The Saugatuck Scoop

Saugie’s Checklist:

📣 SPIRIT DAY is Friday… dress up in your best 80s garb!

👟 Walk-a-thon pledge forms are due Monday… or donate online

🇺🇸 See you Tuesday morning at 8:30 for the SES Memorial Day Ceremony

📚 See ALL of our teachers at Barnes and Noble on Monday, June 4th!

Save the Date:

Friday, May 25th

SPIRIT DAY: Bring back the 80s!

Friday, May 25th, 7:30am

Fourth Grade Rise & Read

Friday, May 25th, 9:00am

“Moving Up to BMS” Parent Discussion

in the SES library courtyard (in the case of rain, the group will meet in the cafeteria)

Monday, May 28th

NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 29th, 8:30am

Memorial Day Ceremony at SES

(Rain or shine)

Wednesday, May 30th

Author Visit: Cynthia Lord

Thursday, May 31st, 7:00pm

Fifth Grade Band & Orchestra Concert

Friday, June 1st

(Rain date: June 8th)


Monday, June 4th

Barnes & Noble Shopping Day

Tuesday, June 5th, 8:30 & 9:45am

Cultural Arts presents, “Story Pirates”

(stay tuned for more details)

Wednesday, June 6th, 7:00pm

Third Grade Recorder,
Fourth Grade Orchestra and
Fourth & Fifth Grade Chorus Concert

Thursday, June 14th, 9:30am

SPED Sip N’ Chat @ Panera Bread

Friday, June 15th

Fifth Grade Seal-a-bration*

Thursday, June 21st

Fifth Grade Moving-Up Ceremony*

*more details to come for all fifth grade activities

Friday, June 22nd


Brought to You by the PTA   

New Playground Update 

We are excited to announce that we presented our playground proposal to the BOE on Monday evening and they unanimously accepted! We are also pleased that the organization Kids around the World will take our playground equipment in late July and will donate it to another school somewhere in world! (We will keep you updated as details of a location unfold.) The order for the new playground equipment has been placed with Kompan and we expect installation to take place in mid-August. Thank YOU, the entire SES Community, for making this possible and a shout-out to our Superintendent, Dr. Colleen Palmer who has heavily endorsed this project from the beginning. Please contact Jodi and Amie by replying to this Scoop with any questions.

The SES Walk-a-Thon Update

The 13th Annual Walk-at-thon is almost complete! The walking at school is done, but your child can continue to log some at-home miles by Friday for the last push to get Saugie around the country for his college road trip. By now, you should have seen the mileage punch card that was sent home with your child to help tally all the miles he/she walked at school and home. The deadline for donations and completed pledge forms is Friday, May 25th! You can make a direct donation to Staples Tuition Grants by CLICK HERE NOW. Select “Donate,” and then choose The Saugatuck Elementary School Community Award from the donation details drop-down menu. You can make a difference in a deserving former Saugatuck student's college dreams by contributing to the Saugatuck Elementary School Community Award through the Staples Tuition Grants.

Field Day is Coming

There are still a lot of fun Field Day shifts to claim… CLICK HERE to visit the Field Day website and sign up to volunteer. Please note: K-4 Field Day t-shirts will be sent home next Wednesday, so keep your eyes out for those. Questions? Email Mackenzie Pretty (

Fourth Grade Rise & Read

Last reminder for Rise & Read this Friday, May 25th at 7:30am. Ms. Santella’s and Ms. Shea's classes, please click here to sign-up to contribute nut-free food and drink donations. Contact Lavinia Larsson ( if you have any questions. Rise and Read is not a drop off event...any fourth grader participating in the Scavenger Hunt MUST have an adult with him/her!

Visiting Author: Cynthia Lord

Cynthia Lord will speak at SES on Wednesday, May 30th and will spend the day discussing some of her most popular works - including “Hot Rod Hamster,” “half a chance,” “touch blue” and the “Shelter Pet Squad” series. Book sales have been extended through Friday, so click here to buy now. Parents are encouraged to attend; see schedule below.

9:15 - 10:00am: Grades 4 and 5

10:10 - 10:55am: Grades 2 and 3

1:00 - 1:45pm: Grades K and 1

A Very Special Event at Barnes And Noble

FACT: Kids LOVE to see their teachers “out in the real world.” Well, on Monday, June 4th ALL SES students will have that chance because the entire Saugatuck teaching staff will be present at Barnes and Noble from 3:30-4:30! They will recommend books for summer reading and run different, creative stations for students! At 4:20pm, we will have a staff read-aloud of the book The Great Fuzz Frenzy. Please don't miss this unprecedented event as we celebrate our community and kick-off our summer reading. See you there!

