Friday, February 1, 2019

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of February 4, 2019
February 5th
* School Building Committee
  Communications Subcommittee
  Meeting 8:15 Clarke Library
February 6th
* ELL Parent Coffee 2:45
  Clarke Library
February 7th
* ACCESS Testing ends
* Staff Meeting 2:30
February 11th
* Spelling Bee
   1:00 All Purpose Room
 Lunch will be in the classroom
February 12th
* PTO Meeting
  7:00 Clarke Library
February 13th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS
February 14th
* 4th Grade Leaders Meeting
* Valentine’s Day
* Early Release Day - PD For Staff
  12:30 Dismissal
  Lunches Served
Monday- Friday
February 18th - 22nd
February 25th
* Staff and Students Return
February 26th
* Parent Coffee with the Principal
   8:30 Clarke Library
   More information to come soon
February 27th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS
February 28th
* Clarke Green Team Meeting
   8:00 Clarke Library

Valentine’s Day Reminder

This time of the year is a time when we are looking forward to our classroom Valentine Parties.  The students always enjoy the planned activities and treats. Please remember that if your child is planning to give Valentines to his/her classmates he/she must make one for every student in his/her class.

Links from the Clarke Library

For parents...  Internet Safety and Related Links on our library website.

For the family... eBooks and Links to websites your kids might enjoy.

For a budding writer.. Write your own story using this free app (for iOS devices) StoryKit.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of January 7, 2019

January 7th
* ACCESS Testing Begins
January 10th
* Staff Meeting 2:30
January 15th
* PTO Meeting 7:00
   Clarke All Purpose Room
January 16th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 Room B208
January 21st
   Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 23rd
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 PM SHS
January 24th
* Early Release Day
  12:30 Dismissal Lunches Served
  Staff Professional Development
January 25th
* Green Team Meeting
January 29th
* Kindergarten Information Night
   6:30 SMS Little Theater
   More Information Below
January 30th
* ELL Family Coffee
   More Information to Come Soon

A Message from Mrs. Kalpin

Thank you to all the Clarke Families who contributed to the Toys for Local Children fundraiser.  We were able to deliver a multitude of toys as well as $400 that can be used to purchase additional toys.  Your generosity is incredible and will surely help brighten the holidays for many families. 

Cathy Kalpin
Clarke School Adjustment Counselor

   Reminder for Dismissal
                                          Kindly read the procedures below:

* Dismissal Time begins at 2:10:        
  Dismissal is NOT a live procedure. This means that families must either park before    
   picking up your child or walk to school to pick him/her up. Please be considerate of the  
  residents who live near the school. I have had several phone calls from upset neighbors  
   of Clarke whose driveways were blocked by parked cars belonging to Clarke families.  Also, 
   cars must NOT park in the drop-off circle in the front of the school.  This area is used 
   for buses and vans for certain after school programs.  They are there to pick up students.  
   Cars parking in that area have been blocking these vehicles and disrupting the procedure 
   for those students’ rides to their after school programs.

All students will be dismissed via designated doors to the hot top.
Please meet your child/children at these designated areas:

  Kindergarten - Dismissed out Door 4.This is the door located outside of Mrs. Wheeler’s
                             classroom. It has a handicap ramp.
  1st Grade - Dismissed out of Door 7 - Directly from the All Purpose Room

  2nd Grade - Dismissed out of Door 5   - This is the door located in the breeze way by the 
                       All Purpose Room. It also has a handicap ramp.

   3rd Grade - Dismissed out of Door 5 

   4th Grade - Dismissed out of Door 7 - Directly from the All Purpose Room

  * Order of Dismissal: Students will be dismissed in the following order beginning at 2:10.

              1.  1st Grade and 2nd Grade
              2.  Kindergarten
              3.  3rd Grade and 4th Grade

Teachers will be present at dismissal time in order to ensure students are dismissed safely. 
If someone other than the person you have designated as the pick up person is going to be dismissing your child, you must notify the main office prior to dismissal time at (781) 596-8812.

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation.

Jennifer Hunt

Kindergarten Information Evening
Tuesday, January 29, 2019, at 6:30 PM
Swampscott Middle School in the Little Theater

The evening will be an opportunity to hear about a typical day in your child’s kindergarten routine, including information regarding the curriculum and schedule. In addition, there will be a panel of specialists from the district in the areas of health, social-emotional development, student services and kindergarten readiness to answer any questions.

