Related Arts Back to School Summary

Posted October 30th, 2012 by PTA

For those fortunate enough to have access to electricity:

If you missed Related Arts Back-to-School night, please take a few minutes of your Hurricane Sandy days off to read this very detailed and informative summary of all the great things our students learn in Art, Music, Library, and Physical Education (attached). Though written by and for the K-2 set, you’ll get lots of wonderful detail about all the creativity and thought our teachers put into their lesson design for all of our Clinton kids. Be sure to read all the way to the end to see some beautiful, original art by Ms. Tischio, and start saving the inside of those billing envelopes!

(and many thanks from the PTA to the gracious parent who shared her notes with us!)

Thinking Ahead: Next Week Movie Day, November 8

Posted October 30th, 2012 by PTA

Hope everyone is faring well after the hurricane.

Attached you will find a flyer about Movie Day on November 8th when school is closed for the NJ Teacher Convention. This is always a wonderful event. This flyer will go home in backpacks once school reopens.

Stay safe and warm.

Clinton PTA

A Note from Principal O’Neill

Posted October 30th, 2012 by PTA

From PTA email blast sent yesterday morning, Oct. 29:

Hello Clinton Kids,

I wish you all a good “storm day” and hope you are all safe. This is a perfect day to curl up with some great books and to also write a short story for me. As I was walking Buddy early this morning, the leaves were blowing all over the place and actually picked his ears up – pretty funny looking! Anyway, as the leave blew around and away, I wondered where they were going to end up.

I would really enjoy reading your story of where you think leaves might travel in a hurricane. Write a few paragraphs and take us on your “leaf adventure.” Maybe look at a map or a globe and take us on a stormy ride…. I look forward to reading your stories and displaying them around school. Perhaps you could illustrate it too.

Our big kids in grades 3-5 can also spend some time on ALEKS to practice math facts and problem-solving.

Wow, what a great day to practice your instruments fifth grade musicians – right parents? (:

So, enjoy your day and please stay safe.

Ms. O’Neill

Support and Advocacy for Students with Special Needs

Posted October 24th, 2012 by PTA

Support and Advocacy for Students with Special Needs

Parents and caregivers can face a steep learning curve in navigating ‘the system’ and effectively advocating for their students with special needs. It helps to access information and resources about special education law and students’ rights, to speak with other parents about their experiences, and to have opportunities to offer input and suggestions to improve not only their child’s education but that of children throughout the community.

For information and support, families can turn to the Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), whose next meeting is on November 27th at 7:30pm. Contact to get on the e-mailing list. Also, join the Facebook group:

To provide feedback and advice to the district about special education policies and programs, there is a Special Education Parent Advisory Committee (SEPAC), whose next meeting is November 5th at 7:30pm. Visit to learn more and sign up for the e-mailing list.

Both the PTO and the SEPAC meet in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street Maplewood, and both groups welcome parents and caregivers of students eligible for or receiving services under an IEP or 504 plan, and anyone with a student with special learning needs.

If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Jenny Lindstrom, Clinton Elementary School Special Education Liaison.

Reminder: Related Arts Back to School Night Tonight 7-8:30pm

Posted October 24th, 2012 by PTA

Get to know our talented related arts specialists! Learn and participate just as your child does in Art, Music, Physical Education, Media & Technology, World Language and Enrichment. From 7:00-8:30pm. Bring your Related Arts raffle (attached to flyer), which was sent home in backpacks today, and enter for a chance to win a prize!

Free Concert — Sunday, October 21

Posted October 20th, 2012 by PTA

Free Concert by Tycoon Dog This Sunday

Hello, Clinton families.

If you’re looking for some outdoor family time and good music this weekend, the family-friendly, Clinton-parent led band Tycoon Dog is playing a free concert in Memorial Park (just down the slope from the Maplewood train station) on this Sunday, October 21, from 3 to 5 pm. Their music combines rock, blues, reggae, funk, soul, pop, hillbilly and other vibes and is fun for all ages.