Supporting Clifford During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and since this is prime shopping season, we thought we’d provide a round-up of ways you can shop AND raise funds for Clifford at the same time! Here’s a handy reference for you — after all, we know how hectic things can get this time of year!

GROCERIES – For those holiday meals

eScrip for Groceries – as you plan your holiday gatherings, don’t forget these simple ways to raise money for Clifford. Make sure to register for eScrip (Non-profit: Clifford School, ID: 118392687). The following are a few (of many) grocers that will donate a percentage of your purchase back to Clifford.

  • Bianchini’s
  • Raley’s and Nob Hill Super Markets
  • Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S.

Box Tops for Education

Speaking of shopping for groceries, please save your box tops and turn them in!

RETAIL – For deals and gift shopping

Amazon Smile

Whether you’re shopping on Amazon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, or buying gifts for all your family and friends, be sure to go through the Amazon Smile link and choose Clifford School as your organization.

eScrip Mall

Another reason to register with eScrip–hundreds of your favorite retailers are committed to giving dollars back to Clifford! A portion of your purchases from the most popular department stores and brands will be donated to our school, so start by logging into the eScrip Online Mall to shop your favorite stores.

Honey Bear Trees

The Honey Bear Trees Fundraiser Program allows our school to earn 15% (shop at one of the 3 HBT lots: Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo). When you purchase a tree or wreath from HBT, be sure to mention Clifford School.

DO GOOD – Give back to the community

One Warm Coat Drive

The Clifford School Government is partnering with One Warm Coat to collect clean, new OR gently used coats. Donate your extra coats and turn them into your student’s teacher starting November 30, 2015 to December 11, 2015.

Direct Donation

We have a mighty, thriving school community, and the PTO-funded programs are a big part of that. Some of the wonderful programs we support are: PE, Marine Science Institute programs, Art in Action, class supplies, school play, community events and dances, 8th grade graduation, books, and technology.

Please consider providing a tax-deductible donation. If your employer has a charitable match program, utilize it to increase giving even more!

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One Warm Coat Drive

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 10.39.20 PMOur Clifford Student Government will be coordinating a One Warm Coat Drive this season from November 30th to December 11th! Clifford is registered with “One Warm Coat” and will be giving the coats to a local charity in need.

There will be a class competition, so in order for a student to get credit for the coat they have brought in, they will need to turn it in to their teacher (homeroom for middle school) who will email the count to the council.  Each Friday the Student Council will pick up the jackets from each classroom at the end of the day. Prize for competition is a class pizza party!

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PTO Meeting & Budget Vote – Thusday, Nov. 12

Our next PTO meeting is Thursday, Nov. 12th at 7pm in the Library. A light meal will be available for everybody, and children are welcome to come and hang out quietly.

At the meeting we will have an important vote to fund an additional $33,500 of items for the school. Here is a quick description of the items and an overall financial picture. More detail will be provided on the PTO website and will be presented at the meeting.

PTO Financials: The PTO ended last year with $162,000 of cash. This year we planned on funding $109,000 of programs and ending the year with $166,000 in cash before this proposed spending. Currently only 5% of the budget is dedicated to middle school programs.

Requested Items to fund:

  • 2 Chrome Book Carts for Middle School                                                    $26,000
  • Middle School Math Technology (tablets & projector)                            $2,500
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring (in addition to $2,500 already budgeted)       $2,500
  • Copier for Middle School (estimated lease payments to district)           $1,500
  • PE equipment for Middle School                                                                   $1,000

More details are provided in this document.

Reunión del PTO Y Presupuesto Voto – Jueves, 12 de noviembre

Nuestra próxima reunión de PTO es Jueves, 12 de noviembre a las 7 pm en la Biblioteca. Una comida ligera estará disponible para todo el mundo , y los niños son bienvenidos a venir y pasar el rato en silencio .

En la reunión que tendremos una votación importante para financiar un adicional de $ 33.500 de artículos para la escuela . He aquí una breve descripción de los elementos y un panorama financiero global . Más detalles se proporcionan en el sitio web de PTO y será presentado en la reunión .

PTO Financials La toma de fuerza terminó el año pasado con $ 162,000 de dinero en efectivo . Este año se planificó en la financiación de $ 109,000 de los programas y terminando el año con $ 166.000 en efectivo antes de este gasto propuesto. Actualmente sólo el 5 % del presupuesto se dedica a los programas de la escuela intermedia.

