Lego Night Thank You

Dear Clifford community,

Thank you all for making the Lego night so great! I am very grateful to the PTO, and especially Katherine Schembri and Trina Licht who were so supportive of the initial idea. Trina, Lisa Silberman, and Dr. Tsai provided unconditional assistance and support with the planning and logistics. I also wanted to thank Clifford staff for helping with the many aspects of  the logistics, Clifford volunteers who made the Lego night run so smoothly while keeping it on a very tiny budget. Last but not least, I want to thank the parents and more especially the students who came in big numbers and made this event so lively and fun!

It was absolutely priceless to see the children so absorbed and passionate whether it was building a racing car, their dream house, or finishing the spear of a building that shoots out of a Lego wall. I would like to invite you to see some pictures of the event that are posted on

Among the winners, though, there was one missing contestant that we haven’t been able to retrace, and I would like to ask your assistance to help me find the First Prize Winner of the Lego derby, Krista (or Krysta), who raced her car to a record-breaking 33 feet. I only have her first name, and she doesn’t seem to be registered at Clifford. Is she a sibling? A cousin? I would appreciate your assistance in elucidating this mystery. Her prize is waiting for her.

Speaking of prize winners, here is the complete list of our very own Clifford Master Builders:

Lego Derby:

33 feet: Krista (first place)

31 feet: Omar L. (second place)

30.5 feet: Horacio S. (third place)

30 feet: Malea W. (honorable mention)

Free build contest (theme: your dream house):

23 votes: Justin, Jack, Omar, Nick, James and Topher (1st place)

9 votes: Jason & Kaitlyn (2nd/3rd place tie)

9 votes: Elizabeth (2nd/3rd place tie)

Guessing the bricks in the Lego Jar:

332 bricks: Kaitlyn S.

Actual number of bricks: 327

Congratulations to all of you!

We are very excited to return to Clifford next year with new ideas. To help us crank up the excitement for the next Lego Night, I would really appreciate if you can answer this shorter-than-one-minute survey, which gives us invaluable feedback:

Thank you all, and I’m looking forward to coming back for the next academic year!


Nicolas Chaumont

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Staff Appreciation Week May 22-26

🍎One of our favorite times of the school year is here: Staff Appreciation Week!🍎


Please help us pamper our teachers and staff members! Sign up here:


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Early Bird Tickets Available for Fall Auction – September 23rd, 2017!

Early Bird Tickets are now available for the Clifford Fall 2017 Auction!

Event Date: Saturday, September 23, 2017
What: DJ, Drinks, Dancing, Auction
Theme: Miami Vice
Why: Raise money for Clifford AND have a good time!

2017 Clifford Miami Vice Auction

Clifford Otoño Subasta 2017: Miami Vice
Marca tu calendario: sábado, 23 de septiembre de 2017

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PTO Meeting – Thursday, May 18th

Our next PTO meeting will be on Thursday, May 18th at 7pm in the Library.  At the meeting we will be voting on the following items:

        • Executive Board (Officers & Standing Committee Chairs) for next year
            Here are the current nominees for the following positions:

            • Officers: President – Sarah La Torra; VP – OPEN, Co-Treasurer – Jackie Smith & Roy Dorling, Secretary – Lisa Silberman
            • Standing Chairpersons: Fundraising – Trina Licht, Direct Donation Campaign – Hannah Walbridge , Communications – Ann Richards, Events Coordinator – Melisse Long, Hospitality – Anjanette Lundell, Volunteer Coordinator – OPEN, Enrichment – Katie McNally, Middle School Liaison – Katherine Schembri, Auditor – OPEN, Room Rep Coordinator – OPEN.

            The Executive Board will also include Principal Crane, a teacher representative and a classified representative.

        • PTO Budget for 2017/18 The Exec Board approved a budget that forecasts revenue of $125,000 versus $138,000 projected for this year. Expenses will be $152,000 versus $167,000 forecasted for this year. Net Income will be -$27,000 resulting in an ending reserve of $115,000.
        • Top Ten Budget Items ($126,950 or 84% of budget):
          • TK-5 PE, Rhythm & Moves $ 65,700
          • Middle School Programs $ 7,000
          • Chrome books & cart $ 12,000
          • Healthy Cities Tutoring $ 5,000
          • Science from Scientists $ 10,000
          • Library books & supplies $ 5,000
          • Classroom Programs (MSI & other) $ 7,000
          • Middle School Copier $ 4,250
          • Teacher Supplies $ 7,000
          • Outdoor Ed (5th & 7th) $ 4,000
        • Unbudgeted item for this year $10,000 for iPads & and iPad cart
        • By Law changes The PTO will vote on two by law changes. 1) Make the Room Rep Coordinator position a standing chair (Exec Board position) and 2) include two officers as a requirement for a quorum at PTO meetings.

      The PTO also has exciting volunteer opportunities for next year, including: Classroom programs coordinator (Marine Sciences), ELAC rep, Spanish translator, PTO coffee host. Please contact Katherine Schembri ( for more information.

