Clarendon School

January 2023

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Happy Holidays!

On behalf of the faculty and staff at Clarendon School, we wish you and your family Happy Holidays and a wonderful New Year filled with great health and happiness.

School Closed for Winter Break

Friday, December 23, 2022 is a one-session day with a 12:30p.m. dismissal for all students.

School will be closed for the Winter Break, beginning Monday, December 26, 2022 through Monday, January 2, 2023.

Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023.

NJ Governor's Educators of the Year

Clarendon Educator of the Year

Clarendon School is proud to announce that Ms. Jessica Hensle has been nominated as the 2022-2023 Clarendon School New Jersey Governor's Educator of the Year. Congratulations!
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Clarendon Educational Service Provider of the Year

Clarendon School is proud to announce that Ms. Briana Melendez has been nominated as the 2022-2023 Clarendon School New Jersey Governor's Educational Service Provider of the Year. Congratulations!
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Clarendon School Honor Roll

Clarendon School proudly announces Honor Roll for Trimester 1.

Congratulations to all of our 4th and 5th grade Honor Roll recipients. We are very proud of you.

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A December to Remember!

Virtual Author Visit

The 2nd grade had a virtual author visit with Nathaniel & Delilah Adams, 8 year old twins who wrote The Magical Envelope. The students were able to ask them questions about their story and discuss theme of kindness and helping others.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Throughout the month students participated in various holiday dress down days. Check out a few of our fun filled events and how our Clarendon bees spread holiday cheer!

Clarendon Winter Chorus & Band Performance

Winter musical performances were kicked off by the Winter Concert on December 14th held at the Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center. From the exciting opening performance by the elementary concert band to a thrilling finale from the Clarendon chorus, the audience was treated to an excellent evening of musical entertainment. Thank you to Mrs. De La Cruz and Mr. Gongora for their hard work and dedication, thank you to our office staff, staff volunteers, the IT dept and building custodians for setting up for the event. Thank you to all of our Clarendon & Huber Street families for your continued support.

They did a wonderful job spreading the holiday cheer. Great job, Bees!

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Door & POD Decorating Contest

Over the last few weeks, our faculty and staff have been working hard on decorating their doors and hallways for our annual Door Decorating and hallway Contest.

Our Doors Winners:

1st Place: Mrs. Bartetta's class

2nd Place (tied): Ms. Matos class and Ms. Naz class

3rd Place: Mrs Krajewski and Mrs. Houran class

Check out their creativity and give a like for your favorites!

"Twas the Night Before Break..."

On Friday, December 23rd, students and staff got into the holiday spirit by wearing their pajamas and having holiday parties.

Grinch Day!

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas... perhaps... means a little bit more!” -- Dr. Seuss

On Tuesday, December 20th, students and staff dressed in all green for Grinch Day!

1st Grade Polar Express Day

The first grade classes at Clarendon School were treated to a morning filled with Polar Express fun! Students gathered in the gym to watch Polar Express, drink hot chocolate, and eat some snacks. It was a great way to get into the holiday spirit. Thank you to the first grade class moms and volunteers for putting this event together.
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Girls Circle Club

The Clarendon Girls Circle Club enjoyed some candy canes and games after writing sweet holiday cards to the Secaucus Senior Citizens.
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Clarendon Holiday Sing Along 2022

Check out some sights and sounds from the Clarendon School sing-along.
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Secaucus Tree Lighting

The Clarendon School Chorus performed at the Secaucus Tree Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 3rd.

Thank you to Mrs. De la Cruz and the chorus for spreading Holiday cheer through the town of Secaucus through music.

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Computer Science Education Week

Clarendon School celebrated Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek). Ms. Melendez's technology classes have been learning about coding in preparation for The Hour of Code which takes place each year during Computer Science Education Week. Students have been working together doing unplugged coding challenges, digital escape rooms, Angry Birds blockly coding, Dance Party coding, and other activities on

PTA News & Events

PTA Spirit Wear

The PTA Spirit Wear store is still open! The online store will remain open through January 4th.

PTA Holiday Bazaar

Thank you to the Clarendon PTA for hosting the Holiday Bazaar at school! Staff and students shopped for holiday gifts while enjoying a visit from Santa and the Grinch who surprised our students!

A Message from the PTA:

Oh, what fun!

That’s a wrap on our Bee Merry and Bright Holiday 2022 Bazaar!! Our kids shopped till they dropped, raffled, met Santa , and even had another festive friend join us (hint… he’s a mean one….)!

We are so thankful for our entire beehive! To our volunteers, teachers, staff and most especially our most amazing students, thank you for making this holiday so very merry & bright.

Rockin Around the Holiday Tree

The Clarendon PTA and Clarendon SGO asked our classes to decorate the holiday tree so our teachers and students have been getting into the holiday spirit by creating class ornaments that represent their classrooms!
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Hot Cocoa Bar!

Thank you to our incredible PTA for all you do.

Our bees enjoyed an afternoon of yummy chocolate chip cookies and hot cocoa in the staff lounge after the Holiday Sing Along.

What a great way to end the day!

Nurse Regina's Office Newsletter

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Clarendon January Calendar

See below Clarendon's calendar filled with important dates to remember, daily dress down days and events.
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January Dates to Remember

  • January 2nd: School Closed
  • January 3rd: School Reopens
  • January 9th: SCRIPPS Spelling Bee (Grades 1-2)
  • January 10th: SCRIPPS Spelling Bee (Grades 3-5)
  • January 16th: School Closed - Staff Development Day
  • January 16th - 20th: No Name Calling Week
  • January 17th: SCRIPPS Spelling Bee Final
  • January 18th: PTA Boosterthon Pep Rally
  • January 19th: Board of Education Meeting ~ Arthur F. Couch Performing Arts Center at 7pm
  • January 27th: PTA Boosterthon Glow Run
  • January 30th: Midpoint of Trimester 1

Important Reminders

Outdoor Recess

We will make every effort to have our students go outside for recess. Please make sure to provide your children with appropriate clothing for cold weather. Students will remain indoors during the following weather conditions.

  • Snow, Rain, Hail, Sleet

  • Thunder/Lightning

  • Temperature and/or Windchill Temperature 32 degrees or colder

Secaucus School District Calendar 2022-2023

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School Dress Code

The Secaucus Board of Education requires to wear school uniforms on a daily basis, including field trips. Students are to arrive at school wearing the appropriate clothing as defined in the dress code. The following is a list of clothing items in compliance with the uniform policy.
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