Monday, October 15, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings Week of October 15th

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of October 15th, 2018
Tuesday
October 16th
* Clarke Shark Huddle
   Planning Meeting 7:45
Wednesday
October 17th
* School Picture Day J
Thursday
October 18th
* Kindergarten Field Trip
   Smolak Farms
Friday
October 19th
* Dory Dash
   See Below
Wednesday
October 24th
* UNITY DAY
   Wear ORANGE - See Below
* School Committee Mtg.
   7:00 SHS
Thursday
October 25th
* Scholastic Book Fair Begins
* Fire Alarm Testing
   3:00 PM
Friday
October 26th
* Halloween Parade 8:45
* Bring your Family to School 
* Scholastic Book Fair Ends 
Sunday
October 28th
* PTO Sponsored Halloween Hoot
  More information to come soon
Monday
October 29th
* Parent Coffee With Ms. Hunt
  Standards Based Report Cards
  Will be the topic for discussion.
  9:00 All Purpose room
  See Invitation Below

SNEAK PEEK NOVEMBER
Thursday
November 1st
* Early Release Day
   12:30 dismissal Lunch Served
* Parent Teacher Conferences
  1:00 - 4:00
Tuesday
November 6th
* NO SCHOOL
   PD Day for all Staff
Monday
November 12th
* NO SCHOOL
   Veteran’s Day Observed
Wednesday
November 7th
* Parent Teacher Conferences
   5:00-8:00
Tuesday
November 13th
* PTO Meeting
   7:00 Panera Meeting Room
Wednesday
November 14th
* School Committee Meeting
   SHS 7:00
Thursday
November 15th
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Friday
November 16th
* Title 1 Parent Meeting 8:30

UNITY DAY

Clarke School works year round on creating a positive school climate and promoting acceptance and kindness on a daily basis. During October’s National Bullying Prevention month, we are proud to once again participate in “Unity Day”. On Wednesday, October 24th we encourage everyone to come together and wear ORANGE  to send a message of support, hope and unity.  The motto of “Unity Day” is “Make it Orange and Make It End”. Wearing ORANGE on this day raises awareness for the importance of bullying prevention and also provides a visible sign to those impacted by bullying that people care. 




Please join Ms. Hunt for coffee, refreshments, and an informational discussion around Standards Based Report cards and what that really means.  All are welcome to join!

When: Monday, October 29th at 8:45 am
            Where: All Purposes Room


Halloween Parade and “Bring Your Family to School Day”
                                                                                    
Dear Clarke School Families,

Once again, the Clarke School will have its annual ALL SCHOOL Halloween Parade on Friday, October 26th at 8:45 AM.

Each child from K-4 is welcome to come to school in a safe, child friendly costume. Costumes cannot promote violence nor have parts or accessories that depict weapons. Look-a-like weapons are not allowed.  Also, please no masks or costumes that could restrict vision. He/she can either wear their school clothes underneath his/her costume or bring a change of clothes. At 8:45 A.M. each class will leave the building from the Door 5 to the hot top.  We will turn right onto Norfolk Avenue and walk as a school around the block and re-enter the building from the front entrance on Middlesex Avenue.

We cordially invite all parents/guardians and family members to view our wonderful costumes by lining the area immediately surrounding the school. Our parade should take about 15 minutes.  Following the parade, families are welcome to visit their child’s classroom in honor of “Bring Your Family to School Day.”  At around 9:30 we will conclude our classroom visitations. Next, all will be invited down to the All Purpose Room to shop at the PTO sponsored Scholastic Book Fair.

Again, please be respectful of our school rules regarding costumes. We look forward to a safe and fun celebration!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings Week of October 8th