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Reunión del PTO – Jueves, 18 de mayo

Nuestra próxima reunión de PTO es Jueves, 18 de mayo, a las 7 pm en la Biblioteca.
En la reunión que vamos a votar en los siguientes artículos:

      • Oficiales y Comité Permanente Sillas para el próximo año: Vamos a votar en las estas personas que han sido nominados para los siguientes puestos
        • Oficiales: Presidente – Sarah La Torra, VP – (Abierto), Co-Tesoreros – Jackie Smith y Roy Dorling, Secretario – Lisa Silberman.
        • Presidente del comité: Recaudación de fondos – Trina Licht, la Campaña de Donación Directa – Hannah Walbridge, Comunicaciones – Ann Richards, Eventos – presidentes – Melisse Long, Hostelería – Anjanette Lundell, Coordinación de los voluntaries, – (Abierto), Enriquecimiento – Katie McNally, Coordinador de Escuela secondario – Katherine Schembri, Auditoría Finanzas – (Abierta).
      • PTO Presupuesto para 2017/18: La Junta Exec aprobó un presupuesto que prevé unos ingresos de $125,000 en comparación con $138,000 estimada para este año. Los gastos se elevará a $152,000 frente a 167,000 dólares prevista para este año. Utilidad Neta será -$27,000 lo que resulta en una reserva interminable de $115,000.Diez mejores artículos Presupuesto ($ 126.950 o el 84% del presupuesto):
        • TK-5 PE, Rhythm & Moves $65,700
        • carro con computadoras $12,000
        • Programas de 6º a 8º grado $7,000
        • Programa de la clase (MSI y otro) $7,000
        • Fuentes para profesores $7,000
        • Libros de biblioteca, supplies $5,000
        • Healthy Cities Tutoring $5,000
        • Máquina de la copia (6-8th g) $4,250
        • Ciencia de los científicos $4,000
        • Educación al aire libre(5 y 7 g) $4,000
      • Artículos no incluidos en el presupuesto de este año: $ 10.000 para iPads y carrito de iPad.
      • Por Ley cambia El PTO votará en dos por cambios de ley:
        1) Hacer que la Coordinadora del Representante de la Sala ocupe una posición de presidente (Posición de la Junta Ejecutiva) y 2) incluir a dos oficiales como requisito para un quórum en las reuniones de la PTO
        El PTO también tiene emocionantes oportunidades de voluntariado para el próximo año, incluyendo: Coordinador de programas de salón de clases (Ciencias del Mar), representante de ELAC, traductor español, anfitrión de café PTO. Para obtener más información, póngase en contacto con Katherine Schembri (
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Lego Night – Friday, May 12th!



Seeking volunteers for this Friday’s LEGO night! Please sign up and help make it an awesome night:

All families are encouraged to come for a night of excitement filled with LEGO activities, contests, and prizes!

On the program:

• How many bricks in that container? The best guess wins all.

• Lego wall: change your perspective and go vertical!

• Building contest: team up with family/friends to build around a surprise theme.

• Lego racing contest: race your own creation down a track!

6-8 PM in the MUB

Viernes 12 de mayo 18:00-20:00 en Clifford’s MUB
¡Se anima a todas las familias a venir para una noche de emoción llena de
actividades, concursos y premios LEGO!

En el programa:

• ¿Cuántos ladrillos hay en ese envase? La mejor suposición gana todo.

• Pared de Lego: ¡cambia tu perspectiva e ir vertical!

• Concurso de construcción: formar equipo con la familia / amigos para construir alrededor de un tema de sorpresa.

• Lego racing competition: ¡compite tu propia creación por una pista!


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2018 Washington, DC trip for current 7th graders!

The planning has begun!! We are super excited to announce that there will be a trip to Washington, DC next year. Details are still being worked out but please contact susan Leathers at or Leana Litchfield at
if you are interested in having your child attend or wish to chaperone. We will be using the highly recommended tour group called School Tours of America!

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Coming Soon – Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week

We love to show our appreciation to our teachers throughout the school year, and on April 27 many of our teachers and staff were able to enjoy a salad bar provided by the PTO! Everyone enjoyed the lunch and welcomed the chance to visit with each other without being rushed to get back to their classrooms.  

So many different items were brought in by many different people. When you see it all together, it really is wonderful! Big thanks to all!

Coming soon, you’ll receive information about our BIG teacher + staff appreciation week that will be taking place May 22-26!

Nos encanta mostrar nuestro apreciación de los maestros durante todo el año escolar, y el 27 de abril muchos de nuestros maestros y personal fueron capaces de disfrutar de un bar de ensaladas proporcionado por el PTO. Todo el mundo disfrutó de la comida y dio la bienvenida a la oportunidad de visitar uno al otro sin ser apresurado para volver a sus aulas.

Tan muchos artículos diferentes fueron traídos adentro por muchas diversas personas. Cuando usted lo ve todo junto, es realmente maravilloso! ¡Muchas gracias a todos!

¡Próximamente, recibirá información sobre nuestra semana de Apreciación del Maestro que tendrá lugar del 22 al 26 de mayo!

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Open House and Art Show – Thursday, April 27, 2017


Please come Thursday night, April 27th, for Clifford School’s Open House & Art Show!

Open House:

  • Kinder through 3rd Grade: 6:30-7:15 PM in classrooms
  • 4th Grade through 8th Grade: 7:15-8 PM in classrooms

Art Show:

6:15-8:15 PM in the MUB

Our students’ Art in Action masterpieces will be on display in the MUB/gym–from Grades 1 through 5 (as a result of classes taught by parent volunteers) and Middle School (Mrs. Defouw’s art elective class).



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PTO Meeting, Thursday, April 20th – Library

pto_coffee_mugJoin us for the April PTO meeting. We will be discussing upcoming events, hear from our principal about what is new and ongoing at our school, and more. Children are welcome to come and read quietly in the back of the library. As always we will provide a light dinner and much socializing. Come and find out more about our wonderful school.

Junta del PTO, jueves, 10 de abril en la biblioteca

Acuda a nuestra junta de la PTO de abril. Hablaremos de los eventos que se aproximan, escucharemos a nuestro director hablar sobre lo que es nuevo y lo que sigue igual en nuestra escuela y más. Los niños pueden venir y leer en silencio en la parte de atrás de la biblioteca.  Como siempre, proveeremos una cena ligera y socialización. Acudan y aprendan más sobre nuestra escuela maravillosa.

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