Dolphin Newsletter

January 21, 2022

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Clifford families,

We are so grateful for your kindness and warmth during these last couple of weeks. Our staff and teachers have been so hard at work in the classrooms, office and all over campus, and they are making learning fun and engaging even during this surge of Covid that has kept our attendance down much more than usual. Thank you for your encouragement during this time. It's so nice to be a part of a community that recognizes the value, the time, and the effort that our staff always puts into their job, but especially in these harder times where flexibility is the name of the game. We're so honored by the commitment of our staff, and the partnership with our family community. We truly have made the best of a difficult situation, and these pictures demonstrate that the show must go on. Kids are so happy to be at school, and we are grateful and honored to have them here in person. This is just a small snapshot of the beautiful things that are happening in every room on our campus.

If there are things you are interested to see in the Family Connection Corner section of the newsletter, please email Tiffany Parrish @, and she will try to include it the next newsletter.

With Gratitude,

Jude Noyes & Tiffany Parrish

Family Connection Corner!

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Our Dolphin Promise

To teach students, not subjects or textbooks

To make learning joyful

To be proactive rather than reactive

To teach in ways that respond to our students' needs

To meet students where they are

To keep in mind that learning is a process that takes time and commitment

To keep relationships at the core of how we work together

To help each student feel valued, seen, and heard

To create an atmosphere that welcomes every student to belong

To dream big, have perseverance and grit

To challenge all students to learn at high levels

To inspire and motivate students

To include academic challenges so that all students can explore their potential

To love, protect, and care for our community

To be proud of who we are no matter what adversity we face

To be dependable and reliable

To be an upstander

To be Dolphin proud

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Calendar Items

  • Mon, Jan 24- 8:30 AM Principal Chat- Link Passcode: Dolphins
  • Mon, Jan 24- RCSD Reclassification Ceremony 6:30 PM |Link| Password: rcsd22
  • Tue, Jan 25- School Site Council Meeting 6:00 PM |Link| |Agenda|
  • Thur, Jan 27- PTO Meeting 7:00 PM |Link|
  • Tue, Feb 1- Mar 1- Black History Month
  • February 18th- Minimum Day- Thursday Schedule

  • February 21st-25st- President's Week No School for Students

  • March 8- End of Trimester 2

  • Mar 22- Clifford Vision Screening

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How To Create A Calm Down Corner At Home

At Clifford in each classroom we have "calm down corners" or some call, " the peace corner". Learn how to make one at home. Click here!
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Cyberbullying & Internet Safety

As parents/guardians we want to ensure our children's safety in all that they do. In today's world our children have access to technology and with it comes great responsibility. Unfortunately, not all people on the other side of the screen are kind. Cyberbullying can take place in many different ways on the internet. Please use the tips and links below to learn more about how to keep your kids safe on the internet and to protect them from Cyberbullying.

Tips for your kids- 3 Things to Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying:

1. Make sure mom(s) and dad(s) /adult caregiver(s) know every time you are online

2. Only play games online or chat with friends you and your parents/caregivers know

3. Let your mom(s) and/or dad(s)/adult caregiver(s) know any time someone is mean, rude, or uses foul language with you online

Tip for Parents/guardians How to keep your kids safe Online:

1. Keep computer in common area and make rule about your kids not going online without your permission

2. Make it your business to know who they encounter or talk to online - be close by whenever they are online

3. Remind them to come and tell you when someone is being rude, or uses foul language with them. Most social sites have a way to report and that online behavior must be reported.

Internet Safety Sites that help teach kids and parent(s)/caregiver(s) how to protect against Cyberbullying:

Friends For Life If you would like to report Cyberbullying use this link

Netsmartz Videos for kids and information for parent(s)/caregiver(s) on Cyberbullying and Internet Safety

Common Sense Media Videos for parent(s)/caregiver(s) on Internet Safety

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Masks Required!

Please remind students that all of us at school must be masked, and to wear them across our noses and mouths, at Clifford. We remind students often, but also need your support to keep all of us safe. Please also ensure that your child(ren) have a good fitting, intact mask as well. We encourage you to send a few backup masks for your child(ren) so if/when one breaks, they have another handy. Additionally, we are providing masks as needed to all students every day.
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Dolphin Creed Winners for January TK-5

The names of students below were nominated by their teachers for demonstrating excellence in our Dolphin Creed character traits!

Dolphin Character- Students earning this award show concern and/or sympathy for others, are sensitive to the needs of others, offer support & give their time, talents, and resources to help others, talking positively about others, considering the needs of others, not just their own. They show understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. These students exemplify the Core Value of Care!

