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Saugie’s Checklist: 

📚 Come Visit the Book Fair or Shop Online!

🎁 Please send in your contributions for ‘Tis the Season!

❗ Reminder: Early Dismissal Wednesday 11/28 - Friday 11/30

👕 Shop for Logo Wear!

Save the Date:

November 27th - 30th

SES Book Fair

November 29th 5:30pm, Library Courtyard

SES Book Fair Enchanted Evening

November 28th - 30th

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Half Day for students, 12:15 pm dismissal

SES Logo Wear
Just in time for the holidays, get into the SES spirit with our new Saugatuck logo wear. We have many new items, including our new Limited Edition ‘Love’ Tee, Saugatuck performance hoodie, cozy camo soft pajama pants and much more! Ditch the plastic bottles and zip lock bags and go plastic free with our new SES water bottle and snack bags.  CLICK HERE to purchase easily online (The sale is live online for 2 weeks only). Items will be delivered to your child at school at the beginning of December.

The SES Great American Picture Book Survey!
Calling all parents! Please help us elect our first ever SES Great American Picture Book winner (titles nominated by our own book loving staff.) Cast your personal vote for your top 5 titles and discover some great new titles and old favorites on the ballot! Need help deciding? Your child may have some suggestions! The deadline has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 29th. All students will vote in school this week!  CLICK HERE  to vote. Thank you!

‘Tis The Season!
Westport Schools are proud to work with Westport’s Department of Human Services to help local families facing a difficult holiday season. A letter was sent home outlining the ‘Tis the Season program in more detail. We hope you took a look and will consider helping our neighbors in need. There are several options to choose from and many ways to help and make a difference.

Shop on Amazon online for specific items local families have requested by clicking here: SAUGATUCK 'TIS THE SEASON AMAZON LIST.  We understand some of you had trouble accessing the link last week. We have updated it. If this continues, you can access the list by searching under "Saugatuck tis the season".

Shop in person for items you and your family think would be appreciated by a local family in need (new, unwrapped gifts can be placed in a collection box across from the main office).

         Send a check payable to: DHS FAMILY PROGRAMS – memo: HOLIDAY

Purchase $25 gift cards from specifically requested stores: gas stations, Stop & Shop, Trader Joe’s, Walmart, Target, Amazon, Marshall’s & Kohls. *Checks and gift cards can be sent in to the main office in an envelope marked ‘Tis the Season.

Make an online donation  HERE.

For questions, contact Christy Charise ( or Ali Stanley (

The SES Book Fair

The Book Fair is up and running!

CLICK HERE for class visit schedules and plan to help during your child’s browsing time.

CLICK HERE to sign up to become a REGULAR VOLUNTEER.

CLICK HERE to sign up to be SUPER VOLUNTEER (super volunteers ring up purchases).

If you can’t attend the fair with your child, you can PRE-PAY with Scholastic’s new e-wallet system, which is available now through the last day of the fair HERE.

Please join us for a new family event, the Enchanted Evening, on Thursday, November 29th from 5-7pm. The night will begin with donuts and cider in the courtyard, then move to a surprise reading at 5:30pm, followed by book browsing with the help of “reading wizards”. For questions, contact: Leila Shields, Michelle Barman, and Danielle Rossoni at

Lost and Found!

Feel like something is missing from your life? There’s a good chance it’s in the Lost and Found! We have so many items waiting to be claimed by their owners ... please take a moment to look through while you’re in school for your child’s conference. During conferences, the Lost and Found will be relocated from the cafeteria to a table outside of the main office.

Request from the Science Lab

The Science Lab is in need of LOTS of cardboard tubes - from toilet tissue size all the way to wrapping paper tubes. Please drop them off in the main office marked Science Lab, Dr. Moskovitz. Thank you for all the shoe boxes you have sent to the Science Lab. We now have enough for all of our dark rooms and solar ovens.


✴ Board of Education Update and Announcements

A note about all the meetings ...

The Board of Education (BOE) and Community Advisory Committee (CAC) are working through the options of how to house/educate our students for 2019-20 school year and beyond. The initial list of options has been narrowed down to five:

Option 1 and 2: 6th grade remains at the elementary schools;

Option 4: staggered start times with all middle school students at BMS;

Option 5: continue as we are now;

Option 8: rent space for either all of 6th grade, all of 8th grade, all of preK-K, or all of CMS 6-8;

Option 9: redistrict five current elementary schools to four buildings and use the emptied building for one of the configurations outlined in option 8 above.

