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Welcome to John Green's Parent Faculty Club

NATIONAL ENGINEERS WEEK IS COMING IN FEBRUARY

This week we celebrate National Engineers Week. Students are going to participate in a variety challenges that utilize many of the New Generation Science Standards: Science and Engineering Practices. These are:

1.    Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)

2.    Developing and using models

3.    Planning and carrying out investigations

4.    Analyzing and interpreting data

5.    Using mathematics and computational thinking

6.    Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)

7.    Engaging in argument from evidence

8.    Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information


Completed projects from the Engineering Challenge are going to be displayed in the MPR on Friday.



TALENT SHOW - FEBRUARY 23rd

John Green’s Annual Talent Show is on Thursday, February 23rd at 6pm! Acts will include vocalists, musicians, dance performances, martial arts, and magic! Don't miss this fun and entertaining evening with our "Shining Stars"!


The Talent Show is only made possible with the help of volunteers. We are still in need of ushers, act escorts and stagehands. If you would like to help, please sign up athttp://www.signupgenius. com/go/5080d49acad2ba02-2017 

Thank you for your support!


READ ACROSS AMERICA

JGES Celebrates Read Across America Week February 27th through March 3rd


Daily Themes and Dress-Up Days

Monday

•  Books: On Beyond Zebra and If I Ran to the Zoo

•   Dress Up: Black and white, Stripes, Zebra or other  Animal Print


Tuesday

•   Books: Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book and I Am Not Going To Get Up Today

  Dress Up: Pajama Day


Wednesday

•    Books: Wacky Wednesday and Fox in Socks

•  Dress Up: Crazy or Mismatch Socks, Crazy Mismatch  Outfits, or Backwards or Inside out shirts


Thursday

•  Book: Cat in Hat

•  Dress Up: Crazy Hat or Crazy Hair


Friday

•   Book: Green Eggs and Ham

•   Dress Up: Green and Yellow or School Attire


The classroom at each grade-level with the most spirit wins a ]amba juice Party


ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE

Attention all Gators - March in the Dublin St. Patrick’s Day Parade!


When:  Saturday March 18, 2017

Where:  Arrive at 8:45AM in the Target West Parking Lot

Who:  Any John Green student and their families!  Each participant must have a parent/guardian present.

What:  Show your school spirit and your city pride by dressing in GREEN and marching in the parade.

* Wear your John Green spirit wear, plus go crazy with green necklaces, socks, shoelaces, hair paint, headbands, streamers, etc!


ENGINEERING FAIR 

Mark your calendars!  John Green is having it's very 1st Engineering Fair (formerly the Science Fair).  Participation in the Fair is open to all students and mandatory for 5th graders.  Fifth grade students will receive more instructions from their teachers.  Please see the details in this .pdf.  
Build a project and bring it to the fair on March 23 from 6:00-7:30.  Hope to see you there!

DESTINATION IMAGINATION TEAM SHOWCASE - MARCH 7TH

Destination Imagination Team Showcase Night  -
Save the Date on Tues, March 7
Destination Imagination (DI) is a small group, creative problem solving, after school activity that invites student teams from all over the world to solve challenges.  

This year, John Green has six teams participating in DI.  All John Green families and friends are invited to come see our teams present their main challenges at the DI Team Showcase Night held on Tues, March 7 at 6pm in the MPR.

You can also cheer them on at the Best of the Bay regional tournament held at Valley Christian School (7500 Inspiration Drive) on Sat, Feb 25.

The schedule is posted here.
  Go Green Gators!

PIE-CENTAGE NIGHT DINE OUT FUNDRAISER

Pie-Centage Night Dine Out Fundraiser
Please join us at Pieology in Dublin to raise funds for our school programs on Wednesday March 15th from 3-9pm.

Pieology Pizza is located at 6920 Amador Plaza Road, #B, Dublin, CA 94568 (behind Petsmart and next to aquarium concept). 30% of your purchase will benefit back to our students. A flier will be coming home on the week of March 6, 2017.

Please bring this flyer with you or show them our PFC website promo at check out to include your purchase as our fundraiser event. Looking forward to seeing all of you at the new Dublin Pieology.

YEARBOOK NEEDS YOUR HELP

Yearbook Needs your help!
We are currently looking for fellow parents to serve on next year’s Yearbook committee! We have a few months left for interested volunteers to shadow us for transition. We are also looking for designers for this year. Please contactyearbook@johngreenpfc.org if interested.

If you have pictures that you haven’t submitted, please upload via our eShare portal directly from the PFC website or click on this link:http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/Index.jsp?code=greengators.
Our deadlines are coming up in a few weeks. Your immediate attention is greatly appreciated.

