• Principal's Weekly News

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/12/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dates and Events:

    Nov 14 Kinder tour 2018-19 9-9:45

    Nov 14 Grades 3-5 students advanced dance tryouts with Danny G. from 2:45-3:30 in the MUB

    Nov 14 PTA Meeting at 6:00pm

    Nov 15 NEW Meeting Date for SSC/ELAC at 8:30am in the library

    Nov 17 Early Dimissal at 11:30 grades k-5

    Nov 20 & 21 Parent-Teacher conferences-No school for students

    Nov 22-24 No School-Thanksgiving Break

    Nov 28  Danny G Dance classes begin for grades 3-5 student

    Save the Date: Dec. 5 at 5:30pm Making E-Cards with Dr. Em  at 5:30

    Students and families will practice basic coding skills while making E-Holiday cards.

    A fun filled raffle and Holiday theme for all. 

    Yard Supervisor Needed

     John Gill is seeking a paid yard supervisor. This is an ideal position for a parent or community member who likes to work with children.

    The hours are 7:45-8:15 before school, morning recess from 9:45-10:45 and lunch from 11:50-12:50 daily. This is also ideal for parent volunteers.

    The requirment to work/volunteer in a public school setting is to complete an application form and finger prints with the district office.

    If interested, please talk with Principal Katherine Rivera or the front office staff. The position is available immediately.

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  • November Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 11/5/2017 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Nov 7 Kinder Information Night 6:30-7:30pm in the cafeteria

    Nov 9 Last day for BAWSI Girls

              Palo Alto Jr. Zoo in the MUB

              10:15am Kinders

              12:30 First Graders

    Nov 10 NO SCHOOL - Veteran’s Day

    Nov 14 Kinder tour 2018-19 9-9:45

    Nov 14 PTA Meeting at 6:00pm

    Nov 17 SSC and ELAC combined meeting-all welcome 8:30am

    Nov 20 & 21 Parent-Teacher conferences-No school for students

    Nov 22-24 No School-Thanksgiving Break

    Nov 28  Danny G Dance classes begin for grades 3-5 students


    Parent Teacher Conferences

    Conferences are all day on November 20 and 21 between 8:30-3:00. 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.


    Introducing the John Gill Student Site Council

    Congratulations to the following students in grades 3-5 who were elected to the Student Site Council by their peers. Student Council develops leadership skills, stewardship and confidence in our students.

    Room 22 Ms. Peleg 5th grade:Diego Castro y Juan Oseguera

    Room 21 Ms. Ibarra 4th grade:Anthony Arteaga y Jasmine Jorge

    Room 26 Ms. Lemp 3rd/4th grades: Toakase Young y Desire Mcgee

    Room 25 Ms.Zugelder 2nd/3rd grade: Jocelyn Ochoa y Jimena Hernandez

    Room 9  Ms. Wong 2nd/3rd grade:Ya’Ceen Sturns


    Grade 5 Students Showcase Coding Skills at Google

    On Nov. 2 Ms. Peleg’s 5th grade students were invited to the Google for Education Global Education Symposium to showcase their coding skills. Students, Ms. Peleg and Dr. Emily Thomforde shared how to integrate coding in an elementary education. Way to go grade 5!!


    After school Garden Classes with Education Outside Instructor Cindy - open to all students

    Throughout the rest of the school year, Garden will be an after school offering open to all students, taking place at the Garden next to Room 23. Students of different grades will have Garden after school available to them at different times of the year: Grades 2-3 from November 6 to December 20, Grades 4-5 from January 15 to March 14, Kindergarten and Grade 1 from March 19 to May 30, and all grades June 4 to June 6.

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  • Weekly News October 23-October 27

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 10/23/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dates for the week:

    • Oct 27 Halloween Carnival and Parade 5:30-8:00pm. This is a fun fundraising event sponsored by parent volunteers
    • Oct 31 Wear orange and black to show school spirit. No costumes please 

    Student Council Elections for grades 3-5

    Students in grades 3-5 are invited to be a classroom representative for their peers. This week students will receive from the teacher an

    Student Council application to complete. Applications are due to the teachers by 8:00am on October 27th. Student speeches will be the week of Oct. 30th inside the classroom. Elections will be on Nov. 3. This is a a great opportunity for students to participate in shared leadership, learn about stewardship for their school and peers while having fun. Meeting will be held during lunch time.

    From the PTA

    Calling all parent volunteers. Your help is needed this Friday, Oct. 27 to help run the Halloween Carnival and Parade. This is a fundraising event. All donations are for school programs sponsored by the PTA. Please contact parent leader Brenda Cuevas to sign up: brendamelchor716@yahoo.com

    The next PTA meeting is Tuesday, November 14th.

