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The Saugatuck Scoop - 5/26/2023


Saugie’s Checklist

  • See here for the May/June Principal’s Newsletter. 

  • 5th Grade - Celebration Seat orders are due TODAY!

  • SES Running Club meets TODAY at the SES track at 7:45am.

  • Check out the Spring Art Newsletter for details on your student’s artwork & portfolio. 

  • Walkathon donations can be made through June 2nd.

  • May lunch menu here. June lunch menu here.


Next Week at a Glance

Monday, May 29th

Memorial Day - No School

Tuesday, May 30th, 9am                          

Memorial Day Concert - SES Track                                                                

Friday, June 2nd

SES Field Day (Rain Date 6/5)


Save the Date

Monday, June 5th, 7pm

BOE Meeting - SHS Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 6th, 7:30-8:05am              

Rise and Read - SES Library (2nd Grade)

Tuesday, June 6th, 7:30-9pm

SES DEI PTA Meeting - Westport Library (Date Change)

Wednesday, June 7th, 7pm

4th Grade Orchestra and 4th & 5th Grade Chorus Concert - SES Auditorium

Wednesday, June 7th, 3:30-4:30pm

Chalk the Walk - SES Walkways

Thursday, June 8th

“You Be You” Day

Thursday, June 8th, 9:30-10am

Final General PTA Meeting - SES Auditorium

Thursday, June 8th, 2pm

BubbleMania at SES 

Friday, June 9th

Last Day to Order Kate Messner Books

Friday, June 9th

Schoolkidz School Supplies Order Due

Friday, June 9th

5th Grade Sealabration

Monday, June 12th, 7pm

BOE Meeting - SHS Cafeteria

Tuesday, June 13th

Rainbow Day - Wear Your Field Day Shirts or Grade Level Colors

Thursday, June 15th

5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony

Friday, June 16th, 1 pm

Last Day of School - Early Release


Brought to you by the PTA

Are you ready for Field Day?!

This year’s Field Day is Friday, June 2nd (rain date June 5th), and there are six things you need to know.


  1. There are no restrictions this year.  All parents are allowed to attend Field Day!

  2. If you didn’t order a field day lunch for your child, have your child bring lunch from home.

  3. Apply sunscreen to your child before coming to school. Grades 3-5 can bring and apply their sunscreen before their field day. Staff members cannot apply sunscreen to any student.

  4. Have your child wear their field day t-shirt.

  5. Dress your child in appropriate clothing and sneakers.

  6. Send your child to school with a water bottle.


Click here to see your Field Day volunteer slot.

PTA Cultural Arts Presents: Casey Carle's BUBBLEMANIA! 

Mark your calendars! Presented by the PTA Cultural Arts committee, BubbleMania will come to SES on Thursday, June 8th at 2pm. Casey has been amazing, amusing and astonishing audiences by using science, art and comedy to keep audiences ages 5 to 85 mesmerized!


Parents are invited! Please RSVP here. More info about Casey Carle available here.


5th Grade Celebration Seat - orders due TODAY
A Celebration Seat is an engraved brass plate attached to the armrest of an SES Auditorium seat. Plates can be engraved with a name, date or special message. Purchasing a celebration seat is a beautiful way to commemorate your student’s experience at SES with a lasting gift for the graduate, or a favorite teacher. Last day to order is TODAY!


PTA Parking Spot Winner

Our final parking spot winner for the year is the Dolan Family! With all the end of year events coming up, we hope you will find this spot useful!


General PTA Meeting (Thursday, June 8th, 9:30-10am, SES cafeteria)

We will be voting on the 2023-24 PTA slate and the updated PTA bylaws. Click here to review the bylaws. It will be a short but important meeting, so please join us one last time this year!


Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Asian American, APA, AAPI, APIDA, or AANHPI?  What do all of these acronyms mean?  Learn more about all of these terms and why it is important to remember that the AAPI/AANHPI community is incredibly diverse here and here.


Similarly, the term “Jewish American” also represents an incredibly diverse group of people. Read more about how this term has shifted over time here and watch Rabbi Angela Buchdal’s (the first Asian American to be ordained a rabbi) “We are Family” sermon here.


Upcoming events: 

SES DEI PTA Meeting (Tuesday, June 6th, 7:30-9:00pm - Date Change)

Our last meeting of the school year – all parents & guardians welcome to join at the Westport Library: June is PRIDE month. We will explore how each of us speaks with our children about love, and what it means to be a family. How do you speak with your children about what PRIDE means, and the LGBTQ+ community?


Chalk the Walk (Wednesday, June 7th, 3:30-4:30pm)

We invite the community to “chalk the walk” with positive messages on the walkways in front of our schools. The following day is “You be You” day, and we want to welcome everyone at school with love. Come ready to write your positive, welcoming messages … You be You … You are awesome … You are loved, etc. We will have chalk available, or feel free to bring your own colors!


