Weekly Thunderbolt
January 17, 2019

No School Monday / Martin Luther King Holiday
Principal’s Message

Dear Roy Cloud Families,

While January marks the beginning of a new calendar year in our world culture, January on our school calendar indicates, a time for midyear check-in on student progress. On January 8, teachers in RCSD returned to work and a day of professional development, data analysis and instructional planning.

In Redwood City School District our intention is always to move students forward in their learning regardless of current abilities. The purpose of the January 8 data analysis was for teachers to gain understanding of their students’ areas of strength and need in the different topics they assessed. These understandings guide future planning and instruction.

Prior to leaving for the December break, kindergarten, first and second grade students wrote to a prompt from the FOSS current unit of study. Kinder and first wrote an informational piece; for second grade, the genre was ‘opinion’. On January 8, teachers met in grade level teams, sharing, discussing and calibrating the samples of writing. Based on student abilities as demonstrated in their writing, teachers are now planning future lessons for growth and/or remediation.
Third through fifth-grade teachers engaged in reflective conversations around the Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs). Prepared for teachers were connected lessons based on resources from the California Department of Education Digital Library. Teachers explored these resources to begin making plans for instructional next steps. They also reviewed student scores, evaluated student performance based on Claims/Targets, and reviewed incorrect responses for patterns and misconceptions.
Middle School teachers also looked at assessment results based on recent Interim Assessment Blocks in the areas of English Language Arts and Math. Teachers examined test questions, noted the level of difficulty (easy/moderate/difficult) and the percentage of students successfully responding to each level of difficulty. Science teachers were able to review sample questions from the new Science portion of the California standardized assessment and discussed the Three Dimensional Learning embedded into each new standard.

Through following specific district aligned data processes teachers continuously monitor what students know, as well as where they have their struggles. Using this information teachers keep current on student needs and use the information as a path for future instruction. This continuous cycle supports all students with an appropriate, gifted educational experience.

In support of instruction and learning,

Diane Prystas
Roy Cloud Principal
  • Roy Cloud Auction Tickets Available, 9am (Click here)

Next Week:
  • Mon, Jan 21 - No School / Martin Luther King Holiday
  • Tue, Jan 22 - Dad's Club Science Night Planning, Canyon Inn, 7:30pm
  • Wed, Jan 23 - 2nd Grade Parents Info Night, 6:00-7:30pm, Library
  • Thur, Jan 24 - 5th Grade Field Trip to Levi Stadium
  • Fri, Jan 25 - Middle School Dance, 6-8pm, MIT Gymnasium

  • Mon, Jan 28 - Site Council Meeting, 3:30pm, Library
  • Thur, Jan 31 - Bolt Buck Assembly, 8:15am
  • Thur, Jan 31 - Principal's Meetup, 8:30am
  • Thur, Jan 31 - ASB Class Rep Mtg, 1:35-1:50, Room 41
  • Tue, Feb 12 - Dad's Club Social, Location TBD
  • Mon, Feb 18 - No School / President's Day Holiday
  • Tue, Feb 19 - PTO Meeting, 6:30pm, Library
  • Thur, Feb 21 - ASB Class Rep Meeting, 1:35-1:50pm, Room 41
  • Sat, Feb 23 - Roy Cloud Auction, 6-11pm, Domenico Winery
Ticket sales go LIVE today, January 17th, at 9am! Click here to create an account and buy your tickets.
School News
Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Hired
A part-time Instructional Assistant (IA) has been hired to support our three Kindergarten classrooms. The IA will help the teacher manage small group time, thus making it possible for the credentialed teacher to have targeted instruction with more small groups during this time. The aide will also help in the classroom with classroom management, organizing classroom materials, and “prep work”. The IA will work 3 hours/day, split between the three classrooms. The teachers are currently developing the schedule that works best for their students and classrooms. The IA is funded through the PTO and also through specific donations from Kindergarten families. A special thank you to kindergarten parents Andy Cooperhall and Julia Swensen for your tireless work getting this IA hired!
Second Grade Parent Information Night
Please join us for an informative evening to learn about the great opportunities we have at Roy Cloud in 3rd through 8th grade, academically and as a community. This event will be Wednesday, January 23rd, 6:00-7:30 pm in the Library. ALL 2nd grade parents are welcome and encouraged to join. The event will include a short presentation and moderated panel discussion. See you there!
Restorative Circles
Principal Prystas and Assistant Principal Jackson have been visiting classrooms and engaging with students in restorative circles. Restorative circles build empathy and community, allow students to share thoughts and feelings, and provide strategies to students for dealing with challenges. The grade-specific discussion topics are developed based on current concerns from students, teachers and parents. Look for information from your teacher about restorative circles in your child's classroom.
Middle School Dance
Who: Middle School Students from Roy Cloud, North Star, and Clifford
When: Friday, January 25, 2019, 6-8pm
Where: MIT Gymnasium at 400 Duane Street

Tickets are $10 , and will be sold outside Room 6 during lunch recess from 1/22-1/24. Students must bring a signed permission slip to purchase a ticket.

