Clifford Newsletter


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Message from the principal...

As Thanksgiving approaches, I want to take an opportunity to wish you a wonderful holiday season. I hope you are able to take time to connect with your loved ones.

As we enter the fall break, I want to thank you for your continued support and commitment to education in our community. I know this fall has had some challenges for some students, families, and staff as we get back into a more "normal" school year. However, all of our students, families, and staff have been positive, flexible, and resilient. We have all embraced the fact that change is our only constant during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we have found ways to move forward in effort to support our students. And, as a community, we have chosen to show kindness to one another during this difficult time. One change that is headed our way is that we are soon welcoming our family volunteers back on campus and in our classrooms again! On that note, have a safe and restful break with friends and loved ones.

I am thankful to be your principal.


Clifford Calendar

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

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

Wednesday December 1- Rosa Parks Day

Friday December 3 PTO Coffee @ Katherine's backyard 425 Hill Way, San Carlos (yellow house with with trim) Come enjoy a free cup of coffee and some fresh baked treats while meeting and talking with other Clifford parents. There may be some Clifford swag giveaways too! We look forward to seeing you.

December 6-10- Inclusive Schools Week!

Thursday December 9th @4:30: School Site Council Meeting |Link|

Friday December 10th 3:00-5:00: Middle School Dance (tentatively scheduled)

Tuesday December 14th 8:30-9:30 Principal Chat (Virtual Link) (Password: =gx79s)

Friday December 17th: Minimum Day

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

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Inclusive Schools Week

Inclusive Schools Week is an annual event sponsored by the Inclusive Schools Network (ISN) and Stetson & Associates, Inc., which is held each year during the first full week in December. Since its inception in 2001, Inclusive Schools Week has celebrated the progress that schools have made in providing a supportive and quality education to an increasingly diverse student population, including students who are marginalized due to disability, gender, socio-economic status, cultural heritage, language preference, and other factors. The Week also provides an important opportunity for educators, students and parents to discuss what else needs to be done in order to ensure that their schools continue to improve their ability to successfully educate all children.

This year, the Inclusive Schools Week’s theme is “Rebuilding our Inclusive Community Together.” Join us in celebrating Inclusive Schools Week December 6-12, 2021!

The Evolution of Inclusion: The past and future of education
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Student Government Election Results! Congratulations!

Student Body President: Derick Icaza

Student Body Vice President: Calvin Lundell

Student Body Secretary: Nick Damon

Student Body Treasurer: Andrew Hamann

6th Grade Student Representative: Kitty Hughes

7th Grade Student Representative: Kaitlyn Schernig

8th Grade Student Representative: TBD!

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iReady Testing

i-Ready Testing Windows for Clifford School 2021-2022

December: 11/29 - 12/10

Make-up session: 12/13 - 12/17

March: 03/07 - 03/18

Make-up session: 03/21 - 03/25

What is i-Ready?

i-Ready is an online program for reading and/or mathematics that will help your student’s teacher(s) determine your student’s needs, personalize their learning, and monitor progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows your teacher(s) to meet your student exactly where they are and provides data to increase your student’s learning gains. i-Ready consists of two parts: Diagnostic and Personalized Instruction.

Learn more about i-Ready by watching this video!

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your student’s needs. Each item a student sees is individualized based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier questions. The purpose of this is not to give your student a score or grade, but instead to determine how best to support your student’s learning.

i-Ready Personalized Instruction provides students with lessons based on their individual skill level and needs, so your student can learn at a pace that is just right for them. These lessons are fun and interactive to keep your student engaged as they learn.

Learn more at the i-Ready Family Center

2020-2021 i-Ready Results will be sent home with your child within the next week or two. Be on the lookout!
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Rosa Parks Day 12/1/21

Rosa Parks Day honors an American Civil Rights hero. On either February 4 or December 1, the holiday recognizes the civil rights leader Rosa Parks. On December 1, 1955, after a long day of work, Rosa Parks boarded a bus in Montgomery, Alabama. She took her seat in the ‘colored’ section. As she rode the Cleveland Avenue bus home, the bus began to fill.

The Montgomery city ordinance allowed bus drivers to assign seating. However, it did not permit them to demand passengers give up their seats. Despite this, bus drivers customarily required black passengers to give up their seats to white passengers when public transportation became full. When the bus driver asked Rosa Parks to give up her seat, she refused. Police arrested her, and what followed is Civil Rights history. On December 5, 1955, Rosa Parks was found guilty of violating the city ordinance and fined $10 plus a court fee. African American leaders, including E.D. Nixon and Martin Luther King, Jr. (see Martin Luther King, Jr. Day), organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott for the day of Rosa Park’s trial. The boycott succeeded and lasted several months, devastating the transportation system in Montgomery.

Learn more about Rosa Parks, that day in Montgomery, Alabama, and her role in the Civil Rights movement. Discover how the Montgomery Bus Boycott affected the bussing system. Several books and films offer insight to this day in history and the Civil Rights movement to follow.

  • Quiet Strength: The Faith, the Hope, and the Heart of a Woman Who Changed a Nation by Gregory J. Reed and Rosa Parks
  • Rosa Parks by Rosa Parks
  • She Would Not Be Moved by Herbert R. Kohl
  • Boycott (2001)
  • Selma (2014)

Use #RosaParksDay to post on social media.


The California State Legislature created Rosa Parks Day and first celebrated February 4, 2000. California chose to recognize the date of Rosa Park’s birth. Ohio and Oregon celebrate on the day of her arrest, December 1.

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Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day was a Success! Thank you for being brave like Ruby!

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Message from our Equity Coach, Natalie!

Dear Parents & Caregivers,

Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day was a wonderful success! The JEDIs passed out stickers, bracelets, and yogurts thanks to funding from the AAA Community Impact Grant. The elementary school will also be receiving some books to add to their classroom libraries in honor of Ruby Bridges. Titles include Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges, Say Something by Peter H. Reynolds, and All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold & Suzanne Kaufman.

As a reminder the book clubs we are meeting soon.

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 December 1st 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 29th 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.

Have a wonderful Fall Break!


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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!

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Cub Scout Pack 321! Parent Information Night 11/29 @ 5:45


• Parent Information Night •

Location: Heather Elementary MU Room

2757 Melendy Dr, San Carlos

Date & Time: Monday, November 29, 2021

5:45pm Build a boat, 6:30pm Race your boat!

Questions? Contact Steve at (415) 279-8550 or

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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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