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.