Eagle Eye 2023-08-30

Posted by Jessica Wroughton on 8/30/2023


Our first kick-off event, the Back to School Bash ... is back! Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 17, 3-5pm at Clark! Kindergarten families are welcome to come at 2:30pm to meet others new to Clark. Get ready for a night filled with bubbles, yummy treats and lots of fun! Bring a picnic dinner or cash to purchase from Mission Taco. Cool Times Ice Cream will also be available for a sweet treat and the Clark Spirit store will have items available for purchase. Plus, look for the friendly faces of PTO members and opportunities to sign up to volunteer for one of the various PTO committees that help us make Clark such a special community!

Can’t wait to see you all to begin another fantastic year at Clark!

2023 Back To School Bash 9-17-23 from 3-5pm

Free Clark T-shirts for All Students!

School spirit is free and so are these t-shirts! We are so incredibly lucky and excited to share that thanks to our amazing adults, families, and friends who have come together through the PTO, we can offer a free Clark School t-shirt for ALL Clark students! Talk about school spirit!
All we need from you is your kiddo's t-shirt size and a bit of contact info. More than one kiddo at Clark School? Please complete a form for each student in your household by Friday, September 8!
Free Clark T-shirts

Clark Spirit Wear Store - Now Open!

Speaking of school spirit, the Clark Spirit Wear Store is now open! Check out all the ways your kids and family can show off being part of this awesome community we call Clark School. Yes, there are adult sizes too! One question remains, what will our beloved Trixie dog wear, Dr. Hays?!

September PTO Meeting - Join Us!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, September 6 at 6:30pm for the first Clark PTO General Meeting! The Clark PTO meets about once per month throughout the school year. Executive Board meets at 6 pm with the General Meeting immediately following at 6:30 pm, open to all. Meetings are now held on Wednesday evenings, so follow this link to PTO Meeting Dates and get your calendar ready!

Free Childcare - Our PTO team is working to diligently to secure free childcare for those requiring coverage in order to attend PTO Meetings. Please submit a form to let us know to reserve space for your kiddo(s)! Please note, we will send out an email confirmation as to whether or not we have been able to solidify a space or sitters. Contact pto.clark.eagles@gmail.com with questions.

Climate & Culture Survey

In continuation of our efforts to support the academic and personal well-being of each student, district culture and climate surveys will be administered to students in grades 3-12, families, and staff. Surveys will solicit participants' perspectives about learning strategies, culture and climate, and experiences in the classroom and/or school.

The surveys will allow for students, families and staff to offer feedback specifically about school safety, their sense of belonging, teacher-student relationships, cultural awareness and diversity and inclusion. For comparison purposes, the same surveys from 2022-2023 will be used this year.

The survey window for students and families will be October 2-13, 2023 and March 25-April 5, 2024.

To learn more, including survey previews, aggregate data from last year, and how you can exclude your child from participating in the surveys if you choose to, click here.

First Day of School Vibes

Check out Clark Elementary in the Webster-Kirkwood Times here

Upcoming Events, Activities, & Volunteer Opportunities:

2023/2024 Room Parent Sign-Up & Responsibilities

Class Party Dates:
Fall: Friday, September 22nd, 2:00-2:40pm
Winter: Thursday, December 21st, 2:00-2:40pm
Spring: Thursday, March 14th, 2:00-2:40pm
Staff Appreciation Week: Monday, May 6th - Friday, May 10th
**NEW: Lead Room Parent is for a parent who is ALL IN and can help all the room parents get organized, stay in contact with the classroom teacher, send out the reminder emails, let the other parents in the classroom know the plan, and
You and the other volunteers for the classroom work together.
1) Communicate with the teacher- Asking first if they have any requests for the party, checking for classroom allergies, and letting them know the final game plan for the party
2) Plan each party- Make sure it is age and ability appropriate and can be done in the time provided.
3) Collect needed materials
4) Execute the party in the classroom
5) Plan a gift and/or a way to say thank you to the classroom staff during Staff Appreciation week.
If you have enough volunteers in your classroom, you can split the party responsibilities amongst each other. Usually, room parents are asked to plan games and/or crafts and provide snacks. The PTO provides $225 for each classroom, this is approximately $55 for each of the three parties and $55 for Staff Appreciation Week. Save your receipts and you can email a copy of your receipt to clarkptotreasurer2@gmail.com to be reimbursed.
Each grade level do things a bit different, so it is important to communicate with the classroom teachers. In the past, the K, 1st, 2nd, & 4th did their own thing as individual classrooms, but the 3rd & 5th grade would combine and do things as a grade level. It is important to check with the teachers and see what they prefer.
Sign-up: Follow this link to sign-up as a room parent.
1) Sign-up for the classroom(s) that you would like to volunteer as a room parent.
2) You must include your email and phone number.
Questions? Please connect with Room Parent Committee Chair, Karen Tilford, at tilfordkaren@gmail.com

Fall Chess Club Sign-Ups (Grades K-2)

Fall Chess Club sign-ups for grades K-2 are now open! Register here. No experience necessary! The K-2 session will run September 14 - January 11 on Thursdays from 3-4pm in the Clark Elementary Library. There will be a total of 10 sessions, so the club will not meet every Thursday. Dates will be posted on the WGSD Clark website calendar, so check back here and update your calendars! 

