The mission of John Gill School is to provide an excellent education for ALL students in a collaborative and structured environment that is academically rigorous and joyful, setting students on the path for success in college and in life.
John Gill Important Dates for End of School Year
May 26-June 5
Tuesday, May 27 Penny Drive begins – Bring your spare change to school to support Cancer Research
Thursday, May 28 Open House and Art Show 6:00-7:30pm
Friday, May 29 Sports Day – Wear Your Favorite Sport Clothing
Monday-Thursday June 1-June 4 Early Dismissal at 1:30
Tuesday, June 2 -Wear Your Hat to School Day to support prevention of skin cancer awareness
-Grades k/1 Danny G. Dance Performance at John Gill cafeteria
-Students arrive at 6:00pm
-Performance at 6:30pm
Wednesday, June 3 Relay for Life Field Games for k-5 students from 9-11am
Parent volunteers needed to run games, call the school office
At 650-482-2406 to sign up
Friday, June 5 -Last Day of School Early Dismissal at 11:30 am-report cards goes home with students
-All kindergarten students arrive at 8:00am
5th Grade Promotion Ceremony 9:00-10:00am in the cafeteria
Art Program Not Funded Next Year
Our wonderful art program, Art 4 Schools will not be returning to John Gill next year. Our parents have supported this program for the past several years with generous donations and fundraising efforts. If you would like to work to save the program for future years, the next Parent-Teacher Organization is meeting Thursday, June 18 at 6:00pm in the John Gill staff room. The PTO accepts direct donations from families in cash or check, every dollar counts.
Save the dates:
Student-Family school orientation:
Wednesday, August 19 5:00-7:00pm for grades k-2
Thursday, August 20 5:00-7:00pm for grades 3-5
Monday, August 24 First Day of School
You can find out your classroom assignment, meet new friends and learn about the John Gill Parent Group from parents and staff. If you cannot attend the orientations on the above dates make an appointment with the school principal during the month of August. All students and families MUST participate in an orientation meeting before receiving a class assignment.
Why Choose John Gill For Your Child?
John Gill is housed in a beautiful, historic building in the middle of the family-friendly Mount Carmel neighborhood of Redwood City. The school is in the midst of a transformation, with the current academic program undergoing a redesign process led by Principal Katherine Rivera and Assistant Principal Nikolaos Fanourgiakis, and a new Mandarin Immersion program available in 2015-16.
We believe families are our strongest partners at John Gill.
Families play an active and vital role in the education of their children, monitor academic performance, work with teachers to emphasize the importance of education, and model a commitment to learning. Because the values and vision for John Gill School are developed with families, parents strongly support our school program. John Gill parent leaders participate in the life of the school by attending and planning programs, volunteering services, and assisting in the process designed to enhance the aspects of the school.
John Gill offers:
• A math rich curriculum; teachers in grade k-3 work in partnership with the Early Learning Math Initiative teachers.
• Parents support dance with dance performances, art with a professional artist and physical education with coaches.
• Technology, chromebooks and ipads in classrooms with a technology teacher.
Please contact me if you would like to know more about John Gill School or the Mandarin Immersion Program. - Principal Katherine Rivera
Starting in the Fall of 2015, a new "School of Choice" Mandarin Chinese Immersion Program will be offered at John Gill Elementary. Students will graduate bilingual in Chinese and English, and will follow the California Common Core Curriculum. The Program will be initially available to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and 1st grade students, and will continue through 8th grade.
Benefits of the program include:
John Gill Mandarin Immersion for TK, Kinder and 1st Grade Application Period is November 8, 2014 - January 9, 2015. Round 2 applications are being accepted now. Parents must submit an online Schools of Choice Application.
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