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The Saugatuck Scoop, March 14th

Saugie’s Checklist:

📘 Are you listening to our Mystery Readers for One Book, TWO Schools?

💃 What should I wear? Click here for more details about Hoops & Heels!

🎨 Visit the SES Art Show… open now through March 30th!

➕ K-2 students + math = FUN! K-2 Math Night is April 5th!

Save the Date:

TODAY, 9:30am

SPED Sip ‘N Chat @ Panera Bread


(see below for details)

Special Ed: Summer Day Camp presentation @ Westport YMCA

TONIGHT, 7:00pm

WPS Safety & Security Informational Session, hosted by Superintendent Colleen Palmer @ BMS

Monday, March 12th -

Friday, March 30th

Annual SES Student Art Show

(located in the halls outside the Auditorium)

Friday, March 16th, 7:30am

Third Grade Rise & Read


The SES Spring Benefit

Wednesday, March 21st -

Friday, March 23rd


Parent/Teacher Conferences

Thursday, April 5th

K-2 Math Night

✴ Brought to You by the PTA

Hoops & Heels is Friday!

Get excited!! We are just two days away from our Hoops & Heels fundraiser at Birchwood Country Club! Ticket sales for the event are now closed but you still have the opportunity to bid on our amazing auction items! Stay tuned for more information on our new bidding app for the auction coming out later today.

Attending the event? Be sure to check out the FAQs! Want to help out? We could use a few helpful volunteers to set up, take down and work a 30 minute shift during the auction (super easy!). Sign up here!

K-2 Math Night

Calling all Kindergarten, first and second grade families… join us on Thursday, April 5th from 6:30-7:30pm for some serious math FUN! Get ready for a left-brain extravaganza of games, puzzles and more. This is mathematical family fun at its finest… and it’s free! Save your spot by signing up here. Students must be accompanied by a parent/adult and please find alternate arrangements for siblings. Questions? Contact Katherine O’Brien (kjobrien72@mac.com).

Third Grade Rise & Read

Last reminder! Your Rise & Read is next Friday, March 16th at 7:30am. Parents from Mrs. Marino’s and Mrs. McCoy’s classes, please CLICK HERE to sign-up to contribute nut-free breakfast food and drink donations as well as to volunteer for Munchkin distribution. Questions? Contact Lavinia Larsson (ldlarsson2002@yahoo.co.uk).

✴ The SES Scene

One Book, TWO Schools

A Note from Principal Beth Messler: One Book, Two Schools is going strong! We are so excited to hear so many kids and parents talking about Trumpet of the Swan! The calendar for reading, audio chapters, and a variety of other materials can be accessed on the SES OBTS website.

Reading Schedule

Tonight: Chapter 10

Tomorrow: Chapter 11

Monday, 3/19: Chapter 12

Tuesday, 3/20: Chapter 13

Wednesday, 3/21: Chapter 14

Thursday, 3/22: Chapter 15

Here are some open ended questions that might help you to have conversations with your child about the reading:

  • What is something that surprised you in this chapter?
  • What do you think the most important part of that chapter was?
  • What do you think might happen next?
  • What do you think the characters are learning?

Be on the look-out for a special interactive opportunity for families to share their OBTS experiences next week during Parent-Teacher conferences!

Annual SES Student Art Show

The Art Show is open NOW! Be sure to check it out 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 March 30th.

SES Art Page

January art is now posted on the blog! You can check out these projects by visiting our updated SES Art Page. Grades K-1 created textured snow people. Grades 2-3 explored form and value and created 3-dimensional shapes. Lastly, grades 4-5 made personalized collages commemorating themes from 2018.

Act of Kindness of the Week!

Our Kindness Spy Team (yeah, we have one) tells us that when a first grader from Mrs. Sherman and Mrs. Hauser’s class fell and hurt herself on the playground last week, a friend beelined over to help her up and made sure she was OK. That’s what we like to see at SES!

Were you the recipient of an Act of Kindness? Or did your family perform one? Send us the story and we’ll feature it in next week’s Scoop! Email to saugatuck.scoop@gmail.com.

