John Green PFC

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Welcome to John Green's Parent Faculty Club

KIDS AGAINST HUNGER

Join 3rd Graders in Helping Kids Against Hunger!
Who:  John Green Third Graders
What:  We're selling soda floats, ice cream, and hot chocolate for charity!  All items cost $1.
When:  Right after school, Tuesday, January 17 through Friday, January 20, and again on 
             Monday, January 23
Where:  In front of the front office & MPR
Why:  To help feed hungry children; 100% of proceeds go to Kids Against Hunger
Hope to see you there!

LUNAR NEW YEAR ASSEMBLY

Lunar New Year Assembly is coming on January 26
Does your culture celebrate the Lunar New Year?  On January 26, John Green is holding a Lunar New Year Assembly as part of our multicultural education series to learn more about the significance of this holiday and how it is celebrated across the globe.  We are seeking local performance groups that can participate in this assembly, please email Gloria Cheng at [email protected] if you can provide any contacts or if you’re interested in helping organize the program.

DONUTS WITH DAD

Mark your calendars for Friday, February 3rd for the annual Donuts with Dad.  Each year students are invited to bring their dad, uncle, grandpa or other significant male in their life to enjoy breakfast together before school.  The PFC will provide donuts, coffee and juice.  

We will need several parent volunteers to help this event run smoothly, please sign up to help at at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0F4CA4A823A3F85-donuts

TALENT SHOW - FEBRUARY 23rd

Mark your calendars - John Green's 10th Annual Talent Show is on FEBRUARY 23rd!
We are looking for talented Gators to take center stage! The Application Form and Guidelines for Talent Show Try-Outs are online at http://bit.ly/2hYIYEp

Applications must be submitted online and background music CDs (in MP3 format) must be turned into the school office by Friday, January 20th to be considered for try-outs.  Talent Show Try-Outs will take place the week of January 30th.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Pascua at [email protected]  

NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK IS COMING IN FEBRUARY

John Green PFC will be hosting National Engineers Week from Feb 20-24, 2017. We need chairperson(s) for this event. National Engineers Week celebrates how engineers make a difference, increase public dialogue about the need for engineers, and bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents. Please think about chairing this event to share your enthusiasm for engineering and to make a difference in a young person's life.
For more information on National Engineers Week, visit http://www.discovere.org/our-programs/engineers-week

Please contact Kanchan Sehgal at [email protected] if you can help with this or any of the upcoming school events.  

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT UPDATE

For parents who have signed up as Junior Achievement volunteers for their child’s classroom, there will be a JA orientation meeting on January 23rd at 6:30pm in the library.  For any questions regarding JA, please email [email protected]

2017 MATH KANGAROO

Sign up now for the 2017 Math Kangaroo contest! John Green Elementary is proud to host this international math contest, happening at 5:00pm on Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017 in the John Green MPR.
Any student who can work INDEPENDENTLY is eligible, and tests are offered for grades 1-5 (kindergartners can register for grade 1). Each test consists of 24 or 30 (only for 5th grade) questions, with 1/3 being 3 point problems, 1/3 being 4 point problems, and 1/3 being 5 point problems. Problems are more puzzle/logic than 'math facts.'  The test is a great way to encourage students to be more excited about math.  
We are encouraging ALL parents to talk to their children to see if they would like to take the test. After all, it's just a one day event, and every participant receives a t-shirt and a memento. Early positive feedback and a willing attitude in math pays dividends later. Attitudes toward math are generally formed early in school, and this is a great way to make math a bit more fun and different.
In addition, the John Green PFC is sponsoring local prizes for the top scorers in each grade at John Green. They will also provide healthy snacks on the day of the contest. Thank you!

To register, please go to www.mathkangaroo.org.
IMPORTANT! When registering your child, click the 'Register to Private Center' button and use the code CADUBLI0003278 in order to see John Green as an available center. This registration is for JOHN GREEN STUDENTS ONLY (no older siblings). Space is limited.
Registration closes Dec. 15, 2016.
Email [email protected] with any questions.

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT - APRIL 21st

We’re excited to be hosting our 2nd annual Multicultural Night on Friday, April 21.  We’re currently seeking a chair, co-chairs or committee members to coordinate the event.
If you have a passion for organizing food, entertainment, art, games and more to represent our diverse community, this is the role for you!  We have all the documentation from our successful event last year that can be leveraged again this year.  Please contact Kanchan Sehgal at [email protected] if you’re interested in chairing or joining the planning committee.

YEARBOOK ON SALE FOR $25! GET YOURS NOW TODAY ONLINE ONLY!!!

Yearbook On Sale for $25! GET YOURS NOW TODAY ONLINE ONLY!!!

Get your yearbook now for $25 until Dec 31st, 2016. Prices go up Jan 1st, 2017
You can get your yearbook online today for $25, simply go to:
https://www.yearbookordercenter.com/index.cfm/jobSearch/displayHome
School Order Number is 11470

YEARBOOKS are ONLY AVAILABLE VIA OUR ONLINE STORE! Don’t Miss out!

