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The Saugatuck Scoop - 5/31/24

Saugie Spotlight

This week, we shine our Saugie Spotlight on…Field Day! Here are a few final reminders as you get ready for one of the most anticipated days of the year!

  1. If you didn’t order a field day lunch for your child, please have your child bring lunch from home.
  2. 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.
  3. Have your child wear their field day t-shirt.
  4. Dress your child in appropriate clothing and sneakers.
  5. Send your child to school with a water bottle.

Attention, Field Day Volunteers! If you volunteered for a shift today, here are a few reminders for YOU:

  1. Please look at the SES Field Day Volunteer Schedule to see the station you volunteered for and the time frame.
  2. Read the Station Descriptions document to learn how to run your station.
  3. Review the Field Day Map to know where your station is located. Please arrive early and check in near the field bleachers. 

Saugie’s Checklist

  • No Running Club today because of Field Day.
  • TODAY is the last day to donate to FITB in honor of Walk-A-Thon!
  • Next week’s lunch menu is here.

Next Week at a Glance

Tuesday, June 4, 6-7:30pm All Ensembles Concert - SES
Wednesday, June 5 Cultural Arts Performance - SES (students only)
Friday, June 7, 7:45am SES Running Club - SES Track
Friday, June 7, 8 am "Chalk the Walk"
Friday, June 7 5th Grade Sealabration - SES


Save the Date

Thursday, June 13, 12pm 5th Grade Moving Up - SES
Thursday, June 13, 7-10pm BOE Meeting - SHS Cafeteria
Friday, June 14, 1pm Last Day of School - Early Dismissal


PTA Events and Activities

Walk-A-Thon Donations for Filling In The Blanks (FITB) - last day to donate is TODAY!

Today is the last day to donate in celebration of your child(ren)’s accomplishment last week during Walk-A-Thon. No donation is too small as every dollar gets us closer to our goal of $8,000! Thank you again to everyone who has already donated!

You can make a donation by clicking here or by scanning the QR code on your child’s lap card. 

FITB is bridging the weekend meal gap for local children. Most of the children in their program get breakfast and lunch from school every weekday, and would have gone hungry over the weekends. When the obstacle of food insecurity is removed, children experience increased academic achievement in school and increased opportunities for success in their lives. 

SES Running Club - May 10th-June 7th, every Friday morning at 7:45am (SES Track) 

Meet us on the track every Friday morning at 7:45am EXCEPT FOR TODAY (May 31st) from May 10th through June 7th (with the exception of May 31st) for our spring program! K-2 students must be accompanied by an adult. Sign Up Here!

Questions? Contact Amanda Pfohl

Art Smart Album Now Available!

Check out the Art Smart Album, which is being broadcast on various screens around the school next week so our young artists can see their artwork on display. Thank you to the parents who facilitated these projects in the classroom.

Calling all Parents of Current 4th Graders! Join a 5th Grade Event Committee!

The following positions need to be filled to ensure our rising 5th-grade class has a final year of elementary school full of fun and special memories:

  • NEW! Co-Chair of Fifth Grade Events (1 spot available)
  • Fifth Grade Slideshow  (5 spots available)
  • Fifth Grade Yearbook (1 spot available)
  • Fifth Grade Photographers (2 spots available)
  • Fifth Grade Halloween Party (2 spots available)
  • Fifth Grade Pumpkin Contest (1 spot available)

Please add your name to an open spot on the SignUp Genius here. Please click here to access the description of roles, and email Jaclyn Carbino with any questions!

2024-2025 PTA Volunteers Needed

The 2024-2025 SLATE was officially voted in at the GPTA meeting this week. We will continue to look for volunteers for the remaining open roles through the end of the school year and in the Fall when new families arrive at SES. Below is a list of the current open opportunities for the PTA next school year. Reach out to Jaclyn Carbino to sign up OR to request for more information. You can also read through each job description here.


  • Spring/Fall Faculty Luncheon: (Aug/Sep and May/June)
  • Staff Appreciation Week (May)
  • Lost and Found
  • K-4 Yearbook: (Apr-Jun)
  • Ice Skating Party: (Nov-Jan/Feb) 
  • Election Day Bake Sale: (Sep-Nov)
  • Bingo Night: (Jan-Mar) 
  • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Committee
  • SpEd Representative: We are seeking volunteers with children with 504 or IEP to represent the SpEd community. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Sandy Rodriguez or our current rep, Yesenia Keuker for more info. 
DEI Committee Updates - “Chalk the Walk” Event, June 7th @ 8:00am (SES walkways)

On Friday, June 7 at 8:00am, we invite the community to “chalk the walk" with positive messages on the walkways in front of school. 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!

Books As Gifts - Ongoing

Thank you to all who have donated to the “Books As Gifts” program. We are accepting donations through the end of the year! If you donated a book and your child did not receive it, please reach out to Leah Crane or Kerri Joller. We would love to check it out to them before the end of the year, and give them a special Saugie bookmark.

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. It’s the perfect time of year to honor a child's accomplishment of moving up, or thank a teacher by donating a book in their name. 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. Contact Principal Messler for confidential financial support.

Kindergarten Families - Sign up to volunteer at recess

Snag up the last few recess days of the school year before they’re gone! Volunteer for kindergarten recess duty 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

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.

District DEI Site - available 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 parents, staff and Superintendent Thomas Scarice for participating in this week’s GPTA meeting! It was a great discussion and exciting to have our 2024-2025 PTA slate voted on by our community. Thanks again to our Nominating Committee for all of your hard work and time spent putting together the PTA slate for 2024-2025. 

Mrs. Cooney, the Student Leadership Council and all our staff who contributed to a memorable Memorial Day Celebration for both students and families.

…DEI Co-Chairs, Helen Bomier, Eric Cheung and Brooke Dumain, for keeping us informed in honor of each heritage month and organizing parent meet ups throughout the year! 

…Room Parent Coordinator Elizabeth Hand for coordinating and communicating with room parents this year. From classroom parties to school wide events, we are grateful for you and for all of our room parents!

…our Bulletin Board Co-Chairs Chantal Angelis and Maureen Valdes for putting up every child’s birthday on the board each month and bringing our main board to life in such creative and engaging ways!

….Kindergarten Recess Coordinator Kristi Montanaro for organizing the recess volunteers this year!

Helpful Resources 

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

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