Diane Prystas, Principal
Kristy Jackson, Assistant Principal
Weekly Thunderbolt
February 28, 2019

Join Us For
"Mindful Parent Workshop"
Parent Event, Thursday, March 7th, 7pm in the Library
Message From Our Assistant Principal

Dear Roy Cloud Families,

What a Night! I loved attending Saturday's auction and seeing the Roy Cloud community come together in support of our students. Thank you to all the auction supporters and volunteers!

On Friday, Roy Cloud students participated in No One Eats Alone Day both inside their classrooms and during lunch time. The students had a really great time and learned some very important lessons about how to create an inclusive school community.

In the classroom some teachers chose to introduce this topic with a read-loud and then activity. Some of these included “The Name Jar”, “Strictly No Elephants”, “Say Hello”, and “The New Kid”. Other teachers may have chosen to start the discussion with a video. For example, some K-5 students watched videos like “Sesame Street: Come Play with Me” or “Be More Us”, while in our upper grade classrooms, students watched videos like “Breaking Down the Walls of Social Isolation: Lilli’s Story” or “Be The One”.

We also asked students to create a pledge for what they could do to help include others . K-5 wrote their pledges on a paper heart, while our Middle School students wrote their pledge on a leaf - these will all be put together to create a beautiful art installation located in our front office!
During lunch time the students had so much fun mingling with different students, playing games, listening to music, and dancing! Rather than sitting with their class or regular group of friends, we asked students to sit at a table with students who were born in the same Season as them . This fun idea from our ASB team, was a great way to mix things up!

Our K - 3 students played Charades, acting out either a thing, animal, person, or action for their table mates to try to guess, while some of our 3rd - 8th grade students played a few rounds of “Would You Rather”. Many students got up and danced to tunes played by our resident DJ (Mrs. Jackson). Our 6th - 8th graders even took it a step further, organizing a Conga Line and a Limbo contest! It was so great to see the smiles on everyone’s faces while students interacted and made new connections!

Since the event, we have surveyed students about No One Eats Alone Day to see what worked, what didn’t, and how we can make this event more successful next year! Some of the positive comments made by students were:

“I think that they should host this event more often. It really helps encourage social behavior and can make people interact with people that they might not have even considered.”
“I think this activity really made the school a more positive place.”

I would like to thank the hard working ASB students who helped with planning and their creative ideas for the day, preparation of materials, hanging up posters, creating balloon columns, and assisting our K-5 students with games at lunch!

We are looking forward to our next Beyond Differences sponsored event, “Be Kind Online” on April 26!

Assistant Principal
This Week:
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Bolt Assembly, 8:15am
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Principal's Meetup (BYOC), 8:30am, Library
  • Thur, Feb 28 - Last Day to Bring Food for ASB Drive
  • Fri, Mar 1 - Last Day for Spirit Wear Orders (order form)
  • Fri, Mar 1 - Cancer Awareness Permission Forms Due

Next Week:
  • Mon, Mar 4- Fri, Mar 8 - 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
  • Thur, Mar 7 - "Mindful Parent Workshop" Event, 7:00-8:30pm, Library

  • Mon, Mar 11- Fri, Mar 15 - Minimum Days, Spring Conferences, All grades released at 1:30pm all week
  • Thur, Mar 14 - Science Night, 6:30-8:00pm, MUB (tickets)
  • 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 (tickets)
  • Wed, Mar 27 - Middle School Rally, 2:10-2:50pm, MUB
  • Thur, Mar 28 - Bolt Assembly, 8:15am
  • Thur, Mar 28 - ASB Class Rep Meeting, 1:35-1:50pm, Room 41
  • 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
Roy Cloud Students Funded a Well in South Sudan
7th Grade Humanities Students all read A Long Walk to Water, a truth-based novella that describes the life of children living in South Sudan. At the end, it mentions Salva Dut's Water for South Sudan Foundation and his "Iron Giraffe Challenge", which asks students to raise money to help provide a well to a needy area in Salva's home country.

Our students met the challenge, and funded a well in the village of Kong Long in Eastern Bank, Wau, South Sudan. Together, previous 7th grade classes raised over $5,000! If your younger grade child attended the movie nights with babysitting in the past, then you supported these students' fundraising work.

Thank you Gregg Reinke and Eve Avalos for providing this empathy and character building opportunity for our students!
Middle School Renaissance Rally March 27
Save the date! The end of the second trimester is approaching, and ASB is planning their 2nd-trimester rally. We look forward to acknowledging our successes and celebrating with our fellow students. The rally is scheduled for March 27th from 2:10-2:50. The theme is Hollywood! Middle school families are invited to join and enjoy the show.

What is a Renaissance Rally?
The Renaissance Rally is a school-wide celebration energizing the student body with the same passion and excitement of an athletic pep rally, while recognizing students for academic excellence and performance as well as exceptional behavior, kindness, and character. The Renaissance Rally is planned and executed by our ASB students. There is a traditional awards assembly in June, at the end of the third trimester.
ASB Recognized by CASL
Roy Cloud's Leadership Program (ASB) has been named a finalist for the The California Association of Student Leaders' Outstanding Leadership Program, an honor awarded to only 5% of eligible schools. Great job Anna Rivoli, Michele Ortez, and Eve Avalos for your excellent work providing this program for our students.
ASB Cancer Awareness Week
Monday, March 11 - Friday, March 15

On Friday, students have the opportunity to get hair extensions, their hair sprayed with wash-out color, or paper crowns. To participate, return this permission slip to your teacher or the office by March 1st.
GATE Referral Window Closing Soon (4th-6th Grade)
RCSD offers a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) pull out program for 4th, 5th & 6th graders located at Clifford and Hoover Schools. 

Students may be referred to GATE by a teacher or parent, by March 16th.

