Dolphin Weekly

3.28.20

Dear Clifford Community,

I appreciate all that you’re doing right now for your children. And as a parent myself, I know that working from home or finding care so you can go to work has not been easy. The new routines and trying to work from home have certainly been a challenge for me-- it's a dynamic juggling act indeed.My own children (16, 15, 1.5) are home and two of them are working on learning at home platforms as well. Though it is stressful at times I feel blessed to have the little moments with my children that our family normally doesn’t have during the day.I do hope the resources and information our teachers and district staff have been sharing with you are helpful. I also hope you are taking time to self care as a family because that is important too.


Trust that all children are resilient and will overcome this challenge and will be right back in the game as soon as school resumes. There is a lot to learn in our world and not all learning comes from packets/online learning platforms or even the schoolhouse- remember you were your child's first teacher and you prepared them for their academic journey before they came to school. Continue to read to your children, play with them, color, cook meals together, take nature walks, write a little play and act it out for the family! All of these activities are learning too.


I have never let my schooling interfere with my education. – Mark Twain



I also want to share that I have 'virtually' visited many Google Classrooms and have said hello to the students and teachers. I am so impressed with the work the kids are submitting and the lively conversations they are having with one another. Our teachers have 100% thrown themselves into making Google classrooms and other learning platforms engaging, rigorous, and enriching. Many of our K-2 teachers have made their own learning packets because they want to personalize the work for their students- I am so proud. I have received several emails from families sharing inspiring and positive comments about our Clifford teachers! Thank you for sending those compliments- the teachers appreciate it and so do I.


Tiffany and I have been working each day and collaborating and planning with each other. We are also engaged in virtual IEP meetings and checking in with teachers everyday. Many of us including me have been in many Google meets/hangout meetings with families, district personnel, online classes, and each other.


Keep an eye out for our Facebook page updates/PTO updates and emails/videos from teachers!


I miss your children deeply and I look forward to seeing them and all the families soon!


In community ,

Jude Noyes

Principal

Upcoming Event

SSC Meeting / Virtual Meeting 3/31/20 @ 3PM

RCSD COVID-19 Info Hub

Click here to read the latest news from RCSD. This webpage will be continuously updated as information changes.
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Virtual Spirit Days

We look forward to seeing all of your smiling faces and our community spirit through these district-wide virtual spirit days. If posting on social media, please use #clifforddolphinproud @cliffordschool(facebook), @redwoodcityschooldistrict (facebook), and @facesofrcsd (instagram).

Resources for Families

Our district librarian, Donna Leaf, shares this link from Common Sense Media which includes a long list of free online event and activities for kids at home.

Clifford Playgrounds Closed

Just like our local parks and playgrounds have been closed to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the playground structures on all RCSD campuses are now off limits. Please be safe, and stay off of the structures.

Free Meals for RCSD Students

Available for any RCSD student, Monday - Friday from 10-12 at Henry Ford, Garfield, and Hoover. Meals will be drive through pick up of brown bags. Student(s) must be present to pick up meals. Beginning 3/30, meals will be available 10:30-11:30am, and will also be available-at Roosevelt School.

RCEF Relief Funds Are Available

Anyone needing help paying rent or purchasing basic provisions should call the Fair Oaks Community Center at 650-780-7500. If you know any families who are struggling financially, please encourage them to reach out.

RCSD school counseling services are available for students

RCSD school counseling services are available for students as online or phone appointments. You can contact your school principal or complete this appointment request form. If you have not previously completed a parent consent form for counseling, you may be asked to complete one.


One Life Counseling counselors are also available 9 am-5 pm, M-F if you need urgent mental health assistance or advice please call One Life Counseling at 650-394-5224.


If you or a family member are experiencing a mental health emergency, contact the 24-hour Crisis Line: Suicide/Crisis Hotline 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

For life-threatening emergencies, call 9-1-1.

The San Mateo County Office of Education has a number of resources for families, including food programs and mental health services that are still in operation and offering services, as well as parent tips for dealing with anxiety in their families.

Technology Support for Families and Staff Using RCSD Devices

As a reminder, the RCSD Department of Technology and Innovation has implemented a process to support parents or staff who may experience challenges at home with RCSD devices.

If you are experiencing trouble with your RCSD device, please click here for english and here for español. After you fill out this form, RCSD technicians will receive your request and they will help you accordingly.

Because families or staff members may be experiencing trouble having online access and won’t be able to fill out the form, they may also call the District Office main line at 650.482.2200. Please make sure that you leave contact information and an RCSD technician will follow up.

Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton