These Are a Few of Our Favorite Posts


Dear Clifford families,

A huge thank-you to all the parents in our community who wrote great articles and took great photos for this web site!

It’s a baker’s dozen: Here are our top 12 posts from this past school year!

Save the Date for a Masquerade

Play Date for Incoming 2015-2016 Kindergartners

Happy Chinese New Year

Library Art Exhibit

Dolphin Splash Student Publication

It’s Show Time: The Little Mermaid

Clifford Artists’ Masterpieces on Display at Peet’s

A Grand Night Out in the MUB

Kindergarten Memories: Halloween Report

Kindergarten Corner: Gardening Times

Clifford Frog Pond is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

School Garden: Fruits of our Harvest

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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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eScrip and Lucky Shares News


Do you need to find a gift for the special Dad or Grad in your life? Or what about all those times you buy stuff online — regardless of the season?

Well, do your online shopping through the eScrip online mall and raise money for Clifford School!

First, you need to sign up — unless you’ve already registered your card/s. Click the box below and enter the requested information. Clifford School’s eScrip ID is 118392687.


Now, here’s how to shop:

Visit the eScrip’s main web page and then click on a link of your favorite merchant. Place your order — and you’re done!

Your order is processed through the merchant’s site, but by entering their site through eScrip’s shopping portal, the merchant promises to give a percentage of what you spend to Clifford School.

Here are some examples of how much we can get back:

  • Amazon 1.2%
  • Barnes and Noble 2.4%
  • Disney Store 1.8%
  • Apple Store 1.2%
  • ACE Hardware 3%

View this page to see the list of all participating stores.


Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S.

If you shop at Lucky or SaveMart stores, stop by the PTO office to get a S.H.A.R.E.S. card and swipe it every time you shop. A portion (up to 3%) of the qualified purchases will automatically be donated to Clifford School.

S.H.A.R.E.S. is a fund-raising program offered free to more than 8,500 schools, groups and organizations by Save Mart and its affiliated stores (Lucky Supermarkets, FoodMaxx and S-Mart Foods). Each year, they set aside a reserve of $4.5 million specifically to benefit organizations like Clifford School who have enrolled in S.H.A.R.E.S.

S.H.A.R.E.S. is an acronym for Supporting Humanities, Arts, Recreation, Education and Sports, and it is Save Mart’s way of giving back to their communities.

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Multicultural Festival 5/29: See You There

Multicultural2015Come on down to the Clifford Campus on Friday, May 29, from 4PM to 8PM for Clifford’s Multicultural Festival. This is a come-one come-all event, with lots of activities for everybody:

  • Watch your favorite teacher get dunked in the dunk tank
  • Soak up the entertainment–Folklórico Dancers and Clifford Students’ Talent Show
  • Cool new rides this year, including the Amazing ZORB Riders, where you can race your friends, and Surf Rider Challenge, where you ride the waves of fun!
  • Enjoy delicious foods



To donate food or drinks, you can hand over your item/s in the pick-up/drop-off circle before and after school this week. You can donate cash this way, too. On Friday morning, you can also deliver your item/s to the PTO office, where they will be stored.

We will have a BRACELET PRE-SALE ($6.00) Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday after school. Regular price is $8 the day of the event. The bracelets allow you to enjoy all the rides & games!

ALL proceeds go to Clifford School.

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May 26: Clifford Town Hall Meeting

Please join Superintendent elect, Dr. John Baker, Trustee Dennis McBride and new principal, Joshua Swerdlow, for a Clifford Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:00 PM in the MUB.

The Clifford community will get a chance to meet our new principal, and Dr. Baker will address concerns that parents had earlier this year and address plans for next year.

Reunión Clifford Ayuntamiento Martes, 26 de mayo 7:00 PM en el MUB

Por favor únase con superentendente Dr. John Baker, Dennis McBride del RCSD Mesa Directiva y nuevo director, Joshua Swerdlow, para una reunión Clifford, el martes 26 de mayo a las 7:00 PM.

La comunidad de Clifford tendrá la oportunidad de conocer a nuestro nuevo director , el Dr. Baker discutira las preocupaciones que los padres tenían a principios de este año y discustrá planes para el próximo año .


