From the principal’s desk

April 2017


Dear Families and Friends of Clinton Elementary:

            March has flown by and here we are, looking at getting close to yet another end to a school year.  We have plenty of learning left here at Clinton Elementary, but the time always seems to fly by so very quickly!  Please note that the state assessments are completed for now.  Having said that, please remember if you have a child in 5th grade they will be taking the state science assessment after they return from break and all the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade students will be taking the essay portion in May.  Thank you for giving your child a chance to show what they know by providing them with a healthy breakfast and a good night’s sleep!  Parent reports from last year’s state assessment will be available soon.

            April brings our Parent/Teacher conferences.  As mentioned in previous letters home, this spring we will follow a student portfolio/presentation format.  This means the student will be the center of attention, sharing a portfolio of work with you during the conference.  The teacher is there to support and have conversation, but it is not the “traditional” format you might be used to.  Student-led conferences are an excellent way for your child to show growth and articulate his/her progress in school this year through a personal Portfolio of Learning.  If you feel you need to schedule a more “traditional” conference with your child’s teacher, they would be happy to do so as well.  For your convenience, we will have PTO and staff members available outside (weather permitting) or in the gym to supervise your other children so that you can focus on the student who is presenting their portfolio.  This is presented to you as just an option, as some families/siblings might like to share with each other.  However, we don’t want it to be distracting in any way for you or for other families.  Please feel free to have your children who are not sharing head outside or to the gym.  I am sure you will find the students are very excited about this format and cannot wait to share their portfolios with you, as they are very proud of the work they have done!

Just a reminder that this time of year becomes tricky when sending your child to school, not knowing what the weather will do next.  Some days have been very blustery and we still have quite a bit of snow on the playground.  It would be very helpful if your child would continue to wear winter gear.  Winter jackets, hats, gloves, boots and ski pants are still VERY MUCH appropriate for this time of year.  Perhaps after April break we can dig out our spring clothing!  We can only hope…  J

As always, we appreciate your support as we work with your children.  We consider educating your child to be a team effort where the home/school connection needs to remain strong in order to provide a quality education.  My door is always open and you can certainly contact me at any time should you have any concerns or questions.  Take care!

                                                                                    Educationally Yours,                                                                                                                Mrs. Gordon  J