Welcome Back Clifford Dolphins!

Dolphin_Splash_logoWelcome Back Clifford Families!

Click here for details about an event for new Clifford Kindergarten families, Aug 23rd.

First day of school: Monday, August 25, 2014.

Another school year is here. On behalf of the Clifford PTO, we would like to extend a warm welcome to all the new families joining Clifford this year––and we welcome back all our returning families. By working together, we can truly make a difference at Clifford.

We also welcome our new Principal, Jane Egashira.

The Clifford School PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) is made up of parents, teachers and staff. The PTO is organized for the purpose of supporting and enhancing the educational experiences of Clifford students.

The primary goal of the PTO is to promote our incredible Clifford community spirit and to help our children have what many consider to be the quintessential school experience. We do this by providing funding for vital programs and services (e.g. Art in Action, the annual school play/musical, P.E., Marine Science & more), academic enrichment, organizing fun events throughout the year, and supporting teachers and staff.

The PTO hopes you will be active at Clifford. We have many events planned for the year (we are currently updating the PTO Calendar). We encourage you to become involved in as many of these activities as you can. We have fun together, and the students have enjoyable, meaningful experiences as a result of your participation.

In the fall, the PTO publishes a school directory, which includes class lists, family contact information and other useful information. Many parents find this an invaluable resource for contacting classmates, friends and others parents. We encourage you to participate by sharing your information and purchasing a directory when they are printed (usually by November). If you make a donation to the PTO, you will receive a directory for free automatically.

There are many small ways to get involved at Clifford: Check this site regularly, sign up for the PTO’s newsletter now, and attend the monthly PTO meetings in the library–typically the first or second Thursday of a given month, 7PM. Stay tuned for more details as the monthly meeting date approaches! (Kids are always welcome to come with you!) Plus, check your child’s folder for fliers and other materials, and keep an eye out for posters about events around the campus! That way, you’ll find out what’s going on–and be sure to have a say in your school!

If you have any ideas, comments or suggestions, we want to hear from you.

Please contact Jennifer Fernandez (thefernandifamily@gmail.com) or Josée St-Onge (josee.stonge741@gmail.com).

We’re looking forward to the 2014/2015 school year!

Some important dates:

September 1 (Labor Day holiday)
October 31 (Teacher training, no school)
November 11 (Veteran’s Day holiday)
November 24-25 (Parent-Teacher Conference Days)
November 26-28 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
December 22- January 5, 2015 (Winter Break)
January 19 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
February 13-16 (President’s Day Holiday)
April 3 (Holiday)
April 20-24 (Spring Break)
May 25 (Memorial Day Holiday)
Last Day of School: June 5, 2015

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Casting Call: The Little Mermaid!

LittleMermaidThe Little Mermaid: All-School Theater Production

We are excited to report that Clifford School PTO along with San Carlos Children’s Theater are bringing Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr. to our school as our theater performance this year.

Join the fun and sign up to be in this lovely musical/play.

Main cast auditions for 3rd through 8th graders:  

Thur. Oct. 2nd & Wed. Oct. 8th, followed by dance auditions on Fri. Oct. 10th. Rehearsals will run from the beginning of November up until the performance dates — February 6th, 7th and 8th, 2015.

More details about audition signups and registration coming soon!

**All students (3rd through 8th grade) who audition will be cast in the play.**

Ensemble Cast for Kindergarten through 2nd graders:

Kinder, 1st Grade, and 2nd Grade students are invited to join our Ensemble Cast. (No auditions for the Ensemble Cast.)

More details about Ensemble registration coming soon!

If you have any questions, please contact Jerry Schembri at Jerry.schembri@sbcglobal.net.

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Clifford on Facebook!



Check out Clifford on Facebook now!

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School Supplies: Lists for 1st through 5 Grade


• Backpack – No rollers, the most it will hold will be a library book or a folder
• Fat Elmer’s glue stick
• Small package Crayola crayons
• Small pack Crayola colored pencils
• Small school box, 5 by 8 inches approximately (Not for room 9)
• 2 fat primary pencils (You can buy a box to donate to the class.)
• Reusable water bottle

For Our Classroom:
• Large box of tissues
• Lysol Disinfecting wipes



• Yellow Highlighters
• 2 black composition books wide ruled
• Binder paper
• Crayola markers
• Black sharpies
• Pencils (preferably Ticonderoga)
• Glue Sticks
• Student scissors
• Index cards 1 package
• Kleenex
• Lysol wipes
• Pink Erasers
• Thin Expo whiteboard markers (black or blue)
• Baby wipes



1. Three, one inch thick binders with side pockets. Required colors: blue, red, and yellow. The color coding system helps students stay organized.
2. Number 2 pencils (a dozen)-classroom donations encouraged!
3. Colored markers (fine line & bold if possible)
4. Colored pencils
5. Yellow, green, and pink highlighter markers.
6. Erasers for pencils
7. Plastic zip lock pouch or box for pens and pencils.
8. A pack of dry erase markers
9. Small cloth /sock for cleaning.
10. Student lap white boards
11. Black ultra fine point markers – Sharpie brand preferred.
12. A ream of graph paper
13. A ream of binder paper

** No mechanical pencils please!

Donations needed:

1. Boxes of tissues – we always need tissue!
2. Lysol spray
3. Hand Sanitizer
4. House hold surface wipes
5. Windex all purpose cleaner
6. Prize box donations-small inexpensive items
7. Rainy day games- Monopoly, checkers, chess, 100 piece puzzles, Connect Four, etc.




