Casino Night Fundraiser


November 4th is just around the corner, get your tickets HERE NOW!

Need a babysitter for Casino Night?? Urbansitter is offering a discount!!

UrbanSitter is a website and app that helps parents find and book their community’s most trusted babysitters and nannies. Here’s the list of sitters Clifford Elementary parents personally recommend: Sign up for free and use code VIPOFFER for a $50 credit towards your first booking, good until November 30, 2016.




We are excited to announce Canyon Inn will do the catering services for Casino Night 2016! The owners of Canyon Inn, Stephanie and Tim Harrison, are Clifford Parents! The Canyon Inn is a family friendly restaurant in the hills of Redwood City.

Chad Carvey will be our esteemed auctioneer, bringing a lot of fun and great energy to the evening!


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Rim Orthodontics is a Proud Sponsor of Casino Night!  Go Smile Clifford!


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Alice in Wonderland, Jr!

Ensemble Registration Due November 18, 2016!! 

Ensemble (K-2nd grade) Registration for Alice in Wonderland, Jr

All students who register will be in Ensemble cast. No audition necessary for the Ensemble Cast. Kindergarten through 2nd graders are invited to join our Ensemble Cast which will be led by our amazing duo, Mrs. Jennifer Overbey and Niki Kolokithis. The Ensemble rehearsals will begin on Monday,  December 5th. Rehearsals will be on Mondays & Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 3:30pm in Room 7. The Ensemble will be the opening act for the Main cast performance of Alice in Wonderland, 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 10, 11, and 12th, 2017. The fee for being in the Ensemble is $40. Registration online and fee is due by November 18, 2016. Turn in the fee to the school office. Check made out to Clifford PTO or exact cash accepted for registration fee. For registration, go to  Ensemble families are required to work a minimum of 10-15 hours towards the production as well as help with their actor’s costume.  If you have any questions, please contact Trina Licht at

Alice in Wonderland Jr. – Audition Flyer

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

The ever-curious Alice’s journey begins innocently enough as she chases the White Rabbit.  Her adventures become increasingly more strange as she races the Dodo Bird, gets tied up with Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, raps with a bubble-blowing Caterpillar and beats the Queen of Hearts at her own game!


Music and Lyrics by Sammy Fain and Bob HilliardOliver Wallace and Cy CobanAllie Wrubel and Ray Gilbert, Mack DavidAl Hoffman and Jerry Livingston

Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle

Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by David Simpatico

Based on the 1951 Disney film, Alice in Wonderland, and the novels, “The Adventures of Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll

Director-Melody Cole. Choreographer-Daina Block. Music 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 3rd and 4th, with starting time slots at 3pm. All who audition MUST also sign up for a dance audition on Wednesday, October 5th, 3pm or 3:45pm time slot. To sign up for auditions, go to Once on the site click the “Auditions” tab and then on “Alice in Wonderland 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 Monday, October 24th, and continue up until the performance dates of February 10-12, 2017. 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

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. The Ensemble rehearsals will begin on Monday, December 5. 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 Alice in Wonderland, 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 10-12, 2017.

To register, go to No audition necessary. All who register, pay the fee, and come to the first parent meeting on Monday, December 5 at 6pm, will be in the Ensemble. If you have any questions, please contact Trina Licht at

Key Dates

  • October 3 and 4 – Acting /Singing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 4- Dancing Auditions (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • October 25- First rehearsal (Main Cast, Grades 3-8)
  • December 5- First rehearsal (Ensemble Cast, Grades K-2)
  • February 10-12- Performances (All Casts)

Alice in Wonderland Jr. – Audition Flyer

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It Starts With U!


Did you know that the current parcel tax, Measure W, expires this year? Clifford receives approximately $120,000 each year from Measure W. For the current year, this pays for three part time teachers: two reading intervention teachers and a technology curriculum teacher.

Measure U is on the ballot this November to renew this critical funding that Clifford and all the Redwood City School District schools count on. We need 67% voter support so we are counting on you to make sure we secure $1.9 million annually for our students.

On September, 15, the Clifford PTO voted to donate $5,000 to the campaign to pass Measure U! That is a wonderful show of support from our community, thank-you!

We have a lot of work left to do though, and there are many ways you can help support Measure U, here’s how:

1. Phone Banking. We have two nights specifically for the Clifford community to come and make phone calls in support of Measure U. You will be provided a simple script and be asked to call folks who we think are sympathetic to our cause. We won’t ask you to convince people to support Measure U, just ask them if they support it and give them some basic information.

The Clifford specific evenings are: Monday, October 3rd and Tuesday, October 4th, 6-8:30. The location is WL Butler Construction, 204 Franklin St, RWC.

Special Bonus: After we are done, Roy will buy anyone who attends a drink! He may even bring wine to drink while we phone… If you can’t attend one of the Clifford nights, you can still come on any other available night and help out.

