Dolphin Weekly

September 6, 2019

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, Sept 11 – Coffee with the Superintendent 8:30-9:30- Room 16

Thursday, September 12- Back to School Night- Schedule:

TK-5 Parents: 5:30-6:15 PM in Classrooms

TK-8 Parents: 6:15-6:30 PM in MUB

6-8 Parents: 6:30-7:30 PM in Classrooms

*Please consider carpooling as there will be limited parking.

Friday, September 13- Movie Night at 6:00 P.M. in the MUB (PTO Fundraiser for 7th-grade outdoor education). Flyer attached!

Friday, September 13- Welcome New Families Potluck in front of Room 18, @ 6:00 P.M. Flyer attached!

Thursday, September 19 – PTO Meeting, School in MUB/Gym @ 7:00 pm, we welcome all families ---new and returning!

Friday, September 20 – Class Photos and Student Picture retakes

Tuesday, September 24 - School Site Council (SSC) Meeting in Room 16 @ 3:00 P.M.

Friday, September 27th - 8:30 AM -9:30 AM- Donuts with Deputies- Room 16 (for all interested families to attend. Will be a monthly event!

Monday, September 30- 5:30-6:30 ELAC Meeting in room 16

Clifford School 2019-2020 Events Schedule

9/27- 8:30 AM -9:30 AM- Donuts with Deputies- Room 16

10/3, 2/6, 6/5 Super Minimum Days all classes end at 11:45

10/14- No school

10/21-10/25 Scholastic Book Fair

10/21-10/25 Reading Challenge Fundraiser

11/9 Clifford PTO Auction (more info to come)

11/11 No School Veterans Day

11/13/19 End of 1st Trimester

11/25 & 11/26 Parent/Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)

11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Week No School

12/6 Winter Family Night

12/20-1/7- Winter Break No School (Students return on 1/8/20)

1/20/20- No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Day

2/7/20-2/9/20 Clifford School Play

2/24/20-2/28/20- 7th Grade Yosemite Trip!

Clifford School Site Council

School Site Council (SSC) at Clifford! Families welcome to attend!

The Clifford School Site Council (SSC) discusses various aspects of our school programs, gives input to planning and votes on the school plan and categorical budgets. Council meetings last one hour and are generally held once a month from September to May. Our first meeting will occur on September 24th at 3:00 PM, location is in room 16. We hope to see a lot of parents at our first meeting later this month!

Clifford ELAC Meeting

We will have our first ELAC meeting of the year on 9/30/19 at 5:30 PM in room 16

The purpose of the ELAC Committee is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners and the SSC on the development of the Single School Plan for Student Achievement.

Please join us!
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Project Cornerstone

Read a Book - Change a Life

Project Cornerstone

Project Cornerstone’s Asset Building Champions (ABCs) are caring adults who read books, lead discussions and facilitate activities with students in class. Through the messages of select stories, we help build a school-wide language for handling social-emotional and relationship matters and empower students to make good choices. ABC readers connect with students and make a difference in their lives all year long. To learn more, please visit

We are recruiting caring adult volunteers who would like to engage with students once a month in class. Become an ABC volunteer (reader/docent) for Clifford School! Training for this role, called ABC Assets 101, may be in-person or online.

For more information or to sign up, please contact Shabnam Moon at

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Shadowing at Sequoia 8th Grade Families!

Dear Friends in the Sequoia HS Community,

Another school year has arrived, and for us at Sequoia, that means another chance to welcome visiting 8th graders for a first look at the school. Our Shadow Program provides the unique opportunity to accompany a current Sequoia student throughout the school day. In our process, we make every effort to match our shadows and hosts based on curricular and extracurricular interests submitted during registration. In addition to seeing a host's regularly scheduled academic classes, we will kick things off with a general introductory information session (8:00-8:30) and will end the day with a summative question/answer session over a complimentary lunch in our Student Activities Center, ending the day at noon. Parents are also welcome to attend both the introduction session as well as an optional informational session from 8:30-9:15

Shadow dates can be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that the program has become very popular and early dates can fill up fast. the program will open for electronic registration on Wednesday, September 11 on the SHADOWS PAGE (Home Page > Parents and Community > 8th Grade Shadowing Program) of the Sequoia HS website. Please feel free to contact shadow coordinator Corey Uhalde ( with any questions or comments.


