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5th Grade News

In June, Mrs. Smeyers and Mrs. Seetaram along with their 5th grade students hosted a Probability Math Carnival in the courtyard of Clarendon School. These students worked hard for three weeks on their project based learning activity by being in charge of their learning by creating ideas, planning with group members, preparing materials, and finally, being carnival game hosts explaining the probability of each of their games. Many teachers and students stopped by and enjoyed seeing the students commitment to their work and listening to them explaining about the probability and chances of winning the game! The students brought probability skills to life at this fun-filled math event!
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Poetry Cafe

Mrs Ortiz's Reading and Language Arts classes got together for an amazing Poetry Cafe. The students presented authentic poems and explanations of each poetic device.
Parents and attendees enjoyed a wonderful photo slideshow which featured memorable photos of students learning. When all the poems were read, parents enjoyed homemade baked treats, and got to spend time with their favorite poet!
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Clarendon's Memorial Day Assembly

Clarendon School celebrated Memorial Day by inviting veterans who are relatives and friends of our students to join us for an assembly. Our honored guests were treated to songs, poems, essays, and cookies! We enjoyed their visit immensely and look forward to seeing them again next year.
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Clarendon Girls Circle members read to kindergarten and first grade classes

Members of Girls Circle read children’s stories featuring characters with hobbies and play preferences that are often associated with members of the opposite gender. The girls have been working on several projects related to challenging gender stereotyping in our culture. They are passionate about this topic and were eager to spread the message to the school’s youngest students, that children should feel free to be themselves and to accept and respect everyone.
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Autism Awareness activities

Recently, the 5th grade students participated in an essay contest on the topic, “If each piece were the same, we could never make a puzzle.”Why is it important for us to each be unique and special in our own way? The four winning students visited Mike’s Ice Cream to assist in making blue Italian ice for an autism awareness fundraiser. During the Blue Ice Sale, if a student bought an ice, he or she received a puzzle piece to write their name on and connect to a giant puzzle. The fundraiser was a success, raising approximately $725. This was the conclusion to Autism Awareness month.
Other activities during the month of April included a “blue shirt day” and a pretzel and blue Gatorade sale. Approximately $1800 was raised which will be donated to Autism New Jersey. Throughout the month, the students learned about what autism is by participating in various activities in their classrooms. Additionally, approximately $1250 was raised for Spectrum Works, a non-profit Secaucus based company who employees only autistic individuals, through the sale of t-shirts made by the company and by participating in their #GoSpectrumBlue face painting challenge.
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3rd Grade Author Visit

At Clarendon School, the third graders welcomed famous author Yona Zeldis McDonough. She is well-known for her successful "Who Was" books. Mrs. McDonough presented to each class about the writing process. The students learned how a book becomes a book! This was a special day and experience for all, made possible with the support from the Clarendon School PTA.
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3rd Grade Reading Fair

The third graders at Clarendon School hosted their first annual Reading Fair on Tuesday, April 11.

The Reading Fair is an event designed to promote literacy and get students excited about reading. The students chose a novel that they have read and enjoyed, and they created a storyboard that promotes the book. The storyboards were composed of the literary elements learned throughout the year in the third grade curriculum. In addition, students were dressed up as their favorite character.
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