Enrichment Performances/Demonstrations – Thursday, November 16

On Thursday, November 16, two of the After School Enrichment programs will be demonstrating what they’ve worked on this semester.

Mr. Chaumont, who is running the Robotics Enrichment class, writes, “Everyone is invited to see what our very own Clifford robotics enrichment class has done! Come see the robots our five teams have built in action: you’ll discover how they were built, programmed and you will even be able to test drive some of them!  Please join us from 3:00pm-3:40pm in room 26!

Mrs. Mugglebee, who is running the Mugglebee Mini-Musical, writes “Our final performance of the Wizard of Oz will be November 16 at 3pm in the MUB.  Our cast has been working so hard on their show and I am so proud of the characters they have developed and the bond they have formed as a cast. We are excited to share it with all of you.”

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Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Orientation

Please join us for a tutor training and orientation to learn about becoming a volunteer tutor with Healthy Cities Tutoring. We have MANY students at Clifford waiting to be placed with a tutor.

Commitment is only once a week for 45 minutes and we can arrange the time to fit with your schedule. No previous tutoring experience is needed. The training is being led by Mrs. Cody and Ms. Mairani.

WHAT: Healthy Cities Orientation for New Volunteer Tutors

WHERE: Clifford School Library

DAY AND TIME: Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30-8:00 pm

Help support our students and our teachers!

Contact: cadair@healthycitiestutoring.org or call 650-508-7327 with any questions. No RSVP is needed.

Únase a nosotros para obtener capacitación y orientación de un tutor para aprender sobre cómo ser un tutor voluntario con Healthy Cities Tutoring. Tenemos MUCHOS estudiantes en Clifford esperando ser ubicados con un tutor.

El compromiso es solo una vez por semana durante 45 minutos y podemos organizar el tiempo para que se ajuste a su horario. No se necesita experiencia de tutoría previa. La capacitación está dirigida por la Sra. Cody y la Sra. Mairani.

QUÉ: Orientación de Ciudades Saludables para Nuevos Tutores Voluntarios

DÓNDE: Biblioteca de la Escuela Clifford

DÍA Y HORA: Miércoles, 8 de noviembre, 6: 30-8: 00 p. M.

¡Ayuda a apoyar a nuestros estudiantes y nuestros maestros!

Contacto: cadair@healthycitiestutoring.org o llame al 650-508-7327 si tiene alguna pregunta. No se necesita RSVP.

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PTO Meeting, Thursday, November 9 at Canyon Inn, 7-8:30pm

Please join us as we take this month’s PTO meeting off campus to eat, drink, and be merry at Canyon Inn while discussing the awesome things that are happening at our school!

Reunión del PTO, jueves 9 de noviembre en Canyon Inn, 7-8:30 p.m.

¡Únase a nosotros mientras tomamos la reunión de PTO de este mes fuera del campus para comer, beber y ser felices en Canyon Inn mientras hablamos de las cosas increíbles que están sucediendo en nuestra escuela!

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October Reading and Listening Challenge!

Donate now to support our students!

If you prefer to pay by check, please make payable to Clifford PTO and mail to Clifford PTO 225 Clifford Avenue Redwood City, CA 94062 or drop in the Black PTO slot in the school office.

Student’s Name *AND*/ Grade:
Student’s Teacher

In October the Clifford PTO is focusing on literacy with the Reading and Listening Challenge. Working in partnership with the Clifford Elementary Teaching Staff and Principal, students are encouraged to participate in daily literacy activities including reading books, comics, newspapers and online articles, and listening to music, podcasts or stories.  

This year we want to increase student participation. If 75% of the class participates, their teacher will do something fun/crazy. What does participation entail? We want your student to do a literacy activity 20 days out of 31 days. In addition, the student who raises the most money in the class for the fundraiser will get to do something special with his/her teacher. If a large number of students across all grades participate, then Principal Crane will also do something fun as well. Kids can participate whether or not they raise money, mainly we want them to try to focus on literacy activities during October.

Parents we need your help! We would love for kids to see parents and community members reading in class. Want to be a guest reader in the class? Talk to you teacher. Do you know someone in the community that would be great guest reader? Contact Sarah La Torra at sarahlatorra@yahoo.com and we will find a way for them to participate during the month of literacy. Finally, if you are someone who is happier working in the background, we could use your help on other tasks–send me a message and we will find a way for your to participate.

Thank you for supporting the literacy efforts of your students!

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Casting Call: The Lion King!

Reminder: Ensemble Registration is due November 15, 2017

Clifford School PTO and San Carlos Children’s Theater proudly present, Disney’s Lion King, Jr. as our Musical Performance this year.  Join the fun and sign up to be in The Lion King Jr., Clifford’s All-School Theater Production!

