• Welcome Back

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 8/15/2018

    Aug 15 4:00-6:00pm in the John Gill Cafeteria

    Aug 20 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL - WELCOME BACK

    Aug 30 Back to School Night

               5:30pm Principal Presentation in the MUB

               6:00pm-7:00pm Classroom Presentations

    Aug 31 Picture Day 

     

    Welcome back to a new school year. Follow up on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/johngillschool/

     

     

     

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  • Weekly News for June 4

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 6/1/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar of Events

    June 4-June 6 Early Dismissal at 1:10pm each day

    June 5 6:00-7:30pm PTA Meeting 

    June 6  9:00-10:30 am Field Day Activities for grades k-5 volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 11:30

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:00am

    Principal's Final Message

    It has been a pleasure serving you and your families this year. There are so many things for you and children to be proud of.

    • Students learned and practiced critical thinking and problem solving strategies all year long.
    • Teachers have designed and taught S.T.E.A.M. integrated lessons that are challenging, fun and necessary for future careers.
    • Learning science outdoors in the garden through Education Outside which was funded by a grant
    • Dancing in front of an audience with their peers
    • Creating art using different forms of materials
    • Leanring a second language

    I look forward to next year serving as Principal and the new opportunities and challenges we will face together. Have a great summer.

    Health and Wellness Policy

    If the classroom is having a celebration, remember to only send healthy snacks like popcorn, fruit, yogurt, etc. 

    Last Day of School

    The last day of school on June 7th is early dismissal at 11:30am. No lunch will be served during the school day. If your child attends the REACH after school program, lunch will be served. Please check with you after school program director about lunch and snacks the last day of school.

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  • Weekly News for March 20

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/20/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    May 25  Final School Site Council and ELAC Meeting at 8:30am

    May 28  Memorial Day-No School

    May 29  Grades k-2 Danny G. Dance Show. Students arrive at 6:00pm

    June 5 6:00-7:30pm PTA Meeting 

    June 4-June 6 Early Dismissal at 1:10pm each day

    June 6  9:00-10:30 am Field Day Activities for grades k-5 volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 11:30

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:00am 

    Reflection on Open House

    It is difficult to image there are only three weeks of school remaining. It was such a pleasure to see the students showing off their work and classrooms to their families. There was a strong community feeling all around campus. Starting with the "Los Dichos" parent volunteers for preparing delicious tacos to the art and dance show. Congradulations to 4th grade student Julian Tapia for winning the iPad in the student drawing sponsored by the PTA. I look forward to some of our final community activities with students and families before the close of the school year.

    Danny G. Dance Show May 29

    Students arrive at 6:00pm

    Show begins at 6:30

    Donations accepted at the door. 100% of the donations are directed to the dance program for 2018-19. Please note, seating is limted. All children 11 and under will be directed to sit on the floor in front of the stage. We have 154 students performing in the dance and seating for only 180 adults in the MUB. Disabled adults will be able to enter early but will not be able to save a seat for a family member. Please plan accordingly.

    Parent Teacher Association Meeting to vote for new leadership June 5

    The PTA is in need of parents to serve on the PTA board and PTA committees. There are just 3-4 parents on a regular basis fulfilling all roles and they are spread very thin. The school has a large wish list of programs and activities they would like to provide for the children of John Gill. The PTA is the resource that brings enrichments like art, dance and garden to our school. No experience is necessary to serve. Please come to our next PTA meeting to learn more about the role of PTA in our school on June 5 at 6:00pm. Childcare is provided.

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  • Weekly News for May 8

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/6/2018 7:00:00 AM

    May 8  Teacher Appreciation Day

    May 7-May 18  Grades 3-5 State Testing

    May 15  8:15am Final Coffee with the Principal “How SEAL Advances Student Achievement

    May 15  PTA at 6:00pm

    May 17  4th Grade Students “Make Time for Fitness” field trip to Red Morton

    May 17  Open House 6:00-7:30pm

    May 25  Final School Site Council and ELAC Meeting at 8:30am

    May 28  Memorial Day-No School

    May 29  Grades k-2 Danny G. Dance Show

    June 4-June 6 Early Dismissal at 1:10pm each day

    June 6  9:00-10:30 am Field Day Activities for grades k-5 volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 11:30

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:00am

    What is S.E.A.L?