✴ Special Education News

Special Ed Community Events

Click here to view the recent edition of the Special Education Winter Newsletter.

Sip ‘N Chat

TODAY from 9:30-10:30am @ Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East). Chat, exchange ideas and ask questions with other special ed parents. For this meeting, there will be a special focus on Local Summer Camp* options as well. Meet at Panera Bread (next to Home Goods). The next few meeting dates are 4/19 and 5/16, no need to RSVP.

*Please note that the Local Summer Day Camp Presentation we had planned at the Westport YMCA on March 14 has been cancelled due to schedule conflicts and we will cover this information in the Sip ‘N Chat instead.

✴ All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

MINDS IN MOTION 2018 Is Back For K-8 Students!

Saturday, March 17th, 12:00-4:00pm, at Bedford Middle School

Minds in Motion Westport is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops, geared to high-ability and motivated learners in Grades K-8, all free of charge. Workshop topics this year include Maker Challenges, Animal Adaptations, Creative Robotics, Fencing, STEM Engineering with LEGO & Much More! Visit the Minds in Motion webpage (www.ctgifted.org) for registration and to volunteer.

PYD: Mental Health Presentation – Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Skills

Thursday, March 22nd, 7:00pm at Long Lots Elementary

Please join us for a presentation on DBT Skills in schools. Dr. Alec Miller, licensed clinical psychologist and Co-Founder and Clinical Director of Cognitive and Behavioral Consultants, LLP, is a nationally recognized expert in using DBT with adolescents. He will be discussing the current mental health crisis and how DBT programs are effectively used in schools to support adolescents in their social and emotional development. Questions? Contact Rebecca Oren (rebeccagoren@gmail.com).

Alice in Wonderland… Join the Tea Party!

Have you purchased your tickets for Bedford Acting Group’s special production of Alice in Wonderland yet? CLICK HERE to buy now! Performances will be held on: Friday, March 23rd @ 7:00pm; Saturday, March 24th @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm and Sunday, March 25th @ 2:00pm. Ticket prices are $15 and $12 for adults and $10 for students (children ages two and under are free). Guests are also invited to attend a special Character Tea Party on Saturday, March 24th at 1:00pm to raise funds for Bridgeport’s Tisdale School’s theater program. Enjoy refreshments and take photos with the characters! Click here to reserve your spot. Questions? Contact Stacey Lessing (mom23ja@gmail.com).

Staples Players presents Merrily We Roll Along

Performances are March 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th at 7:30pm and March 18th at 3:00pm. Buy your tickets online beginning March 3rd at staplesplayers.com or at the door beginning 30 minutes prior to performances, as available. Recommended for ages 8+.

Coleytown Company Presents James and the Giant Peach

Performances are Friday, March 23rd at 7:00pm, Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 and 7:00pm and Sunday, March 25th at 1:00pm for James and the Giant Peach at CMS Auditorium. James and the Giant Peach combines amazing songs with a creative story that children and adults alike will recognize as a favorite. Tickets can be purchased online starting March 7th at http://Showtix4u.com. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door 45 minutes prior to show subject to availability.

Westport Public Schools Joins Facebook

Please click here to follow and like the new Facebook Page of the Westport Public Schools.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!


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A Scoop of Thanks to...

… our incredible custodial staff who always makes sure our school grounds are clear and safe for our kids after snow days and/or other inclement weather. If you see one of our awesome custodians, be sure to thank them in person!

… our awesome Caring Council and its leaders, Ms. Locke and Ms. Bloom, for managing the SEGA Change for Change Drive... and to all the families who contributed!

… our incredible Art Show team led by Trudie Gubitz, Jen Greely and Andrea Kerr Redniss who have worked so hard to create a wonderful museum experience right in our very own SES hallways!

… all of our faculty Mystery Readers so far for helping to make the One Book, Two Schools experience even more fun!

Quote of the Week

“What am I doing here in this endless winter?” - Franz Kafka

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