From the Principal’s Desk  - January 2019

                 Dear Families and Friends of Clinton Elementary:

                 I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy, healthy New Year! I trust that you had a wonderful vacation, filled with memories created by spending quality time with family and friends.

                 December proved to be a very busy month for us here at Clinton Elementary! We had many holiday celebrations; including holiday concerts given by our band and chorus students, a popcorn/movie/PJ day sponsored by our own Student Council, and even a visit from some friendly reindeer!  It was amazing for me to see how focused the staff and students were during this time, still plugging away at all of their daily learning. I am sure it was challenging at times to concentrate with all of these wonderful activities happening during the month!

                 January will slow down just a bit, as we ring in the New Year.  We will continue our monthly assembly to recognize the Students of the Month as well as celebrating our Honor Roll students at the end of the month Honor Roll Tea. The students are also doing well with meeting their goals for BARK tickets each month and will be treated to an assembly at the end of January for meeting these goals.  For this assembly, we will be visited by “Retro Bill.” This national speaker is famous for teaching students, grades K-12, the Six Pillars of Character, which include the following: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. He also boosts students’ self-esteem while celebrating diversity and encouraging goal-setting, good grades and making safe choices at school, home and on the internet.  You can take a look at his message and his programs by visiting his website at: He will be visiting Clinton Elementary on Wednesday, January 30th and will also be visiting all the other schools as well. He will have an evening presentation at the Williamson Center on the evening of the 30th at 6:30 for those who wish to attend.

                 Please take note that we have no school on Monday, January 21st, as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. day and no school on Tuesday, January 22nd, as the staff has a workshop day.  Our preschool students ONLY will have no school on Friday, January 18th.  Happy New Year to all!!

                                                                                           Educationally Yours,                                                                                      Mrs. Gordon. :)

On a personal note, I wanted to let you know how wonderful the staff at Clinton Elementary is (as I am sure you already know), as they have stepped up in a HUGE way during my recent absence.  Right before the Christmas holiday, my husband had a quadruple bypass in Portland.  We were not expecting this and as you can imagine, it was quite a shock to him and to our family.  As a result, I missed the week before the Christmas holiday and the week returning from the vacation.  I want to personally thank each and every staff member: from the teachers, to the kitchen staff, to the custodial staff, to the office staff, etc. for their professionalism, consistency, and teamwork that allowed those days to run smoothly for the students.  They are an amazing group of professionals who truly care about your children and also know how to step up when needed. I want to extend to them my deepest gratitude!!