Dolphin Newsletter


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Happy February!

Dear Clifford,

Many families have been reaching out about return to school and vaccines for educators due to the recent media regarding these topics. While there are outlets publishing that educators are eligible for vaccinations, educators in our district have not been offered appointments for a vaccination. Unfortunately, news articles share information that doesn't paint the full picture of what it would look like for schools to open back up fully in person. We have had a few classrooms open at Clifford since November. These classrooms that opened were based on teachers who volunteered to return to teaching in person, and students in these classrooms were invited to come back in person if they wanted the opportunity. Only a few classrooms in the district opened under this model. We have since added two learning HUBs, one for 5-8 grade students and one for K-2 students. We are waiting for a more full re-opening based on a number of factors.

Educators and school staff are still waiting to get vaccinated and this will have a significant impact on teachers returning to in person instruction. Right now, teachers in our district have the option of when they return to in person instruction, and we know that many want to, but have been reluctant because of COVID cases over the last couple of months. San Mateo county just met the threshold for schools to open any sort of in person instruction if they have not already done so, and Clifford has had some sort of in person since November and has continued to since that time. A large reopening where all teachers come back is a different scenario, and what we know many parents would like. We are following the direction of the district and the negotiated contracts between our teachers and classified unions to formulate a future return to in person instruction. We will be sure to communicate those plans as they develop.

We appreciate the support and generosity of our community during these very difficult times. We eagerly await the day when we can open the school as we always have in the past. Our hearts are committed and our passion for teaching is unwavering, however the circumstances that are in front of all of us.

In partnership,


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Next Week

  • Mon, Feb 8, 8:30-9:00- Coffee with the Principal | Link
  • Mon, Feb 8-12 Virtual Spirit Week
  • Tues, Feb 9 – Super Minimum Day, 11:45 am Dismissal
  • Wed, Feb 10, 7:00 pm – RCSD Board Meeting | Agenda + Link
  • Wed, Feb 10, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm – Library Book Pickup
  • Fri, Feb 12, - Minimum Day, Dismissal at 1:30 pm


  • Feb 15-19 – February Break, No School
  • Wed, Feb 24, 7:00 pm – RCSD Board Meeting | Agenda + Link
  • Thur, Feb 25, 6:00 pm- PTO Meeting | Link
  • Fri, Feb 26 – Application Deadline for Summit Charter High Schools | Apply

Spread the Clifford Love Donation – Please see the attached flyer and help support Clifford this month. We were able to help support a K-2 learning pod and any donations will help with this program.

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Link to the PTO Fundrasing Site with Link to Donate!

Support Canyon Inn and Clifford on February 10th and 11th

Support Canyon Inn and Clifford on February 10th and 11th – Please help support a favorite local restaurant and mention Clifford! We will receive 20% of the proceeds.
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File link below is the Intent to register packet for 21-22

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Six Teaching Tools for Black History Month

From interactive timelines and rich multimedia to study guides, these resources can help bring Black history into the classroom.

Books by African American Authors

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Please chick out for a list of the 154 recommended African American Children's Books for more titles.

  • Brown Boy Joy by Dr. Thomishia Booker
  • Imani's Moon by Janay Brown-Wood
  • Little Legends: Exceptional Men in Black History by Vashti Harrison and Kwesi Johnson
  • Hair Love by Mathew A. Cherry
  • Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters by John Steptoe
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong'o
  • Different by Christopher Singleton
  • Happy to be Nappy by Bell Hooks
  • My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  • Mixed Me by Taye Diggs
  • Salt in His Shoes by Delores and Roslyn Jordan
  • The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Whoosh!: Lonnie Johnson's Super Soaker Stream of Inventions by Chris Barton

Construction Updates

If you haven't been by Clifford recently- here are some photo updates of some of the beautiful updates that have happened!

Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Vice Principal