365 Washington Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07011    973-470-2390

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Welcome to School #3!

School Three is a K-5 elementary school with a population of approximately 275 students. Here one can find varied educational programs to meet the many needs of our children within the twelve general education classes. School Three is committed to providing an outstanding education to all of our students, utilizing the talents and strengths of all three branches of this partnership. Also, it is through the many fine programs, varied curricula, and educational experiences that students are prepared to become independent thinkers, good decision-makers, self-supporting, and productive citizens in today’s society.


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Women's History Month Projects

Ms. Iapicca, Mrs. Gorecki, and Ms. Howansky's third graders recently completed informational Women's History Month projects. Students researched an influential women from our society. Students had a blast learning about and posing as amazing women that have shaped our world!

Number the Stars

The fourth grade students read the novel Number the Stars, by Lois Lowry. The historical fiction novel set during the 1940's Nazi occupation in Denmark tells a story about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen durbravery ing World War II. Students were very much emotionally involved with the characters of this story, as well as the themes of and doing what was right, even if it meant taking risks. After reading the novel in class, the students' culminating activity was to create a storyboard tri-fold poster or museum artifact that would be displayed in our “Number the Stars Museum Walk" in our hallway.

Read Across America

For Read Across America, some of the School 3 staff brought a storybook alive by performing for students a popular Winnie the Pooh book. It was a lot of work but a ton of fun. Next stop, Broadway!

Read Across America Guest Readers

For Read Across America, School 3 invited guest readers into classrooms to read Dr. Suess books to students. Students were excited to learn who their surprise guest reader would be on this special day. Guest readers had lots of fun sharing a good book and students enjoyed listening to their favorite Dr. Suess books.  

International Day

On February 24, 2016 School 3 hosted International Day! Parents brought trays of food for students to taste from around the world and parent volunteers served delicious food. Dishes from over 27 countries were represented. Students also learned about countries and displayed their work for all to see. Another added fun piece of the day, students dressed up from their cultural heritage. What a wonderful day of learning and eating for all!


Parents as Reading Partners (P.A.R.P.)

P.A.R.P. is a School 3 reading challenge set forth by the Principal. For this challenge, parents and students were asked to read together everyday during Marking Period 2 for at least 15 minutes a day while also logging their progress each night. 182 students and parents met this challenge and as a reward, students were given a pizza party to celebrate their success! Congratulations to all of the P.A.R.P. winners!

AR Point Club - Marking Period 2

Students who accumulate a large amount of AR Points at the end of Marking Period 2 joined the AR Point Club! Congratulations to our AR Point Club Winners for Marking Period 2!

Recorder Lessons

Third, fourth and fifth grade students are hard at work learning to play the recorder this winter. The photos show one class of beginners (Ms. Iapicca's Class) and one class of our most advanced students (Ms. Piazza's fifth grade). Students always look forward to this time of the year in music, and show great enthusiasm in their playing. Everyone works on making a good sound, playing as an ensemble, and learning to read printed music. A large variety of music is played, from very traditional songs such as "Hot Cross Buns," to a variety of different and unusual titles, like "Pizza Polka" and "Disco Fever." Great things are happening!

100 Days of School

First grade students and teachers dressed up as 100 years olds in celebration of the 100th day of the school. Children dressed in granny dresses, beards, glasses and gray hair. First graders then wrote about goals they have before they turned 100.  Some included, "become an astronaut, going to a different planet, driving a race car, and become a professional soccer player." Students wrote and spoke about how dreams can come true if they work hard and go to school. Students also participated in many other activities using the number 100.

Special Person Day

On February 5, 2016 students invited a "Special Person" in their lives to come to School 3 to see them in action. During the event, special people participated in a classroom activity and enjoyed meeting the classroom teacher. Special people also had an opportunity to visit the Book Fair and purchase a book for their little special student. What a wonderful event for all!


Students at School 3 are using Chromebooks! Pictured below is Mrs. Harris' fourth grade class and Ms. Howansky's third grade class. Students are practicing their typing skills, learning how to use various tools and emailing their documents to their teacher by using the Google document center. We love learning on our Chromebooks!

Happy Holidays from School 3

We wish you a very healthy and happy holiday season from our family to yours! December 23rd is a 1:00 dismissal. Winter Break: December 24, 2015 - January 1, 2016.

Holiday Tradition

On the last day of school right before break, students come to school in their PJ's and watch the movie Polar Express. While watching the movie, students enjoy sipping hot chocolate and eating popcorn. Pictured below is Mrs. Colavito's second grade class in their PJ's. Happy Holidays Everyone!

Winter Concert

On Thursday, December 17, 2015 School 3 hosted their Winter Concert. It was a wonderful performance from our strings, band and chorus students. Thank you for warming our hearts with delightful holiday music.


Breakfast with Santa

On Saturday, December 12, 2015 Santa Claus came to School 3! Students and parents enjoyed pancakes, bagels and crumb cake with Santa. Students also sat on Santa's lap, took pictures with him and received a gift. What a fun filled Saturday. We hope Santa comes back next year!

Holiday Shop

Students are having fun making their holiday lists and checking them twice! From November 30 to December 4 the School 3 Holiday Shop is Open! Gift Certificates are available at www.holidayshop.org/giftcert and are a great option if parents prefer to use a credit card instead of sending their child to school with cash. Thank you once again to our parent volunteers!

Friendship Soup

Friendship Soup is a way for the Kindergarten classes to come together and be thankful for each other. Each student brought an ingredient for the soup.  Students then chopped, poured, and stirred the soup. The students even grew parsley in class to add flavor. The aroma of the soup cooking in class filled the hallways making everyone hungry. Finally, the time came for the children to eat together at one giant table. We finished this joyous occasion with our traditional Tommy Turkey Dance! Even our parent volunteers shook their feathers!

