Weekly Thunderbolt
School and PTO News Every Thursday
December 6, 2018
Principal’s Message

Dear Families,

Earlier this week I attended a meeting with information regarding the upcoming public release of the 2018 California Dashboard. The Dashboard contains reports that display the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures to assist in identifying strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement.

The Dashboard is made up of state and local indicators. Below is a snapshot of how the information is organized and into which categories each is collected. 
In the upcoming months I will be sharing Roy Cloud’s specific data with staff and parents at School Site Council, with PTO and at the Principal Meet Up. In the meantime, for more information, please visit this link .

In partnership,
Diane Prystas
Today & Tomorrow:

Next Week:
  • Tue, Dec 11 - Dad's Club Trivia Night, 7:30pm, Main and Elm
  • Fri, Dec 14 - Parents Night Out hosted by ASB, 5-7:30pm, MUB
  • Sat, Dec 15 - Garden Work Day, 10-2 (Sign Up Here)

  • Tue, Dec 18 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library
  • Wed, Dec 19 - 8th Grade Baby Photos & Quotes Due
  • Thur, Dec 20 - Super Minimum Day (11:15 dismissal)
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Last Day to Enroll in After School Enrichment
  • Fri, Dec 21 - Tue, Jan 8 - No School / Holiday Break
School News
Sign Up by Tomorrow! Parents Night Out - December 14th
The ASB class is hosting a movie night for grades K to 3. Little Caesars pizza, chips, a juice box, and dessert will be provided! All items, except the pizza, will be pre-packaged. ASB students & teachers will be chaperoning, so please take a break, and go have a night out and leave your kids with us! It is on  Friday, December 14th  from  5:00PM to 7:30PM . The movie will be  The Lego Movie.  It is a family-friendly PG movie.

If your child would like to attend, please fill out one form per child attending and return it to the box in the Office by December 7th. The cost is $20 per child. (Please attach your check made out to Roy Cloud School or cash to this slip.) Deadline to RSVP is TOMORROW, December 7th.
Star Vista Counseling
Our Roy Cloud StarVista counselors have been making their way around classrooms to provide social-emotional lessons. The curriculum being used is called Toolbox. Here are the 12 Tools , which are practical strategies to strengthen children’s innate capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy. This is the language used by StarVista with the students, and is an opportunity to also be familiar with this language and reinforce at home if you wish. The PTO contracts with StarVista to provide counseling services for all students.
Memory Book for Judy
Please stop by anytime to sign a memory book for Judy Venezia, our long time office manager who is retiring after over 40 years of dedicated service.

The book will be available daily until Friday, December 20th, Miss Judy's last day. Students and family members are welcome to contribute. Feel free to include photos or student art.
8th Grade Quotes and Baby Photos
Hello parents of 8th grade students! Every year in the yearbook, we create a special page for our graduating class. For this commemorative page to happen, we need each student’s baby photo and a quote.

  • For the baby photo, we are looking for a photo of the student to be between the ages of newborn to four years old. (Gif or jpeg format only, please.)

  • For the quote, we are looking for the student’s favorite memory at Roy Cloud (or field trip). This quote should be 30 words or less.

  • Deadline: Wednesday, December 19th

Please make sure the quotes and photos are suitable for a K-8 school environment. Thank you for your help!

Once the student has decided what he/she want his/her quote to be and what he/she wants to use for their baby photo, please email them to:  roycloudyearbook@gmail.com

-Roy Cloud Yearbook Class
8th Grade High School Placement Tests
December and January are the months for high school placement testing. SUHSD requires all feeder districts to administer the following placement tests to 8th-grade students:

GMRT - Gates-McGinitie Reading Test
This is a timed, multiple-choice reading test that has a vocabulary section (20 min) and a comprehension section (35 min). The scores from both sections are combined to come up with the grade-equivalent score. The test is administered in a paper and pencil format. Some students are required to take additional reading tests as outlined on the SUHSD ELA Placement Chart . *
The GMRT reading test will be administered this week.

MDTP - Mathematics Diagnostic Testing Project
This is a timed, multiple-choice math test with 45 questions (50 min) Students take different tests depending on the 8th-grade course the student is currently taking. Students in 8th grade Common Core Math take the High School Math Readiness test. Students in Algebra I take the Geometry Readiness Test, and students in Geometry take the Algebra II Readiness test. More information about math placement in 9th grade is outlined on the SUHSD Math Placement Chart. * The test is administered in a paper and pencil format.
All math tests will be administered during the window of January 11-17.

Final test results are published by SUHSD on the SUHSD Student Information Sheet that is used for school registration. These are sent home with students in mid-late March.

* SUHSD website update is pending, but no significant changes are expected. 
BOLT Buck Winners for Friday, November 30th
Each week one name per grade level is selected from a group of names and that child is able to come to the office at recess and claim a prize!

