Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings Week of January 2, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of January 2, 2018

Important Dates
Thursday
January 4th
* ACCESS Testing Begins

Friday
January 5th
* Clarke Green Team Meeting
   7:45 See information below
Tuesday
January 9th
* PTO Meeting 7:00
   All Purpose Room
Wednesday
January 10th
* School Council Meeting
    2:15
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS
Thursday
January 11th
* 4th Grade Leaders Meeting
   7:45
* Staff Meeting 2:30
* Swampscott Ed. Foundation
   Meeting 7:00 PM
Monday
January 15th 
* NO SCHOOL
   Martin Luther King Jr. Day
   Observed
Friday
January 19th
* PTO Sponsored Enrichment
   Reptile Show
   See Schedule Below
SCHOOL SPIRIT DAY

Tuesday
January 23rd
* Kindergarten Information   
   Night 6:30 SMS


Wednesday
January 24th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS

Thursday
January 25th
* Early Release Day
   12:30 Lunches Served
   Staff Professional  
   Development Day

Wednesday
January 31st
* 4th Grade Band Concert
   6:30 All Purpose Room




Thank you to all of you who supported the Toys for Local Children Fundraiser.  Whether you purchased some greenery, adopted a family, sent in a new toy or had your child bring in some spare change (Clarke collected over $100), your efforts are appreciated. Many local families benefitted from your generosity.
Happy New Year!
Abby Rogers and Cathy Kalpin, TLC Coordinators


A big thank you goes out to all of the families who Trick-or-Treated for UNICEF!  All three elementary schools collected a total of $1,705.73 for children in need all around the world! Together we can make a difference!

Warmly,
Gloria Salvanelli and Nel Donato, UNICEF Coordinators




Clarke School already does an amazing job with our 4th grade leaders organizing our weekly recycling! For this we are thankful. For 2 years the High School Green team came to Clarke and worked with Rachel on some recycling projects that were outstanding. These projects sparked a conversation about what types of other projects did the High School Green team work on, prompting the idea of the creation of a collaborative club.  Some 4th Grade Students have volunteered to be part of this new club with the collaboration of the Swampscott High School Green Team organized by Brandy Wilbur, the STEM teacher at the high school. These two teams will be working together to create and implement projects and events dedicated to educating and promoting environmental awareness and hands-on learning that will benefit our entire school community. Our first Green Team meeting will be held on January 5th at 7:45 am in Ms. Sudbey’s classroom. Our intent is to meet once a month to collaborate, plan and implement activities devoted to expanding our school’s understanding and experiences when learning about earth science. If you are interested in learning more about the Clarke Green Team, please let me know. This is our first step in developing this club with hopes of getting more students and staff involved as we grow. 


Jennifer Hunt
Principal
(781) 596-8812
Hunt@swampscott.k12.ma.us








Friday, December 8, 2017

Clarke Family Happenings 12/7/17

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal


Important Dates
Tuesday
December 12th
* PTO Meeting 7:00
   Panera Bread Meeting Room
Wednesday
December 13th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS
* Hanukkah Begins
Thursday
December 14th
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Friday
December 15th
* Holiday Fair  All Purpose Room
   Please see schedule and
   information below
* PTO Sponsored Holiday
   Read Aloud 7:00 PM
   All Purpose Room
   More info. coming soon
Wednesday
December 20th
* Hanukkah Ends
Friday
December 22nd
* Early Release Day
   12:00 Noon dismissal
   NO LUNCHES SERVED
* Pajama and Movie Day
   More info. coming soon
Monday
December 25th
* Christmas Day
   Holiday Break Begins
Tuesday
January 2nd
* Staff and Students Return






Monday, November 20, 2017

Clarke Family Happenings 11/20/17

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal




Tuesday
November 21st
* Fall School Picture Retakes

Wednesday
November 22nd
* Clarke Shark Huddle 11:00
* Early Release Day
   12:00 Noon Dismissal
   NO LUNCHES SERVED
* NO EXTENDED DAY

Thursday & Friday
November 23rd and 24th
* NO SCHOOL
   Thanksgiving Holiday
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Wednesday
November 29th
* School Council Mtg. 2:30
* School Committee Mtg. 7:00

Wednesday
December 6th
* Winter Chorus Concert
   7:00 All Purpose Room

Tuesday
December 12th
* PTO Meeting 7:00
   Panera Bread Meeting Room

Thursday
December 14th
* Staff Meeting 2:30

Friday
December 15th
* Holiday Fair
* PTO Sponsored Story Read    
  Aloud 7:00 pm
  More information to come soon





Toys for Local Children

The Swampscott Toys for Local Children (TLC) Program is once again preparing for the holiday season.  This wonderful program helps to enhance a child’s holiday season by providing a few presents for each child in the family.  Many families find this time of year particularly difficult due to added burdens which come at the holidays.  If you feel that your child might benefit from the TLC Program, please contact your school nurse by Friday, December 1, 2017.  The nurse will help you process your request.  

Confidentiality will be assured.

