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    Posted by Jessica Wroughton on 11/19/2023

    Eagle Eye 11-20-23

    This week, we give thanks to our Clark community: staff, students, family, and friends! Starting with being grateful for all the works of art by students reflecting gratitude throughout our hallways.

    Thankful Art

    We're Grateful for The Parkmoor!

    Parkmoor Giveback Today: Thanksgiving week is HERE. Save yourself some time in the kitchen and head over to The Parkmoor today, Tuesday November 21! They're donating 20% of their sales to our school. That's whether you're dining inside, outside, upside-down, pick-up window, or online/curbside! ALL DAY. 11am-8pm.

    Take a walk or jump in your car and get excited for this delicious local food!

    Help spread the word by sharing on social media:
     Parkmoor 20 Percent

    Reminders from Clark!

    No School: A reminder, there is no school Wednesday, November 22 through Friday, November 24. School will resume Monday, November 27 and that is also a late start day.

    Thank You, Girls On The Run: Wow, thanks to our Clark community these girls raised over $150 for our Clark school playground and made over 120 cards for Bethesda residents. They also all just completed a 5k, that's right, 3.1 miles, this past Saturday. The girls were grateful to see so many cheering faces, especially special guest, Dr. Hays at the 2 mile mark! Special thanks to the amazing coaches and parents who supported these girls these past 12 weeks and on race day. Especially coaches Lozano, Toppins, Chibnall, and Joy. Girls on the run, is so much fun!

    Girls On The Run 5k

    Art Room Wish List: The Art Room is always looking for donations to supply the Sculpture/Collage & Fiber Arts Studios. Click here for a list of items to donate.

    Science Fair How To Night: Problem...Hypothesis...Dependent Variables...Scientific Worth...? Don’t be confused! Thursday, November 30, 6:00pm via Zoom, come learn how to do a science fair project. Steps to complete a project will be explained and examples of past e-projects will be shown! This workshop is for parents and students. Please click on the Zoom Meeting link and register for the presentation. Presentation by Shayla Pott, District Science Fair Coordinator,

    What's for Lunch: Follow this link for a pdf of the November lunch menu. Looking for the online version? Download the Nutrislice or Parent Square apps to keep this info close at hand! Click here to view the breakfast and lunch menu for Clark School on Nutrislice!

    What is your PTO Executive Board Thankful For?

    Hint, It's All of You: If you haven't had a chance to attend a PTO meeting, we'd like to introduce you to a few of our 14 PTO Board members. This week, we're sharing why we're grateful to serve as part of this awesome Clark Community!

    PTO Exec Board 1 of 2 Intros

    "I am so fortunate to be a part if this AMAZING community and to serve as co-president of the PTO. The love and support from Clark staff and families shines everyday through our kids' smiling faces. Thank you for being AWESOME! Keep it cool, Clark!🦅" - Angie Crull, Co-President

    "I am thankful for the opportunity to be involved in Clark PTO, it brings me closer to the school and community. I feel pride as a parent that I can give back to Clark, as this elementary school treasures our children." - Cori Villani, Sr. Communications Officer

    "I’m so thankful to be part of a PTO that welcomes new ideas and is always pushing the limits to better serve our students, staff, and community." - Emily Powley, Jr. Secretary (Yearbook Committee Chair)

    "My family and I are so fortunate to be surrounded by such an amazing school community. The Clark staff members are truly the BEST and I’m so happy to be a part of the PTO where the support of our families shines through on so many levels. Happy Thanksgiving!! 🦃"  - Erin Zirngibl, Co-President

    "Since we first stepped into Clark for kindergarten orientation almost four years ago, we knew this was more than school, this was community. I love connecting people and am grateful to support the families, staff, and our community through the efforts of the PTO." - Jess Wroughton, Jr. Communications Officer

    "I am excited to be a part of the PTO this year and look forward to seeing many familiar faces and meeting many new faces as we work together to make Clark the best it can be for our students, parents, teacher, support staff and administrators." - Josh Brinkley, Treasurer

