Happy Chinese New Year!

Sticks1We have updated Peet’s Coffee’s Art in Action exhibition with Chinese calligraphy-style paintings, inspired by Li’ Tang.

Please swing by and check out our 2nd graders’ beautiful artwork!

–Kay Rim and Rachel Winmill




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Reminder: Read-A-Thon Forms & Money Due!

Dolphin_Splash_logoParents of TK through 5th graders:

Please give your kids a final push to read!

This year’s Read-a-Thon ends Friday, Feb 20th. Help your readers earn well-deserved money for their classroom teacher; 50 percent of the fundraising profits will go directly to our kids’ teachers to buy school supplies.

Help your kids fill out their pledge forms and collect their dollars!

Another reminder: The Stanford book marks are also due on Feb 20th. If students read 10 books, they earn a free ticket to a Stanford basketball game on Sunday, March 1st.

Thank you for your support!

Happy reading!

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Meeting this Thursday, Feb 19

Hi Clifford families, teachers & staff,

Come on down to the Clifford campus for our February meeting this Thursday.

  • Date: Feb 19, 2015
  • Time: 7PM
  • Location: Library

A light meal will be served upon your arrival, and children are welcome to come along and sit quietly in the Library (on-site childcare is not available).

Hear about all the great things that are happening at our great school: the Read-a-thon, for example, along with other events that have happened–including The Little Mermaid school musical and Rio 2 Movie Night! And so much more.

See you there.




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Let’s Dance: NEW After-School Program!

Dance_artStudents, are you ready to hit the dance floor after the final school bell?!

Well, we’re so excited to report that a new performing arts enrichment program will be available after school for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd graders on Wednesdays, starting Feb 11. And, after Outdoor Ed, 4th & 5th graders will have a class on Mondays, starting Feb 23.

The dance program’s teacher is Danny G, a wonderful choreographer, well-known in the community for his work with Adelante, John Gill, Roosevelt, Hawes, along with other schools in the Bay Area. Danny has also choreographed many San Carlos Children’s Theater productions––and he has taught at SCCT camps.

1st, 2nd & 3rd Graders

  • Once a week on Wednesday
  • 2:45PM to 3:45PM in the MUB
  • From 2/11 through 4/15
  • Maximum is 25 students total
  • The final class will have a performance for families (last half-hour)!
  • $160 fee

4th & 5th Graders

  • Once a week on Monday
  • 2:45PM to 3:45PM in the MUB
  • From 2/23 through 5/4
  • Maximum is 25 students total
  • The final class will have a performance for families (last half-hour)!
  • $160 fee


To sign up your student

View Danny G’s flier for 1st-3rd graders here, and the flier for 4th-5th graders here.

Dance attire
Have your student wear sneakers along with loose clothing — leggings or shorts and comfortable t-shirts / tops!

Performance clips
Ready for some Kool & The Gang action?! Check out this fun YouTube video where Danny G’s John Gill students move and groove to “Celebration!”

For some 1950s moves, see more John Gill students dancing to Mr. Sandman by The Chordettes on this YouTube segment.

And lastly, a nod to Mary Poppins: See these super dancers perform the Penguin Dance  — and then they dance to “Party Rock” by LMFAO. This group of students won 1st Place in the downtown parade, too!


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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.

RSVP: CliffordPTO@yahoo.com

  • 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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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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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 kaysuzu70@yahoo.com
  • Rachel at wade_rachel@hotmail.com

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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It’s Show Time: The Little Mermaid Opens Friday!




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 complete, costumes are getting perfected, makeup plans are in motion–and teams of other parents are focused on ticket sales, program print production, 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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