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May 5, 2021

The Saugatuck Scoop
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We are so grateful to the entire SES staff for their unwavering commitment to our children this year. The PTA has organized an assortment of gestures that we sincerely hope they will enjoy, but nothing means more to a staff member than hearing from you directly. Please go out of your way to let them know how thankful you are to them.

Saugie’s Checklist:

  • LAST CALL for K-4 Yearbook - order by Friday, May 7th!
  • May lunch menu

Save the Date . . .

Wednesday, May 5th, 7pm

CT PTA celebrates Mr. Lawrence!

Wednesday, May 5th, 8-11:30am

BOE DEI committee meeting (virtual)

Thursday, May 6th, 6pm

Planning and Zoning Commission meeting (virtual)

Friday, May 7th

K-4 yearbook LAST CALL

Wednesday, May 19th, 7-7:30pm

Wishtree virtual book club

Wednesday, May 26th

Kindergarten orientation (virtual)

Monday, May 31st

No School - Memorial Day

Friday, June 4th

Field Day

Friday, June 4th

Deadline to order back-to-school supplies through Schoolkidz

Brought to You by the PTA . . .
K-4 Yearbook Deadline has been EXTENDED
For real, this is the very, very, very last call. Coffee Pond shuts it all down Friday, May 7th at midnight. So if you have not already (and we know who you are) order yours NOW at www.coffeepond.com. Visit www.coffeepond.com > select “Yearbook Program” > “Yearbook Order” and use the password sesyearbook21. Enter your child’s name and grade; then select his/her teacher from the drop-down menu. Yearbooks cost $15 each and will be distributed through your child’s classroom the last week of school. Questions? Please contact Katherine O’Brien (kjobrien72@mac.com).

*Reminder for fifth grade parents! The K-4 Yearbook does contain fifth grade class photos. Fifth grade-only yearbooks will go on sale later this week.

CT PTA Outstanding Teacher Award
Congratulations to Mr. Lawrence for winning the 2021 CT PTA Outstanding Elementary Teacher Award! CT PTA will be hosting a virtual celebration tonight at 7pm to honor all winners of the Outstanding Administrators Award, please join!

Zoom Link
Meeting ID: 838 6652 8243
Passcode: pta2021

PTA General Meeting Presentation 
In case you missed the last PTA General Meeting, click HERE to view the presentation by our school psychologists Jen Fenty and Stelanie Mpazicos.

The SES Scene . . .
CHEER-E-OS for Charity Results Are In!
Thanks to everyone's kind donations of all types of cereal, we were able to donate a little over 250 boxes to Person to Person Food Pantry in Norwalk! The Caring Council Crew had a wonderful time setting up the boxes in the hallways at SES after school last week and seeing the FORCES in MOTION!! 

National School Lunch Hero Day
On Friday, May 7th, Chartwells is celebrating National School Lunch Hero Day in our schools across the country as we recognize our 16,000 cooks, chefs, dietitians and foodservice workers who served more than 300 million meals since the start of the pandemic. Now in its 9th year, School Lunch Hero Day is a national program dedicated to providing well-deserved recognition to school foodservice professionals for their role in keeping children well-fed, happy and healthy. Thank you to our amazing lunch heroes Debbie Holmes and Angelina Mastroianni!

National Nurses Day
National Nurses Day is observed annually on May 6th. On this day, we raise awareness of all nurse contributions and commitments and acknowledge the vital role nurses play in society. This day is also the first day of National Nurses Week and is sometimes known as National RN Recognition Day. Thank you to our wonderful school nurses Jane Sandri and Ann Blystone!

Back-to-School Supplies 2021-2022
It’s hard to believe, but it is time to order your school supplies for next year! The District will again be using the services of SchoolKidz and their Teacher Tailored back-to-school supply kit program. The items in each kit have been selected by Saugatuck Elementary School teachers and are the same items in the supply lists that are posted on our school website. SchoolKidz offers very competitive pricing of $30 for each 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. School supplies may only be ordered online. The deadline to order online is Friday, June 4th.  

  1. Go to www.shopttkits.com
  2. Enter the account number 19683
  3. Choose the appropriate grade level kit, i.e. the grade your child will be entering in the fall.
  4. Enter your child’s first and last name.
  5. Add to cart; confirm your order, checkout and pay with your credit card.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You do not need to sign in or create an account when checking out. You can checkout without an account by entering your email address only. You will receive an email confirmation after your order has been successfully submitted, which you should retain as your receipt.