    "The Clark Elementary community feels like a perfect fit for our family! The kindness exchanged between families, the dedicated and kind teachers and staff, the green space, the fun events. We LOVE it here. I'm happy to contribute to this community through the PTO." - Rebecca Punselie, Fundraising Officer

    Showing Our Thanks: PTO Fundraisers and More

    Scholastic Book Fair: Thank you for everyone's support in making this year's book fair a big success. We had over $10,000 in sales, and will be receiving a little over $5,100 in Scholastic Dollars in return! By choosing to take our proceeds from Scholastic in “Scholastic Dollars,” we are able to receive 50% of the total sales of the book fair. Scholastic Dollars can be used to purchase a variety of things including books of course, but also classroom items, furniture, technology, curriculum materials, and more. So $5,000 can go a long way to keep our library and classrooms current.  

    If you have any questions or ideas for future Book Fairs, please reach out to Katie Heitgerd at or Emily Odum at

    Book Fair Thank You

    Birthday Book Club: The Clark PTO sponsors a Birthday Book Club that allows you to donate a book to our library in celebration of a birthday or other special event in your child's life. During the month of your child's birthday you will receive an email with a link to an online order form. Feel to order a book anytime by using this link. If you have any questions, please contact Katie Heitgerd at
    Pie The Principal: Well, well, well. Those Clark 5th Graders sure know how to fundraise, and they blew past their goal of $1,500 raising over $1,950! There were cheers and there may have been a few tears of defeat by a certain principal who was oh so confident in his beautiful black tie suit. Better luck next time, Dr. Hays! Special thanks to the 5th Grade Events Committee, everyone who donated, and of course, our amazing staff who fearlessly got a little pie in their face. More photos coming soon!
    Pie The Principal
    Staff Appreciation - Favorite Things Edition: Click here for the full list of staff favorite things and Amazon wish lists. We sure are grateful for each of you Clark staffers!

    Clark Staff Favorite Things

    📸 Photos Please - Pie The Principal 
    Every student at Clark receives a FREE Clark School Yearbook, so get us those photos! We want to include as many memories and students as possible. Submit your photos to Yearbook Committee Chair, Emily Powley, at and make sure to note "Pie The Principal" in the subject line. Text easier? Send them to Emily at (858) 220-0510.
    Buzz BookPlease be patient with the Buzz Book committee as we work to get things updated for the 23/24 School Year.

    PTO Meeting - Save the Date!

    The holidays are here which means it's basically 2024. Save the date for Wednesday, February 7 at 6:30pm for our next Clark PTO General Meeting. Executive Board will meet at 6pm with the General Meeting immediately following at 6:30pm, open to all. 
    Have something you would like to raise to the PTO Executive Board in the meantime? Please reach out to PTO Co-Presidents, Angie Crull and Erin Zirngibl with any questions or concerns. Executive Board will next meet Wednesday, January 10, 2024. PTO Meeting Minutes can be found here within the PTO section of the Clark Elementary website. 
    April Date Change: Please note, the Wednesday, April 3 PTO Thank You Event will now be Tuesday, April 2. Executive Board will meet prior to the event, and the Thank You Event will take place instead of a general meeting that month.

    Stay Connected to Everything Happening at Clark

    The Clark PTO strives to inform parents of all that is happening at Clark. Our PTO Facebook page, PTO website and Eagle Eye newsletter are the main channels of communication. Please notify the front office if you do not have a phone or computer with which to check these outlets.

    There are many ways information is shared about Clark and the Clark PTO. If you haven't been receiving communications, it might be a good time to review your Parent Square settings to ensure you get all the important information going forward. We put together this Clark Eagles - Stay Connected flyer to help ensure you know what's happening at Clark.

    Have an announcement for the Eagle Eye?

    If you have an announcement that needs to be included in the Eagle Eye, please complete and submit the Eagle Eye Submission form by 10:00 pm on the Saturday prior to the week's posting.

    Clark PTO Communications Team

    If you have any questions for the Clark PTO Communications Team, please send an email to the Clark PTO Communications Team email address: Clark PTO Communications Mailbox.

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