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:

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