Clifford Family Movie Night: Friday, 1/30


Greetings Clifford families,

You are all invited to this Friday’s movie night at the MUB at 6PM, to help raise funds for 5th Graders’ Outdoor Ed (in February). Rio 2 — the top pick voted by 5th Graders — will be showing!

A $5-per-family donation is suggested.

Pizza, drinks, popcorn & snacks will be on sale.

Bring blankies and pillows, and make yourselves cosy! A kiddie corner will be available, too.

See you there!

  • When: 1/30/2015
  • What: Rio 2
  • Time: 6PM
  • Where: MUB





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Cupcakes ‘R’ Us: Clifford Parent Party, Feb 11

Keep Calm And Cupcake On!

Right before President’s Day weekend, come join us for cupcake decorating and a fun evening with Clifford parents. Light snacks and beverages will be provided, and you can play some games, too!

Take home a box of your own personalized gourmet cupcakes at the end of the evening.

Adults only, please.


  • Date: Wednesday, February 11, 2015.
  • Time: 7PM to 9PM.
  • Location: 303 Warwick Street, Redwood City.
  • FREE!

This event is sponsored by the PTO.

See you there!

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New Clifford Student Artwork: Library Exhibit


We have updated Clifford School’s Art in Action exhibit in Redwood City downtown library in the children’s section. The 3rd graders’ “Starry Night” paintings inspired by Van Gogh are on display.

If you haven’t seen the Art in Action library exhibit yet, we encourage you to visit!  Selby Lane, Orion, Redeemer, Roy Cloud, Clifford & Adelante elementary schools are participating, and each school displays and updates their students’ artwork monthly.

Please come and check out fellow-students’ artwork!

–Kay Rim and Rachel Winmill


If you are interested in teaching or assisting in Art in Action lessons, please contact:

  • Kay at
  • Rachel at

Thank you.


Related links:

Winter Family Night: Fun Times

Clifford Students’ Masterpieces on Display Downtown!

Clifford Students’ Artwork on Show at Peet’s

Art in Action: Your Students are Ready for Action

Clifford Flower Power at Peet’s!

Spring Artwork at Peet’s by Clifford Painters!

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6th Grade Student Writers: New Year’s Publication

Dolphin_Splash_logoDid you know that Mrs. Garcia’s 6th Graders have their very own newspaper, The Dolphin Splash?

Well, check out the first edition of 2015. The Dolphin Splash articles and poetry are written by students in Mrs. Garcia’s Exploratory Writing Class.

Congratulations Mrs. Garcia and student writers!

For previous editions, visit The Dolphin Splash: Star Writers Right Here.

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After-School: Awesome Winter Creations


Before the holidays, during the Winter Holiday Gift-Making  enrichment program, 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders worked on really fun — and festive — projects: They decorated glass and wooden ornaments, and painted a penguin on canvas!

These classes are fun and children create unique gifts for their family members. The children are proud of their art projects!

IMG_4319This spring, the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Gift-Making classes are coming up. Please check the bulletin board outside of the school office for updates, along with the class information flyers, which will be included in the children’s folders sometime in April.


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Little Mermaid, Feb 6-8: Buy Your Tickets Now




Psh, psh, psh. Swish, swish, swish. Gurgle, gurgle, gurgle.

These are some of the sounds you might encounter roaming around under the sea: gliding mermaids, thriving fish, oceanic plants swaying — along with the thrill of a bubbling and gurgling world under water!

Clifford School PTO and the San Carlos Children’s Theater proudly present Disney’s LITTLE MERMAID JR, February 6, 7, and 8, 2015.

As you read this, rehearsals are concluding, sets are designed and almost complete, costumes are getting perfected, makeup plans are in motion–and teams of other parents are focused on ticket sales, program print production, actor biographies, concessions, and more!

Join us as we journey under the sea with Ariel and her aquatic friends. Clifford students, from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, will be performing in this colorful and enchanting musical based on the 2008 Broadway hit.