Valentines Day Grams!
It’s that time of the year again! Valentine Grams are being pre-sold from the 22nd-25th of January! Don’t worry if you don't get one on time because anything left will be sold from the 4th-8th of February. Turn in order forms to the school office, and make sure to include exact change or a check made out to Roy Cloud School when ordering!
-Your ASB Fundraising Committee

We are selling:
Valentine sequin plushies ($5)
Valentine cactus plushie ($5)
Metallic Yoyo ($1)
Congrats to Our New Fluent English Proficient Students!
Congratulations to the following students who were recognized at the Reclassification Ceremony on Monday evening January 14th. These students are now reclassified form English Language Learners to Fluent English Proficient. Through hard work, perseverance and effort, they have achieved this status and were honored by the Superintendent, the RCSD School Board, and School Administrators with a certificate of achievement and a gold star pin. We are #roycloudproud of you!

Isabela A, Ellie B, Amelie D, Nicholas E, Theodore G, Sidney H, Maxim K, Jayden N, Angel P, Emma R, Nicholas S, Phoenix S, Maya S
PTO News
Tickets! Tickets! Get Your Auction Tickets!

Ticket sales go LIVE today, January 17th, at 9am! Click here to create an account and buy your tickets.

Don't waste a second, because these tickets are sure to go fast. The first 50 people to purchase tickets will get the Early Bird Special-only $90.00. Once those are gone the remaining tickets will sell for $100.00 until they sell out (and they always do). Ticket price includes dinner and wine.

Lastly, we are seeking out children volunteers that want to help The Greatest School! We will be filming a video highlighting the 2019 Fund-A-Need. If your student would like to participate in our crazy circus act (aka video), please fill this permission form out soon as the filming will be done on January 26th. 
Science Night Call for Exhibits
This year, Roy Cloud Science Night is Thursday March 14, 2019 , just about two months away.  We're looking for volunteers to contribute an exhibit for Science Night. (Moms and Dads welcome. It's a Dads' Club sponsored event but we always have moms imparting science wisdom each year too!) Please make a commitment by January 22 so we can see what exhibits we will have and recruit more if needed. Sign up here to contribute.

What makes a good Science Night exhibit?  I think it should be something that stirs-up an interest in the kids, so they want to learn more about it when they go home. After one Science Night, my kids came home talking all about worms, and then went out the next weekend to save a bunch of worms that had been flooded out of the garden by heavy rain. Jay’s worm exhibit really stirred them up. I can’t wait to see what they come home talking about this year!

If you have been thinking about contributing an exhibit, but you are not sure about it,  come to the special Science Night meeting at the Canyon Inn Tuesday January 22  and we can talk it over then.
PTO Grants for Our Hard-Working Teachers
PTO Grants fund classroom support, supplies, and equipment as specifically requested by our teachers. Here are some of the items funded so far this year:
  • Hidden Villa Farm and Wilderness Experience for 2nd graders
  • Razz Kids Subscription for grades K-2
  • Brain Pop Subscription for K-8
  • Bridging the Gap video conference with Holocaust survivor for 6th grade
  • Ed Tech Professional Development Conference for two teachers
To receive funding, teachers submit an application. In addition to the grants, the PTO provides a stipend of $600 per classroom for materials and supplies and a field trip fund of $900 per grade.
Recently, a new funnel ball was installed in the Kindergarten play area and a new basketball hoop was installed on the blacktop. Thank you to everyone who donated to the 2018 Fund-a-Need in support of student wellness - you made this new equipment possible!
Garden Corner
The rain kept the garden well watered over break and is setting the beds up for an excellent planting season in the spring! Even though garden classes moved inside this week, the kiddos still engaged in some fun projects indoors. The kindergartners put on their artist hats and created beautiful self portraits out of garden materials.

The second graders are diving into a unit on DECOMPOSITION and began an experiment to discover whether certain objects will decompose after 6 weeks in a bag of soil. They drew and made predictions about banana peels, plastic spoons, paper, and sticks. What will happen to these objects after 6 weeks? Will they change? If so, how much? In the next few classes the students will take a closer look at soil and the mystery of its ingredients...

Supplies needed: I am still collecting TOILET PAPER ROLLS! They can be dropped off in the front office or with your student to bring to garden class. Thanks for all the help!

I want to give another BIG thank you to all the community members who helped put together the outdoor seating circle in the garden. It's amazing!!

-Ms. Becca
We are #RoyCloudProud of These Fourth Graders!
Fourth Grade Junior Girl Scout Troop 62835 was invited to meet with State Senator Jerry Hill at his office in San Mateo after the troop wrote to Sen. Hill, and other local representatives, about the issues that mattered to them.
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