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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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!
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
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
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
5K Stampede Through Clifton
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!
& 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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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 &
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 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!
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