The Little Mermaid will have you singing popular songs like “Part of Your World” and “Under the Sea” long after the show’s over!

Performance information

Friday, February 6th: 7PM
Saturday, February 7th: 7 pm
Sunday, February 8th: 1 pm

McKinley Middle School Auditorium, 400 Duane St., Redwood City

Ticket prices
$15 reserved
$12 general
$14 at the door

With just 3 performances, it’s sure to be a sell-out.

Purchase Tickets

  • Tickets will be available in the school office, starting Monday, January 12.
  • The week leading up to the show, you can buy tickets at outside tables before and after school.
  • Click here to buy your tickets now via PayPal (a small fee will apply for your online transaction). You don’t need to have an account with PayPal to buy tickets — just use your credit card.

Note: If you buy online, pick up your tickets at will call before the performance.

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PTO Meeting, Thursday, 1/8

snowflake2Happy New Year & Welcome Back to Clifford families, teachers & administration staff!

The first PTO meeting of 2015 is happening Thursday, January 8, 2015. Everyone is welcome!

We’re meeting at 7PM in the Library.

A light dinner will be served, and your children are welcome to accompany you — and hang out and read quietly in the Library.

Click here to view December’s Agenda (that meeting was cancelled due to the weather and Clifford’s closure at the time).

Revised agenda coming soon! Stay tuned.

See you there!

P.S. Just because the holiday season is over doesn’t mean you’ve stopped shopping, right?! Well, if you frequent Amazon, remember to use this link every time you start shopping, to keep the donations coming directly to the PTO from Amazon Smile. Thank you.


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Winter Art Show at the Downtown Library

Clifford’s 2nd Grade students’ collage self-portraits, inspired by painter Paul Klee, are on display in the Redwood City Downtown Library. Find the artwork in the in the Children’s section on the 1st floor.

This library-hosted Art in Action show runs from October through August, and we rotate the artwork from each grade monthly.


We think that a visit to the library would be a perfect outing during the upcoming winter break.

Please come and check out your fellow students’ artwork while picking out your favorite books!

…And then, if you’ve a bit of time to spare, head on over to Peet’s on Laurel Street in San Carlos. Here’s why!

–Kay Rim


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Winter Art Show at Peet’s

Do you need a refuge from all this rain?!

Well, go to Peet’s in San Carlos!

We are excited to announce that Peet’s on Laurel Street in San Carlos has a new Art in Action show: You’ll find 1st grade’s “Winter Landscape” paintings inspired by Pieter Bruegel, and 4th grade’s “Swans reflecting Elephants” artwork inspired by Salvador Dali.

Please come and check out our students’ beautiful art on Peet’s walls, while sipping something festive, like a Cinnamon Hazelnut Latte, for instance!

Thank you, Peet’s, for supporting Clifford School — and showcasing our students’ masterpieces.

(Scroll down for a sneak peek!)

See you there.

–Rachel Winmill and Kay Rim

Editor’s note: Massive thanks to Kay Rim and another Clifford parent volunteer who kindly made this Art Show happen; they removed the previous artwork and hung the new artwork on  various wall spaces available at Peet’s– no small job. Heartfelt thanks from the Clifford community!







Related links:

Winter Family Night: Fun Times

Clifford Students’ Masterpieces on Display Downtown!

Clifford Students’ Artwork on Show at Peet’s

Art in Action: Your Students are Ready for Action

Clifford Flower Power at Peet’s!

Spring Artwork at Peet’s by Clifford Painters!

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PTO Meeting Thursday, December 11. CANCELLED

Update: The meeting has been cancelled; stay tuned for a rescheduled date.


The 411 on the December PTO meeting:

  • When: Thursday night, 12/11
  • Time: 7PM
  • Where: Library
  • What: The last PTO meeting of 2014, so come on down!

View the Agenda (as a PDF) here.

Check out the archives of meeting minutes here (scroll down to the section, Scheduled Meetings, for links to view the PDFs).

A light meal will be available for everybody, and children are welcome to come and hang out (quietly) in the open reading area of the library.

See you there.

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