The Saugatuck Scoop

Saugie’s Checklist:   

📣 Spirit Day TOMORROW! Wear your grade/team colors (see below)!

🎨 Visit the SES Student Art Show March 12th-30th 

💰 Send in your pennies for the SEGA Girls School change drive

❗School’s closed this Friday and next week… have a great break!

Save the Date:

TOMORROW, February 15th

Spirit Day! Wear your team colors!

Kindergarteners & Third wear green
First & Fourth wear

Second & Fifth wear red
More details below… 

TOMORROW, February 15th, 9:30-10:30am

SPED Sip ‘N Chat @ Panera Bread

Friday, February 16th

Staff Development Day

Monday, February 19th -
Friday, February 23rd

Winter Recess

Friday, March 2nd, 7:30am

First Grade Rise & Read

Wednesday, March 7th, 7:00pm

Special Ed: Summer Sleep-away Camp presentation @ Westport YMCA

Wednesday, March 14th, 7:00pm

Special Ed: Summer Day Camp presentation @ Westport YMCA

Monday, March 12th -

Friday, March 30th

Annual SES Student Art Show

(located in the halls outside the Auditorium)


The SES Spring Benefit

Brought to You by the PTA   

Hoops & Heels Tickets are LIVE!

Hopefully your official paper invite for the Hoops & Heels SES Benefit on March 16th has already come home in your child's backpack (and if not, it will!). Book your babysitter, plan that outfit and order your tickets from the official Hoops and Heels website for what’s sure to be a fantastic evening! Your ticket includes first round NCAA basketball, dinner and limited open bar until 11:00pm. Please keep in mind these tickets can sell out so don't wait to purchase yours! Want to donate an item or experience for our silent or live auction? Email

✴ The SES Scene  

Annual SES Student Art Show

The SES Student Art Show runs from March 12th through March 30th… mark your calendars now to come see your child’s beautiful artwork! The Art Show features over 500 works of art representing every student in our school. Located in the curved foyer and adjacent hallways outside the SES auditorium, the students’ unique pieces were created under the guidance of art teachers, Jody Carlson and Lisa Troknya and demonstrates the progression of skills and a long-term nurturing of talent and art appreciation. We welcome students and parents to come and enjoy the diverse collection. Please note: the show will be available for viewing during conferences (March 21st-23rd)!

Caring Council’s SEGA Drive

A message from Caring Council Reps, Claire Harris and Brooke Shaughnessy…

The SEGA drive is back! If you have not heard of it, SEGA is a school in Tanzania which is located in Africa. The girls don’t always get to go to school for many reasons like being very poor or needing to work with their families. Going to the SEGA Girls School can change their life and their family’s life. To help the two girls we would like to sponsor, Sada and Felister, we are doing a penny war (all change is accepted!) Buddy grades are working together to get the most points, and our goal is to raise $1,500. TOMORROW we will have a special Color Spirit Day. Everyone should wear their team color to support the drive! Kindergarteners & third graders wear green; first & fourth graders wear blue; second & fifth graders wear red! 1,2,3,4 Saugatuck declares a penny war for the SEGA Girls School! Thank you!

Act of Kindness of the Week!

Lavinia Larsson writes, “Third grader Charlotte Doan and her mum delivered a card and some amazing books to Brendan last week when he was sick! We were so thankful!” Bravo to Charlotte and the Doan family for their Act of Kindness!

Were you the recipient of an Act of Kindness? Or did your family perform one? Send us the story and we’ll feature it in next week’s Scoop! Email to

Special Education News

Special Ed Community Events

Click here to view the recent edition of the Special Education Winter Newsletter.

Sip ‘N Chat

TOMORROW 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. The next Sip ‘N Chat will be Wednesday, March 14th.


