Cardinal Connection Parent Copy

June 2023

Greetings Clinton Valley Families!

Greetings Clinton Valley Families!

May has been an extremely busy month, but a lot of fun for Clinton Valley students! We had some wonderful events! Our Fine Arts Night was a hit, 5th graders had their orientation and field trip, our Cardinal Crawl limo ride, Science Olympiad County Competition, Teacher Appreciation Week, Leadership Bounce House fun, Science Assembly, Kindergarten Kickoff and much more! The even better news is that we completed a lot of our end of the year screeners and our kids really GREW! I am so proud of our students and teachers, and it was wonderful to see so many students work so hard. THANK you to the PTO, and ALL of those who volunteered and participated in the joy with us!

It is hard to believe that the end of the year is here! It has been a wonderful year. There were definitely ups and downs and mistakes were made, however, at the end of the day, I am very proud of our accomplishments as a school. It was so nice to get to know the kids and the families, and work to form a partnership.

In just a few days, your children will be one year further in their educational journey. They have worked so hard to develop their skills and in order to keep the ball rolling, we ask that you continue to read with them each night and have them practice. Even though summer is a time for a break, reading and spending time on math facts will help your student retain what they have learned this year. Report cards with additional end of year testing documents will go home with your child on the last half day, June 14th.

To round out the school year, we have a few more events coming up! Tomorrow is field day. We have a lot of volunteers and are excited to have some fun. We also have an Ice Cream Social on June 6th on the playground, sponsored by the PTO. A few grade levels are taking field trips, and we have our kindergarten and fifth grade promotion ceremonies taking place on the 12th.

To all of our 5th grade families...thank you for a wonderful year! We will miss you and welcome you back to visit any time! We look forward to the ceremony and are so proud of you!

Thank you and have a wonderful summer!

Kristin Doyle


Looking Ahead

June 2: Field Day (more info to come/volunteers needed)

June 6: Ice Cream Social

June 8: kindergarten field trip, first grade field trip

June 9: backup field day

June 12: kindergarten ceremony during the day, 5th grade completion ceremony 5:30 p.m.

Fine Arts Night

Cardinal Crawl Limo Ride

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Congrats to Our Challenge Graduates!

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Science Olympiad

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Science Assembly

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Field Day

Field day will take place on June 2nd (weather permitting). We will have field activities outside with a PTO sponsored bounce house in the gym that day. We will need parent volunteers to support the activities outside. If you are interested in participating, please complete the online background check for the year. The office staff can direct you if you need assistance with this. We will send home information closer to the event.
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Breakfast Reminder

If your child is getting breakfast, please drop them off between 8:30-8:45 a.m. if they travel to school by car. We cannot serve them if they arrive after that. That time slot is reserved for students who arrive by bus. Thank you.

2023-2024 PTO We NEED YOU!

If you are interested in getting involved in your child's school, please consider running for our PTO board. We have a fantastic group of parents that help make Clinton Valley a great place to be. Many of our events are put on by this wonderful team. As a parent, you are already a part of the PTO, but we need board members to keep it running. Please see the newsletter and consider becoming part of the group. Without a PTO, we might not be able to continue events like Book Bingo and Trunk or Treat. They are the heart of what we do! Please consider joining, without a full board, we cannot continue the organization.

Cell Phones/Smart Watches

It is the district's policy that cell phones remain off and out of sight. If your child wears a smartwatch, those too, should be powered off. They are a distraction to your child and can negatively impact their performance if class. Please refer to the handbook if you have any questions.

Arrival Reminder

For those who are dropping off at the back of the school, near the circle drive, please do not park or stop in the bus loop. The busses that drop off there need all of that space. In order to maintain safety for the students who are helped off of those busses by teachers, there cannot be any cars in that loop at any time. Please, park in the lot by the church and walk your child up to the school.

Behavior Flow Chart

In order to support children who struggle behaviorally, we have outlined a behavior response flow chart. Below you will see the process that we follow so that we can ensure that we are offering consistent interventions for those who need additional support with behavior in school. We see behavior as a form of communication, and we will continue to work with children to get to the root of the problem so that it can be appropriately addressed. We believe in offering restorative support in combination with consequences that fit so that children can operate within the boundaries of a school setting. Our goal is to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning so that every child has the opportunity to achieve success. This flowchart is simply a guide and can be adjusted if necessary.


While PBIS might be the quickest form of communication with your child's teacher, it is not something that I am connected to on a daily basis. If you need to get ahold of me, please either call the office at 586-723-5200 and they will connect you to me or my voicemail or email me at I check my email regularly and receive upwards of 50 messages a day, but I promise to get back to you.


If your child is celebrating a birthday, or you are looking to donate to classroom parties, please send in store bought items that are sealed and come with an ingredient list. We have many students who have restrictions, and in order to be certain who can participate, it has to be documented. Unfortunately, homemade items will not be accepted for safety reasons.

Lunch Procedures

This year, we are able to lift any Covid restrictions in the lunch room. Therefore, your child does not have an assigned seat. Their classes have assigned tables. We believe that it is important that your child is able to choose who to sit by and socialize with their friends.

We do have specific procedures that we are still working on implementing. Students must stay in their seats at all times and be at a voice level 2 or lower. This means that any form of yelling or screaming is not permitted. It can get very loud in the cafeteria, so we will continue to remind them to keep the noise levels down. There have been instances where we had to implement a level 0 (no talking) and a level 1(whispering) so that they understand the difference.

Additionally, we are working on making sure that those who go through the lunch line, get everything that they need in order to avoid going back. For safety purposes, we do not want them traveling back and forth from their seats. Therefore, soon, we will not permit it. Instead, we will have a traveling basket for those who need additional items. We have been working on this for an entire month. We also understand that the littler ones may need more practice with this, but ultimately, we would like everyone to stay seated for the entire 30 minutes.

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