Dolphin Newsletter


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Hello Clifford Families,

We have such a busy next few weeks! Reminder that the first trimester comes to an end on Friday, November 12th. Teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule parent teacher conferences. These conferences are always important, but especially during this time to keep our home to school connections strong! We have many things on the calendar this month reflecting days off for Veteran’s Day and Fall Break, so please take note.

We are so excited that vaccines have been opened up to our younger students! This is especially helpful as we come into the colder, rainy, months where we will inevitably spend more time eating inside. We are so grateful that all of our students over 5 will now have the opportunity to protect themselves against Covid and to provide further protection for our community as a whole.

November is a month for recognizing gratitude, and we are reminded everyday of how grateful we are for this Clifford community! Thank you to all of our staff who have worked so hard to provide such meaningful learning for our students. Thank you to our families for your trust and partnership as we get back on this track to what life looked like before the pandemic. Enjoy the leaves, the change in the weather, and opportunities to share joy with friends and family.

In Partnership,

Jude Noyes

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Calendar Items

Wednesday November 10th: RCSD School Board Meeting 7PM | Link | Password: rcsdbot

Thursday November 11th: Veterans Day NO SCHOOL

Friday November 12th: Trimester 1 Ends

Monday November 15: Virtual Chat with the Principal 8:30-9:30 | Link |

Wednesday November 17th: Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day!

Wednesday November 17th: Parent Education Event- Anti Bias Child Raising 7:00 PM |Link| (translation will be available)

Thursday November 18th: PTO Meeting @ 7:00 | Link |

Friday November 19th: Minimum Day (Thursday Bell Schedule)

Monday and Tuesday November 22nd and 23rd: Virtual Parent Teacher Conferences NO SCHOOL

November 24th-28th: Fall Break: NO SCHOOL

Thursday December 2nd @4:30: School Site Council Meeting

Friday December 10th 3:00-5:00: Middle School Dance

Friday December 17th: Minimum Day

December 18th-January 3rd: Winter Break, NO SCHOOL

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RCSD Vaccination Clinic

RCSD will host its clinic on Thursday, November 18 at Hoover Community School. The event will take place after school from 2 to 7 p.m. All families will need to register their children for vaccination prior to the event. In the coming weeks, RCSD will provide information to all families on how to register.

The event is open to all 5-11 year olds in San Mateo County.

Children who receive their first dose on November 18 will be able to come back to Hoover Community School for their second dose on Thursday, December 9. Hoover Community School is located at 701 Charter St.

The vaccination clinic at Hoover is one of many options for vaccinating children in San Mateo County. Other options include healthcare providers, pharmacies, and other county and community clinics. San Mateo County Health will be posting these options on its website.

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Covid Testing Schedule

We have a team of medical staff who come on Mondays and Thursdays to test our students at Clifford whose parents have registered with Primary Health and have also indicated that they would like their children tested that week. In order to have your child tested at school, you need to do two things.

  1. Please register your child at Primary Health at this link here. You only need to complete this process one time and provide your consent.

  2. Please make sure to complete the form that the district sends out on Friday afternoon at 3:00. This form is your way of telling us that you would like your child tested the following week. You will need to complete this form every week on Friday if you want your child tested the next week.

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Take the Family Survey! Clifford Needs your Feedback!

Link to the Family Survey:

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Clifford School values your feedback! We are currently surveying our Clifford School families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences, and a supportive caring environment, which meets the needs of our learners and prepares them for college and career and to be globally competitive, we need your feedback.

To administer these surveys, we have partnered with Panorama Education to conduct our fall 2021 Family Survey. The survey is 100% anonymous. The survey shouldn’t take more than a few minutes to complete, and will be a valuable source of information for us as we continue to grow as a school community.

You may complete the survey online between November 1 and November 12 using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by clicking this link.

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 650-482-2402 or by email

Student and Staff Survey: Students in grades 3-8 will take the student survey between 11/1-11/12. Teachers have planned for time in class for students to participate. Staff will also take the survey during a planned staff meeting or at other planned times between 11/1-11/12.

Learn more about Panorama. Click here

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Dolphin Creed Awards TK-8th Grade

Dolphin Awards and Criteria...

