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SES PTA News and Announcements

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Saugie’s Checklist:

🙋 We need YOU for the 2017-18 PTA... CLICK HERE

📘 OBOS Spirit Day… get those possum ears ready!

👕 Cool, new SES Logowear available!

➕ Games + Math = FUN… March 30th!

Save the Date:


Friday, March 24th


Parent/Teacher Conferences


Friday, March 31st

Student Art Show @ SES Art wing

Friday, March 24th

LAST DAY to donate books and loose change for SEGA!

Tuesday, March 28th

OBOS Spirit Day!
(see below for details)

Thursday, March 30th 6:30pm

Math Night K-2 @ SES Cafeteria

Tuesday, April 4th

Kindergarten Rise & Read:
Make Way for Ducklings!

2017-18 School Budget Update

The Superintendent, the Board of Education and the Board of Finance continue to negotiate cuts to the 2017-18 School Budget. Last Thursday, Dr. Palmer proposed $900K in cuts to the BOF - but they voted to maintain their original request to reduce next year’s school budget by $1.7M. The BOE and Superintendent will meet again this Monday, 3/27 at 7:30pm to discuss next steps. The next BOF meeting is April 5th. All BOE and BOF meetings are open to the public and available to view on cable channel 79, the town’s public access station. We will continue to provide updates on this important topic in the coming weeks. If you have any questions please contact Caroline Evans and Jodi Harris at

2017-18 PTA Board Volunteer Survey

Participating in the PTA is the best way to get involved in the SES community! If you think you might be interested in participating on general board for the 2017-18 school year, please CLICK HERE to fill out our survey. You are not committing to anything by completing the survey. A committee member will contact you to answer any questions you may have and/or provide a more detailed description of the job responsibilities.

Lost & Found

Claim all of those jackets, mittens and hats before it’s time to pack them away for next year! There will be a Lost & Found table set up outside the main office during conferences, so please check it while you’re there. All unclaimed items will be donated! And label those spring jackets! (Order now from Label Daddy and 20% of your purchase goes straight to SES! Use the code: SAUGATUCK).

One Book, One School

Our One Book, One School experience is drawing to an end. We hope that you have enjoyed reading Appleblossom the Possum with your family! Don’t forget to checkout our OBOS Website for additional ways to keep the fun going!

Final reading schedule:

  • Today: Chapters 32-33
  • Tomorrow: Chapters 34-36
  • Monday 3/27: Chapters 37-40

Be on the look-out for a special interactive opportunity for families to share their OBOS experiences this week during Parent-Teacher conferences! This is your last chance to get your face on our OBOS bulletin board. Send photos of your family reading Appleblossom the Possum to

OBOS Spirit Day!

On Tuesday, March 28th, we will celebrate the end of our One Book, One School event with a School Spirit Day! Sport possum ears (please leave all possum tails at home), make and wear a nametag for your favorite Appleblossom the Possum character (get creative!), or just wear blue and white, as we come together as a community to celebrate the completion of Appleblossom the Possum!

*NEW* SES Logowear!

Get your new clothing items and water bottle just in time for warmer weather and spring sports season! Visit our Logowear table on Thursday, March 23rd* to purchase your new water bottle and other cool SES gear. Check out the attached flyer for more information or just click here to shop now! Order before Friday for delivery right after spring break. Questions? Contact Jen Maurillo and Janine MacDonald ( *The Logowear team will have samples, some with and some without logos, for sizing purposes. (Please note, not all sizes will be available.)

K-2 Math Night

Thursday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30pm is Math Night for our K-2 families. Games, puzzles and more will be available for some stress-free math fun! Space is limited, so SIGN-UP now. (This is not a drop-off event… all students must have an adult.) Contact Katherine O'Brien ( with any questions.

Kindergarten Rise & Read

Attention Kindergarten families! In honor of springtime, come listen to Mrs. Messler and Mrs. Locke read "MAKE WAY FOR DUCKLINGS" on Tuesday, April 4th @ 7:30am. Learn about the beloved annual SES duckling tradition and view a slideshow of last year's ducklings! Rise & Read is an opportunity to spend time with your family at school; siblings are welcome. Kindergartners will receive a special bookmark. We’re asking the parents from Ms. Poppe’s and Ms. Roudenis’ classes to contribute nut-free snacks and juice… please sign up here! Questions? Contact Lavinia Larsson (

👉 Don’t forget…

PTA Membership

Next week, we’ll announce the winner of the VIP Parking Spot for APRIL… but you gotta be in it to win it! CLICK HERE to sign up now!

“Love to Read (School)” Used Book Drive

This week is your last chance to donate books! We will be accepting your gently used children’s books (grades K-8th) anytime before FRIDAY; the almost 1,200 books already donated (!!!!!) will be donated to the Read School in Bridgeport. Collection bins are located near the SES main office and the cafeteria.

