• 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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  • March Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/5/2018 8:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Mar 5  Trimester 2 Begins

    Mar 6  Danny G. Dance Show

    Mar 9  Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:15am in the staff room

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

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

    Mar 21   PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 23 Movie Night at 6:00pm

    Mar 30 NO SCHOOL

    April 6 Early Dismissal at 11:30am

    April 9 -April 14 Spring Break

    Principal’s Message  Superintendent Dr. John Baker is hosting “Coffee with the Superintendent” for John Gill families in the staff room on Friday, March 9 at 8:15am. This is a great opportunity to talk with the superintendent  about the direction of the district and show your support for the school.

    Danny G. Dance Show for Grades 3 -5 The dance performance for grades 3-5 including room 9 and room 25 is:

    Date: March 6, 2018

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

    $5.00 donation per person requested

    The PTA will be selling tamales and light refreshments. $5 for 2 tamales. Beverages and snacks $1.

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  • Weekly News Feb. 26

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/25/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Dates and Events for the Week:

    Feb 26 8:15am Students from after school program perform the "Lion Dance"

    Feb. 27 6:00pm Monthly Parent Teacher Association Meeting. Childcare available.

    Feb 28 MV Code Night for students grades 3-5. Sign up in the MUB with the afterschool REACH program

    Mar 2   "Read Across America in Honor of children's author Dr. Suess"

    Princiapl's Message

    The first ever John Gill Multi-Cultural Event was a great success!! Thank you to our parent volunteers for sharing their cultures with our community. There is talk already of the event for next year. If you are interested in helping to plan and coordinate next year's event, contact Principal Rivera via phone or e-mail.

    Drop of and Pick Up Procedures:

    This week in the folder parents will find a reminder letter and map of student dropp off and pick up procedures. For the safety of our students and community, everyone must follow traffic laws and posted signs. Anyone with a disabled placard, parents or staff are entitled to park in the staff parking lot in marked areas.  

    Future Dates:

    Mar 5    Trimester three begins

    Mar 6    Grades 3-5 Danny G. Dance Performance Students Arrive at 6:00pm. $5 donation per person requested at the door.

     Mar 12-March 16 Parent Teacher Conferences Early Dismissal at 1:10pm

    Apr 6 Super Minimum Day Dismissal at 11:30am

    Apr 9-13 Spring Break

    Last Week of School: June 4-June 6 Early Dimissal at 1:10pm

    Last Day of School June 7 Dimissal at 11:30am

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  • Weekly News February 19

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/18/2018 7:00:00 AM

    Important School Dates:

     Feb 19- 20 NO SCHOOL - Presidents Holiday

    Feb 27 6:00 pm PTA in staff room

    Feb 23  Multicultural festival Grades k-3 8:30-9:45 and Grades 3-5 10:40-11:45

    Feb 24 Lunar New Year Festival Downtown RWC. John Gill will have a booth downtown to promote our school, come check us out.

    Feb 28 MV Code Night for students grades 3-5 and one parent. Sign up with Onika Tarver in the MUB with the afterschool REACH program

    Multicultural Festival February 23

    John Gill parents will be hosting our first ever multicultural festival. This is a great opportunity to share your unique culture with the students. Volunteers are needed. Contact in English Karen An at  karen@playthrive.org . Grades k-2 volunteers from 8:00-10 and Grades 3-5 volunteers from 10:00-12:00.

    Mark Your Calendar:

    Mar 12-March 16 Parent Teacher Conferences Early Dismissal at 1:10pm

    Apr 6 Super Minimum Day Dismissal at 11:30am

    Apr 9-13 Spring Break

    Last Week of School: June 4-June 6 Early Dimissal at 1:10pm

    Last Day of School June 7 Dimissal at 11:30am

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  • February Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/4/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Feb 5-9 - 5th Grade Students to Outdoor Education

    Feb 8 LCAP Local Control Accountability Plan Community Meeting for John Gill and other neighborhoods schools at Hawes School 6:00-7:30.

    Feb 9 8:30-9:30am Mandarin Immersion Advisory Council meeting in the staff room

    Feb 13 9:00 am Kindergarten 2018-19 school tour

    Feb 14 Valentine’s Day

    Feb 16 School Spirit wear your favorite jersey

    Feb 19- 20 NO SCHOOL - Presidents Holiday

    Feb 27 6:00 pm PTA in staff room

    Feb 23  Multicultural festival

    Feb 24 Lunar New Year Festival Downtown RWC. John Gill will have a booth downtown to promote our school, come check us out.