Starting in December, each month our Tk-5th grade teachers will nominate one student from their class who exemplifies what it means to live by our Dolphin Creed. Our students will be recognized in a school wide announcement and our winners will receive a special prize from our Dolphin Depot student store and have their picture showcased in the office for the month. Our middle school students will receive similar recognition, with a twist. Middle school will be recognized by trimester. Each grade level will nominate one student per character trait on the creed. For example, for each grade there will be 5 winners per trimester. They will also receive recognition, their showcased picture in the office, and a special (middle school geared) prize from the Dolphin Depot. These awards are a small way that we can acknowledge and celebrate the great things that our Dolphins do on a daily basis! Additionally, we will also recognize students in 6-8th grade for academic excellence and students who have demonstrated academic improvement.

Students are nominated by their teachers for the Creed awards!

  • Dolphin Cares- Students earning this award show concern and/or sympathy for others, are sensitive to the needs of others, offers support & giving their time, talents, and resources to help others, talking positively about others, considering the needs of others, not just their own. They show understanding of others by treating them with compassion, generosity, and a forgiving spirit. These students exemplify the Core Value of Care!

  • Dolphin Respect—Students earning this award have demonstrated respect for self, others, learning environment and learning. They have good behavior, good attitude, and participate in class on a daily basis. Students earning this award are the most improved student. These students exemplify the Core Values of RESPECT

  • Dolphin Empathy - Students earning this award have demonstrated care and concern towards other Dolphins. They consistently reach out to others and help them feel cared for. These students exemplify the Core Value of EMPATHY!

  • Dolphin Eagerness—Students earning this award exhibit leadership among their peers, earn high grades in all content areas, and are considered a positive role model for their peers. These students are also asking for extra credit and go above and beyond when working on projects and/or special assignments. These students are never tardy between classes and are always ready to learn from bell to bell. These students exemplify the Core Value of being EAGER!

  • Dolphin Dreamer—Students earning this award are helpful to others, consistent with their work ethic, and are students who try hard in classes. These students set goals and are always looking to the future. These Dolphin Dreamers are not only creative, but they are resourceful and inspire others to think outside the box. The Dolphin Dreamer is gentle by nature and loyal. These students live above their background and don’t let hard times change their course. Even in adversity, they believe they will still be successful! These students exemplify the Core Value of DREAMER!

Family & Teacher Conferences

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Message from Natalie, Clifford's Equity Coach!

Dear Families,

The JEDI team at Clifford is pleased to announce the first PreK-8th grade JEDI Book Club. In honor of Native American History Month, all the Book Club books will be by Native American or Indigenous authors.

For our middle school students, the book will be If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth. We will be meeting at lunch on November 29th to discuss the book in the Equity Room.

For our 4th/5th grade students, the book will be Fatty Legs by Christy Jordan-Fenton. We will be meeting at lunch on November 30th to discuss the book in the Equity Room.

For our 2nd/3rd grade students, the book will be JoJo Makoons by Dawn Quigley. We will be meeting at lunch on November 26th to discuss the book in the Equity Room.

Finally, for our youngest learners, Prek-1 first grade, your book is We are Grateful by Traci Sorell. Here is a video of the book being read. At the end of the video is a great “wonder”. Please spend some time discussing it with your child.

If you are unable to purchase a book for financial reasons, please see Ms. Natalie in the Equity Room and where she has a small supply available for those who need it.

*Please note that everyone is welcome to the book club discussions. You do not have to have read the book to be included.

If you have any questions about the books, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Happy reading!



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Safe Routes to School's Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
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Reminder about Domestic Travel

As we approach the holiday season, we want to remind our families of the travel recommendations from the CDC regarding vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. It will keep our community safer if we adhere to these recommendations, especially for our younger students who have not yet had the opportunity to get vaccinated.

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Clifford PTO Gets Donations: Use Amazon Smile to Shop!

Did you know that Amazon has a great program where it gives 0.5 percent (on most purchases) back to Clifford School?

You shop on Amazon, as normal, but you need to start shopping via this link. The Amazon Smile program works a bit like eScrip: If you make your Amazon purchases through the Amazon Smile portal, Amazon will give back this small percentage of what you spent to Clifford School PTO.

What you need to do: The first time you land on the Amazon Smile page, you’ll be asked to enter the organization where you want the portion of your $$ shopping amount to be donated: Clifford PTO is registered as “Clifford School Parents Club” in Redwood City. So make sure you enter Clifford School Parents Club. When it appears in the search results, click Select.

And start shopping!

Continue to use the Amazon Smile landing page from here on out; you won’t have to identify Clifford School Parents Club each time.

Now is a great time to get registered —For more info, check out Amazon’s Frequently Asked Questions page regarding Amazon Smile.

Thanks for supporting Clifford School

Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Assistant Principal

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