Rise And Read

It’s our last Rise and Read of the year! Second grade families are welcome to read together at the library on Tuesday, June 6th, 7:30-8:05am. Click here to sign up to bring coffee and Munchkins! 


Walkathon Update

SES has raised over $5,000! Thank you for generously supporting The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. You can make a donation in honor of your walker, or in celebration of someone's medical journey until June 2nd. Donate a flat fee or sponsor your child per lap; any amount you can contribute will make a difference.


Author Visit - It's not too late to order Kate Messner Books!

Did your child come home excited about Kate Messner's amazing presentation on Monday? Are they eager to get a copy of one of her books? No worries, it's not too late to order one! Fork & Pencil will keep the order site open until June 9th, so don't delay!


Place book orders here. A portion of sales will go to your school's PTA to help fund future Author Visit events. A couple of details to note:

  • If you are submitting a book order for multiple children, you will need to complete a separate online order per child.

  • Instructions on how to place orders are listed on the website. Please read carefully and check that you have received a confirmation email with your purchase total. If you receive a confirmation with $0.00 your order did not go through.

  • Book orders will be delivered to SES after June 9th in one shipment.


SES Running Club (Fridays through June 2nd, 7:45am)

It’s time to get your run on!! Join us every Friday morning at 7:45am at the SES track. Next Friday, June 2nd, is our last session. Contact Maura Cotter with any questions. Click here to sign up!


Westport PTA Council - Open Positions

Westport PTA Council needs your help!  We are currently looking for co-chairs for the following committees:

  • Membership/Directory

  • Technology


If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities please see here for more information or reach out to Stefanie Shackelford, Westport PTA Council Past President.


Join the SES PTA
Still haven’t joined the PTA? Membership registration is still open!


Membership does not mean you are obligated to volunteer - but if you choose to volunteer, a member of your family must register for the PTA, per our bylaws. And don’t forget you gain access to our school directory via the MobileArq Next app once you become a member!


Review the detailed instructions on how to sign up here. Questions? Email the SES PTA Membership team


The SES Scene

Memorial Day Concert (Tuesday, May 30th, 9am)

We invite all Saugatuck families to our annual Memorial Day Concert performed by all students on Tuesday, May 30th, 2023 at 9am. All families are invited to join us on the track behind the school to enjoy a concert of patriotic songs in celebration of Memorial Day. Please bring a lawn chair or beach towel and join us as we perform this musical celebration. In the event of rain, the performance will be moved to the auditorium and families may still attend. Don’t forget to wear red, white and blue!


You Be You Day (June 8th)

Students are encouraged to wear bright colors as we celebrate what makes us shine!


SchoolKidz - 2023-24 School Supplies (orders due by June 9th)
Don’t want to stress over buying your child’s school supplies over the summer? SchoolKidz has worked with us to offer very competitive pricing of $30.00 for each school supply kit. Kits will be delivered directly to your child’s classroom in a reusable storage box ready for use on the first day of school. This program is entirely optional. Click here for more information on how to order. 


5th Grade Special Events

Be sure to read Principal Messler’s latest update for 5th grade families here.


2023-2024 Kindergarten Registration

Incoming Kindergarten parents, don’t forget to register your child as soon as possible! If your child turns five years of age on or before January 1, 2024, please register him/her here.


Helpful Apps & Sites

  • School Dismissal Manager (SDM) App: download and dismissal procedures here.

  • My School Bucks App: visit the website or download the app to ensure your account is funded. More information is available here.

  • Nutrislice: school lunch menus available here.

  • WheresTheBus: download the app on any Apple or Android device for up-to-the-minute ETAs on bus arrivals at your stop.


Around Town

2023 Continuing Ed Summer Camps

Westport Continuing Education provides a wide array of summer programs and camps for
grades entering K-12 in the Fall. See here for more information.


What’s the Big IDEA (Saturday, June 3rd, 11:00-11:30 am)

The Staples High School IDEA (Inclusion and Diversity through Education and Awareness) Club will be hosting storytimes at the Westport Children's Library. These story times will foster respect, inclusion, and empathy through reading aloud, discussion, and activities. Each month will focus on a different theme. Ages 4-6. See here for more details.


A Scoop of Thanks to…

…Susan Fenn, Sarah Frankel and Gina Lewis for coordinating the author visit this week. From decorating the library to organizing the book orders, and so much more, thank you for making the author visit a success!

…Jill Curran, Susan Fenn, Sarah Frankel, Gina Lewis, Rory O’Neill, Ms. Locke and library volunteers for welcoming author Kate Messner with a beautiful and delicious luncheon!

…all the Kindergarten teachers and staff who helped welcome next year’s kindergarteners during Mini K.

…our Student Leadership Council for giving the kindergarten parents a tour of the school. Everyone did such a great job!

…Geoff Gaspar from logowear for attending all four Mini K sessions. We sold a lot of merch!


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