SEGA Girls School “Change for Change” Drive

Caring Council Message from fifth grader, Adela Ardrey:

Hi Parents! The SEGA Change Drive is coming to an end - we only have a few days left! SEGA is an AMAZING opportunity for girls in Tanzania that don't have the privileges that we do. We know we can help change some girls' lives forever. Please stop by the SEGA table near the main office during conferences to learn more about this special school, and the two girls we hope to sponsor this year. We would love to have your support in reaching our goal of $2,000 - even a few dollars or coins can make a difference. We are about half way there! We think we can do it! Thank you! Click here to watch an informational video about how a water tower changed the lives of the girls at the SEGA School!

Mereciano (a former SES sponsoree) standing in front of the water tower, the subject of the video link above.

SES Student Art Show

The SES Student Art Show is going on NOW through March 31st and features over 500 works of art representing every student in our school. Check out the show (located in the curved foyer and adjacent hallways outside the SES auditorium) during afternoon conferences, March 22-24th, 12:30-3:00pm and evening conferences on March 23rd, 5-7pm!

SES Art Webpage

Click here to check out our students' latest artistic endeavors from February! Grades K-1 made 3-D clay animal puppets inspired by Doreen Cronin's funny story “Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type.” Grades 2-3 created still life pictures of bottles and fruit of their choosing. Finally, grades 4-5 found their Zen place using the meditative practice of drawing varying repeating patterns called Zentangles. To learn more about lesson plans and see examples of student artwork, please visit our updated SES Art Page.

A Scoop of Thanks to...

  • The parents from Ms. Kain’s and Ms. McCoy’s classes for donating breakfast snacks and drinks at last week’s Rise & Read… and to all who attended!
  • Jen Driscoll and Hilary Cummings for planning and organizing an incredible Sound Tigers event! All of the prizes were super cool and the game itself was so much fun!
  • Chorus Director Kerri Kohlun and the 4th & 5th Grade Chorus members who did an awesome job singing the National Anthem… and to all the families who supported our school by purchasing tickets!
  • Jody Carlson for leading a fabulous Art Show tour last week and to everyone who attended the PTA meeting… thank you for coming!

Quote of the Week:

“No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.” - Proverb

🌟 Special Education News 🌟

Community Events:

CLICK HERE for information on events in the community.

Next Sip-n-Chat:

Wednesday, April 5th, 9:30-10:30am @ Panera Bread (1860 Post Rd East)

Meet, exchange ideas and ask questions… open to all parents of students receiving Special Education services in Westport schools. (Future dates: 5/11, 6/7, all @ 9:30 @ Panera)

A GUIDE TO TRANSITION: Understanding the Transition Bill of Rights

Wednesday, March 29th, 9:00-10:00am @ Staples Library Classroom

An overview of the transition process from school to post-secondary life and the supports in place for students along the way. Open to all parents of students receiving special education services in grades 6-12.

A GUIDE TO TRANSITION: Building a Bridge Between High School and Adult Service Agencies

Thursday, April 6th, 7:00-8:30pm @ Staples Library Classroom

For parents of students that will require support from an adult agency such as the Department of Developmental Services or the Bureau of Rehabilitative Services after leaving high school.

Save the Date!

Annual Districtwide Spring Coffee: Topic: “Executive Functioning”

April 20th, 9:30am @ Westport Arts Center

👉 Other Community News…

Community Bulletin Board:

CLICK HERE to check out what’s new…

Spring Barn Dance!

Friday, March 24th, 7:30-9:30pm, Westport Woman’s Club (44 Imperial Ave)

Wakeman Town Farm invites you for an evening of family fun for all ages! Bill Fisher will call a series of traditional dances accompanied by music from the Fiddleheads. $5/students, $15/adults

MINDS IN MOTION 2017: Pre-K-Grade 8 Students!

Saturday, March 25th, 12-4pm, Bedford Middle School

This afternoon of fun, fast-paced, hands-on workshops is geared to high-ability and motivated learners. Workshops include Robotics, Animal Adaptations, Computer Programming, Drumming & Game Invention! For parents/ educators: a keynote addressing creativity and taking "Beautiful Risks" in the classroom; a choice of 4 workshops, all free of charge. REGISTER TODAY. Click here to volunteer. Questions? Email

Be a Part of the Toquet Hall Teen Governing Board

Toquet Hall provides a forum for youth to serve as community assets, develop leadership skills, planning, and decision-making skills and interact with people of different interests/ backgrounds. The governing boards meet bimonthly to discuss upcoming programs, review press kits, assist with fundraising initiatives and create promotion strategies. Students will gain valuable volunteer experience in a fun and unique setting. Applications are available at

Staples Players presents Urinetown, The Musical.

Remaining performances are 24th & 25th at 7:30pm. Buy your tickets online at or at the door, beginning 20 minutes before performances, as available. Urinetown is rated “pee”-G.

Bedford’s Acting Group presents The Witches!

The Witches is a spine-tingling tale of a boy and his grandmother who use their wits to defeat the Grand High Witch’s plan to squelch all the children of England by turning them into mice! Performances are Friday, 3/31 @ 7pm, Saturday, 4/1 @ 2pm and 7pm and Sunday, 4/2 @ 2pm. Special opportunity after the matinees on 4/1 and 4/2… meet the cast and get an up-close look at the set and special effects equipment! Visit for tickets and more information. Contact Karen McCormick ( with questions.

Visit All of Your Westport PTA Council Sites!

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