Music & Lyrics by Elton John and Tim Rice
Additional Music & Lyrics by Lebo M, Mark Mancina, Jay Rifkin & Hans Zimmer
Book by Roger Allers & Irene Mecchi
Based on the Broadway Production Directed by Julie Taymor

Director-Caitlin Savage, Choreographer-Daina Block, Vocal Director-Theresa Ames, 
Ensemble Music Director-Jennifer Overbey & Nikki Kolokithas

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

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

3rd grade through 8th grade Main cast Auditions for Acting and Singing  will be Monday and Tuesday October 2nd and 3rd, with starting time slots at 3pm. All who audition MUST also sign up for a dance audition on Thursday, October 5th, 2pm to 3pm time slot. To sign up for auditions, go to www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com. Once on the site click the “Auditions” tab and then on “Lion King 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 Wednesday, October 25th, and continue up until the performance dates of February 9-11, 2018. 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 cljl06@mac.com.

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.

Ensemble registration is due November 15, and rehearsals will begin on Monday, December 4. 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 Lion King, 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 9-11, 2018.

To register, go to http://www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com. No audition necessary. All who register, pay the fee, and come to the first parent meeting on Monday, December 4 at 6pm, will be in the Ensemble. If you have any questions, please contact Trina Licht at cljl06@mac.com.

Key Dates
  • October 2 and 3 – Acting /Singing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 5- Dancing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 25- First rehearsal (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • November 15 – Ensemble Registration Due (Grades K-2)
  • December 4- First rehearsal (Ensemble Cast, Grades K-2)
  • February 9-11- Performances (All Casts)

Flyer for The Lion King, Junior (English)

Flyer for The Lion King, Junior (Spanish)

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Oct. 14: Garage Sale to Fund 8th Grade Grad Activities!


All proceeds will help fund the 8th Grade activities: bus+tickets to Great America, Elk’s Lodge Pool Party rental, Promotion Dance, 8th Grade Brunch.

Free Gift with Purchase!

Question? Please contact Leana Litchfield at mrsshrubber@aol.com.

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Project Cornerstone is coming to Clifford!

Please consider becoming a Reader for Project Cornerstone at Clifford School! This is a new program for us but is already used at hundreds of schools and community partnerships in the Bay Area, empowering young people and the adults around them to make good choices especially by giving them strategies to handle social-emotion situations and relationship issues. I want this program for our children and all of us too!

Readers will be parents and community members who come into our classrooms each month to read children’s literature to our students and help run a pre-designed lesson on topics such as standing up for others, being a friend, resolving conflicts and understanding feelings.

For more information, please contact me and/or refer to http://projectcornerstone.org. In addition to all the information there, the < 5 minute video featured on that page nicely sums up the program.

To begin as a Reader, please attend the upcoming 2-hour mandatory training:

Asset Building Champions (ABC) 101

October 3, 6-8pm 

Room 26, Clifford School

This training will be led by Lori Maitski, the ABC Program Coordinator at YMCA Santa Clara.

Please confirm your attendance by emailing Shabnam Moon at shabnam.moon[at]gmail[dot]com and do spread the word for more volunteers to join us! Thank you so much.

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Get Your Tickets for Clifford’s Fall Auction: MIAMI VICE

Photo Source: Tumblr

BUY TICKETS NOW for the Miami Vice, Clifford’s Fall 2017 Auction!

And check out the EPIC live and silent auction items up for grabs this year!

2017 Clifford Miami Vice Auction
Guest Name (If Applicable)

Thank you to our first Bronze event sponsor, Rim Orthodontics!



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PTO Meeting – Thursday, September 14th

Our first PTO meeting of the 2017-18 school year will be on Thursday, Sep. 14th at 7pm in the Library. A light dinner will be served and your students are welcome to come with you and quietly hang out. Come on down and meet parents and teachers, learn about how to get involved, and get school updates! We are energized, looking forward to an awesome year ahead and know it will be so much better with YOU there!

Nuestra primera reunión de la Organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO) del año escolar es el jueves, 14 de septiembre a las 7pm

Nuestra primera reunión de la Organización de Padres y Maestros (PTO) del año escolar es el jueves, 14 de septiembre a las 7pm en la biblioteca. Se servirá una cena ligera e invitamos a nuestros estudiantes a que vengan con ustedes a pasar el rato con tranquilidad. Vengan y conozcan a los padres y maestros, entérense acerca de cómo pueden participar y recibir las noticias escolares. Estamos llenos de energía, esperando con entusiasmo un año extraordinario y sabemos que será mucho mejor con USTEDES allí.

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Clifford Family Movie Night – Friday, September 8th

Clifford Family Movie Night, Featuring Disney’s Moana


  • Friday, September 8, 2017
  • 6:00pm to 9:00pm in the Clifford MUB
  • $5.00 suggested donation per family.

All are welcome: Bring your family, some pillows, blankets, chairs, get cozy, make friends, and have some fun!

Pizza, popcorn, drinks, snacks & baked goods will be sold.

All proceeds go toward the 7th grade Outdoor Education Fund.

Clifford Noche de Película Familiar – viernes, 8 de septiembre
Disney’s Moana

  • Viernes, 8 de septiembre 2017
  • 6:00 pm  – 9:00 pm en el MUB
  • $5.00 para cada familia.

Todos son bienvenidos! Traiga a su familia, algunas almohadas, mantas, sillas, hacer amigos y pasar un buen rato!

 Pizza, palomitas de maíz, bebidas y aperitivos se venderán.

Todos los ingresos van al fondo del 7mo grado.

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