41 Oak Street, Clifton, New Jersey 07014    973-470-2393

Welcome to School #8!

School Eight is located in the Delawanna section of Clifton and opened its doors in 1908. It currently serves approximately 231 students in grades K-5. We are proud to be known as "School Eight where the learning is great!"


School 8 - June Newsletter | June Calendar

Parents sign your 1st through 8th grader up early for Clifton Schools' Integrated Summer Enrichment Experience (I.S.E.E)!!!!
Visit our ISEE page for more information and to register!

A "Collaboration between World Language and Art" with a tribute to Picasso.

Reverse The Trend is an Anti-Bullying concert and assembly created by the young band Reverse Order to help combat the rise of bullying across America. The band starts their
program by performing a few songs to excite and engage the students using popular music that all will enjoy. The concert increased the students’ interest and attentiveness. Reverse Order continues the assembly by sharing their individual stories of how they were bullied, and how they overcame it in a safe and productive way. Students are often shocked to hear that even “celebrities” are bullied and it’s comforting for students to know that they are not alone, and they too can overcome and accomplish great things in their own lives.


Grade Three, Four and Five children enjoyed DJW's music on Friday night, March 18th at our "School 8 Spring Dance". Our parents chaperoned our students who all had a wonderful time dancing!

From President Abraham Lincoln to Singer Icon, Elvis Presley, our Grade Four students presented a wax museum tour for our Grade Two, Three and Five students. We learned many facts and details! Great job accomplished by each one.

School #8 celebrated Dr. Seuss' 112th birthday by "Reading Across School 8". Our third graders read to our Kindergarteners. Our children were very excited to read and teach each other and show their "work" for this day!

The Ronald Mac Donald show titled "On the Inside-Character Counts" was about the "stuff" on the inside–character–that makes us who we are. Through the use of music and puppets, Ronald brings a powerful message to children about trustworthiness, responsibility, respect and fairness and how they can make every student a "kid for character". The students enjoyed this wonderful presentation.

School #8 kicked off our tribute to Reading for Read Across America with a visit from the Cat in the Hat! Reading Across America is an annual celebration of reading that culminates this year on March 2, the day which would have been the 112th birthday of prolific children’s book author Theodor Seuss Geisel, known and loved worldwide as Dr. Seuss.

Superbowl Sundae was held on Friday, February 5th at School #8.  Our class parents helped make our "sundaes". We enjoyed our treat! We showed our football team spirit with our jerseys!

School 8 students experienced sound as we've never seen, felt, or heard it before. We used our voice to create a giant laser show; run a resonance relay race; rock out to odd instruments and sounds from our students. Explore what makes music…musical! We explored:
·Vibrations - What is sound? How do we make sound? How does sound travel?
·Amplitude - What is volume?
·Frequency - Why do notes sound high or low?
·Resonance - How do musical instruments make different notes?

Jump with Jill is a professional live performance that travels the country transforming nutrition education into a rock & roll nutrition concert. The school assembly takes childhood obesity by storm, serving as a kid-appropriate approach for kicking off wellness committee initiatives, reinforcing classroom learning, and supporting a healthier cafeteria menu. The show is both educationally sound and completely rock & roll. Armed with catchy songs, upbeat dance moves, and a hip wardrobe, Jump with Jill uses the same tools normally used to sell junk food and keep kids sedentary to get kids engaged, moving, and learning about healthy habits. Created by registered dietitian and musician Jill Jayne, the show uses sing-able messages to make healthy habits memorable.


School Eight students enjoyed our cultural program featuring the Chinese acrobats. This troupe explained facets of Chinese culture including Chinese New Year and how important it is with food and celebration. A feature of celebration is acrobats. They study for a minimum of three years which emphasizes controlled strength and harmonious coordination with other acrobats to achieve fluid and agile movement. They also achieve this through practicing martial arts exercises such as tai chi or kung fu where there is graceful movement.

Our students enjoyed picking their pumpkins from our annual pumpkin patch. This year it was provided by a generous donor of School #8." Mr Produce" provided and delivered the pumpkins with our own Safety Patrol creating our pumpkin patch this year. Grade three is very happy with theirs!

October 30th - Halloween Parade!

Senora Garbayo's lesson on "la casa de la Bruja Maruja" in the grade two World Language class met with happy faces as her house turned out to be "la calabaza"! A pumpkin! Perfect timing for our fall season.

The St. Barnabas Mobile Burn center trailer visited School Eight. This trailer recreates a home environment which allows children (primarily third graders) to identify and correct everyday household hazards that may lead to fire and burn injuries. The Fire Safety House also simulateFire Safetys a house fire, utilizing non-toxic smoke, that allows children to practice their home escape plan. The Fourth Grade attended this year due to the inclement weather last year. The students also learned "Stop, Drop, and Roll" for fire safety.

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The students had School Eight participated in 'Bring Your Stuffed Animal to School Day". It was great fun and even the Principal bought hers to school!

At the THIRD meeting of the Science Club, Professor Winklebottom and Mr. Meatloaf examine WHAT IS WASTE? WHERGrand FalloonsE DOES IT COME FROM? and WHERE DOES IT GO? With the use of Juggling, Magical Illusions, Plate, Bowl and Garbage Can Spinning Acts and of course, classic Vaudevillian Song and Dance, they have students  look at that phrase “Reduce, Re-Use, Recycle,” something that kids hear all the time. Professor Winklebottom and Mr. Meatloaf brought the School Eight students through a show that explores exactly WHAT DOES THAT PHRASE MEAN.  The students laughed and enjoyed the show plus came out with a real knowledge of how to reduce waste at its source. Our students and Mr. Petryshyn helped them with the show!Thank you to Clifton Clean Communities for this great show!!!

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Box Tops


You can help raise money for School Eight just by shopping for your favorite items at your favorite stores. School Eight participates in several give-back programs, including Box Tops!

School Anti-Bullying Specialist: Nancy Latzoni, Principal
(973) 470-2393
41 Oak Street