Jonas Clarke Middle

News and Notes | August 2018

From the Principal

Welcome to a new school year at Jonas Clarke Middle School! Whether you are a returning student or new to the school we want to celebrate the beginning of a new school year and a fresh start for all.


We have been busy all summer getting ready for the new school year and even managed to take some time off to relax. The classrooms are cleaned and we have new carpet in the IMC! Looking ready to go! If you have been by school in the past week or so, you will see some work going on on the foundation out front. Not to worry, it will be complete by the time school begins.


In case you missed it, here is some information that has gone out over the past week or so. In addition, you can always find this information on the Clarke Website


Welcome Back Letter / August 13, 2018

Aspen Portal Reminder Letter / August 17, 2018

8th Grade Calculator Requirement Letter


Team Welcome Letters 2018 - Teams and Homerooms were posted on the Aspen Portal on Friday August 17, 2018. Check out the welcome letter from your team here! If teams have requested that you purchase certain supplies, those supply lists will be listed in the team welcome letters. Schedules will be distributed on the first day in homeroom.


Don't forget we have an Open House this Friday August 24, 2018 from 9:00am-11:00am for all incoming 6th graders and 7th and 8th graders that are NEW to Clarke. Stop by and find your locker, your homeroom and take a self guided tour around the building.


We look forward to seeing you very soon. I hope you enjoy this last weekend of summer vacation!

New to Clarke?

Here are some resources that you may find helpful:


Insiders Guide To Clarke: This is a document that was created by the Clarke PTO several years ago but it has all kinds of details such as early dismissal procedures, description of courses, what do do if your child is absent etc. Check it out!


Daily Announcements: You will want to check this link daily to see what is going on before and after school at Clarke! Announcements are updated daily and are read over the PA system to students in the morning and afternoon, but if you want the accurate up to date info you may want to check in here often.


Clarke PTO: The PTO updated their website last year and it's a fantastic resource! Please consider joining the PTO and getting involved. Our partnership is so important for our school community. The PTO is an incredible support to the students and staff at Clarke. Join today!


Sports for the 2018-2019 School Year: Read all about the different athletic offerings and how to sign up for them throughout the school year. Also check daily announcements during the school year for up to date cancellations and other sport related info.


2018-2019 School Calendar: Useful for all! The district calendar for the 2018-2019 school year.


Transportation Office: The LPS Transportation office handles all bus registration / routes and transportation questions. Lots of great info on this site.


Pick up and Drop Off Directions: Check out our parking lot procedures for pick up and drop off here.

From the Clarke Health Office


Contact Info


Joyce M. Towle, RN, BS, BBA

Michelle N. Wright, RN, MM, BNS

Tel: 781-861-2450 X 3

Fax: 781-861-2337

jtowle@lexingtonma.org

mwright@lexingtonma.org

Follow us on Twitter @ClarkeHealth


Some helpful reminders for the school year:


  • Please let us know if your child has any health needs. We are here to help keep our students healthy and safe in school. Give us a call, stop into the office, or send an email if there is anything we can help with.
  • 6th grade students must have a current physical form from their doctor on file in the school health office (within 13 months)
  • All students playing a fall sport must have a current physical on file
  • 7th grade students are required to have documentation of TDaP booster and a 2nd Varicella immunization
  • You can find more info on the Clarke Website - Health Office

Upcoming Dates

Friday, August 24 | Open House for 6th graders and NEW 7th /8th students only

9:00 - 11:00 AM


Tuesday, August 28 | First day for 6th graders.

8:00AM - 1:00PM Transportation and Lunch provided


Tuesday, August 28 | Orientation for new 7th and 8th grade students

8:30AM - 10:00AM No Transportation provided


Wednesday, August 29 | First full day for all students grades 6 - 8.

8:00Am - 2:50PM Regular school day


Wednesday, August 29 | PTO Welcome Coffee

8:45AM Clarke Cafeteria - all all welcome!


Friday, August 31 | No School


Monday, September 3 | No School - Labor Day


Thursday, September 6 | PTO Meeting

8:45AM Clarke Cafeteria


Tuesday, September 18 | School Picture Day


Thursday, September 13 | Middle School Early Release Day

Dismissal @ 11:45AM


Monday, September 10 | No School - Rosh Hashanah


Wednesday, September 19 | No School - Yom Kippur


Wednesday, October 3 | Back To School Night for 6th grade parents

(more info to follow)


Thursday, October 4 | Back To School Night for 7th and 8th grade parents

(more info to follow)


Monday, October 8 | No School - Columbus Day