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March 11, 2020

The Saugatuck Scoop

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Saugie’s Checklist:

  • CLICK HERE for the District’s update on Coronavirus and our cleaning protocol.
  • Little Mermaid Jr. is postponed
  • Board of Finance meeting is this Thursday, March 12th
  • Next BOE meeting is on Monday March 16th
  • Parents Teachers Conference and early dismissal is next week - March 18th - 20th

Save the Date . . .

Now through March 27th SES Art Show
Thursday, March 12th Spirit Day! Wear blue and white
Thursday, March 12th Board of Finance meeting 7:30pm Town Hall
Postponed Saugatuck Theater Company presents The Little Mermaid Jr.
Monday, March 16th BOE meeting 7:30pm Staples High School Cafeteria
Monday, March 16th - 20th Spring Book Fair
Wednesday, March 18th - 20th Parent-Teacher Conferences - early dismissal at 12.15pm
Monday, March 23rd - 27th SES Wellness Week
Monday, April 6th - 10th Spring Break

Saugatuck Theater Club Update . . . 
The Little Mermaid Jr has been postponed
In light of current health advisories, school district productions/activities must be limited to no more than 100 people. In consultation with Dr. Abbey, Superintendent of Schools, Principal Messler has postponed this week's production of The Little Mermaid Jr. Once a rescheduled date has been determined, we will communicate it to you via our Scoop.

Board of Education/Board of Finance Update . . . 
Last Wednesday, Candice Savin (BOE Chair) and Dr. Abbey presented the BOE proposed 2020-21 school year budget to members of the Board of Finance. The next scheduled BOF meeting to discuss funding the proposed budget (with public comments) will be tomorrow, Thursday, March 12th at 7:30pm at the Town Hall Auditorium. CLICK HERE for the agenda. CLICK HERE for the BOE proposed detailed 2020-21 school year budget. We encourage you to stay connected and informed throughout the duration of this challenging budget season. Parent voices and presence matter in this process, so please continue to stay informed.

Next BOE meeting is Monday, March 16th at 7:30pm at Staples High School cafeteria.

Brought to You by the PTA . . . 
Author Kate Messner to Visit SES!
Award-winning children’s book author Kate Messner will visit SES on Tuesday, April 14th! Ms. Messner is the author of picture books (Over and Under the PondUp in the Garden and Down in the Dirt); current novels (BreakoutThe Seventh Wish, Chirp) and popular Ranger in Time chapter books.
Ms. Messner will deliver presentations to grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5. She will talk to our children about books, writing and curiosity. Parents are invited to attend - times to be announced soon. Questions? Contact Jessica Hill at jessica_m_hill@hotmail.com 

Annual SES Student Art Show
Mark your calendars to visit the SES Student Art Show from now until March 27th, located in the curved foyer and adjacent hallways outside the SES auditorium! Make a note to visit the show while you’re at school for teacher conferences (March 18th-20th).

Positive Youth Development (PYD) Announcement

Don't want your child to buy juice, sugary yogurt, chocolate milk or another food item at lunch? Prefer organic milk or soy milk? Make a request to Chartwells. You can email a request to Chartwells, our district's food service provider, to put specific food items on the "no purchase" list of your child's account. Contact Deb VanCoughnett at dvancoughnett@westportps.org 

The SES Scene . . .
Conference Week Book Fair
Please join us in the SES Library during conference week, March 16th-20th, for the first-ever Follett Spring Book Fair! Shop for new exciting books before or after conferences or join your child's class! Please CLICK HERE for the class visit schedule.
The book fair hours will be 7:45am-4pm Monday through Friday. Mark your calendars for an evening family literacy event on Thursday, March 19th from 5-6pm! Mr. Lawrence and Mrs. Rodriguez will read aloud some hilarious books, and Saugie will be joining us as well for photo opportunities with his many fans! If you have any questions, please e-mail Rae Anne Locke at rlocke@westportps.org.children. See you at the book fair! 

Sustainable Saugie Says . . .
This week Sustainable Saugie has teamed up with Sebastian, Scuttle and Flounder to tell you how to help protect the ocean and Save the Seals (and the Mermaids!). Over fishing is the greatest threat our ocean faces, and global fish populations are rapidly decreasing due to high demand and unsustainable fishing practices. Help keep fisheries and fish stocks healthy by choosing sustainable seafood when you grocery shop or dine out. The easiest way to do this is to look for the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) labels. Their blue and green fish logos on your seafood ensures your fish can be traced back to sustainably-managed fisheries and farms. (www.worldwildlife.org) 

Special Education News . . .
Special Ed Parent’s Sip N’ Chat
Join us to chat, exchange ideas and ask questions with other special ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. We meet in Room 210 at the Westport Library, no need to RSVP. Future meeting dates are: March 18th (9:30am), April 15th (9:30am), and June 10th (9:30am).

And SAVE THE DATE: April 1st, 9-11:30am, for the 8th Annual Spring Coffee Featuring an Opportunity Fair and Special Presentation by Dr. Nicholas Gelbar, PhD. BCBA-D NCSP, on Using the Life Course Framework for Children of Any Age; Preparing for Life after High School.
Open to all families and caregivers with children with special needs, ages pre-K to adulthood. Join us as we explore how to guide our children through the various stages of life and learn about the wealth of opportunities available to our children in Westport RSVP: westportspedpta@gmail.com

If you have any questions please contact SpED PTA representative, Kate Frascella at katefrascella@gmail.com  

All Around Town . . .
Seussical at Staples is postponed
Seussical is postponed to April 24th, 25th and 26th. For more information go to staplesplayers.com

Special Ed Teen Movie Night
Join us for teen movie night at Toquet Hall on Friday March 13th from 7pm to 9:30pm. The movie will be Spider-man - Far From Home. Bring a friend or school buddy and enjoy some free pizza, drinks or buy a snack at the snack bar while watching this fun movie!! This is a drop off event for children receiving special education in Westport (Grades 6-12 only). RSVP Sharuna Mahesh at sharunam@gmail.com or Merrily Bodell mzbodell@gmail.com.

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 Al Orozco and his custodial team for working tirelessly to keep our school clean and safe for our students and staff. . .    
. . . to all the students and parents who took part in One Book Two Schools over the last month, and to Masterpieceauthor Elise Broach for visiting our school . . . 
. . . Amie Peck for organizing the parents’ social evening at Pearl . . .
. . . and the Art Room volunteers who worked long hours to hang the artwork for the SES Art Show! 

The Final Funny . . . 
What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses?
A coconut on vacation.

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.