Clarion Newsletter, March 11, 2021

Clarion Newsletter, March 11, 2021

Dear Parents and friends of Clarion School,

The weather is holding up and enabling us to continue to access the outside areas of the
school for use as extensions to our classrooms. We hope to keep this up until at least the
Spring Break which starts at 2:10 pm on Thursday, March 25. It is great to walk the school
during the day and see teachers and students enjoying our very purposefully ‘purpose built’
campus the way it was intended for use!

Speaking of the 25th of March, that will be the end of “Health Week” at Clarion! There are a
variety of activities your children will be involved in at school. One way YOU can participate
from home is to send in those healthy recipes for the ‘Clarion Cookbook’ to Ms. Narsisa in
the PE department at her email:

You can also begin to prepare for the ‘dress up as a fruit, vegetable or healthy food! This is
on March 25th!

Speaking of ‘dress up/down’ days, we have an additional one this month – next Thursday,
March 18th, “Book Character Day”. We hope your creativity is inspired.

Reading Month:

We have a variety of activities going on for reading month at Clarion, and one way you can
join in at home is to spend 10 to 15 minutes each day reading alongside your child(ren).

Thank you to all of you who have sent in ‘book exchange’ books for quarantine! Several
shelves of books are patiently waiting for the exchange days to arrive! Keep sending them in
to school for your child to get their exchange coupons!

The last word:

Parents set the example…with reading.

Part of reading month runs into the Spring Break. How we would love for you as parents to
approach reading as fun over the break … send in photos of you and your children reading
at home or wherever you are over the break. Where is YOUR favorite place to read at home
– a couch, the yard; the floor or a beanbag chair; at the beach or at a park; anywhere at all.
Send us a shot of YOU reading too! Send your photos to your homeroom teacher or to
Heerral Asnani.

We adults are watched by children, we set an example when we say ‘thank you’ or hold the
door open. Children see and learn from us. They do so when we read too. My mother read
every night on the couch with the TV on and we three boys worked our way through books
with her. My father would fall asleep with his book tented on his chest, while we giggled and
kept reading. We shared the newspaper together and as we got older, passed sections
around the table or in the living room on weekend mornings. My point is that my brothers
and I became readers because our parents read books, newspapers and magazines. Let’s
do that for our children at Clarion too!

Thank you for putting up with me, and thank you all for your morning smiles and waves
every weekday!


Jim #ClarionReadsAlot! Pastore

Clarion Newsletter  March 4, 2021

Clarion Newsletter March 4, 2021

In honor of Reading awareness month, Ms. Heena the librarian and Ms. Alyssa the Pre K C
teacher are partnering together to arrange a schoolwide Book Swap! This will give students
the opportunity to share and reuse pre-loved books with one another. The plan is for
everyone to bring in 1-5 books from their home that they would like to swap out for “new”
ones. In return, they will receive book coupons. The books will be collected from Sunday
March 7th to Thursday March 11th and put into a special quarantine in the library for safety.
Each teacher will collect the books in a bin and we will come around to collect them and
issue coupons. In the following weeks, classes will take turns swapping out their coupons
for new books to read and enjoy before Spring Break!

We will do this as separate Grade levels in the Pre K, K1 and K2, and mixed Grades 3-4-5
and Grades 1-2 mixed.

Please send the books in to the classroom homeroom teacher in a bag with your child’s
name on the bag for proper issuance of the exchange coupons!

Recipes for “Health Week” March 21-25: A note from Ms. Narsisa:

I am excited to announce that we are planning to create a Clarion Healthy Recipe book.

I was asking the children to describe their favorite healthy meal and I was very impressed
with the variety of flavors and ideas from different parts of the world. Wouldn’t it be fun to
share all of these ideas in a document and try and enjoy these in our own homes? It will be
a digital book that includes recipes that are approved and loved by Clarion students and
parents. It can be anything from breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or smoothie.

Do you have a healthy and delicious recipe to share within our Clarion community?

If yes, please send your recipe to Ms. Narsisa

Dress up reminders….see below!

March 18th – Book Characters Dress UP day

March 25th- Healthy Foods- fruits and vegetables Dress UP day!

PTC’s is now April 29th:

We have moved the scheduled PTC (parent teacher conferences) from March 22 to April
29th to match up with the 3rd quarter narrative progress report. Thanks for making a note
of this in your calendar as it is a ‘school day’ with the children at home for parents to
schedule zoom conferences with their teachers. The sign-ups will be sent to you at a later
date. Thank you!

In closing I want to thank you all for your support for what we do at Clarion. The weekly
KHDA visitor was here today, and she was so impressed with the way we are conducting
school, and how the teachers and students are making the absolute best of what we have
here to ensure that teaching and learning are minimally impacted by Covid regulations. She
actually said “I wish my children went to Clarion!”.

Clarion Newsletter  February 25, 2021

Clarion Newsletter February 25, 2021

Good afternoon Parents and friends of Clarion School,

Our Special Dress Down/Up Day today:

I’d like to thank the teachers, students and other staff who helped with the amazing
decorations in the courtyard today for Chinese New Year.

