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November 25, 2020

The Saugatuck Scoop
Brought to you by the . . .

This week's Silver Lining brought to you by the entire Saugatuck Elementary School community... the theme that seems to be running throughout our Wall of Thanks is immense gratitude for SES! Thank you SES... families, friends, teachers, staff... all of you are the predominant Silver Lining, and for that we are truly blessed. Happy Thanksgiving! 

Saugie’s Checklist:

  • Check out the “Wall of Thanks” on Padlet
  • Winter Coat Drive - accepting donations now! 
  • Picture Retake Day 12/1- register HERE
  • Join the PTA! Membership registration is OPEN

Save the Date . . .

Wednesday, November 25th

Early Release Day/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Wednesday, November 25th

K-5 Independent Home Learning Day

Thursday, November 26th

Thanksgiving Break - No School

Friday, November 27th

Thanksgiving Break - No School

Monday, November 30th

Final day of Coat Drive

November 30th - December 13th

Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Tuesday, December 1st

School Picture Retake Day

Wednesday, December 9th

K-5 Independent Home Learning Day/Parent-Teacher Conferences

Brought to You by the PTA . . .
Wall of Thanks 
SES is celebrating Thanksgiving this year with a virtual “Wall of Thanks!” Please be sure to check it out on Padlet this week!

Winter Coat Drive
Winter is fast approaching! As you organize your coat closets this month, please consider donating any winter outerwear to the SES Winter Coat Drive! We are accepting new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, and scarves. All donations will be delivered to the Bridgeport Rescue Mission to benefit children and adults in our community. Donations are being accepted now through November 30th.

Drop off location: 32 Whitney Street (Michelle Barman’s house) now through 11/30. 
Please place items inside the box. Questions? Contact Anna Rycenga, annarycenga@gmail.com or (203) 763-9756.
Winter Coat Drive Flyer

SES Scholastic Virtual Book Fair  
The Virtual Book Fair will run November 30th - December 13th. Join your kids in exploring titles and plots and discovering inspiring characters. Empower them by letting them choose the books to purchase — and bring on the joy of reading! Get a headstart on holiday shopping for all the young readers in your life! Remember, every dollar you spend will benefit our school library and classrooms directly (25% back in rewards!). This is not a PTA fundraiser. We will earn Scholastic dollars that will go towards purchasing books for our school.

Our Scholastic Virtual store will feature over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs. FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25 and all orders ship directly to your home. Stay tuned for more information. We can’t wait to “see” you at the Book Fair! 

It’s that time of year again - time to organize those holiday cards! SES has partnered with Minted, a premium card printer to provide SES families with a discount on products. You can visit their site at www.minted.com. By using our promo code FUNDRAISESES at checkout, you will receive 20% off card and gift orders. Minted will then donate 15% back to SES. This offer is good now through December.

We are committed to making DE&I a priority in our district and supporting the entire Saugatuck Elementary School community. If you want to help or have questions, thoughts, or ideas, we would love to hear from you. Your SES DE&I reps - Sarah Ferro and Jane Smith can be reached at ses.dei2020@gmail.com.

Celebrating Native American Heritage Month 
Free screening of the film Gather

PTA Membership Registration is Open!
Join the PTA today! Similarly to the Fall Appeal we would love to see our family participation rate rise!! We rely on families like yours to join the PTA to help further our mission of offering meaningful and engaging enrichment throughout the school year. Yes, even in the midst of a pandemic school year…  even more so, actually! Membership is $30 and requires zero volunteer hours. Access to the school directory is immediate. We are confident that at some point this year all of that contact information will come in handy! Questions? Contact ses_pta_membership@westportps.org

CLICK HERE to join! (Registration code is: westport) 

Silver Linings . . . Thank you to everyone who has sent in submissions to be included in the Scoop. The days are getting shorter, and it’s more important than ever to share our light with each other. As you encounter moments of gratitude, or observations that make you smile in the midst of this pandemic, please share them with us at ses_pta@westportps.org with “Silver Lining” in the subject heading. Each week we will share someone else’s perspective. We invite all staff, students, and parents to participate.

The SES Scene . . .
Picture Retake Day 12/1
If you would like to have your child's school picture retaken, please submit the form here. Students retaking their photos will need to return their original photo package at school on Retake Day. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences
Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place this year virtually, on two At Home Learning Wednesdays: November 25 (morning conferences/early release day) and December 9 (morning/afternoon/evening conferences). A reminder email with your child’s conference time and ZOOM link will be sent to the email address you used to register for the site.

