The Big Read

Posted December 26th, 2012 by PTA

Dear Families:

We hope you are enjoying your winter break, and taking some time to enjoy reading with your child. To welcome in BookFest–Clinton School’s own celebration of books in February 2013–we are happy to promote and participate in The Big Read. The Big Read is a district-wide community reading initiative led by Jefferson School parent volunteers Marietta Zacker and Patricia Canning that will focus on two primary school-level books. Over the coming weeks, we will encourage family discussion of the books via fun and thought-provoking email messages developed by the parent volunteers. The initiative ends on February 28th with The Big Celebration, an evening event at school to which families are invited to come and discuss the books and topics surrounding the books in a book club-like manner.

The books are The Empty Pot, (for grades K-2) by Demi and Out of My Mind, (for grades 3-5*)’ by Sharon Draper. Clinton School PTA has made copies of the book available to borrow from our school library, and our local Maplewood and South Orange libraries have multiple copies of the books on hand. They may also be purchased at a 10% discount from Sparkhouse in South Orange and Words Bookstore in Maplewood. Just mention the Big Read for the discount.

More information about The Big Read will be distributed after the holiday break. If you would like to participate in this initiative, please take this time to borrow or purchase the book(s) and read along with your child.

Though Out of My Mind has been recommended for grades 3-5 readers, we suggest that you might want to preview it; we know our children are ready for ‘big ideas’ at different ages.

Please see the attached flyer for details, and contact Keli Tianga with questions.

Happy Reading and Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays/ reminder

Posted December 21st, 2012 by PTA

The Clinton PTA wishes your family a wonderful holiday break.

Remember, today is a four hour day so school pick-up is at 12:05.

Also remember that if you have last minute shopping to do at Amazon, remember to enter the site through our PTA widget so we will get 4%
of your purchase.

Here is the link:

Calling All Clinton Parents- Our Teachers Have a Request for Help

Posted December 20th, 2012 by PTA

The following Clinton School teachers have made a request for special assistance during the holiday break and in early January!

Kirkland/Cudmore, Fleming/Leibowitz, Wasserman, Ross, LaConte, Frascella, Ceccacci/Leach, Marr, Wrembel, Drechsel, Pomares, Solas/Gordon, Mack/Mathew, Ruggiero, and Cutrufello…..if your child has one of these teachers, we hope you can help!

The task is simple, but will take a little time. The more people who help, the easier it will be!

Each of our classrooms contains a class library, lots of books that are used during the school year for lessons as well as for student independent reading. Our teachers need these books to be labeled according to the reading level they reflect in our district’s language arts program (it’s a number that helps students find that ‘just right’ book).

It works like this:

On Thursday or Friday of this week, at the end of the school day (remember that dismissal is 12:05 on Friday!) you offer to take a bag of books from your child’s teachers.

During the break, you follow the written directions provided by the teachers. All you need to do is to look up their titles on a website, and write the number on a sticker on the cover of the book.
The Clinton PTA provides you with the stickers; you use a nice dark blue or black ink.

The teacher will provide you with written instructions when you offer to take a bag of books home.

Then you return the books ASAP (ideally, when we return to school on January 2) since our children use them every day!

This volunteer effort will save our teachers hours and hours of work and help each and every one of our students be a better reader! Thank you, as always, for supporting the work our teachers do and the Clinton PTA.

Dates for Clinton All School Musical Have Changed!

Posted December 20th, 2012 by PTA

Dates for the Clinton All-School Musical have changed!

Performance dates for the Clinton Student Theatre production of “NIGHT AT THE LIBRARY” have been moved up one weekend, to Friday, March 15th, and Saturday, March 16th. This change removes any conflict with the performance dates of the South Orange Middle School musical.

Scene and crew assignments, as well as rehearsal schedules, will be distributed to students on Thursday, December 20th. Rehearsals begin immediately after the Holiday Recess.

If you have any questions, please contact Bryan Umiker or Janet Trzaska.

Clinton Student Theatre is sponsored by the Clinton PTA.


Posted December 19th, 2012 by PTA

If you will be shopping at (and who doesn’t?), please enter the site by using the Amazon widget on this Clinton School PTA website.

It can be found here on the fundraising page:

We will earn 4% for every total purchase made if you go through the link on our page, so please bookmark the page and use it before shopping at Amazon.

This is another effortless way to earn money for Clinton (sort of like the Target Red Card….you do have yours hooked up to Clinton School, right? If you do, Clinton earns a percentage of all your Target purchases at no cost to you). We made more than $1,000 last year thanks to the Target Take Charge of Education Program. To link your Target credit card to Clinton School visit the Target Redcard link.

Thanks and Happy Holidays!
The Clinton PTA

Thank You Cookie Bakers!

Posted December 18th, 2012 by PTA

Monday’s Cookie Distribution was a big success!

If you brought items in containers and would like to pick them up, please do so before Thursday afternoon. Containers are located in the mailroom. All those left will be recycled.

As always, please be sure to check in at the main office before proceeding to the mailroom.

Thank you,
The Clinton PTA