Artículos solicitados para financiar :

  • 2 Cromo libro Carretones de la Escuela Intermedia                                         $26,000
  • Tecnología Matemáticas Middle School ( tabletas y proyector)                     $2,500
  • Ciudades Saludables Tutoría (además de $ 2,500 ya presupuestado )         $2,500
  • Copiadora de la Escuela Intermedia (pagos de arrendamiento estimados al distrito) $1,500
  • El equipo de Educación Física de la Escuela Intermedia                                  $1,000

Más detalles se proporcionan en este documento.

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Soul Surfer Bethany Hamilton’s Message to Clifford School

If you’re familiar with Bethany Hamilton’s story, you know she’s overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and uses her experience to help others. An avid surfer, Bethany at the age of 13, lost an arm when she was attacked by a tiger shark. Though she suffered trauma at a young age, she was back in the water only three weeks after the incident and has since inspired a countless number of people. She currently supports other shark bite victims and a portion from the proceeds from her brand of flip flops and eyewear sales goes to the nonprofit organization Friends of Bethany Hamilton.

Bethany was recently in the bay area for a speaking engagement and Clifford parent Lisa A. had a chance meeting with the extraordinary role model! Not only did Lisa walk away completely awestruck by Bethany’s message, but when it came to having a memento from the experience, Lisa had Clifford on her mind. Bethany’s signed photo with a personalized message of encouragement is in the office for all to see, and to remind us that we can push beyond our limits to achieve great things.

We asked Lisa what made the biggest impression on her when meeting Bethany, and she said this:

“Knowing Bethany is passionate about overcoming obstacles, keeping your mind open, and continuing to move forward in the face of adversity. Who knew that getting “back in” would be something so relatable like school, water and the like. The inspiring message she wrote for our school holds more weight with our youth today, more then you can believe.”

Bethany is a shining example demonstrating the strength of the human spirit. Thank you, Lisa, for being so thoughtful in sharing the message, photo, and inspiration with Clifford School and our students in particular!


See the actual photo at Clifford!

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Clifford Auction 2015 Recap: Masquerade

032Many weeks have passed since the glamorous Fall Dinner Auction, but we’re still basking in the glow of that fantastic evening! Thanks to our fearless committee chair Trina Licht and many, many members of the auction team, the whole evening was buzzing with great energy and excitement. From the pre-event planning to procuring awesome donation items to setting up the beautiful event space to the fun VIP Waiters, there was so much hard work dedicated to making the event a resounding success. The final tally of the night: over $45,000 was raised to support Clifford students’ enrichment and educational experiences!

Reminisce with us as we enjoy highlights and photos from the memorable evening!

Our lovely welcome crew

Our lovely welcome crew

From the very start, guests were welcomed by friendly, smiling faces at check-in. People were decked out in finery and many wore mysterious masks that set a festive tone.

Guess who?

Guess who?

Ready to party!

Ready to party!





Upon entering La Honda Winery, guests were treated to a feast for the senses. The elegant space was transformed for the masquerade theme. Tables were filled with beautifully packaged baskets for the silent auction, while the VIP Waiters did an amazing job with their tablescapes. Masks, feathers, beads, and twinkle lights are but a few of the embellishments spotted at the tables.

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A few of many silent auction baskets

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One of the greatest highlights was having our VIP Waiters — including Principal Josh — who took care of guests and provided entertainment! They impressed everyone with their hard work and charm.


All money raised that night is for student enrichment at Clifford School. Go team!

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The VIP Waiter conga line was definitely one of the best parts!

The VIP Waiter conga line was definitely one of the best parts!


Some of our teachers found the conga line irresistible and jumped in! Woohoo!

The live auction was action-packed, and the bidders were generous. The bidding war for the parking spot between teacher Miss Smith and PTO President Roy Dorling got heated, and in the end Roy won the prize! Those were some tense few minutes and it seemed everyone was holding their breath for the outcome.


The hot item of the night

The hot item of the night

In addition to the VIP Waiters and live auction, there was never a dull moment thanks to some fun games and even more opportunities to win. The Wine Cork Game, Heads or Tails Game, and Diamond Necklace Raffle kept the energy levels up!

The Heads or Tails Game was won by Carol Donnelly, who generously donated her portion of the cash winnings back to the school! The gorgeous bauble donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds & Goldsmith [] was won by our lovely Art in Action Chair, Aoife! Well done, ladies!

Some of our favorite party people!

Some of our favorite party people!

Now, there was a lot of fun stuff going on, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that aside from the night’s program, our awesome Clifford community of teachers, staff, and parents had a ball simply by being their sparkling selves. If all the laughter and shenanigans were any indication, these people know how to have a good time!