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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.

If you have questions or want to help out, please send an email to

Thank you for being an ambassador for Clifford!

Happy Summer!

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Final Meeting of the School Year: Thurs, May 21


You are all invited to join us for the last PTO meeting of the 2014-2015 school year.

  • Thursday, 5/21
  • 7PM
  • Library
  • Light meal served

Your kids are welcome to join you and hang out quietly in the Library.

We will be voting on the following items:

  • Bylaw changes. The changes include: approving a budget in May instead of September, contracts for budgeted expenses can be approved by the President or VP and Treasurer, and the responsibilities of the President include preparing a budget to be approved by Exec Board.
  • Unbudgeted expense for this year. Principal Dees has requested that the PTO make a one-time donation of $1,500 to the school to help with costs of the multicultural festival this year. This proposal is supported by the Exec Board.
  • Officers & Standing Committee Chairs for next year. We will also be voting on the people who have been nominated for the various positions
  • PTO Budget for 2015/16. The Exec Board approved a budget that forecasts revenue of $113,300 versus $90,400 estimated for this year. Expenses will rise to $109,000 versus $93,900 forecasted for this year. Net Income will be $4,300 resulting in an ending reserve of $158,000.

Information on the bylaw changes and the budget will be available to review in a binder in the school office.

See you there.

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Open PTO Positions: Read All About It

Hi parents,

The Clifford Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is comprised of all parents or guardians, teachers and staff of Clifford School and everyone is automatically a member of the PTO.

Our PTO is a volunteer organization and depends upon the generous work and efforts of our members. We are now planning to fill our officer and committee chairperson positions for next year. We will be excepting nominations for the following positions and will be voting on them at the May PTO meeting on May 21st.

Officer Positions: President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary.

Committee Chairpersons: Fundraising, Communications, Direct Donations, Volunteer Coordinator, Event Coordinator, Enrichment Coordinator, Middle School Liaison, Hospitality, Auditor.

Check out these job descriptions for the open position with the PTO Executive Board, various committees, and other roles! (Or view the information as a PDF here.)

Officer Positions


  • Preside over all meetings of the PTO
  • Prepare each meeting’s agenda
  • Be a member, ex officio of all committees, except a committee to elect the Executive Board
  • Represent the PTO at city-wide meetings or other meetings outside of the organization
  • Assist in the total coordination of all committees and the PTO as a whole
  • Sign checks, notes, etc.
  • Appoint Special Committee as needed
  • Announce PTO meetings to the School population at least one week in advance of that meeting
  • Secure meeting location, time and date
  • Submit amendments to the by-laws; keep By-laws current

Vice President

  • Perform the duties of the President in her/his absence, resignation, or inability to serve
  • Represent the PTO at city-wide meetings or other meetings outside of the organisation
  • Be a member, ex officio of all committee, except a committee to elect the Executive Board
  • Sign checks, notes, etc.


  • Maintain all records of the PTO, including transactions, contracts, correspondence, and related documents
  • Records minutes of the meetings of the Executive Board and PTO and forward copies to each Executive Board member within 10 days of the recorded meeting
  • Publicly post the minutes from the preceding PTO meeting; circulate the minutes from the preceding PTO meeting at each monthly PTO meeting.
  • Receive records from the planning of any event hosted by the PTO and maintain them. These records should be kept in a secure location at the school, should be made available upon request by any Committee Chair planning a similar event, and turned over to the next Secretary to hold this position
  • Attend to the official correspondence of the PTO, including, but not limited to, gestures of appreciation and sympathy on behalf of the PTO
  • Hold a copy of the PTO By-laws , Parliamentary Procedures, and current Membership list (School Directory) and make each available upon request to any PTO Member at any PTO or Executive Board meeting
  • Provide a printed copy of these By-laws to each newly elected Executive Board member prior to the first regular PTO meeting



