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September 16, 2020

The Saugatuck Scoop

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Hello SES families! Welcome to Week 2 of this extraordinary year!! We are so grateful to our faculty and staff for doing everything in their power to educate our kids safely and effectively!  The Saugatuck Scoop will be your weekly communication from the PTA. Please check your inbox every Wednesday for our email. We apologize for duplicate messaging, but it has come to our attention that some families did not receive their Scoop last week!

Saugie’s Checklist:

  • Register your 4th and 5th Graders for Orchestra or Band Today!

Save the Date …

Wednesday, September 16th

Last day for orchestra/band registration

Wednesday, September 16th

K-5 Independent Home Learning Day

Friday, September 18th, 4-7pm

SES courtyard work-party

Monday, September 21st, 7:30pm

Board of Education Meeting, SHS

Wednesday, September 23rd, 9:30am

SpEd Sip ‘n Chat (Zoom)

Thursday, September 24th, 1:30pm

SpEd Sip ‘n Chat (Zoom)

Thursday, September 24th, 7pm 

SpEd Sip ‘n Chat (Zoom)

Monday, September 28th

Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 30th

K-5 Independent Home Learning Day

Monday, October 5th

Picture Day

Brought to You by the PTA . . .

PTA Gardens Committee 


With so many of our faculty and students utilizing SES’s outdoor spaces, it’s an important time to make improvements to the school grounds. The PTA Gardens Committee is looking for 8 volunteers to help install a pathway in the SES courtyard this Friday, Sept. 18th, 4 – 7 pm. Gault Stone has generously donated 2 tons of pea stone for the project! They'll deliver it “curbside” at the SES auditorium doors. We need volunteers to help transfer it in wheelbarrows and grade it into place with rakes. In order to keep the number of volunteers to a minimum, we're limiting the work-party to adults only. Please contact Dina Schmidt at dbottoneschmidt@gmail.com if available to help with this courtyard makeover. 

AM & PM Dismissal Volunteers NEEDED

As anyone sitting in the pickup line can attest to, dismissal is a tremendously daunting task!  SES staff members are doing everything in their power to expedite the process while keeping our children safe.  If any parents or caregivers are interested in being trained to assist with dismissal, please communicate your interest and the days you are available to help to ses_pta@westportps.org.  

Join the PTA!

PTA Membership. SES PTA supports programs and events to enrich students’ educational experiences, benefits teachers, and assists administrators throughout the school year.

This year it's especially important to join the PTA with a $30 donation, so that we can meet this moment with support for our students and teachers.  Note: PTA membership does NOT obligate you to volunteer! Your PTA membership also gives you access to the school directory, MobileArq.  

The link to join the PTA will be live soon, and we will share it as soon as it's ready.  If you have students in more than one school you will be able to sign up for all schools at once.  

We Need YOU!
Calling All Volunteers! Are you interested in volunteer opportunities at SES? Contact Jill Curran, VP-Volunteers (jillmariecurran@gmail.com) to get involved and connected with one of our committees. We are still looking for a new VP-Communications board member to help with our communications initiatives, and we are also looking for a second Health and Wellness/PYD representative to liaise with the district council on food and wellness topics. Email Jill if you are interested in one of these roles, or other volunteer opportunities.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) at SES!
We know that SES is already an amazing and welcoming place, but we know we can be even better. We are committed to making DE&I a priority at SES to support our ENTIRE school community. This year, the Westport Public School district has established a DE&I committee with representatives from each of the eight schools. 

Currently representing SES is Sarah Ferro. She and her partner Vicky are the parents of 4th grade twins, Atticus & Keaton. They moved to Westport in 2011 from New York City and both work in the media industries. In addition, Sarah has been leading Diversity & Inclusion initiatives at NBC Sports Group for the last 5 years.

We also have an opening for a second representative and if you are interested or would like to help out in any way, we would love to hear from you! If you have any questions, concerns or ideas, please don't hesitate to contact sarahmferro@gmail.com.

CLICK HERE to visit the DE&I page and learn more.

Room Parents Needed!!

