• Jan 22-Jan 25

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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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

    School Calendar

    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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  • Weekly News for Nov 12

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/12/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Nov 15  Thursday Dine Out at Pizza My Heart 

    Nov 16 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

    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

    Come to our book fair!
    November 13-16    Tues.-Thurs. 7:45 am- 8:15 am
    (Students need to be accompanied
    by an adult during morning hours.)  & 1:30-6:00 pm

    Friday 7:45-8:15 am and 1:30-2:30 pm
    In the school library.

    50% of all sales come back to our school.

    Dine Out at Pizza My Heart and Raise Funds for John Gill

    Thursday, November 15 from 4-8pm. Just mentioned Dine Out John Gill, no flyer needed.

    PTA Meeting on Nov. 16 Re-scheduled for Dec.

    The all school PTA meeting will be re-scheduled for Dec. Stay posted for the date.

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  • November 12 Weekly News

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/12/2018 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Nov 9 8:30am All School Parent Association Meeting in the cafeteria

    Nov 12 NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

    Nov 13 8:30am School Site Council Meeting

    Nov 15 Dine Out at Pizza My Heart (bring flyer)

    Nov 16 Early Dismissal at 1:30pm

    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

    Parent Teacher Conferences
    Conferences are all day on November 19 and 20 between 8:00-3:00. Grades k-5 report cards reflect the Common Core State Standards. Parents may be surprised to see many 1’s and 2’s this first trimester. Students are working all year towards mastering grade level standards. By the end of the school year children will earn more 3’s, the highest level of achievement on a report card.


    S.T.E.A.M. Updates
    This month the “Makery” or John Gill Maker Space is in need of donations:
    clean cardboard pompons
    clean containers for like Danimals, Nutella Breadsticks, Lunchables, Pringles etc. random small items people want to get rid off
    pipe cleaners
    feathers
    googly eyes
    Low Temp Glue Guns (5)
    Hot Glue Sticks (100+)

    Announcing iSing’s Redwood City Girls Choir
    For girls in grades 3, 4 & 5. Your daughter received a flyer explaining this exciting opportunity! The choir will sing together January–April 2019 on Fridays after school from 3–4PM at the Redwood City Veterans Center. If your daughter is interested in trying out, please complete the flyer and return it to your teacher by Friday Nov. 9th. Tuition is FREE. Students will be escorted by an after school REACH employee both to and from the Veteran’s Center across from Jefferson.

    Attendance: Every Student-Every Day-Counts
    RCSD is funded with a Revenue Limit Formula.
    Public school districts receive funding from a variety of local, state, and federal sources. Some of the funds are earmarked for specific purposes, such as Special Education while the rest are for general purposes. The amount of general purpose funding a school district receives per student (using ADA—average daily attendance) is called its "revenue limit." It is a combination of local property taxes and state taxes.
    Attendance, even for part of half day is important because each child will be funded for a full day of attendance even if they miss part of the school day.

    Positive Behavior Intervention Supports (PBIS)
    Schools are successful when they help children grow academically, socially, and emotionally. For this to happen it is important that we have a safe environment that is supportive and conducive for growth. By setting forth clear social and behavioral expectations and directly teaching students about those expectations, we are creating a positive atmosphere for optimal learning. At John Gill we use Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS). PBIS is a system for improving student behavior. It is used with all students across all environments in school (classroom, l restroom, playground, library, MUR and hallways) to help create a safe and effective learning environment. We are committed to teach, reinforce, and acknowledge appropriate student behaviors. At all times, staff and students are expected to: "BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE, and BE SAFE"

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  • Weekly News for Oct. 29-Nov. 2

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 10/28/2018

    School Calendar

    Oct 30 English Learner Advisory Council at 8:30am

    Oct 31 Halloween Parade at 8:30am

    Nov 12 Veteran's Day No School

    Nov 19-20 Parent Teacher Conferences -No School for Students

    Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Holiday No School

    Halloween Parade Oct. 31  at 8:30am

    On Wednesday, October 31st, students are encouraged to come to school wearing Halloween costumes.  A few rules to follow as students will still be attending classes:

    • Masks may not be worn at school
    • No Weapons or Props of any kind
    • Costumes that severely limit a student's mobility are also not to be worn to school
    • Make-up or hairspray must be applied prior to coming to school (Do not bring these items to school)

    While we know that these rules may disappoint some students who may not be able to wear a complete costume, our main concern is safety. Please consider limiting the amount of CANDY brought to school before, and after Halloween. If the teacher has asked for food donations for a class party, please remember the RCSD District Health and Wellness Policy: no cupcakes, cookies, soda, chips, candy or junk food. If you send any of these items to school the teacher will have to send these items back home with your child.

    Day of the Dead Altar

    Stop by the front office to see the Day of the Dead altar sponsored by the Parent Spanish Literacy lead program "Los Dichos." Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, is the Mexican and Central American holiday when people celebrate and honor loved ones who have passed away. Celebrations typically run from Halloween, October 31, to All Saints Day, November 2.

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