Cliffwood School Parent Newsletter

January 2020

Principal's News

Dear Cliffwood School families,

Wow, the school year is flying by! We are almost at the halfway point and our kids and staff are doing an outstanding job so far. I am so proud of the progress that our learners have made! As we move into the Winter months, and the weather can be unpredictable, here are just a few quick reminders:

  • Please try to dress your child in layers as some classrooms are warmer or cooler than others.
  • Please make sure your child is dressed warm enough and with appropriate shoes to go outside for recess/DPA. We will still go outside for recess, even in the Winter, so long as the blacktop and equipment is dry and it isn't bitterly cold outside.
  • Please make sure that your contact info is current on parent portal. In the event of a school closing, delayed opening, or early dismissal, the district will notify you using the info you have provided. Please check to make sure that your phone number(s) and email address(es) are correct and your preferences for notifications are set.
Please check out the info below and I can't wait to see what our learners do in the second half of the school year! Thanks and take care,

Mark Van Horn, Principal
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Congratulations to our Educators of the Year!

Recently, two of Cliffwood's educators were recognized for the great work they do each day. Mrs. A. Pappas was named Teacher of the Year and Mrs. Hebding was named Educational Services Professional of the Year. Thank you so much to all parents and staff who participated in the nomination and selection processes. These are two well-deserving recipients!

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Come out and support a great cause!

Cliffwood community, come out on Tuesday, 1/14, to support Cliffwood and a great cause! Our school is partnering with Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society to raise funds for cancer research. Our awesome teachers and staff will be working behind the counter at the McDonald's on route 34 in Aberdeen (not the McDonald's on 35 in Cliffwood) on Tuesday, January 14 from 5-8 p.m. Come out and join us for dinner! A portion of your bill will support our Cliffwood Proud team and go toward research. It was a great time the last 2 years and it should be even better this year. Thanks and we hope to see you there!

Let's celebrate our hard work for One School/One Book!

Did you child love our One School/One Book program and enjoy reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle? Then let's celebrate by attending a free evening at iPlay America indoor theme park in Freehold! Cliffwood will have its own special night at iPlay on Friday, January 31st from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m. Cliffwood parents/guardians must visit to download a special pass to receive this offer. Click to view the flyer and hope to see you there!
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Kindergarten registration

We are excited to share that Kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year has started. For complete details and to learn more about the registration procedures, please click here. For students entering grade K at Cliffwood, registration is active January 6-10 and January 27-31. If you child is entering Kindergarten and will attend Cliffwood, we offer a great summer Jump Start readiness program for our students. This program is taught by district teachers and really helps to get our newest students ready for K! The program runs 1/2 day and we offer busing too. Remember, this program is for Cliffwood students only! Please contact our district registrar, Mrs. Uriarte, with any questions. She can be reached at 732-705-4000 or email We look forward to meeting our newest Cliffwood Lions soon!

Preschool parent workshops

Parents of preschoolers in MARSD are invited to attend our free parent workshop series. This series was designed around topics requested by parents. Please click here to view a detailed flyer (with topics and dates) and make sure to register for free for the workshops.

Strategic planning

Our district is restarting the strategic planning process for the next 5 years. MARSD welcomes input from all stakeholders in the community and invites you to attend these meetings. Please see the links below for more info. There will be an important strategic planning goal-setting weekend in March so stay tuned for more details about that important meeting. Click to view more info about the strategic planning process.

Star Student date for January

The next Star Student awards will be on Wednesday, 1/22, at 7:00 p.m. in the cafeteria. December Star Students will be honored at that time. Continuing with our monthly themes, December honorees will be recognized for their GENEROSITY. See you then!

Food menus for January

Please click the link below to view this month's breakfast & lunch menus for K-3 and Preschool.

Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming school events:
  • Cliffwood McTeachers Night - Tuesday, January 14.
  • Reminder that morning tutorial programs are cancelled - for Tuesday, January 14.
  • PTO school store during lunches - January 15 and 16.
  • 1/2 day with 1:20 dismissal - January 17.
  • School Spirit Day, wear your Cliffwood gear! - January 17.
  • District closed for all students - January 20.
  • PTO meeting - January 22 at 6:00 p.m.
  • PTO Star Student - January 22 at 7:00 p.m.
  • ESL family night - Thursday, January 30.
  • iPlay America Night for all Cliffwood OS/OB students - Friday, January 31 @ 4-9 p.m.