Welcome Back!

Cheers to an awesome first day of school!

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You can also follow Clifford on Facebook!


Mark Your Calendars

September 5th
Labor Day – No School

September 15th
PTO Meeting @7pm

September 22nd
Back to School Night @5:30-8:00pm

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Maze Day on Tuesday, August 16

Welcome back!

We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to school starting on Monday, August 22. Here are a few dates to put on your calendar:

Tuesday, August 16th Maze Day, Clifford MUB @ 9-11 AM and 5-8 PM

Saturday, August 20th Play Date for Incoming Kindergartners, Clifford’s K playground @ 10:30-12:30

Monday, August 22nd First Day of School!

Thursday, September 15th PTO Meeting, Clifford Library @ 7PM

Maze Day, Tuesday, Aug. 16th

Come find out your children’s classroom placement, finalize any unfinished registration items and learn more about our PTO sponsored programs and events. There are two times that you can come by: 9-11AM or 5-8PM.

If you can’t make it to Maze day, please call the Clifford office after Tuesday.

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Double Earnings from Lucky eScrip in August!

Lucky's Back To School Bonus

Lucky gives DOUBLE EARNINGS in August!

Start today by making sure you earn when you shop at Lucky, by confirming your participation in the Shares program:

Opt In Now!

Clifford School can get DOUBLE earnings from Lucky through the whole month of August! Go to Lucky and look for the shelf tag with the eScrip Shares logo on it, puchase qualifying Back-to-School items, and get up to 6% back! Lucky’s new savings book is also available – extra savings on your favorite brands + extra earnings in August…Yay, Lucky!

Remember, to earn at Lucky (or Save Mart, or Food Maxx), you must first “opt-in” with your phone number or Lucky You Rewards card number at escrip.com/lucky.

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Play Date for Incoming Kindergartners


Right before the new school year starts, join fellow incoming Kindergarten families for a play date at Clifford School. Families will get a chance to connect while students can meet new classmates, play, and enjoy snacks!

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Kindergarten playground; The playground is located at the front of the school, adjacent to the school office.

Please help spread the word and pass this along to new Kindergarten families!

If you have questions, contact Katherine at kathandnora[at]aol[dot]com or Anjanette at ajlundell[@]gmail[dot]com.



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In Loving Memory of Aoife McEvoy Murman, to Support the Art Program at Clifford School

We lost a beloved member of the Clifford community. Per the family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Aoife McEvoy Murman to support Clifford’s art programs.   

aoife“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin

Aoife was passionate about bringing art into the school. She touched many, many lives at Clifford teaching Art in Action lessons, setting up art shows at school and in the community, and helping organize parent volunteers. Her enthusiasm inspired many to step out of their comfort zone and get involved bringing art to the children she loved so dearly.

To honor Aoife Murman’s memory please direct my donation to Clifford PTO’s Art Program.

Donate in memory of Aoife (McEvoy) Murman for the Art Program at Clifford School

Custom Donation Amount

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Staff Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all the parents and community members who helped make our Clifford teachers and staff feel loved! Our stars were showered with treats and gifts all week.

Special thank you to the PTO for organizing the Staff Appreciation Week by coordinating with classroom parents and making each day fun with gifts (including plants donated by Home Depot in San Carlos, cards from the kids, coffee bar, concession cart full of snacks, lunch, Jamba Juice, and more).

Teachers and Staff, thank you for helping our children bloom!


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Fun With Your Son Event!

Buy your tickets for FUN WITH YOUR SON at SportsHouse! Sons are welcome to bring their mom or adult of choice for a great night of sports. The event will take place on April 30th at 5:30-7:30 pm. Tickets are $15 per person. Read more below for details!

Purchase tickets online HERE (preferred) or write a check to CLIFFORD PTO and leave it in the metal box in the school office. Please put check in an envelope with the names of the participants and the grade(s) of the child(ren) on the front. Check are due NO LATER than Friday, April 29th at noon.


