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November 13, 2019

The Saugatuck Scoop

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Saugie’s Checklist:

  • Send in your pennies, bills and coins for the Caring Council Penny War Coin Drive!
  • SES Logowear Flash Sale going on now - CLICK HERE
  • Book Fair opens on Monday, November 18th!
  • Conferences are next week - early dismissal!

Save the Date . . .

Now until Friday, November 22nd Caring Council ‘Tis the Season Coin Drive
Friday, November 15th, 7:30am4th Grade Rise and Read, Library
Monday, November 18th - Friday, November 22ndSES Book Fair!
Tuesday, November 19th, 7:30pmBoard of Education Meeting, SHS
Wednesday, November 20th, 9:30amSPED Sip ‘n Chat, Westport Library
Wednesday, November 20th - Friday, November 22ndParent Teacher Conferences - early dismissal 12:15pm
Wednesday, November 27th - Friday, November 29thThanksgiving Break - No School!
Wednesday, December 18thCultural Arts Performance - Hip Hop Dimensions, SES

Brought to You by the PTA . . .
SES Logowear Flash Sale!
Our “Green Rangers” want you to get your reusable (and machine washable) neoprene SES snack bag and awesome metal water bottle! For a limited time only, CLICK HERE to take advantage of our flash sale and get both for $30. Help support our PTA and stay green by keeping those plastic bags out of our landfills!

Rise and Read - 4th Grade!
We are excited to see all our 4th Graders in the library this Friday, November 15th at 7:30am for Rise and Read! CLICK HERE to sign-up for donations of food and drink if your child is in Mrs. Driscoll or Mrs. Marino's classroom.

And to support the school community in reducing waste, we encourage all children attending to bring their reusable water bottles with them.

The SES Book Fair Starts Monday the 18th!
Thanks to all of you who have signed up; the slots are filling fast! Volunteers are still needed to ensure the Book Fair is a success!

CLICK HERE to view the class visit schedules.
CLICK HERE to sign up to become a REGULAR VOLUNTEER
CLICK HERE to sign up to be a SUPER VOLUNTEER (Super Volunteers attend required register training on the 18th.)

If you can’t attend the fair with your child, you can PRE-PAY with Scholastic’s new e-wallet system, which is available now through the last day of the fair HERE.

Finally, mark your calendars for our evening family event, the Arctic Blast, on Thursday, November 21st from 5-7pm. There will be snowballs (aka donuts) and hot chocolate in the courtyard, guest readers, and a special appearance by Dog Man!! Questions? Contact Amy Herrera at saugatuckbookfair@gmail.com

Clothing Drive Success!
A hearty THANK YOU to all the families who contributed to the fall/winter clothing and coat drive! This year SES collected 480 items to donate to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission! If you missed the in-school collection, or would like to help further, please CLICK HERE for a breakdown of immediate needs at the Bridgeport Rescue Mission, as well as where you can drop off food, clothing and other donations. Winter clothing, coats and thanksgiving meal needs are still needed and greatly appreciated! CLICK HERE to learn more about the Bridgeport Rescue Mission.

The SES Scene . . .
1,2,3,4 - It’s A Penny War for the 'Tis the Season to Give program!
Which buddy grades will have the most points - First and Fourth? Fifth and Second? K and Third? Silver coins go into the other teams' jars, pennies and bills help your buddy jar! The PTA and Caring Council Crew have joined together with Westport’s Department of Human Services to help local families facing a difficult holiday season.The drive is on until Nov 22nd so please send in those silver coins, bills, and pennies! Collection jars are near the main office.