    The Sobrato Early Academic Language Model is designed as a comprehensive model of intensive, enriched language and literacy education designed for English language learners, starting in preschool and continuing through third grade.

    To learn more about SEAL visit: http://www.sobrato.com/program-model/

    John Gill’s SEAL lead teacher coach, Ann Berljafa will be hold a parent workshop to share more about how parents can support their children’s language development at home.

    When: Tuesday, May 15th

    Time:   8:15am-after drop off

    Where: John Gill Library

     

    Teacher Appreciation May 7-May 11

    Parents and students celebrate the John Gill staff.

    Mon:     Bring a flower for the teacher.

    Tue:      Lunch provided by PTA

    Wed:     Bring a card made by the student                

    Thu:      Bring a card or picture made by the child

    Friday:   Bring a small handmade gift

    Open House May 17 5:30-7:30 

    5:30 Food Sales and Art Show Begins

    6:00 Danny G. Advanced Dances on outdoor stage and Drawing for ipad winner

    6:15-7:30 Classrooms Open

    Volunteers Needed to prepare for Art Show

    Volunteers needed on Wed. May 16 and May 17 from 8:30-10am to hang student art.

    Call the office if you can help at 482-2406

    Next Year:

    Maze Day: August 15 from 4-6:30pm.

    First Day of School: August 20, 2018

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  • May/June Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/30/2018 6:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    May 2  MV Code Night at 5:30pm

    May 4  Mandarin Immersion Advisory at 8:30am in the staff room

    May 5  8:30am-1:00pm Parent Institute

    May 8  Teacher Appreciation Day

    May 7-May 18  Grades 3-5 State Testing

    May 15  8:15am Final Coffee with the Principal “How SEAL Advances Student Achievement

    May 15  PTA at 6:00pm

    May 17  4th Grade Students “Make Time for Fitness” field trip to Red Morton

    May 17  Open House 6:00-7:30pm

    May 25  Final School Site Council and ELAC Meeting at 8:30am

    May 28  Memorial Day-No School

    May 29  Grades k-2 Danny G. Dance Show

    June 4-June 6 Early Dismissal at 1:10pm each day

    June 6  9:00-10:30 am Field Day Activities for grades k-5 volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 11:30

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony at 9:00am

    What is S.E.A.L?

    The Sobrato Early Academic Language Model is designed as a comprehensive model of intensive, enriched language and literacy education designed for English language learners, starting in preschool and continuing through third grade.

    To learn more about SEAL visit: http://www.sobrato.com/program-model/

    John Gill’s SEAL lead teacher coach, Ann Berljafa will be hold a parent workshop to share more about how parents can support their children’s language development at home.

    When: Tuesday, May 15th

    Time:   8:15am-after drop off

    Where: John Gill Library

    Free Event: Parent Institute: May 5, 2018 Workshops:

    • School Safety
    • Immigration & Health Services
    • CA Accountability System

    8:30-1:00 San Mateo County Office of Ed

    Call for more information at 650-802-5553

     

    Teacher Appreciation May 7-May 11

    Parents and students celebrate the John Gill staff.

    Mon:     Bring a flower for the teacher.

    Tue:      Lunch provided by PTA

    Wed:     Bring a card made by the student                

    Thu:      Bring a card or picture made by the child

    Friday:   Bring a small handmade gift

     

    Next Year:

    Maze Day: August 15 from 4-6:30pm.