Purchase online tickets here:

Ticket Options
Adult’s Name
EACH Son(s) Name and Grade(s)

More Details

Pre-Game: Come to Kicks Sports Grill onsite and enjoy burgers, pizza, salads, hot dogs, and more prior to the event. We recommend dining an hour before the games begin. NO HOST.

Check In: 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Play: 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Check Out: Kids get a yummy treat as they head out

Moms and sons will be divided into groups based on grade level to play sports like soccer, capture the flag, kickball, basketball, and hockey. All will be guided by coaches. There will be six sports rotations and it includes a jumpy house. No sports knowledge is necessary. Just come prepared to have fun!

Questions: Contact Sajana at Sajana_Sagar[at]yahoo[dot]com.

Download the Waiver Form here: SportsHouse Waiver 2015.

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Lap-a-Thon 2016

The Annual Clifford Lap-a-Thon is fast approaching! Help us raise money for our PTO which is fully funding our K-5 PE teacher Mr.W and supporting our middle school program with teacher Lena. We extend our tremendous thanks to our sponsors Canyon Inn Restaurant and the Peninsula Community Center!

Read on for more information, including the day’s schedule and student prizes!

Sign up to volunteer at the Lap-a-thon!


Fun for the Clifford Community

Students, get ready to wear your sports gear, exercise clothes, or dress as your favorite athlete as you run laps to raise money for the school. If you run more laps than your teacher, Mr. Swerdlow or Mr. Noyes they will wear a funny headpiece at the start of the day Monday, April 25th!

Parents, come join your student if you can on Friday, April 22. Volunteer opportunities are available via Sign Up Genius or you can contact Kathryn Snow at nursesnow@sbcglobal.net or Melisse Long at melisselong@yahoo.com.

Help Raise Funds for Our School

Ask loved ones and friends to donate money for each lap your student runs or give a flat donation. Pledges are due one week after the lap-a-thon, on Thursday, April 28, in order to be counted toward the rewards. Pledges can be made in cash or check, turned in to your teacher or donated online here via PayPal . If pledges are turned in after the due date please turn them in to the black PTO box in the office.

Student’s Name (mandatory)

Hey Kids! Win Fun, Exciting Prizes

Earn extra recess time for the class at each grade level that earns the most money. A Jamba Juice party will be hosted for the highest earner from both K-5 and from middle school. The highest earner in the whole school wins a GoPro!

2016 Sports Day Lap-A-Thon Timeline

8:30 – 9:00am – 1st & 8th grade (Part 1)
9:10 – 9:40am – 1st & 8th grade (Part 2)
9:50 – 10:10am – Kindergarten / TK / Pre K
10:20 – 10:50 – 7th & 2nd Grade
11:00 – 11:30 –7th & 2nd Grade
11:40-12:10 – 6th Grade
12:20-12:50 – 3rd Grade
1:00-1:30 – 4th Grade
1:40-2:10 – 5th Grade

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Family Science Night & 5th Grade Science Fair


Please join us for Clifford’s 7th Annual Family Science Night on Thursday, April 14th from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. in the MUB. Come and see amazing 5th grade science projects! Experience hands-on science activities happening in grades TK through Middle School!

Everyone is welcome. Join us for an evening of science wonder!


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A Royal Affair: 2016 Daughters Dance

The 2016 Daughters Dance was a HUGE success! Despite the weather, dads, granddads, uncles and daughters came out in droves.

The Clifford MUB was transformed into an enchanted fairyland complete with a red carpet, mystical fog, and sparkling lights.

The girls enjoyed the art project, dancing, and hanging with their friends in the photo booths. The dads enjoyed waiting in line for the photo booth, wearing the newly made crowns, and eating pink cupcakes fit for a king! We even had a special guest appearance by our principal, Josh Swerdlow, and his daughter!

A tremendous THANK YOU to all who donated and volunteered to make this event so special!

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