Can’t remember if you bought a yearbook for this year?
Yearbook Order Center now allows customers to find out if they have an existing order.
From the Home, Yearbook, Yearbook Ads or Custom Gifts screens, the customer will be able to click a “Find the existing order” button.
Next, enter your email address in the pop up dialog box.
3. If an order is found for the email address entered, the customer will see an onscreen message and the corresponding, original confirmation email will be resent to the customer.    
4. Alternately, if not order is found, the user will be prompted to try another email address or contact the Yearbook Order Center help line.
5. The email that is sent to the customer will match the original email receipt.

GET CONNECTED WITH THE PFC

Find out how to contact PFC board members, what happens at PFC meetings, how to make a proposal, view the Treasurer’s Reports to see your donations at work, and much more by visiting the PFC website (http://www.johngreenpfc.org) and clicking on the About Us link from the top navigation menu.  Feel free to explore the website and give us your feedback!

PFC MEETING SCHEDULE UPDATES

PFC Meeting Schedule Update
Our next PFC meeting will be held on Wed, Dec 14 at 6:30pm in the Music Room. PFC meetings are typically held every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. Please make sure to subscribe to the John Green PFC newsletter for updates and news on upcoming school events.

THANK YOU 

Dear Parents,
On behalf of the PFC, we want to extend our appreciation for all the parents and staff that contribute their valuable time, energy and talent in supporting the Green community.  
In addition to our major fundraiser Gator Gallop, we had a number of very successful events including Family Art Night, Kindergarten Handwashing Campaign, Red Ribbon Week, Fall Festival, Trunk or Treat, Diwali Family Fun Night, Mock Election, Hour of Code, Cocoa with Santa, Toys for Tots Drive along with our ongoing programs: Art in Action, Soul Shoppe, Yearbook, Walk and Roll, and Spirit Wear.  Your assistance goes a long way towards bringing these many great activities and programs to our school’s teachers, students, and families, and we sincerely appreciate your important contributions. Our school becomes a better place every day when parents like you are there to lend a hand!

UPCOMING PFC SPONSORED EVENTS
Happy New Year!  Wishing all of you a happy and healthy 2017!  Please mark your calendars for these fun and exciting activities we have planned for our kids and families:
January 20          Family Movie Night
January 25          Sandia Science Night
January 26          Lunar New Year Assembly*
February 3          Donuts with Dad
February 8          Family Art Night
February 20 - 24 National Engineers Week*
February 23        Talent Show
February 27 - March 3     Read Across America
March 7             Destination Imagination Team Showcase
March 16           Math Kangaroo
March 18           St. Patrick’s Day Parade*
March 23           Science Fair Parent Night*
April 21             Multicultural Night*
April 28             Muffins with Mom
April 29             Dublin Pride Day*
May 1 - 5          Teacher Appreciation Week
*We still need chair/co-chairs for these events, please contact [email protected] if you’d like to volunteer.
Volunteers don't get paid, not because they're worthless, but because they're priceless.  ~Sherry Anderson

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Dear John Green Parents,
The John Green Library has started checking out books to students and we are looking for parent volunteers for the 2016-17 school year.  The library volunteer is an ongoing position throughout the school year, but I also accept drop-in help or appreciate anytime that you may have available.

I am looking for volunteers on Tuesdays through Fridays from 8:45am to 2:00pm.  I also may have needs for help if you are available after 2:00pm to the end of the school day.  There is no set shift or amount of time required, but most volunteers work about 30 minutes during the time of day and the day of the week that suits their schedule.  No library experience is necessary, but a brief orientation of the library will be given before your first volunteer day. Most of the time will be spent shelving books and organizing shelves, but there are other tasks such as labeling and prepping new books for the shelves.

Please email me some times or dates you may be available and then I can set up a brief orientation time.  If you have any additional questions feel free to email me [email protected] or call 925 833-4200 ext 6608.

Sincerely,
Derek Ngai
John Green Media Technician

MENCHIE'S FROZEN YOGURT COMES TO GREEN

Come and get a cool treat after school! Menchie's will be coming after school every Thursday ( from 3pm until approx 3:30pm), weather permitting, to sell frozen yogurt. 

Please meet in the front of the school by the bicycle racks to purchase your delicious treat! Portions of the proceeds goes to the school which helps fund PFC-sponsored programs and events.

PFC MEETING SCHEDULE - MEETING UPDATE

Our next PFC meeting will be held on Monday, Sept 12 at 6:30pm in the MPR. Mark your calendars for our meeting on Monday, Oct 17 when our new superintendent, Dr. Leslie Boozer, will be joining us at 6:30pm.  We look forward to seeing you!
Starting in November, PFC meetings will be held every 3rd Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. 
Please make sure to subscribe to the John Green PFC newsletter for updates and news on upcoming school events.

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SUPPORT PFC-FUNDED PROGRAMS

Thank you to the parents who have already generously donated to the PFC during Fall Registration.  We are still short of our target to cover our budget for programs for the 2016-17 school year so if you haven't had an opportunity to make your donation we are suggesting $100.00 per student.  This is only 56 cents per day of academic instruction.  As a token of appreciation for your financial support you may receive a yearbook, fleece blanket, or other spirit items if you donate by Sept 2.