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  • Bi-weekly update Oct. 16

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 10/16/2017 7:00:00 AM

    Monday, October 16, 2017 

    Principal's Message

    Hello John Gill Parents and Guardians,

    I want to take a moment to talk about emergency protocols that we put into place, in order to keep your child(ren) safe while at school. This past week, due to the poor air quality from the North Bay fires, we used the ‘Shelter in Place’ protocol to minimize exposure to air pollution for all students. This meant that students remained indoors for recess, lunch, and PE, when the air quality index (AQI) was deemed unhealthy. The students did a great job with this, although by Friday they were understandably getting a little stir crazy!  

    One important take away from this experience was the importance of maintaining a flexible mindset during an emergency.  Our teachers and students were able to demonstrate this life skill in an incredible way. Way to go eagles!

    This upcoming week, on Thursday, October 19th,  we will be practicing our campus-wide earthquake protocol, Drop Cover and Hold On, and our campus-wide evacuation procedures. This will be part of the Great Shakeout Drill that is now being practiced in schools around the world. 

    Upcoming Dates:

    • Oct 17 6:00pm Parent Teacher Association Meeting-childcare provided. The PTA will be setting funding priorities for next school year 2018-19
    • Oct 19 8:15am Coffee with the Principal
    • Oct 19 “The Great Shake Out” Statewide earthquake drill at 10:19am
    • Oct 20 8:30am School Site Council and English Learner Advisory Combined meetings in the libary
    • Oct 21 School Beautification Day-9:00-1:00pm-Volunteers needed to make our school beautiful
    • Oct 27 Halloween Carnival and Parade 5:30-8:00pm. This is a fun fundraising event sponsored by parent volunteers
    • Oct 31 Wear orange and black to show school spirit. No costumes please 

    Katherine Rivera, Principal


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  • October Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 10/2/2017

    October 2017                            Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration 

    School Calendar

    Oct 2 Parent Author Presentation in the library with Lenora Chu at 8:30

    Oct 04 International Walk to School Day

    Oct 9 NO SCHOOL

    Oct 11 Grades k-2 Fire Safety Assembly at 8:30am in the cafeteria- families welcome to attend

    Oct 13 Make-up Picture Day 8:30-9:30am

    Oct 13 Movie Night Sponsored by the PTA  “Transylvania”

    Oct 17 6:00pm Parent Teacher Association Meeting-childcare provided

    Oct 19 “The Great Shake Out” Statewide earthquake drill at 10:19am

    Oct 21 School Beautification Day-9:00-1:00pm-Volunteers needed to make our school beautiful


    The  Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill

    Each year every school across California participates in an emergency drill for Earthquakes. This year our drill is on Oct. 20. Students practice the “Duck and cover” under desks or tables, wait to learn if it is safe to exit the building and then line up in a designated safe spot at school.

    In case of a real emergency John Gill has enough food  for 24 hours in our cafeteria  along with  bottled water.  Families will follow our procedures  in our school safety plan that  is reviewed by the Site Council each spring by signing out students with the teacher or other designated school employee. Safety is our #1 priority.

    For tips in English and Spanish.

    Check out: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/regional/ nca/ prepare/ index.php

    For tips in English and Spanish.


    Halloween Parade and Carnival Fundraiser John Gill Parent volunteers are hosting our 3rd annual Halloween parade and carnival from 5:30-7:30 on Friday, Oct. 28. Children and adults alike come dressed in their Halloween costumes  for our parade at 6:00pm. Fun games, food and spooky music delight us all. All funds collected support the school dance and art programs. Volunteers needed, contact parent Brenda Cuevas to find out how you can help. October 31st, Halloween Day is  a regular school day. No costumes please. Brenda Cuevas: brendamelchor716@yahoo.com


    Beautiful Day at John Gill Oct. 21

    Sign up at: peninsulacommunitycenter.com to team up with family & friends to serve the John Gill Community together from 8:30-1:30pm.

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  • Principal Bi-Weekly News

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 9/24/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Dates to remember:

    Change of Date Notice:

    Friday, 9/29 8:30am First School Site Council

    Friday, 9/29 8:30 First English Langauge Advisory Committee

    The participants will vote and decide if the two committees shall combine in order to review and approve the Single Plan for Student Achievment and funding.

    News from the PTA

    The PTA met for the first time last week. The governing board was nomiated and then elected for the year. Please welcome:

    President: Ms. Yesenia Lombera

    Treasurer: Ms. Cindy Tong

    Secretary: Ms. Crystal Sacks

    Thank you for leading John Gill parents in supporting the school and all students. All parents are welcome to attend PTA meetings.

    Direct drive donations can be made to the John Gill PTA. All donations are tax deductible. Donations can be left in the locked PTA box found the in the front office.

