Memorial Day Holiday May 27
School division closed. Enjoy the holiday. Be safe.
Clark Field Day May 30
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Clark students will get outside and have some fun on field day.
Minds in Motion Performance May 30
Come see 4th (and some 5th and 6th) grade students dance on stage. Performance begins at 7 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at CHS.
MIM Assembly Gr 3 - 5 May 31
Minds in Motion Assembly for Grades 3 - 5. !0 a.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center.
Clark K - 3 Awards Assembly May 31
1 - 3 p.m. Clark recognizes the accomplishments of Kindergarten - 3rd grade students.
Clark 4th Gr. Step Up Ceremony June 5
12 - 1:30 p.m. Clark 4th Grade Step Up Ceremony. Congratulations students!
Clark Talent Show June 7
9 - 10:30 a.m. See talented Clark students perform in the Talent Show.
Last Day of School June 7
Last day of school - early dismissal. Have a safe summer full of fun and reading.
Flora of Virginia Illustrator Visits Clark
In April, Virginia botanical illustrator, Lara Call Gastinger, visited Clark to discuss her work, and passion for plants. Lara described the ten year process of drawing every native plant in the state. Lara's work was recently published in the Flora of Virginia.
Second Grade Trip to Ivy Creek Natural Area.
Ivy Creek nature guides lead students along trails while students learned about differences between native and exotic plants. They also learns ways to identify different species of plants, such as poison ivy and Virginia creeper.
3rd Grade Field Trip to Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
In April, Clark third graders visited the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts to observe artifacts from Ancient Greece, Rome and Mali.
The docent-lead tours included such topics as economic resources and trade, as well as the beliefs, and myths developed by these cultures.
We also admired the glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly.
In March, musicians from the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra visited Clark as part of the Preludes program. Trumpet player, Paul Neebee demonstrated his instrument for the 3rd and 4th grades, while flautist Angela Kelly played for the 2nd grade classes. Both musicians played excerpts of pieces and took requests.
L.E.A.D. Team Comes to Clark
The UVa Chemistry L.E.A.D. team came to Clark Friday, March 8th to conduct demonstrations and a discussion that emphasized the difference between a physical and a chemical change. Students then completed activities where these changes occured and determined if a physical change or a chemical change had taken place. Students were delighted to have the students of the L.E.A.D. team present their entertaining and informative lesson.
Second Grade Creates Egyptian Art for Their Heads
In February, Clark second grade created crowns in the style of the ancient Egyptians and painted them in metalic colors.
UVa Wahoo Wizards Visit Clark
The UVA science group known as the Wahoo Wizards visited Clark Elementary second grade students to complete hands-on activities and perform scientific demonstrations related to the different states of matter. Students made Ooblek, froze various items in liquid nitrogen and manipulated hydrophobic sand. It was great fun and we are thankful to the UVA students for coming out!
Second Street Gallery Outreach at Clark
Local artist Laura Bell paid a visit to Clark third grade. Students analyzed landscape paintings that had been installed at the gallery and then created their own acrylic landscape paintings on blocks of wood.
Clark school honored Veterans during this year's Veterans Day Celebration. Each grade level sang patriotic songs to our honored guests and hear from active service members.
Clark 5 K Recap
This year’s Clark Elementary School Buzz-by-Belmont 5K inaugurated the return of the Belmont-Carlton
Bash, turning an annual celebration of family fitness into a full day of community fun. People of all ages
ran and walked to best their goals, unite with the neighborhood and to enjoy the stunning fall day.
The race is a successful fundraiser for school programs but the real story is what the kids showed they
can do. About 40 children aged ten and under completed the 5K (3.1 mile) course within a total field
Second grader Angus Munro (brother of last year’s fastest girl Claire) led the charge of Clark kids in
24:21. Galatea Misevich continued her steady improvement to become the fastest Clark Girl in 30:50. At
the lead of the pack, Brian Kayeser bested the hilly course in 18:04, while Elly Montague just missed the
course record, cruising to 20:27.
Clark is blessed to have two running clubs in the Clark Road Warriors and a chapter of Girls on the Run.
The school is incredibly supportive, with many teachers, staff and families joining as racers, pacers, and
volunteers. This event is full of inspiration from front to back. It is amazing what someone can do if they
We would like to thank our financial backers (the Bog Hughes team at Nest, Allstate, the Local, acac,
NWG Solutions, Wells Fargo, Gibsons Grocery) and the many businesses who contributed product and
technical assistance. Many of these are located right in the neighborhood. This year’s event netted
over $5,000 for the Clark Educational Opportunity Fund. Big “Thanks” as well to the many friends and
neighbors, who gave their time and most especially to everyone who came out and made it such a
See you next year!
Planting the Garden
In September, first grade planted vegetables in Clark's schoolyard garden.