The Spring Session sign-ups for grades 3-5 will be posted come Spring, so keep watch on the Eagle Eye for more details. In the meantime, mark your calendars for 10 sessions running from February 8 - April 25.
Please contact Brandy Turek at brandyjriley27@gmail.com if you have any questions! 

Don't Forget These Great Opportunities!

2023 3rd Grade Strings Enrollment

Enrollment is open for all third grade students in Webster Groves. Class sizes are limited to the first 18 to enroll for each session. If there is a significant number over 18 to enroll in a school, two teachers will be assigned to the school and the class will take the first 36 students. Here is all of the information you will need to know:
Any questions, please reach out to Des Reichold: reichold.desmond@wgmail.org 


The 2nd Annual WGSD Family BBQ will be held on Saturday, September 9, from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm at Ivory Crocket Park. Click here to view details as well as pictures from last year's event. 

Girls on the Run! (3-5th Grade)

Girls on the Run is so much more than a running club for girls. Consider it more of a social-emotional skills learning and confidence and friendship building program with some running and a 5K thrown in to work towards mastering a skill and promoting physical health! We would love to have your 3-5th grade girl join our team! Practice begins Wednesday, September 13! Check out this video to learn more.
Concerned about price? No girl gets turned away! Reach out to us and we can direct you to our program coordinator for financial assistance information! 
Check out the flyers for registration information and financial assistance information! Visit Girls on The Run St. Louis to register. Contact Meagan Lozano at lozano.meagan@wgmail.org with any questions.
Girls on the Run

 Elementary Cross Country Event

October 7th, starting at 12 pm! The 2nd annual WSGD Elementary/Middle School Cross Country Races sign-up is now open! Click here to sign up! Please sign up each child separately and tell your friends.  

Fees: Only $7.00 Venmo or cash/check on race day. Each participant receives an electronic timing bib and a school shirt to race in!

2023 Elementary Cross Country Races

Highway Cleanup by the Clark Equity Cooperative (CEC)

The Clark Equity Cooperative (CEC) would like to invite you to help with a highway cleanup at our adopted location [Berry Road & Highway 44 East Bound ON RAMP.] We'll gather from 2-3 pm on the following Sundays: October 1, February 4, & April 7.
Consider walking or parking in the neighborhood right behind the highway (Armin Street.) We will provide bags and vests, but we suggest volunteers bring gloves. Please note that MoDOT only permits children 10 and older to participate. No need to RSVP! Please join us, together we can do more to make the world a better place!

Attention all Girl Scouts!

Come join the fun! Please reach out to your troop's corresponding leaders. Click the image below or follow this link to download the full Clark Troop Leader contact list.

Clark Troop Leader Girl Scout Contacts

General Clark Girl Scout questions? Ask your troop leader or reach out to Ashley Gauthier at ahofsommer@gmail.com. Ashely is a Clark parent and the Troop Organizer for Clark Elementary. She helps troops get started as well as helps place girls into already existing Clark troops, including incoming kindergartners.

Already a Girl Scout or Troop volunteer/organizer? Don't forget to update your registration for this year at girlscouts.org.

Join the Cub Scouts!

Join the Adventure of Cub Scouting at our sign-up event on August 31, at 6:30 pm at the Southwest Park pavilion. If your son or daughter enjoys camping, hiking, and having fun - then join Cub Scout Pack 3305! That's right, Cub Scouting is for boys and girls! Come by, sign up and join the fun.

Can't come to the sign-up event? Join online at beascout.scouting.org by entering zip code 63119, selecting K-5 Cub Scout, and searching for Pack 3305 Clark Elementary PTO or message us / call us for more information (Cubmaster John Murphy - johnmurphy74@yahoo.com or 314-707-0073; Assistant Cubmaster Marcus Mitchell - marcus.mitchell@forvis.com or 312-221-7482). Thanks and we look forward to seeing you there!

Cub Scouts Scan to Join

Birthday Book Club

Thank you for donating! In the month of May, books were donated to our library on behalf of:

Emilia Adams
John Godwin
Owen McDonald
Fiona McDonald
Rowan Baker
Ben Geile
Miles Schwartzman
Jonah Soltani
Carly Weik
Jonah Wattles
Kate Mayo
Veda Meyer
Oren Jennison
Kate Delhougne

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 free to order a book anytime by using this link: https://forms.gle/uJCz1sdxiz21sEUe7 If you have any questions, please contact Katie Heitgerd at katiehufford@gmail.com.

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.

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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.