Clinton Cougar Newsletter

April 2021

Dear Clinton Families,

Many people are wondering if the April 10th change to the state mask mandate will impact schools. The short answer is, "No change for schools". We will continue with the same mask wearing requirements, which are currently in place until June 15th. If there is an update, we will let you know, but I anticipate we will continue to wear masks at school through the end of the school year.


Our Hope Squad recently helped us celebrate Hope Week. This was a fun opportunity for students to show kindness, inclusion, and support for each other. Our Hope Squad is made up of a couple of students from each class in grades 3-5. The students are nominated by their classmates, and work on promoting positive peer relationships throughout the year. The Hope Squad is something new for our school, and we have sure appreciated what they have added to our student Social Emotional Learning focus.


As we look to next year, we have two things that our teachers are excited to be learning and implementing at our school. First, our K-4 and special education teachers are participating in a training called LETRS. This professional development opportunity is focused on the latest research and science behind learning to read. As laying a solid foundation of reading is one of our primary goals, we are all looking forward to this opportunity. The second program, that our 5th-6th grade teachers are learning more about, is Summit Learning. This curriculum is geared toward a high level of individualization, allowing teachers to support or extend learning, based on each child's needs. Summit Learning also includes an emphasis on developing positive character traits and work habits, which aligns well with our school focus on social emotional learning skills. We will be having a parent night later in April to share more about the Summit Learning program, and to answer any questions.


We are going to have a few of our regular spring activities. The PTA is sponsoring a Field Day on June 2nd. On May 6th we will be having an outdoor movie night. We are also planning to have an in-person 6th grade graduation on the morning of June 3rd. Precautions will be in place to keep the group sizes smaller, and within all Covid health and safety guidelines. We will share more details as these events get closer.


Our school has done very well with keeping our students and staff healthy and safe from Covid. We have done this thanks to everyone's efforts to stay home when sick, wear masks, and sanitize hands and surfaces frequently. We will continue these efforts as we look forward to a few spring activities.


Our end of level testing starts in mid-April, and continues through mid-May. Having your student on time and in attendance each day, helps the teachers stay on track with instruction and scheduling of test times.


I hope you enjoyed your spring break, and that the kids are ready for one more term of focused learning at school!


Sincerely,

Julie Lundell

Principal Clinton Elementary

April Calendar

April 5th School Resumes

April 9th Report Cards available on MyDSD (after 4:00 pm)

April 13th Vision Screening

April 13th PTA Meeting 4:30 (Zoom)

Lunch is on us!

Cafeteria meals are currently free for all students!

Counselor's Corner

This month our focus will be dealing with strong feelings, self-care and incorporating healthy habits. Please ask your children what the 3 weapons are to battle anger squiggles: Work it out, which is physical activity, talk it out, and write it out. These 3 weapons can work with any strong feelings, whether comfortable or uncomfortable.

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PTA

The PTA is super excited to be hosting a Field Day this year! It will be on June 2nd. We will be needing lots of volunteers to run all the stations. If you can help, please contact Staci Cahoon at stacicahoon83@gmail.com


The PTA is looking for parents interested in serving on the board next year. Please contact Stacie Cahoon.

Help is needed for all kinds of activities, whether you are available in the daytime, or the evening, there is something that will fit your schedule.

It's a great way to participate in school events, and get to know other parents.

Thursday- School Spirit Day!

Wear your school shirts on Thursdays this year. Shirts are available for purchase from the PTA or in the school office.
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