Clinton Goes to the Movies, November 10

Posted October 28th, 2011 by PTA

Need something to do with the kids on the teacher convention days next week? Come to Clinton Movie Day at SOPAC at 10 am on Thursday, November 10th.

All details are on the flyer, which you will find here:

Movie Flyer 2011

This is always a super fun event, a movie theater reserved for Clinton students only, a great movie, popcorn, and a welcome activity on those two long days off from school!

Clinton Adopts Rutgers!

Posted October 28th, 2011 by PTA

In an effort to start students thinking about college and higher education, Clinton School will be adopting a NJ College — Rutgers.

One of the front hall display cases will feature Rutgers University items and from time to time teachers will mention the Rutgers football team or that one of Clinton’s teachers (Mrs. Fleming) graduated from Rutgers and Mrs. Robinson’s son plays lacrosse for them, etc.

It is all meant to begin a conversation about higher education and introduce the children to a school to which Clinton has some connections.

Also, if any Clinton parents are Rutgers alumni and would like to come in and share their college experience, that would be most welcome. Just contact Ms. Bodnar at

Knowing this will also help you make sense of Ms. O’Neill and Ms. Bodnar’s Halloween costumes next week!

Lingo Bingo, Tuesday, November 1st

Posted October 27th, 2011 by PTA

The Parenting Center’s LEAP TO SUCCESS Commitee presents Closing the Elementary School Achievement Gap Educational Series.

Preparing for Parent-Teacher Conferences — Lingo Bingo!
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Jefferson School
518 Ridgewood Road, Maplewood
Just in time for the November parent/teacher conferences! Join Jefferson Principal Susan Grierson and South Mountain Principal Tina Lehn as they explain:
• Student Assessments – How is student work evaluated?
• Teacher Reports – What will be discussed?
• Parent Questions – What to ask?

Click on Lingo Bingo PDF for more details.

Important! Display My Art

Posted October 27th, 2011 by PTA

Orders for our wrapping paper/gift catalog fundraiser from Independent
Event Planners and Display My Art orders are due on tomorrow, Friday, October 28th.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to support Clinton School and get some holiday gifts adorned with your child’s art AND buy wrapping paper to wrap it with!

If you have questions contact, Janet Trzaska at

Many thanks,
The Clinton PTA

Tonight/Related Arts Back-to-School Night

Posted October 26th, 2011 by PTA

Clinton School’s Related Arts Back to School Night, Tonight, Wednesday, October 26th

Where can you get a chance to learn some Spanish, get some exercise, learn about cool things going on in art, music, and the library at Clinton School? Our Related Arts night, of course!

Please join your children’s art, music, Spanish, physical education, and library/technology specialists tonight for overviews of some of the learning our children do each week in their classes. Our evening starts at 7:00 pm and is for parents and guardians.

Bring your filled-out form (from our email or from your child’s backpack) to enter your name to win one of two gift baskets that include:
-$25 gift certificate to Cactus Charley’s (ole!)
-A gift card for a free yoga class
-Paint, color paper, crayons, a sketchbook (for your artistic side)
-A jump rope (get fit on the cheap!)
-A musical CD to sing in the car with the kids
-a $25 gift certificate to Words bookstore

Gift baskets will be awarded at the end of the night!

Thank you for supporting your child’s teachers and Clinton school.

READ program forms were due this month (October 10)

Posted October 25th, 2011 by PTA

Dear Students & Families:

At Clinton Elementary, we support literacy all day and every day. In order to encourage more reading and less non-educational screen time, we are offering each student an extra library book each week. In return, we are asking all students and parents to make a pledge.

I pledge to:

How is this different than TV turnoff?
TV Turnoff encouraged 0-60 minutes of television each night. In our families, television rules differ and there are some excellent educational options available. We also recognize that some students use e-books and audio books and this use of technology is a natural extension of reading and should not be viewed negatively.

Studies show that students who read more do better in school. Thank you and congratulations to all the students (and their families) who undertake our new challenge. Please return this form to school now and have access to an extra library book each week!

READ Program form

Jennifer Latimer
Clinton School Library