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  • May 22-June 9

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 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 at 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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  • May/June Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 4/28/2017 8:00:00 AM

     

    School Calendar

    May 1  Teacher Appreciation Week begins

    May 4  Final Café with the Principal-Classroom tours of grades 3-5

    May 12  8:15-9:30 Parent Workshop for grades k-2:“Common Core Math Instruction in Elementary School”

    May 8-May 18  Grades 3-5 State Testing

    May 16   PTA at 6:00pm

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

    May 18   Open House 6:00-7:30pm

    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

    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

    Principal’s Message-State Testing

    The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) is a series of standardized assessments in English Language Arts and math. These are conducted yearly with our students in grades 3-5. We need your help in assuring for the optimal testing environment for your child. Please be sure that during the testing cycle, your child arrives to school well rested and on time.

     

    S.T.E.A.M. Updates

    The Makery needs a few supplies for end of the year projects, all donations can be dropped off at the front office:

    • Sequins, masking tape, beads, cotton balls, Elmer’s glue
    • Here's what the grades are working on this month. Most of the projects will be featured at the School Maker Faire on May 18:

    K: Bind and publish your own books!

    1: Build solar-powered amusement park rides!

    2: Build a roller coaster/ Produce things to sell!

    3: Develop a shelter to protect against extreme weather!

    4: Code Scratch projects in ELA and math!

    5: Create personal projects that combine physical and digital components!

     

    Teacher Appreciation May 1-May 5

    Parents and students celebrate the John Gill staff who continue to make this an incredible learning community.

    Tuesday:         Bring a flower

    Wednesday:    Bring a card made by the student

                           The PTA is providing breakfast                  

    Thursday:        Bring a drawing

    Friday:             Bring a small handmade gift

     

    End of the YearThis is the final newsletter for the year but there is still so much to accomplish and learn. Keep posted via text and phone calls about end of the year events. If you do not receive text messages from the school, check with the school office to ensure we have your correct contact information.

     

    Next Year:

    Maze Day: August 16 12-2 and 4-6pm.

    First Day of School: August 21, 2017

       
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  • Bi-weekly News for April 24-April 30

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 4/23/2017 9:00:00 AM

    Apr 24 8:15-9:15am Volunteer Appreciation Recognition meet at the assembly on stage

    Apr 26 11:45-12:45 Famer's Market Lunch-All students are welcome to participate in the lunch program with food services. 

    Apr 27 8:15-9:15am English Language Advisory Committee in the library

    Apr 29 Redwood City Downtown S.T.E.A.M Festival-We will have a booth at 11:00am

     

    Important Dates for End of Year:

    May 18 5:30-7:30pm Open House

    May 29 Memorial Day – No School

    June 9 Last Day of Instruction-Early Dismissal at 12:30pm

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

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  • April Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 3/31/2017 8:00:00 AM

    John Gill Elementary   April

          Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration         2017

    Apr 5 3:00pm School Site Council

    Apr 6 8:15am  Monthly Principal’s   Coffee at the picnic tables

    Apr 7 Early Dismissal at 12:30

    April 7 School Spirit Day-College Wear Day

    Apr 10- 14 SPRING BREAK

    Apr 18   PTA at 6:00pm

    Apr 21 12:20pm Lunch School wide Dance -All students dance to Electric Cha-cha on blacktop  

    Apr 24 Apr 8:15-9:15am Volunteer Appreciation Recognition

    Apr 27 English Language Advisory Committee

    Apr 29 Redwood City Downtown S.T.E.A.M Festival-We will have a booth

    Principal’s Message

    Parent participation and collaboration are essential for building a successful school. I want to recognize the time and dedication John Gill parents take to ensure that all students have access to great programs like art, dance and Education Outside. All students set goals to work on for this last trimester. The number one question I heard from parents was “How can I help?”  Thank you for your ongoing support.

    S.T.E.A.M. Updates

    Ours first S.T.E.A.M. Family Night was a great success. Over 50 families worked together on the “Marble Design Challenge.” The next steps for our TEAM is to collect our data from research and reflect on our professional development from this year and produce our plan for implementation for year one next year.

    RCSD Gifted and Talented Education District Program begins at John Gill for the 2017-18 School Year

    The RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders. You can read more information about the GATE program on the Parent Information website:http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us/Page/5467

    John Gill Student Yearbooks

    May 1 - Last day to order yearbook. Any time after that, orders will be shipped home and S&H will be charged. HOW TO ORDER:

    Order your yearbook at johngill.picaboo.com or pick up an order envelope at the school’s front office.

