Diane Prystas, Principal
Kristy Jackson, Assistant Principal
Weekly Thunderbolt
April 18, 2019

No School Tomorrow
Monday is a 1:30pm Release Day
Principal's Message
Dear Thunderbolt Families,

At the beginning of the school year and again in January, I wrote about how much I enjoy fresh starts and new beginnings. Now in mid-April, Spring has finally showed its face and we find ourselves, once again, at a new beginning. Your children are thoroughly enjoying the beginning of the season, eating lunch and playing outside in the warm sunshine. Last Friday, our Food Services department organized a fresh fruit and vegetable “buffet” and students were served samples of locally grown produce.
Various groups have engaged in the beginning of envisioning the ideal Roy Cloud Graduate. What qualities would we want to see in our young folks as they finish their years at Roy Cloud? A collection of qualities and values were gathered and assembled into this “wordle”.
Staff are also engaged in conversations over possibilities for the upcoming year in the areas of Social and Emotional Learning and newly designed spaces. Take a look at how we collaborated in a Mini-Makery with the "Paper Towers Challenge". The Challenge? “In three minutes or less, build a paper tower that supports a golf ball”. If you would like to learn more about Maker Spaces, I recommend the book " Maker-Centered Learning " by Clapp, Ross, Ryan and Tishman.

Looking forward and collaborating for our future,
This Week:
  • Fri, Apr 19 - No School, Holiday

Next Week:
  • Mon, Apr 22 - Minimum Day, All grades released at 1:30pm
  • Wed, Apr 24 - Walk to School for Earth Day
  • Thur, Apr 25 - BOLT Assembly, 8:15am
  • Thur, Apr 25 - ASB Class Rep Meeting, 1:35-1:50pm, Room 41
  • Thur, Apr 25 - Open House (6-7pm), Art Show (5:30-7:30pm), & Food Trucks (5-8pm)
  • Sat, Apr 27 - Last Day to Pre-Purchase Yearbooks (School Code 14421)

  • Mon, Apr 29 - State Testing Begins
  • Mon, Apr 29 - Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm, Library (rescheduled date)
  • Fri, May 3 - ASB Applications due for rising 6-8 graders. Students should see Ms. Rivoli for an application.
  • Fri, May 3 - Tall and Small Ball, 6:00-9:00pm, MUB
  • Thur, May 9 - Teacher Appreciation Day
  • Fri, May 10 - Last Day to Drop Off Used Books to the Library
  • Tue, May 14 - Dad's Club Meeting, 7:30pm, Canyon Inn
  • Fri, May 17 - Jog-A-Thon and Color Run
  • Mon, May 20 - Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm, Library
  • Tue, May 21 - Incoming Kindergarten Info Mtg, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Tue, May 21 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library
  • Tue May 21-24 - Used Book Fair, Library
  • Fri, May 24 - All 2018-19 PTO Expenses Due
School News
Open House is One Week Away - April 25
Classroom Visits, 6-7pm
Open House is an opportunity to visit any Roy Cloud classroom, meet teachers, and see student work on display. Most families choose to visit their current students' classrooms, and then go to the next grade up to what is coming.

Art Show, 5:30-7:30pm
In conjunction with Open House, there will be an Art Show in the MUB, featuring the art work of all Roy Cloud students.

Visit the Garden, 5:30-7:30pm
Roy Cloud's garden will be open for visitors! The garden is located behind the MUB; look for the signs.

