Oct. 14: Garage Sale to Fund 8th Grade Grad Activities!


All proceeds will help fund the 8th Grade activities: bus+tickets to Great America, Elk’s Lodge Pool Party rental, Promotion Dance, 8th Grade Brunch.

Free Gift with Purchase!

Question? Please contact Leana Litchfield at mrsshrubber@aol.com.

Posted in Community | Leave a comment

Casting Call: The Lion King!

Clifford School PTO and San Carlos Children’s Theater proudly present, Disney’s Lion King, Jr. as our Musical Performance this year.  Join the fun and sign up to be in The Lion King Jr., Clifford’s All-School Theater Production!

Music & Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice
Additional Music & Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin & Hans Zimmer
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway Production Directed by Julie Taymor

Director-Caitlin Savage, Choreographer-Daina Block, Vocal Director-Theresa Ames, 
Ensemble Music Director-Jennifer Overbey & Nikki Kolokithas

Main Cast Auditions & Information (Grades 3-8):

**All students (Grades 3-8) who audition will be cast in the play.**

3rd grade through 8th grade Main cast Auditions for Acting and Singing  will be Monday and Tuesday October 2nd and 3rd, with starting time slots at 3pm. All who audition MUST also sign up for a dance audition on Thursday, October 5th, 2pm to 3pm time slot. To sign up for auditions, go to www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com. Once on the site click the “Auditions” tab and then on “Lion King Jr. – Clifford School”.  The audition tips on the site are very helpful.

Cost for being in the show is $75 and due at the acting/singing audition. Families are also required to volunteer a minimum of 30-35 hours toward the show. Rehearsals start on Wednesday, October 25th, and continue up until the performance dates of February 9-11, 2018. Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays, with a few Fridays, from 3-6pm on the Clifford Campus. If you have any questions please contact Trina Licht at cljl06@mac.com.

Ensemble Information (Grades K-2):

Students in grades K-2 are invited to join our Ensemble Cast which will be led by our amazing duo, Mrs. Jennifer Overbey and Niki Kolokithis. The Ensemble rehearsals will begin on Monday, December 4. Rehearsals will be on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. The cost for being in the Ensemble is $40. Families are also required to volunteer a minimum of 10-15 hours, per child, toward the show.

The Ensemble will be the opening act for the main cast performance of Lion King, Jr.  The children will learn 2-3 songs with dance moves for the opening act and perform them, in costume, at McKinley Theater before each show on February 9-11, 2018.

To register, go to http://www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com. No audition necessary. All who register, pay the fee, and come to the first parent meeting on Monday, December 4 at 6pm, will be in the Ensemble. If you have any questions, please contact Trina Licht at cljl06@mac.com.

Key Dates
  • October 2 and 3 – Acting /Singing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 5- Dancing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 25- First rehearsal (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • December 4- First rehearsal (Ensemble Cast, Grades K-2)
  • February 9-11- Performances (All Casts)

Flyer for The Lion King, Junior (English)

Flyer for The Lion King, Junior (Spanish)

Posted in Community | Leave a comment

Project Cornerstone is coming to Clifford!

Please consider becoming a Reader for Project Cornerstone at Clifford School! This is a new program for us but is already used at hundreds of schools and community partnerships in the Bay Area, empowering young people and the adults around them to make good choices especially by giving them strategies to handle social-emotion situations and relationship issues. I want this program for our children and all of us too!

Readers will be parents and community members who come into our classrooms each month to read children’s literature to our students and help run a pre-designed lesson on topics such as standing up for others, being a friend, resolving conflicts and understanding feelings.

For more information, please contact me and/or refer to http://projectcornerstone.org. In addition to all the information there, the < 5 minute video featured on that page nicely sums up the program.

To begin as a Reader, please attend the upcoming 2-hour mandatory training:

Asset Building Champions (ABC) 101

October 3, 6-8pm 

Room 26, Clifford School

This training will be led by Lori Maitski, the ABC Program Coordinator at YMCA Santa Clara.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Shabnam Moon at shabnam.moon[at]gmail[dot]com and do spread the word for more volunteers to join us! Thank you so much.

Posted in Community, Social | 2 Comments

October Reading and Listening Challenge!

In October the Clifford PTO is focusing on literacy with the Reading and Listening Challenge. Working in partnership with the Clifford Elementary Teaching Staff and Principal, students are encouraged to participate in daily literacy activities including reading books, comics, newspapers and online articles, and listening to music, podcasts or stories.  

This year we want to increase student participation. If 75% of the class participates, their teacher will do something fun/crazy. What does participation entail? We want your student to do a literacy activity 20 days out of 31 days. In addition, the student who raises the most money in the class for the fundraiser will get to do something special with his/her teacher. If a large number of students across all grades participate, then Principal Crane will also do something fun as well. Kids can participate whether or not they raise money, mainly we want them to try to focus on literacy activities during October.

Parents we need your help! We would love for kids to see parents and community members reading in class. Want to be a guest reader in the class? Talk to you teacher. Do you know someone in the community that would be great guest reader? Contact Sarah La Torra at sarahlatorra@yahoo.com and we will find a way for them to participate during the month of literacy. Finally, if you are someone who is happier working in the background, we could use your help on other tasks–send me a message and we will find a way for your to participate.

Thank you for supporting the literacy efforts of your students!