Health & Safety . . . 
Important Travel Reminders From the SES Health Office
Please keep in mind the revised guidelines from the CDC released on November 19th. They are strongly advising all Americans not to travel over the Thanksgiving holiday and to limit Thanksgiving celebrations to only those living in your home. The complete guidance is provided HERE.

Traveling during the holidays, on planes or public transportation, increases exposure to the virus leading to more community spread. You may feel well and not have any symptoms, but you can still spread COVID-19 to others. You and your travel companions, including children, may spread COVID-19 to other people including family, friends, and community for 14 days after you were exposed to the virus.

If you do plan to travel, take as many precautions as possible (wear a mask, distance by six feet, wash hands frequently, avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth.)

Returning to Connecticut and the school after the holiday requires testing and/or precautions. When you arrive back in Connecticut from an Affected State or Country, you are asked to quarantine fourteen (14) days. However, you also have the option of getting tested 72 hours prior to leaving the affected area. With a negative PCR test in hand, quarantine would not be required upon returning to Connecticut. Finally, there is the option of getting a PCR test upon return to Connecticut. Please note that this option requires your student to quarantine at home until a negative COVID test is confirmed. A PCR test is the only acceptable testing option. All of this travel information can be found at https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel

COVID-19 Positive Case Reporting System
A COVID-19 hotline has been set up in order to keep up with the reporting of positive cases. The hotline is for reporting positive cases only. The number is 203-341-1016.  Also, an email can be sent to PostiveCovidReport@westportps.org. If your child has tested positive for COVID-19 please use one of these two methods to communicate to the schools. You may also contact your school nurse for any follow up information. CLICK HERE for more information. 

WPS virus transmission trends can be tracked on the district’s COVID dashboard.

Can My Child Get a Negative COVID Test to Return to School From Quarantine? 
No. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. During this time, even after a negative test, you may develop symptoms and become infectious within this 2-14 days time frame after exposure. This is based on consistent guidance from the CDC and the Connecticut Department of Public Health. 

Can My Child Return to School After a Positive COVID Test if They Subsequently Get a Negative PCR Test?
No. A student can return to school 10 days after the onset of symptoms or 10 days after the date of the positive test. A subsequent test does not negate a previous positive test. 

Does My Child Need a Negative COVID Test to Return After a Quarantine Period?
No. If your child does not develop symptoms they may return to school after the 14 day quarantine period. If your child does develop symptoms, it is best to have your child see their pediatrician.

If students are using reusable masks, the masks tend to stretch out overtime. Please check your child’s mask to ensure it fits properly, including snug over the nose.  

Drop off/Pick up Reminders
Please have your child ready to exit the car when arriving at SES. We suggest that all children:

  1. Put on their masks when cars enter the drop off lane
  2. Have backpacks, coats, gloves and hats easily accessible for exiting the car 


  1. Enter your pick up plans into School Dismissal Manager (SDM) by 10:00 A.M.
  2. When you enter the SES pick up lane, you will “check in” using the website or SDM app. There is a blue button on the site that says “Click Here to Check In.”
  3. When you check in, it sends a signal to the teacher and the child’s name shows up on the teacher’s Smartboard. The teacher will then send the child to the pick up area in the front of the building. The adult picking up must be the person logged into the system at check in, and must be the person listed as picking up the child. SDM does have the ability to choose “any parent of (insert child’s name)” when designating the pick up, and if you choose this, it allows for either parent of the child to be logged in at pick up. If a caregiver is picking up they can be listed as a view only adult and must have their own credentials for login.
  4. Please post your child’s name and teacher on a piece of paper on either your passenger side window or front windshield. Even if you think we recognize you, it is not always easy to see through windows so signs for ALL cars are essential. This makes it much easier for the staff and children to find the correct cars during dismissal.

Finally, when entering our pick up/drop off loop please approach from the right lane (going towards Saugatuck). And, if you park along Riverside Avenue please be respectful of the line of sight for cars at our exits. No car should park within 25 feet of entrances and exits.  

Special Education News . . . 
5 Thanksgiving Family Games

All Around Town . . .
Staples Players Live Radio Shows
Staples Players Radio Theatre presents A Christmas Carol on Sunday, December 13th, at 6 pm. Light a crackling fire and gather the family—this holiday classic is not to be missed! Even Ebenezer Scrooge wouldn't miss it, because this heartwarming radio play is coming to you FREE via livestream at www.wwptfm.org

Community Bulletin Board . . .
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Cultural Arts
Special Education
Author Series
PYD Health and Wellness

A Scoop of Thanks to . . .
. . . Amy French and Cory Tebbutt for organizing our Wall of Thanks.

The Final Funny . . .
Q: How can you unlock the greatest Thanksgiving experience ever?
A:  By making sure to bring the tur-key!

Contact The Scoop:
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