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  • Were you not able to attend our Kindergarten orientation? No problem! View Mr. Van Horn's presentation from that day's event below! 

Principal's Message

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    October 2016

    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. Enjoy the long weekend and stay CLIFFWOOD PROUD!


    Mark Van Horn, Interim Principal