The Ducks are Coming!

cool duckOur fall fundraiser is right around the corner.

The kick-off is Friday, September 19th––right on the heels of Back to School Night!

Help the PTO raise money to support important programs at our school, such as P.E., Art-in Action, field trips, and science.

If you click the link below, you can start your holiday shopping now. (Note: You will first be asked to enter your student’s name, and then you will land on the Clifford-specific page.)

You will find beautiful wrapping paper, jewelry, tote bags, magazines, personalized products, photo books, and more.

Look for free (edible) samples in the drop-off/pick-up circle on the morning of Monday, September 22.

Brochures will be coming home with students soon.

Thank you for your support.



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Art in Action: Your Students are Ready for Action

New_AinA_logoThe Art in Action lesson sign-up sheet, 1st Grade through 5th Grade, for 2014-2015, is now available here!

Kindergarten parents, along with parents in Middle School, are also invited to volunteer!

Students LOVE art class! They ADORE Art in Action. Let’s make it happen!

For more information about how to volunteer in class, please contact Kay Rim at

Art in Action Coordinators: Contact information

Kay Rim (Volunteer coordinator):
Rachel Winmil (Art supply coordinator):
Sajana Sagar (Art show & Clay coordinator):

Thank you.

Delightful characters: 1st Grade students sculpted sea creatures using clay

Delightful characters: 1st Grade students sculpted sea creatures using clay


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Box Tops ‘R’ Us!

thClifford families:

Help us earn money for our school by collecting “box tops,” October 1st through October 25.

If you’re not familiar with box tops, these are special logos, found on the packaging for hundreds of products from your grocery store (e.g. cereal boxes, Ziploc boxes). You need to carefully cut out these box tops and send into school.

Watch out for expired box top dates (expiry dates are indicated on the packaging).

Classes will earn cool prizes for the most box tops collected.

Start collecting now.

Questions? Want to help? Contact Keisha


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Clifford School Garden: Fruits of our Harvest

How does your garden grow?!

Throughout the year, Clifford students plant various varieties of vegetables, flowers, and fruit.

2013-09-20 15.41.31Thanks to a number of parent volunteers, children visit the Clifford School Garden (located behind the K-2 row of classrooms) frequently. They learn about all about the planting & growing process–from planting the seeds to harvesting the goodies!

We offer garden sales at Clifford school regularly! Come back to this web site and/or keep an eye out on the campus for fliers about upcoming garden sales!

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For more information, contact: Chris Artea,


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First PTO Meeting of the Year, Sep 11: All Families Welcome!

First PTO gathering is 9/11: "Bee" there or be square!

First PTO gathering is 9/11: “Bee” there or be square!


Clifford families,

Kick off the back-to-school season in style, and come join us at our very first PTO meeting of the 2014 / 2015 school year!

When: Thursday, September 11, 2014
Time: 7PM
Where: Library
Who: Parents, Students & Staff

Meet new & returning families, and learn about what is happening in our amazing school!

We will be serving a light dinner.

Your children are welcome to come; they can read or play card games quietly in the library, for instance; plus, we will have balls outside for them to play with, too!

(Oh, have you signed up to receive the PTO Newsletter via email? If not, click here.)

View the Agenda here (PDF).

Some highlights on the Agenda for the Sep 11 meeting:

  • Meet our new Principal, Jane Egashira
  • Budget approval
  • Direct campaign report
  • Fall fundraiser, beginning September 19
  • The Little Mermaid school play/musical
  • 8th Grade Graduation planning
  • Clifford Logo wear
  • Traffic reminders

We look forward to seeing you there!

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The Little Mermaid: Sign Up Now

LittleMermaidParents of Clifford actors:

It’s time to sign up your thespians!

Main audition (Oct 2 or Oct 8): 3rd through 8th Graders register here.

Dance audition (Oct 10): 3rd through 8th Graders register here.

All students who audition will be cast.

Following your online sign-ups, you will receive a packet of paperwork to complete, which you need to bring to the main audition, along with payment ($75 per Main Cast actor; checks made payable to Clifford School PTO).

Ensemble (no audition necessary):

Kinder, 1st Grade & 2nd Graders: register here.

Soon after you sign up,  you will receive a packet of paperwork to complete, which you must return to the Clifford School office, along with payment ($40 per Ensemble actor; checks made payable to Clifford School PTO) by November 19, 2014.

For additional info, click here to go to the Clifford section on the San Carlos Children’s Theater site, which also contains all the above links.

For incredibly helpful advice on audition preparation, check out the practical tips on SCCT’s site (videos) here.

For the Clifford school flyer with more details, including parent requirements, click here. For the Spanish version of the flyer, click here.

Reminder: The performances will run February 6, 7, and 8.


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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

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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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