Parents must complete a permission form for their student to be tested.  Click here for the online permission slip to test .  At the end of the survey, please check that you have seen the "Thank you for your survey" results page. If you do not see this page, then please go back and complete the survey again until you see this page. This confirms you have submitted the permission form accurately.
PTO News
Parent Event Thursday
Mindful Parent Workshop
Thursday, March 7
Roy Cloud Library

Parents, let's lead the way in Roy Cloud's social-emotional learning initiative. This 90 minute workshop provides parents with an overview of the research and buzz behind mindfulness, and how simple strategies can improve your child’s well-being. Parents will gain tools to support their children in learning how to develop self-regulation and coping skills to manage stress. Presented by Carin Winter, CEO and Founder of Mission Be, Mindful Education.

Thank YOU for making the auction a roaring success!
Heartfelt thanks to all who helped make Saturday's auction and dinner a roaring success! We are so grateful for the generosity of our community: from those of you who donated and created items, to the attendees who - dressed in their best - bid on those items and made raising money for Roy Cloud's students both exciting and fun. 

Sign Up to Purchase Auction Items Here

Did you forget to sign up for something at the auction? Or just couldn't make it? Now's your chance to sign up for some remaining parties, teacher opportunities and other treasures. Limited items available -- first come, first served.
Funding Social-Emotional Learning at Roy Cloud

This year's Fund-A-Need supports  social-emotional learning  for our children.  This  video   - starring current Roy Cloud students and produced by two talented alumni - introduced the initiative at Saturday's auction. Please take a moment to learn more and click here  if you would like to donate to support this important undertaking.

We'd like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the Grandparents and Kids Corner who contributed $4,500 to the Fund-A-Need.
The Greatest Auction Team!
To the entire auction team , whether your volunteer time spent was 4 or 40 hours, THANK YOU! Everything was beautiful, inspiring and successful. Many hands and hearts go into executing such a large event, which was done with grace and generosity. Each precious hour given to this event contributes to Roy Cloud’s thriving school environment.

A special thank you to auction team lead, Veronica Spencer-Palmer who has dedicated countless hours over the last 8 months on our behalf, for the betterment of the students and school. We deeply appreciate everything you have done in making Roy Cloud School, The Greatest School!
Mary Poppins JR tickets are on sale now
Don't wait!

Showtimes are March 22-23

Science Night Tickets On Sale
Roy Could Science Night is an interactive exploration of science and technology.

Thursday, March 14th, 2019  
5:30pm to 8:00pm
Roy Cloud MUB

Roy Cloud students (K-8) are invited. Parents are welcome to attend…but not required, unless kids are too little. $5 entrance fee paid in advance. Includes pizza, veggies, and water for dinner.
PTO Tech Coordinator Needed
  • Maintain detailed inventory of PTO purchased chromebooks & ipads, to be used to forecast & plan for future purchases
  • Be the PTO liaison with teachers and admin for technology purchases
  • Mostly at-home work, including email
  • No IT experience required- just organization!

If you have questions or can help, please email Yvonne Sarles.
Recently 5th grade science classes dissected sheep hearts. Students identified major structures, vessels and chambers of the heart and traced the path of blood flow, thereby better understanding the heart's function. With your financial support, PTO contracts with Science from Scientists to provide these hands-on, brains-engaged science lessons.
Thunderbolts After School Sports
Boys and Girls 6-8th Grade Soccer - Registration Closes Today!
Practice Dates:  3/18/19-4/5/19, Practice times/days based on coach's availability
Season/Days/Times: 4/15/19-6/3/19                            
Games: Boys M/W, Girls T/TH at 4pm and 5:15pm
Location: Hoover/Kennedy/MIT/Garfield

Soccer 3x3 Tournament and Skills Competition
Grades 6-8
March 30th at Red Morton
Register your team of 3 by March 21st

Junior Dribblers Basketball
Grades 2-3
4/8-5/5/19 at Red Morton
Registration closes 3/21
Garden Corner
The kinders dove into a new learning unit this week all about TREES! This is a review for them and they expertly went over all the tree parts and one brave friend from each class dressed up in a tree costume. The students then set out to compose a scientific drawing of a tree in the garden. I was so impressed by all the thought and detail that went into all their work. Next class we will discuss the functions of each tree part and what they do for the earth.
The second graders bravely returned to their decomposition experiments the class started over a month ago. The students placed various items in a plastic bag full of soil to observe if/how much the objects would change or break down. Ask your second grader what they found in their decomposition experiment!

NEEDED: 1 liter plastic bottles!!
I am looking for 1 liter plastic bottles to use for a class science experiment. If you have any empty liter bottles in your recycling, please send them with your students to class or leave them at the front desk. Thank you so much!
-Ms. Becca
Community News
Parent Education Opportunities
  • Understanding the Culture of Perfectionism: Tuesday, March 5, 7-8:30, Carlmont HS
  • Parent Project, 12 week session starting Thursday, March 7, Hoover School
  • Vaping/JUUL Education: Monday, March 18, 7-8:30pm, SUHSD Office
  • Born to Move: The Scientific Link Between Movement, Joy, and Belonging: Monday, March 25, 7pm, Menlo Atherton HS
  • The One Love Foundation, Escalation Screening and Discussion: Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30pm, SUHSD Office

Dine Out to Benefit RCEF
Feb 27 - Mar 2
Main & Elm Restaurant, 150 Elm Street, RWC
*mention this fundraiser when dining

Some ways to participate:
~ Plan a mom’s night out with your mom-crew, and meet at Main and Elm.
~ Take your family out instead of cooking.
~ Pick Main and Elm for that business lunch meeting on Thurs or Fri during the fundraiser.
~ Catch up with a friend over coffee.
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