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Saugie’s Checklist: 

📓 Don’t delay! CLICK HERE to join the SES PTA today!

📷 Picture Day is September 12th!

🍁 Save the Date for the Family Fall Fun Fest on September 16th!

Back-to-School Night for grades K-2 is Thursday, September 20th

Save the Date:

Monday, September 10th

Rosh Hashanah - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, September 12th

Picture Day

Thursday, September 13th, 9:15am

First General PTA Meeting, SES LMC

Sunday, September 16th,  4:00-6:00pm

Fall Family Fun Fest

Wednesday, September 19th

Yom Kippur - NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 20th, 7:00-9:00pm

Back to School Night, K-2

Thursday, September 27th, 7:00-9:00pm

Back to School Night, 3-5

Introducing . . . The Saugatuck Spotlight!

We are so excited to introduce a new feature in the Scoop. Each week, we will interview a different member of the SES staff to learn more about all of the terrific people who make our school so great! In our inaugural Saugatuck Spotlight, we are featuring none other than our principal, Beth Messler!

If I wasn’t a principal I would want to be a . . . Broadway Actress (I love a good showtune!)

If I could have any superpower it would be . . . Time Travel! That way I could be in multiple places at once and not miss out on events.

My first concert was . . . Whitney Houston (when I was in 7th grade)

My favorite place to visit is . . . Napa Valley, California

A little known fact about me . . . My mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother are/were all flower show judges... I arrange too when I have time and extra flowers.

My favorite song is . . . It depends on my mood, but I’m a big fan of Ike and Tina Turner’s “Proud Mary.”  It’s a childhood favorite that my dad turned me on to.

✴ Brought to You by the PTA   

PTA Membership registration is open!

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

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 Fall Family Fun Fest, Halloween Boo Bash, Book Fair, Sound Tigers event, Rise & Read, Bingo Night and much, much more!

Say Cheese… it’s Picture Day!

Picture Day is NEXT Wednesday, September 12th. You can order portraits by filling out the Coffee Pond forms that you should have received last week (return to your child’s teacher ASAP) OR you can CLICK HERE to order online. (enter city/ state/ school as directed.) *NOTE: If you order online, your student(s) must arrive on Picture Day with a printed Coffee Pond confirmation. Questions? Contact

No student will be denied access due to financial hardship. Please contact Principal Beth Messler ( for more information.

PTA Cultural Arts Thanks You for Your Support!
Cultural Arts thanks you for your support! Without parent support we could not bring two entertaining, lively and informative performances to the school each year. Your child should have brought home a Cultural Arts contribution slip last week. Just return it via your home/school folder or drop in the PTA basket in the office. Any questions or recommendations, please contact Micil Ryan ( or Sarah Ferro (

ArtSmart Program Volunteers Needed!

Would you like to have access to one of the few opportunities to watch your child in their classroom environment? Sign-up to be an ArtSmart volunteer and help them with a fun and interactive art project! ArtSmart is a PTA-sponsored, parent-run program that has a long, positive history in the Westport schools. We need all sorts of volunteers from project leaders to classroom helpers so you need not worry about having a background in art! All you need is a little bit of imagination and a lot of enthusiasm! Those that want to help but not lead a project should also sign up. You will not receive an email about ArtSmart project dates for you classroom if you are not signed up on the volunteer list.

To sign up please CLICK HERE. Questions? Contact Sharon Yuan at

The SES Scene  

Fall Family Fun Fest

Sunday, September 16th from 4:00-6:00pm

Come see the result of the funds you helped raise for the brand new SES playground at the Fall Family Fun Fest. Meet the families in your kids' new classes, dance with DJ Rob, and forget about having to make dinner because WE’LL EVEN FEED YOU! Pizza and drinks provided. Last names A-O: please bring an appetizer or a salad (no chips/dips, please. Thank you!) Last names P-Z: please bring dessert. $15 per family in advance, $20 per family at the door. (*This is not a fundraiser and it is NOT a drop off event.)

Yale’s RULER Program Now at SES!

Interested in learning more about Saugatuck's approach to social-emotional learning?  Please join us on Thursday September 13 at 9:15am in the LMC to hear more about the results of last year's school climate survey and our district's partnership with Yale's Center for Emotional Intelligence. This year we are implementing Yale's RULER program with students to help improve emotional intelligence across the district.  Come learn more about the Charter and Mood Meter, as well as ways that you can engage in this work at home with your family.

Tools For Schools News

Please view the attachment at the end of this Scoop for a special announcement from the school district Tools for Schools regarding indoor air quality in our schools.

Special Education News

Community Events

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

Sip ’n Chat

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER  20th, 9:30am-10:30am @Panera Bread (1860 Post Road East, next to HomeGoods)

Join us to chat, exchange ideas & ask questions with other special ed parents.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Westport School Calendars For Sale!

The Westport School Calendar featuring student artwork will be on sale at Back to School Night for $20. Stop by the WestPAC table and get your copy before they sell out! The 13-month calendar features wonderful works of art by students and key school & district dates. This year, in addition to being printed in full color, it's a more portable 8-1/2” x 11” size. It is also available for sale at ASF and Saugatuck Sweets. Proceeds benefit Friends of WestPAC, which supports the display, conservation, and educational uses of original works of art from the Westport Public Art Collections

Register Now for Westport Fall Softball!

Registration is open for Fall Softball, grades pre-K through 9.  This is a great time to learn a new team sport, or to improve on skills learned in the Spring!  Fall Ball is a relaxed, fun league, where the girls will get a chance to play teams in surrounding towns.  Practices are once a week, with 1 game on the weekends.  Season runs from September 15 thru October 27.  Go to to learn more and to register.  For questions, please contact Elise Gabriele.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!


Cultural Arts

Special Education

Author Series

PYD Health



A Scoop of Thanks Goes To...

. . . all of our wonderful teachers, administrators and school staff for a great first week of school!

. . . Stefan Baer and Lee-Ann Kanthan for getting the PTA membership sign up and school directory up and running.

And, A Huge Congratulations to ... Mrs. Amy Howland, our very own Westport District “Teacher of the Year” nominee, and all of the other nominees. We thank you for all you do. SES is so proud of you!

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 ( and PTA Co-Presidents Sarin Cheung ( and Amie Peck ( Contact the Scoop ( with any questions or just to say hello. 👋