The following are some updates to the registration process this year:
·         Kindergarten registration forms will be available online at the following link:

·         Registration packets must be turned into the school district in person at the Middle School in the Superintendent’s Conference Room during one of the following time slots:
·         Monday, March 18 between                    7:30  AM and 11:30 AM
·         Tuesday, March 19 between                     7:30  AM and 11:30 AM
·         Thursday, March 28 between                   1:00 PM and 4:00 PM
·         Kindergarten school assignment letters will be mailed on or before May 15, 2019. Please note that siblings are placed at the same school unless there is an individual need for specialized district programming.
·         Kindergarten visitation day will be Friday, June 7, 2019. Students with last names beginning with A-M will be at 9:00AM and students with last names N-Z will be at 10:30 AM.
·         School assignments will not be assigned until all registration documentation is submitted.
·         Kindergarten screening will occur at your child’s assigned school during the first three days of school (August 27, 28, 29).  Special Education laws require that all children be screened upon entrance into kindergarten.  The screening is a non-intensive scan of your child's learning skills and abilities and lasts approximately 30 minutes. Screening appointment dates and times will be sent out by letter. The purpose of the screening is to identify any learning issues that may exist which may require further evaluation and/or special education services. Parents will be notified of their child’s kindergarten teacher at the end of the school day after screening is complete.
·         1st day of school for Kindergarten students will be on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

Any questions?

Please do not hesitate to call or email Martha Raymond, Director of Student Services at or 781-596-8800 x1383.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Lost and Found articles have been placed on a table on the first floor hallway. If you are planning to volunteer or attend any upcoming special events at Clarke, please take some time to stop by the Lost and Found Table to see if you can claim any articles of clothing, water bottle and lunch boxes.

Please remember, it is important to put your child's name in all sweatshirts, jackets, lunch bags, etc. This will enable us to return the clothing to your child.      

If lost and found articles are not claimed by Wednesday, December 19th weeks, they will be given to a charitable organization.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jennifer Hunt, Principal

(781) 596-8812

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Clarke Family Happenings 11/5/18

Clarke Family Happenings
Jennifer Hunt - Principal
Week of November 5, 2018

November 12th
   Veteran’s Day Observed

November 13th
* PTO Meeting
   7:00 Panera Meeting Room

November 14th
* School Committee Meeting
   SHS 7:00

November 15th
* Staff Meeting 2:30

November 16th
* Title 1 Parent Meeting 8:30
* Clarke Shark Huddle 8:45
   Thankfulness & Food Drive

November 21st
* Early Release Day
   12:00 Noon Dismissal
* Spirit Day - CRAZY HAT/HAIR

November 22nd/23rd
   Happy Thanksgiving!
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November 27th
* PTO Enrichment Program
   “Food Play” All Purpose room
   9:00-10:00 - K, 1 & 2
   10:00-11:00 - 3 & 4
   See Attached  Information

November 30th
* Report Cards Go Home

Sneak Peek December
December 5th
* Band and Chorus Concert
   7:00 All Purpose Room
   More info to come soon

December 6th
* Early Release Day
   12:30 Dismissal
    Lunches Served
    Professional Development

December 11th
* Clarke PTO Meeting

December 12th
* School Committee Meeting
   7:00 SHS

December 13th
* 4th Grade Leaders

December 14th
* Clarke Holiday Fair

Our next Clarke Shark Huddle will be on Friday, November 16th at 8:45.  Our theme will be Thankfulness. We will also highlight the 4th grade leaders food drive.  We will have a Thankfulness Themed bulletin board on the first floor with a turkey. Every student and staff member will make a "Thankful Feather.” Each grade will have a different color feather and a different color per grade. Below are our "Thankful Themes"

K, 1 - What are you thankful for at school?
2, 3 - What are you thankful for at home?
4 - What are you thankful for in the community?

Helping those in Need

The Fourth Grade leaders are planning to collect non-perishable food items for our local interfaith food pantry.  We are asking all students and staff to bring in one or more food items that will be collected at the school gathering on the 16th. Items that are of high priority need are listed below.  Please check expiration dates as expired items cannot be accepted.  Our goal is to collect at least 200 items that can be distributed later this month.  Thank you in advance for your participation.

Items needed most: white or brown rice, canned vegetables, canned tuna (or other canned meat), cereal, spaghetti sauce, peanut butter, canned tomatoes, or canned fruit.