Winter Family Night: December 4



Come join us for a fun family night in the Clifford MUB.

Thursday, December 4th from 5:30 – 7pm.

You’ll find crafts and cookie decorations at $1 each. Enjoy student performances from various grades, which will begin at 6:30PM. And you can look forward to a raffle as a wrap-up to the evening.

Raffle tickets go on sale December 1st for $5 each. You can buy your tickets in the library before and after school, so you can select the wonderful raffle prizes you want to enter for.

Raffle Prizes include:

  • Xbox One Video Game Console
  • Principal For a Day
  • Fitbit basket
  • Movie Night Basket
  • Tea Basket
  • Christmas Baking Basket
  • Italian dinner Basket
  • Margarita Basket
  • Date Night Basket
  • Wine Basket
  • …..and More!

See you there.

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Amazon Smile: a Great Way to Shop!



Hi Clifford families,

Did you know that Amazon has a great program where it gives 0.5 percent (on most purchases) back to the Clifford School PTO?

You shop on Amazon, as normal, but you need to start shopping via this link. The Amazon Smile program works a bit like eScrip: If you make your Amazon purchases through the Amazon Smile portal, Amazon will give back this small percentage of what you spent to the PTO.

What you need to do: 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. So make sure you enter Clifford School Parents Club. 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.

Now is a great time to get registered — with the holiday shopping madness just around the corner.

For more info, check out Amazon’s Frequently Asked Questions page regarding Amazon Smile.

Thanks for supporting the Clifford School PTO.



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Kindergarten Corner

In mid-October, a few moms arranged for kindergarteners to have some fun garden time in the Clifford School Garden.

Our school’s littlest students learned about tending a garden––and how vegetables grow!

After a few weeks, we’ve already spotted a few little sprouts popping up from the carrot seeds we planted.

The hope is that we will be able to harvest them in the New Year, and have a carrot-eating party!

Stay tuned for more reports from Kindergarten parents!

Related link (with photos): Clifford School Garden: Fruits of our Harvest


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November’s PTO Meeting: Thurs, 11/13

You are all welcome to the next PTO meeting, Thursday, November 13 at 7PM, which will be held in the library.

Your kids are welcome, and a light meal will be served.

We have a terrific agenda (view PDF here), which includes the following items of interest:

  • We will be voting on a line item addition to the Auction budget line for the year, regarding Sports Equipment. Funds were raised for this item last year at our auction, but it was left off the budget and needs to be added in to pay for equipment  purchased.
  • We will be voting on whether to fund the remainder needed to expand the Healthy Cities tutoring/mentor program at Clifford.  Donna from Healthy Cities will be coming to talk about the program.

Note: On-site care for your kids is not available, but your students can read or engage in other quiet activities in the library.

See you there.

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Fall Fundraiser Wrap-Up: Keep Shopping Online!

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Thank you to all the Clifford families who participated in the fundraiser.

The great news is that we are currently at $34,000 — getting closer to our $40,000 goal.

Mrs. Wilkerson’s class had the best participation, and Lauren Squire from Mrs Defouw’s 5th Grade class had the greatest number of sales. Orders and tangible prizes will be delivered on Friday, November 14th. Parents, please plan to walk in after school that day to pick up your child and help carry home all the goods!!

If you are available to help organize all the goods on Thursday, Nov. 13th or Friday November 14, please contact Julie Ulrich at or Susan Leathers at

More good news:

Clifford families can continue to shop online through the end of the year. So keep those shopping carts active! You will find beautiful wrapping paper, jewelry, tote bags, magazines, personalized products, photo books, and more.

See link below.

You will first be asked to enter your student’s name, and then you will land on the Clifford-specific page, and you can start shopping.

All your help directly supports the PTO in its quest to raise money for important programs at our school, such as P.E., Art-in Action, field trips, and science.

Thank you for your support.

Note: After clicking the button below, you shouldn’t have to enter any additional info beyond your student’s name, while shopping, but if you are prompted for the Clifford ID, it’s 3756228.



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Clifford Students’ Masterpieces on Display Downtown!

Enjoy this vision of artwork — in the section dedicated to Clifford Elementary School — in the Children’s Room at Redwood City’s Main Library downtown.

Thanks to Art in Action volunteers and the art show coordinator for making things happen.


For more visuals of our kids’ beautiful artwork, start with this post promoting recent artwork at Peet’s in San Carlos (and look for internal links).


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Pumpkin Sale: Oct 24

Mark your calendars!

A fun pumpkin sale is happening outside the school office on Friday, October 24, 2014, after school.

Support your school and buy some pumpkins — all kinds of sizes!


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Clifford Students’ Artwork on Show at Peet’s

Clifford students’ new Art in Action masterpieces are adorning the walls at Peet’s Coffee (on Laurel St in San Carols) now!


Please stop by and enjoy the artwork while sipping a cup of your favorite drink!


The Art in Action program is still looking for parent volunteers to teach fun art projects — and for assistants in class — especially for 5th and 3rd grade students.

Please contact Kay at if you are interested in helping out.


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Upcoming PTO Meeting: October 16


We want you all to come to our October PTO meeting.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • When: Thursday, October 16, 2014
  • Time: 7PM
  • Where: Library
  • Kids welcome: Yes!
  • Light dinner served: Yes!

We will have a packed agenda, so come join us and learn about all the great things that are happening at our great school.

Click here for the Agenda (PDF).

If you haven’t already, sign up here for the PTO Newsletter (sent via email).

For last month’s minutes — to be approved at this meeting — view the PDF here. Scroll down until you find the heading Scheduled Meetings.

P.S. Do you like the image at the top of this post? You can buy this fabulous car magnet (available at the PTO meeting, October 16). Click here for the magnet’s specifications.

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Fri October 3rd is Movie Night: Frozen



Forget about Netflix or HBO on a weekend night! It’s time for Clifford Flicks!

Come on down to the Clifford campus on Friday night, October 3, 2014.

Thanks to some Clifford parents’ thoughtful planning, the Disney hit, Frozen (two Academy Awards!), will be playing, larger than life, in the MUB/gym!

  • 6PM to 8PM
  • $5 at-the-door (per family) donation encouraged
  • Food, drink & snacks available for purchase
  • Bring your blankies, pillows & other items to get cozy and enjoy the movie.

See you there.


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