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2. Donate. Running a ballot measure campaign during a presidential election is expensive. We have a lot of potential voters to reach and the mailers we intend to send them are costly. If you can afford to contribute to the campaign it would be appreciated.

Donate to our grassroots campaign

3. Endorse Measure U. You can show your support by endorsing Measure U.

Endorse Measure U

For more information contact the Clifford site leader, Roy Dorling

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Art in Action Volunteers Needed


Our students love their Art in Action lessons! We need parent volunteers in every classroom, grades 1st-5th, to make sure all students get these fabulous, fun lessons that teach our kids how to talk about art and express themselves through drawing, painting and sculpture. Each classroom needs a parent docent, and a few classroom helpers for a 1-2hr lesson, once per month (scheduling is flexible!). No art experience necessary. All the lessons are pre-planned and materials are provided. If behind the scenes is more your style, we also need helpers who can prepare art supplies at home.

To find out more, email one of Clifford’s Art in Action Coordinators: Rachel Winmill ( or Kay Rim (

Already know you love Art in Action and can’t wait to get started? Sign up for one of the hands on training sessions at AiA headquarters in Menlo Park. These fun, free, hands on lessons are open to anyone interested in volunteering, and will guide you through the curriculum and give you a chance to make some art of your own! Training sessions are offered throughout September and early October, check the Art in Action website for dates.

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Welcome Back!

Cheers to an awesome first day of school!

If you don’t already subscribe to the PTO e-blast newsletter, sign up to stay connected and informed during the school year:

You can also follow Clifford on Facebook!


Mark Your Calendars

September 5th
Labor Day – No School

September 15th
PTO Meeting @7pm

September 22nd
Back to School Night @5:30-8:00pm

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Maze Day on Tuesday, August 16

Welcome back!

We hope you had a great summer and are looking forward to school starting on Monday, August 22. Here are a few dates to put on your calendar:

Tuesday, August 16th Maze Day, Clifford MUB @ 9-11 AM and 5-8 PM

Saturday, August 20th Play Date for Incoming Kindergartners, Clifford’s K playground @ 10:30-12:30

Monday, August 22nd First Day of School!

Thursday, September 15th PTO Meeting, Clifford Library @ 7PM

Maze Day, Tuesday, Aug. 16th

Come find out your children’s classroom placement, finalize any unfinished registration items and learn more about our PTO sponsored programs and events. There are two times that you can come by: 9-11AM or 5-8PM.

If you can’t make it to Maze day, please call the Clifford office after Tuesday.

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Double Earnings from Lucky eScrip in August!

Lucky's Back To School Bonus

Lucky gives DOUBLE EARNINGS in August!

Start today by making sure you earn when you shop at Lucky, by confirming your participation in the Shares program:

Opt In Now!

Clifford School can get DOUBLE earnings from Lucky through the whole month of August! Go to Lucky and look for the shelf tag with the eScrip Shares logo on it, puchase qualifying Back-to-School items, and get up to 6% back! Lucky’s new savings book is also available – extra savings on your favorite brands + extra earnings in August…Yay, Lucky!

Remember, to earn at Lucky (or Save Mart, or Food Maxx), you must first “opt-in” with your phone number or Lucky You Rewards card number at

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Play Date for Incoming Kindergartners

Right before the new school year starts, join fellow incoming Kindergarten families for a play date at Clifford School. Families will get a chance to connect while students can meet new classmates, play, and enjoy snacks!

Date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Time: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm

Location: Kindergarten playground; The playground is located at the front of the school, adjacent to the school office.

Please help spread the word and pass this along to new Kindergarten families!

If you have questions, contact Katherine at kathandnora[at]aol[dot]com or Anjanette at ajlundell[@]gmail[dot]com.



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In Loving Memory of Aoife McEvoy Murman, to Support the Art Program at Clifford School

We lost a beloved member of the Clifford community. Per the family’s wishes, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in memory of Aoife McEvoy Murman to support Clifford’s art programs.   

aoife“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” ~Auguste Rodin

Aoife was passionate about bringing art into the school. She touched many, many lives at Clifford teaching Art in Action lessons, setting up art shows at school and in the community, and helping organize parent volunteers. Her enthusiasm inspired many to step out of their comfort zone and get involved bringing art to the children she loved so dearly.

To honor Aoife Murman’s memory please direct my donation to Clifford PTO’s Art Program.

Donate in memory of Aoife (McEvoy) Murman for the Art Program at Clifford School

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Staff Appreciation Week!

Thank you to all the parents and community members who helped make our Clifford teachers and staff feel loved! Our stars were showered with treats and gifts all week.

Special thank you to the PTO for organizing the Staff Appreciation Week by coordinating with classroom parents and making each day fun with gifts (including plants donated by Home Depot in San Carlos, cards from the kids, coffee bar, concession cart full of snacks, lunch, Jamba Juice, and more).

Teachers and Staff, thank you for helping our children bloom!


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