Posted in Academic, Fundraising | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Get Your Tickets for Clifford’s Fall Auction: MIAMI VICE

Photo Source: Tumblr

BUY TICKETS NOW for the Miami Vice, Clifford’s Fall 2017 Auction!

And check out the EPIC live and silent auction items up for grabs this year!

2017 Clifford Miami Vice Auction
Guest Name (If Applicable)

Thank you to our first Bronze event sponsor, Rim Orthodontics!



Posted in Fundraising, Social | 2 Comments

PTO Meeting – Thursday, September 14th

Our first PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year will be on Thursday, Sep. 14th at 7pm in the Library. A light dinner will be served and your students are welcome to come with you and quietly hang out. Come on down and meet parents and teachers, learn about how to get involved, and get school updates! We are energized, looking forward to an awesome year ahead and know it will be so much better with YOU there!

Nuestra primera reunión de la Organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO) del año escolar es el jueves, 14 de septiembre a las 7pm

Nuestra primera reunión de la Organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO) del año escolar es el jueves, 14 de septiembre a las 7pm en la biblioteca. Se servirá una cena ligera e invitamos a nuestros estudiantes a que vengan con ustedes a pasar el rato con tranquilidad. Vengan y conozcan a los padres y maestros, entérense acerca de cómo pueden participar y recibir las noticias escolares. Estamos llenos de energía, esperando con entusiasmo un año extraordinario y sabemos que será mucho mejor con USTEDES allí.

Posted in Community, Volunteering | Leave a comment

Clifford Family Movie Night – Friday, September 8th

Clifford Family Movie Night, Featuring Disney’s Moana


  • Friday, September 8, 2017
  • 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Clifford MUB
  • $5.00 suggested donation per family.

All are welcome: Bring your family, some pillows, blankets, chairs, get cozy, make friends, and have some fun!

Pizza, popcorn, drinks, snacks & baked goods will be sold.

All proceeds go toward the 7th grade Outdoor Education Fund.

Clifford Noche de Película Familiar – viernes, 8 de septiembre
Disney’s Moana

  • Viernes, 8 de septiembre 2017
  • 6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm en el MUB
  • $5.00 para cada familia.

Todos son bienvenidos! Traiga a su familia, algunas almohadas, mantas, sillas, hacer amigos y pasar un buen rato!

 Pizza, palomitas de maíz, bebidas y aperitivos se venderán.

Todos los ingresos van al fondo del 7mo grado.

Posted in Community | Leave a comment

PTO Coffee – Friday, September 1, 8:15-9:15 AM

Every first Friday of the month, the PTO will be hosting coffee and homemade treats in front of the PTO office. We invite all parents/guardians who wish to participate or have questions about our school to join us.

Cafe de PTO – viernes 1 de septiembre, 8:15-9:15 AM

Cada primer Viernes del mes el PTO sirve café y pasteles hechos en la casa. Los invitamos a todos los padres que desean participar or que tengan alguna pregunta acerca de la escuela.

Posted in Community | Leave a comment

Grades 1-8 Back to School Night, August 29

Welcome Back to School Night for 1st-8th grade is on August 29 from 5:30-8:00. This is also a minimum day for students. Kinder students will be released at 12:30 and 1-8 Students will be released at 1:30. We would love to see all of you here at Clifford!

This event is for parents and guardians only. Please secure childcare for your students and their siblings.

Schedule is as follows:

5:30-6:15 pm — Grades 1-4 Classrooms

6:20-6:35 pm — Grades 1-4 MUB for Principal’s Greeting

6:45-7:00 pm — Grades 5-8 MUB for Principal’s Greeting

7:05-8:00 pm — Grades 5-8 Classrooms

** Grades TK-K

Thursday, September 14

6:00-7:00 pm

La noche de regreso a la escuela – martes, 29 de agosto

Marquen sus calendarios para la noche de regreso a la escuela, el martes, 29 de agosto. Este es también un día mínimo para los estudiantes. Los estudiantes de Kinder serán dados a conocer a las 12:30 y 1-8 estudiantes serán dados a conocer a la 1:30. ¡Nos encantaría verlos a todos aquí en Clifford!

Por favor organicen el cuidado de sus niños ya que esta noche es una ocasión para que los padres de familia/los tutores escuchen a sus maestros y la directora.

El horario es como sigue:

5:30-6:15 pm — Grados 1-4 Los padres en las clases

6:20-6:35 pm — Grados 1-4 MUB La directora les habla a los padres

6:45-7:00 pm — Grados 5-8 MUB La directora les habla a los padres

7:05-8:00 pm — Grados 5-8 Los padres en las clases

** Grados TK-K

Jueves, 14 de septiembre

6:00-7:00 pm

Posted in Academic, Community | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Register Now for After School Enrichment Classes

Photo source: Clipart Kid

The Fall Session of After School Enrichment Classes is starting in September, so register today!  We have a wide selection of classes being offered by the following providers: Junior Chef Stars (cooking), IES Language Foundation (Spanish), Master Builders Dojo (Legos), Mugglebee Theatre (mini musical), Andre Bobo (sports camp), Mike Ehlers (choir), Sally McClure (math and reading), and Danny Goldberg (art for K thru 5th).   Visit http://www.cliffordschoolpto.org/after-school-enrichment for a complete list of classes and additional information.

Posted in Academic, Enrichment | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Register Now for After School Enrichment Classes