  • Act as custodian of funds and perform all banking activities of the PTO
  • Sign checks
  • Maintain up-to-date, accurate financial records of the PTO
  • Receive all funds of the PTO, including, but not limited to, donations, dues, and fundraising sales and contributions
  • Provide a written and oral financial report of the receipts and expenditures at each PTO and Executive Board meeting and at other times upon request of the Executive Board
  • Audit all invoices and receipts submitted for payment or reimbursement to ensure each request is in compliance with PTO policies. Pay all bills and disburse funds as authorized by the Executive Board
  • Perform the complete and timely filing of all federal and state tax returns as well as other financial reports, pertaining to the PTO’s 501( C)(3) status, as applicable; and maintain accurate records of such
  • Complete all financial updates by the close of the Fiscal Year and provide a full year-end report



  • Act as a liaison between the School and the PTO
  • Ensure that all PTO activities are in accordance with the School policies and procedures


Teacher Representative

  • Act as liaison between the School staff and the PTO


Classified Staff Representative

  • Act as a liaison between the School staff and the PTO


Standing Committees


  • Research options, plans, and anticipated profits and expenses for any fundraising projects and present suggestions to the Executive Board
  • Prepare and execute fundraising projects as approved by the Executive Board
  • Solicit volunteers to assist with each Fundraiser
  • Report all fundraising activities, expenses, and profits at each monthly PTO
  • Maintain records of all contributions
  • Maintain planning records of each fundraiser to pass down to next chair for permanent record keeping
  • Oversee and execute the Saving Programs


Direct Donation Campaign

  • Work collaboratively with Executive Board and Fundraising Chair to secure donations from Clifford Community
  • Maintain records of all contributions
  • Periodically report on electronic or monthly related to the Direct Donation Campaign
  • Maintain records of communication, strategies, and data to pass to next chair for permanent record keeping



  • Work collaboratively with Executive Board to communicate all PTO function and messages to the Clifford Community and promote Clifford School in a positive light
  • Coordinate and/or solicit volunteers to assist
  • Maintain records of all duties, strategies, and data to be passed down to the next chair for permanent record keeping



  • Plan and implement(with Executive Board) all not-for-profit social activities for School students and their families
  • Solicit volunteer to assist
  • Notify the Communication Committee in advance of event dates for Photo and press coverage
  • Maintain records of event, strategies, and data to pass down to next chair for permanent record keeping



  • Plan and serve refreshments at the monthly PTO meetings and other PTO functions
  • Help coordinate the Teacher Appreciation week and New Family Welcome


Volunteer Coordination

  • Publicize PTO positions and recruit volunteers to fill open positions for the upcoming school year
  • Work with the Executive Board and Committee Chairs to prepare a list of open position to be included at meetings
  • Keep database of all members willing to volunteer to help, whether it is chairing a position or volunteering for an event
  • Maintain records of sign-up literature, data, and strategies to pass down to next Chair for permanent record keeping



  • Coordinate educational enrichment programs for students in all grades
  • Solicit and supervise Volunteers to help
  • Work with the Principal and teacher to coordinate events that enhance current curriculum
  • Notify the Communication Committee in advance of event dates for photo and press coverage
  • Write a summary of each event for publication in the newsletter or School website
  • Maintain records of all program literature, strategies, and data to pass down to next chair for permanent record keeping


Middle School liaison

  • Solicit and supervise Volunteers to help
  • Run the Middle School Parent Forums and any other activities and communication between the Middle School, Parents, Staffs, and PTO
  • Report activities of the Middle School Committee to the Executive Board to ensure there are no conflicting program
  • Maintain records of all literature, strategies, and data to pass down to next chair for permanent record keeping


Room Representative Liaison

  • Solicit and supervise Volunteers to help
  • Run the School Parent Forums and any other activities and communication between the School, Parents, Staffs, and PTO
  • Report activities of the School Committee to the Executive Board to ensure there are no conflicting program
  • Maintain records of all literature, strategies, and data to pass down to next chair for permanent record keeping


Finance Audit

  • Made of Three (3) PTO members that do not currently serve on the Executive Board
  • Audit the financial records of the PTO
  • Prepare a fiscal year-end audit report and ensure checks and balances are in place
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Mark Your Calendars: Fall Auction, Saturday, 10/3, 2015


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