Clinton Elementary School

The Bear Facts!

February 19, 2021

Dear Clinton Families,

On March 1st we will kick off the PTA Read A Thon with a "WIG Out On the Reading Train". WIG stands for Wildly Important Goals, part of our Leader In Me program. We will be asking students to create a Wildly Important Goal (WIG) for reading as part of the PTA Read A Thon. The "WIG Out On the Reading Train" will take place on March 1st at 8:30 during the morning meeting. Students and staff can choose to wear a wig, a hat, or silly hair!

See the link below for the longer-day schedule that will start on Monday, February 22nd. School starts at 8:30 AM! Dr. Gretel Perez, our Assistant Superintendent for Access & Equity is the featured speaker for our PTA Community Meeting on Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 PM. See the attached flyer.

We would like to thank all of our families for your support and encouragement. If you need anything, please know that you can always reach out to us. Until we are all together in person again, we remain #Clintonstrong

Fondly, Jennifer Connors, Principal & Zoila Correa, Assistant Principal

Blackout Poetry by Mrs. Latimer

Starting in January, the 5th grade students created blackout poetry from Amanda Gorman's Inauguration Day poem titled The Hill We Climb. Every year students celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by creating poems from recycled book pages. They choose words and "blackout" others. This year we figured out how to do this in Google Docs and I am happy to share a small collection of poems.
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The History of Law Day

Prior to 1958, the first day of May was known as May Day. It was designated as the day to remember the struggles of workers in their fight for better wages and working conditions. This was also the day when the Soviet Union and other communist countries demonstrated their military strength with massive parades. The May Day parades in the Soviet Union would display military troops with new war weapons, military vehicles, missiles and tanks.

To redirect the American public’s focus from military strength to the virtues and principles of government under law, American Bar Association (ABA) President Charles S. Rhynes, drafted a proclamation declaring May 1 Law Day. The purpose of Law Day is to increase the public’s awareness of the rule of law, praises our constitutional system of government and our great heritage under the rule of law.

On February 5, 1958, President Eisenhower signed the proclamation declaring May 1 to be Law Day in the United States. Three years later, Congress passed a joint resolution establishing the official date for Law Day as May 1.Each year, the Superior Court of New Jersey - Essex Vicinage organizes its annual Law Day Celebration. This annual program was initiated in 1997 and typically takes place during the first week in May. The Law Day program was developed and implemented by the Essex Law Day Committee composed of judges and staff as well as representatives from the New Jersey State Bar Foundation and the Essex County Bar Association. Law Day Events are planned around a theme that the American Bar Association selects each year, and includes various related components. The celebration provides the court with an opportunity to educate the community about our great laws and system of government. The Essex Vicinage Law Day program has enjoyed great success and in 2006 won an Outstanding Activity Award from the American Bar Association. See the link below for more information.

Leader in Me Clinton Motto

Check out this Word Cloud (below) that Mr. Mack created of all of the over 100 suggestions submitted for our Leader in Me Clinton Motto! Stay tuned for which motto is chosen!
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New Digital Books in MackinVIA

Within the next few days, we will be receiving new titles in our online library. I will be working with teachers and students to recommend books for lessons and personal reading. Stay tuned for more details. Remember that you can access them through Canvas, from or the MackinVIA app.

- Mrs. Latimer