Dolphin Respect—Students earning this award have demonstrated respect for self, others, learning environment and learning. They have good behavior, good attitude, and participate in class on a daily basis. Students earning this award are the most improved students. These students exemplify the Core Values of RESPECT

Dolphin Empathy - Students earning this award have demonstrated care and concern towards other Dolphins. They consistently reach out to others and help them feel cared for. These students exemplify the Core Value of EMPATHY!

Dolphin Eager—Students earning this award exhibit leadership among their peers, earn high grades in all content areas, and are considered a positive role model for their peers. These students are also asking for extra credit and go above and beyond when working on projects and/or special assignments. These students are never tardy between classes and are always ready to learn from bell to bell. These students exemplify the Core Value of being EAGER!

Dolphin Dreamer—Students earning this award are helpful to others, consistent with their work ethic, and are students who try hard in classes. These students set goals and are always looking to the future. These Dolphin Dreamers are not only creative, but they are resourceful and inspire others to think outside the box. The Dolphin Dreamer is gentle by nature and loyal. These students live above their background and don’t let hard times change their course. Even in adversity, they believe they will still be successful! These students exemplify the Core Value of DREAMER!

Our Dolphin Award Winners! Congratulations!

TK Winner

Ms. Lauren- Samantha Donahoe- Empathy

Kindergarten Winners

Ms. Mairani's Class: Miki Sagabaen- Respect

Mrs. Wilkerson's Class: Lucian Santamaria- Eager

Mrs. Sterger's Class: Leah Prindle- Respect

Mr. Goity's Class: Johnell Magtang- Respect

1st Grade Winners

Ms. Smith's - Andrew Preciado Estrada- Respect

Mrs. Keithley- Liv Anderson- Eager

Mr. Reilly's Class- Camilo Sherer- Empathy

Mr. Chun-Hoon- Daniel Torres- Respect

2nd Grade Winners

Ms. Collins's- Travis Marpuri - Empathy

Ms. Fowle's- Spencer Averill- Respect

Ms. Bewley's- Lucca Rutherford- Respect

3rd Grade Winners

Mrs. Overbey's Class- Camila Garcia- Dreamer

Mrs. Costa's Class- Leonardo Landa- Dreamer

Ms. Davis's Class-Sophia Becerril- Respect

4th Grade Winners

Ms. Eaton's Class- Bryan Calderon- Respect

Ms. Cody's Class- Avery Surez- Dreamer

5th Grade Winners

Mrs. Zak's Class- Sophia Chocano- Eager

Ms. Curtis's Class- Ross Campbell- Empathy

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Message from our Equity Coach, Natalie Delahunt!

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last week at Clifford, many classes came to the Equity Room for lessons on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Students learned about Dr. King’s early life and work in the civil rights movement. I used an ebook entitled “More than Dream,” clips from his March on Washington speech, some picture books, and art lessons to try to give the students a good understanding of his life and activism.

Some of the older students also learned about the Children’s Crusade that Dr. King was involved with. It took place in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1963. I wanted the students to understand the power that young people have. Those students in Birmingham helped bring about the end of segregation in the South. We owe those young students a debt of gratitude.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.


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Self Care

Some Helpful Resources: (may still have a free app for students) Helps with anxiety, sleep habits, focus, etc. Mindfulness practice tailored for you to help with what you’re feeling. An example of a brief mindful breathing exercise. There are many more. Very helpful for moments of anxiety and to practice daily to maintain calm. Yoga with Adriene: she has a lot of yoga videos for kids and students, and for beginners.

It is very important to incorporate time for relaxation every day, not just during periods of stress or anxiety.

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A handful of buttons: A Children's Book About Family Diversity, Love and Inclusion.

Not all families are the same. Each family is different, unique and special.

This is the beginning of a children's book about family diversity. What types of families are there? And what special thing makes them a family? These are some of the answers we want to offer to encourage tolerance towards others. Link to purchase the book

"Struggling To Discuss Tough Topics With A Kid? Here Are Books That Might Help"

This article, from National Public Radio, showcases seven picture books that deal with topics such as dealing with anxiety, struggling with understanding death, or facing scary situations. Picture books can lead to good conversations with your kids!
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Register with RWC Little League!

Reporting Student Illness/Absences

Parents/Guardians can now use this Google form to report their child(ren) absent. Please follow this link to the form and bookmark it for easy reference!
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Help Clifford While you Shop on Amazon!

Earn money for Clifford School when you make purchases on Amazon! Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon will donate a portion of what you spend to Clifford School when you designate Clifford School Parents Club as the recipient of the donations you generate.

Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Assistant Principal

We ARE the most incredible school in the Inner-Planetary Galactic Solar System.