Let your opinions be known! Teachers, we want to hear from YOU! Email the committee ( and/or attend one of the "listening tours" (dates below) dedicated solely to eliciting public comment and questions. Contact us ( any time.

Important Dates

Wednesday, November 28 at 12:00pm in Town Hall auditorium, Dr. Palmer will hold a second Q&A session of the same format.  We know this date and time is not convenient for many of you, Dr. Palmer is working on scheduling an additional session.

Thursday, November 29 at 7:30pm in Staples High School Cafeteria, the CAC will meet to discuss what to recommend to the BOE.

Monday, December 3 at 7:30pm in Staples High School Cafeteria, the CAC will present its recommendations.  The BOE will discuss the options.  There will be time for public comment.

Monday, December 10 at 7:30pm in Staples High School Cafeteria,

BOE will continue its discussion on the options.  There will be time for additional public comment. Then, the BOE will vote on where our students will attend school 2019-2020.

✴ The SES Scene

RULER Program News

Have your children come home saying "I felt in the green today" or "I felt in the yellow" but you're not sure what it means? Remember, the four quadrants of the Mood Meter reflect different types of feelings.  

Yellow=high energy, pleasant feelings such as joy or excited

Green=low energy, pleasant feelings such as included and relaxed

Red= high energy, unpleasant feelings such as anger and fear

Blue=low energy, unpleasant feeling such as lonely or sad

The Mood Meter shows that there is a space for all emotions – and, that all emotions are okay! See attached PDF for an illustration of the mood meter.

Special Education News

SpED Sip ‘N Chat

Meet, ask questions/advice, and exchange ideas and tips with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Connect with others on Thursday, December 12th, 9:30 - 10:30am at Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods).

The Saugatuck Spotlight!

This week, we get to know our very own Saugie the Seal!

If I wasn’t a school mascot I would want to be a  marine biologist to learn more about all of my friends in the ocean!

My favorite place to visit is … the Arctic Ocean where most of my family lives. I’m always wearing my warm coat, so I can pack lightly.

If I could visit anywhere it would be … San Francisco! I hear I have some distant cousins that live on Fisherman’s Wharf, so I’d like to meet them, too.

Little known fact about me … I’m a vegetarian. Most seals eat fish and squid but I’m a 100% seaweed kind of guy.

My favorite character in a book is … Andre from “Andre, the Famous Harbor Seal.” I love that his best friend was a human named Harry. I hope a Saugatuck Elementary School student writes a book about me someday!

My favorite book is  “Jaws” by Peter Benchley, but I do NOT recommend it for young kids.

My favorite song is  “I Can Make Your Hands Clap,” by Fitz and the Tantrums.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Into the Woods Tickets On Sale Now!

Have you bought your tickets for Into the Woods yet? Don’t delay… the Bedford Acting Group is working so hard to make this their best production yet! Performances will be held on Thursday, November 29th at 7:00pm, Friday, November 30th at 7:30pm and Saturday, December 1st at 2:00pm and 7:30pm. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!

What's happening at Toquet Hall ...

Friday, November 30th – Middle School Night “Winter Wonderland Party w/ DJ Dereje” – 7pm-9:30pm. We’re welcoming back BMS’ own DJ Dereje spinning some of the hottest hits. Come dance, hang out, and play a variety of games. Admission is $5 but space is limited. Tickets available at Snacks available for purchase in our snack bar.

Saturday, December 8th – High School Movie Night: “Clue” – 7pm. Clue is a 1985 American ensemble mystery comedy film based on the board game of the same name. Rated PG. Admission: $3. Tickets available at

The Pianist of Willesden Lane at the Westport Country Playhouse

On December 16th at 3PM, come to the Westport Country Playhouse for a performance of The Pianist of Willesden Lane, an exquisite musical exploring the Kindertransport from Vienna to England in 1938 told with sensitivity through music, that will be followed by an age-appropriate discussion with our community’s Holocaust survivors. This exchange will help us educate our children about the Holocaust in a sensitive and safe way, while teaching the importance of standing up against bigotry and hatred, and the transformative power of hope.


Please click here for details and information needed to secure discounted tickets.  The recommended age for viewing is 10+.

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