The Saugatuck Scoop

brought to you by the SES PTA

Saugie’s Checklist:  

📣 JOIN THE PTA TODAY and join us for our first meeting on Friday @ 9:15am

✅ K-2 Back-to-School Night TONIGHT, 7-9pm

📷 Practice those smiles… Picture Day is Monday! 

🍁 TODAY is the last day to buy advanced tickets for the Fall Fun Fest on Sept. 17th!


Save the Date:

TONIGHT, 7:00-9:00pm

Back to School Night, K-2

Friday, September 15th, 9:15am

First General PTA Meeting
in the SES Library

Friday, September 15th

International Dot Day

(see below for details)

Sunday, September 17th, 4:00-6:00pm

Longshore Fall Fun Fest

(rain date is Sept. 24th)

Monday, September 18th

Picture Day

Wednesday, September 20th

Running Club begins

(see below for sign-up details)

Wednesday, September 20th, 7:30am

First Grade Rise & Read

Wednesday, September 20th, 9:30am 

SPED: Sip ‘N Chat @ Panera Bread (next to Home Goods)

Thursday, September 21st

NO SCHOOL - Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 22nd, 9:00am

SPED: SES Fall Coffee

September 26th, 7:00-9:00pm

Back to School Night, 3-5

Brought to You by the PTA   

Join the PTA NOW!

If you haven’t yet joined the PTA, what are you waiting for? Did you know that membership does NOT obligate you to volunteer? Your membership fees simply help support the many programs the PTA sponsors, organizes and executes. CLICK HERE to join now!

General PTA Meeting in the *NEW Library Media Center*

Now that you’ve joined the PTA, please join us on Friday, September 15th at 9:15am for our first meeting of the year. Help us celebrate our new Library Media Center (have you seen the new furniture yet?) and listen to Rae Anne Locke along with our very own Teacher of the Year nominee, Mr. Eric Lawrence, explain the benefits of flexible seating. (You can also congratulate him while you’re there!) 

Say Cheese… it’s Picture Day!

Picture Day is Monday, September 18th… want a closer look at our students’ beautiful smiles? You can order portraits by filling out the Coffee Pond forms that were sent home last week (return to your child’s teacher asap) OR you can order online by CLICKING HERE. (Order central drop down menu > select “School Portraits” > enter city/ state/ school as directed.) *NOTE: If you order online, your student(s) must arrive on Picture Day with a printed Coffee Pond confirmation. Questions? Contact Lee-Ann Kanthan (

Caring Council presents “International Dot Day” Spirit Day

“Circle" your calendar for "International Dot Day" Spirit Day on September 15th! Everyone is encouraged to wear dots for the Town Meeting to help celebrate. International Dot Day is a world-wide school celebration of creativity and making a difference (or making a "mark!") inspired by Peter H. Reynolds's book, The Dot. Questions? Contact Mrs. Locke (

Cultural Arts Contributions Due
Cultural Arts brings super cool performing arts assemblies to all of the elementary schools in the Westport district. This fall’s exciting show: Dance Brazil! Please send in your forms and $20 contribution by September 15th. Funding for ALL assemblies is a partnership between your contributions and the PTA… the district does NOT provide financial assistance. Without donations, the assemblies won’t happen, so THANK YOU for your support. Any questions please contact Micil Ryan (

Sign Up Now for Running Club

We will meet every Wednesday and Friday on the SES track from 7:15am-7:45am, starting September 20th and running through October 27th. The club is open to all grades: K-2 require mandatory parent/caregiver attendance and participation; 3rd-5th graders can be dropped off. SIGN UP NOW… space is limited! Registration closes on September 18th. Students will not be added once the program begins. Contact Kathy Belzer ( to ask questions or volunteer.

First Grade Rise & Read

This year’s first Rise & Read - a special opportunity for families to come together and read books in the library before school - is happening on Wednesday, September 20th at 7:30am. Grab a book with your child and find a comfy spot! We’re asking the parents of Ms. Byrne’s and Ms. Genova’s classes to provide nut-free snacks and drink donations. New this year, there is also an opportunity to volunteer for Munchkin Distribution that morning! CLICK HERE to sign-up! See you in the library! Contact Lavinia Larsson (

Kindergarten Recess Volunteer Sign Up

Attention Kindergarten parents… here is your chance to see your child and his/her friends at play during morning recess! CLICK HERE for more details and to sign up for a 10:55-11:20am shift. Please be considerate of other parents and sign up for no more than three shifts at a time. Questions? Contact Jen Devine (

✴ The SES Scene  

Back to School Night K-2

Parents of students in K-2, we’ll see you tonight for Back-to-School Night from 7:00-9:00pm. Don’t forget to bring your checkbook as Logowear, “Books as Gifts” (purchase a book for either $10 or $20 for the SES library!) and PTA Membership will have tables set up in the front hall.

Longshore Fall Fun Fest

On Sunday, Sept. 17th from 4:00-6:00pm at Evan Harding Point at Longshore we will enjoy dancing with DJ Marcello, games, drinks, pizza AND an ice cream truck! What’s not to love? Please bring a food item: last name A-K please bring an appetizer (no dips please); last name L-Z please bring dessert. CLICK HERE to buy your tickets, $15 per family. Advance sale ends TODAY… price goes up to $20 after today. We can also use your help! Please click here to volunteer for set-up or clean-up. Please contact Zsoka McDonald ( with any questions. (Rain date is Sunday, Sept. 24th.)

Got Lunch?

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Special Education News

Community Events

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

Sip ‘N Chat

Wednesday, Sept. 20th from 9:30-10:30am @ Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East, next to Home Goods). Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions with other Special Ed parents. Open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. Next Sip 'N Chat date is Thursday, October 19th.

SES SpEd Fall Coffee

September 22nd at 9:00am in the SES Faculty Room. Open to all parents of students receiving special education services at SES.

All Around Town

Community Bulletin Board

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!

A Scoop of Thanks to... 

 Monique Greenspan and Jessie McEntee for organizing all of our new room parents for this year AND thanks to all the room parent volunteers, as well!

Stephanie Martenson for organizing a wildly successful clothing drive… over 700 articles of clothing were donated to Clothes to Kids of Fairfield County and they were very appreciative. Thanks to everybody who donated!

And a Big Congratulations to...

Mr. Eric Lawrence, our very own Westport district “Teacher of the Year” nominee, as well as all of the other nominees. SES is so proud of you, Mr. Lawrence! 

Quote of the Week

“The future of the world is in my classroom today.” - Ivan Welton Fitzwater

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