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The Saugatuck Scoop - 4/5/24

Saugie Spotlight

This week, we shine our Saugie Spotlight on…Field Day 2024! It’s hard to believe it’s nearly that time already! There are a few action items parents need to tackle as soon as possible. The deadline is next Friday, April 12th, so do NOT wait!

  • Order your child’s t-shirt. (Fifth graders will wear their fifth-grade shirts.)

  • Order your child’s lunch (or choose the “My child will bring lunch” option). **Note - you are opting in or out of lunch through this site but will be charged for any lunches through Chartwells. 

  • Sign up for a volunteer shift!

Check off all these times from your to-do list HERE and get ready for the best day of the year!

Saugie’s Checklist

  • Get tickets to the STC performances of The Wizard of Oz here - this weekend!
  • Review the updated plans from the district for viewing the Solar Eclipse on Monday here.

  • Make your plans for Parents’ Night Out Wednesday at The Black Duck. Details below.

  • Don't forget to order your K-4 yearbook here. Details below.

  • Next week’s lunch menu here.

Next Week at a Glance

Monday, Apr 8, 2:10-4:35pm Solar Eclipse - See district email here
Wednesday, Apr 10, 7:30-9:30pm Parents' Night Out - The Black Duck
Thursday, Apr 11, 10am SpEd Gathering - Westport Library Rm 210


Save the Date

Monday, Apr 15-Friday, Apr 19 No School - April Break
Thursday, Apr 25, 7pm BOE Meeting - SHS Cafeteria
Friday, Apr 26, 10am SpEd Spring Coffee - Greens Farms Church
Saturday, April 27, 1-3pm SpEd Community Fun Day - SES (indoors)
Friday, May 3 Rise and Read - details to come


PTA Events and Activities

Parents’ Night Out (PNO), Wednesday, April 10, 7:30-9:30pm

Join your fellow SES parents at the Black Duck Cafe on Wednesday, April 10, for a casual evening out. Come celebrate the arrival of spring (we hope), chat about the fantastic production of "The Wizard of Oz" that just wrapped up, and catch up on the spring sports season. There will be a cash bar available. Feel free to swing by at any point during the event. We hope to see you there! 

Earth Month at SES - NEW Calendar for Earth Month Events here!

April is EARTH MONTH at SES. Check the Earth Day Calendar to find exciting events like Carpooling Mondays, Waste Free Fridays, and the hit from last year- Bike-Themed Thursdays!

If you plan to participate in our Walk to School Wednesdays, please take 1 minute to complete this waiver.

Calling all VOLUNTEERS! - Open opportunities for 2024-25

The following volunteer opportunities are now OPEN for the 2024-2025 school year! To ensure our students have a year full of FUN and special memories, please consider VOLUNTEERING for one of the open roles below. Reach out to Kelly Herman to sign up OR for more information. You can also read through each job description here.

  • SES Garden Committee

  • Tools for Schools Representative

  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee

  • PTA Membership/School Directory<

  • Lost and Found

  • Parents Night Out Organizer

  • Rise & Read

  • Bingo Night: (Jan-Mar)

  • Election Day Bake Sale: (Sep-Nov)

  • Ice Skating Party: (Nov-Jan/Feb)  

  • Bridgeport Islanders Game: (Nov-May/Jun)

  • K-4 Yearbook: (Apr-Jun)

  • Logo Wear

  • Spring/Fall Faculty Luncheon: (Aug/Sep and May/June)

  • Caring Community- Walk-a-thon: (Jan-May)

  • PTA Pep Squad

  • Zero Waste Representative/Sustainability

  • NEW - Redistricting Representative

Last call to donate your copy of Because of the Rabbit 

There’s still time to donate your copy of Because of the Rabbit to the Waltersville School in Bridgeport. Bring your book this weekend to the Wizard of Oz performances and drop it in the box located near the auditorium. This is the last week to donate!

Visit the Lost & Found on Your Way to The Wizard of Oz!

Are you coming in for a showing of The Wizard of Oz this weekend? Last call to stop by the Lost and Found table by the entrance of the auditorium! All remaining items will be donated to a local charity - Person 2 Person on Monday, April 8.

Questions? Email Contact Indy Pereira or Cynthia Shinners.

Still need tickets to the STC Wizard of Oz performance? Find all the details you need here.

2023-24 SES K-4 Yearbooks are now on sale

You can order your K-4 Yearbooks now here (password: sesyearbook24)! Online ordering will continue through Friday, April 12th. The cost for the yearbook will remain the same as last year, $17/yearbook if ordered by April 5th. Orders received between April 6th and April 12th will increase in price to $22/yearbook. Please note that no family will be denied participation due to the inability to pay. Contact Principal Messler for confidential financial support.

Questions? Email Susan Fenn.

DEI Committee Updates

Would you like a place where you can find support from other parents around difficult questions that your kiddos ask about differences? A place where you are met with openness and a curiosity to feel supported as you explore your own relationship with ethnicity and culture? Do you feel stumped about how to talk with your kids about issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and want an affinity group of caring folks to do that with? If you answer yes to any of these questions, the DEI parent group is the place for you! Come and join us as we learn and grow together in community.

We welcome and encourage people of all ethnicities, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations and abilities. In order to “be the change” we must understand each other. The best way to understand is through dialogue. If you are curious about the group but don’t think it’s for you for any reason, please reach out to one of the chairs to learn more. If you have questions, suggested topics, or want to become more involved, please email the SES DEI Chairs: Helen Bomier, Brooke Craemer, and Eric Cheung.