Kinder - Charlotte
First Grade - Emily
Second Grade -  Eli
Third Grade - Riley
Fourth Grade - Tyler
Fifth Grade - Jakob
Seventh Grade - Aidan
Eight Grade - Sierra

Thank you to all students for  B eing responsible;  O ffering Respect;  L ooking for solutions;  T hinking before they act.
PTO News
Enrollment is OPEN for Winter After-School Enrichment Classes! 

Stay after school and join a fun class with friends, or try something new like cooking, coding, drawing, or chess! We've got some great new classes for winter including a problem solving math class for 1-3 graders, hip hop dance, and a fantastic public speaking class for grades 2-5!

Take a look at our schedule and class descriptions. Registration closes DECEMBER 21st. If you have any questions: Email Mary Redner or Tiffany Gonzales .
Ladies and Gentlemen! Come One, Come All!
The Roy Cloud Auction will be here on Saturday, February 23rd at Domenico Winery. It will surely be the best show in town, but we need your help! Don't let your creative talents go to waste. There are lots of ways to get involved and help make this a success. The Auction Committee is not asking for financial contributions, but they would like you to think of other fun ways where you could make a difference.

Here are some immediate needs:
  • Party hosts (can be group of hosts) Please contact Karen Brux or Angela Malenfant if you have any questions
  • Donations for the live auction (e.g. vacation homes, cool adventure packages, significant travel credits). Please contact roycloudauction@gmail.com
  • Donations for the silent auction (e.g. gift certificates, sport tickets, American Doll gift basket containing clothing and a doll, Napa gift basket to include wine and other delectables). Please contact roycloudauction@gmail.com

For more auction information please click  here.
Thank you....
Thank you Alex Dendy, Alison Oldford and Sara Flanagan for coordinating our amazing week-long book fair! Thank you to all the parents who volunteered during the week to make the book fair happen! Our library will receive 50 cents for every dollar spent at the book fair. Roy Cloud students are lucky to have such support!
Garden Corner
This week was very eventful in the garden and the rain is bringing a wave of new sprouts. The kindergarteners became scientists this week and used their observation skills to get a closer look at a very special friend in the garden: WORMS !! All of the students were incredibly gentle and kind to our wriggly friends and made some very interesting discoveries including the fact that worms are both male and female!

The 1st graders wrapped up their Plant Parts Unit with a fun project. The students created superheroes using different plant parts (roots, stems, leaves, and fruits). We discussed the importance of each part of the plant and what it does for the plant. All of their creations turned out amazing and I was so proud of everyone's creativity!

The 2nd graders follow up their last lesson by testing their pollinator creations. The students were able to test their pollinators with model flowers and collect pollen (chalk dust) and bring it to other flowers. Once they had successfully pollinated the flowers, we shared a snack together of apple slices to celebrate the success of helping a flow turn into a fruit.

Reminder: sign up for the garden workday!!  December 15th, 10am-2pm . Use the link below!

-Ms. Becca
Honey Bear Trees Roy Cloud Fundraiser 

If you are planning on purchasing a live tree, wreath, garland or other greenery for your holiday decorations, please consider Honey Bear Trees.   Honey Bear will give 15% of your purchase back to Roy Cloud.  Present this  flyer  at checkout or simply tell the cashier that you are with Roy Cloud School! Tell your friends and neighbors too!

More information about Honey Bear Trees is available at  www.honeybeartrees.net

Visit the  No Cost Fundraiser page on the PTO website  for more ways your holiday preparations can help Roy Cloud!  Happy Holidays!   
Community News
Tonight - SEPTAR Event -Future of Special Ed
SEPTAR, the Special Education PTA of RCSD, is hosting an event to review plans for next year, specifically relating to closed schools. The event is Thursday December 6th , 7-9pm, at the district office. Click here for more information.
Sequoia High School IB Program Info Meeting

Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 15th at 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Click here for more information on the Sequoia HS IB Program.
2019-20 Summit Public Schools Intent to Enroll Forms Now Available
Are you interested in having your child attend a small, diverse, personalized, college preparatory high school? We are proud to report that 100% of Summit Prep graduates were accepted into a 4-year college last year, continuing a long tradition of excellence. Please come learn more at our Open House on January 19th at 10:00 am at Summit Prep (890 Broadway, Redwood City).

Additionally, the application for next school year is now live! If you have a current 8th grader who would like to apply to attend Summit Prep for the 2019-20 school year, please visit the " Enroll " page of our  summitprep.summitps.org  website.

Application deadline is January 25, 2019 at 3PM

Random Selection Lottery will be held February 1, 2019

For more information please contact Summit Prep Charter HS in Redwood City Principal, Caitlin Reilly at  creilly@summitps.org
Woodside High School Prospective Family and Student Open House
Woodside High School will hold its annual Open House on Saturday, January 26, 2019, 9 AM to 12 Noon . Student led one-hour tours will showcase our fabulous campus and answer many prospective students’ questions about attending Woodside High School. Begin at the PAC for student-led 40-minute campus tour and end at MUR where academic and athletic staff are available to answer questions. Tours leave every 10 minutes. You must pre-register to guarantee your tour spot. 
Please  click on this link  to sign up for the time slot you want.
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