The Saugatuck Scoop

brought to you by the SES PTA

Saugie’s Checklist:   

🚘 Our VIP Parking Spot winner for the month of November is…

🍪 CLICK HERE to contribute to the Election Day bake sale!

🍎 Submit your questions for Chartwells now and hear the answers at the PTA meeting on 11/10!

🎤 Save the Dates for the Author Visit on 11/13 and Viva Brazil dance on 11/16

Save the Date:

Tuesday, November 7th

NO SCHOOL - Election Day

Visit our bake sale @ SES and vote!

Wednesday, November 8th

Picture RETAKE Day (sign-up below)

Wednesday, November 8th, 9:30-11:00am

ArtSmart Info Meeting @ Westport Library

Friday, November 10th, 9:15am

SES PTA Meeting in the SES cafeteria

Saturday, November 11th, 2:00-4:00pm

SPED Community Fun Day @ LLS

Monday, November 13th

9:15-10:00 am - grades 4 & 5

10:10-10:55 am - grades 2 & 3
12:40-1:25 pm - grades K & 1

Author Visit: Jarrett J. Krosoczka

(Parents are welcome to join!)

Wednesday, November 15th, 9:30-10:30am

SPED Sip ‘N Chat @ Panera Bread

Thursday, November 16th, 8:30 & 9:45am

Cultural Arts presents “Viva Brazil”

Thursday, November 16th, 6:30-7:30pm

Math Night, Grades 3-5

Friday, November 17th, 7:30am

Third Grade Rise & Read

Brought to You by the PTA   

Election Day Bake Sale

The early vote is in… everybody loves baked goods! We need nut-free contributions AND many more volunteers for the Election Day bake sale at SES on Tuesday, November 7th - CLICK HERE to sign up. Psst… kids make the best salespeople so bring yours to help! (Important note! Baked goods do NOT have to be homemade, just individually wrapped.*Please include a copy of the ingredients.) All contributions should be brought to 1 Dogwood Lane on Monday, November 6th. And if you don’t vote at SES, please stop by after visiting your polling place!

Want More Info on the School Lunch Program?

Representatives from Chartwells, our food services company, will be joining us for our next PTA Meeting on Friday, November 10th at 9:15am in the SES cafeteria so now is your chance to submit questions like, “What is the secret ingredient in those Bosco sticks??” and “Why does my kid love your French Toast so much?” *Please submit your questions in advance by emailing them to Also, check out Chartwell’s November newsletter attached.

Author Jarrett J. Krosoczka is Coming... Order Your Books Now!

The Lunch Lady guy is coming to SES! (Wait, that sounded weird.) The PTA is so excited to welcome children’s author/illustrator/graphic novelist Jarrett J. Krosoczka to SES on Monday, November 13th. Mr. Krosoczka will visit the students in three sessions: 9:15-10:00 for grades 4 & 5, 10:10-10:55 for grades 2 & 3 and 12:40-1:25 for grades K & 1. Autographed copies of selected titles - including books from the ever popular Lunch Lady and the Jedi Academy series - are available for order now. The deadline to order books is Friday so CLICK HERE NOW. Any questions, contact Mark Gilrain (

Math Night = Fun!

Kid + Parent + Math = FUN! Students and parents from grades 3-5 are invited to join us for Math Night on Thursday, November 16th from 6:30-7:30pm in the SES cafeteria. Please CLICK HERE to sign up. We still need one more parent volunteer to help out that night, so if you’re interested, please contact Katherine O'Brien ( 

Picture Retake Day

Did your kid have a bad hair day on Picture Day? Or maybe he/she was super grumpy? Well, there’s a second chance. Picture RETAKE Day is Wednesday, November 8th. If your child missed School Picture Day in September, he/she is already on the retake list and will be photographed. If your child was photographed in September but you’d like to retake the photos, then please sign your child up HERE and send back the entire photo package - except the class group picture - to your child’s teacher. That package will be returned to Coffee Pond and your child will sit for a new portrait on November 8th. Questions? Please contact Kerri Sorensen (

Dance Brazil!

PTA Cultural Arts is excited to bring Ginga Brasileira to SES on Thursday, November 16th. These lively and energetic musicians and dancers will awe and delight with their colorful costumes, rhythmic music and high-energy footwork. The troupe will perform Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian fusion of martial arts and dance; Maculele, a traditional indigenous folkloric dance using sticks; and Samba, the national dance of Brazil. (See attached flyer) Showtimes are 8:30-9:30 for grade 3-5 and 9:45-10:45 for K-2. Families and parents are welcome to attend!

