February Newsletter

Posted by Katherine Rivera on 2/3/2019 7:00:00 AM

School Calendar

Feb 6 Chinese New Year Celebration at John Gill &
100 Days of School Celebrations in grades k-1l

Feb 9 Chinese Lunar New Year Downtown 11am & Orion Author Fair at Orion School 10:30-3:00

Feb 14 School Spirit Day “Wear Red or Pink”

Feb 15 & 22 Kinder tours for Prospective parents of the Mandarin Immersion program for next year
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Feb 18 President’s Weekend NO SCHOOL

Feb 19 8:30am School Site Council

Feb 26 English Language Advisory Committee at 8:30am in the library

Feb 28 6:00 pm PTA meeting in the staff room

Mar 11-15 Parent-Teacher Conferences Early release grades k-5 at 1:30 daily

Next Steps for John Gill In the 2019-20 school year, John Gill will be home to two unique programs: The Parent Participation Model, currently on the Orion campus and the Mandarin Immersion Program. These changes provide exciting opportunities for students and the community. To learn more about the Parent Participation model, visit the current Orion website at: https://www.rcsdk8.net/orion.

To support this transition, the San Mateo County Office of Education will facilitate the current parent leadership groups coming together to form one united group.

Construction Another exciting change coming to the John Gill campus next year is the start of construction and modernization. Phase I is to begin in the Fall or Winter of 2019 and will include the demolition of the primary buildings in rooms 15-20. During construction some of the students will be in the remaining buildings or in temporary portable buildings to be located on the basketball courts. 

Chinese New Year Begins

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival in modern China, and is one of several Lunar New Years in Asia. Observances traditionally take place from the evening preceding the first day of the year to the Lantern Festival, held on the 15th day of the year. The first day of Chinese New Year begins on the new moon that appears between 21 January and 20 February.[2] In 2019, the first day of the Lunar New Year will be on Tuesday, 5 February, initiating the Year of the pig.

Chinese New Year Celebrations for the John Gill Community

Mon- Feb 4 at 8:15am Mandarin Immersion Students Share Songs at the morning Assembly

Wed- Feb 6 Celebration and Chinese culture activities in the MIB

        8:30-9:00 Grades k-1

        9:00-9:30 Grades 2-3

        9:30-10:00 Grades 4-5

Parent volunteers needed for set up starting at 8:00 am until 10:30 clean up.

Sat- Feb 9 Downtown Redwood City Lunar New Year Festival 11-3

John Gill has a booth with a fun activity. Students in the MI program perform traditional and modern dances from the Chinese culture at 1:00pm on the stage in the Plaza.

Mon- Feb 11 8:15am Dragon Dance at the morning assembly

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 on Feb. 11-13 during lunch. Students purchase the Valentine gram for a friend as a fundraiser. The students will deliver them to the classroom on 2/14.  Also, students can exchange cards from home for the whole class on 2/14. Please do not send candy with your student to school.