Cardinal Kids Day

Cardinal Kids Day at Stanford on September 12th!  A family fun day of kid activities, inflatables, virtual reality station, food trucks and more.  The best part is that students will watch a collegiate football game between Stanford and Central Florida for FREE with the purchase of 1 adult ticket!  Please read the flier below and go online to reserve your tickets.  First come, first served, supplies are limited!  Use the promo code on the flier to claim your free tickets!  Hope to see many of our Clifford Community there!!

Cardinal Kids Day

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Back to School Night

Mark your calendars for Back to School Night, Thursday, September 24! Please arrange childcare for your children, as B2S Night is a chance for parents/guardians to hear from teachers and Principal Swerdlow. Thanks for understanding!

Schedule is as follows:

Grades TK-2nd
5:30-6:15 – Parents in Classrooms
6:20-6:35 @ MUB – Principal Swerdlow speaking to TK-5 parents

Grades 3rd-5th
6:20-6:35 @ MUB – Principal Swerdlow speaking to TK-5 parents
6:40-7:20 – Parents in Classrooms

Grades 6-8th
6:45-7:00 @ MUB – Principal Swerdlow speaking to Middle School parents
7:00-8:10 – Parents will be following their students’ full schedule

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Welcome from Principal Swerdlow

In case you missed it, here’s Principal Swerdlow’s letter that went out the first day of school!

Clifford Elementary sign reading Welcome Back

As we embark on this journey that is the 2015-2016 school year, please know that we will have a great year!

I know that the success of our students depends on the dedication of staff and family members. I would personally like to thank the efforts of each person who makes our school a positive, engaging place to thrive and learn.

Dedicated teachers, secretaries, custodial staff, coaches, and parent volunteers all support the successful learning community that is found at Clifford.

I know that students are all of our top priority and that you will do anything and everything to assist and encourage students so that they become not only great citizens and 21st century learners at Clifford, but also responsible members of our greater community.

If there is any way that I can help you or be of assistance please let me know.

Have a great day,


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Buy Your Tickets For The Fall Auction Now And Save!

Clifford's Annual Fall Dinner Auction Ticket info poster
Clifford's Annual Fall Dinner Auction Ticket info poster Spanish
Eventbrite - Clifford Fall Dinner Auction 2015 - Masquerade
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Play Date for Incoming 2015-2016 Kindergartners

Kinder_artMeet ‘N’ Greet

Right before the new school year starts, join fellow incoming Kindergarten families for a play date on the Kindergarten playground at Clifford School. (In case you aren’t familiar with this playground, it is at the front of the school, adjacent to the school office.)

Meet your classmates and enjoy some playtime and snacks.

  • Saturday, August 22nd
  • 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
  • Kindergarten playground

Help spread the word and pass this along to new Kindergarten families.



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Calling all Art Class Volunteers: Ready for the New Year?


4th Graders paint their own flower close-ups, inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Poppies.”

We are already dreaming up and planning fantastic parent-led art classes from Grades 1 through 5 for the upcoming year! Thanks to an amazing program funded by the PTO called Art in Action, our students have the opportunity to get creative with all kinds of artistic tools and techniques! Whether you’ve taught or helped out in an art class previously—or this is your family’s first year at Clifford—find tons of info and links to resources on the PTO website. No art experience–whatsoever–required!

If you’re interested in attending a free Art in Action training session (organized by grade level) in Menlo Park, sign up as soon as you can. These in-person training seminars run from August 31 through October 16, 2015. Free Webinars are also scheduled for September 2015 (no dates posted as of this writing; check  the Art in Action website soon.

Remember also that there’s an Art in Action parent team dedicated to helping and supporting you throughout the year. Whether you need more information about how to get started or want somebody to assemble all your art materials — or have ideas about how to display art around town — please contact us using this form.


Ya estamos soñando y planeando fantásticas clases de arte dirigida por los padres de los grados 1 a 5 para el próximo año! Gracias a un programa increíble financiado por la toma de fuerza llamado Arte en Acción, nuestros estudiantes tienen la oportunidad de ser creativo con todo tipo de herramientas y técnicas artísticas! Tanto si has enseñado o ayudaste en una clase de arte previamente o este es el primer año de su familia en Clifford-encontrar toneladas de información y enlaces a recursos en el sitio web de la TDF. Ningún arte-alguna-requiere experiencia!

Si estás interesado en asistir a un arte libre en la sesión de entrenamiento de Acción (organizadas por nivel de grado) en Menlo Park, crea tan pronto como sea posible. Estos seminarios de capacitación en persona correr a partir del 31 de agosto al 16 de octubre de 2015. Los Webinars gratuitos también están programadas para septiembre de 2015 (no hay fechas publicadas partir de este escrito; comprobar el Arte en el sitio web de Acción pronto.


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Get Ready For Maze Day, August 17th!

Be sure to come on down for Clifford’s Maze Day on Monday, August 17th! There will be two time frames for families to drop by, one in the morning from 8:30-10:30am and the other from 5:30-7:30pm. There will be a PTO welcome and information station with cookies and friendly faces. Families will get their child’s classroom assignment and/or Middle School schedule at Maze day once they have verified their registration with the office staff.  If you are unable to make it to Maze Day, please contact the school office to find out your child’s class assignment.