    Supporting Common Core Math for Parents

    How can you help your own child with math? How can you help them with homework in productive ways and give them the sort of praise that will help them grow and learn in the future?

    Check out this link in English or Spanish.

    https://www.youcubed.org/6-ways-support-childs-mathematical-development/

    John Gill Parent Teacher Association

    Keep up to date with the PTA at: http://www.johngillpta.org/.

    The next PTA meeting is April 18 at 6:00pm the staff room. Childcare provided.

    Important Dates for End of Year:

    May 18 5:30-7:30pm Open House

    May 29 Memorial Day – No School

    June 9 Last Day of Instruction-Early Dismissal at 12:30pm

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

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  • Bi-weekly news

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 3/19/2017 8:00:00 AM

    Mar 21   PTA at 6:00pm - The architects will present the modernization plan for John Gill and answer questions

    Mar 23   Mandarin Immersion Parent Presenter “Elizabeth Weise” @6:00pm in the staff room

    Mar 24   English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30 in the library

    Mar 29    Dine Out Fundraising at Chipotle in RWC 3-9pm

    Mar 30 Mandarin Immersion Advisory Committee at 6:00pm

    April 10-April 14 Spring Break

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  • March Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine E. Rivera at 3/3/2017 6:00:00 PM

    John Gill Elementary   March

          Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration         2017


    School Calendar

    Mar 9     8:15am  Monthly Principal’s   Coffee at the picnic tables

    Mar 9     Family S.T.E.A.M. Night

    Mar 13-Mar 17 Parent Teacher Conferences - Early Dismissal at 12:30

    Mar 14   Grades 4 and 5 Danny G. Dance Show

    Mar 21   PTA at 6:00pm

    Mar 23   Mandarin Immersion Parent Presenter “Elizabeth Weise” @6:00pm

    Mar 24   English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30 in the library

    Mar 27    Music for Minors Classroom performances grades k-5

    Mar 29    Dine Out Fundraising at Chipotle in RWC 3-9pm

    Mar 30 Mandarin Immersion Advisory Committee at 6:00pm

    April 10-April 14 Spring Break

    Principal’s Message

    Parent teacher conferences are March 13-17 after school. Students are dismissed at 12:30pm daily during conferences. Teachers are sending home conference schedules.


    S.T.E.A.M. Family Night

    Our S.T.E.A.M. Team (Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics) has planned a fun, hands on family night that demonstrates how STEAM is integrated in a primary classroom.

    Date: March 9

    Time: 5:30-6:00 Pizza Dinner provided

             6:00-7:00 Hands on learning

    Place: John Gill Cafeteria

    Who:   John Gill Families


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    Danny G. Dance Show for Grades 4 and 5

    The dance performance for grades 4-5 is coming soon.

    Date: March 14

    Time: 6:00pm students arrive for final rehearsal

             6:30pm Performance begins

    Cost: $5.00 donation per person requested


    RCSD Gifted and Talented Education Information.

    Parents,

    The RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders

    located at Selby Lane and Hoover Schools.  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 18


    Music for Minors Sharing Event

    Parents are invited to the annual “Sharing Event” on March 27. Each child will bring home a personal invitation with the time of the music event in their classroom. Music for minors is a music program sponsored by the Redwood City Education Foundation.


    John Gill Parent Teacher Association

    Keep up to date with the PTA at: http://www.johngillpta.org/.

    The next PTA meeting is March 21 at 6:00pm the staff room. Childcare provided. Architects working with the district and community will present the modernization plan for our school. and take feedback.



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  • Bi-weekly updates Feb 21-Mar 3

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 2/19/2017 8:00:00 AM

     John Gill Elementary February 2017

    Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration  

    School Calendar

    Feb 21 6:00pm PTA in staff room

    Feb 21-Feb 24 - 5th Grade Students to Outdoor Education Camp in La Honda

    Feb 24 English Language Advisory Committee meeting at 8:30am in the library

    Feb 28  8:45-9:45am Kinder 2017-18 Tour

    Mar 1 3:00-4:00pm School Site Council

    Mar 2 6:00 Danny G. Dance Show for grades 4/5

    All parents are welcome to attend PTA (Parent Teacher Association Meetings) each month.

    This Tuesday night, February 21, the PTA will determine which programs they can support for next year based on the current budget. 

