Cliffwood School Parent Newsletter

January 2019

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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Great job by our Safety Patrol!

Our Safety Patrol students, led by Ms. L. Pappas, did a great job with their annual holiday season food drive. With our community's help, these students collected more than 700 items for donating to the Monmouth County Fulfill Food Bank!

Rubik's cube challenge was a great experience!

Cliffwood's G&T 3rd grade class recently hosted its first Rubik's cube challenge. The students had worked hard over the past weeks to learn the techniques for solving the cube and their efforts surely showed! We had individual and team competitions and it was a super fun event for everyone involved. A BIG THANKS goes out to Mrs. Royston, Mrs. Bauer, and Mr. Jamandron for their hard work for our learners.

Come out and support a great cause!

Relay for Life is a great cause and Cliffwood's staff is happy to help! This year, more than 25 Cliffwood staff members will be volunteering their time to support the American Cancer Society. Please make plans to visit the McDonald's on Route 34 in Aberdeen on Wednesday, 2/13, and see Cliffwood School teachers and staff working behind the counter between 5-8 p.m. Join us for dinner and see our staff giving back to the community! We hope that you can make it!

Click the below link to visit the Cliffwood Proud Relay for Life page and donate to this great cause!

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Shark Tank is coming to Cliffwood again!

Grade 3 Enrichment students from Cliffwood, Ravine Drive, and Strathmore will be coming together for the 3rd annual Shark Tank Night on Wednesday, 1/23, at 6:30 p.m. in the Cliffwood cafeteria. Families of these participating students are welcome to come see these great inventions to solve real world problems as our students present to a panel of "sharks." It was a great evening last time and should be even better this year!

Get set for our annual author visit!

Renowned children's books author Audrey Vernick is coming to Cliffwood School on March 21st. Our students will be reading some of Ms. Vernick's books as the year moves along and readying themselves for the author's special visit. Click the link below to learn more about this author and try to read some of her titles with your child!

Star Student date for January

The next Star Student awards will be on Wednesday, 1/16, 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!

Lunch menu for January

Please click the link below to view this month's school lunch menu.

Linkit! testing is next week

Our Winter round of Linkit! benchmark testing (for Reading and Math) will be next week (January 7 to 11) for all students in grades 1-3. These non-graded, computerized assessments help teachers to learn about your child's strengths and areas of need (and therefore guide instruction). Please contact your child's teacher for info about specific test dates.

Dates to Remember

Please mark your calendars for these upcoming school events:
  • Linkit! testing is January 7 to 11.
  • Peer Buddies on January 8.
  • Star Student on January 16 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Schools closed for MLK Day on Monday, January 21.
  • Peer Buddies on January 22.
  • Shark Tank Night on January 23 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Friendship Friday during lunches on January 25.
  • BOE meeting on January 28 at Cliffwood.
  • 1/2 day with 1:20 dismissal on January 30 for all PreK-8 schools in district.