“Eat Sleep Learn”

Posted September 30th, 2012 by PTA

At the Clinton PTA General Meeting on September 27th, one of our very own physical education teachers, Ms. Jordyn Freede, spoke about ways that parents can help children succeed through nutrition and fitness. On behalf of the Clinton PE team, Ms. Freede recommended the following:

– Children should exercise for 60 minutes per day, everyday. Whether it is through organized sports or playing on the playground, kids need to be active after school, especially on days they do NOT have PE class.

– Encourage children to be physically active between school and doing homework.

– To foster good health, allow 11-13 hours of sleep for 3-5 year olds, and 10-11 hours of sleep for 5-12 year olds.

– Reinforce the “Whoa, Slow and Go” food choices of the Clinton CATCH (Coodinated Approach To Children’s Health) Program. Last year’s grant allowed children to sample new, healthy foods once a month duting lunch.

– Encourage your children to help prepare meals at home. Even filling a pot with water for steaming vegetables gets kids involved.

Ms. Freede also presented some great resources for parents to use at home and at the grocery store.

– FOODUCATE is an app that grades products on a scale of A (for most healthy) to D (least healthy). Use your smart phone to take a picture/scan the product’s bar code. This is a fun way to learn about making healthy choices at the store.

– My First Yoga is an app that teaches children simple yoga poses. It is great for grades K-2 and fun for everyone.

– The “Eat This, Not That” book series offers great advice on making healthy choices at restaurants and at home.

Lastly, Ms. Freede talked about involving kids in chores as a method to, not only teaching responsibility but, being active around the house. She recommeded using chore charts and a timer to quickly organize/clean and “exercise”.

Need more motivation? Here is a Physical Activity Calendar for the month of October filled with a fun activity for each day of the month. You can tell your kids it’s “PE homework” for everyone in the family!

Many thanks to our wonderful PE team, Mr. Lehman and Ms. Freede!

ADD/ADHD Support Group

Posted September 28th, 2012 by PTA

Click to see flyer about an ADD/ADHD Support Group offered by The Parenting Center.

General Meeting Tonight

Posted September 27th, 2012 by PTA

Join us for the first Clinton PTA General Meeting, tonight at 7:15 pm.

Learn about upcoming family activies and events, the fundraising calendar and much more. Meet members of the PTA Board and sign up to volunteer. If you haven’t done so already, please join the Clinton PTA (for $12 per adult) and learn about the benefits of membership.

Plus, our special guest speaker, Ms. Jordyn Freede, will talk about ways to help your child “Eat, Sleep, Learn”, get nutrition, fitness and wellness tips, and learn more about how the Clinton CATCH and physical education curriculum helps build healthy learners.

Please enter the cafeteria through the parking lot doors.

Limited child supervision will be available in the library. Please send your child with their favorite book or drawing materials.

Locomania Rescheduled

Posted September 27th, 2012 by PTA

The weather forecast for tomorrow is not good so Locomania will be rescheduled and will now take place on Friday, October 5th.

The same times will apply:
12:50-1:40pm for grades K, 1, 3
1:45-2:30pm for grades 2, 4, 5

Can you still volunteer to help? It’s a fun event and we can use as many hands as possible. Please email Leah Gomberg and let her know if you can help.

Need Your Help with Cultural Heritage Month Display

Posted September 25th, 2012 by PTA

The next theme for the Cultural Heritage Display is based on family stories. The idea was taken from a wonderful book entitled Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of the American Life from the StoryCorps Project. The mission of the StoryCorps project is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of their lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 40,000 interviews from nearly 80,000 participants. Each conversation is recorded and then preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. It is one of the largest oral history projects of its kind.

The stories can take on many forms. They can be based on memories of family gatherings and celebrations, travel to a foreign land or immigrating to a new one and even about loss and grief. We are currently collecting family stories, which will be written and put on display mid October. If you have a story to tell, please consider sharing it with the Clinton family. To share your story email Rose Rios or call her at 908-458-1509. We are collecting all kinds of family stories and look forward to sharing with the Clinton community the diversity and similarities of our lives.

Can You Help with Locomania this Friday?

Posted September 25th, 2012 by PTA

Can you help with Locomania this Friday, September 28, 2012?
Either at:
· 12:50-1:40PM (GRADES K, 1, 3,)
· 1:45-2:30PM (GRADES 2, 4, 5)

Email Leah Gomberg if you are available to come help. (Helping jobs include giving out water to the kids and reminding the kids to slow down when they are moving.)