YES, I know that it was not this week; but since it happened over our mid-term break, I
wanted to give Ms. Srei the opportunity to showcase the work of her students in all grades
with these colorful and well-crafted projects.

Thank you Ms. Srei for your organizational skills and artistic leadership!

I’d also like to thank all of the parents who took the time over the last several days to craft
different ways to express the varying Chinese Zodiac signs that represent your children’s
birthyears. I spent my morning smiling and taking photos as your children proudly showed
off their designs. I saw:







Snakes…and much much more! Your efforts are so appreciated. And inside the crafting
and artistic work you and your children did lies the real secret to Clarion and how we
educate your children.

Parent Coffee 10 AM next Tuesday the 2nd of March:

Thank you for understanding I was a bit busy this last week and “missed” the coffee
morning invite for you all.

On the 2nd we will meet again and with me will be Ms. Narsisa, one of our PE teachers and
the team leader of the specialist teachers at Clarion School. She will present to you what
our plans are for the Clarion School “Health Week” March 21st to 25th. That week will be a
great way to ‘prep’ you all for a healthier Spring Break the two weeks that follow Health

Parent Surveys:

We sent to you all emails about two things recently:

The NEASC parent survey about Clarion the week before our mid-term break. Please
do this for us by March 2nd so we can take the next steps in our accreditation for the
site visit by NEASC in October or November of 2021. Thank you!
The re-enrollment survey that went home yesterday. Please send it back to us by the
7th of March. We need to project staffing and ordering for next year and also plan for
growth with the influx of applications we are seeing – an amazing number of parents are
coming to check Clarion out!
Special Request:

As part of our National Curriculum and respect for culture programming at Clarion we are
looking for a ‘classic’ majilis tent to put in the sand garden areas middle of the circular ramp
at school. We would love to use this for most of the year, and we will outfit it with a carpet,
cushions, (and a whiteboard too!), etc. for use by class groups for reading, but even more
so by the Islamic Studies classes for class sessions and prayer. By having a tent we can
also move it around campus when we need it for other events or for other usages. Sourcing
them online is difficult right now, so I figured I would ask our parents and friends of Clarion.
The size would be at maximum about 3 meters by 4 meters, with the ‘classic’ red and black
striped tented top and walls. Thanks for any tips or advice you can give me and for pointing
me in the right direction!

Clarion Newsletter February 11, 2021

Clarion Newsletter February 11, 2021

Good afternoon Parents and friends of Clarion!

International Day was a great success!

Thank you all for your warmth and for celebrating “International Day” at drop off and pick
up in our Clarion School “Avenue of Nations” in front of school today!

It was a real pleasure to see you all taking photos with your children and enjoying this part
of our Day.

A couple of arriving parents asked about flags we did not have out – and the team of Ashik
and JR (who has all the flags in storage!) and Rasool and Alwyn got flag stands and poles
and made up and the two missing flags were added to the FRONT of “Flag Avenue” within
10 minutes. Well done team Clarion!

Moving around school during the morning I witnessed dances, presentations, international
snacks at first break and wonderful creative national costumes. The energy that this brought
to classes today was magnificent and I want to thank parents for taking the time to work on
dress up day with your children. Your care and partnering with them was obvious!

(I do want it noted that as an American man, my outfit today was a pair of Converse
sneakers; Levi’s button fly jeans, and a polo shirt…nuthin is more ‘Merican than that! LOL)

I was also able to witness many of the class sections taking their children around school to
do their class dance to film. We could not for reasons having to do with social distancing put
together a big group dance – but thank you to the teachers for making this work in perhaps
an even better way!

I am so proud of the entire community for a wonderful International Day.

Week off Feb 14-18:

Don’t forget that there is no school next week Feb 14 -18; we will see you all on the 21st!

100th Day of School!:

February 22nd is when the K2s and others in school will celebrate the “100th Day of
School!” at Clarion. Students will be involved in creative, fun 100th day themed activities
during their Math lessons, and also reaching across curriculum areas all day long. I know
that teachers will reach out to you on SeeSaw and in their own class newsletters for their
own classroom celebrations and activities. But I also invite YOU as parents to do something
creative over the break centered on the number “100” to show us at school on the 22nd.

I can’t wait to see what families and classrooms come up with!

Mid-Year Camp sign ups:

You can still sign up for 1 or more days of the ‘mid-year camps’ run by two of our external
providers on the 14th through the 18th. The contact numbers of the providers is shared in
the ‘Diary Dates’ section below (Thanks Heerral!).

Back to School – One Day at a Time

Back to School – One Day at a Time

With a new year comes new opportunities. Welcome back to school!

Depending on a child’s personality and a variety of factors, back-to-school can be an exciting time full of smiles and anticipation or an overwhelming time marked by new challenges and changes. This is true for parents, too. While it might feel like your job to help your child solve each new problem that comes up, the best thing you can do for your child is to listen and take it one day at a time. Giving them a chance to process their emotions and validating them without overreacting or jumping to the rescue will provide them with skills that will serve them later in life.

