Excellence In Performance!

Catherine Quinn was surprised on November 14th with an “Excellence in Performance Award“!  Julie DeLillo, Human Resource Director, and Martha Raymond, Assistant Superintendent, stopped by Clarke to present the award. Ms. Quinn was recognized for her stellar work ethic, teamwork, and amazing dedication. She consistently goes above beyond in her role as an ESP at the Clarke School. Most notably, is her enthusiasm and joyful personality. Ms. Quinn is a person who truly spreads kindness and love to all those around her.

Catherine Quinn

Cathy Kalpin, Catherine Quinn (in pink), Martha Raymond & Mary Beth Shea


Sign Up now for Parent Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on November 7th and 12th by appointment. This is a time for teachers to share information with you about your child’s progress and learning style.

Please follow the link below to schedule an appointment time. (Since the slots are for just 10 minutes, it is essential everyone arrives on time.)


Trick or Treat for UNICEF

Clarke School will be collecting donations for UNICEF this Halloween. Students will be given orange boxes they can take with them while Tick or Treating if they wish to participate. Below is a link to the UNICEF site with more information about this worthy cause.


The Power of Kids Helping Kids from UNICEF USA on Vimeo.

fire truck

Safety Drill Practice

On September 10th, our school had a successful fire drill. All students and staff were out of the building in under 2 minutes! Once outside teachers quickly counted students and held up signs to indicate if they had everyone or needed assistance. Students are taught if they are in the bathroom, or away from their room, they should go outside immediately and adults will help them find their class. These drills are an opportunity for students to learn the importance of exiting quietly so they can hear directions.

At the Clarke School, we practice several different types of safety drills throughout the year. Later this month, we will have an ALICE evacuation drill so students can practice walking to an off-site designated destination as a quiet group. We will then walk back to school. Information went home in backpacks explaining this procedure and requesting you fill out an unscheduled dismissal contact form. Please return the form via backpack as soon as possible.

Thank you to the Swampscott Firefighters for assisting us with today’s drill!

Practice Drill

September 12th- An Evening for Parents

Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians

Thursday, September 12th 

Parents are encouraged to join us for an informational evening to meet staff members, learn about the curriculum, and find out more about your child’s daily routine. There will be two welcome sessions with Principal Shea, Counselor Cathy Kalpin, Nurse Hudson, and specialist teachers (feel free to attend either session) followed by classroom presentations by individual teachers.

Below is the schedule for presentations: 

6:00-6:25pm  Welcome & Introductions- all purpose room

6:30-7:00pm  Visits to grade K and 1 classrooms

6:45-7:10pm- Welcome & Introductions (same as first session)- all purpose room

7:15-7:45pm- Visits to grades 2, 3, & 4 classrooms

Please keep in mind parking will be extremely limited so walking is recommended.

Kindergarten First Day

On Thursday afternoon, August 29th, an email was sent to the parents of kindergarten students informing them of their child’s teacher assignment. If you did not receive the email, feel free to call the school office at 781-596-8812. Principal Shea will also be available at arrival time on the first day with the class lists. Below is additional information included in the email.

  • On the first day of kindergarten,  September 3rd, kindergarten teachers will meet students on the courtyard at 8:10 am. They will hold signs so you can easily find them. You may walk in with the class to help your child get settled. Then at 8:35 am, parents are invited to the library for a welcome breakfast hosted by the PTO.
  • Dismissal begins at 2:10 pm. Please meet your child at Door 4– Ms. Wheeler’s classroom. If anyone other than a legal guardian is picking up your child, we need written permission.  Any time dismissal plans change, this should be communicated to the teacher by that morning (send a note in via backpack).


Meet & Greet with Principal Shea

Principal Shea will host an informal ‘Meet & Greet’ for parents at 8:20 am on Thursday, 9/5/19.

This will provide an opportunity for parents to meet the new Clarke School Principal and exchange ideas.

Tours for New Students (Grades 1-4)

Principal Shea will provide a tour of the building for students who will be new to the Clarke School this year. Families are welcome to attend on either of the dates below.

(Kindergarten families will have a chance to view the building on Curriculum Night, September 12th, and attend an introductory breakfast on the First Day of Kindergarten).

Tour Dates:

Friday, 8/23/19, at 1:00 pm

Monday, 8/26/19, at 3:00 pm.


Clarke Back to School Supply Lists for 2019-2020

Below are links for back to school supplies by grade level. Please have your student bring them in on the first day of school, if possible. We want to ensure all students have what is needed. If buying supplies creates a hardship, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or Principal Shea for assistance. […]