Dolphin Newsletter

9.10.21

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From the principal...

School has been up and running and we cannot tell you how much we appreciate your partnership with us! We have had so many parents reach out to our community with messages of encouragement and gratitude, and we want to give that gratitude right back to you. We understand the adjustments that you have all had to make with your children for the first few weeks with not being able to be on campus, but we are proud to say that children have really adjusted well to routines and have settled into the groove of school. Here are some important updates for the next couple of weeks of school. Happy September!


Jude Noyes

Upcoming Events...

  • School Site Council Meeting 9/23 @ 5 PM: Meeting link here

  • Virtual PTO Meeting 9/16 @ 7:00 PM | Link | Passcode: 023884

  • Picture Day September 24th (make up day 10/29)

  • iReady testing starting September 13th 1st-8th Grade

  • Virtual Scholastic Book Fair September 27th-October 1st (Link to the online store)

  • Indigenous Peoples’ Day Monday October 11th: No School

  • International Walk to School Day 10/6! Clifford is participating! (WALK/BIKE/BUS TO SCHOOL to earn some prizes)
  • Dolphin Depot Student Store Opening in October
  • Student Clubs begin in October. 4th-8th grade Clubs will be held during lunch

Message from SamTrans

Do you hate the stress and traffic involved with school drop off and pick ups? If so, consider having your kids ride the SamTrans bus to school! Route 73 serves Whipple Ave from Arguello to our campus every am and pm on school days. Youth bus fare is $1.10 one way. Visit www.samtrans.com/Youth for more information about how to ride. For more information about youth bus transit initiatives in Redwood City, please visit https://www.getonthebusrwc.org
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Updates for Brunch/Lunch

The weather has been great and it has allowed us to have students eating outside. This was a big adjustment for our kiddos as they eat within view of the playground, but they are learning the routines and expectations for brunch and lunch time. Students in all grades have a 40 minute lunch time. All students are sitting and eating for up to 20 minutes and they are excused as a large group for the remaining 20 minutes to play. This has required a lot of reinforcement and reminders as they can see the playground from their outdoor eating area, but we are committed to making sure they have enough time to eat their food. We will only have students eating indoors on days where the weather does not permit us to eat outside.

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Traffic and Parking Update

Thank you for helping us make drop off and pick up smooth and efficient for everyone. We have a couple of reminders to help us keep our system safe and running smoothly for everyone.


  1. Please do not park anywhere in the drop off/pick up circle. This is a drop off zone only and not intended for parking. If you need to get out of your car to help your child, please park off campus and walk them in. When cars park in this area, it causes traffic to back up very quickly and also causes dangerous traffic patterns with cars going around to avoid the parked car.

  2. Thank you for following the procedures for both car and walking pickup. These lines start early. If you are walking to pick up your child, please remember to join the line to help us with processing. If you group around the walking gate, it makes that area too busy and difficult for our exiting students to navigate. If you arrive by car, please plan to wait in the line and do not try to go around cars to the front of the line.

  3. We’re working on a better system for pick up in the upper parking lot. We understand that there are a lot of moving parts, but we need everyone’s help to be kind and patient with each other. Our kids are watching how we model community, and it’s important that we support each other. Please show kindness when navigating traffic anywhere on our campus. We can’t create perfect systems, but we certainly want to create something that works well and is safe for our students. Sometimes this means things move a little slowly. We appreciate it when you practice patience.

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Clifford School Picture Day

Fall picture day is on September 24th! You can pre order your pictures by clicking on this link.


Link to pre order!


Picture make up on 10/29.


Picture day information and online ordering are now available by visiting dorianstudio.com
and searching for your school’s name. Your online order can be placed before and up to four
(4) days after picture day.

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iReady Testing Window Information

All of our students in 1st-8th grade will begin taking the iReady diagnostic test starting on Monday September 13th. The testing window is open for two weeks, so your student’s teacher will give more specific information about when testing will occur within that window. The iReady assessment helps us understand student’s learning needs in both English Language Arts and Math. This snapshot gives teachers data that they can use to adjust their instruction to meet the needs of all of their students. Please visit the iReady Family Center website for more information about iReady.

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School Directory 21-22

We are working on building our school directory for TK-8Tth grade. Yesterday I emailed families in TK-5th grade to complete the survey. I have added 6-8th grade today in the link listed below. We are hoping that families can connect with one another for play dates, parent support, and or coordination of room parent communication. Your participation is completely voluntary. Please see the links below for TK-5 and 6-8. Thank you!


TK-5 Family Survey Link


6th-8th Grade Family Survey Link

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Familias Unidas workshop

RCSD is providing a Familias Unidas workshop that will focus on topics specifically for Newcomer families. This virtual session will be held on Wednesdays, starting on September 22 at 6pm.


Registration for Newcomer Classes: https://forms.gle/7h1m3a6Yy7bnkSX86

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All Redwood City School District (RCSD) students will continue to have the option of eating school meals for free, regardless of their family’s economic need. Read here about the decisions made by the USDA and California.

This means that RCSD families will only need to participate in a short survey instead of the Free or Reduced-Price Meal (FRPM) application, which has traditionally been used to determine program eligibility. Filling out the survey is an important step to make sure RCSD schools continue to receive the funding needed to support the education of RCSD schools.

RCSD families can start completing the Student Education Benefit Form, which has a deadline of Thursday, September 30, 2021. This new form does not determine eligibility for free meals. Instead, it will be helpful to the district for Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) supplemental funding and other funding allocations for programs that support all students.


The new free student meal program means that the process to receive school meals has now been streamlined. Families who traditionally paid for school meals no longer need to do this. Any student who wants a meal can simply walk through the cafeteria serving line without the need to have a meal card or their student number.

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Clifford School & Restorative Justice & Community Circles!

Clifford is building strong social emotional education for all students in TK-8th grade. With the framework of Restorative Justice & Community Circles we are developing a stronger more loving community of students. Teachers at Clifford are supportive and strong believers in our students' learning and growth!


Restorative justice focuses on repairing the harm done to relationships and people; then, determining a route and agreement to fixing the problem. It is a value-based approach that allows for all those involved in the situation to openly and fairly share their thoughts about what happened and how it made them feel (Hopkins, 2002; Ryan & Ruddy, 2015).


Community circles (peacemaking circles or circle justice groups) are common forms of engaging children in the dialogue aspect of conflict resolution.

How we are shifting from a traditional to a restorative mindset.

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Restorative Practices in Schools Have Power to Transform Communities | Liz Knapp | TEDxMcMinnville
TED Talk/The Power of Vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

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At Clifford we Belive in and Support ALL students! Every Student/Every Day!

Dear Teacher: Heartfelt Advice for Teachers from Students

SEPTAR! RCSD!

SEPTAR continues to be one of the only PTAs in the entire state solely in existence for the benefit of families and educators of special needs children. Visit RCSD's SEPTAR webiste for more information

Books on Inclusion

Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Assistant Principal



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