    First Day of School: August 20, 2018

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  • Weekly News for April 23

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/22/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 23 8:15am Volunteer Recognition at the morning assembly followed by breakfast in the staff room

    Apr 24 8:15amPrincipal’s Coffee and classroom tours of grades k-2 - Meet at the picnic tables

    Apr 26 Move-a-Thon Fundraiser - see below for times

    Apr 28 Redwood City Maker Fair Downtown Redwood City 11-3

    The 2018-19 PTA Board has open positions

    If you are interested in serving on the PTA board as President, Vice President, Secretary or Tresurer, come to the next PTA meeting on May 15 at 6:00pm in the staff room. The search committee is soliciting nominations for board members. Please contact anyone on the search the search committee for more information: Principal Katherine Rivera, krivera@rcsdk8.net  or  Cindy Tong at tong.girls.email@gmail.com   or  julia_feng@protonmail.ch 

    Move-a-Thon Fundraider this Thursday, April 26 from 8:30-10:00

    Six more volunteers are needed to help with the different events for the Move-a-thon. Meet at 8:00am at the picnic tables. Contact parent leader Crystal Sacks crystalsacks@yahoo.com . Volunteer the whole event or just for an hour. The event runs from 8:25-10:00am.

    k-1 8:25-8:55

    2-3 8:55-9:25 (Ms. Wong and Ms. Zugelder and Ms. Christopherson)

    3-5 9:25-9:55

    Link to the Move-a-Thon Pledge Drive: https://99pledges.com/fund/moveathon  (Donation envelopes go directly to the front office.)

    Parent Recognition Breakfast-April 23

    Calling all John Gill volunteers! You are coordially invited to the volunteer recogntion ceremony on Monday, April 23 at 8:15am at the morning assembly in the cafeteria followed by a breakfast in the staff room.

    RWC Maker Fair-April 28

    Join us at the annual Maker Fair in Downtown Redwood City where John Gill will be hosting a booth from 11:00-3:00pm. Volunteers needed to help run the John Gill booth with easy STEAM activities. Sign up at the front office or call 482-2406.

    Save the Date: May 5 8:30-1:00pm Second Annual Parents-As-Partners Saturday Institute

    San Mateo County Office of Education

    101 Twin Dophin Drive, Redwood city, CA 94065 call 650-802-5553

    Workshops: safety, immigration, CA Accountability system

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  • Weekly News for April 16

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/15/2018 8:00:00 AM

    School News:

    Apr 18 9:00am Green Guitar Assembly grades k-5 in preparation for Earth Day

    Apr 17  PTA at 6:00pm

    Apr 19 6:00pm Familias Unidas Graduation at Hoover School

    Apr 20 School Site Council combined with ELAC at 8:30am

    Apr 21 Julia Robinson Family Math Day 1-4 at John Gill School

    Apr 23 Volunteer Recognition at the morning assembly followed by breakfast in the staff room

    Apr 24 Principal’s Coffee and classroom tours of grades k-2

    Apr 26 Move-a-Thon Fundraiser

    Apr 28 Redwood City Maker Fair

    Reflection from the Lockdown Drill:

    Students and staff did a great job during our lockdown drill on April 6. They practiced all the techniques and strategies learned from the Redwood City Police Deparmtnet and San Mateo county. The entire drill was done in 25 minutes and students resumed normal school activities.

    News from the PTA-Next PTA Meeting on April 17 at 6:00pm

    The Move-a-Thon fundraiser is Wednesday, April 26 from 8:30-10:15 at John Gill School. Students will be moving and having fun while raising funds to support enriching programs for all students. Sign up with parent Crystal Sacks at: crystalsacks@yahoo.com

    Link to the Move-a-Thon Pledge Drive: https://99pledges.com/fund/moveathon

    Julia Robinson Family Math Day, April 21

    Saturday 4/212-4 PM, at John Gill. Students, families, and  friends all invited .  There will be fun games and puzzles!  Parents: these fun games can actually help students on increasing their math skills, and they are fun for the adults too! Registration forms in the office or in the cafeteria at pick up time after school. $5.00 per family.

    Parent Recognition Breakfast-April 23

    Calling all John Gill volunteers! You are coordially invited to the volunteer recogntion ceremony on Monday, April 23 at 8:15am at the morning assembly in the cafeteria followed by a breakfast in the staff room.