Summer Sleep-away Camp Presentation

Wednesday, March 7th @ 7:00pm, Westport YMCA

It’s time to think about summer! Join this presentation for some options on sleep-away camps for children with special needs. Provided will be information from a variety of camps, and the evening will start with a presentation addressing common fears parents may have about sending their child to summer camp and why sleep-away camp might be right for your child. RSVP to Sharuna Mahesh at


Local Summer Day Camp Presentation

Wednesday, March 14th @ 10:00am, Westport YMCA

What will your child be doing this summer? Join this presentation on local summer programs in the area for children with special needs. Representatives from these camps will be available to take questions! RSVP to Jen Putman at

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Teen & Youth Addiction Recovery Group

Support group begins meeting on February 16th at Wakeman Hall, First Congregational Church, 148 Beach Road, Fairfield.CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

International Women’s Day Event in Westport:
“Women in the Workplace: What’s New & What’s Next for the #metoo Movement”

United Nations Association of Southwestern Connecticut’s observance of International Women’s Day will feature Alisyn Camerota, CNN’s award-winning anchor and author of the 2017 novel “Amanda Wakes Up,” and Dr. Marsha Ershaghi Hames, Managing Director of LRN, a trusted advisor to organizations on ethics and compliance matters, to discuss what’s new for women in the workplace and what’s next for the #MeToo movement. This program occurs March 8th from 12:30-2:00pm @ Westport Town Hall. CLICK HERE for the press release about this event.

MINDS IN MOTION 2018 Is Back For K-8 Students!

Saturday, March 17th, 12:00-4:00pm, at Bedford Middle School

Minds in Motion Westport is an afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops, geared to high-ability and motivated learners in Grades K-8. Last March, approximately 300 children and many parents attended this very popular event, now in it's 14th year. Workshop topics this year include Maker Challenges, Animal Adaptations, Creative Robotics, Fencing, STEM Engineering with LEGO & Much More! For parents and educators, there's a Keynote Address by Dr. Lisa Miller of Teachers College, and also a choice of several additional workshops, all free of charge. Visit the Minds in Motion webpage ( for registration and further information. HELP IS NEEDED with this important event, click here to learn more about volunteering. For questions, email

Save the Date for Alice in Wonderland!

Fall into Wonderland with the Bedford Acting Group’s production of Alice in Wonderland! Performances will be held on:

Friday, March 23rd @ 7:00pm

Saturday, March 24th @ 2:00pm and 7:00pm

Sunday, March 25th @ 2:00pm

Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 5th on Ticket prices are $15 and $12 for adults and $10 for students (children ages two and under are free). Tickets are available on a first-come, first served basis. Questions about tickets? Contact Stacey Lessing (

Wakeman Town Farm: Cooking Around the World

8-Week Session, Wednesdays @ 3:30-5:30

$350 (includes materials & fees)

Get ready for the blooming season with a fresh new harvest that will take this spring series from South America to Southeast Asia! Included is everything from Thai Chicken Zoodle soup (with zucchini & rice noodles), Shumai Sticky Rice Dumplings, Savory Meat & Veggie-filled Empanadas to Coconut Tres Leches (Milk Cake). Of course, eating is always part of the fun. Let the food journey begin!

Wakeman Town Farm Summer Camps

Summer is just around the corner! At the farm, kids can be kids, get their hands dirty and  commune with live animals and play out in nature. Summer farm programs are designed to accommodate children of all ages and maturity levels with age-appropriate challenges. Check out the programs for the smaller jr. farmers thru teen apprentices. Registration begins in March, but view all the programs and details here:

Hot Pepper Challenge!

Patty Haberstroh, a beloved Westport Department of Human Services coordinator, was recently diagnosed with ALS. She has been joined by so many in our community and around the country in a Hot Pepper Challenge to raise money for ALS. Click here to learn more and to get in on the fundraising fun.

Westport Public Schools Joins Facebook

Please click here to follow and like the new Facebook Page of the Westport Public Schools.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!


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A Scoop of Thanks to... 

… all of the parents from Ms. Siclari and Ms. Grabowski's classes who donated snacks and drinks to last week’s Rise & Read… and thank you to everyone who attended as well!

Kate Tarrant for all of her hard work organizing the fantastic SES Sound Tigers outing! From the pre-event giveaways to ticket distribution to the Anthem-singing and flag-holding, Kate planned it all from start to finish!

Quote of the Week

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” - Charles Schulz

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