Happy Summer Everyone!

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Clifford families, incoming families, teachers & staff:

Whether you’re staying local and/or traveling a lot or a little, we hope you that you all have a wonderful summer.

And in case you hadn’t heard, the new school year begins Monday, August 25, 2o14. (For the Redwood City School District’s approved 2014/2014 calendar, view this PDF.)

Stay cool this summer!

 

………Meanwhile, if you’d like a little light reading–along with some fun visuals–check out our Top 10 Fave Stories from this last school year:

Clifford Students Win Art Awards

A Camel Spotted on Campus!

Clifford Auction Wins “Bash of the Year”

The Wire Workers: Art in Action Showpiece

The View: New Display of Our Students’ Artwork at Peet’s

Bianchini’s Market Honors Local Schools

Clifford Teachers & Staff: We Appreciate You

Open House: Full House!

Inspiring SEPTAR Presentation

Flower Power!

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Clifford Flower Power at Peet’s!

Summer 2014 local art show:

Enjoy paintings by Clifford’s 4th Graders now on display at Peet’s on Laurel Street in San Carlos. This artwork was inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe’s “Poppies,” and Clifford parent volunteers taught the class through the PTO-funded Art in Action program.

A huge thank-you to the Clifford parents who volunteer their time to carefully hang up the new paintings in Peet’s––and take down the existing artwork–no small task.

A huge thank-you to all the volunteer docents and classroom assistants who also make the time to teach art to our kids!

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Oh, and in case you missed it, check out our other post showcasing more beautiful artwork by Clifford students decking the walls at Peet’s.

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Open House: Full House!

Clifford students enjoying the cool May evening during Open House

Clifford students enjoying the cool May evening during Open House

Many thanks to all Clifford teachers for their energy and preparation in “readying” their classrooms for Open House. We had a packed campus last Thursday evening!

Big thanks also to Jennifer Fernandez, Art in Action coordinator, and parent volunteers, for all their work in putting together the Spring Art Show in the MUB.

 

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Clifford Students Win Art Awards

Art contest winner Mikey Rim poses with his teacher Mrs. Keithley (holding artwork) and Mrs. Behrendt, Principal

Art contest winner Mikey Rim poses with his teacher Mrs. Keithley (holding artwork) and Mrs. Behrendt, Principal

We’re excited to report that two students from Clifford School were chosen as winners in a city-wide art competition.

Mikey Rim, 1st Grade student (Mrs. Keithley’s class), was awarded 1st place, and Lauren Squire, 4th Grade student (Ms. Cody’s class), took 3rd place, in their respective grade-level categories. Congratulations!

Art contest winner Lauren Squire smiles for the camera, holding her entry, beside Mrs. Behrendt, Principal

Art contest winner Lauren Squire smiles for the camera, holding her entry, beside Mrs. Behrendt, Principal

Sponsored by The Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, judges selected these two winners from over 1,500 entries in their 23rd Annual Art Contest. This competition invited artwork from students in Kindergarten through 8th Grade.

The theme for this year’s contest was “Map of my City: Favorite Places and Fun Spaces.”

A close-up view: Winning artwork, Lauren Squire’s masterpiece

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A close-up view: Winning artwork, Mikey Rim’s masterpiece

Both students were recognized at an awards ceremony as part of the City Council Chambers at City Hall in May.

Congratulations again, Mikey and Lauren! Wow!

Each winner received a trophy and a gift

Each winner received a trophy and a gift

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Open House & Art Show: Thursday evening, May 15

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Clifford families,

Please come Thursday night, 5/15, for Clifford School’s Open House & Art Show!

Open House:

  • Kinder through 3rd Grade: 6:30-7:15PM
  • 4th Grade through 8th Grade: 7:15-8PM

Art Show:

6:30-8PM

Our students’ Art in Action masterpieces will be on display in the MUB/gym–from Grades 1 through 5 (as a result of classes taught by parent volunteers) and Middle School (Mr. Powell’s classes).

See you there.

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The Search for a New Principal: Make Your Voice Heard

If you’re interested in giving input on the characteristics that you would like to see in the new Clifford Principal, contact Jane Yuster at jyuster@rcsdk8.net. There’s a quick turnaround: In order for the hiring process to begin, your input is needed no later than Monday, May 12, 2014.

In addition, if you would like to be one of the two parents on the interview panel for the Principal, please contact Jammie Behrendt for more information.

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Welcome New Kinder Families: Orientation May 22

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Families of incoming Kindergarten students:

You are invited to a Kinder orientation, presented by Clifford staff, in the Library on Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 1PM.

The orientation will run for approximately one hour, and this gathering is for adults only. You don’t need to bring anything!

If you are not familiar with the school campus, you’ll find the Clifford Library facing a lawn area adjacent to the large multi-use building (or MUB/gym).

We look forward to seeing you.

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Back Yard Ribs Event: CANCELLED

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UPDATE: We are sorry to say that this event has been cancelled.

Enjoy one of the last August evenings with other Clifford parents as your Midwestern neighbors serve up authentic Kansas City BBQ ribs with the help of a backyard smoker. Your hosts will have plenty of sides, cocktails, beer, and wine–and a pool, just in case you need a break from the heat! Adults only, please!

Host: Chris and Maria Polonchek
Date: Saturday, August 23, 2014
Time: 6PM – 10PM
Cost: $35/person
Min: none
Max: 20


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May PTO Meeting: Thursday, May 8

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Hi Clifford families, teachers & staff:

Please join us in the Library, May 8, 2014, at 7PM, for May’s PTO meeting.

Three important items to note:

1. We will be VOTING on the 2014-2015 Exec Board at this meeting.

2. There will be three speakers joining us:

  • Jane Yuster, HR Assistant Superintendent, speaking about the Principal Selection Committee
  • Julie DiBono, speaking about Canada Middle College
  • Kevin Sugar, President of the Redwood City Teachers Association

3. Learn more about some big events coming up at Clifford: Open House & Art in Action Show, Multicultural Festival, and Teacher Appreciation, for instance.

View the full agenda here.

View the archives of previous meetings’ minutes here, by scrolling down to the section When We Meet.

A light meal will be served and your kids are most welcome. (Note: On-site childcare is not available, but your kiddos can read or do other mellow activities in the library.)

See you there.

 

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Food & Fun At Canyon Inn for Clifford Families!

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Clifford parents Tim and Stephanie Harrison are kindly sponsoring an all-day Clifford fundraiser at their restaurant, Canyon Inn, on Thursday, April 24, 2014. From 11AM to 10PM.

20 percent of net sales will be donated back to Clifford School, and will help support PTO-funded programs such as P.E. and Art in Action.

A flyer was sent home with your student recently. Please bring that with you when you dine or mention Clifford School when you pay for your meal.

So come on down and help support our school!

See you there!

Canyon Inn
From 11AM to 10PM
587 Canyon Rd
Redwood City, CA 94062
Phone: 650 369-1646

 

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