SOMSD Reopening Plan
SOMSD has released its 2020-2021 reopening plan.
Restarting school transition: remote for the first two weeks.
For the first two weeks, from September 8 to September 18 all students will attend school remotely, get to know their new teachers, readjust to “school hours”, and learn to use a program called Canvas.
Families who select hybrid learning will begin attending classes at school on Monday, September 21, 2020.
Two learning options for students – which is right for you?
SOMSD families will be required to select from two options that will begin after the two-week virtual (remote) start. You will have the opportunity to choose the best option for each child.
On Monday, August 10, all families will receive an email that contains a “Return to School Preference” form to select the learning option that you feel is best for your child(ren).
- Hybrid Model (PreK, Elementary & Middle):
Students will be split into three groups – A, B, and C. Each group will have at least two days of in-person learning (4 hours each day) and three days of at least 60 minutes of live virtual interaction with a teacher along with three additional hours of remote learning activities. Group C will have additional in-person learning opportunities per English Language Learner and Special Education programming needs.
- Virtual Only Model (PreK, Elementary and Middle):
Students will have 5 days of virtual instruction which will include a mix of: live virtual instruction, pre-recorded instruction, teacher-led small-groups, and independent practice. (CHS Virtual-only students will follow along with the hybrid students and receive synchronous, direct learning from their teachers four days a week, but will not attend the weekly check-ins at the school.)
New PTA Executive Board Role
The Clinton PTA Executive Board is seeking candidates for an exciting and important new role: VP of Equity and Inclusion & ELL.
This position will play a key role in helping the PTA create a community that nurtures all of our kids and their families.
With the full support of the PTA and Clinton leadership, VP of EIE is responsible for helping to ensure that all aspects of PTA-sponsored events, fundraising and communication are aligned to Board values and norms for creating inclusive and equitable opportunities for all families. When appropriate, advocate for diverse and equitable school events and equitable curricular resources to school administration and faculty.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Friday, July 31
If you would like to apply, please write a letter expressing your interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can include the grade level of your child and any information (professional, personal interest, etc) that may be helpful for the Board to know.
YEARBOOKS ARE READY!
We have a few extra yearbooks available for purchase! If you would like one, please let Katy know. Yearbooks are $22 each.
If you have a 5th Grader* or you purchased a yearbook, but missed getting yours during Porch Pick Up days, please reach out to Katy to arrange pick up.
Questions? Didn't get your book? Want to buy one? Please contact Katy Walmsley.
* Reminder: Every 5th Grader receives a free Clinton yearbook!
School Show Update
PROGRAMS AND T-SHIRTS
Sadly, the show did not go on this year, but the spirit of the Clinton Student Theatre still shines brightly. 🌟 Directors will be reaching out to arrange distribution of a show program for every cast and crew member, plus t-shirt orders. Please keep an eye out for an email with more information. Questions? Please email Clinton Student Theatre.
► Read the full message from Clinton Student Theatre
To acknowledge, honor and CELEBRATE our graduating cast and crew members who didn't get to take the stage this year, Clinton Student Theatre is proud to present the Class of 2020's Last Bow!
► 5th Grade Last Bow
It's easy to get ahead of the rush (and catch the sales!) with our school supply lists by grade. The lists were developed by Clinton teachers and cover the basics needed in each grade. You might receive a list from your child's teacher in the fall with some additional items. (And don't forget about our Amazon Smile link! An easy way to shop and support the Clinton PTA.)
If you pre-ordered in June, kits will ship directly to homes this year. Keep an eye out for your order to arrive just before school starts.
► 2020-2021 School Supply Lists
Kids eat free! Please help spread the word about Maplewood's Summer Food Service Program! Children 18 & under are eligible.
Breakfast and Lunch Grab 'n Go
When: Monday-Friday, 6/29-8/21, 9am-11am
Where: Maplecrest Park between Essex Rd & Boyden Pkwy
Can you help SOMA Shares?
Seth Boyden Elementary has been one of the district lunch distribution points throughout this entire period of distance learning. The Seth Boyden PTA saw a need and an opportunity to supplement the district program and they have done AMAZING work. Their SOMA Shares initiative has partnered with local businesses and community organizations, the Parenting Center and the Achieve Foundation, our SOMSD PTAs and HSAs, and Cougar Cares to provide books, school and art supplies, toiletries, extra groceries and fresh produce for SOMSD families at both lunch locations. The Clinton PTA is proud to support SOMA Shares with a $500 donation, plus fresh produce harvested from our Clinton Community Garden.
Lunch, along with SOMA Shares' extras, is available every school day at Seth Boyden Elementary and Columbia High School through June 26th, with plans to continue the SOMA Shares program over the summer at Maplecrest Park. It's an incredible program and it could use your help to keep supporting local families:
▪ Can you shop for extra groceries, toiletries, or cleaning supplies when buying for your own family?
▪ Can you donate school supplies with this Amazon Wish List?
▪ Can you shop locally with Words or A Paper Hat? Simply make a note that it's for the Seth Boyden PTA and they will pick up at the store.
▪ Do you have contacts at companies or organizations that might want to donate?
▪ Do you have books in good condition to donate?
▪ Look out for a signup genius to volunteer to help over the summer. This will require a community effort!
▪ Please help spread the word!
All donations must be brought to one of several local drop-off locations. Please DO NOT drop off or have items delivered to any school. Email email@example.com for the best drop-off location for you.
Donations of any size are welcome, because distribution happens every weekday. Any support you can give is truly appreciated!
Summer Food Support
South Orange & Maplewood School District in partnership with the Township of Maplewood, South Orange Village, the Parenting Center and its partners are providing various options for food support over the summer months. Please see the links below for more information.
► Summer Food Support Programs & Information
Hello, new Clinton families!
We know the transition to a new school is a big one. That's truer than ever this year because we don't yet know what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. But we do know we're happy you're joining our amazing Clinton community and we hope to provide all the information you need for a smooth start next September.
A great place to start is right here on our Clinton PTA website. It's simply bursting with info about Clinton School and all the programs and events made possible by the Clinton PTA. Head on over to "Welcome to Kindergarten," where you'll find more info about ordering school supply kits (orders are due June 21st!), getting connected via email and social media, our Summer Reading Book Fair, and so much more. If you can't find the answer you're looking for, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're happy to help! Welcome to our Clinton family! #clintonstrong
► Welcome to Kindergarten at Clinton School
Summer Book Fair | through 9/4
Get ready for summer reading with our SUMMER BOOK FAIR!
Here’s how it works:
- Shop ALL SUMMER LONG using our Clinton School Book Fair link at Scholastic
- All orders placed via the link by September 4th earn Scholastic Rewards that will support Clinton’s school and classroom libraries
- Orders are delivered right to your doorstep and you can take advantage of FREE shipping on book-only purchases over $25
- Need some ideas? Check out these summer reading book recommendations from Jennifer Latimer, our amazing Clinton librarian!