Weekly Thunderbolt
February 14, 2019
Principal’s Message

Dear Roy Cloud Families,

This Friday, February 15th Roy Cloud students will be participating in and celebrating No One Eats Alone Day !  No One Eats Alone is a Positive Prevention Initiative from Beyond Differences, a nonprofit whose mission is to inspire students at schools nationwide to end social isolation and create a culture of belonging for everyone.  

Although this program is used predominately with middle school aged kids, we have extended these activities to our K-5 students, modifying the curriculum to be appropriate for their age and development. It is never too soon to begin having these important conversations with children!  

No One Eats Alone teaches students how to reflect on the climate of their school community and teach them tools to include their peers and make them feel accepted and valued. This program started in a handful of schools in Northern California in 2012 and it has grown each year; and in 2019 more than 2,250 schools in all 50 states will participate.  
On No One Eats Alone Day at Roy Cloud, our students will participate in classroom lessons/discussions about inclusion, making new friends, and having empathy for others. They will make a pledge about how they can help others feel more included and we will use these pledges to create a No One Eats Alone art instillation to be displayed here at school.  

Students will also attend a fun lunchtime event coordinated by a group of our ASB students, where they will hopefully get to sit with someone new and make some new connections. Included in the lunch event is music, group games, and special themed lunch tables! Please be sure to ask your child this weekend about the activities they participated in and what they learned on this special day! 

Assistant Principal
Next Week:
  • Mon, Feb 18 - No School / President's Day Holiday
  • Tue, Feb 19 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library (Agenda)
  • Thur, Feb 21 - ASB Class Rep Meeting, 1:35-1:50pm, Room 41
  • Thur, Feb 21 - RCEF Info Night, 7pm (details below)
  • Sat, Feb 23 - Roy Cloud Auction, 6-11pm, Domenico Winery

  • Mon, Feb 25, Site Council Meeting, 3:15pm, Library
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Last Day to Bring Food for ASB Drive
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Bolt Buck Assembly, 8:15am
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Principal's Meetup (BYOC), 8:30am, Library
  • Mon, Mar 4- Fri, Mar 8 - 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
  • Mon, Mar 11- Fri, Mar 15 - Minimum Days, Spring Conferences, All grades released at 1:30pm all week
  • Thur, Mar 14 - Science Night, 6:30pm, MUB
  • Sat, Mar 16 - Referral window for GATE ends, 5pm
  • Tue, Mar 19 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library
  • Fri, Mar 22 - Sat, Mar 23 - Mary Poppins JR (details below)
  • Wed, Mar 27 - Middle School Rally, 2:10-2:50am, MUB
  • Fri, Mar 29 - Superintendent Coffee, 8:30-9:30am, Library
  • Fri, Mar 29 - Minimum Day, All grades released at 1:30pm
  • Mon, Apr 1 - Fri, Apr 5 - Spring Break, No School
School News
Surveys From the District
There are two current district surveys for parents to respond to. If you haven't already, please take the time to fill these out - your feedback is valuable.

  1. RCSD Climate Survey (English / Spanish). Deadline to complete this survey is Friday, February 22.
  2. RCSD LCAP Survey (Local Control and Accountability Plan). Deadline to complete this survey is tomorrow, Friday, February 15.
From the Roy Cloud Nurse
To protect your child and his/her classmates, it is important that all children stay at home when ill, and be kept home until they are well.  

Please keep your child at home if your child has experienced: 
1. Diarrhea and/or vomiting in the past 24 hours
2. A fever of 100 or greater in the past 24 hours

Please call the school office when illness (or any other reason) necessitates your child being kept home. 

Thank you for your cooperation and support in our effort to keep all of our students healthy.
Notes from 2nd Grade Parent Info Night
If you missed the Roy Cloud 2nd Parent Grade Info Night, and would like more information on what Roy Cloud has to offer in 3rd-8th grades, you can click here to view the notes and here to view the slides.
ASB Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank
February 11th - February 28th
There will be collection boxes in the classrooms and MUB. The most needed items are: canned tuna & chicken, peanut butter, meals in a can (soup, chili), low-sodium canned vegetables, canned fruit in its own juice or water, olive or canola oil, and low-sugar whole grain cereals. Please avoid foods packed in glass and sugar-sweetened drinks.
Get Your Roy Cloud Spirit Wear!
Return the order form to the school office by March 1st.
Maker Cart for 3-5
Our teachers received a grant from the San Mateo County Office of Education to purchase Hummingbird Robotics Kits, which were the beginning of the below "maker cart". Already many students in grades 3-5 have had the opportunity to tinker and engineer in the classroom. Kudos to 5th grade teacher Ms. Desiree Johnson for creating this opportunity for our students.
PTO News
Grandparents' Support Needed!
This year at the auction, we will be raising funds for social emotional programs such as conflict resolution, anti-bullying, mindfulness, empathy building, positive self-esteem and self-regulation. This is a topic so important to all of us. Let's get grandparents behind this and make it the largest Fund-A-Need contribution yet! Please ask grandparents to help. They can donate here . Contact Andrea Jones with questions.
The Auction Catalog is Here!
You’ve been waiting to see what’s offered at this year’s Auction and now you can! Preview the online auction catalog of exciting items you can bid on. Be sure to look at the parties and teacher-sponsored activities too – there are lots of good times to be had!
Give Yourself the Perfect Valentine's Gift
The “Greatest School” vintage circus-themed Dinner and Auction is Saturday, February 23 rd at Domenico’s Winery in San Carlos. Once you have seen the catalog, you will definitely want to attend. And, if you are quick you still can, as there are a handful of tickets left! What better gift than a night of ring-side entertainment and fun?

Can't make the auction? Please consider purchasing a ticket for a teacher/staff member. Remember the auction raises money for PTO-funded programs like art, music, PE and more. Click  here  to purchase tickets.

If you have trouble linking from your email, copy and paste the address below: https://events.readysetauction.com/roycloudpto/roycloudauction2019/shop/tickets
Back by popular demand! Jim Wilten's Beginning Leadership Class for 4th and 5th Graders
Starting on Feb. 28th, Jim Wilten is back for Spring sessions. This parent/child class is a wonderful opportunity to build confidence and leadership skills though storytelling, slideshows, and highly engaging activities. If you missed the sessions in the Fall, don't miss this wonderful opportunity, and join in this time around. Space is limited, so sign up now! See attached flyer , and reserve your spot by emailing Mary Redner.
Mary Poppins JR. is coming March 22-23
Young Jane and Michael Banks have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Don't miss their adventures with everyone's favorite "practically perfect" nanny in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins JR. Our "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" Roy Cloud students will be lighting up the stage. All shows include a special prelude concert performed by the kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade chorus. Tickets are available now online and will be sold at school in March, with 100% of the proceeds from ticket sales going directly to the Roy Cloud PTO. Enjoy the show!
Garden Corner
This week the kindergarteners got their hands dirty and helped pull weeds and sift compost! Once we had a beautiful pile of freshly-sifted compost, the students gave back to the garden by sprinkling compost on their favorite plants.

The second graders continued their task to create a recipe for soil to send to planet Zog. The students tested their recipes using materials found in the garden and found it was extremely difficult to make soil from scratch. We discussed the weathering process and how it takes 100 years for each inch of soil to form!!

-Ms. Becca
Community News
RCEF Info Night
Thursday, February 21
Congregation Beth Jacob, 1550 Alameda de las Pulgas, RWC

Learn about
  • RCEF's mission
  • How they fundraise
  • What programs are supported
  • How RCEF works with the district

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