Dear Clark Parents
Monday, August 29th will be the first day of school for all students. August 30-September 2 will be half-days of school with students excused at 12:30pm. We will be sending home a testing schedule included in this letter. As in years past, your student will stay for a reading assessment and enrichment on their assigned day. They will be excused at 3:40pm. Busses will run at 12:30pm and at 3:40pm to get students home. Please review the testing schedule when it’s sent home to see which day your child will stay to be assessed.
We encourage parents to sign-up for our Smith’s Earn and Learn Program. You must register your Rewards Card annually. This program costs nothing and earns our school thousands of dollars each year. Please ask friends and family members to sign-up as well. You can be registered for Clark Elementary at any Smith’s in the nation.
For the safety of our students and staff, remember to always check in at the office when visiting or volunteering at school. We have visitor badges in the office. Your badge will tell the staff and students that you have checked in. At the end of the school day we ask parents to meet students in the lobby. We ask that parents do not disturb the school’s learning environment during class time. We encourage all parents to volunteer a minimum of one hour per week at Clark Elementary. Just as a reminder, during the day students must be checked out through the office.
We will be having a Student Council for fifth graders again this year. Ms. Jade Heidt will be the Student Council Advisor.
This year we will once again be taking our fifth graders to Teton Science School in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, May 8th-12th, 2017. Now is the time for your fifth grader to begin earning their money for Teton Science School. Younger students should also be working to earn the money to be able to pay for Teton Science School when they are in fifth grade.
When your child has a birthday, we would ask that no party invitations be distributed here at school. Even in the most ideal situations, we have students who get their feelings hurt. We also invite parents to join their child for lunch on his/her birthday. Just call ahead so we know you are coming!
The three goals for success at Clark are: 1) Read twenty minutes every night. 2) Respect staff and peers. 3) Work hard.
As we all know learning does not just take place during the school year. It is critical that each and every Clark Elementary student continues growing during the summer. This goal was promoted once again this summer with the Summer Math Reading Challenge. Hopefully your child(ren) has been getting on Dreambox for math and keeping track of his/her reading. Remember, it is never too late to start reading and keeping track!! For each goal your child reaches they will earn incentives.
We are continuing to work hard and are setting specific goals to increase the growth of all students over the next school year. As the principal of Clark Elementary, I am committed to ensuring the academic progress and success of each child.
As Clark pushes to have at least 80% of our students reading on benchmark, we call upon parents to help us reach this goal by reading with and ensuring that their children are reading 20 minutes each night in a “Just Right” book. This is the single greatest support you can offer to the success of Clark Elementary and your children.
Looking forward to a great year,
Kimber L. Fessler, Principal