• Weekly News for April 22-26

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/22/2019 9:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 23 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 27 11-3 STEAM Fest in Downtown Redwood City

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Future Dates:

    May 4 2:30-4:30pm - Julia Robinson Math Festival in the John Gill cafeteria

    May 5 9-12 John Gill Garden Clean up Day

    May 7 5:00pm Meet and Greet for Current and Future Orion Parents at the picnic tables

    May 7-May 17 Smarter Balanced State Assessments for grades 3-5 

    Mandarin Immersion Program is Recipient of the Kent Award

    The J. Russell Kent Award Program is named after past San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, J. Russell Kent, the awards are given to innovative and replicable programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in the County. This is a great honor and recognizes our high quality program with enthusiastic community and staff support. 

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  • Weekly News April 15-April 19

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/14/2019 9:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 17 Dine Out at Crouching Tiger Fundraiser

    Apr 18 The NED Show Mindset Assembly 

    Apr 18  PTA at 6:00pm - All parents invited

    Apr 19 NO SCHOOL

    Apr 20 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 22 8:15am Volunteer Recognition Followed by Appreciation Breakfast

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Transition Meeting Summary for the 2019-20 School Year

    Next year the school will host two innovative and unique programs, Orion Alternative and Mandarn Immersion. Parent leaders from both Orion and current John Gill Schools have been meeting over the past month to develop an initial plan that brings the two schools together to build one strong community where all children thrive in a joyful environment. Some of the work the transition team has done:

    • Work together as one Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Orion and Mandarin Immersion programs with participate  and make decisons together
    • Identified parent leaders elected from current school site to serve their second term in the 2019-20 on the new School Site Council
    • Scheduled for next school year major community building events both on and off school site from August - December 2019

    I want to thank the parents and teachers for serving on the transition team for their courage, patience and trust in working together to make two current school programs one strong community.

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

    On Monday, April 22 all volunteers are invited to our Volunteer Recognition Assembly at 8:15am followed by an appreciation breakfast in the staff room. We appreciate all you do for the John Gill Community. 

    The Orion Parent Outreach team will attend our volunteer appreciation breakfast. They will be on hand to answer questions about the Orion Alternative Program and share their perspective the benefits of an alternative program. Volunteers from Orion speak both English and Spanish.

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  • April Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/4/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 1-Apr 5 Spring Break

    Apr 9 & 17   Mandarin Immersion Kinder Tours 8:30-9:30am

    Apr 11 6:00pm Familias Unidas Graduation at Hoover School

    Apr 17 Dine Out at Crouching Tiger Fundraiser

    Apr 18 The NED Show Assembly

    Apr 18  PTA at 6:00pm - All parents invited

    Apr 19 NO SCHOOL

    Apr 20 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 22 8:15am Volunteer Recognition Followed by Appreciation Breakfast

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Principal’s Message

    On Tuesday, April 30 our students and staff will participate in the annual lockdown drill. This is the protocol we would follow in the event of a violent intruder on campus and is a part of The Big Five Protocols developed by the San Mateo County Office of Education, in collaboration with local law enforcement and emergency responders.  While thinking about emergencies on campus can be scary, we plan to focus on how important and empowering it is to be prepared.

    Students and staff will practice locking doors, building a barricade and hiding in the classroom today.  Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Big Five Protocols by reading

    over the  Big Five Parent Flyer.  If you want to dig a little deeper, take a look at the Big Five Community Packet, both found on our school website.  We hope you’ll continue the conversation at home too. In the event of a true emergency, the best thing you can do as a parent is to stay away from the school (and refrain from calling) until you are notified to come pick up your student.  We understand that is extremely difficult but it’s important for us to focus on students in an emergency. While keeping parents calm and informed is critical, student safety will be our highest priority and it’s best if we can avoid anything that distracts from that.  While we know that you’ll want to be in touch with your child, calling or texting them could put them at risk if noise from their cell phone alerts an intruder to their presence. We expect this drill to bring up a variety of emotions from students. If you feel your child is in need of extra support, please let us know so that we check in with him/her.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

    On Tuesday, April 22 all volunteers are invited to our Volunteer Recognition Assembly at 8:15am followed by an appreciation breakfast in the staff room. We appreciate all you do for the John Gill Community.

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  • Weekly News March 25-March 29

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/24/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    The bi-monthly ELAC meeting has been posted to April 30th

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    April 19 Holiday No School

     

     

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  • Weekly News March 18-March 22

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Silicon Valley Math Invitiative Parent Workshop

    This Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-7:30 is our Parent Information for Common Core Mathematics.

    Have you ever wondered why your elementary age student homework looks so different than when 

    you went to school? Come find out what students need to learn for college and career rediness.

    There will be math activities for children and light refreshments servied for all.

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  • Weekly News for March 11-15

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/10/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Mar 11- Mar 15 Optional Conferences with early dismissal at 1:30

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Multicultural Fair March 22

    The Multicultural Fair will be held on Friday, March 22. We need volunteers! There are many ways you can help: host a table/donate your time & help at a table or game/set up/bring things from your country and we will display it for you if you can’t attend/make a donation if you can’t participate but would like to help. Thanks, Karen, Andria, Claudia, Brenda & Wendy, parent volunteers. Contact Wendy at:  yukaritn@hotmail.com 

    Pasta Fundraiser Supports John Gill: Order till the end of the Month online:

    https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/john-gill-elementary

    Transition Team Updates from Meeting #1 Notes

    https://www.smore.com/x7rqh

    Parent Teacher Conferences this week

    Conferences for Spring are optional for students performing at or above grade level. If you would still like to hold a conference, e-mail or send a note or phone message to your child's teacher.

