Clifford Art Exhibit Topped with Hot Chocolate


Two artists pose for the camera with fun "arty" props during the Clifford event in October 2015.

Two Clifford artists pose with fun “arty” props during our first Peet’s event in October 2015.


What do you do on a (potentially) chilly Monday afternoon in March?

Why, you go to Peet’s in San Carlos, of course!

Come soak up our students’ artwork, enjoy fun activities, and sip – or knock back – Peet’s delicious beverages. And/or eat!

Clifford families, teachers, and staff: You are all invited to this special Art in Action show!

Thanks to classes taught by parent volunteers, 2nd and 3rd Grade artwork will be on display; students from from 2nd and 3rd Grade will have a coupon for free hot chocolate (our big thanks go to Peet’s).

Here are the details:

What: Clifford Art Show & Cocoa Night
Where: Peet’s Coffee & Tea, 677 Laurel Street, San Carlos.
When: Monday, March 7, 2016
Time: 4:00-6:30PM

2nd Graders and 3rd Graders will be entitled to a coupon for one free hot chocolate to be used on March 7 at Peet’s during our event (check your 2nd or 3rd Grader’s folder for the coupon to bring to Peet’s, closer to the time).

Back in October, Peet’s very kindly let us celebrate 1st Grade and 4th Grade artwork with our debut Art Show & Cocoa Night, so we are grateful to Peet’s for welcoming the Clifford community again.

Questions? Contact us.

Presented by Clifford’s Art in Action team.

4th Grade artwork inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe.

On display at Peet’s during our Hot Cocoa gathering: Artwork inspired by Georgia O’Keeffe (4th Grade, above) and Marc Chagall (1st Grade, below).

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Mom’s Night Out at Poppy Boutique!

Get together with fellow Clifford Moms over drinks, appetizers, and shopping at Poppy Boutique on Thursday, January 28 at 6-9 PM!

There is no obligation to buy anything BUT 10% of sales will go to Clifford. You’re welcome to bring a bottle of wine or appetizers to share. No RSVP necessary.

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Read-A-Thon 2016


The K-5 Read-a-thon kicked off on January 19th and goes through February 16! Don’t forget to encourage your kids to read and gather pledges for how many minutes they’ve read in a month. Please ask friends, family members, and neighbors to make a pledge or donation. Every little bit counts!

Classrooms with the most participating students will win a class party. There will also be prizes for the student who collects the most pledges and for the student who reads the most minutes.

As a bonus the Read-a-Thon works in conjunction with Stanford University’s reading program, Classroom Cardinal. Students are eligible to earn a FREE ticket to the Stanford Women’s Basketball game on February 28.

And there’s more! As an extra incentive, each individual classroom will receive a classroom visit from a Stanford student-athlete just for participating!

This awesome fundraiser promotes literacy, sports, and going to college! Thank you for your support in helping make this Read-a-thon a success!


Tips for Success:

  1. Set a daily reading goal. The Read-a-thon is based on minutes read, which allows students with different reading speeds to compete on a level playing field for recognition.
  2. Pick a quiet, well-lit and comfortable place to read.
  3. Use a clock to ensure accuracy of how many minutes read.
  4. Enjoy!
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Basketball Semi-Finals Game!


All Clifford families are invited to come and cheer on our 4th/5th grade Basketball team at the SEMI-FINAL game!

Congrats, team!!!

What: Clifford Dolphins VS Roy Cloud Thunderbolts

When: Monday, January 25 at 5:00 PM

Where: McKinley School Gym

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Save the date for the Clifford School Daughter’s Dance!

**To donate or volunteer to make this wonderful event a success, please go to the Signup Genius page!**

fatherdaughterdanceSAVE THE DATE!

The Clifford School Daughter’s Dance
“A Royal Affair”
March 11th, 2016
6:30-8:30pm in MUB

Grab your father or other grown-up of choice and come have a fun evening of dancing, hanging out with friends and capturing a night to remember.


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Get Your Tickets for Peter Pan Jr.


Come join Tinkerbell, Captain Hook, Peter Pan, and the whole Neverland gang in an adventurous tale about what it means to never grow up!

Clifford School PTO and the San Carlos Children’s Theater proudly present Disney’s PETER PAN, JR February 19, 20, and 21, 2016.

Join in celebrating Clifford students, from Kindergarten through 8th Grade, performing this time-honored tale of pixie dust, lost boys, pirates, mermaids, and fairies!

Performance Information


Friday, February 19: 7PM

Saturday, February 20th: 7 pm

Sunday, February 21st: 1 pm


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

Ticket prices

$15 reserved

$12 general

$14 at the door

Buy your tickets early – with only 3 performances tickets are sure to sell out!