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of October 8th, 2018
Monday
October 8th
* NO SCHOOL
   Columbus Day
Tuesday
October 9th
* PTO Meeting
   7:00 pm Panera Bread
   Meeting Room
Wednesday
October 10th
* School Committee Mtg.
   7:00 SHS
Thursday
October 11th
* 4th Grade Leaders Meeting
   7:45
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Wednesday
October 17th
* School Picture Day J
Thursday
October 18th
* Kindergarten Field Trip
   Smolak Farms
Friday
October 19th
* Dory Dash
   More information to come soon
Wednesday
October 24th
* UNITY DAY
   Wear ORANGE
* School Committee Mtg.
   7:00 SHS
Thursday
October 25th
* Scholastic Book Fair Begins
Friday
October 26th
* Halloween Parade 8:45
* Bring your Family to School 
*Scholastic Book Fair Ends 
Sunday
October 28th
* PTO Sponsored Halloween Hoot
  More information to come soon
Monday
October 29th
* Parent Coffee With Ms. Hunt
  Standards Based Report Card
  will be the topic for discussion.
  9:00 All Purpose room
* See invitation Below
SNEAK PEEK NOVEMBER
Thursday
November 1st
* Early Release Day
   12:30 dismissal Lunch Served
* Parent Teacher Conferences
  1:00 - 4:00
Tuesday
November 6th
* NO SCHOOL
   PD Day for all Staff
Monday
November 12th
* NO SCHOOL
   Veteran’s Day Observed
Wednesday
November 7th
* Parent Teacher Conferences
   5:00-8:00


Please join Ms. Hunt for coffee, refreshments and an informational discussion around Standards Based Report Cards and what that really means.  All are welcome to join!

When: Monday, October 29th at  8:45 am
               Where: All Purpose Room

Friday, June 15, 2018

SUMMER READING PROGRAM

Summer Reading

Dear Families,
         
It’s hard to believe that another school year is over! Your child has worked very hard this year in Reader’s Workshop developing strong reading habits, building their reading stamina, and choosing “just right” books that fit their interests and reading level. Please help us ensure this great reading practice continues over the summer. Research has proven that the impact of summer reading loss can be significant. Students who do not read over the summer can lose as much as 22% (2 months of school) of their reading level! You can help prevent this summer reading loss by encouraging your child to read over the summer. Try to have them read something everyday. It can be a book, magazine, a recipe or even a menu. Every word counts!

Help your child choose “Just Right” books by visiting my website. You can access my website by visiting https://clarke.swampscottps.org/. Click on resources. Under that tab, click teacher sites and choose Ms. Anderson. My website includes student & parent resources as well as all of the summer reading information.  Any student who returns their “Summer Reading Passport & Postcard” will receive a prize and a summer reading certificate. As an added incentive, the PTO will provide each student with a free book during the Scholastic Book Fair.

Thank you for supporting our efforts as we continue to foster the value and enjoyment of reading. Have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Sincerely,
Paula Anderson
Literacy Specialist
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•  Don’t view reading as a chore
Create a positive environment for reading so that children look forward to it. You don’t
have to read, you get to read!                                                                                                                               
•  Reading doesn't have to only be books
Get a magazine about your child’s favorite hobby, turn on the captions and turn down the
volume on the television, look for information on the web.     
                                                                              
•  Your day to day routines can provide reading experiences
cooking, using the phone book, reading instructions for a new game,and reading maps or
brochures for your vacation spots are all authentic reading experiences
                                                                                                                     
•  Read during transitions times
Get some more reading time in during the drive to Grandma’s house or while waiting for the
dentist.
                                                                                         
•  Keep reading those old favorite
Reading books that are a little easy or are even memorized build confidence and fluency.
                                                                                   
•  Read to your child
You get quality time with your child, you are a great reading model and you have the
opportunity to talk to your child.   
                                                                                   
•  Talk about books
Ask your child open-ended questions such as “What do you think about that story? “
“What would you have done if you were that character?”  
                                                                                         
•  Visit the library
Not only can the librarian help you find
good, interesting books for your child, but they probably have a summer reading
program your child can participate in.    
                                                                                      
•  Support your child’s writing
There is no better letter/sound practice than writing. Provide supplies and opportunities for
your child to write—letters, lists, messages, vacation journal or scrapbook, etc.
Don’t worry about spelling—just praise your child’s efforts.    
                                                                                   
Information from: Mraz, Maryann & Rasinski, Timothy V. (2007). Summer Reading Loss.
The Reading Teacher, Vol. 60 (No. 8), 784-788.

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Online Books and Interactive Websites
                                                                       
Storyline Online - http://www.storylineonline.net

International Children’s Library -
http://en.childrenslibrary.org

PBS Kids -
http://pbskids.org

Starfall - http://starfall.com

Book Adventure - http://bookadventure.com

Magic Keys - http://magickeys.com

Abcya - http://abcya.com

Fun Brain - http://funbrain.com

Primary Games - http://primarygames.com/reading.php

Education.com - http://education.com/games/reading
                                                 
Mrs. Nussbaum - http://mrsnussbaum.com/readingpassageindex/