Cliffwood School Parent Newsletter

October 2018

Principal's News

Dear Cliffwood School families,

It's hard to believe but the first month of school is already finished; time flies when you're having fun and we're off to a great start here! During these past few weeks, learning routines has been a main focus for our students. Hopefully, all of our learners feel comfortable and know where, when, and how they're supposed to do certain tasks in their classes. When children know and understand these routines, they feel more confident and do better work. This is true in school but also at home too. As the year progresses, you and your child may find it beneficial to set some routines to make homework easier, quicker, and less stressful. Here are a few good tips:

  • Create a homework area. Kids should have a well-lit place with supplies like paper, pencils, glue, scissors, etc. Try to use this same place each day.
  • Schedule a regular time. Some kids work best in the afternoon right after school; others do better following a snack and play period. Some wait until after dinner. Kids tend to do best when this time is consistent, so find a time that works and try to stick to it.
  • Keep distractions to a minimum. Try to limit TV, loud music, etc. Some children do work better though with soft, calm music in the background (I work best this way!).
  • Be a motivator and monitor. Be sure to ask about assignments and school work. Give encouragement, be available for questions, and try to check completed work.
  • Celebrate their work and efforts. Post great work or projects on the refrigerator or other special place. Make a big deal out of even small accomplishments!
  • Stay in contact with the teacher. If a child is continually struggling with a homework assignment, contact the teacher for help. The teacher can talk with your child about why they are struggling and help the student in class.

By working together, we can make sure that all Cliffwood children have a great school experience. Have a great October and stay CLIFFWOOD PROUD!


Mark Van Horn, Principal

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Get set for our Week of Respect!

This info was already sent home previously but, just as a reminder, Our Week of Respect runs from October 1 to 5. Please click the link below to view a letter from our school counselor, Mrs. Levine, with all needed info. Please pay attention to the clothes for each day's theme and also when your child's class will be participating in our painting activity! We will also be having a school-wide anti-bullying assembly on 10/4; it should be a great week!

Here is the Week of Respect letter from our counselor, Mrs. Levine

Cliffwood's Annual Halloween Costume Parade

Calling all witches, superheroes, zombies, and more! Cliffwood's annual Halloween costume parade will be held on Wednesday, 10/31 @ 2:30 sharp. If weather permits, the parade will be held outdoors. Please see the notes and guidelines below to help make the event run smoothly!

  • The parade will be in the bus loop along Cliffwood Avenue. Visitors may stand on both sides of the driveway.
  • Our parking lot fills up fast. Please do not park along the yellow curbs. We suggest using auxiliary parking near Guisti Field or carpooling.
  • After the parade, kids will go back into their classrooms for a treat. Teachers will work with 2 families per class to provide the treats and help in the classroom. Contact your child's teacher with any questions.
  • Students will change into costumes in their classrooms before the parade.
  • We want everyone to be safe and enjoy this event. Please make sure your child can walk easily in his/her costume. Also, please no dangerous props such as pitchforks, swords, bats, etc. Save those items for trick-or-treating later that evening!
  • Teachers will take attendance again in their classrooms following the parade. Please do not visit the office to sign out students early following the parade. We will dismiss at 3:35 as normal. If you are changing your child's regular dismissal route (e.g., bus rider to parent pick up), please send a note with your child in the morning.
  • Be sure to bring your camera and let's have a great time!
  • Also, we have the PTO's Halloween dance on Friday, October 26 at 6:30 to 8:00 in our cafeteria. Check the PTO newsletter for more info.

Friendship Fridays during lunch

Here at Cliffwood, one Friday each month will be designated as Friendship Friday. On these days, students will have the opportunity to move out of their comfort zones and connect with new peers during lunch. We will use a variety of strategies to "mix it up" in lunch. Studies have shown that Friendship Fridays encourage new friendships for students, promote a positive school climate/culture, reduce biases/prejudices, and more! Be sure to ask your child about it!

October Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming school events:
  • Week of Respect - October 1 to 5
  • School closed - October 8
  • BOE meeting - October 8
  • Garden club meeting - October 9
  • Garden club meeting - October 16
  • PTO/Star Student meeting - October 17
  • PTO school store - October 18 and 19 during lunches
  • Title 1 family night at Lloyd Road School - October 23 @ 6:30 p.m.
  • Walk-a-thon during recess - October 25 (make-up in 10/26)
  • PTO Halloween dance - October 26
  • Picture day - October 26
  • Halloween parade - October 31 at 2:30 p.m.