Diane Prystas, Principal
Kristy Jackson, Assistant Principal
Weekly Thunderbolt
April 25, 2019

Open House Tonight
Food Trucks 5-8, Classroom Visits 6-7, Art Show 5:30-7:30
Principal's Message
Dear Thunderbolt Families

The staff and I are looking forward to seeing you at our annual spring Open House. This is a time for students to share their academic and artistic endeavors and a time for you to share the company of friends and family. It will be a warm spring evening with lively music and delicious eats. Come and enjoy!

-Diane Prystas
This Week:
  • 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)

Next Week:
  • Mon, Apr 29 - State Testing Begins
  • Mon, Apr 29 - Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm, Library (Agenda)
  • Fri, May 3 - ASB Spirit Day - Cinco de Mayo, wear green, white, red
  • 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 21-24 - Used Book Fair, Library
  • Tue, May 21 - Incoming Kindergarten Info Mtg, 5:30-6:30pm, MUB
  • Tue, May 21 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library
  • Wed, May 22 - 7th Grade Field Trip to Historical RWC
  • Thu, May 23 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Red Morton "Make Time for Fitness"
  • Fri, May 24 - All 2018-19 PTO Expenses Due
  • Mon, May 27 - No School, Memorial Day
School News
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!
Cinco de Mayo
On Friday, May 3rd, Roy Cloud students wear green, white, or red to recognize Cinco de Mayo. Thank you ASB student leaders for organizing.
PTO News
Food Trucks Tonight - 5-8pm
New this year, to coincide with Open House, 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.
The Garden Is Open Tonight
Ms. Becca will be in the garden tonight from 5:30-7:30! Come check out our outdoor classroom.
How to Give Meaningful Art Feedback
When visiting the Art Show tonight, please tell your child WHY you love their work and WHAT makes it great. Here are a few examples:
  • How did you get those colors to blend so softly together?
  • What part of your art did you work the longest on?
  • I like how you drew straight lines, zigzag lines, and diagonal lines.
  • I like the way your lines go off the edge of the page, filling the space.

Feedback per above helps the students self-evaluate, leads to further growth, and is more beneficial than comments like: Good job, Great artwork, That's so cute.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you tonight, 5:30-7:30 in the MUB!

-Teacher Samantha (K-5) and Mrs. Vaughn (6-8)
Jog-A-Thon and Color Run Update
The pledges are coming in and our students have already raised a lot of money for our school - Great work Roy Cloud Community! 
How is your students’ class doing in the class contest? Check  the standings  and then send out your pledge request to extended family, friends, neighbors and more. The top three earning K-5 classrooms win a Jamba Juice party and there are great prizes for the top earning middle school student and grade!
T-Shirts Available Tonight @ Open House
For those who haven't purchased their t-shirt yet, we will be selling them tonight in front of the MUB ($15 each). Come by before or after Open House to get an exclusive 2019 event t-shirt. There will also be sales before and after school in the coming weeks. 

If you pre-ordered your t-shirt (thank you!), it was delivered to your student's classroom on Tuesday. 
Books for Free T-Shirt
New this year - If you bring in a box of 40 or more books for the Used Book Fair, you will receive a coupon for a free Jog-A-Thon t-shirt. Bring your books to Ms. Lera in the library to receive the coupon. Coupons can be redeemed for t-shirts with one of our Jog-a-thon volunteers before or after school. But t-shirts go fast so grab one now and bring your coupon by later for reimbursement. 
Used Book Drive Now Through May 10th
Bring your bags of used books, ages 6-16, to the library anytime during the school day. 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.
Get Your Students' 2019-20 School Supplies Here
The Roy Cloud PTO has partnered again with 1st Day School Supplies ! This is a convenient way to preorder your child’s suggested school supplies for the 2019-2020 school year at competitive prices. Skip the hassle, time and aggravation of shopping at Target, Staples or WalMart while getting the exact school supplies your child needs from brands like Crayola, Mead, Avery, and Elmers. 

Items like calculators, computer mice or headphones are available as optional items. So are teacher Wish Lists for certain grades. 1st Day School Supplies also carries backpacks, lunch bags, and other accessories from Jansport, Under Armour and Vera Bradley.    

Kits and optional items will be distributed at Maze Daze in August. Teacher Wish List items will be distributed directly to your child’s teacher. Make your purchase now by clicking the banner above or by visiting 1st Day School Supplies ! All kits must be purchased by June 30.

Questions?  Email Marybeth Milionis .
PTO Needs YOU!
We need volunteers for these CRITICAL positions that currently are OPEN for 2019-20:

Auction Chair - This large fundraising event scheduled for March 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.

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.
Community News
Stand UP for Public Schools on May 8 th
A county-wide event to advocate for more education funding is taking place on May 8 th . California’s new budget comes out in June. The time is ripe to join local parents, schools, organizations, and community members at a number of locations across the county as we ask that more of our State budget go to our public schools. In a lead up to the Stand UP for Public Schools rally, Redwood City will also be joining other districts to take a day to call both of our representatives, Jerry Hill and Kevin Mullin. A signup genius and talking points are available for those interested in calling on May 1 st
Ways you can get involved:
  1. Attend the Redwood City rally on May 8th at 4 PM, Sequoia Station
  2. Sign up for a May 1st time slot to call our state representatives leading up to the May 8th rally
  3. Stay informed by joining a Facebook group of local parents and advocates
The Redwood City Library Foundation 4th Annual STEAM Fest on the Square
Saturday, April 27 from 11 AM - 3 PM
Redwood City Courthouse Square, 2200 Broadway 

Come to the largest one-day outdoor free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) event in the Bay Area! This year's STEAM Fest on the Square has exhibits and activities that appeal to all ages.
  • Find hands-on STEAM activities at 80 exhibitor booths. 
  • Receive a free tote bag (first 2000 visitors) to fill with hands-on projects, valuable offers, and loads of memories.
  • Enjoy back-to-back performances of live music and youth entertainment from 10:30 to 3 PM, including bands, vocal groups, dance groups, and gymnastic performances.
  • See robotics demonstrations in Robo Alley.
  • Visit Eco Alley and experience more than 10 new electric vehicles, including a new SamTrans all-electric bus.
  • Climb inside a police car and fire truck, and learn about the county forensics lab
  • Encounter art that addresses the global hazards of plastic pollution and learn about art connected to the earth by creating mandalas with natural material.
  • Get free admission to San Mateo County Historical Museum with Maritime Day activities.
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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