    S.T.E.A.M. at John Gill

    Google sponsored our first computer science assembly last week for grades 3-5. Take a look at the our students in action.




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  • September Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 9/1/2017 6:00:00 AM

    September 2017                          Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration         

    School Calendar

    Sept 1  Picture Day

    Sept 4 No School Labor Day

    Sept 11 First School wide Monday Morning Assembly in the cafeteria at 8:15am

    Sept 14 Back to School Night 6:00-7:30pm

    Sept 15 Grades 4 and 5 to Levi’s Stadium for S.T.E.A.M Education Programming

    Sept 19 Day of Code with Google

    Sept 19   PTA at 6:00pm

    Sept 21 @6:00pm Author Night with René Colato

    Sept 27 First School Site Council Meeting

    Sept 29 First English Language Advisory Committee  8:30am in the library

    Principal’s Message

    The John Gill teachers and I are very excited to welcome you to our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 14th from 6:00-7:30pm. Join me in Multi-purpose room from 6:00-6:30pm for a brief gathering to hear from our PTA, while also receiving some highlights about the upcoming year and announcements for the evening.

    Then we welcome you to attend your child’s classroom teacher presentation

    from 6:30-7:30pm. This is an adult only event.

    Author Rene Colato Comes to John Gill

    Spanish bilingual Salvadorean author Rene Colato, will present a collection of his children’s stories in both English and Spanish on:

    September 21, 2017

    John Gill Cafeteria 5:30-7:30pm

    Parent Teacher Association News

    PTA  Meeting and Membership Renewal:

    Tuesday, September 19, 2017

    6:00 -7:30 pm

    Please join us to help prepare this super positive school year for our students, teachers, and the entire school community in the teacher's room at John Gill. Child care will be provided.

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  • August 28-September 1

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 8/27/2017 4:00:00 PM

    John Gill - From the Principal

    I have shared with many parents and staff that this was the most calm start of a school year in my 25 years in public education.

    We look forward to settling into our regular routines and procedures. Our weekly Monday morning assemblies will begin on Monday, September 11 at 8:15 in the cafeteria. 

    I would like to share a few important reminders to all families for a safe, successful school year.

    • Start time is 8:15am. Please arrive on time in order to reduce classroom disruptions. Every minute in the classroom counts.
    • Write your child's name inside all sweaters, jackers and lunchboxes with a permanent marker.
    • Send your child with a reusable water bottle.
    • Traffic: do not park in loading zones. Leave home early to ensure you find parking on the street.
    • Introduce yourself to the teacher after school or via e-mail.
    • Please read the parent/student handbook which includes school procedures and rules for families and students.

    Important Dates:

    Friday, Sept. 1     Picture Day all day.

    Thursday, Sept. 14 6:00-7:30pm Back to School Night




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  • May 22-June 9

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/21/2017 7:00:00 AM

    May 26  Final English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30 in the library

    May 29  Memorial Day-No School

    June 6  Grades k/1 Danny G. Dance Show students arrive at 6:00pm

    June 7 Grade 5 walking fieldtrip to Red Morton Park

    June 7 4th Grade student performance at 11:00am "Gold Dust to Bust"

    June 8  9:00-10:30am Field Day Activities for grades k-5. Volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 9  Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 12:30

    June 9   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45am

    Change in dissmissal time for 2017-18

    The dismissal time will change for next school year based on parent and community feedback. 

    The new dismissal time will be 2:30pm daily excenpt Thursdays at 1:10pm. The School Site Council 

    and staff have been discussing this change for the past several months. Many parents and after school 

    providers shared that the 12:30 dismissal time on Thursdays is challenging for pick up and staffing. Students will continue

    to have the same number of State Mandated instructional minutes and this will not affect academic programming.

    Library Books

    Please return all library and take home books in order to avoid unnecessary fines. 

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  • May 15 to June 9

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/12/2017

    May 15   PTA at 6:00pm

    May 16    K-2 Parent Presentation: Common Core Math for grades k-2 

    May 18   4th Grade Students “Make Time for Fitness” fieldtrip to Red Morton

    May 18   Open House 6:00-7:30pm Food sales begin at 5:30pm

    May 21   Redwood Roller Rink Fundraiser 1:30-4 Purchase tickets from the office $10

    May 25   Final Mandarin Immersion Parent Advisory at 6:00pm

    May 26   Final English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30 in the library

    May 29  Memorial Day-No School

    June 6   Grades k/1 Danny G. Dance Show students arrive at 6:00pm

    June 8  9:00-10:30am Field Day Activities for grades k-5 volunteers needed, call the office to sign up

    June 9  Last Day of Instruction with early dismissal at 12:30

    June 9   5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45am

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