Clay Preschool

Clay Preschool delivers spring

 - Portsmouth Daily Times - March 22, 2019


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Yesterday (Friday), thanks to Clay Preschool, some residents of Rosemount Pavilion were gifted a little piece of spring in the form of a potted plant.

To celebrate the beginning of spring, teachers Mrs. Shafer and Ms. Justice organized a service project for their three and four year olds to paint and decorate terracotta pots which were then filled with flowers and presented to residents of the nursing home.

The project targeted residents that do not often receive visitors, in the hopes of brightening their day by giving them a live plant in a hand painted pot to keep in their rooms.

A letter describing the project was sent home with students, asking parents for any donations to go towards the cost for the pots, soil, flowers, and paint and many generous donations were brought in to assist with the cost. “What better way to brighten their day than to give them a potted flower,” read the letter sent home with students.

According to both teachers, the project was a success by not only showing love to the residents, but also in the students excitement in creating the finished product. Students each painted a pot with their name written on the bottom, and planted the flowers themselves. Friday, after all 43 plants were potted, Shafer and Justice took the flowers to the nursing home and distributed them.

“The residents loved them and it definitely brightened their day,” said Shafer. Justice stated that multiple residents were fascinated in the fact that it was a live plant. “You never realize how much you take for granted being able to walk outside and see the flowers or feel a breeze,” said Justice.

With the success of their first community service project, both teachers are looking forward to doing more in the future and are already looking towards showing love to other organizations in the community.

Clay Preschool and Kindergarten registration will take place on April 4, at 9:30-11:30 a.m., 12:30-3:00 p.m., and 6:00-8:00 p.m. Preschool registration is for 3 & 4 year olds (3 before Sept. 30th) who are potty trained. Clay Preschool is a 5 star award winning, full-day preschool (4 days a week). Those interested in attending registration should bring child’s social security card, birth certificate, shot records, and W-2 or pay stubs (for proof of income).

Avery and her finished product.



Third Grade Students Show Love and Kindness


Third grade classes at Clay Elementary have been participating in two projects this year that exude the characteristics of love and kindness.  Students have asked for Valentines to be send from around the world as they study the traditions and cultures of those in the world around us.  They have a US map and a world map to track their progress.  Students also made "kindness" rocks that had a nice saying or words of encouragement on them.  These rocks were hidden around the school for other elementary students to find.  Those that were able to find the rocks were able to read the sayings, receive a piece of candy, and hopefully have a brighter day!  These third graders have spend many hours learning about love and kindness, and thinking about others first. Great job, Third Grade!

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Honor Assembly 2nd Nine Weeks

Elementary Students were recognized at an Honor Assembly on Tuesday, January 22, 2019.  Kindergarten and first grade students were recognized and received an ice cream treat for Excellent Achievement (100% of standards met), Outstanding Achievement (95-99% of standards met), and Honorable Achievement (85-94% of standards met).  Second through fifth grade students were recognized and received an ice cream treat for A Honor Roll, A/B Honor Roll, and B Honor Roll.  All grade levels also recognized "Super Improvers", Good Discipline Awards, and students that were "Caught Being Good."  These students also received an ice cream treat.  Congratulations to all these students for their hard work!


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Give Kids a Smile

February is National Children's Dental Hygiene Month.  The Southern Ohio Dental Society and Shawnee State University Dental Hygiene students and faculty celebrated this event by providing a program titled "Give Kids a Smile!" on February 8, 2019. 


Twenty-six of our students at Clay Elementary participated in this event.  Students got an examination, oral hygiene instructions, toothbrush, floss, professional cleaning, and professional fluoride treatment for free. We want to thank Southern Ohio Dental Society, Dr. Amy Heim, and Shawnee State University Dental Hygiene students for allowing us to participate in this event.


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4th and 5th Grade Spelling Bee 2019

spelling bee                                                                                                                                                         Clay Elementary held the 4th and 5th Grade Spelling Bee on January 9, 2019.  Classroom contestants from fourth grade were Eli Bailey, Olivia Hightower, Grayson Isaac, and Adrianna Dutton.  Classroom contestants from fifth grade were Drake Bobst, Damien Conley, Haleigh Ruggles, and Riley Gilliam.  Congratulations to Spelling Bee runner-up Haleigh Ruggles and Spelling Bee winner Grayson Isaac.  Thank you Mr. Williams our Spelling Bee Coordinator and word pronouncer.  Thank you to Spelling Bee Judges:  Mr. Goodson, Mrs. Shepherd, and Mr. Rhea.


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