Our school depends on your donations to the PFC to help fund the wonderful programs that we have at Green.  We’ve been fortunate to be able to bring in a wide variety of programs, but it is dependent on getting support from each family.  You are our major funding source.  Over 65% of all PFC funds collected are used exclusively for educational programs like 

HELPFUL TIPS

Parking/Drop Off Area Reminders: Student safety is of the utmost importance. During the first week of school there is more traffic than normal. Please take special care when dropping off or picking up your student. Park your car in appropriately marked areas only. The parking lot has been marked with Staff/Visitors and there are limited Visitor spots. Please park along Antone, Oak Bluff, or North/South Bridgepointe.

The driveway in front of the school are drop off/pick up zones only. Please do not leave your car unattended when dropping off or picking up your student. To drop off or pick up in the loading areas, your car should be against the curb. It is unsafe to load or unload away from the curb. Please drop your student off at the front of the school only. For more information about drop off and pick up, please see the Traffic Map on our website athttp://tinyurl.com/jr4pujn


Kindergarten Parents: please note that Kindergarten students must be escorted to their classrooms by a parent. There is no before- or after-school supervision for Kindergarten students. 


A Note from The Principal, Dr.Lorianne R. Ventura. 

NEW SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL MEMBERS

New School Site Council members!
                           
We would like to extend an official welcome to our new School Site Council Members for the 2016-17 School Year:
-Olga Bahu, Parent of a current 4th and 1st grader (Olga also has two older children that attended Green and two little ones that will be future gators!).
-Jose Martinez, Parent of a current 4th grader.
-Jyoti Sarin, Parent of a current 1st grader.

Returning for their second year of their 2 year term next year are:
Preeti Dharia and Clevester Hines

Thank you to our outgoing parent members that have completed their second year: Chairperson, Albert Lee, Secretary, Patrick Ignacio, and Parliamentarian Priti Parekh.
Thanks also to our staff members for serving this yea
r: Erin Conner, Tammy Ficarra, Fran Natale !
All the best,
Joe Romagna

JOHN GREEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED AS GOLD RIBBON SCHOOLS

JOHN GREEN ELEMENTARY has been awarded The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award 2016, award to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. 

The Gold Ribbon Award was formally presented to John Green Elementary last Thursday night. Pictured are Speech and Language Pathologist, Ashlyn Houston, School Secretary, Ellen Silky, Superintendent, Dr. Stephen Hanke, Principal, Joe Romagna, Trustee, Dan Cunningham, Assistant Principal Brieann Estep

The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.

THE JOHN GREEN JOURNAL

See and read the latest from our Green student journalists!
https://sites.google.com/a/dublinusd.org/the-john-green-journal/

DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP

Do you know what a digital tattoo is?  Do you know how to recognize and report cyberbullying?  How can you make learning about digital citizenship fun for your kids?  Dublin Unified has created one-stop shopping for teachers, students, and parents/guardians on the topic of Digital Citizenship, follow this link for more info: http://www.dublin.k12.ca.us/Page/10380

DUSD FACILITIES MASTER PLAN

In August 2015, the DUSD has selected LPA, Inc. to develop a 10 year Facilities Master Plan (FMP).  The entire process has been documented online and can be accessed at this link:
http://www.lpamasterplans.com/dublin-usd/dublin-usd-fmp/ 
The priorities for each school in the district including Green can be viewed from this website as well as FAQs from the community.  The Board of Trustees will be reviewing the plan in their meeting on April 26.

CALENDAR INFORMATIONAL RELEASE

The District is providing information out to our school community about the potential school-year calendar change. This information release includes a Q&A regarding the topic as well as information about where feedback and input will be given. Thank you!

STAY INFORMED!

Do you want to know when important events are happening at school?  The PFC sends a bi-weekly newsletter that keeps you up-to-date on events, activities, and other happenings at the school.  Don't miss out on important information, subscribe to the John Green PFC Newsletter by signing up here.

A FEW SAFETY REMINDERS

Morning drop off and afternoon pick up are busy at John Green. With over 900 students trying to get to school at the same time the streets are packed with cars, bicyclists and pedestrians.  As winter is approaching bad weather only makes this process more difficult and potentially dangerous.  Please remember the following simple tips and together we can help keep our children safe:
 
1. Drive slowly and watch for pedestrians and bicyclists.
2. Cross the street at a crosswalk.  Crossing in the middle of the road is dangerous and makes it hard for cars to see you. While it is faster to simply cross the street, doing so comes at a great risk. Further, we want to model appropriate behavior for our students so they can make responsible choices when they are older.
3. Always wear your helmet while you are riding your bike, scooter, or skateboard.
4. Put your cell phone away.  Whether you are driving or walking your cell phone is a distraction, and even a quick glance at your phone can be dangerous.
5. Be patient and leave a little extra time to get to school.  When we rush we are more likely to make a mistake or not see everything that is going on around us.