• Weekly News for Feb. 19-Feb. 22

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

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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 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

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    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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  • February Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

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    Feb 6 Chinese New Year Celebration at John Gill &
    100 Days of School Celebrations in grades k-1l

    Feb 9 Chinese Lunar New Year Downtown 11am & Orion Author Fair at Orion School 10:30-3:00

    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

    Next Steps for John Gill In the 2019-20 school year, John Gill will be home to two unique programs: The Parent Participation Model, currently on the Orion campus and the Mandarin Immersion Program. These changes provide exciting opportunities for students and the community. To learn more about the Parent Participation model, visit the current Orion website at: https://www.rcsdk8.net/orion.

    To support this transition, the San Mateo County Office of Education will facilitate the current parent leadership groups coming together to form one united group.

    Construction Another exciting change coming to the John Gill campus next year is the start of construction and modernization. Phase I is to begin in the Fall or Winter of 2019 and will include the demolition of the primary buildings in rooms 15-20. During construction some of the students will be in the remaining buildings or in temporary portable buildings to be located on the basketball courts. 

    Chinese New Year Begins

    Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.[2] In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the pig.

    Chinese New Year Celebrations for the John Gill Community

    Mon- Feb 4 at 8:15am Mandarin Immersion Students Share Songs at the morning Assembly

    Wed- Feb 6 Celebration and Chinese culture activities in the MIB

            8:30-9:00 Grades k-1

            9:00-9:30 Grades 2-3

            9:30-10:00 Grades 4-5

    Parent volunteers needed for set up starting at 8:00 am until 10:30 clean up.

    Sat- Feb 9 Downtown Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival 11-3

    John Gill has a booth with a fun activity. Students in the MI program perform traditional and modern dances from the Chinese culture at 1:00pm on the stage in the Plaza.

    Mon- Feb 11 8:15am Dragon Dance at the morning assembly

    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 on Feb. 11-13 during lunch. Students purchase the Valentine gram for a friend as a fundraiser. The students 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.

     

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  • Jan 22-Jan 25

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/19/2019 6:00:00 AM

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    Jan 22-Jan 25 Grade 5 students to Jones Gulch Outdoor Education Camp

    Jan 24 & 25 8:30am School Tour for prospective families of the Parent Participation Program

    Jan 25 9:00am School Tour for prospective families of the Mandarim Immersion Program

    Jan 28 6:30pm Parent Information Meeting for prospective families of the Parent Participation Program

    Jan 29 8:30am School Site Council

    Jan 31 PTA All Association Meeting 6:00 pm

    Feb 18 No School Presidents Weekend

    Principal's Message

    I have been reading Angela Duckworth’s book Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance.  Her research around grit is very inspiring. I like the idea that success is predicated more on perseverance than any innate talents we may possess.  What emerged from her research was something she calls the “Grit Scale” which measures the extent to which a person approaches life with grit. It is not surprising that people who scored the highest on the grit scale were also some of the most successful people in their chosen fields.

    As parents and educators, it is our job is help foster grit, passion and perseverance among our children. Angela Duckworth states that the most common question she gets is, “What can I do to encourage grit in the people I care for?” I took a look into Psychology Today to see what they say about how to strengthening grit among children. They recommend 12 things we can do for our children, listed below. If you would like to read further, I have included a link to the article, 12 Ways to Raise a Competent, Confident Child with Grit

    12 Ways to Raise a Competent, Confident Child with Grit.

     

    1. Stop controlling and start coaching.

    2. Remember that perfection is not the goal.

    3. Let him try to do it himself from the earliest age.

    4. Help her build confidence by tackling manageable challenges.

    5. Don’t set him up for failure.

    6. Encourage, Encourage, Encourage. And teach self-encouragement.

    7. Instead of evaluating, describe and empathize.

    8. Focus on effort, not results.

    9. Model positive self-talk.

    10. Don't be afraid of your child's feelings

    11. Don't set your child up for extra frustration.

    12. Affirm your child’s ability to impact the world.

    I have written a lot about the ways in which we can work towards excellence. There are a lot of recurring themes in the ways in which we accomplish difficult things and the way in which we can teach our children how to do the same. We all make mistakes and we all fail. We have also seen our children give up easily when things get hard. Maybe there is something we can do about that when it happens. I am reminded of the Growth Mindset that we have worked hard to instill in our students. Growth Mindset and Grit have many of the same ideas and strategies. If you have a few minutes listen to Angela Duckworth’s Ted talk on Grit.