Food Trucks, 5-8pm
New this year, please plan to enjoy dinner with family and Roy Cloud friends! Food trucks will serve a varied menu for all ages, and accept cash, credit card, or apple pay. There will be music and plenty of seating at the student lunch shelter.
YEARBOOKS ARE NOW ON SALE- for a limited time!
Go to  YearbookOrderCenter.com  and type in 14421 (or Roy Cloud) to pre-order your Yearbook today! They will be available for purchase today through April 27, and distributed to students near the last week of school. Pre-purchasing your copy online is the only way to guarantee a book; any remaining books will be available for sale on campus during the last week of school. Pre-ordered books are $28 online, whereas on-campus books will be $35 - so pre-order yours at  yearbookordercenter.com  today!
Missed the Superintendent's Coffee?
  • Dr. Baker shared the work that has been happening throughout the district to prepare for 2019-20 school closures and student relocation.
  • A district wide survey is coming soon to attain parent feedback on grade configuration (K-5, K-8, 6-8) for schools in RCSD. No changes to grade level configuration are expected for 2020-21.
  • A 7/11 committee has been formed and is starting the work of determining how to best utilize the campuses that will be closed starting in 2019-20. Properties will not be sold.
  • A committee will be formed to study North Star Academy and potential changes to the program moving forward. This committee will include parents and teachers from all RCSD schools.
  • A committee will be formed to revise neighborhood school boundaries, as these are affected by the school closures.
  • Facilities director Don Dias informed of the planned Measure T work, including restroom modernization, security fencing, updated classroom locks, new cabling, and more.
  • Here you can view the slides.

Any upcoming surveys and/or committee application information from RCSD will be posted in the Thunderbolt.
Roy Cloud Wins Outstanding Leadership Award at CASL
Twenty-one ASB students in grades 6-8 attended the three-day CASL (California Association of Student Leaders) conference held in San Jose during Spring Break. Students had the opportunity to hear renowned speakers, network with other school leaders, and experience leadership curriculum.

ASB President Zoe Cortez accepted the California Association of Student Activities Outstanding Leadership Program Award on behalf of the Roy Cloud during the conference.

Thank you teachers Anna Rivoli, Eve Avalos, and Michelle Ortez for facilitating the ASB program and attending the CASL conference with our students!
PTO News
From Our Art Teachers
We hope to meet you at the Open House Art Show on April 25th from 5:30-7:30pm in the MUB. Every student, kindergarten through 8th grade, will have a piece of artwork on display. You are going to love seeing the students' art! Click here to learn more about the CSMA Arts4Schools program and the art curriculum at Roy Cloud.

Volunteers are needed for set up and break down on April 25th. If you can help, even for just an hour or two, please join in! Below is the volunteer link.

-Teacher Samantha (K-5) and Mrs. Vaughn (6-8)
Marie Kondo Your Kids' Books for Roy Cloud
Bring your bags of used books, ages 6-16, to the library NOW through May 10th. Simply drop them off in the library anytime during the school day - look for the bags of books, an add yours to the pile. Questions? Email Jenn Clark .
Tall & Small Ball Tickets On Sale Now
The Tall & Small Ball is a fun parent-child event held on Friday, May 3, 2019 from 6-9pm in the Roy Cloud MUB. Smalls must be currently enrolled Roy Cloud students. Click here to purchase your tickets. The cost is $40 per Tall and Small couple ($5 for each additional Small). Tickets include dinner, treats, dancing, games and a special gift for 8th graders. This event will sell out, so don't delay. We need volunteers! Check out the Sign Up Genius or contact Kristin Atkins with questions.
Jog-A-Thon and Color Run Update
How is your class doing in the class contest? Check the standings and then send out your pledge request. The top earning classrooms win a Jamba Juice party!

Middle School parents/guardians, have you filled out the Color Run permission slip ? Has your student collected $25 or more in pledges? If not, please do so by l ogging your pledge on their teacher’s page ! Students can turn their permission slips into the school office.

Have you found a way to volunteer for the Jog-A-Thon? If not, please visit our sign up sheet for openings. Join us for a day of fitness and fun on Friday May 17!
Walk to School on Earth Day - April 25
Join students from all of San Mateo county in their quest to reduce carbon emissions and leave the car at home. Find out how much impact this small change in your lifestyle can make on a national level  here, featuring a pilot performed in Marin County.
Click here for the other easiest 34 ways to reduce your carbon footprint. Need more reasons to walk? Click  here. Our  walking school bus routes will be operational that day - park your car along the way and walk with us!

