Dolphin Weekly

4.18.20

Dear Clifford families, staff, and students...

We got back into learning this week after a wonderful spring break! I hope everyone had time to get outdoors and just relax. Our new way of life can certainly be challenging but I am finding myself adapting to this new 'normal'. However, I am looking forward to getting back to the 'normal' we all know and love and getting the kids back into school. When I am able to join classrooms online I am reminded why I got into this profession. I love being a part of the teaching and learning of students. I continue to be impressed by our creative teachers and how they light up students' minds in an unfamiliar learning environment in which they've had no training. Not only are our teachers passionately dedicated to your children they are going above and beyond what is expected of them. Every single teacher at Clifford is remarkable and I am fortunate to lead a school with this dynamic group of educators. I appreciate all of the emails from parents sharing positive praise about our wonderful staff. I have shared many messages with the superintendent and he is also proud of our Clifford staff.


Many parents want to know about instructional plans for the rest of the year, how many hours are teachers working with students, will there be online instruction/teaching and much more. These are all good questions and the staff and myself had those same questions at the start of the shelter in place ordinance. Please read Dr. Baker's recent newsletter, which may help answer those questions and more.


Over the last month we have been working with staff from the district office as well as other administrators and our superintendent to prepare for the rest of the year and how to systematically close the school for the summer. We will be sharing information soon on how you may gather your child's items from the classrooms, pick up medication from the school nurse, and how you will receive your child's report card. Additionally, we are beginning to plan for 20-21!


Next week, Clifford teachers have been assigned two days to return to our school site to pack up and close their classrooms for summer. Teachers will be collecting student materials left in the desks, label them in bags and set these aside for later pick up by families.

As of Monday April 27, all classrooms and campuses will be locked and staff will not be able to return until the Fall.There will be deep cleaning at Clifford and this will take a long time so it's important that no one is on site other than the cleaning crews. During these two teacher clean up days, teachers will not be available for teaching lessons, class meetings, nor for email communications. Each teacher will communicate with you this week, the two specific days they will be “offline” and unavailable during the week of April 20-24.


Thank you for your continued support and patience.


Jude Noyes

Principal

Calendar


Next Week

  • Wed, Apr 22 - RCSD Virtual Board Mtg, 7:00pm (details)
  • Thur, Apr 23 - PTO Virtual Meeting, 6:00 pm (Zoom link will be sent out soon)


Upcoming

  • Tues, Apr 28 - Virtual School Site Council Meeting, 3:00 (Zoom link will be sent out soon)
  • Thu, May 7 - Staff Appreciation Day
  • Mon, May 25 - Memorial Day - No Distance Learning
  • Fri, June 5 - Last Day of Distance Learning for Students

Music for Minors Video Lessons

Music lessons are provided through a partnership with Music for Minors and will continue this spring through video instruction. Click here to view the videos.

GATE Testing

RCSD Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) eligibility testing for 2020-21, which was originally scheduled for this April/May, will now occur in the fall.

Attention new families to Clifford and Kinder Families

Please register to receive communications for incoming kindergarten families, such as tentative summer play dates and other information about Clifford school events and PTO and events. Click here to sign up for our PTO's eBlast Newsletter

Are you planning on returning to Clifford 20-21?

Before our closure we had sent home to most families a card asking if you are planning on returning to Clifford for the 20-21 school year. Unfortunately, we are not able to get access to most of those cards and some cards were not returned. We need this information in order to anticipate needs and planning for 20-21. I appreciate your support in helping us gather this information. If your child is graduating this year, you do not need to fill out the form. Thank you!

Here is the link to the Google survey: https://forms.gle/qbUcB6AR8dirMtbL9


Thank you to the over 400 families who have already filled out this survey. It is very important we get as many responses as possible so we may plan accordingly for the number of students returning for 20-21 school year.


Thank you!

Shopping on Amazon?

Shopping on Amazon? Please use Amazon Smile and earn donations for Clifford! The first time you land on the Amazon Smile page, you’ll be asked to enter the organization where you want the portion of your $$ shopping amount to be donated. Clifford PTO is registered as “Clifford School Parents Club” in Redwood City. When it appears in the search results, click Select.

And start shopping!


Continue to use the Amazon Smile landing page from here on out; you won’t have to identify Clifford School Parents Club each time.THANK YOU!

Do you or anyone you know need help with rent or basic provisions?

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.

How to Teach Children to Be Grateful (7-Day Gratitude Challenge)

Teaching children an attitude of gratitude requires helping them to look at their situations from a point of appreciation rather than from a deficit. How do we, as parents or educators, teach children such an abstract skill? Please visit this link to learn more: attitude of gratitude

FindHelp!! New ways of finding resources are available every day

New ways of finding resources are available every day. FindHelp prompts you to enter your zip code and then offers information on a number of different topics: food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs recently created to support people during this pandemic.

Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton