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Saugie’s Checklist: 

📚 Book Fair Opens on Monday, November 26th!

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

❗ Reminder: NO SCHOOL on Wednesday 11/21 - Friday 11/23!

🦃 Wishing our entire SES community a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Save the Date:

November 21st - 23rd

Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL

November 26th

SES Book Fair Begins!

November 28th - 30th

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Half Day for students, 12:15pm dismissal

‘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

In Harry Potter, the wand chooses the wizard. We choose YOU to volunteer for the enchanted SES Book Fair, which starts right after Thanksgiving break on Monday, Nov 26th!

Thanks already to all who’ve signed up; the slots are filling fast! Volunteers are needed for a range of jobs: help set up, decorate, advise kids about books, and more.

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.

Finally, mark your calendars 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.

✴ Board of Education Update and Announcements 


Amie Peck will be a PTA representative on the newly formed Community Advisory Group. The group is comprised of teachers, administrators, PTA members, etc. The group is tasked with presenting a plan to the Board of Education for the 2019-2020 school year. Please feel free to send ideas, comments and/or concerns to

Important Dates

Tuesday, November 27 at 7:00pm @ Long Lots Auditorium: An evening open conversation and public feedback on the options presented.

Wednesday, November 28 at 12:00pm @ Town Hall: A daytime open conversation and public feedback on the options presented.

Thursday, November 29 @ Town Hall: Ad hoc committee will meet to discuss the 2019-2020 Academic year options and make a recommendation to present to the Board of Education;

Monday, December 3 at 7:30pm @ Staples: BOE meeting where Ad hoc committee will present to the Board of Education their recommendation.

Monday, December 10 at 7:30pm @ Staples: BOE meeting. BOE VOTE on how to proceed for the 2019-2020 Academic year.

✴ The SES Scene  

RULER Program News

Please keep your eye out after Thanksgiving for the launch of our new SES RULER portal for parents - which will include information and resources for parents. Stay tuned for more information in next week’s Scoop!

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, the spotlight shines on fabulous Fifth grade teacher, Nonie Price!

If I wasn’t a teacher I would want to be a … meteorologist

My favorite place to visit is … Rhode Island

If I could visit anywhere it would be … Australia!

Little known fact about me … I love Bazooka Bubble Gum

My favorite character in a book is … Delly Pattison in True (...sort of) by Katherine Hannigan

My favorite book is ... The Important Book by Margaret Wise Brown

My favorite song is ..."Man in the Mirror" sung by Michael Jackson

A Scoop of Thanks Goes To …

. . . the Visiting Author Team: Lauren MacNeil, Gina Lewis, and Jessica Hill for organizing Sophie Blackall’s visit and book signing.

. . . Rae Anne Locke for overseeing Sophie Blackall’s visit and hosting a terrific luncheon in her honor.

. . . the many parents who attended Ms. Blackall’s presentation . . . and the library volunteers who contributed delicious additions to the author’s luncheon.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Get Your Tickets Now for Into the Woods!

Have you marked your calendar for next week’s production of Into the Woods? 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. The Bedford Acting Group has been working really hard to make this their best production yet so CLICK HERE to buy your tickets now!

What's happening at Toquet Hall ...

Saturday, November 24th – High School Live Music w/ Similar Kind and The Apartment Project. 7pm. We’re pleased to welcome these popular local student indie/soul/rock bands featuring members from Westport, Fairfield, and Norwalk. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Available at

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

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!


Cultural Arts

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Author Series

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