SY 2016-17 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you from the John Gill PTA

posted Jun 10, 2017, 12:33 PM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 8:12 PM ]

As school year 2016-17 ends, the John Gill PTA wishes to thank our wonderful community. Together, we helped make this an amazing year for John Gill School. We hosted and supported many fun and educational activities. We worked hard to raise funds. 

As a result of everyone's hard work and generous donations, all John Gill students will continue to have dance, art, and gardening classes for school year 2017-18. 

Thank you to Community School of Music and Arts for their generous subsidy of our art program. And to the Sequoia Healthcare District for their generous grant for our gardening program.

We wish everyone a great summer! We'll see you back here in August.

August 16 - Maze Day
August 21 - First Day of School

Volunteer and Make a Difference: Become a Reading Tutor

posted Feb 14, 2017, 1:39 PM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Feb 14, 2017, 2:00 PM ]

Volunteers are needed to empower John Gill students to succeed in reading and in life. Reading Partners is a local literacy nonprofit working to help close the achievement gap by recruiting volunteers to work one-on-one with John Gill students who are reading below grade level. 

The minimum commitment to volunteer is only 1 hour per week, and you can really make an impact in the life of a child.Tutoring slots are 8:45-9:45, 10:15-11 am, and 1:30-5:30 pm, Mondays-Wednesdays, and 12:30-5:30, Thursdays. No experience is needed.

If interested, please email asha.albuquerque@readingpartners.org, or call 650-223-4541

Also worth mentioning, Reading Partners was mentioned in a New York Times editorial on "social programs that work." https://www.nytimes.com/2015/01/01/opinion/social-programs-that-work.html

Welcome Back

posted Jan 12, 2017, 7:18 PM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Jan 23, 2017, 7:04 PM ]

We hope everyone had a relaxing winter break. See below for what's in store in January.

Join Principal Rivera for coffee and school updates on January 13 (Friday) at 8:15AM in the MUB.

January 16 (Monday) is a holiday. No school.

Our first PTA meeting this calendar year is on January 17 (Tuesday) at 6PM in the Staff Room. Childcare will be provided. Get an update on our fundraising efforts to date and help plan events for the remaining school year.

There will be a parents' information session night on Summer Stanford Math on January 19 (Thursday).

Join the Kindergarten Tour on January 24 (Tuesday) at 8:45AM.

School Site Council meeting is on January 25 (Wednesday) at 3PM.

Our next Dine Out is scheduled for January 27 (Friday) from 3PM to 9PM at Chuck E Cheese's in Redwood City. Invite your family and friends and join us for this fun event. Chuck E Cheese will donate 15% of proceeds to John Gill. See event details and RSVP on Evite.

All Grades K/1 Parents and Students are invited to join the Chinese New Year Celebration on January 31 from 8:15AM to 10AM at the MUB. 

Happy Holidays

posted Dec 21, 2016, 5:59 PM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Dec 21, 2016, 6:01 PM ]


Wishing everyone a Happy Holiday! Thank you to John Gill families, teachers, staff, and friends. Your support makes John Gill a wonderful school and community for all our students. Have a great winter break and we'll see everyone in 2017!

Fun December Events at John Gill

posted Nov 30, 2016, 9:44 AM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Dec 19, 2016, 7:28 PM ]

On December 3 (Saturday), John Gill School is participating in the Hometown Holidays parade in downtown Redwood City. Meet at 3:45PM at Broadway & Arguello/Marshall. Look for the John Gill banner.


December 9 (Friday) at 6PM marks our Pokemon Movie Night. Everyone attending is eligible to win a mystery Pokemon Prize.

Doors to the MUB will open at 6PM. The movie starts at 6:30PM. 

Pizza, drinks and snacks will be available for purchase.

Dine out at Galeotti's on December 14 (Wednesday) from 4PM to 9PM with fellow John Gill families. 

Galeotti's will donate 25% of your bill to the John Gill PTA. Simply mention John Gill, bring the flyer sent home in your child's folder, or show this page. 

Math Night and Posada takes place on December 20 (Tuesday) from 5PM to 8PM. 

5PM to 6PM: Food Sale sponsored by Los Dichos Parent Volunteers
6PM to 7PM: Math Games for the whole family
7PM to 8PM: Student Performances, Pinatas and Pictures with Santa

Be sure to join us for this fun and educational event.

Mention John Gill or bring the flyer sent in your child's folder when you or your friends buy a Christmas tree and wreaths from Honey Bear TreesThey will donate 15% of the purchase price to our school.  