Exciting Community Invitation: “Laundry Love Bridgeport”, Tues., April 16th, 5-7pm "Laundry Love Bridgeport” is an interfaith coalition that provides financial and interpersonal support for individuals and families engaged in the universal act of managing their household wash. Commercial laundries are expensive, so financial support is much appreciated. So is the companionship and guidance offered in the course of an otherwise lonely or boring weekly chore. It's multi-cultural, multi-lingual humanity on display, with rewards to all involved. As part of this work, a laundry love youth center has developed at the laundromat. This is an opportunity to read, color, converse and play with the children who come into the Youth Center. On Tuesday, April 16 from 5-7pm, we invite Saugatuck Elementary School families to join in the Youth Center together. Those who are interested can reach out to Dylan Mello for more details.

Questions? Please email the SES DEI Chairs: Helen Bomier, Brooke Craemer, and Eric Cheung.

“Books As Gifts” - Ongoing

The “Books As Gifts” program offers friends and families of SES students an opportunity to support our library by dedicating a special library book to their child. You can celebrate birthdays, accomplishments, holidays, passions, a teacher or staff member, or donate a book just because. Choose a book from the SES Library’s Amazon Wishlist and fill out this form to let us know how you would like the bookplate to be inscribed. Once the book arrives at SES, your child will be the first to check it out and share it with their family. The book will become a part of the SES library for everyone to enjoy for years to come. See the flyer for more information. 

Questions? Email Leah Crane or Kerri Joller. Please note that no family will be denied participation due to the inability to pay. Please contact Beth Messler for confidential financial support.

Kindergarten Families - Sign up to volunteer at recess

There are plenty of spots open for the rest of 2024! Volunteer for kindergarten recess duty here

Special Education PTA News

Upcoming SpEd Events - IEP & 504 Students Welcome

  • Thurs., April 11, 10am, Westport Library, Room 210

SpEd Spring Coffee - Friday, April 26th, 10am The SES SpEd PTA will host a coffee meet-up on Friday, April 26th at 10am at Greens Farms Church, 71 Hillandale Rd. We'll discuss tools for executive functioning at school and home with experts Amanda Kennedy (Psychologist), Lindsey Shortell (Counselor), and MaryAnne Brennan (Special Ed Teacher). Please RSVP here.

SpEd Community Fun Day is back - Saturday, April 27th, 1-3pm SpEd kids in preschool - Grade 8 and their families are invited to join us for good times at the Saugatuck Elementary School (indoor) on Sat., April 27, 1-3 PM. Ice Cream Truck!  Robotics! Games!  Police Car and Firetruck!  And, most importantly, the fellowship of our SpEd families.  Brought to you by the Westport Special Education PTA.  Please RSVP here.

Please register for the Westport SpEd PTA newsletter here. Questions? Contact the SES SpED PTA here

Contribute to the PTA

Label Daddy Proceeds Benefit the SES PTA - Ongoing

Looking for a way to be reunited with future lost items faster while benefiting the PTA? Visit Label Daddy to order your very own stick-on name tags and the SES PTA will receive a portion of all sales.

SES Updates

Ramadan - March 10-April 9

Ramadan is underway. Per Principal Messler’s Spotlight, students who are fasting may go to the library during their lunchtime if they wish to avoid the cafeteria. Please reach out to your child’s teacher if your child may be fasting. Teachers will ensure there is adequate supervision and a designated space for students interested in this option during Ramadan.

Check the Art Website for Ongoing Updates

Ms. Lasto shares exciting updates from the art room of our budding artists. Be sure to check out the latest information and some art samples on her website here.

District Updates

Kindergarten Registration is Open - NEW State Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2024, Connecticut requires that children turn five years old on or before September 1 of the school year in order to enroll in kindergarten. However, because of the timing of this change and the challenges this may cause families, Westport Public Schools has developed the following transitional plan for the 2024-25 school year:

Any child who is not five years old on or before September 1, 2024 but turns five before January 1, 2025, may be admitted to kindergarten upon written request by the child’s parent or guardian to the school principal. 

If you have further questions about this process, please contact Principal Beth Messler. Read the full press release here.

Around Town

Digital Community Bulletin Board - live now and regularly updated!

The district has launched a digital bulletin board that will share all the non-school related activities (think Staples Players performances, sports clinics, Westport Library presentations, and more) relevant for elementary school students and will be updated regularly. Be sure to check it out! If you are interested in submitting something for the bulletin board, please contact Allison O’Dell or Nat Smitobol.

Stay Informed – Long Lots School Building Project

Check here for updates on the LLS Building Project as shared by the LLS PTA Presidents.

Scoop of Thanks to...

...our amazing paraprofessionals! Our dedicated, multitasking “paras” provide support to our kids in and out of the classroom, filling in the gaps as needed and coordinating the chaos around them. Take a moment to thank them for fostering a positive school community!

all the parents and staff for your hard work preparing for STC’s The Wizard of OZ! It was such a treat for the students to watch the performance during school this week. We wish everyone a fantastic performance this weekend!

Helpful Resources 

Click here for helpful resources such as past Scoops, SDM, My School Bucks, and becoming a PTA member.

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Greens Farms Church, 71 Hillandale Rd, Westport, CT 06880, USA
Saugatuck Elementary School, 170 Riverside Ave, Westport, CT 06880, USA