    Principal’s Message

    John Gill serves a multicultural and multilingual community that reflects the unique area of the Peninsula we live in. Living and learning in a diverse community is an asset. Our students develop the skills and relationships required for the jobs of the future by learning to navigate, collaborate and communicate with diverse learners. This month we celebrate:

    • Black History Month with a focus on scientists, inventors, artists and mathematicians
    • Chinese New Year This year, Chinese New Year - The Year of the Dog - begins on February 16.

    Multicultural Festival February 23

    John Gill parents will be hosting our first ever multicultural festival. This is a great opportunity to share your unique culture with the students. Volunteers are needed. Contact in English Karen An at  karen@playthrive.org .

    English Learner Exam- ELPAC

    Students identified as English Learners on the school registration in kindergarten take a test to measure  English proficiency each year. Previously the test was called “CELDT-CA English Language Development Test.”The State of CA has developed a new summative standardized test to measure English proficiency for English Learners called the ELPAC- English Language Proficiency Assessments for California. English  Learners at John Gill will take this exam the week of February 12-February 16. If you have any questions regarding the ELPAC exam or your child’s English proficiency level,  talk to the classroom teacher. The English Language Advisory Committee-ELAC meets each month with School Site Council. The school needs a new DELAC and ELAC representative for our students  and families. Talk to Principal Rivera if you would like to know more.

    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. 8-13.   Students  purchase the Valentine gram for a friend as a fundraiser for the school. The students will deliver them to the  classroom on 2/14. Students can exchange cards for the whole class on 2/14. Please do not send candy. The teacher will have to send it back home with the student.

    Local Control and Accountability  Plan (LCAP) at   John Gill and Neighborhood Schools.

    We need to hear from the John Gill community.

    Save the date and participate:

    Feb. 8, 2018  at 6:00pm.

    Location: Hawes cafeteria: 909 Roosevelt Ave

    The LCAP is a critical part of the Local Control  Funding Formula (LCFF).

    Childcare provided.

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  • Weekly New for Jan. 29

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/28/2018 8:00:00 AM

     

    Dance Fest Fundraiser January 31!!

    WHAT: John Gill students will be dancing up a storm in our transformed MUB. It will be darkened so that the students can use their glow sticks to light up their moves!  We will have a professional DJ and sound equipment. Come be a part of the fun.

    WHEN:   January 31, 2018

    8:30 to 8:50am – Grades K & 1

    9:00 to 9:30am – Grades 2 & 3 & 5

    4th Graders will make up the Dance Fest due to the fieldtrip.

    WHO: All students will participate regardless of funds raised. Parents, relatives and friends are welcome to come and cheer for their student.

    PRIZES: There will be prizes for students (by grade level) and classrooms that dance to the most songs.

    Pledge Now:

    https://99pledges.com/fund/johngilldancefest

    Donations are tax deductible. The John Gill PTA Tax ID is 90-1129558.

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  • Jan. 15

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 1/14/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School News for the month:

    Jan 15 - Martin Luther King Day NO SCHOOL

    Jan 18 - Anti-Bullying Assembly

    Jan 18 - Deadline for students in grades 4/5 to turn in boys and girls soccer 2018 registration to REACH coordinator in MUB

    Jan 19 - School Spirit "Crazy Hair Day"

    Jan 23 - Kinder 2017-18 Tour

    Jan 23 - NEW Date for PTA 6:00pm in staff room 

    Jan 25 Master Builders Lego Dpjo  Family Event 5:30-7:30pm in the cafeteria. Light refreshments and prizes provided.

    Jan 26 -School Site Council & ELAC Combined Meeting at 8:15-9:15 am in the staff room

    Jan 31 - 4th Grade Field trip to Año Nuevo

    Jan 31 - Dance Fest Fundraiser

    This Friday, Jan. 19 Crazy Hair Day

    Our student council wants students to show their school spirit with "Crazy Hair Day." Students can wear clips, ties, and sorts of crazy styles this Friday to school. No aersol sprays at school please.

    Dance Fest Fundraiser January 31!!

    WHAT: John Gill students will be dancing up a storm in our transformed MUB. It will be darkened so that the students can use their glow sticks to light up their moves!  We will have a professional DJ and sound equipment

    WHEN:   January 31, 2018

    8:30 to 8:50am – Grades K & 1

    9:00 to 9:30am – Grades 2 & 3 & 5

    4th Graders will make up the Dance Fest event on Feb. 1 at 8:30am in the cafeteria.

    WHO: All students will participate regardless of funds raised. Parents, relatives and friends are welcome to come and cheer for their student.

    PRIZES: There will be prizes for students (by grade level) and classrooms that dance to the most songs.

    Pledge Now:

    https://99pledges.com/fund/johngilldancefest

    Donations are tax deductible. The John Gill PTA Tax ID is 90-1129558.

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