     

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  • March Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/3/2019

    School Calendar

    Mar 4  Trimester 2 Begins

    Mar 5  Danny G. Dance Show k-2

    Mar 7  PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 11- Mar 15 Optional Conferences with early dismissal at 1:30

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Principal’s Message

    Superintendent Dr. John Baker is hosting “Coffee with the Superintendent” for John Gill families in the staff room on Monday, March 18 at 8:30am. This is a great opportunity to talk with the superintendent about the direction of the district and the John Gill campus that will house the Orion Alternative Parent Participation Program and Mandarin Immersion Program. The parent participation is encouraged but not mandatory.

    Danny G. Dance Show for Grades k-2

    The dance performance for grades k-2 except room 8 is:

    Date: March 5

    Time: 6:00pm students arrive for final rehearsal. 6:30pm performance time.

    Due to seating capacity, each student can bring up to 2 guests. Pizza sold for $1 a slice

    Parent Teacher Conferences

    In the second trimester, conferences are optional for students that are at or above grade level both academically or socially.

    Teachers will be sending home report cards to families on March 11.

    RCSD Gifted and Talented Education Information.,

    The RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders located at Clifford and Hoover Schools next year. If you would like your child in current grades 3/4/5 tested for GATE this Spring, you can read more information about the GATE program on the Parent Information website at:http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/5467

    Parents must complete a permission form for their student to be tested. Deadline is March 16.


    Transition Team Brings our Communities Together Parents and staff leaders from John Gill and Orion Alternative are coming together along with Principal Rivera to form our Transition Team. The role of this team of 15 people is to build one strong community with our innovative programs. The team met for the first time with Superintendent Dr. Baker on February 28. If you would like to bring ideas or questions to the team, please send me an e-mail at: krivera@rcsdk8.net

    Pasta Fundraiser for the PTA

    Monday, March 4th is the last day to turn in the paper order for the pasta fundraiser.

    Online orders will be open until the end of March. 

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  • Weekly News for Feb 25-March 1

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/24/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Feb 26 English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30am in the library

    Mar 5 Danny G Dance Show for grades k-2

    Mar 11-15 Parent-Teacher Conferences Early release grades k-5 at 1:30 daily

    The Parent Teacher Association Meeting has been cancelled for this month.

    It will be re-scheduled in March. Keep posted for the date and time.

    Danny G. Dance Performance-Tuesday, March 5

    Students arrive at 6:00pm. Performance at 6:30pm.

    Donations accepted at the door. Each students can bring up to 2 guests

    due to limted seating in the cafeteria.

    Transition Team for to Bring to Communities Together

    Next school year John Gill campus will house to unique and innovatie programs

    and come together as one school community: The Orion Alternative Parent Participation

    Program and the Mandarin Immersion Program. Both of these programs are unique to RCSD

    because they programs specifically chosen by parents. Each program brings unique 

    opportunties for children and their families to learn and thrive. The transition team will meet 

    for the first time this week on February 28 to create a shared vision that will shape the future of 

    our school experience together. The team consists of 15 people, 5 current John Gill parents and 2 

    staff members and 5 current Orion Alternative parents and staff members. I will serve on the team 

    as well. We will keep the community posted on the progress of our work together. I will send out

    parent and teacher names and contact information who serve on the transition team so the current

    families can share their input with the team. This information will be shared in the March newsletter.

    Together we are better!!

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  • Weekly News for Feb. 19-Feb. 22

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Feb 18 President’s Weekend NO SCHOOL

    Feb 19 8:30am School Site Council

    Feb 26 English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30am in the library

    Feb 28 6:00 pm PTA meeting in the staff room

    Mar 5 Danny G Dance Show for grades k-2 at 6:00pm

    Mar 11-15 Parent-Teacher Conferences Early release grades k-5 at 1:30 daily

    Annual Climate Survey for John Gill Families

    Every year we solicit families to share their expereinces at school using Panorma services.

    We use the survey results at school site council to help guide our instructional programs.

    As of today 34 families have responded. Please complete the survey by Feb. 22 to help inform and guide our decisions.

    Take the survey today at : https://bit.ly/2HTDWqb

     

     

     

     

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  • Weekly News Feb 11-15

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/10/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Feb 14 School Spirit Day “Wear Red or Pink”

    Feb 15 & 22 Kinder tours for Prospective parents of the Mandarin Immersion program for next year
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    Feb 18 President’s Weekend NO SCHOOL

    Feb 19 8:30am School Site Council

    Feb 26 English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30am in the library

    Feb 28 6:00 pm PTA meeting in the staff room

    Mar 11-15 Parent-Teacher Conferences Early release grades k-5 at 1:30 daily

    Mar 22 Multi-cultural celebration

    Valentine’s Day February 14 Wear the colors red and pink to celebrate a day of love and friendship. The student council will be selling Valentine grams during lunch for $1.00  Feb. 11-13. Students purchase the Valentine gram for a friend as a fundraiser. The student council will deliver them to the classroom on 2/14.  Also, students can exchange cards from home for the whole class on 2/14. Please do not send candy with your student to school.

    Parent Partication Supports 2nd Annual Multi-cultural celebration on March 22

    The students loved the multi-cultural celebration so much last year, that it is back for the second time. Students loved to see their culture celebated with their fellow students. Parents, the students and school need your support to make this event a reality again. Just a simple sign that highlights a culture you want to share with students and an artifact  are all that is needed. For example, a game, costume, music or food that can be shared are all that is needed. The celebration is in the cafeteria on March 22 from 8:30-10:00am. Talk to the teacher, principal or PTA for more information. 

     

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