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💰 Please send in pennies, bills, and coins for the Caring Council Penny War Coin Drive

        👕 Logowear Available Online now!

        📚 We Hope You are Enjoying One Book Two Schools!

Save the Date:

Now through Friday, March 8th

Caring Council Penny War Coin Drive

Tuesday, March 12th, 9:15am

General PTA Meeting

Wednesday, March 13th, 9:30 - 10:30am

SpEd Sip ’n Chat focusing on diet and nutrition, at Panera Bread in Westport

Wednesday, March 20th - Friday March 22nd

Parent/Teacher Conferences

(half days)

Friday, March 22nd, 6:30pm

Bingo Night, SES Auditorium

Friday, March 29th, 7pm

Saturday, March 30th, 2pm

Saugatuck Theater Group presents

Willy Wonka


Caring Council Penny War Update

We are halfway to our financial goal of raising $1,749 for the Staples Tuition Grants (STG). As of now we have raised about $850. Mrs. Messler has offered an exciting challenge to the students. If we can raise the goal amount of $1,749 she will wear an outrageous wig for a full day in the color of the winning team. So what are the team standings? As of Monday, March 4, the 4th and 1st grade buddy team is in the lead; the 5th and 2nd grade team is in second place not far behind; and the K and 3rd grade team is in 3rd place. It’s anyone’s game right now--we’ve seen how quickly the tides can change. So . . . get those pennies and bills in as they win positive points for a team! Remember, only if we reach our $1,749 goal, will Mrs. Messler wear an outrageous wig in the color of the winning team!

SES Logowear Available Online!

Don’t be left out in the cold, get into the SES spirit with our great line of logowear. There’s something for everyone--from hi-tech hoodies, to our re-usable, washable snack bags, and water bottles. All proceeds directly benefit the SES PTA.  Orders will be delivered directly to your child at school. Alternative delivery can be arranged by contacting Order now to be ready for the next Spirit Day! Look out for us at Bingo Night on March 22nd too! CLICK HERE to shop now!     

An Important Presentation About Internet Safety by Mr. Lawrence at the General PTA Meeting on Tuesday, March 12th

When children first learn to walk, parents spend a lot of time holding their hand, guiding them on sidewalks, teaching them how to cross the street carefully, and protecting them from things outside of their control.  When children first start using the Internet, we often assume that they'll make the right choices, visit the correct sites, and post the right kinds of things.  The truth is, allowing a child to explore the Internet without supervision or conversation, is like allowing a toddler to walk down Main Street without an adult.  Come hear about all of the ways you can help your son or daughter navigate the many facets of the Internet on Tuesday, March 12.  Eric Lawrence will present at 9:15 in the Cafeteria. 

B-I-N-G-O! Night

B4 you make other plans, mark your calendar for Friday, March 22nd! Our Bingo callers will begin promptly at 6:30pm (doors open at 6:00pm). We have a lot of fun prizes for all Bingo winners, as well as raffle tickets for sale for the chance to win awesome prizes including an iPad! Cost: $5 for your first Bingo card, $2 each additional card.

Saugatuck Theater Club (STG) Wish List Sign Up

Do you have some spare broom sticks or bubble machines at home? The Saugatuck Theater Club can use them!  While students are working hard to learn their lines and choreography for "Willy Wonka," a crew of volunteer parents is busy making sets, props, costumes, creative concessions, and more! But your help is needed. We have items on our "Wish List" that you may have at home. And we can still use some more volunteers to help at the show. CLICK HERE  for the Sign Up Genius if you wish to contribute or get involved. For questions, contact Jon Levine (

The STC's inaugural run of Willy Wonka promises to be fun for the whole SES community.  Tickets go on sale in next week's Scoop for the two performances:  March 29, 7pm and March 30, 2pm.

One Book Two Schools Update

We hope your family is enjoying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for One Book, Two Schools!

CLICK HERE for the OBTS Calendar

In addition to reading as a family, don’t forget to listen to chapters read-aloud by SES celebrities and guess who it is--fun dinner conversation!

Be sure to catch the special video of SES grandfather and actor James Naughton reading chapter one! For all these features and more, visit the OBTS website

Was your child or family caught reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at home? Pets are welcome additions as well! Send a photo to:

We welcome student drawings and creations inspired by the book for our INSPIRATION BULLETIN BOARD!

