• May 28-May 31

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/27/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    May 28  Final School Site Council 8:30am in the staff room

    May 31  Shared Field Day with Orion at John Gill

    June 3-June 7 Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm each day

    June 5 S.T.E.A.M. Day 

    June 6 10:40am Student Variety Show

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction 

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45 am in the

    2019-20  Beginning of the Year Dates:

    August 14 4:00-6:30 pm Kindgarten Maze DAy

    August 15 4:00-6:30pm Grades 1-5 Maze Day

    August 19 First Day of School

    First week of school August 19-August 23 

    Early release at 1:30 grades k-5

     

    Summer Playdates for all Orion and Mandarin Immersion families:

    There will be summer Playdates every Sunday from 11am-1:00pm at the picnic tables on the John Gill school campus at 555 Avenue Del Ora. The whole school is invited. Bring a bag lunch. Bathrooms will not be open. More information about the Sunday playdate is on the Orion Facebook page .Everyone is also invited to go to the Saturday Study Groups at the Redwood City Main Public Library from 10-noon. Everyone is welcome on Saturdays or Sundays, whatever fits your summer plans. Just drop in, no reservations needed, both FREE.

     

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  • May 13-May 17

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/13/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    May 16  Open House 6:00-7:15 pm

    May 21 7:00 pm Orion PTO Board Elections and Meeting at Orion School - 815 Allerton St. RWC

    May 27  Memorial Day-No School

    May 28  Final School Site Council

    May 31  Shared Field Day with Orion at John Gill

    June 3-June 7 Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm each day

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction 

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45 am in the

    Open House Thursday, May 16

    The annual Open House at John Gill is an opportunity for students to share their classroom and learning with families.

    Make sure to stop by the cafeteria for the CSMA Art show. 

    5:30- Sales of light refreshments, pizza and drinks for $1.00

    6:00-7:15 Classrooms Open

    Congratuations John Gill for Earning the Kent Award for the Mandarin Immersion Program

    John Gill staff and parents from the Mandarin Immersion Program were recognized for their

    innovative, rigorous program offered to all students in the Redwood City School district and neighboring

    cities. 

    Principal's Message

    I have been thinking a lot about the importance of school and community collaboration. First, I would like to thank everybody who showed up for the rally on Wednesday. It was so powerful seeing all the families out on the streets with their signs standing up to support our schools. ​​​​​​​

    We all recognize the link between the development and learning of a child and a strong, supportive family. It also make sense that when families support their schools, our children benefit greatly.

    Having said that, with the high cost of living in our area, the increase in single family households, and the underfunding of schools, it seems that building community is becoming more and more difficult. Social media also seems to be having an adverse effect on our connectedness. I see an increase in families that aren’t very connected within the community and the impact that has on the children in these families.

    What I most appreciate about working in Redwood City is the commitment and dedication that so many of our community members show to our schools. I am continually impressed by the support we receive from parents, the city of Redwood City, local businesses, the Sequoia Healthcare District and RCEF.

    Our teachers benefit from this support as well. When our teachers feel supported by the community, there is a boost in morale, heightened engagement in their work, and a feeling that the hard work that they are doing nets real benefits. My wish is that this will continue despite all the obstacles in our way.

    Let’s all continue to work together. I am an educator, so it stands to reason that I feel education is essential. But I do believe that our schools are our best hope for the future.

     

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  • May Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 5/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    May 5 Community Garden Day 9-12 at Gill

    May 6-10  Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 7 5:00pm Orion Parent Community Building Event at the picnic tables

    May 9 Walk - Bike - Scooter to school day

    May 6-May 17  Grades 3-5 State Testing-Quiet Campus

    May 14 7:00 pm Orion PTO Board Elections and Meeting at Orion School - 815 Allerton St. RWC

    May 16  Open House 6:00-7:15 pm

    May 27  Memorial Day-No School

    May 28  Final School Site Council

    May 31  Shared Field Day with Orion at John Gill

    June 3-June 7 Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm each day

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction
    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45 am in the


    May 5 Community Garden Day 9-12 at Gill

    May 6-10 Teacher Appreciation Week

    May 7 5:00pm Orion Parent Community Building Event at the picnic tables

    May 9 Walk - Bike - Scooter to school day

    May 6-May 17 Grades 3-5 State Testing-Quiet Campus

    May 14 7:00 pm Orion PTO Board Elections and Meeting at Orion School - 815 Allerton St. RWC

    May 16 Open House 6:00-7:15 pm

    May 27 Memorial Day-No School

    May 28 Final School Site Council

    May 31 Shared Field Day with Orion at John Gill

    June 3-June 7 Early Dismissal at 1:30 pm each day

    June 7 Last Day of Instruction

    June 7 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-9:45 am in the cafeteria
    Principal’s Message-Looking to the Future
    Dear Families,
    I am looking forward to the exciting changes for next school year as we bring together two communities together. Below is the summary of decisions made by the Transition Team Meetings for the 2019-20 School Year.