     

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  • January Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/7/2019 9:00:00 AM

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    Jan 8 Teacher Professional Training-No School

    Jan 9 School Resumes

    Jan 10 6:00pm at MIT Meeting RCSD for prospective kindergarten and new parents to RCSD

    Jan 11, 18, 25 Kinder tours for Prospective parents of the Mandarin Immersion program for next year

    Jan 14 Reclassification Ceremony 6:00pm at McKinley School

    Jan 21 Martin Luther King Holiday- NO SCHOOL

    Jan 22-Jan 25 Grade 5 students to Jones Gulch Outdoor Education Camp

    Jan 29 8:30am School Site Council

    Jan 31 PTA All Association Meeting 6:00 pm

    Feb 18 No School Presidents Weekend

    Reflection and Goal Setting for 2019

    With a new year, it is a good time to reflect on the past year and make some goals for the year to come.  I would like to take this opportunity to review with you the district goals and to let you know the progress we have made to date.

    This year you will see us continue to work on fulfilling our commitment to the district wide goals, which include ensuring all students read at or above grade level by end of second grade, reducing the number of long term English learners and supporting all students in meeting or excelling on district benchmark goals.

    Reading data show that in grades k-2 the percent of students reading at or above grade level continues to increase. We also see an increase in the % of students scoring proficient and advanced on district benchmark scores in math and ELA for grades 3-5. We have exceeded State wide goals on tests for English Learners and will celebrate on January 14 our group of students meeting Reclassification Criteria at McKinley School.  

    Our goals for 2019 will continue to focus on helping children become problem solvers, critical thinkers, risk-takers, designers, collaborators, and innovators.

    Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Goals

    Over the past three years, the Redwood City School District has implemented a student behavior program called Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). The major goal of PBIS is to provide students support, guidance, and consistent messaging around behavioral expectations. This includes our core values at John Gill of Eagle P.R.I.D.E. Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Determination and Excellence. We refer to these five words as much as possible throughout the year. Our aim is to provide the kind of support that will help our students thrive in a productive learning environment. This includes a variety of positive incentives and encouragements to do the right thing. Throughout the day we stress the importance of being a good person. Below are the ways in which we have been implementing PBIS.

    • A positive school climate supports healthy outcomes for all students
    • Norms, values, and expectations that support student safety
    • Prevention, Intervention, Prevention support-counseling
    • Accessible Social, Emotional, and Behavioral supports
    • Respectful, caring, and engaging interactions with adults and students

    Our goal is promoting individual, group, and school-wide supports that enhance connectedness and contribute to a safe, supportive environment.

    We have also continued to focus on our  Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum because we know that it works. Building on and practicing skills throughout the elementary school years helps students become better able to use them. The Second Step program focuses on skills that will help your student succeed in school and in life. These skills include empathy, communication, goal setting, relationship building and more.

    School Consolidation Plan

    Keep up to date with the RCSD School Consolidation Plan and how it affects your family at: https://www.rcsdk8.net/

    Nearly all current John Gill families in the traditional program will continue at John Gill next year in the parent participation model. The families attending Orion will join John Gill families. As we prepare for the transition next school year of two different School of Choice Programs, Parent Participation and Mandarin Immersion, parent input will be critical in developinga collaborative community based on a shared vision.

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  • Weekly News for Dec. 17-Dec. 20

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 12/16/2018 7:00:00 AM

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    Dec 17, 18, 19 8:00-5:00pm District officials in office to sign up families for next school year program

    Dec 17 Dine Out at Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm

    Dec 18 School Site Council 8:30am

    Dec 20 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm   Pajama Day at School 

    Dec 21- Jan 8 Winter Break

    Jan 9 School Resumes

    Jan 10 6:00pm Meet RCSD at McKinley School

    December 20 Deadline to Choose Program for Next Year
    John Gill parents NOT in the Mandarin Program must choose a school for next year and complete the School of Choice Application by Dec. 20, 2018.