Starting next week, students will have a chance to discuss the book with a video discussion board.  We will send more information out soon, including directions!

✴ The SES Scene

RULER Program News

Thank you for attending the district meeting earlier this month about the mood meter. This tool is being used in classrooms to help our children think about 'naming their emotions' and expanding their emotional vocabulary. Click here to read a thought-provoking article that speaks to these themes, and the importance of "emotional granularity",  from National Public Radio (NPR).

Special Education News

SpEd Sip ‘n Chat Focusing on Diet and Nutrition at Panera Bread, Westport

Wednesday, March 13, 9:30am-10:30am

Join us at this meeting for an in-depth discussion on diet and nutrition as it relates to our SpEd kids. It will be a great opportunity to learn more about this topic with other SpEd parents and to ask questions. We meet at Panera Bread (next to HomeGoods). No need to RSVP. (Future meeting dates are: April 10th, May 15th, and June 12th.)

✴ The Saugatuck Spotlight

This week we shine the spotlight on our SES’s awesome Assistant Principal Ryan Betts.

If I could have any Superpower it would be . . .  I would want super speed! I could get anywhere in a flash! Learn anything super quickly! And do more with the time I have!

If I could visit anywhere it would be . . . Probably the top of Mount Everest, just so long as I don't actually have to climb it!

My favorite book is . . . it is a tie between the Wind in the Willows by ‎Kenneth Grahame and the Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

A little-known fact about me . . . I can wiggle my ears!

The funniest thing that’s happened to me recently . . . It wasn't recently, but when I started working as a special education paraprofessional 16 years ago, I once sat on a bookshelf during snack in a kindergarten classroom and the bookshelf collapsed. The next thing I see are tons of kindergarteners laughing so hard milk was coming out of noses! I am sure you can imagine that scene!

All Around Town

Staples Players presents Curtains, a must-see musical mystery comedy!

Performances are March 15, 16, 22 & 23 at 7:30 pm and March 17 & 23 at 3 pm. Buy your tickets online beginning March 2 at—or at the door 30 minutes prior to performances, as available.

TEAM Westport (Together Effectively Achieving Multiculturalism) Event

Please join members of TEAM Westport in a meeting to discuss how parents and families are talking about, thinking about, and experiencing microaggressions with a goal of improving practices of diversity and inclusivity in our children’s schools. The meeting will be held on Monday, March 11, from 9-10:30 a.m. in the youth room at Saugatuck Congregational Church. Contact Catherine Lewis ( for additional questions or information.

MINDS IN MOTION 2019 Is Back For K-8 Students! Register NOW To Get Your Child's Preferred Workshop Choices!

Saturday, March 23, 12-4pm, at Bedford Middle School

Minds in Motion Westport is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops, geared to students in Grades K-8. Last March, approximately 300 children and many parents attended this very popular event, now in its 15th year.  Workshop topics this year include Design for 3-D Printing, Animal Adaptations, Hands-On Chefs, Fencing, STEM with LEGO, Composting & Much More! For parents and educators, there's a Keynote Address by Jonathan Plucker Ph.D - Helping Students Become More Creative: Surprising Research and Major Unknowns, and also a choice of several additional workshops, all free of charge to parents. CHILDREN’S WORKSHOPS FILL UP FAST SO REGISTER TODAY! Please visit Minds in Motion Webpage for registration and further information. HELP IS STILL NEEDED with this event - to find out more about volunteering or any questions email

Free Softball Jamboree, March 9

All K-3rd grade girls are invited to come to the Staples Field House on March 9 from 1-2pm, to learn a little bit more about softball and have fun with their friends while throwing, catching, hitting and fielding. Special guests Staples Softball varsity players will be helping out. This is also a great opportunity for parents to meet some of the coaches and learn about Little League Softball. Feel free to email Elise Gabriele at with any questions.

Camp Invention

Unmask your child’s creativity this summer at Camp Invention® where children build confidence, learn to collaborate and transform their wild imagination into epic creations.  Local educators will lead these action-packed programs featuring exhilarating, hands-on STEM activities teaching children to question, explore, break through obstacles and embrace failure! Early registration discounts are available! Register and find current promotions at or call 800.968.4332.  Email Phaedra Taft, Director and LLS/GFS Science Coach at with any questions.

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A Scoop of Thanks to . . .

 . . . The Rise and Read Team for another terrific morning of reading fun for the first graders and to the parents who donated coffee and breakfast!

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