• 2 Single Subject Spiral Notebooks
• 4 Single Subject Pocket Folders
• wide ruled binder paper
• 2 composition books wide ruled
• 2 yellow highlighters
• Crayola markers
• Crayons
• Blue pens
• Pencils
• Small handheld pencil sharpener with a cover

Textbooks fill desks leaving no room for three-ring binders



• 1 backpack (no rolling backpack)
• Pencils (Ticonderoga preferred)
• Two pens for correcting papers (blue and red)
• Chapter book for reading
• 1 inch binder, NO BIGGER (Please do not send zippered binders)
• 1 package of dividers for binder
• Spiral notebook big enough for whole year of notes
• 1 highlighter
• Small pencil sharpener with top to catch shavings
• 1 pack of 24 colored pencils
• 1 box of crayons
• 1 box of markers
• 1 eraser
• 2 Expo white board markers (black and blue)
• Glue bottle and stick
• College ruled composition books 2

Donations needed for each class:

• White board markers
• Colored pencils
• Pencils
• Tissue
• Clorox wipes
• Crayons
• Markers
• Glue
• Tape

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School Supplies: List for Middle School Students

Middle School supply lists

Sixth Grade English Language Arts Supply List

Your child will need the following school supplies:

1. 1 college ruled composition notebook (100 pages)
2. 3 black dry erase markers (Expo works the best)
3. Sharpened pencils
4. Erasers
5. 1 red ball point pen
6. Highlighters-1 yellow, 1 pink, 1 orange
7. Pencil pouch (not a box) to keep items 2 through 6.
8. 2 two pocket folder (one for homework; the other for returned papers)
Wish List:
1. Any of the items 1-8 that you would like to donate for a needy child
2. Tissues
3. Scotch tape rolls (for dispensers in class)
4. Disinfecting Wipes
5. Hand Sanitizer
6. Bright colored copy paper
7. White copy paper
8. College ruled binder paper

Sixth Grade Math and Science Supply List

Supplies will need to be replaced when they are used up or lost.
• 1 text book cover (math book is 11” (L) x 9 ¾” (W) x 1 5/6” (D)
• 1 college ruled composition notebook
• Binder paper – college ruled
• 2 black dry erase markers (expo works the best)
• Old sock or rag (to erase white board) – clean and replace weekly
• 2 two pocket folders
• 10 pencils (if you use mechanical pencils, you will also need lead)
• 1 red pen
• 1 blue or black ink pen
• 1 yellow highlighter
• Closed pencil sharpener (one that collects the shavings)
• Pencil pouch
• Eraser
• Scotch tape or glue stick (for note booking)
• 1 protractor (to be used after 1st trimester)
• 1 compass (to be used after 1st trimester)
• 1 box of Kleenex
• Lysol wipes
• Hand sanitizer

Sixth and Eighth Grade History Supply List

• College rule composition notebook
• Pencil pouch
• 10 pens and pencils
• Small pencil sharpener
• Highlighter
• Eraser
• Colored pencils, crayons, markers
• Glue
• Scissors
• Report folder with 3 hole prongs

Classroom needs:
• Tissues
• Cleaning wipes
• Hand sanitizer

All middle School Students: Ear buds for Computers

Seventh Grade Social Studies Supply List

• Spiral notebook or composition book

Eighth Grade Language Arts Supply List

• Loose lined 8 ½ by 11” college ruled binder paper
• Blue or black ink pens and at least one #2 pencil
• At least one highlighter, any color
• One dry erase pen, any color

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Aug 23rd: Gathering for New Kindergarten Families

Incoming Kindergarten families:

If you have an incoming Kindergartener, please join us and meet other Kindergarten families for a light Bagel Brunch and Fun on the Clifford Kindergarten playground on Saturday, August 23rd from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

This event is sponsored by the PTO and returning parents with incoming Kindergarteners.

Feel free to contact Katherine Schembri with any questions at kathandnora@aol.com.

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Clifford Pride on Your Ride!



Clifford Pride on Your Ride!

Make your car — and its occupants — even more hip around town with this cool-looking and eye-pleasing Clifford School magnet! This one-of-a-kind gem sports the school logo, a stylish navy color, smooth contours––and it will add some pizzazz to your car bumper, your fridge, or any magnetic surface.

The Dimensions: Approximately 6 inches x 4 inches (oval-shaped)

The Cost: $5 (while supplies last)

To Buy Clifford Magnets: you’ve got two options

  • On sale at PTO meetings and events
  • Order a magnet by mail

To order by mail, send $5 per magnet, along with a #10 SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope), to:

Clifford Magnets
P.O. Box 291
Redwood City, CA 94064

Magnets weigh 1.5 ounces each, so be sure to include adequate postage.

If paying by check, make your check payable to “Clifford School PTO.”

All proceeds go to Clifford School PTO.

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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!



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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Happy Summer Everyone!


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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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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