Please note that no family will be denied school supplies due to the inability to pay. Please contact Principal Messler at emessler@westportps.org for CONFIDENTIAL financial support.

For general questions please contact Carmela Cerulo at ccerulo@westportps.org.  

One Book, Two Schools
We hope you have been enjoying reading Wishtree with your child(ren)! We have our second book club coming up on May 19th, 7:00-7:30pm. The family book club event will be virtual, and a registration form will be emailed out closer to the date. The book club is voluntary, and for the whole family. SES staff will help to facilitate the discussion. A  Zoom link will be sent directly to registered families.

Once OBTS is completed, we invite Saugatuck community members to donate their OBTS book to Wilcoxson School in Stratford, CT to share this reading experience with others. We will have more information about this after the conclusion of OBTS.

For your additional reading pleasure, Saugatuck celebrity readers have recorded chapters of the book. You can access these recordings through the SES website. We have also included a Family Guide here and on our OBTS website to help parents have conversations around topics from the book. Happy Reading!

Kindergarten Registration
The 2021-2022 Kindergarten Registration is underway. If your child turns five years of age on or before January 1, 2022, please register him/her as soon as possible. Registering now allows the District to optimally plan for your new kindergartener. All registration information is located on the district website under the Kindergarten Registration link on the homepage https://www.westportps.org

On May 26th, SES will have a virtual orientation session. You will have an opportunity to hear more details about Kindergarten from kindergarten teachers and other staff members. An invitation will be sent to all registered kindergarten families. If you need further assistance, please contact the Superintendent’s office at (203) 341-1026.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I)
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. We begin our celebrations with the following selections that can be enjoyed with your family.
Watch: Know Us I Sikh in the Spotlight | What We Enjoy
Read: Diverse Books  
Learn More

We are committed to making DE&I a priority in our district that supports 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.

Join the PTA!
It’s not too late to join the PTA! CLICK HERE to join. (Registration code is: westport) Questions? Contact ses_pta_membership@westportps.org

*We want to make sure that every family has the opportunity to join the PTA. Please contact Carmela Cerulo or Ms. Messler if you are in need of financial assistance. All requests are confidential.

All Around Town . . .
Planning and Zoning Meeting
Tune in to watch the P&Z meeting on Thursday, May 6th, 6pm. The agenda includes plans for the use and renovation of 136 Riverside Avenue property. Click HERE to view the meeting and HERE for the agenda. If you would like to review the application prior to the meeting, it is available HERE.

Mental Health Awareness Month with Westport Human Services and Westport Together
May 12th at 6:30pm - "Adolescent Mental Health in 2021: Challenges and Strategies with Dr. Aaron Weiner" Helping your teenager cope with difficult emotions has been a challenge even in the best of times, but adding COVID-19 to the mix has taken adolescent stress levels to a whole new level. Is what you're seeing normal teenage angst, an understandable reaction to stress, or a clinical problem worth addressing? And how should you address it? Join Westport Together as we welcome board certified psychologist and master addiction counselor, Dr. Aaron Weiner, as he reviews how the global pandemic has affected teen mental health, how you can tell normal problems from more significant mental health concerns, and numerous actionable steps and ideas parents can use to support teens’ mental health and well being. Register at: westporttogether.org

Health & Safety . . .
The following guidance has been provided by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Health regarding travel team sports and out of state tournaments. 

Out-of-State Competition
Teams or individuals traveling outside of Connecticut for more than 24 hours for the purposes of engaging in athletic competition should follow the CDC guidance for Travel during COVID-19. This includes (but is not limited to) quarantining at home for a full 7 days upon returning and getting a COVID-19 antigen or PCR test between days 3-5 or quarantining for a full 10 days upon return without testing. Students should not return to school or other activities outside the home prior to the completion of the full quarantine period regardless of a negative test result and should continue to remain away from school and other activities if they have any symptoms of COVID-19.

We encourage you to review the below important health and safety information for families:

IMPORTANT:  If you are awaiting test results, please make sure your child quarantines and stays home from school until you have received a NEGATIVE test result.

Community Bulletin Board
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Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!
Cultural Arts
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Author Series
PYD Health and Wellness

A Scoop of Thanks to . . .
. . . Our staff appreciation committee Lara Danbeck, Miriam Young, Stephanie Ehrman, Heidi Saltzman, and Kris Jandora from the Sunshine Committee, for helping with Staff Appreciation Week! 

The Final Funny . . .
Q: Why couldn’t the astronaut book a hotel on the moon?
A: Because it was full!

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