorite book is . . . Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice

The last thing I watched on TV was . . . This is Us

✴ All Around Town

A special screening of award-winning documentary "STRAWS" for SES families (with discussion to follow)!

Thurs. March 28th at 6:30pm (ends 7:45pm)

@ EARTHPLACE, 10 Woodside Ln, Westport, CT 06880

FREE (donations accepted), reserve: https://straws-westport.eventbrite.com

Bring your family to a special FREE screening of "STRAWS" by Linda Booker! The film will begin promptly at 6:30 pm and be followed by a discussion led by a panel of local students and adults. The goal of the evening is for families to leave with specific ways to reduce plastic-waste in their home, and help end the scourge of plastic pollution in our community. This event is a special collaboration of P3 (THE PLASTIC POLLUTION PROJECT), SUSTAINABLE WESTPORT, and EARTHPLACE. Space is limited. Please reserve your free tickets by registering here: https://straws-westport.eventbrite.com

Staples Players presents Curtains, a must-see musical mystery comedy!

Performances are March 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm and March 23 at 3 pm. Buy your tickets online at staplesplayers.com—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

Camp Invention

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer at Camp Invention® where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imagination into epic creations. Local educators will lead these action-packed programs featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Early registration discounts are available! Register and find current promotions at invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332. Email Phaedra Taft, Director and LLS/GFS Science Coach at westportcampinvention@gmail.com with any questions.

Free Softball Jamboree on March 23

All K-3rd grade girls are invited to come to the Staples Field House on March 23 from 9-10am, to learn a little bit more about softball and have fun with their friends while throwing, catching, hitting and fielding. Special guests Staples Softball varsity players will be helping out. This is also a great opportunity for parents to meet the coaches and learn about Little League Softball. Feel free to email Elise Gabriele at egabriele@westportlittleleague.com with any questions.

Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness

On Thursday, April 25, 2019, we are excited to bring Connecticut State Trooper Kate Cummings, along with our School Resource Officer, Ed Wooldrdige, for a parent presentation on Internet Safety and Social Media Awareness.

This session will have helpful information for parents, including:

Current social media trends and adolescent behavior online

Discussion of your child's digital footprint

Resources to keep you and your family safe

The session will be from 10:00a.m. to Noon on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Staples High School Auditorium. Please use this form to RSVP for the presentation.

Come and Meet Those Dancing Feet!

Coleytown Company presents 42nd Street, the family-friendly movie/Broadway musical, known for crowd-pleasing tap dances, show-stopping ensemble numbers, dazzling costumes, and magical set design.

Performances will be held at Bedford Middle School:

Friday, March 29 and Saturday March 30, 7:00 PM and

Saturday, March 30 and Sunday March 31, 1:00 PM.

Purchase tickets at SHOWTIX4U.COM (search the term “Coleytown”).

A limited number of $15 tickets will be available at the door prior to showtime.

A Better Chance of Westport Needs Your Support!

A Better Chance (ABC) of Westport has been transforming the lives of academically gifted, inter-city young men at Staples High School since 2002. The bounty of what these young men receive in Westport during their four years of high school is equally as important as the benefits they bring to our community.

VOLUNTEERS AND DONATIONS ARE ALWAYS NEEDED! The entire ABC Westport program is privately funded and supported by the Westport community. GET INVOLVED! The rewards of helping with the program and knowing these fine young men are everlasting for your families and our community. To learn more, please visit our website at www.abetterchanceofwestport.org

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A Scoop of Thanks to . . .

. . . Rae Anne Locke and Karen Driscoll for leading the charge in our successful coin drive fundraiser . . .

. . . The SES Community for coming together to beat our goal in the coin drive . . .

. . . Principal Messler for being a great sport and wearing a totally awesome wig with style and humor for a whole day!

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