Queridos amigos en la comunidad Sequoia HS:

Ha llegado otro año escolar, y para nosotros en Sequoia, eso significa otra oportunidad de dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes de octavo grado que visitan la escuela por primera vez. Nuestro Programa Shadow ofrece la oportunidad única de acompañar a un estudiante actual de Sequoia durante todo el día escolar. En nuestro proceso, hacemos todo lo posible para que nuestras sombras y hosts coincidan con los intereses curriculares y extracurriculares presentados durante el registro. Además de ver las clases académicas programadas regularmente de un anfitrión, comenzaremos con una sesión de información introductoria general (8: 00-8: 30) y terminaremos el día con una sesión de preguntas / respuestas sumativas durante un almuerzo de cortesía en nuestro Estudiante Centro de actividades, terminando el día al mediodía. Los padres también pueden asistir tanto a la sesión de presentación como a una sesión informativa opcional de 8: 30-9: 15 Las fechas de sombra se pueden reservar por orden de llegada. Tenga en cuenta que el programa se ha vuelto muy popular y las fechas tempranas pueden llenarse rápidamente. el programa se abrirá para la inscripción electrónica el miércoles 11 de septiembre en la PÁGINA DE SOMBRAS (Página de inicio> Padres y comunidad> Programa de observación de octavo grado) del sitio web de Sequoia HS. No dude en ponerse en contacto con el coordinador en la sombra Corey Uhalde ( con cualquier pregunta o comentario.

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Donuts & Coffee with the Deputies at Clifford! 9/27 @ 8:30 in room 16!

Our wonderful sheriffs will be joining us monthly and will be available to discuss concerns you may have with the community/safety concerns and or to ask questions of our resource officers! They will be bringing coffee and pastries for each meeting!! The meeting will be in room16! 8:30-9:30 on 9/27!

A message about parking lot safety from our Deputy!

1. Please be mindful of drop off and pick up procedures. Only enter and exit through the appropriate areas. Do not drop off students at the stop sign by the upper lot & Scenic and Clifford, as many cars are pulling out of the lot and it could potentially cause a serious accident- additionally, it causes a traffic backup.

2. Please do not park in any space labeled as a handicap space. Starting next week, there will be an officer here to ticket cars that are illegally parked without the correct placard.

3. Please remember their is one line in the drop off curb (horseshoe), do not pull past and allow your child to run between cars when coming and going from school.

Message from the Principal

Dear Dolphin Families!

Happy official end to the third week of school! Time is certainly flying by and our kids are doing so well. The Clifford staff impresses me every single day! I see excellent teaching and committed teachers who beam with the love of teaching and learning! We are fortunate to have such a talented staff here at Clifford.

Students at Clifford in grades TK-5 have officially begun P.E. classes. Thank you to the PTO for funding this P.E. program! The PE+ program coaches not only teach P.E., they are on the yard at our recess times, playing with the students, teaching games, modeling how to disagree and to lose/win with grace! Clifford is an inclusive school and PE+ ensures that they are able to work with all students at all levels all the time. I see evidence of this at recesses and at P.E. The kids are having a ton of fun with our new PE program.

Music classes have started as well. I am hearing positive feedback about music classes from teachers and students! The students are enjoying their enrichment classes and so are the teachers! Thanks again to the PTO for funding our music program!

Some classes have started reading buddies. This is a great time for mentoring. The older students are happy to be "the big kid" in the lower grades. The younger students are so excited to see their buddies that they run up to the older students and give them hugs and you can see their smiles for miles.

Please join us for Back to School Night. You will have the chance to hear about school-wide initiatives, meet the people who provide services to your children every day, and most importantly, you’ll get to hear from their teachers about their plans for this year of learning!

I'd like to congratulate the student council winners! All of the students had excellent speeches today! Everyone did a wonderful job!

I am available for any questions or concerns you may have. As a parent myself, I understand how much we want to be connected to our child's school and to our principal! So please reach out to me as much as you need, at any time. I am here to support you and your children, so let's work together to make that happen.

In Community,




Reading Buddies Ms. Smith and Ms. Cody's Class!

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Clifford School

Principal: Jude Noyes

Vice Principal: Tiffany Parrish

Office Manager: Mayra Guerra

Office Assistant: Maria Stockton