The Saugatuck Scoop

Saugie’s Checklist:   

💻 PTA Meeting this FRIDAY: “The Power of Social Interactions Online” with Mr. Lawrence

Order tickets now for the Ice Skating Party on Sunday, January 28th

🏒 But wait, there’s MORE fun on ice… buy your Sound Tiger tickets now!

📚 Donate a book to the Mitchell Elementary School in Houston… their library was wiped out by Hurricane Harvey (more details below)

Save the Date:

Friday, January 19th, 9:15am

General PTA Meeting with special guest speaker, SES Technology teacher,
Mr. Eric Lawrence (mtg in the SES library)

Friday, January 19th

SPIRIT DAY! Wear logowear and/or
SES colors!

Monday, January 22nd, 7:30pm

BOE Meeting, Staples H.S. Cafeteria

Sunday, January 28th, 5:00-7:00pm

SES Ice Skating Party @ Longshore

Monday, January 29th, 7:30pm

BOE Meeting, Staples H.S. Cafeteria

Tuesday, January 30th, 7:00-8:30pm

Fourth Grade Orchestra/ Fifth Grade Band Concert, SES Auditorium

Friday, February 2nd, 7:30am

Second grade Rise & Read

Sunday, February 11th, 5pm

Annual Sound Tigers game


The SES Spring Benefit

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District Budget Season/ BOE Meetings

The BOE continues to meet weekly in January (next meeting: Monday, January 22nd, 7:30pm at Staples) to discuss all aspects of the proposed budget and prepare it for presentation to Westport’s Board of Finance. Stay informed, people… this is important stuff. Please attend a BOE meeting or watch from home (Cablevision channel 78). Have questions? Email PTA Co-Presidents Jodi and Amie at

Join Our SES Nominating Committee!

The Nominating Committee is still looking for members to help shape our 2018-19 PTA slate. It’s like being a matchmaker for volunteers and the jobs they don’t even know exist… we know some of you have always been good at that kind of thing! Meetings are held in the evenings and most work is done over email. Interested? Contact Maura Cotter (

General PTA Meeting is Friday

This Friday’s PTA meeting promises to be one of our most informative and interesting because we have the always-engaging Mr. Lawrence speaking about The Power of Social Interactions Online. Join us on Friday, January 19th at 9:15am in the SES library. Here’s more...

When children (and adults) interact with others online, there are often unintended consequences that are not immediately evident. These consequences are a result of the fact that online communication is often void of tone, facial expressions, and body language. These elements of typical social interactions help students understand the effects of what they say and do. During this PTA Presentation, Saugatuck’s technology teacher, Eric Lawrence, will share how the school supports student learning in this area to help students understand the difference between online and in-person communication, and how parents can support this learning at home. Furthermore, attendees will be introduced to techniques and tools that can be used at home to monitor online behavior and help children navigate social interactions.

Annual Ice-Skating Party

Did you watch I,Tonya recently and feel inspired? To SKATE, that is. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets for the Annual SES Ice Skating Party at Longshore on Sunday, January 28th from 5:00-7:00pm. $13/per person including skate rentals. (Tickets will be $15 at the door.) Event is rain or shine. No paper tickets are issued and please, don’t drop off your kid(s).

Sound Tigers Game

Tickets are on sale now for the big Sound Tigers vs. Syracuse Crunch game on Sunday, February 11th at 5:00pm. CLICK HERE TO BUY. Only $24/per ticket (regular price is $41!) The bigger the SES cheering section, the more fun it will be, so get a group together and make plans now! The Fourth and Fifth Grade Chorus will sing the National Anthem and all SES family members have the opportunity to hold the giant American flag while they sing (provided we sell enough tickets before the end of the month)!  

Logowear for Spirit Day on the 19th!

Click here to shop. And don’t forget, your purchase of logowear pieces contributes to our Seal grant program which supports enrichments for every SES student and faculty member.

Save the Date for Hoops & Heels

Planning is well underway for the big SES Spring Benefit: Hoops & Heels on Friday, March 16th and it’s going to be, as the kids say, EPIC. Do you have auction ideas? Is your step-mom’s cousin old friends with Beyonce’s manager? Maybe your college roommate’s husband run concessions at the Masters? (Do they have “concessions” at the Master’s??) Does your best friend’s uncle’s work for Tom Hanks? (Hey, you never know.) These are the kinds of contacts we’re looking for! Please contact the committee at

✴ The SES Scene  

An Update from the SES Caring Council:

Attached is the awesome Kindness Calendar created by the SES Caring Council members. The calendar runs from January 16th to February 15th and each day highlights an act of kindness for students and families to do. Students will bring home a copy and it can also be found on the SES website. We hope your family enjoys spreading kindness throughout our community.

Book Drive for Houston

Speaking of spreading kindness, the Caring Council is joining the SES Staff to support a book drive for Mitchell Elementary School in Houston, TX. The school currently has 419 students - over 100 are still displaced from the storm - and lost almost everything after Hurricane Harvey. Please use this link - Mitchell Elementary School Amazon Webpage - if you are interested in donating. Feel free to include a gift message letting them know the books are from the families here at Saugatuck Elementary School.         

We’ve Got Spirit, How ‘Bout You?

SES Spirit Day is Friday, January 19th. Send your kids to school in logowear and/or school colors of blue and white. Need to shop logowear?

Special Education News

Sip ‘N Chat

TODAY 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.

Navigating Your Child’s IEP

Tomorrow, Thursday, January 18th at Long Lots Elementary School library from 9:30-10:30am or from 6:30-7:30pm... a presentation on “Navigating your Child’s IEP.” A panel of WPS administrators will walk you through the document so that you are able to better participate in the Planning and Placement Team meeting. RSVP to Kim Strazza at 203-341-1247 or (

Special Ed Community Events

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

“The Secret Life of Pets” Screening

On Sunday, January 28th, the Westport Cinema Initiative, a non-profit group committed to building a community independent theater in town, is hosting a screening of the popular kids’ movie, “The Secret Life of Pets” geared towards kids ages 4-12, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church. Guiding Eyes of the Blind will be there before the movie to introduce the kids to their working dogs and the Ears Animal Ambulance will be there as well. Kids should come with their favorite stuffed animal! Tickets are $10 ($8 for charter members). CLICK HERE to buy tickets or for more information.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!


Cultural Arts

Special Education

Author Series

PYD Health



A Scoop of Thanks to... 

all of the fifth grade parents who provided and distributed snacks and drinks at Rise & Read last week AND to those that helped with the scavenger hunt! 23 fifth graders took part in the scavenger hunt and Charlie Bowman was our big winner!

Karlin Gray for setting up the Amazon link for our Houston Book Drive. Hopefully we can help the Mitchell Elementary School continue to replenish their library!

Quote of the Week

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether this happens at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps on learning not only remains young, but becomes constantly more valuable regardless of physical capacity.” - Harvey Ullman

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