Halloween candy collection for troops

CLARKE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL Halloween Candy for the Troops-2018 Dear Clarke Families, We plan on collecting and donating sweet treats to deployed soldiers as part of our Veteran’s Day celebration. If you have any extra Halloween Candy at home that you would like to donate, there will be a container in the main office from November […]

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Clarke Family Happenings Week of October 30th

Clarke Family Happenings


Thursday November 2nd  *  Early Release Day

   12:30 Lunches Served

* P/T Conference 1:00-4:00 PM

   Please see notice below

Tuesday November 7th * NO SCHOOL

   Professional Development

Wednesday November 8th  * Evening P/T Conferences

   5:00-8:00 PM

Friday November 10th  * NO SCHOOL

   Veteran’s Day Observed

Monday November 13th  * Kindergarten Author Visit
Tuesday November 14th  * Art Quest

   Schedule to Come Soon

Wednesday November 15th  * School Council Meeting


Thursday November 16th  * Art Quest

   Schedule to Come Soon

* Staff Meeting 2:30

Tuesday November 21st * Fall School Picture Retakes


Wednesday November 22nd * Early Release Day

   12:00 Noon Dismissal


Thursday & Friday November 23rd and 24th * NO SCHOOL

   Thanksgiving Holiday

Our next Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, November 2nd  from 1:00-4:00 and Wednesday, November 8th  from 5:00-8:00.  Please sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher. You can do this by following the steps below:

  1. Visit the Clarke Elementary School website at https://clarke.swampscottps.org/
  2. Click on the “Resources”tab at the top – This will have a drop-down menu.
  3. Click on “TeacherConference Sign-Up”
  4. Find your child’s teacher and click on that link.


Important Clarke Updates and Information

  • Ms. Hudson, our school nurse will continue to  administer  hearing and vision tests to all of our students. If you have any        concerns about your child’s hearing and vision please contact.  Ms. Hudson directly at (781) 596-8812.


  • If you know that your child will be absent please be sure to call our school absentee line directly at (781) 596-8812 and then press 1. Although we appreciate that many families email this information, it is not as timely as leaving information on our absentee line.  Safety is our first priority at the Clarke School. Having student absence information prior to 8:15 in the  morning will alleviate the need for us to make phone calls to families in order to find out if a student is safe or not.  We would appreciate you following this important communication protocol.


  • Community Flyers – We will no longer be emailing you Swampscott Community Flyers.  If you would like information on events happening in town or at schools please go to the Swampscott Public School’s District web site and click on the link “Resources”, “Community” the “Community Flyers and Information Link.”This is where you can view paperless flyers and be informed about the wonderful things happening in our town.


  • Welcome back to the Art Room where color, creativity, innovation and imagination are fostered and grow each year in our young artists.  Our Instagram account documents our inquiry, explorations, and Visual Art experiences in Kindergarten through Fourth Grade.  We invite you to follow us @theartroomclarke



Dear Friends of the Cuttle Family,

As some of you may know, the Cuttle family has been dealing with a great challenge since Bill was diagnosed with cancer in September.  Bill is a long time Swampscott Little League board member and has two kids in the program.  Bill will begin an intensive treatment plan beginning November 1, lasting through the holidays.

After talking to Bill and his wife Annette, there is an effort being organized by Keli Howe and Emily Dariotis to provide the Cuttle’s with a basket of gift cards to local restaurants/services/other.  This will ease their minds and take the burden of meal prep off, etc. their shoulders after a long day of treatment in Boston.  Some of their favorite local restaurants are Qdoba, Rizzos, 5 Guys, Captains, Paradiso, Cindy’s, Vesuvius and the Tides.  Any of your favorites would be appreciated as well (i.e. Whole Foods,  Stop and Shop, Market Basket, etc.)

Anyone who wishes to donate gift cards can give them to either Becky Groothuis (cards may be left in the mailbox at 7 Sampson Ave.) or Keli Howe, 51 Lexington Circle (nearby the Middle School) If preferred, gift card contributions can be sent in to school clearly labeled Cuttle Family Contributions.

If you would prefer to drop a meal off to the family – a Sign Up Genius has been created.

