Clifford Newsletter


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Principal's Message

Hello Clifford families,

Here we are at the beginning of February, but it has felt so much like spring. It has been great to have the kids eating outside and enjoying the weather that we value so much here in our Bay Area home. We are happy to report that our Covid positive rates have dropped drastically in the last two weeks and we are looking ahead to much brighter days ahead, full of negative tests!

This month, our students look forward to Valentine's Day activities in class to celebrate friendship and kindness, and they also look forward to the break that follows the next week, when we celebrate President's Day. February has just begun, but we know in a blink it will be over and we'll be approaching the end of trimester 2. Please remind your kiddos to keep up their hard work over the next few weeks as they wrap up this second trimester. We have a lot of exciting activities ahead.

This newsletter has important nuts and bolts information, so please make sure you take a couple of minutes to review some important items for your information.

Jude & Tiffany

Covid Testing

As you may already know, we have a team from BayPLS who is at Clifford on Mondays and Thursdays to provide weekly Covid testing to registered students. Please be aware that we only have this team for a short period of time on each of these days, so in order to get all of our students tested once per week, we break up which grade levels get tested on each of the days. Please note that if you sign up your child to be tested, they will be tested once during the week. The email to sign up for testing should go out on Fridays from the district. Please try to have your child signed up for testing before Monday morning. We work diligently every week to make sure everyone gets tested once, so please be mindful if you sign them up for testing more often than that, they will still be tested one time during the week. Please let Tiffany Parrish ( know if you have any questions.


  • Tue, Feb 1- Mar 1- Black History Month
  • February 7- Principal Chat 8:30 |Link| Password: Dolphins
  • February 8- Disability Awareness Meeting 7:00 PM |Link to reg. and Meeting|
  • February 9- RCSD School Board Meeting 7:00 PM |Agenda| |Link|
  • February 14-18- Spirit Week!
  • February 17- PTO Meeting 7PM |Link|
  • February 13-19- Random Acts of Kindness Week! (Start on the 13th! Link)
  • February 18th- Minimum Day- Thursday Schedule

  • February 21st-25st- President's Week No School for Students

  • March 8- End of Trimester 2

  • Mar 22- Clifford Vision Screening TK/K, 2nd, 5th, 8th

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While challenging the teacher as hero trope, We Got This shows how authentically listening to kids is the closest thing to a superpower that we have. Cornelius Minor identifies tools, attributes, and strategies that can augment our listening, allowing us to make powerful moves toward equity by broadening access to learning for all children.

Children’s Books for Black History Month

Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation

Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation

Black Heros

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Message from our Equity Coach, Natalie!

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Dear parents & guardians,

First, let me wish you a happy belated Lunar New Year to all those who celebrate. Second, happy Black History Month. I’m so excited to share with you all the wonderful things Clifford has planned for the month.

On Monday we began sharing knowledge about notable Black heroes over the loudspeaker. We will be doing this each school day morning in February. Various members of our staff JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, inclusion) team will read information about that day’s hero. While they are reading, teachers will be showing the corresponding images of the person to the students in the classrooms.

As a way for our students to learn more about Black history (and also to have some fun), we will be having a door decorating contest. We will have winners in the following three categories: K-2, 3-5, and middle school social studies. The winner in each category will receive a pizza party. This is an opportunity for learning and creativity. On the 18th of February, right before February break, we will have a school-wide walk to view the doors. The winners will also be announced on the 18th.

Next week, a member of the middle school Black Student Union or I will be going to the TK- First grade rooms to read a story for Black History Month. This picture book will be a story that celebrates Black joy. The Second through Fifth-grade teachers will have other Black History Month learning opportunities with me with lessons around Black artists and inventors.

I’m so honored to be part of a community that is celebrating Black history in such a meaningful way.

Have a great weekend!