If you’d like to be a Room Parent for your child’s class, sign up HERE

Picture Day

Save the Date October 5th. More information coming soon!

The SES Scene . . .

School Dismissal Manager - 10:15 AM DEADLINE for both AM & PM cohorts

It is imperative that any changes to your student's dismissal are entered into the system before 10:15 am. Unfortunately, School Dismissal Manager cannot have a second deadline for the PM cohort. In the event of an emergency, communicate with the main office. Do not reach out to your child’s teacher.  It is unlikely that they will have the ability to access their email prior to dismissal. The default will be their bus assignment even if you have opted out of busing.  

Orchestra and Band Program - Today is the LAST CHANCE to register.  Westport Public Schools' award-winning, 80-year tradition of instrumental music IS happening!! The orchestra program (violin, viola, cello, and double bass) is available for all 4th and 5th graders. The band program (bell set, practice pad, and snare drum) is available for 5th graders. Please click on the links below for more information and to register your child for this amazing opportunity! Please reach out to Ms. Brown for orchestra at cabrown@westportps.org, or Ms. Innaco for band at cinnaco@westportps.org if you have any questions.

4th Grade Orchestra: CLICK HERE

5th Grade Orchestra and Band: CLICK HERE

Special Education News . . .
SpEd Sip 'n Chat

SpEd Sip ‘n Chats will happen over Zoom. Join us for this great opportunity to connect with other SpEd parents! Given the hybrid learning model, we will offer 3 Sip ‘n Chat times this month to make them convenient for everyone’s schedule. Please feel free to reach out to Jane Smith, your SpEd PTA Rep, with any questions. She is available at (860) 670-0955 or PertillarJ@hotmail.com

Morning: Wednesday, Sept 23rd at 9:30 am

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 751 325 7494

Passcode: westport

Afternoon: Thursday, Sept 24th at 1:30 pm

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 751 325 7494

Passcode: westport

Evening: Thursday, Sept 24th at 7 pm

Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 751 325 7494

Passcode: westport

Health & Safety . . .

The district shared this Covid-19 screening tool and video with all families, but we thought we should share it again here. Below are two resources for all families:

  • A self-screening tool for families 

  • A video to prepare families for new protocols in school 

The self-screening tool should be completed by all families for each child being sent to school each day. If the answer to any of the questions is “YES,” keep your child home and contact the school nurse’s office at jsandri@westportps.org. This information will assist the district in tracking and responding to illness trends.  

Additionally, please watch the video which provides an overview of protocols, procedures, and mitigation strategies in place.  

All Around Town . . .

Westport Schools Art Calendar

The 2020-2021 Westport Schools Calendar is available to ORDER online via PayPal. The 13-month full-color calendar covers a full school year and features art by a Westport Public School student. Proceeds benefit Westport Public Art Collections, which supports the display, conservation, and educational uses of original works of fine art in every school and municipal building across town. Delivery by mail ($23) or pick-up ($20). In-person purchasing opportunities will likely be limited. Calendars will also be available for sale at ASF. 

CLICK HERE to order. 

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


A Scoop of Thanks to . . .

. . . Parents and caregivers for continuing to be at bus stops 15 to 20 minutes early while the transportation challenges are ironed out.

. . . The SES Newcomers committee for hosting a socially distanced meetup on Tuesday.  If you are new or simply eager to build community, and did not receive the email please reach out to Stacie Waldman smwaldman@gmail.com or Julie Diedrich jkdiedrich@gmail.com. They’re planning another one for Thursday!

The Final Funny . . .

Q: Can an elephant jump higher than a house?

A: Of course, houses can’t jump at all!


Contact The Scoop:

If you’d like your announcement or event to be included in a future edition of the Scoop, complete THIS FORM by Friday at 5:00pm to request submission in the following week’s Scoop. (Flyers or attachments need to be approved by Principal Beth Messler (emessler@westportps.org) and PTA Co-Presidents Michelle Barman (michellesespta@gmail.com) and Amy Herrera (herrerasespta@gmail.com). Contact the Scoop (saugatuck.scoop@gmail.com) with any questions or just to say hello.