The class with the highest participation will win one of our golden sneaker trophies!
PTO Needs YOU!
We need volunteers for these CRITICAL positions that currently are OPEN for 2019-20:

Auction Chair - This large fundraising event in late February raises appx $150,000 for Roy Cloud programs. The chair (or 2 co-chairs!) manage a committee of volunteers doing work such as donation solicitation, event planning, data entry, invoicing, and decorating. Work begins in August.

Jog-A-Thon Chair - Coordinate this student-led fundraising event held each spring. This event raises appx $45,000 for the school each year. Manage a committee of volunteers to do work such as advertising, data entry, decorating, and hospitality. Great job for 2 co-chairs!

Art Program Coordinator - Work with teachers, administration and the art vendor to bring an art program to Roy Cloud. Work with the art teacher to coordinate the Art Show held each spring during Open House.

Room Parent Coordinator - Make sure each K-5 classroom and middle school grade has a volunteer to coordinate the PTO auction project and teacher appreciation. Set up and moderate email group for communications to all room parents.

Fall Family Event Chair - Coordinate this annual community-building event held each fall on the blacktop.

Interested? Email Yvonne Sarles , PTO President. Any job can be shared - grab a friend and share the workload! For a listing and description of all PTO roles, please click here

Nominations are now open for PTO officer positions. The PTO officers are President, Treasurer, VP Communications, VP Direct Donations, VP After-School Programs, Parliamentarian, Secretary, and Financial Secretary. Per the bylaws, elections will occur for all officers. Please email nominations to PTO Parliamentarian Alicia Truby. Nominations close on May 9, 2018. Any officers currently serving that wish to continue may also submit their names to Alicia. Voting by electronic ballot will be via the Thunderbolt newsletter on May 23, 2018.
Garden Work Day Success
A big  THANK YOU  to all those who came out on Sunday for an incredibly productive garden work day! Everyone went above and beyond to make the garden an even more beautiful and thriving place for our students. I deeply appreciate all of your hard work and wood chip moving abilities. -Ms. Becca
Technology at Roy Cloud
Did you miss last month's PTO meeting where Roy Cloud's Technology Integration Coordinator, Jennifer Nguyen, presented? Here you can view the presentation and see some examples of how technology is being utilized throughout all grades at Roy Cloud.

All PTO meeting minutes are located on the PTO website here.
New Chromebooks Purchased
Thank you parents! Your financial support of the PTO ensures Roy Cloud students have access to well-functioning technology! After evaluation of the age and status of all the equipment, it was determined that five existing chromebook carts were ready for replacement, and new equipment has been ordered using the technology allocation provided in the PTO 2018-19 approved budget. Classrooms affected are Reinke, McAdams, Morse, Avalos, and Coleman.
All 5th Grade Classes Participated in Walk Through History this week. Thank you parents for your donations to PTO, making enriching educational experiences like this possible.
Community News
Jefferson Entrance Beautification
Roy Cloud students have been working hard on an Eagle Scout project to beautify the Jefferson entrance. The broken electronic sign has been removed and new seating and flagstone pavers are being installed. Thank you for your work!
PCC World Vision Global 6K for Water
The Peninsula Community Center (PCC) is hosting its 2nd Annual World Vision Global 6K for Water on May 4th in Redwood City. Six kilometers is the average distance that people in the developing world walk to obtain clean water. Every registration for this family-friendly run/walk provides a lifetime of clean water for one person in need. If running or walking isn't for you, you can support his effort by volunteering at the event.
Sunnyvale Players presents The Wiz
The Super-Hip-Soul Musical based on the "Wonderful Wizard of Oz”. The 1975 Broadway production won seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. This rarely performed show features a cast from around the Bay Area (including a student from Roy Cloud) and a 23-piece orchestra. 

Show runs from April 27-May 19.

Students receive 35% off of Thursday evening shows (coupon Wiz35), 30% off of Friday shows (coupon Wiz30) and 25% off all Matinees (coupon Wiz25M). All coupons will expire by May 5th.

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