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December 4, 2019

The Saugatuck Scoop

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Saugie’s Checklist:

  • Attend the BOE meeting TONIGHT at 7:30pm in the SHS Cafeteria
  • Send in your donations to the Penny War - LAST DAY TODAY!
  • Join the PTA, and scroll down to see who won VIP parking for December!
  • SES Logowear Flash Sale going on now - CLICK HERE
  • Sustainable Saugie - weekly tips and tricks for a greener SES!

Save the Date . . .

Wednesday, December 4th

BOE meeting, SHS cafeteria, 7:30pm

Monday, December 9th

BOE meeting, Town Hall 7:30pm
Exclusively for Public Comments 

Thursday, December 12th

5th Grade Orchestra & Chorus Concert

Monday, December 16th

BOE meeting, SHS cafeteria, 7:30pm

Wednesday, December 18th

Cultural Arts Performance - Hip Hop Dimensions, SES 8:30am K-2, 9:45am 3-5 parents welcome!

Friday, December 20th

Spirit Day - Wear your pajamas!

Monday, December 23rd- Wednesday, January 1st

Holiday Recess - No School

Thursday, January 2nd

First day back to school

Sunday, January 12th

Sound Tigers Ice Hockey Game, 3pm

Board of Education Update . . .
Mark your calendars for the following upcoming BOE meetings: 

  • Today - December 4th (rescheduled from December 2nd) at 7:30pm, Staples High School cafeteria. Click herefor the agenda.
  • Monday, December 9th at 7:30pm - This meeting will be exclusively dedicated to public comments and will be held at Town Hall.
  • Monday, December 16th at 7:30pm, Staples High School cafeteria - The Board will aim to vote on one or more resolutions related to split feeder and/or other school rebalancing options for the 2020-21 school year.

We encourage you to communicate your thoughts, questions and concerns to:
Board of Education: BOE@westportps.org
Interim Superintendent David Abbey: dabbey@westportps.org
Assistant Superintendent Anthony Buono: abuono@westportps.org

In your emails, please make sure you copy the BOF, RTM and the Selectmen’s office so they can be equally informed.
Board of Finance: town-bof@westportct.gov
Representative Town Meeting (RTM): rtmmailinglist@westportct.gov
Board of Selectmen: selectman@westportct.gov

Brought to You by the PTA . . .
Rise and Read - 5th Grade
We are excited to see 5th Graders in the library on Wednesday, December 11th at 7:30am for Rise and Read and SCAVENGER HUNT!  Please consider donating breakfast if your child is in Mrs. D'Alessandro and Mrs. Shea's classroom - look out for a Sign Up Genius later this week. And to support the school community in reducing waste, we encourage all children attending to bring their reusable water bottles with them.   

Hip Hop Dimensions - Cultural Arts Visit
PTA Cultural Arts brings enriching, live performances to Westport Schools and is excited to announce its fall performance, HIP HOP DIMENSIONS! The Poetry in Motion Crew will take our students on a dynamic and educational journey that fully immerses them in history, drivers, and dance styles of hip hop and breakdancing. HIP HOP DIMENSIONS is coming to our school on Wednesday, December 18th with performances at 8:30 am (grades K-2) and 9:45 am (grades 3-5). Parents, please join us!

SES Logowear Flash Sale!
Our “Green Rangers” want you to get your reusable (and machine washable) neoprene SES snack bag and awesome metal water bottle! For a limited time only, CLICK HERE to take advantage of our flash sale and get both for $30 - that will be a saving of $10 or 25% off!. Help support our PTA and stay green by keeping those plastic bags out of our landfills.

Birthday Books
Looking for a special way to celebrate your child’s birthday at school? Give the gift of reading and make a lasting contribution in your child’s name to our school library. Questions? Contact Lavinia Larsson at ldlarsson2002@yahoo.co.uk

Have you joined yet? PTA Membership Registration is Open!
Why should you join the PTA? Because the PTA’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of every child and teacher at SES! Just a few of the events and opportunities that the PTA funds are the ArtSmart program, Cultural Arts, Visiting Authors, Rise and Read and much, much more! AND, one lucky member per month will win the VIP PTA parking spot in the front of our school! CLICK HERE now to join! (Registration code is: westport) Questions? Contact ses_pta_membership@westportps.org

The SES Scene . . .
STC Online
The Saugatuck Theatre Club is excited to share its new webpage with the SES Community - CLICK HERE! This will be the place to get all the latest information about STC’s upcoming productions. You’ll also have a chance to purchase merchandise, tickets, and more! If you have any questions, you can always contact the STC staff through their email address: stc@westportps.org

