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The Saugatuck Scoop, November 7, 2018

Saugie's checklist:

📷 Today is School Picture Retake Day!

📝 Grades 3 - 5 Math Night, tomorrow November 8th!

📓 PTA General Meeting, Friday November 9th!

🖌 Author/Illustrator Sophie Blackall Visits SES on November 14th!

Save the Date:

Wednesday, November 7th

School Picture Retake Day

Thursday, November 8th, 6:30-7:30pm

Grades 3-5 Math Night

Friday, November 9th, 9:15am

PTA General Meeting, a presentation and discussion lead by TEAM Westport

“Talking to Children about Race”

Library Media Center

Wednesday, November 14th

9:00 - 9:45am: grades 4 & 5

10:00 - 10:45am: grades K & 1

10:55 - 11:40am: grades 2 & 3

Visiting Author/Illustrator, Sophie Blackall

Parents are encouraged to join!

Thursday, November 15th 9:30-10:30am

Friday, November 16th 7:30pm

Movie Night! The Greatest Showman

November 21-23

Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

Sign Up for Math Night, Tomorrow Night!

Attention Math Enthusiasts in Grades 3 - 5 . . . want to multiply the fun this fall? Add Thursday, November 8th at 6:30pm to your calendar! Play fun math games with Ms. Bowles, parents, and friends for one hour in the SES cafeteria. Try out your skills with an estimation jar for a chance to win a gift certificate to Saugatuck Sweets! For questions, contact Weatherly Hammond at Weatherly.Hammond@gmail.com. Note: Don't divide -- this is not a drop off event. Space is limited. CLICK HERE to sign up.

PTA General Meeting, November 9th, 9:15am, Library Media Center: Special Presentation from TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism)Talking to Children about Race, Presentation by Catherine Lewis, LCSW & Zoe Tarrant, LMFT

How often do you have conversations with your child about race? Come join us!

In this presentation, two therapists will present research and information on why it is imperative to talk with all children about race in order to decrease racism and create a more socially just society. Ideas for how to have conversations about race will be discussed, using role-plays, vignettes and videos to highlight teaching points.

Award Winning Author/Illustrator Sophie Blackall Visits SES on November 14th! Please join us for an exciting presentation by Sophie Blackall, award winning illustrator and author, Gold Caldecott Medalist and NYC Subway Muralist! Ms. Blackall will talk to the students in three sessions: 9:00-9:45am for grades 4 & 5, 10:00-10:45am for grades K & 1 and 10:55-11:40am for grades 2 & 3. Parents are encouraged to join! There are limited books available to be purchased and autographed by Ms. Blackall on the day of the visit including Finding Winnie, Hello Lighthouse and Winnie's Great War. Any questions, contact Lauren MacNeill (winstonlb@optonline.com).

The SES Book Fair is Coming!

Mark your calendar! The annual SES Book Fair will happen during parent teacher conference week, Monday, November 26th through Friday, November 30th. See next week’s Scoop for more info on volunteer opportunities including class visit times.

✴ The SES Scene

Fall Movie Night!

Warm up your singing voices for the sing-a-long version of the hit movie musical “The Greatest Showman!” Friday, November 16th. Doors open at 6:30, movie begins at 7:00. Tickets are $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Kids under 4 are free. CLICK HERE to buy tickets.

This special Movie Night is a fundraiser for SES's newest after school activity: The Saugatuck Theater Club. All proceeds will go towards the production of SES's first ever musical production, performed at the end of March! All 3rd-5th graders will have the chance to audition for the musical this December. The Theater Club will meet after school Jan-March to rehearse. Want to know the name of the show? Come to Movie Night for the big reveal!

Saugatuck Theater Club Parent Contacts: Jen Berniker jen.meerow@gmail.com and Miriam Young miriamdyoung@gmail.com. Theater Club Director: Katie Bloom.

RULER Program News

The RULER program for parents last week at Staples high school was a great success! If you weren’t able to be there, the presentation will be available on the district website by the end of the week.

Many of you have heard about the mood meter through your children and the classroom teachers. If you’re wondering more about it, please see the flyer attached to the Scoop for more information.

Reminder: our next SES RULER book club will be Friday, November 16th at 9:30am. We look forward to seeing you there!

PTA Membership Registration is Still Open!

CLICK HERE now to join! (Registration code is: westport)

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 Fall Family Fun Fest, Halloween Boo Bash, Book Fair, Sound Tigers event, Rise & Read, Bingo Night and much, much more!

✴ Special Education News

Community Events

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

COMMUNITY FUN DAY: Open to all students receiving Special Education services (and their families) from Stepping Stones Preschool & Westport Schools Grades K-8. Bring your family for an afternoon of SPORTS, GAMES, ARTS & CRAFTS, MUSIC & SNACKS. RSVP to westportspedpta@gmail.com.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Coleytown Elementary School
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Sip ’n Chat

Thursday, November 15th, 9:30am-10:30am @Panera Bread (1860 Post Road East, next to HomeGoods)

Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools.The Saugatuck Spotlight!

This week, we shine the spotlight on SES art teacher Jody Carlson!

If I wasn’t a teacher . . . I would return to marine science. It was exciting to work with scientists from all over the world while working at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Woods Hole, MA.

My favorite crayon color is . . . blue like my eyes. It has always been my favorite and always will be.

My favorite food is . . . chocolate - I have a sweet tooth.

My favorite place to visit . . . would be Bermuda's pink beaches.

A new place that I'd like to visit . . . would be County Cork, Ireland where my ancestors are from.

A little known fact . . . is that I am published in two articles from Marine Micropaleontology publication.

A Scoop of Thanks Goes To …

. . Kelli O’Hara Naughton for organizing the awesome Halloween Storyteller!

. . . The Rise and Read Team and all of the parents who donated breakfast treats for the successful second grade Rise and Read.

. . . The Election Day bake sale team, Helen Martin-Elmer, Rory O’Neill and all of the parents and students who contributed baked goods and worked shifts at the sale!

✴ All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Save the Date for Into the Woods!

BMS 7th and 8th graders are bringing the magic of Sondheim to life with this year’s musical, Into the Woods! Mark your calendars now to see this extraordinary production (dates below). Tickets will go on sale on November 12th at www.bedfordactinggroup.com. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for more information!

Performances will be held on:

Thursday, November 29th at 7:00pm

Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm

Saturday, December 1st at 2:00pm and 7:30pm

Staples Players presents Legally Blonde. Performances are November 9, 10, 16 & 17 at 7:30 PM and November 11 & 17 at 3 PM. Buy your tickets online beginning October 20 at staplesplayers.com — or in the lobby, from 30 minutes prior to performances, as available. Rated PG-13.

Vaping - Why Are So Many Kids Doing It??!!

Liz Jorgensen of Insight Counseling/Newport Academy will discuss the myths & risks of e-cigarrettes. Why are so many teens drawn to vaping? The link between anxiety, depression and substance abuse. November 14th at 7pm at Bedford Middle School. Parents are encouraged to bring their kids. CLICK HERE for more information. Please register at https://vapingwestport.eventbrite.com

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