VIP Parking Spot Winner

Congratulations to the Moneyhon family! Matthew and Kate, you’ll be parking in style for the entire month of November! Thanks for joining the PTA!


It is never too early to start thinking about holiday shopping and SES Logowear makes the perfect gift! Check out the new insulated coffee tumblers (VERY handy if you’ll be sitting on the sidelines these next few cold weekends!) and snack bags… just CLICK HERE to purchase!

Save the Date for the SES Spring Benefit

Now that the Boo Bash is over, the planning has begun for our big spring party on Friday, March 16th and we’re on the hunt for great auction items! Do you have a vacation house or access to an awesome experience that could be auctioned? Any cool items you can contribute? Or maybe your second cousin is a funny auctioneer? Please let us know by contacting the committee at

School Calendar PSA

Monday’s day off - should we call it a Rain Day? Uprooted Tree Day? Power Outage Day? - adds a day to the end of the year as the district did not build any snow (or other weather-related) days off worked into this year’s calendar. We have no cushion, so let’s hope for a balmy winter.

Lost Earring

One of our dedicated PTA volunteers lost a valuable solitaire diamond earring at school on Friday. If found, please contact Carmela Cerulo in the front office at 203-221-2926. Thank you.  

✴ The SES Scene  

ArtSmart Update

There will be an ArtSmart volunteer workshop on Wednesday, November 8th from 9:30-11:00am at the Westport Library featuring guest speaker Alyson Luck from the Guggenheim Museum. Volunteers are strongly encouraged to attend at least one of these Library workshops. Also, all (first) ArtSmart sessions should be scheduled by now!

Coat & Winter Gear Drive for Cesar Batalla School in Bridgeport

Thank you to everybody who has donated coats and winter gear so far… we are still collecting coats, fleece sweatshirts, boots, hats and mittens (all sizes appreciated). Additionally, in anticipation of an influx of students from Puerto Rico, we are collecting uniform clothing, including khaki or navy pants and skirts, as well as long or short-sleeved polo shirts in white, yellow, light blue or navy. Drop your donations in the bin across the hall from the main office (until this Friday) or on the porch at 3 Evergreen Parkway. Or you can text (203) 644-4431 with your address for same day pick-up. Questions? Please contact Erin Loranger (

SES Art Webpage

Did you know you can read all about what SES students are busy working on in Art class on our SES Art Page? Check it out!


Special Education News

Community Events

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

Sip ‘N Chat

Community Fun Day

Saturday, November 11th from 2:00-4:00pm @ Long Lots Elementary School

Open to all students receiving Special Education services (and their families) from Stepping Stones Preschool & Westport Schools grades K-8. Bring your family for an afternoon of SPORTS, GAMES, ARTS & CRAFTS, MUSIC & SNACKS. RSVP to *FREE EVENT*

Wednesday, November 15th from 9:30-10:30am @ Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East). Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

ELECTION 2017: Get to Know Your Local Candidates & Vote!

Tuesday, November. 7th: Election Day - Please vote!

Election  Links: To find your polling place, click here. To find your RTM District, click here. Not registered to vote? Click here for information on voter registration. Deadline to register to vote in the coming election is October 31st. For information on the candidates in Westport’s 2017 elections, please click here to access the Voter’s Guide published by the League of Women Voters.

Staples Players presents Disney's Newsies 

Performances are November 10th, 11th, 16th, 17th & 18th at 7:30pm and November 11th, 12th & 18th at 3:00pm. Buy your tickets online now at — or in the lobby, beginning 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

Election Day Cheer Clinic for Grades 2-8

Cheer clinic will be held on Tuesday, November 7th from 9:00am-2:00pm at the Staples High School Field House. Registration begins @ 8:30am and the cost is $75 (includes clinic, lunch & T-shirt) Click here for more information and registration forms.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!

A Scoop of Thanks... 

one more time for all of the hard-working Boo Bash committee members and volunteers!

 to Leila Shields for bringing in spooky, funny Halloween Storyteller, Zelda the Witch!

… to all the parents from Ms. Alegi’s and Ms. Bader’s class who donated breakfast items to yesterday’s Rise and Read!

Quote of the Week

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” - Benjamin Franklin  

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 Jodi Harris ( and Amie Peck ( Contact the Scoop ( with any questions or just to say hello. 👋