    The PTA has been raising funds this year to pay for three programs:

    1. Art for Schools - Art classes twice a month for each class

    2. Danny G. Dance - Dance classes for one trimester for each class

    3. Education Outside - Science in the garden one hour each week for every class

    Danny G. Dance Show for Grades 4-5 

    Thursday, March 2

    Students arrive at 6:00pm

    Doors open for the public at 6:30pm

    $5.00 donation per person requested at the door. All donations collected support school programs.

    STEAM Updates

    John Gill is one of ten school awarded the Maker's Space grant by the County of San Mateo. Our group is meeting at John Gill on Feb. 28 to begin initial plans on building a permanent Maker's Space at Gill.

    Save the Date!! March 9 from 5:30-7:00pm What is STEAM? A hands on fun night for the family.  

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  • February Newsletter

    Posted by Katherine E. Rivera at 2/5/2017 10:00:00 AM

     

     

    John Gill Elementary February 2017

    Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration  


    School Calendar

    Feb 7 - LCAP Parent Meeting at 6:30pm in the cafeteria

    Feb 14-School Spirit - Wear Red or Pink for Valentine’s Day

    Feb 17 & Feb 20 NO SCHOOl - President’s Weekend

    Feb 21 6:00pm PTA in staff room

    Feb 21-Feb 24 - 5th Grade Students to Outdoor Education Camp in La Honda

    Feb 24 - English Language Advisory Committee meeting at 8:30am in the library

    Feb 28  -8:45-9:45am Kinder 2017-18 Tour

    Jan 25 - School Site Council at 3:00pm

    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 Rooster - begins on Saturday January 28 and lasts until February 15th, 2018. Thanks to parent volunteers, students in kindergarten and grade 1 celebrated on Jan. 31. Check out the pictures on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johngillschool/

    John Gill Parent Teacher Association

    Keep up to date with the PTA at: http://www.johngillpta.org/.

    The next PTA meeting is Feb. 21 at 6:00pm the staff room. Childcare provided.

    S.T.E.A.M. Focus Update

    Coding is here! Every grade is learning computer programming in January and February.

    K-2: Storytelling in Scratch Jr.

    3: Art in Scratch with CS First

    4: Scratch in Social Studies

    5: Student's choice! Advanced Scratch, Hopscotch or Vidcode (JavaScript)

    Talk about coding at home! Start with these questions: What is coding? Who can be a programmer? What can you make with code?

    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 Feb. 8-13. Students purchase the Valentine gram for a friend as a fundraiser for the school. The student council will deliver them to the classroom on Feb. 14th. Students can exchange Valentine cards for the whole class on Feb. 14. Please do not send candy with your student to school.Local Control and Accountability   Plan (LCAP) at John Gill on Tuesday, We need to hear from the John Gill community

    Save the date and participate: Feb. 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

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

    Feb. 7, 2017 at 6:30pm. Childcare provided.

    John Gill’s Fifth Students Art Recognized

    Student art work will be on display from Feb. 1-Feb 28 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. All student work selected were 5th graders from Ms. Ibarra’s class:

    Aldercy Caravel Morales

    Yale Galicia

    Paralee Maciel Barton

    Roxy Martinez Majano

    Rudbi Rodriguez

    Atifa Ansari

    Jacob Brenner

    Lily Giacomoni

    Julieta Gonzalez Perez

    Alex Herrera

    Kaylin Tran





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  • Bi-weekly new for Jan 21-Feb 3

    Posted by Katherine Rivera at 1/22/2017 8:00:00 AM

    John Gill Elementary    January 2017

          Curiosity * Creativity * Collaboration         


    Jan 24 - Kinder 2017-18 Tour

    Jan 24 - School Site Council at 3:00pm

    Jan 26 - 6:00-7:30pm Mandarin Immersion Parent Advisory Commitee

    Jan 31 - 8:30-10:00 Grades k/1 Parents and students celebrate Chinese New Year in the cafeteria

    Feb 1 - 9:00am 5th Grade parents and students "Outdoor Education" program overview in the cafeteria

    Feb 3 - 8:15-9:30am Principal's  Monthly Coffee with guest speaker Dr. Emily Thomforde: What is a STEAM Education?

    S.T.E.A.M. Focus Update

    Dr. Emily Thomforde, our STEAM program specialist will lead parents through an activity and discussion on what a STEAM education is and why our students need to have a strong foundation in science ,technology, engingeering and mathematics. 

    Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) at John Gill on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 at 6:30pm

    The LCAP is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals.

    Save the date and participate:

    Feb. 7, 2017 at 6:30pm. Childcare provided.

    John Gill Parent Teacher Association

    Keep up to date with the PTA at: http://www.johngillpta.org/.



     


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