Thanksgiving Feast

In first grade, students celebrated Thanksgiving with a feast!  Ms. Spanos’ class recited poems that tell what Thanksgiving is all about. Mrs. Bilto’s class acted out the 'Three Sisters' story.  Students then sat together at a long table and ate traditional foods like turkey, mashed potatoes, corn muffins and pumpkin pies. We are so thankful to have such great friends and teachers!

Holiday Cards for Troops

School 3 students participated in the Holiday Cards for Troops initiative. 290 students decorated and wrote wonderfully warm and caring holiday cards to our troops overseas. Thank you students and teachers for participating in spreading holiday cheer to our dedicated troops overseas who keep us safe all year long.

Grade 5 Class Day

On November 19, 2015 fifth grade students enjoyed their last class day at School 3. Class Day is a long standing tradition at School 3 where students start the day having the entire school sing to them. Then during lunch, they receive a special treat. Happy Fifth Grade Class Day to our fifth graders!

AR Point Club

Students who accumulate a large amount of AR Points at the end of each marking period, join the AR Point Club. Each AR Point Club member receives a certificate and comes to an AR Point Club party. Congratulations to our AR Point Club Winners for Marking Period 1.

18th Annual 5K Stampede Through Clifton

On Sunday, November 15, 2015 the Clifton Recreation Department and the Clifton Road Runners Club held their 18th 5K race. This event was a fundraiser for the 2016 NJ Special Olympic Games. Our very own kindergarten teacher Donna Wallace placed 2nd in her age group and Arielle O'Rourke a second grader at School 3 placed 3rd in the girls 10 and under age group. Congratulations Ms. Wallace and Arielle!

Rotary Club & The Dictionary

On Monday, November 9, 2015 three former School 3 students and now members of the Rotary Club visited our third graders and gave them their very own dictionary. The Rotary Club has been participating in The Dictionary Project for years, and as a result they have given all third grade students in Clifton Public Schools a dictionary. Thank you Rotary Club for supporting our readers and writers!

Trunk or Treat

On October 29, 2015 School 3 held their second Trunk or Treat. 25 cars were decorated and filled with goodies for kids who came in costume. A DJ was also playing fun music for all to dance to. What a "Spook" tacular time for all!

Halloween Parade

On October 30, 2015 School 3 held their traditional Halloween Parade. Students dressed in costumes and went around the neighborhood. At the end of the parade, the H.S.A. gave each child a pumpkin. In the afternoon, students enjoyed a halloween party filled with healthy goodies!


Pumpkin Experiment

Students in Ms. Wallace's Kindergarten class participated in a fun science experiment. The class cut open a pumpkin and then felt the pulp and seeds. They also counted the seeds and learned that pumpkins grow on vines.

Pumpkin Experiment 

Field Day

On October 16, 2015 School 3 held their Field Day. Students spent the morning running, skipping, tossing and jumping. While participating in each station, students showed good sportsmanship, listening skills and encouraged each other to try their best. At the end, students enjoyed a school BBQ. Thank you Mr. Tomaskovic and the parent volunteers for making this day special for everyone.

Field Day 
 Field Day

Fire Prevention Week

For Fire Prevention Week Fire Fighter Brian Reilly who used to be a Kindergarten teacher at School 3 came back to visit. During his visit, Fire Fighter Reilly taught students fire safety strategies: Stop-drop-roll, Call 911, Scream Fire to get help. He also showed students fire fighting tools. Thank you Fire Fighter Reilly for helping keep the families of Clifton safe.

Fire Prevention Week Fire Prevention Week

Week of Respect

As part of our Week of Respect, School 3 kicked off our Bucket Filler Program on October 6, 2015 with an assembly. The Six Pillars of Character were discussed: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. Students were reminded that people who fill buckets make good choices about their words and actions.

Respect Week  Respect Week 

Clifford Inspires Reading

Clifford the Red Dog visited classrooms to promote reading to students. Students at School 3 are continually encouraged to read fiction and non-fiction books. Thank you Clifford with helping us teach students the importance of reading each and every day.

Clifford Visit

Back to School Night

On September 28, 2015 School 3 had a packed house of parents come visit. Parents heard all about the curriculum, school goals and how they can get involved. We also had Clifford come visit us! Also a hit was our Book Fair. Thank you parents for coming out, visiting classrooms and supporting the school!

Back to School Night  Back to School Night 
Back to School Night Back to School Night

Book Fair

School 3's Book Fair in September was a wonderful success. Students were given a grand selection of books to choose from. Many students purchased books so they could add to their library at home. We love books at School 3!

Book Fair Book Fair

Clean Community Assembly

On Thursday, September 17, 2015 Professor Winklebottom and Meatloaf taught us about taking care of our planet. They used the 'Common Sense-O-Nator' to share rules with us:
1. Everything comes from somewhere
2. Nothing can ever be gotten rid of. All you can do is move it somewhere else
3. Just 3 words: reduce, reuse & recycle

Winklebottom  Winklebottom 
School Store

The School 3 School Store had its grand opening on Friday, September 11, 2015. Students came ready to purchase fun school supplies. All proceeds go towards our school so please support the School Store. School Store is typically open every Friday.

School 3 Store School 3 Store
School Opening

School 3 successfully opened on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 with 300 students. Students were greeted by their teacher outside and then lead into their classrooms for a fun filled day. Hold on tight for an exciting new school year!

First Day
First Day of School First Day of School
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Box Tops


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