Sincerely,

Ann Hudson, Clarke School 781-596-8812
Jennifer Miller, Hadley School 781-596-8847
Jane Cassidy, Stanley School, 781- 596-8837




Student Absences

If you know that your child will be absent please be sure to call our school absentee line directly at (781) 596-8812 and then press 1. Although we appreciate that many families email this information, it is not as timely as leaving information on our absentee line.  Safety is our first priority at the Clarke School. Having student absence information prior to 8:15 in the  morning will alleviate the need for us to make phone calls to families in order to find out if a student is safe or not.  We would appreciate you following this important communication protocol.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Clarke Family Happenings

Clarke Family Happenings
Important Dates for November

Thursday
November 2nd 
*  Early Release Day
   12:30 Lunches Served
* P/T Conferences
   1:00-4:00 PM
   Please see notice below
Tuesday
November 7th
* NO SCHOOL
   Professional Development
Wednesday
November 8th 
* Evening P/T Conferences
   5:00-8:00 PM
Friday
November 10th 
* NO SCHOOL
   Veteran’s Day Observed
Monday
November 13th 
* Kindergarten Author Visit
Tuesday
November 14th 
* Art Quest
   Schedule to Come Soon
Wednesday
November 15th 
* School Council Meeting
   2:30
Thursday
November 16th 
* Art Quest
   Schedule to Come Soon
* Staff Meeting 2:30
Tuesday
November 21st
* Fall School Picture Retakes

Wednesday
November 22nd
* Early Release Day
   12:00 Noon Dismissal
   NO LUNCHES SERVED
Thursday & Friday
November 23rd and 24th
* NO SCHOOL
   Thanksgiving Holiday
Our next Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd  from 1:00-4:00 and Wednesday, November 8th  from 5:00-8:00.  Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher. You can do this by following the steps below:
1.  Visit the Clarke Elementary School website at https://clarke.swampscottps.org/
2. Click on the “Resources” tab at the top - This will have a drop-down menu.
3. Click on “Teacher Conference Sign-Up”

4. Find your child’s teacher and click on that link.


Important Clarke Updates and Information


  • Ms. Hudson, our school nurse will continue to  administer hearing and vision tests to all of our students. If you have any concerns about your child’s hearing and vision please contact Ms. Hudson directly at (781) 596-8812.

  • Student Absences - If you know that your child will be absent please be sure to call our school absentee line directly at (781) 596-8812 and then press 1. Although we appreciate that many families email this information, it is not as timely as leaving information on our absentee line.  Safety is our first priority at the Clarke School. Having student absence information prior to 8:15 in the  morning will alleviate the need for us to make phone calls to families in order to find out if a student is safe or not.  We would appreciate you following this important communication protocol.
  • Community Flyers - We will no longer be emailing you Swampscott Community Flyers.  If you would like information on events happening in town or at schools please go to the Swampscott Public School’s District web site and click on the link “Resources”, “Community” the “Community Flyers and Information Link.”This is where you can view paperless flyers and be informed about the wonderful things happening in our town.
  • Welcome back to the Art Room where color, creativity, innovation and imagination are fostered and grow each year in our young artists.  Our Instagram account documents our inquiry, explorations, and Visual Art experiences in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.  We invite you to follow us @theartroomclarke.






Dear Friends of the Cuttle Family,

As some of you may know, the Cuttle family has been dealing with a great challenge since Bill was diagnosed with cancer in September.  Bill is a long time Swampscott Little League board member and has two kids in the program.  Bill will begin an intensive treatment plan beginning November 1, lasting through the holidays. 

After talking to Bill and his wife Annette, there is an effort being organized by Keli Howe and Emily Dariotis to provide the Cuttle’s with a basket of gift cards to local restaurants/services/other.  This will ease their minds and take the burden of meal prep off, etc. their shoulders after a long day of treatment in Boston.  Some of their favorite local restaurants are Qdoba, Rizzos, 5 Guys, Captains, Paradiso, Cindy’s, Vesuvius and the Tides.  Any of your favorites would be appreciated as well (i.e. Whole Foods,  Stop and Shop, Market Basket, etc.)


Anyone who wishes to donate gift cards can give them to either Becky Groothuis (cards may be left in the mailbox at 7 Sampson Ave.) or Keli Howe, 51 Lexington Circle (nearby the Middle School) If preferred, gift card contributions can be sent in to school clearly labeled Cuttle Family Contributions.


If you would prefer to drop a meal off to the family - a Sign Up Genius has been created.  

Please let Keli know if you have any questions - 781-635-7663 


In health,
Keli Howe & Emily Dariotis
_____________________________________________________________________________
Photos from Unity Day

During October’s Clarek Shark Huddle we encouraged everyone to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.  The motto of Unity Day was “Make it Orange and Make It End”.  Wearing orange on this day raised awareness for the importance of bullying prevention and also provides a visible sign to those impacted by bullying that people care. During October, the younger children have all listened to the book We’re All Wonders by R.J. Polacio and grades 3 and 4 have listened to the book Wonder by the same author.  The theme of the books is how a young boy born with facial birth defects gets bullied in school.  Thankfully, there are some classmates who stand up to the bullying to support the young boy.  Below are photos of students sharing some “Wonder” projects.



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