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Our Dolphin Promise

To teach students, not subjects or textbooks

To make learning joyful

To be proactive rather than reactive

To teach in ways that respond to our students' needs

To meet students where they are

To keep in mind that learning is a process that takes time and commitment

To keep relationships at the core of how we work together

To help each student feel valued, seen, and heard

To create an atmosphere that welcomes every student to belong

To dream big, have perseverance and grit

To challenge all students to learn at high levels

To inspire and motivate students

To include academic challenges so that all students can explore their potential

To love, protect, and care for our community

To be proud of who we are no matter what adversity we face

To be dependable and reliable

To be an upstander

To be Dolphin proud

Clifford was recognized as a Kindness Certified School 2022!

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The Science of Kindness
How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids by Tom Rath and Mary Reckmeyer
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One Thousand Full Scholarships Available for Spring 2022!

Digital Media Academy is offering 1000 full scholarships for their virtual spring break camps that focus on various digital enrichment topics from coding to digital music

Supporting talented young learners to level up their tech passion. Don’t miss this opportunity, courses running from March 14th to April 14th, for students ages 9-18.

Application ends on March 4th, 2022


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We need new parent members on the Clifford School Site Council for School Years 2022-2024

Clifford families--We need new parent members on the Clifford School Site Council for School Years 2022-2024. This group approves the budgets for both Measure U and the Site Improvement Plan. In addition, they hear updates from the principal about plans for the school and help to guide the direction of the school. Are you available for one meeting a month to make a deep impact at your school? Email Site Council President Dione Smith ( to express your interest or ask questions. Please submit interest by February 18, 2022.
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Interested in helping PTO plan, organize, fundraise or set up for our Annual PTO Auction?

Interested in helping PTO plan, organize, fundraise or set up for our Annual PTO Auction?

All help is needed! Please contact Jennifer Erskine at

The PTO would love for more volunteers - Fundraising, Staff Appreciation, Communication Lead, Treasurer, President positions and more are needed for this upcoming year! Please contact Jennifer Erskine at Any participation is welcome!

Next PTO Meeting - February 17th. Additional information to follow.

SAVE THE DATE! Clifford School Auction - April 16th. Additional information to follow.

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Clifford School and San Carlos Children’s Theater Present Annie Jr!!!

On Stage
March 11-13, 2022
Mustang Hall

828 Chestnut Street, San Carlos

See Flyer Attached Below

The Clifford School's production of Annie could use your business' support. Consider placing a Full Page Ad, Half Page Ad or Business Card Ad in our play program. These ads will help us break even for the cost of the play. For more information email Praj Kulkami at

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YMCA Project Cornerstone 2022 ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

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Clifford Disability Equity Meeting

The committee will be dedicated to raising awareness of the disability experience, learning about disability history and pride, the respecting of people’s identities and dismantling the stigma around disabilities. We will organize in-person and virtual interactive events and activities for students and the whole community. We will also create a library of information, including books, flyers, articles and videos as educational resources for our community. Please join us for our first meeting on Tuesday, February 8th at 7pm. We will have Sam Drazin, a founder and executive director of Changing Perspectives do a short presentation for our community. All are welcome to attend!

Link to register- and link to meeting

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Reach a child. Touch a Family. Build a community.

Join our community of volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to a Clifford 1st grade student for 45 minutes per week. Volunteer tutors work with students after school hours at the school library, helping with reading, writing, math facts, homework, and/or skill building.

Don’t worry if you don’t have tutoring experience, we provide training!

Help a younger Clifford student gain academic confidence and improve their self esteem.

Tutoring hours count for community service hours requirements.

Sign Up NOW!!!

Click her to Volunteer

For more information visit or contact:

Janelle Gibson, HCT Program Coordinator

415-793-1064 /

Alex Otis, HCT Program Coordinator

347-241-7894 /

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Earn money for Clifford School when you make purchases on Amazon!

Earn money for Clifford School when you make purchases on Amazon! Make your Amazon purchases through Amazon will donate a portion of what you spend to Clifford School when you designate Clifford School Parents Club as the recipient of the donations you generate.

Reporting Student Illness/Absences

Parents/Guardians can now use this Google form to report their child(ren) absent. Please follow this link to the form and bookmark it for easy reference!

Clifford School

Jude Noyes-Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Assistant Principal

"We can help the profession to craft a better hero narrative. In doing so, we can craft better heroes...not just for the students that we hope to teach but for the world that we hope to build." - Cornelius Minor