We have many people to thank: the Auction Committee for putting on a flawless event; our sponsors who’s generosity helped make this event a huge success: Davies Appliances, Rim Orthodontics, and Mixbook; and La Honda Winery and California School for the Deaf for making a magical evening. When all’s said and done, the point really is supporting our students and helping to provide the best education possible — why not have a good time while we’re at it? See you at the next one!


Heartfelt words

Heartfelt words




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Art in Action Exhibit and Hot Cocoa Night!

Join us on Monday October 19th from 4:00-6:30 pm @ Peet’s Coffee 677 Laurel Street, San Carlos.


1st and 4th Grade Buddies come out and celebrate their art together. Artists will get free hot cocoa! There will be door prizes and the “paparazzi” will be there to take fun pictures of everyone together with their art.

Presented by Clifford’s Art in Action Team

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Walk to School Day – October 7

Redwood City Schools are participating in the International Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 7, to celebrate the benefits of walking. Click on the flyer below to read more about why walking is important – and have a great discussion with your kids!

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Scholastic Book Fair

Clifford’s Scholastic Book Fair is this week. Come by and do your holiday shopping early!

When: Oct. 5 through Oct. 9
Where: Clifford Library
Times: Before and After School

Volunteers welcome, just come on by and check in with one of the teachers.

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Casting Call: Peter Pan

Clifford School PTO and San Carlos Children’s Theater proudly present Disney’s Peter Pan, Jr. as our musical performance this year. Join the fun and sign up to be in Peter Pan, Jr., Clifford’s All-School Theater Production!

Wendy Darling loves to tell stories to her brothers, Michael and John. But when her father announces she must move out of the nursery, Peter Pan comes to visit the children and whisks them away to Neverland. Their adventure introduces them to the Lost Boys, Mermaids, Indians and even the infamous pirate, Captain Hook.


Music and Lyrics by Sammy Cahn, Sammy Fain, Michael Tumes, Xavier Atencio, George Bruns,  Jack Lawrence, Frank Churchill, Winston Hibler, Ted Sears, Oliver Wallace and Ray Kelley. Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Lyrics by  Eric Svejcar. Book and Additional Lyrics by  David Zellnik. Based on the play by J.M. Barrie and the 1953 Disney film.

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

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

Main cast auditions for 3rd through 8th graders will be Sunday, October 25, with starting time slots at 2pm. All who audition must also sign up for a dance audition on Monday, October 26, either in the 4pm or 5pm time slot. To sign up for auditions, go to Once on the site click the “Auditions” tab and then on “Peter Pan, 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 Monday, November 16, and continue up until the performance dates of February 19-21. 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

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 Wednesday, December 8. 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 Peter Pan, 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 19-21.

To register, go to No audition necessary. All who register, pay the fee, and come to the first parent meeting on Wednesday, December 8, will be in the Ensemble. If you have any questions, please contact Trina Licht at

Key Dates

  • October 25 – Acting/Singing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 26 – Dance Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • November 16 – First rehearsal (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • December 18 – First rehearsal (Ensemble Cast, Grades K-2)
  • February 19-21 – Performances (All Cast)

Director-Eron Block, Choreographer-Daina Block, Music Director-Theresa Ames, Ensemble Music Directors-Jennifer Overbey & Nikki Kolokithas
Peter Pan Jr. Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684.

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Flyer in Spanish – Peter Pan

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Box Tops for Education


Our school will be participating in the Box Tops for Education™ program again this year! Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real cash for our school. To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school. 

Are you a Box Tops member? Sign up at to stay updated on our school’s earnings and find a full list of hundreds of participating products. Members also receive exclusive coupon offers and recipes, and can learn about extra ways for our school to earn more cash. **Sign up by September 30, 2015 and earn 5 Bonus Box Tops for our school when you subscribe to the Box Tops email newsletter! You’ll receive:

  • Bonus Box Tops offers / Coupons / Exclusive Free Sample Offers
  • Updates on your school earnings
  • PLUS 5 Bonus Box Tops just for signing up!

Just go to to get started! Make sure to enter our Box Tops ID number so our school gets credit for the Bonus Box Tops. Our school’s Box Tops ID number is: 196141.


THE CLASSROOM TO TURN IN THE MOST BOX TOPS BETWEEN NOW AND OCTOBER 21, 2015 WINS A PIZZA PARTY!! Bring your Box Tops to class labeled with your child’s name and classroom number and the BTFE Coordinators will collect the Box Tops from the teachers!!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Box Tops for Education™ Coordinators for Clifford School, Keisha Munroe at and Laura Nelson at

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