PTA Reimbursements & CCRFs

A CCRF is a "committee report" and the PTA cannot function without each outgoing PTA member adding her/his updates to this invaluable doc. Did you sit on a committee this year? Please update your CCRF at once! Contact Denise Nahmias ( with questions. And if you were a member of a PTA committee, spent money on an SES event this year and wish to be reimbursed, we need your original receipt(s) and this reimbursement form NO LATER THAN JUNE 1st. Leave your form and receipts in the PTA mailbox, marked: “Attention: Libby Liu.”

Celebrate with a Celebration Seat!

A Celebration Seat is an engraved brass plate that is attached to an armrest of an SES Auditorium seat (see picture below). Plates can be engraved with a name, date or special message and make a great gift for a graduate or favorite teacher. Cost is $25, proceeds benefit the SES PTA Grant Program. (Once installed, you will receive an email confirming the location of your plate.) The deadline to order is Friday, June 1st so CLICK HERE to order now! Questions? Contact Caroline Evans (


Spring Faculty Tea

The Annual SES Spring Faculty Tea is approaching on Friday, June 22nd!  Show off your culinary skills or bring in your favorite catered dish to wow our wonderful SES faculty and staff. Details and sign up genius to follow in the next Scoop. Contact Sheela Bhatia ( for more information.

✴ The SES Scene  

Memorial Day Celebration

It’s a true privilege to be able to participate in the annual SES Memorial Day celebration. Join us on Tuesday, May 29th at 8:30am (rain or shine) for one of SES’ most special events. You do not want to miss it!

School Supplies for 2018-19

Place your order for NEXT YEAR’S school supplies by visiting, enter account number 19683 and remember to choose the grade your child will be entering in the fall. The deadline for orders is Friday, June 8th; there will be NO extensions. (Trust us when we say you'll regret missing this deadline when you're in line at Staples with everyone else in Westport, Norwalk and beyond!) Do it now and check it off your list!

Cultural Arts Presents “Story Pirates!”

Story Pirates are coming to SES on June 5th! Five actors, a pianist and colorful sets, costumes and props that all come together to form a hilarious theater experience that everyone will enjoy and no one will forget! Parents are welcome to join us for either show… 8:30am (grades K-2) and 9:45am (grades 3-5).

Positive Youth Development Seminar: "Moving up: A Roadmap for Parents of Fifth Graders,” Thursday, May 31st, 9:30-10:30am at CMS (cafeteria)

Parents of fifth graders often have questions about how to prepare their child for middle school. How do I help my child navigate the social issues? When should my child get a smart phone or be on social media? How do I help my child become more independent? Come hear the answers to these questions and more from Dr. Amy Glazer (LLS school psychologist) and Dr. Cherie Balkcom (CMS school psychologist). There will be a presentation followed by Q&A. For questions about either of the following programs, contact Rebecca Oren (

Special Education News

Special Ed Community Events

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


Sip ‘N Chat

Thursday, June 14th from 9:30-10:30am @ Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East). Chat, exchange ideas and ask questions with other special ed parents. Meet at Panera Bread (next to Home Goods). No need to RSVP.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Calling All Student Artists!

It’s time to submit your artwork for the Westport School Calendar! Each year, the Westport School Calendar proudly features beautiful artwork by our K-12 students. The calendar, produced by Friends of Westport Public Art Collections (WestPAC), is sold to parents and residents all over town. Proceeds help display and care for original works of art in school and town buildings. This year the calendar will be in FULL COLOR! Students whose artwork is selected will receive one for free. Submit artwork by Friday, May 25th (on 8 1/2 x 11 white paper, oriented horizontally) to the box labeled "WestPAC Calendar Art" in the main office, or submit a digital scan to CLICK HERE for more details and submission instructions.  

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!


Cultural Arts

Special Education

Author Series

PYD Health



A Scoop of Thanks to... 

Museum Night coordinators Jessica Hill, Sooo-z Mastropietro, Cindi Shimabukuro and Sharon Yuan for organizing the beautiful displays of ArtSmart projects as well as organizing a really fun night for families to enjoy. A big shout out to ALL of our ArtSmart volunteers for your hard work all year long! And finally, thank you to Erica Messina and the Chamber orchestra for performing for our Museum Night attendees!

Thank you to Fourth Grade Girl Scout Troop #50394, the Greens Farms Garden Club and members of the "Secret Gardeners" (SES teachers and PTA Gardens; Dr Kathie Moskovitz, Mrs. Lawrence, Allison Doubles and Dina Schmidt) who converged on the SES courtyard to do a much needed spring clean-up! The girls earned the Junior Gardener badge by donating and planting monarch-attracting flowers, and learned from Dr. Moskovitz how important the Monarch butterfly is and why we need to build habitats in our community to save them. We look forward to seeing the flowers as they flourish and create a monarch haven in the courtyard!

… our fourth and fifth grade Caring Council members for leading the very informative Mini-K tours this week!

Quote of the Week

“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” - Malala Yousafzai

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