Clinton Cougar Newsletter
Dear Clinton Families,
The start of the new year has gone very smoothly. We so appreciate the support we have felt from our Clinton community as we work together figuring out new routines. We have loved seeing the children back in the building and playing at recess.
We appreciate parents wearing masks as they drop off and pick up students outside. If you don't have a mask with you, then please be mindful of staying 6 ft. away from others, including students who are lining up. It's also helpful if you stand back from doorways as the students exit, so there is not undue crowding and students have a 6 ft. buffer as they leave the building. Thank you so much for your help with these procedures so everyone can feel safe and comfortable at school.
This next week, we will start to check out devices to our students. You can look on your MyDSD account to sign all the associated documents. We plan to be ready to fully support our remote learning days via the digital Canvas platform, beginning the week after Labor Day. On remote learning days, you can expect about 2 hrs. of school work for your student (1 hr. for Kindergarten). Fridays will be a combination of individualized attention, and extension of learning during the week. Teachers will work with individuals and small groups both in person and via digital means. Parents can also make appointments with teachers for support with Canvas.
This year our theme is "Bee Kind". We are focused on learning social and emotional skills that will help our students be successful at school and in life. Our school counselor will be sharing lessons with students, and tips in our newsletters.
We are excited to be back and look forward to a great year!
Principal Clinton Elementary
Outdoor Family Movie Night
Friday, Sep. 11th, 8:30-10pm
1101 West 1800 North
Welcoming Students Back on Two Different Days!
Ms. Mower greeting her students outside on the first day.
Mrs. Slater on the first day with the 4th grade students.
Ms. Feeman working with a student in class.
Friday, Sept. 11th- Family Outdoor Movie Night 8:15 PM
Wednesday, Sept. 23rd Community Council Meeting 4:30
Wed. and Thurs. Sept. 23rd-24th. PTA Walk to School Day 8:30 AM Before school snacks available in the back field.
Hello! My name is Gerilyn Jensen and I am the school counselor! For the last 21 years I have been splitting my time between two schools. This year I am excited to finally be full time at Clinton Elementary! I have been at Clinton Elementary for all 21 years and love every minute!
This year Clinton Elementary is focusing on Social Emotional Learning (SEL) to strengthen the social and emotional aspects of students, family and community. This will be taught and practiced at our school.
CASEL identifies five core areas of SEL competencies:
- Self-awareness: Recognizing one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s own strengths and limitations and biases, and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence, optimism and growth mindset.
- Self-management: Regulating one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward personal and academic goals.
- Social awareness: Taking the perspective of and empathizing with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, understanding social and ethical norms for behavior, and recognizing family, school, and community resources and supports.
- Relationship skills: Establishing and maintaining healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
- Responsible decision-making: Making constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.
I look forward to learning and sharing with our Clinton students and families this year!