Here is the link – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e45aca62da5f49-dinners

Please let Keli know if you have any questions – 781-635-7663

In health,

Keli Howe & Emily Dariotis


Photos from Unity Day


During October’s Clarek Shark Huddle we encouraged everyone to come together and wear orange to send a message of support, hope and unity.  The motto of unity day was “Make it Orange and Make It End”.  Wearing orange on this day raised awareness for the importance of bullying prevention and also provides a visible sign to those impacted by bullying that people care. During October, the younger children have all listened to the book We’re All Wonders by R.J. Polacio and grades 3 and 4 have listened to the book Wonder by the same author.  The theme of the books is how a young boy born with facial birth defects gets bullied in school.  Thankfully, there are some classmates who stand up to the bullying to support the young boy.  Below are photos of students sharing some “Wonder” projects.

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Clarke Family Happenings August 2017

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2017-2018 Kindergarten News

We would like to invite you to a Kindergarten Information Evening on Tuesday, June 6th at 6:30 PM at the Swampscott Middle School in the Little Theater. The evening will be an opportunity to hear about a typical day in your child’s kindergarten day including information regarding the curriculum and schedule. In addition, there will be a panel of specialists from the district in the areas of health, social emotional development, student services and kindergarten readiness to answer any questions.

The following are some updates to the registration process this year:

  • Kindergarten school assignment letters will be mailed on or before August 15thto allow for balanced class sizes in the district. Please note that siblings are placed at the same school unless there is an individual need for specialized district programming.
  • Kindergarten screening will occur during the first three days of school, Tuesday, August 29ththrough August 31st with the first FULL day of school Tuesday, September 5th.  Special Education laws require that all children be screened upon entrance into kindergarten.  The screening is a non-intensive scan of your child’s learning skills and abilities and lasts approximately 30 minutes.  The purpose of the screening is to identify any learning issues that may exist which may require further evaluation and/or special education services.

The screening addresses the following developmental areas:  social interaction, visual-motor/adaptive skills, language and cognition, and gross motor/body awareness.  The screening measures how your child learns, not how much he/she has learned.  Vision and Hearing screenings will occur during the first month of school.

Kindergarten teachers feel the screening is a critical opportunity for the teachers to get to know each child and to make balanced classes for the school year in areas of learning and social emotional development.  A balanced class will allow for a successful transition into kindergarten and an optimal learning environment for each child as they embark on their educational journey in the Swampscott Public Schools.

We look forward to meeting each and every one of Swampscott’s entering kindergarten class in the fall. We look forward to meeting parents at the Kindergarten Information Night June 6th at 6:30PM in the Little Teacher at the Swampscott Middle School.

In the meantime, if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to call Martha Raymond, Director of Student Services.

Library Card Information

It’s important for you to have your library card so you can check out your materials at the library.  Don’t miss out!

So, how about this? Take a picture of your card on your phone or download either the CardStar or KeyRing app, and put your card on there.

The next time you come to the Swampscott Public Library, show Janina and she’ll enter your name for a drawing to win a gift certificate to Popo’s. She might also give you a little gift just for participating…

Deadline for drawing will be July 5th, 2017


Big Blue Bargains Volunteer Information


Big Blue Bargains is an all-volunteer, school run thrift store. We are open every Wednesday from 9:00-11:00 and Saturday from 9:00-1:00, with each school volunteering for a week. The school rotation schedule works out to just six hours every six weeks! The income received goes directly back to your school.

Since opening in 2012, we have donated $60,000 to the schools!


What’s in it for you if you volunteer?

  • Less need to fundraise at your school or write a personal check
  • Minimal time commitment
  • Ample time to plan ahead to volunteer
  • Fifty percent off the day you volunteer (at least 2 hrs)
  • Minimal tagging of items due to new pricing system
  • Helping the Swampscott community with recycle and reuse efforts
  • Opportunity to connect with new people

Every school has a sign up coordinator who works on getting two volunteers for each day. We realize that committing to four hours on Saturday may be difficult. Therefore, we welcome flexibility with scheduling such as two volunteers working 9:00-11:00 and two working 11:00-1:00. We also welcome teachers, administrators, relatives, and students 15 years and older to volunteer for your school.

Go to our website, bigbluebargains.org, and click on the page “Link to Volunteer Sign Ups”. Here you will find the school coordinator information and the link to sign up to volunteer.

If you have any questions, please email us at bigbluebargains@gmail.com.

2015 Coordinators: Clarke: Allison Duffy, Hadley: Val Sweeney, Stanley: Julie Phaneuf, SMS: Jen Townsend, SHS: Susan Gambal