Al's Angels Toy Drive at SES
We will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for children under the age of 10 years old battling cancer, rare blood diseases and severe financial hardship. Every donation will make a huge difference in these kids’ lives! You can drop off your donations until Friday, December 13th in front of the main office. Thank you SES families! Questions? Contact Natalie Kroft at njkroft@gmail.com

Tools For Schools Indoor Air Quality
Did you know … that all schools in the District have a Tools for Schools (TFS) Team made up of at least one administrator, teacher, school nurse, head custodian and parent? The TFS teams meet at least twice per year at each school to do a walkthrough of the building to check for any potential Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) issues such as moisture incursion, odors, mold growth, cleanliness issues, evidence of pests, air flow (ventilation) issues, thermal comfort issues, etc. The team records the findings on a walkthrough spreadsheet and minutes are taken at each meeting. These documents, which are the running IAQ record for each building, are kept in a TFS binder at each school either in the nurse’s office or administrator’s office together with the TFS kit.
We already did our fall 2019 meetings and walkthroughs in October. We are now in the process of finalizing all of the meeting minutes and walkthrough spreadsheets for each school. If you have any IAQ concerns, please contact Sandy Rodriguez at srodriguez@westportps.org. There is a full team member list on the TFS District Website.There is a calendar of TFS/IAQ activities occurring in the district throughout the year. Go to District - Tools for Schools - Information.

Sustainable Saugie Says . . .
With holiday online shopping kicking into full gear, Sustainable Saugie is going nuts about what to do with all of these styrofoam peanuts! Did you know packing peanuts and other EPS (expanded polystyrene) products are among the most common sources of marine debris, where they can be mistaken as food by birds, fish, and of course, seals!?? And they don’t biodegrade - that means 100s of years in a landfill (where they often still fly into the sea).

Here’s what you can do to protect Saugie's home:

  • Take them to a drop-off site like your local packing and shipping store. UPS at 606 Post Road East is one Westport store that will gladly take them! They also take bubble wrap and clean styrofoam containers of all kinds
  • Store them for reuse when shipping gifts
  • Skip the ship, and shop locally!

Special Education News . . .
Navigating Your Child’s IEP - SAVE THE DATE!  
Understanding your child’s IEP can be difficult. This presentation given by WPS administrators will bring you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting. On Monday, December 9th there will be TWO Sessions of this presentation: Session #1 from 9:30 – 10:30am and Session #2 from 6:30 – 7:30pm. LOCATION IS TBD. RSVP to Mary Alvarez at malvarez@westportps.org and please specify which session you would like to attend.

SpEd Sip 'n Chat
The December 4th meeting will be rescheduled to January due to the conflict with the new BOE meeting schedule. A new date is TBD. If you have any questions please contact one of the SpED PTA representative, Kate Frascella at katefrascella@gmail.com.

RULER in the Community . . .
Is your child looking for an art class? MoCA (The Museum of Contemporary Art Westport) is offering classes beginning the week of December 2nd, and this winter they will be offering a RULER inspired art class called RULER: Art and Meditation. Vision boards, Mandalas, and creative exploration are the name of the game in this class. Students will develop their ability to balance personal emotions through the practice of art and introspective study. Beginning Yoga poses and meditation practices will be introduced. The benefit of art as a form of self-care will be emphasized. Registration is open to grades K-5, please CLICK HERE for more information. 

All Around Town . . .
Your Voice Matters – Selecting the Westport Superintendent of Schools
The Westport Board of Education will be hosting two evening opportunities for community members to share their insight on the hiring of the next Superintendent of Schools. On Tuesday, December 10th, Dr. Joseph Erardi, the search consultant working with the Westport Board of Education, will be facilitating one-hour meetings dedicated to gathering community input for the superintendent’s hiring committee. The meeting will start at 7:00pm and will be held in the library at Staples High School. Any resident needing additional information on the community conversation should contact Dr. Erardi at 571-480-0313.

Community Bulletin Board . . .
CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!
Cultural Arts
Special Education
Author Series
PYD Health and Wellness

Scoop of Thanks To . . .
. . . Courtney McMahon and Sara Deren for organizing our teachers’ meals during conference week!

PTA VIP Parking Spot Winner!
Congratulations to John and Amy Herrerra - you will be parking in style when you visit SES for the entire month of December! Please contact us to claim your spot. Thank you for joining the PTA!

The Final Funny . . .
What did one plate say to the other plate?
Dinner is on me!

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