Dolphin Newsletter


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Message from the principal...

Dear Dolphin families,

December has rushed upon us and we're two weeks away from winter break. We have a few reminders of things coming up in December and January, but more immediately we are excited to celebrate Inclusive Schools Week during the week of December 6th -10th. This week gives us an extra opportunity to celebrate being an inclusive community where everyone is included! Join us in celebrating by showing your spirit. More information about Inclusive Schools Week can be found in this newsletter.

During this busy month, I do hope you find time to slow down and celebrate small moments with your family. During this season where a number of holidays are celebrated, I hope that your family takes some time to unwind and rest. The campus is always buzzing with fun activities and excitement for the upcoming winter break during December, and we are excited to finish out the year of 2021 with strength and excitement for a new year ahead. Thank you, as always, for your partnership and support for all of our staff at Clifford.

In partnership,


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Message from our Equity Coach, Natalie

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

December 1st was Rosa Parks Day and many classes came to the Equity Room to learn and build on their knowledge of Rosa Parks. Clifford students learned that Rosa was not physically tired that day in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white person; she was just tired of giving in all the time.

This week both GSA and the Black Student Union met. The GSA made a flag for the middle school hallway and added their handprints to the Equity Room. During the BSU meeting, we had an informative discussion on colorism in the Black community and its roots.

Next week is Inclusive Schools Week. I’m excited to be teaching lessons to the various grades with a focus on disability awareness. The teachers have also been provided with additional lessons and books if they want to explore the topics further. Here is a list of book suggestions if you would like to read some of these books at home.

All the best,


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December 6-10- Inclusive Schools Week!

December 6-10- Inclusive School Spirit Week!

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

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

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

January 17th- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL

Outdoor Ed. 6th-7th Grade- 1/31-2/04

**The Dolphin Depot student store is open every Friday at lunch!

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Winter Wonderland Dance 6th-8th Grade! 12/10 3-5PM

Hello families! We are happy to be able to host an after school dance on Friday December 10th from 3:00-5:00. We need to follow some extra steps to comply with guidelines from San Mateo County Office of Education. Students must demonstrate that they are vaccinated or, if they are not vaccinated, they need to be Covid tested prior to the event, which would be provided here at school the day prior to the dance. This is a requirement for students to attend this extracurricular event. Please complete each section below if you would like to give your student permission to attend this dance on 12/10 from 3:00-5:00. The dance will be held in the MUB at Clifford. Students must be picked up at campus no later than 5:15 pm.

Please fill out this permission slip form!

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COVID-19 Test Appointment for RCSD Students

For those students who are participating in COVID Testing at school, please make sure you are making appointments by clicking the link here:

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Clifford ELAC!

¿Qué son los Comités ELAC deClifford y DELAC del Distrito?

El Comité de ELAC está organizado con padres representando a niños con aprendizaje del idioma inglés en sus escuelas locales. El comité de DELAC está compuesto por padres que representan a sus escuelas a nivel de su distrito escolar. Los representantes construyen el puente entre los dos comités.

¿Sabía usted que en nuestra comunidad tenemos aproximadamente 34 niños estudiando el idioma inglés?

  • Los niños con su lengua materna que no es inglés se les considera aprendices de inglés del Distrito Escolar de Redwood City.

  • Cada año, los niños toman un examen (ELPAC) para ver su progreso y reconocimiento en lectura, y lenguaje. Esta es la oportunidad que tienen nuestro niños para entrar el proceso de reclasificación. Demostrando un nivel de dominio del idioma similar a un nativo hablante.

¿Cómo podemos apoyar y colaborar con el Comité del Distrito (DELAC), que gobierna los servicios para los niños?

  • La directora del DELAC (Ms. Leslie Daniele), está promoviendo este año, la colaboración con las familias de los niños para asegurar que los servicios que necesitan en la escuela y casas estén disponibles para ellos y para los papás.

  • Es importante que tengamos un comité con padres representando a nuestros estudiantes. Todas las reuniones van a ser en español.

  • Cuando formamos el comité de nuestra escuela, los papás tienen la oportunidad de representar la escuela en el comité principal del distrito con otros padres de otras escuelas.

¿Cuáles son los beneficios de participar en el ELAC?

  • Como padre, tienes el reconocimiento de los derechos y servicios disponibles a sus niños.

  • Conocer otros papas pasando por el mismo proceso y oír sus experiencias con nuestra escuela y distrito. Esto es exactamente lo que quiere la directora del DELAC.

  • Comunicar cualquier necesidad que sus niños no tienen para superar y reclasificar en menos tiempo con los materiales apropiados para la preparación de ELPAC.

¿Cómo puede enterarse más del programa antes de la próxima reunión en diciembre?

  • envíanos tu información de contacto para recibir el enlace de la reunión a Scarlett Mineta Mendoza (650)804-1505 o

  • Jude Noyes, Principal 650-482-2402 o

  • También vamos a estar en la escuela después de clase durante la semana pasando esta información, si gusta hablar con nosotras en persona.

¡¡En unión para el éxito de nuestros niños!!

English message, click here

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Earn Money for Clifford PTO when you shop 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.

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Honey Bear Trees! Fundraising for Clifford when you buy a tree!


This is Shelly with Honey Bear Trees. Welcome to another season of fundraising. I've attached our flyer to this email for your school to distribute. As usual, the flyer is not necessary to receive the 15% donation to your school but they will need to mention the school they want their donation to go to when purchasing a tree or wreath from us. At the end of the season we will mail out your donation check. Have a wonderful week.

Hope to see you this season!

Shelly Cocco


Co-Owner HBT

Flyer attached below (English/Spanish)

Clifford School

Jude Noyes- Principal

Tiffany Parrish- Vice Principal

We ARE the most incredible school in the Inner-Planetary Galactic Solar System!

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