    Next year the school will host two innovative and unique programs, Orion Alternative and Mandarin Immersion. Parent leaders from both Orion and current John Gill Schools met over the past 2 months to develop an initial plan that brings the two schools together to build one strong community where all children thrive in a joyful environment. Some of the work the transition team has done:
    -Both programs will work together as one Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Orion and Mandarin Immersion families are all part of the PTO.
    - The team identified parent leaders elected from current school site council to serve their second term in the 2019-20 on the new School Site Council
    -The team scheduled for next school year major community building events both on and off school site from August - December 2019.
    Teacher Appreciation May 6-10
    Parents and students celebrate the John Gill staff
    Mon: Say thank you to your teacher
    Tue: Bring a card made by the student
    Wed: Lunch provided by PTA for all staff
    Thu: Bring a special treat
    Friday: Bring a flower for the teacher.

    Construction Updates for Next Year
    Starting in the Fall/Winter of 2019, John Gill Campus will begin phase I of the School Modernization Project. The building that currently house the k-1 classrooms, rooms 15-20 will be demolished in preparation for our new, modern, two story building with more classroom spaces and improved drop off zones. During the construction the campus will house 10 portable classrooms located on the basketball and grassy fields. The RWC Planning and Police Department have been working in partner with the district and site officials to plan for increased traffic and construction next school year. Specific student drop off instructions for families and community along with safe routes to school will be shared over the summer. Stay posted.

    After School Program REACH Program Sign Up for Next Year
    On site after school program REACH has space available for the next school year. Sign up at: www.redwoodcity.org/parks and look for after school tab

    Garden Community Day
    "Come join us for a Garden Community Day at the John Gill learning garden. Bring your family and friends to see the John Gill Garden on May 5th from 9am-12pm. There will be a composting demonstration led by the San Mateo Office of Sustainability at 10:00am and plenty of activities for students and adults. I hope to see you there!! Warmly,
    Ms. Becca"
    Important Dates for Next Year:
    Maze Day: August 15 from 4-6:30pm in the cafeteria

    First Day of School: August 19, 2019

     

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  • Weekly News for April 22-26

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/22/2019 9:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 23 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 27 11-3 STEAM Fest in Downtown Redwood City

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Future Dates:

    May 4 2:30-4:30pm - Julia Robinson Math Festival in the John Gill cafeteria

    May 5 9-12 John Gill Garden Clean up Day

    May 7 5:00pm Meet and Greet for Current and Future Orion Parents at the picnic tables

    May 7-May 17 Smarter Balanced State Assessments for grades 3-5 

    Mandarin Immersion Program is Recipient of the Kent Award

    The J. Russell Kent Award Program is named after past San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools, J. Russell Kent, the awards are given to innovative and replicable programs that are being implemented in a school district, county office of education, or in the community college district in the County. This is a great honor and recognizes our high quality program with enthusiastic community and staff support. 

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  • Weekly News April 15-April 19

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/14/2019 9:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 17 Dine Out at Crouching Tiger Fundraiser

    Apr 18 The NED Show Mindset Assembly 

    Apr 18  PTA at 6:00pm - All parents invited

    Apr 19 NO SCHOOL

    Apr 20 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 22 8:15am Volunteer Recognition Followed by Appreciation Breakfast

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Transition Meeting Summary for the 2019-20 School Year

    Next year the school will host two innovative and unique programs, Orion Alternative and Mandarn Immersion. Parent leaders from both Orion and current John Gill Schools have been meeting over the past month to develop an initial plan that brings the two schools together to build one strong community where all children thrive in a joyful environment. Some of the work the transition team has done:

    • Work together as one Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) Orion and Mandarin Immersion programs with participate  and make decisons together
    • Identified parent leaders elected from current school site to serve their second term in the 2019-20 on the new School Site Council
    • Scheduled for next school year major community building events both on and off school site from August - December 2019

    I want to thank the parents and teachers for serving on the transition team for their courage, patience and trust in working together to make two current school programs one strong community.

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

    On Monday, April 22 all volunteers are invited to our Volunteer Recognition Assembly at 8:15am followed by an appreciation breakfast in the staff room. We appreciate all you do for the John Gill Community. 

    The Orion Parent Outreach team will attend our volunteer appreciation breakfast. They will be on hand to answer questions about the Orion Alternative Program and share their perspective the benefits of an alternative program. Volunteers from Orion speak both English and Spanish.