    Monday, Dec. 17 8:00-6:00pm Meet with a school offical to sign up for next year

    Tuesday, Dec, 18 8:00-5:00pm

    Wednesday, Dec. 19 8:00-4:00pm 

    Thank you parents for the Winter Festival

    Thank you to the Los Dichos and PTA parent volunteers for hosting the incredible Winter Festival Event on Friday, Dec. 14.

    The delicious food, surprise mariachi and Santa spreading cheer was a perfect way to ring in the Holiday spirit with family and friends.

     

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  • Weekly News for Dec 10-14

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 12/9/2018 7:00:00 AM

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    Dec 10 8:30am and 6:00pm 
    Parent Informational Meeting in MUB “What is a Parent Participation School?” This is for parents in the non-Mandarin Immersion Program who would like to know more about the new program at Gill for next year.

    Dec 13 8:30am PTA Meeting

    Dec.14 8:30am in MUB - Parent Information Meeting #2 about Parent Participation Model

    Dec 14 5:30-8:00pm Winter Holiday Festival at John Gill - All food & activities free to all Gill families

    Dec 17 Dine Out at Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm

    Dec 18 School Site Council 8:30am

    Dec 20 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm   Pajama Day at School 

    Dec 21- Jan 8 Winter Break

    Jan 9 School Resumes

    Jan 10 6:00pm Meet RCSD at McKinley School

    December 20 Deadline to Choose Program for Next Year
    John Gill parents NOT in the Mandarin Program must choose a school for next year and complete the School of Choice Application by Dec. 20, 2018.

    Whether parents choose to stay at Gill and be part of the Parent Participation model or move to another RCSD school, the application must be completed or the student will not be registered in a school for next year.

    Parent Information Meetings 
    Dec. 10 8:30am-10:00am MUB
    Dec. 10 6:00-7:30pm MUB (childcare provided)
    Dec. 14 8:30am-10:00am
    Principal Julie Guspari and current Orion parents will present the Parent Participation model and be available to answer questions. Presentation will be in English and Spanish.

    Dates to Complete School of Choice Applications for Next Year
    Monday, Tuesday and Wed. Dec. 17, 18 & 19 8:00am-5pm district representatives will be on site to meet with parents from the current traditional program. Parents can ask questions and get help completing the School of School Application


    All parents MUST complete the application before Dec. 20. The application will take about 10 minutes to complete.
    Parents can choose the Parent Participation model here at Gill or choose another one of our great school options in the Redwood City School District.
    John Gill parents in the traditional program will have priority on Dec. 17 , 18 and 19 for the School of School application process. The deadline for the SOC priority application ends on Dec. 20. If parents do not come to meet with a district official, their child will not be placed at ANY school in the district. Parents are required to come and make a choice by Dec. 20. No applications will be sent home. 

     

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  • December 2018 Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 12/2/2018 8:00:00 AM

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    Dec 10 8:30am and 6:00pm
    Parent Informational Meeting in MUB “What is a Parent Participation School?” This is for parents in the non-Mandarin Immersion Program who would like to know more about the new program at Gill for next year.

    Dec 13 8:30am PTA Meeting

    Dec.14 8:30am in MUB - Parent Information Meeting #2 about Parent Participation Model

    Dec 14 5:30-8:00pm Winter Holiday Festival at John Gill

    Dec 17 Dine Out at Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm

    Dec 18 School Site Council 8:30am

    Dec 20 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

    Dec 21- Jan 8 Winter Break

    Jan 9 School Resumes

    Jan 10 6:00pm Meet RCSD at McKinley School

    Big Changes for John Gill in 2019-20
    The RCSD Board Trustees voted November 28 to consolidate two programs on the John Gill campus for the 2019-20 school year. The Mandarin Immersion program will continue to grow and expand at John Gill while the Parent Participation School of Choice program, currently located at the Orion campus will move to John Gill.

    What does this mean for current John Gill families for next school year? All families are welcome to continue at John Gill as part of either the Mandarin Immersion or Parent Participation programs.

    For more detailed information about the changes, check the district website at: https://www.rcsdk8.net/

    December 20 Deadline to Choose Program for Next Year
    John Gill parents NOT in the Mandarin Program must choose a school for next year and complete the School of Choice Application by Dec. 20, 2018.

    Whether parents choose to stay at Gill and be part of the Parent Participation model or move to another RCSD school, the application must be completed or the student will not be registered in a school for next year.