The Little Mermaid
The Saugatuck Theatre Club is excited to present the 2019-2020 production of The Little Mermaid Jr. Any students in 3rd through 5th grade who are interested in taking part in this production must complete the application by Friday, November 22nd. No late sign ups will be accepted! Here is information for families who missed the parent meeting on 11/8. Please feel free to contact us at stc@westportps.org

Al's Angels Toy Drive at SES
We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children under the age of 10 years old battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. Every donation will make a huge difference in these kids’ lives! You can drop off your donations starting tomorrow until Friday, December 13th in front of the main office. Thank you SES families! Questions? Contact Natalie Kroft at njkroft@gmail.com

Lost and Found
Looking for something? It could be in the Lost and Found! Stop by the rack and bins in the cafeteria when you’re in school for conferences. You never know what you might find!

Caring Council Crew Thanks You!
Wow, we collected 54 pounds of candy for first responders and the U.S. soldiers who are far from home. Thank you to those who donated and also to Commerce Park Children’s Dentistry and Orthodontist in Westport who was kind enough to take all of our donations and ship it.

Board of Education Update . . .
At the last BOE meeting on Monday November 11th, the Board recognized 2 retiring members, Mark Mathias and Neil Phillips for their service. CLICK HERE to read an article from WestportNow. The new Board will be sworn in on Monday, November 18th.

At the same meeting, an updated enrollment projections with 2019 baseline data was presented by the demograper, Milone and MacBroom. CLICK HERE for the report (pg. 21-58). CLICK HERE to read an article from WestportNow summarizing the meeting.

The next BOE meeting is Tuesday, November 19th at Staples High School at 7:30pm. Stay tuned for more information on this meeting and it’s agenda.

Special Education News . . .
SpEd Sip 'n Chat
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 Wednesday November 20th 9:30-10:30am at Westport Library, Room 210. No need to RSVP. The next daytime meeting for 2019 is December 18th.

All Around Town . . .
Your Voice Matters – Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools
The Westport Board of Education will be hosting two evening opportunities for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next Superintendent of Schools. On Monday, November 25th and Tuesday, December 10th, Dr. Joseph Erardi, the search consultant working with the Westport Board of Education, will be facilitating one-hour meetings dedicated to gathering community input for the superintendent’s hiring committee. The November 25th and December 10th meetings will start at 7:00pm and will be held in the library at Staples High School. Any resident needing additional information on the community conversation should contact Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313.

Staples Players presents Mamma Mia
A hilarious tale of love and friendship told through ABBA’s timeless hits, performances are November 15th, 16th, 22ndand 23rd at 7:30pm, November 21st at 7pm, and November 17th and 23rd at 3pm. Buy your tickets online at staplesplayers.com - or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

Bye Bye Birdie Tickets On Sale Now!
What makes Conrad Birdie so cool and why is he giving Kim one last kiss? CLICK HERE to buy your tickets to find out! Performances will be held on Friday, November 22nd at 7:30pm, Saturday, November 23rd at 2:00pm and 7:30pmand Sunday, November 24th at 2:00pm. Also, join us for our 1950s Sock Hop/Ice Cream Social fundraiser on Saturday, November 23rd at 12:30pm (right before the Saturday matinee). Ice cream, dancing, free funky socks and lots of other fun! $20 at the door, $15 when you purchase a matinee show ticket. Proceeds to benefit The Tisdale School in Bridgeport.

Apply for an Innovation Fund Grant
Do you have a project or innovative idea that you would like to see brought to life? The Westport Public Schools is looking for passionate, creative students, staff, or Westport community members who have an idea for something that would not normally be considered part of the typical educational offerings. The District would like to invite those interested to apply for an Innovation Fund Grant. For more information and to apply, CLICK HERE.

Community Bulletin Board . . .
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Scoop of Thanks To . . .
. . . the parents of Mrs. Genova and Mrs. Byrne’s 1st graders who contributed to the Rise and Read breakfast! . . .

. . . Christy Charise and Erin Loranger for arranging the successful clothing drive for the Bridgeport Rescue Mission. . .

. . . and Netta Levy, Carolyn Caney and Christine Meiers Schatz for leading the discussion around school start time at the PTA General Meeting and to all the parents that attended.

The Final Funny . . .
What did the grape do when he got stepped on? He let out a little wine.

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