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  • April Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 4/4/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Apr 1-Apr 5 Spring Break

    Apr 9 & 17   Mandarin Immersion Kinder Tours 8:30-9:30am

    Apr 11 6:00pm Familias Unidas Graduation at Hoover School

    Apr 17 Dine Out at Crouching Tiger Fundraiser

    Apr 18 The NED Show Assembly

    Apr 18  PTA at 6:00pm - All parents invited

    Apr 19 NO SCHOOL

    Apr 20 School Site Council 8:30am

    Apr 22 8:15am Volunteer Recognition Followed by Appreciation Breakfast

    Apr 25 5:30-7:00pm STEAM Festival Community Event

    Apr 30  8:30am ELAC in the library

    Principal’s Message

    On Tuesday, April 30 our students and staff will participate 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.

    Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

    On Tuesday, April 22 all volunteers are invited to our Volunteer Recognition Assembly at 8:15am followed by an appreciation breakfast in the staff room. We appreciate all you do for the John Gill Community.

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  • Weekly News March 25-March 29

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/24/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    The bi-monthly ELAC meeting has been posted to April 30th

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    April 19 Holiday No School

     

     

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  • Weekly News March 18-March 22

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/17/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Silicon Valley Math Invitiative Parent Workshop

    This Thursday, March 21 from 6:00-7:30 is our Parent Information for Common Core Mathematics.

    Have you ever wondered why your elementary age student homework looks so different than when 

    you went to school? Come find out what students need to learn for college and career rediness.

    There will be math activities for children and light refreshments servied for all.

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  • Weekly News for March 11-15

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/10/2019 7:00:00 AM

    School Calendar

    Mar 11- Mar 15 Optional Conferences with early dismissal at 1:30

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Multicultural Fair March 22

    The Multicultural Fair will be held on Friday, March 22. We need volunteers! There are many ways you can help: host a table/donate your time & help at a table or game/set up/bring things from your country and we will display it for you if you can’t attend/make a donation if you can’t participate but would like to help. Thanks, Karen, Andria, Claudia, Brenda & Wendy, parent volunteers. Contact Wendy at:  yukaritn@hotmail.com 

    Pasta Fundraiser Supports John Gill: Order till the end of the Month online:

    https://www.funpastafundraising.com/shop/john-gill-elementary

    Transition Team Updates from Meeting #1 Notes

    https://www.smore.com/x7rqh

    Parent Teacher Conferences this week

    Conferences for Spring are optional for students performing at or above grade level. If you would still like to hold a conference, e-mail or send a note or phone message to your child's teacher.

     

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  • March Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera on 3/3/2019

    School Calendar

    Mar 4  Trimester 2 Begins

    Mar 5  Danny G. Dance Show k-2

    Mar 7  PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 11- Mar 15 Optional Conferences with early dismissal at 1:30

    Mar 18 Coffee with Superintendent Dr. John Baker at 8:30am in the staff room

    Mar 21 6:00-7:30pm Parent Math Night-note, this date is new updated date

    Mar 22  2nd Annual Multicultural Fair

    Mar 29 Early Release at 1:30pm

    April 1-April 5 Spring Break

    Principal’s Message

    Superintendent Dr. John Baker is hosting “Coffee with the Superintendent” for John Gill families in the staff room on Monday, March 18 at 8:30am. This is a great opportunity to talk with the superintendent about the direction of the district and the John Gill campus that will house the Orion Alternative Parent Participation Program and Mandarin Immersion Program. The parent participation is encouraged but not mandatory.

    Danny G. Dance Show for Grades k-2

    The dance performance for grades k-2 except room 8 is:

    Date: March 5

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

    Due to seating capacity, each student can bring up to 2 guests. Pizza sold for $1 a slice

    Parent Teacher Conferences

    In the second trimester, conferences are optional for students that are at or above grade level both academically or socially.

    Teachers will be sending home report cards to families on March 11.

    RCSD Gifted and Talented Education Information.,

    The RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders located at Clifford and Hoover Schools next year. If you would like your child in current grades 3/4/5 tested for GATE this Spring, you can read more information about the GATE program on the Parent Information website at:http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/5467

    Parents must complete a permission form for their student to be tested. Deadline is March 16.


    Transition Team Brings our Communities Together Parents and staff leaders from John Gill and Orion Alternative are coming together along with Principal Rivera to form our Transition Team. The role of this team of 15 people is to build one strong community with our innovative programs. The team met for the first time with Superintendent Dr. Baker on February 28. If you would like to bring ideas or questions to the team, please send me an e-mail at: krivera@rcsdk8.net

    Pasta Fundraiser for the PTA

    Monday, March 4th is the last day to turn in the paper order for the pasta fundraiser.

    Online orders will be open until the end of March. 

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