Purchase Tickets

▪ Tickets will be available in the school office, starting Monday, January, 11.

▪ The week leading up to the show, you can buy tickets at the 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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Future Chef Competition


future-chef-symbolFrom the Redwood City School District:

We’re thrilled to announce our Future Chef competition for the 2015/2016 school year. This year we’re accepting entries K-grade 5. The idea behind this event is to help educate the students in HEALTHY EATING HABITS. This year we want students to submit their recipes for their favorite healthy breakfast.

We are collecting recipes through January 15, 2016. The contest will be held at Hawes Elementary School on February 25, 2016 from 3:00-5:00 pm. All recipes will be collected and a finalist from each school will be selected to participate in the contest.

Judging will be based on the following criteria:
-Kid friendly
-Ease of preparation
-Healthy attributes
-Plate presentation

All participants will receive a certificate, medal, embroidered chef coat, and chef hat. The winner of the event will then be entered into our National competition.

Send recipe submissions to Vanessa at the RCSD office at vcorona[at]rcsdk8[dot]net.

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After School Enrichment: Winter 2016

Clifford’s winter session of After School Enrichment Classes is starting, so register before it is too late!

“Yes for Chess” has their first class this Monday, January 11th. Mad Science’s “Earth, Wind, Inspire” and Digital Monkey’s “Into to Game Development” courses started last week, but there are still spaces if you are interested.

Class offerings include, reading, math, art, science, chess, Spanish, coding, and sports camp. For complete information, see the Enrichment Programs page, for detailed class descriptions and how to register.

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Sequoia’s 8th Grade IB Info Meeting

Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year?

Do you want to learn more about Sequoia’s honors ICAP and IB Program and what makes IB so exciting?

Please attend Sequoia’s 8th Grade IB Info Meeting “We Are IB” on January 13th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. IB is for all students. IB is for you! Hope to see you there.

For more information: or Flyer

Reunión del 8vo. grado sobre información IB

Si su estudiante del octavo grado asistirá a Sequoia High School el próximo año

¿Quiere que sea exitoso en la preparatoria y que asista a la universidad?

Para que su estudiante sea exitoso en la preparatoria y aprenda sobre el programa de honores de IB, por favor asista a la reunión del Octava Grado sobre Información del programa IB”Nosotros somos IB” el miércoles 13 de enero 2016 en la biblioteca de la escuela Sequoia a las 7.00 pm. Esta reunión es muy importante para usted y sera ofrecida en español. IB es para todos los estudiantes. IB es para tí! LOS ESPERAMOS.

Para más información: o Volante

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Supporting Clifford During the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us, and since this is prime shopping season, we thought we’d provide a round-up of ways you can shop AND raise funds for Clifford at the same time! Here’s a handy reference for you — after all, we know how hectic things can get this time of year!

GROCERIES – For those holiday meals

eScrip for Groceries – as you plan your holiday gatherings, don’t forget these simple ways to raise money for Clifford. Make sure to register for eScrip (Non-profit: Clifford School, ID: 118392687). The following are a few (of many) grocers that will donate a percentage of your purchase back to Clifford.

  • Bianchini’s
  • Raley’s and Nob Hill Super Markets
  • Lucky S.H.A.R.E.S.

Box Tops for Education

Speaking of shopping for groceries, please save your box tops and turn them in!

RETAIL – For deals and gift shopping

Amazon Smile

Whether you’re shopping on Amazon for Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals, or buying gifts for all your family and friends, be sure to go through the Amazon Smile link and choose Clifford School as your organization.

eScrip Mall

Another reason to register with eScrip–hundreds of your favorite retailers are committed to giving dollars back to Clifford! A portion of your purchases from the most popular department stores and brands will be donated to our school, so start by logging into the eScrip Online Mall to shop your favorite stores.

Honey Bear Trees

The Honey Bear Trees Fundraiser Program allows our school to earn 15% (shop at one of the 3 HBT lots: Redwood City, San Carlos and San Mateo). When you purchase a tree or wreath from HBT, be sure to mention Clifford School.

DO GOOD – Give back to the community

One Warm Coat Drive

The Clifford School Government is partnering with One Warm Coat to collect clean, new OR gently used coats. Donate your extra coats and turn them into your student’s teacher starting November 30, 2015 to December 11, 2015.

Direct Donation

We have a mighty, thriving school community, and the PTO-funded programs are a big part of that. Some of the wonderful programs we support are: PE, Marine Science Institute programs, Art in Action, class supplies, school play, community events and dances, 8th grade graduation, books, and technology.

Please consider providing a tax-deductible donation. If your employer has a charitable match program, utilize it to increase giving even more!

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