    RWC Maker Fair-April 28

    Join us at the annual Maker Fair in Downtown Redwood City where John Gill will be hosting a booth from 11:00-3:00pm. Volunteers needed to help run the John Gill booth with easy STEAM activities. Sign up at the front office or call 482-2406.

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  • Weekly News for March 26

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/25/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Dates:

     Mar 27 Farmer's Market Lunch at School - Volunteers Needed- Call the school to sign up 11:30-12:30

    Mar 29  School Spirit Day -" Friends Dress Alike" Find some friends and wear similar clothing

    Mar 30 NO SCHOOL

    April 6 Early Dismissal at 11:30am

    April 6 8:30-9:30 Mandarin Advisory Committee - Staff Room

    *Principal's Coffee and Classroom Tours re-scheduled for 4/24

    April 9 -April 14 Spring Break

    Farmer's Lunch on March 27

    Students who have cafeteria lunch will enjoy a delicious selection of local fresh fruits and vegetables

    at our Farmer's Market Lunch from 11:45-12:30. Volunteers needed to help serve during this event.

    Please call the office and sign up today, 482-2406. 

    Practice Lockdown Drill on April 6

    On Friday, April 6 our students and staff will partcipate 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.

     

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  • Weekly News for the week of March 19

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/19/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Dates:

    Mar 21   PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 22 Mad Science Night at 5:30 for the Family

    Mar 23 Movie Night at 6:00pm

    Mar 27 Farmer's Market Lunch at School - Volunteers Needed

    Mar 29  School Spirit Day -" Friends Dress Alike" Find some friends and wear similar clothing

    Mar 30 NO SCHOOL

    April 6 Early Dismissal at 11:30am

    April 6 8:30-9:30 Mandarin Advisory Committee - Staff Room

    *Principal's Coffee and Classroom Tours re-scheduled for 4/24

    April 9 -April 14 Spring Break

    Farmer's Lunch on March 27

    Students who have cafeteria lunch will enjoy a delicious selection of local fresh fruits and vegetables

    at our Farmer's Market Lunch from 11:45-12:30. Volunteers needed to help serve during this event.

    Please call the office and sign up today, 482-2406. 

    Mad Science Night, Thursday March 22

     Do you want to know how cotton candy is made or how bubble float in the air?

    Come to science night this Thursday in the cafeteria starting at 5:30pm to find out more.

    Movie Night, Friday March 23

    Previews and snack sales start at 6:00pm.

    Movie "Coco" begins at 6:30pm. Wear your PJ's and bring a blanket to sit on.

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  • Weekly News for March 12-March 16

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/12/2018

    Mar 12- Mar 16 Parent Teacher Conferences with early dismissal at 1:10

    Mar 14 Wear Orange to Promote School Safety

    Mar 15 School Site Council & ELAC Combined Meeting at 8:15am

    Mar 21   PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 22 Mad Science Night at 5:30 for the Family

    Mar 23 Movie Night at 6:00pm

    Mar 30 NO SCHOOL

    April 6 Early Dismissal at 11:30am

    April 6 Principal's Coffee at 8:30 Classroom Tours grades k-2

    April 9 -April 14 Spring Break

    New from the Parent Teacher Association

    The PTA is meeting on March 21 in the staff room at 6:00.

    The parent volunteers will be forming the fundraising and event calendar for next year.

    We are looking for parents to help plan and organize volunteers. No experience necessary.

    The PTA supports programs and inititiatives for all students. Join us!!

    Free After school Coding Classes Start Next Week - Open Now

    Grades 4/5: Begins March 20 Every Tuesday from 2:30-3:30pm

    Kinder: Begins March  March 20 Every Tuesday from 1:45-2:15pm        

    Classes meet computer lab next to the library 

    Instructor: Mr. Gordon Tyler

    First 20 students per grade level group to sign up will be accepted. Permission slips to be turned into front office.

    Permission slips going home on Tuesday March 13th. Check your child's backpack.

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