Nov 29 is GivingTuesday for John Gill

posted Nov 23, 2016, 8:53 AM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Nov 23, 2016, 2:02 PM ]

November 29 is GivingTuesday. What if we all gave on this day? Please consider supporting the John Gill PTA so we may continue to provide enrichment programs for all John Gill students.

Visit GivingTuesday for John Gill to make a tax deductible donation on November 29. Spread the word and make a difference.

Learn more about what we fund:
Dance with Danny G provides 1 trimester of dance instruction culminating in a dance performance.

Biweekly art classes have started. Students will showcase their creative art works next May.

Our garden program with Education Outside is in full swing. Students get hands-on learning focused on Next Generation Science Standards.




Dec 14: Dine out at Galeotti's Pizzeria and have 25% of your restaurant bill donated to John Gill PTA!

posted Nov 20, 2016, 10:38 AM by John Gill PTA Financial Secretary   [ updated Nov 20, 2016, 6:34 PM by John Gill PTA ]

Tell your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues and let Galeotti's Pizzeria take care of the cooking for some delicious Italian food to help support our PTA and school.

Date and Time: Wednesday, December 14, 4-9pm
Restaurant: Galeotti's Pizzeria
Address: 3121 Jefferson Ave, Redwood City, CA 94062 (corner of Jefferson and Alameda de las Pulgas)
Phone Number: (650) 780-9622
Galeotti's Donation: 25% of the full restaurant bill for dine-in or take out. Yes, alcohol is included...so bottoms up!

On the day of the Dine Out, John Gill families and friends can bring in the paper flyer, show the flyer on a smart phone, or just mention John Gill. 

Galeotti's menu includes New York style pizza, pasta dishes, salads and sandwiches. For those with dietary restrictions, they also have gluten-free pizza and dairy-free options.

Grades 2 and 3 Dance Performances

posted Nov 19, 2016, 9:48 AM by Network Administrator   [ updated Nov 19, 2016, 9:53 AM by John Gill PTA ]

On November 17, Grades 2 and 3 classes as well as the Advanced Dance Group showcased what they've learned from Dance Class with Danny G. 

Everyone was treated to fantastic performances. Great job!

Grade 2 Class dancing to Think Positive from Willy Wonka













Grade 2 Class dancing to The Golden Age of Chocolate from Willy Wonka


Grade 3 Class dancing to Echale Grito by Ozomatli


Grade 3 Class dancing to I'm Loco by Michael Jackin



Advanced Dance Group dancing to Better When I'm Dancin by Meghan Trainor


All students dancing to The Sid Shuffle from Ice Age

Support John Gill While You Shop

posted Nov 16, 2016, 8:44 AM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Nov 16, 2016, 9:33 AM ]

During the busy holiday shopping season, you can still benefit John Gill. Portions of eligible purchases go to John Gill if you use AmazonSmile and/or Benefit-eScrip

The John Gill PTA is registered with AmazonSmile. If you would like 0.5% of your eligible purchases to benefit the John Gill PTA, please complete these steps:

1. Go to "Your Account" (top right) and select "Your AmazonSmile"
2. Click on "Change charity" (right side)
3. Search for "John Gill PTA" and Select it
4. Be sure to always start your shopping at smile.amazon.com

The John Gill PTA AmazonSmile Charity link is: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/90-1129558

To earn more for John Gill while shopping, use Benefit/eScrip and purchase gift cards for your own use or to give to others. 

1. Download and install the Benefit-Mobile app on your phone
2. Create an account then select "John Gill Elementary School" as your beneficiary
3. Link your credit card and/or checking account. This step may take a few days.
4. Purchase gift cards using your Benefit Mobile app before making purchases. Merchants include Amazon, Whole Foods, Safeway, Target, Nordstrom, Starbucks and more.

November Events

posted Nov 11, 2016, 5:58 PM by John Gill PTA   [ updated Nov 14, 2016, 8:53 AM ]

November continues to be a busy month for our John Gill community. 

Nov 14 to 18 -  Check out the Book Fair from 12PM to 3:30PM, Thursday (11/17) till 6:30PM at the Library

Nov 15 - Join us for a morning PTA meeting from 7:50AM to 9AM. Everyone is welcome. Coffee and pastries will be served.

Nov 17 - Come see dance performances from our Grades 2 and 3 classes as well as the Advanced Dance Group. Students are requested to be at the MUB by 6PM. Doors open at 6:30PM. Requested donation is $5 per person (12 years and older).

Nov 18 - English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) meets at 8:30AM at the School Library

Nov 21 to 22 - Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov 23 to 25 - Thanksgiving Break (No School)

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