Clinton Elementary School

The Bear Facts!

February 5, 2021

Dear Clinton Families,

The month of February is set aside as Black History Month. At Clinton, we see February as just one of the many times of the year when it is important to recognize and reflect on the history of Black Americans and to celebrate their achievements, past and present. At Clinton, we also educate all students in order to shape our shared future. We have such talented Black students in our school who need the opportunity to develop and share their voices. We all watched and listened when Amanda Gorman became the sixth and youngest poet, at age twenty-two, to deliver a poetry reading at a presidential inauguration. "The Hill We Climb" was a call for unity and togetherness, perfect for an inauguration. But it represents so much more for our Black girls and Black children in this country. My son, who is Black and wants to be a Writer, saw someone who looked like him delivering a powerful message to the world using poetry. My son does not go to Clinton, but he is a huge Mrs. Latimer fan! She has recommended several books for him and for me to not only keep him reading but to expand his reading beyond what he would typically read. Mrs. Latimer is amazing at expanding the minds of our Clinton students, too! She has shared a project that she did with our fifth graders using "The Hill We Climb". I have included a few examples in this newsletter. See below.

Also, see below for a wonderful opportunity for your child to participate in Law Day. The 2021 Law Day theme is “Advancing the Rule of Law Now”.

Until we are together in person again, we remain #Clintonstrong2020!

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