    Parent Information Meetings
    Dec. 10 8:30am-10:00am MUB
    Dec. 10 6:00-7:30pm MUB (childcare provided)
    Dec. 14 8:30am-10:00am
    Principal Julie Guspari and current Orion parents will  present the Parent Participation model and be available to answer questions. Presentation will be in English and Spanish.

    Dates to Complete School of Choice Applications for Next Year
    Monday, Tuesday and Wed. Dec. 17, 18 & 19 8:00am-5pm district representatives will be on site to meet with parents from the current traditional program. Parents can ask questions and get help completing the School of School Application
    All parents MUST complete the application before Dec. 20. The application will take about 10 minutes to complete.
    Parents can choose the Parent Participation model here at Gill or choose another one of our great school options in the Redwood City School District.
    John Gill parents in the traditional program will have priority on Dec. 17 , 18 and 19 for the School of School application process. The deadline for the SOC priority application ends on Dec. 20.
    We will continue to innovate and develop our S.T.E.A.M. focused lessons in the classrooms and Maker Space.

    Attendance matters!
    Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible.
    We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of flight tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children's education if they miss too much school - and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance.. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

    S.T.E.A.M. Updates
    Grades ⅘ CS First! After school Code Club #2
    Who: Grades 4 & 5
    When: Tuesdays - 2:30-3:30pm
    Dates: Dec. 4, 11, 18 Jan. 15, 22, 29

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  • Weekly New for Nov 26

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/25/2018 7:00:00 AM

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    Nov 26 Last day to order See's candy for school fundraiser. Turn in envelopes to office or teacher.

    Nov 27 8:30am English Language Advisory Committee in the library

    Nov 29  Danny G Dance Performance 6:00pm for grades 3-5 plus room 8

    Nov. 30 Principal Coffee 8:15am To be re-scheduled for Dec. 14

    Nov 30 8:15am Kindergarten classes present Parent Gallery Walk in classrooms

    Danny G Dance Show for Grades 3-5 and grade 2 in room 8

    Thursday, Nov. 29

    6:00pm Students Arrive

    6:20pm Doors Open for the public

    6:30pm Dance Performance Begins

    Each student in invited to bring no more than 2 guests due to limited seating capacity and fire regulations. All children 10 and under will be seated up front. Donations to the PTA gladly accepted at the door. 

    CS First After school coding club session 2

    Sesssion 2 for CS First! After school coding club open to students who have not participated this year.

    Who: Grade 4/5 students

    When: Monday after school 2:30-3:30pm

    Where: Classroom 21

     

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  • Weekly News for Nov 18

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/18/2018

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    Nov 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher conferences-No school for students

    Nov 21-23 No School-Thanksgiving Break

    Nov 27 8:30am English Language Advisory Committee in the library

    Nov 29  Danny G Dance Performance 6:00pm for grades 3-5 plus room 8

    Nov. 30 Principal Coffee 8:15am

    Attendance matters!

    Are you planning a family trip for the holidays? As you think about your arrangements, we want to stress the importance of sending your child to school every day possible. Every year, absences spike in the weeks before and after the winter holiday as families squeeze in a few more vacation days. It's time to break that cycle. We know that just a few missed days here and there, even excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school. This is as true in kindergarten as it is in middle school. Put simply, too many absences at any age can affect a student's chances for academic success and eventually for graduation.

    We recognize that holidays are an important time for reconnecting with families far away. The costs of flight tickets often influence when you want to travel. But keep in mind the costs to your children's education if they miss too much school - and the message you will be sending about the importance of attendance. Even if you've got a homework packet from the teacher, it doesn't make up for the interaction and learning that happens in the classroom. Our teachers will be teaching, and our students will be learning, right up until vacation starts and the first day back. You can help us convey that message. This holiday season, give your children the gift of an education and the habit of attendance.

    Danny G Dance Show for Grades 3-5 and grade 2 in room 8

    Thursday, Nov. 29

    6:00pm Students Arrive

    6:20pm Doors Open for the public

    6:30pm Dance Performance Begins

    Each student in invited to bring no more than 2 guests due to limited seating capacity and fire regulations. All children 10 and under will be seated up front. Donations to the PTA gladly accepted at the door. 

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