Parenting Center’s Leap to Success in the News

Posted September 30th, 2011 by PTA

The Parenting Center’s Leap to Success is featured in a Baristanet article. Read the article about the upcoming symposium written by Laurie Tarkan, a Clinton mom.

FREE Special Needs Soccer Clinic

Posted September 28th, 2011 by PTA

Hosted by the South Orange/Maplewood Special Ed PTO and Maplewood Recreation Department Office.
 
Sunday November 6, 2011 2:00-3:00pm at Maplecrest Park (rain location is Maplewood Middle School Gym.

Children with special needs of all ages – as well as their friends and siblings – are welcome. Parents are expected to stay during the clinic.

For more information, email the South Orange Maplewood Special Education PTO or call 973-868-7595.

Future sports clinic dates to reserve: January 29, 2012, March 25, 2012, May 20, 2012.

Closing the Clinton Elementary School Achievement Gap

Posted September 27th, 2011 by PTA

On October 4th from 7-8:30 pm, at Clinton Elementary School, the Parenting Center’s Leap to Success Committee will be hosting a symposium on closing the elementary school achievement gap.

Speakers include Acting NJ Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, Superintendent Brian Osborne, Board of Ed member Andrea Wren-Hardin, School Administrators Tina Lehn, Marianne Hess, and Raquel Horn, and teacher Shayna Sackett.

Don’t miss this important event.

More details can be found here: Call to Action flyer

Special Education PTO Meetings

Posted September 27th, 2011 by PTA

The Special Education PTO will be meeting on Tuesday, September 27th at 7:30 pm at the Board of Education meeting room at 525 Academy Street, Maplewood.

For more information about the Special Ed PTO and for contact information for the Clinton PTA Special Ed PTO liaison, see below:

The Special Ed PTO provides parents with the tools and information they need to work collaboratively with the school district and to be effective advocates for their children.

The Special Ed PTO holds several meetings throughout the year to help parents network with other parents, share information about Special Education issues and educational concerns, and understand changing special education laws. We support the on-going professional development of district staff regarding special education and encourage the inclusion of children with disabilities in our communities.

Membership in the Special Ed PTO is free. All parents who have a child receiving special education services in the district or who live in the district but whose child is in an out-of-district special ed placement are already members of the Special Ed PTO.

Meetings are held in the Board of Education meeting room at 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, and begin at 7:30pm and end at 9pm.

Scheduled meetings for the 2011-2012 school year are:
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

For more information on these and other activities, please visit the District’s web site. Sign up for email communications and PTO meeting minutes by contacting Barry Berg and join the group on Facebook at South Orange/Maplewood Sp. Ed. PTO. Clinton Liaison

Our Clinton School liaison to the Special Ed PTO is Jenny Lindstrom. Please contact her with any questions, for more information, or to get involved:

Jenny Lindstrom
Email: jlindstrom@verizon.net

Foreign Language Program for 3rd, 4th, 5th Graders

Posted September 27th, 2011 by PTA

Our district has a wonderful foreign language program (French, Italian and Latin) for elementary students.

It begins on October 12th and takes place after school at Columbia High School. It runs through March and it is very reasonably priced ($65).

For more information about the program click this link on the school district website.

Helping to Pack Up Book Fair / Back to School Reminder

Posted September 26th, 2011 by PTA

1. BOOK FAIR PACK-UP HELP: On Wednesday, September 28th, we will be packing up our Fall Book Fair. We need volunteers to help us get the books off the shelves and back into boxes. If you can stop in the gym after morning drop-off, even for 30-60 minutes, that would be a tremendous help.

2. BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT REMINDER:
Back to School Night is tonight, Monday, September 26, 2011.
Below is the schedule for the evening:

6:30 – 6:45  kindergarten, first, second grade, and multiage (Griffin), parents and K-5 teachers will meet in the auditorium.

6:45 – 7:30  kindergarten, first, second grade, and multiage (Griffin), parents and teachers will go to grade level presentations and/or classrooms for an overview of your child’s school year. We will let you know where to go that evening.

If you have time before or after meeting with your child’s teacher(s), please visit our amazing Book Fair which will be open from 5:30 – 9:00pm. There is an incredible selection of books, games, and activities for children and adults.

7:30 – 7:45  third, fourth, fifth grade, and multiage (Antunes), parents and K-5 teachers will meet in the auditorium.

7:45 – 8:30  third, fourth, fifth grade, and multiage (Antunes), parents and teachers will go to grade level presentations and/or classrooms for an overview of your child’s school year.

Unfortunately this year we do not have available space for children to attend so there will be no childcare. Please plan accordingly. Thank you.

At the end of the presentations we ask you to sign up for a November and March parent/teacher conference. We are including March conferences since we will not see everyone as a group again. Even though March is a few months off, we are hoping to get as many parents/guardians signed up as possible. We understand that things may change but the teachers will work with you should you need to change the date/time.