Families will have a chance to find out about our PTO-sponsored programs and events, including: Art in Action, after school enrichment classes, Healthy Cities tutoring, Masquerade themed Fall auction at La Honda Winery, eScrip, Kindergarten Play Date, the Girls Scouts program on our campus and more!

Asegúrese de venir de abajo para el día de Clifford Maze en Lunes, 17 de agosto! Habrá dos marcos de tiempo para que las familias caen por, una por la mañana de 8: 30-10: 30 am y el otro de 5: 30-7: 30pm. Habrá una bienvenida toma de fuerza y información de la estación con las galletas y caras amables. Las familias recibirán asignación salón de sus hijos y / o programa de la escuela media en el día del laberinto una vez que han comprobado su registro ante el personal de la oficina.

Las familias tendrán la oportunidad de obtener información sobre nuestros programas y eventos patrocinados por la toma de fuerza, entre ellos: Arte en Acción, clases de enriquecimiento después de la escuela, Ciudades Saludables tutoría, Mascarada temática Otoño subasta en La Honda Bodega, eScrip, Kindergarten fecha del juego, las Niñas programa de Scouts en nuestro campus y mucho más!

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New After School Enrichment Schedule Posted!

After-school enrichment class info for the Fall 2015 term is now available!

Space is limited, so enroll now!

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Farewell for the Summer!


Hello Clifford families!

We have a host of thank-you tidings to start Summer off:

Thank you to everybody who volunteered their time in class, outside of class (e.g. prepping for teachers), and at all Clifford events, including the Winter Event, Father-Daughter Dance, Lap-a-thon, Mother-Son Night, Multicultural Festival, and more.

Thank you for all your work as room parents, Art in Action docents and assistants, party and field trip organizers––and thank you to those of you who provided classroom supplies and/or donated funds to teachers for materials. Thank you also to Clifford families and students who volunteered as Health Cities tutors.

Thank you to all of you who served on the PTO Executive Board and other committees and positions. And thank you to everybody who donated money to the PTO throughout the year.

Thank you to all our teachers, staff and administrators for their hard work to educate every child in our school and for making our school a fabulous place to learn.

We also want to extend a warm welcome to Josh Swerdlow, Clifford’s new Principal–and our new Assistant Principal will be announced soon! There will be lots of positive changes in our 2015-16 school year!

Reminder: First day back to school is Monday, August 24, 2015.

Lastly, view the Redwood City School District’s calendar for the 2015-2016 school year here.

Wishing you all a wonderful Summer!  See you in the Fall!


¡Despedida para el verano!

Familias Hola Clifford !

Tenemos una gran cantidad de agradecimiento noticia para empezar el verano fuera:

¡Gracias a todos los que donaron su tiempo en clase, fuera de clase (por ejemplo, preparar a los maestros ), y en todo caso Clifford, incluyendo el evento de invierno, Padre- Hija Danza, LAP un thon, Madre – Hijo Noche, Festival Multicultural, y más.

Gracias por todo su trabajo como padres de salón, Arte de docentes y asistentes de acción, organizadores del partido y viajes de campo, y las familias de Clifford y estudiantes que se ofrecieron como Healthy Cities tutores – y gracias a aquellos de ustedes que siempre útiles escolares y / o donado fondos a los maestros para materiales.

¡Gracias a todos vosotros, que sirvió en la Junta Ejecutiva la toma de fuerza y otros comités y posiciones. Y gracias a todos los que donaron dinero para la toma de fuerza a lo largo del año.

¡Gracias a todos nuestros maestros, personal y administradores por su ardua labor de educar a todos los niños de nuestra escuela y para hacer de nuestra escuela un lugar fabuloso para aprender.

También queremos dar una cálida bienvenida a Josh Swerdlow, nuevo director de Clifford, y nuestro nuevo Subdirector serán anunciados próximamente. ¡Habrá un montón de cambios positivos en nuestro año escolar 2015-16!

Recordatorio: Primer día de regreso a la escuela es Lunes, 24 de agosto 2015.

Por último, ver el calendario del Distrito Escolar de Redwood para el año escolar 2015-2016 aquí.

¡Les deseo a todos un verano maravilloso! ¡Nos vemos en el otoño!



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Healthy Cities Tutoring



Healthy Cities Tutoring places volunteers with students who could benefit form a little extra one-on-one help.

This school year, 38 Clifford students have been matched with volunteer tutors. The volunteers include high school students, parents, retirees, and community members who want to support students at our school.

Health Cities Tutoring will need a number of new tutors this coming school year to serve all of the students in need and welcome your help! The commitment is only 45 minutes once a week, and the day and time can be arranged to match your schedule – before, during or after school. No prior tutoring experience needed.

If you think you can help out, please consider sending in your application now.

For more information or to sign up, visit the Healthy Cities Tutoring web site and click the Volunteer button.

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