Change and transitions can be difficult, but they also create new opportunities. As your child goes back to school, getting into the mindset that you are a supporter and listener will help your child identify these opportunities and make the most of them. This can be tricky, though, and not the automatic reaction of a parent. When your child says, “My best friend is not in my class” or “I miss my teacher from last year,” often our instinct is to help our child solve the problem by saying “You’ll make new friends” or “This teacher is so fantastic!” Chances are your child knows these things, but that doesn’t change their emotions, and they are coming to you for support, not to have those feelings minimized. By nodding or saying, “I understand,” without offering advice or solutions, our children know that their feelings matter. In times of transition, this is particularly important.

While back-to-school season can bring up emotions in children, it can do the same for parents who are also going from the less structured days of summer to a routine full of time management and activities. Many parents look forward to this, and children and families tend to thrive with the balance of structure and independence that school provides. The transition still exists, though, and while it can feel sudden, it helps to remember that a slow and steady approach can be beneficial to everyone in the family. Take it one day at a time, with small to-do lists and regular check-ins. Fall can be a time of uncertainty for everyone, and by creating small goals and managing tasks in a productive way, you are demonstrating problem-solving and life skills for your child.

Lastly, in this time of transition, it is okay to ask questions and make mistakes. You can model this for your children, too. Creating an environment where we work together and support each other in the classroom and at home is what makes a strong community. When children can express their feelings, whether they are nervous or excited, and they feel supported to try new things, they will feel safe to take risks, learn and grow.

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Summer Reading list for parents

Summer Reading list for parents

We have selected some of the most inspiring and helpful parenting and education books from the past few years and put together this list, covering a range of ages and topics.

Summer Reading for Parents

Parents are continuously learning and growing with their children, and sometimes in the moments when we most need new tools and techniques, we feel stuck. Using the extra family time in summer months to find resources and practice new strategies can help parents become more confident and capable, improving communication with children.  We have selected some of the most inspiring and helpful parenting and education books from the past few years and put together this list, covering a range of ages and topics. We hope you find something here that resonates with you!

How to Be a Happier Parent: Raising a Family, Having a Life and Loving (Almost) Every Minute by K. J. Dell’Antonia

K.J. Dell’Antonia is a writer who for many years wrote the column Motherlode in the New York Times. She recently published her book, an inspiring collection of relatable stories and tips for achieving a family/work/life balance where parents and children thrive.

Cribsheet: A Data-Driven Guide to Better, More Relaxed Parenting, from Birth to Preschoolby Emily Oster

Emily Oster is an economist who looks at some of the trends in parenting from an analytical perspective. The outcome is a reassuring and extremely informative book that helps parents focus on the big picture rather than listening to all the noise about the many choices we make.

Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls by Lisa Damour

Lisa Damour’s new book is a beautifully-written toolkit for parenting through the pressure of modern-day childhood and adolescence. Rather than take the approach that our children are under too much pressure, she deconstructs stress and anxiety to help us understand what is healthy and expected. She provides tools for parenting to help our children manage stress and create growth. While Lisa Damour focuses her research on girls, most of the content applies to all children and families.

How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success by Julie Lythcott-Haims

One of the most popular parenting books in recent years, Julie Lythcott-Haims looks at how the helicopter and snow-plow parenting impacts our children and undermines their autonomy. She teaches us to offer opportunities to be independent and then step back and empower our children to develop their own abilities.

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Susan Cain’s book is incredibly helpful for parents to better understand personality types and communication styles. Whether you are the introvert or your child is an introvert, this book offers insightful new ways of looking at people’s hidden gifts, and how we can unlock them to create better communication within our families and as we advocate for our children in the world.

Now Say This: The Right Words to Solve Every Parenting Dilemma by Julie Wright and Heather Turgeon

In those moments when we most need effective communication, we often lose our ability to find the right words. This leads to emotional outbursts and lost opportunities to build relationships and understanding. Julie Wright and Heather Turgeon break conflict and behavior into categories and provide a simple three-step approach to identify and consistently use effective language in each situation. This book is particularly helpful for parents of pre-school and early school-aged children to build a foundation that will help for years to come.

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Livesby Ned Johnson and William Stixrud

With expertise in different age ranges, Johnson and Stixrud provide an outline for encouraging self-control and emotional regulation over the course of childhood. They demonstrate how developing trust rather than micromanaging decisions sets our children up for success.

The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever-And What to Do About It by Katherine Reynolds Lewis

Journalist Katherine Reynolds-Lewis takes a societal view of discipline and parenting and identifies the problematic ways that we respond to issues with our children. By using stories to demonstrate outcomes, Reynolds-Lewis has written a relatable book with clear examples for parents to follow. Her model offers ways for parents and children to become more capable and have greater control over their actions and relationships

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