ORDER YEARBOOK

Don’t Miss Out!

GET YOUR Yearbook ONLINE today!!!


You can get your yearbook online today for $30, 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!
Here is a sneak peek at this year’s Yearbook Cover:


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.    
  3. Alternately, if not order is found, the user will be prompted to try another email address or contact the Yearbook Order Center help line.
  4. The email that is sent to the customer will match the original email receipt.

ATTENTION 5TH GRADE PARENTS

Yearbook team is looking for 5th grade parents to volunteer and put together 2 special spreads, the baby pictures and Camp Arroyo pages for our 5th grade students. Camp Arroyo pages are due the weekend our students return from the trip, so good coordination with other 5th grade parents is crucial to successfully execute this task. This year, our 5th grade yearbook club students have already designed the pages, the volunteer parents will only need to gather and populate the pictures onto the pages. We are looking for dedicated 5th grade parents to help complete this task as this has been a great tradition and provides a wonderful memento for our graduating class. Our team will train if needed.


Turn in your child’s baby picture! Please upload pictures to the 5th grade Baby Photo Album in Shutterfly, please contact your room parent for more information.

The time of the year has come that our beloved 5th graders will begin that inevitable transition into middle school!  As part of being the big kids on campus, it has been a grand tradition at John Green that the exiting 5th graders have their baby pictures featured in the yearbook.

Please submit ONLY ONE digital copy of your child's baby picture. Please see Room parents for deadlines as this is different for each class.  Please DO NOT drop off any photographs in the school office.  We do not want you to lose any original copies.

Some guidelines to keep in mind for the best possible picture to feature:

1. Under the age of one year is best.  Recommended age is less than 1 to 2 years of age.

2. Mainly a solo and face color photo (leave out background, pets, etc.); high resolution jpegs if possible but no larger than 5x7.  

3. No bathtub shots or bare behinds – we don’t want to embarrass them!

4.  If you can, best if you rename the file to the child’s full name and teacher, esp. important for twins.  

Any further questions or concerns can be addressed toyearbook@johngreenpfc.org

Thanks,

Yearbook Team

BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

We are currently looking for parents who are interested in sitting on the PFC Board for the 2017-18 school year. This week, you will be receiving a nomination form and job descriptions for each board position in your student's folder. To learn more about the duties of each board position, please review our by-laws here.

If you’d like to meet members of the current board and learn more about our experiences, join us for a No-Host Happy Hour at Lazy Dog Restaurant in Dublin on Friday, February 24 from 4-6pm. Please join us if you can!

If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Cheng at
president@johngreenpfc.org.

GOT IDEA ? SHARE WITH PFC

Do you have a great idea, program or event you would like the PFC to consider?
Planning for next year’s PFC events will begin over the next few weeks and we’ll need to make sure the events are reserved on the school calendar by end of March.  If you have a great idea for an event for next year, please contact Gloria Cheng at president@johngreenpfc.org or you can fill out thisproposal form, follow these steps and plan on attending the next PFC meeting (every 3rd Wednesday of the month at JGES).

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FUNDRAISER SURVEY

We are looking into having a school supplies fundraiser this Spring so that they can be purchased in bulk to save costs and allow the teachers to receive the supplies prior to and be prepared for the first day of school.
​The estimated cost would be $30 per student.  Please log into the Parent Portal and fill out the quick survey to provide your input!

JOHN GREEN'S 10th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Green Elementary will be celebrating its 10th year anniversary this fall.  We are currently seeking volunteers who would like to participate in the planning committee.  If you’re interested, please contact Gloria Cheng atpresident@johngreenpfc.org.

FAMILY ART NIGHT POSTPONED

Due to an unforeseen delay in the shipment of canvas panels, we will need to postpone this event. Once we have a new date, we will make an announcement.

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 jaatgreen@gmail.com.

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 JGMathKangaroo@gmail.com with any questions.

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT - APRIL 21st 

We are so excited to be planning John Green's 2nd Multicultural Night. The goal is to have FACTS, FUN, and FOOD to represent our diverse community.

FACTS: We like to invite ALL John Green families (including faculty) to represent any cultural background or heritage of your choice and participate in hosting one of the tables.   Families can highlight various cultural backgrounds or heritages from all over the world and we’d love to have at least 1-2 cultures/countries represented from each continent: Asia, Africa, North America (includes Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean), South America, Europe, and Australia (includes New Zealand the Pacific Islands)! For example, an American cultural table can highlight baseball, jazz, and different flavors such as Cajun, New England, Tex-Mex, Hawaiian, Native American, and so on.  
Feel free to join with friends to design a table.  Some ideas include a poster or printouts with some facts about each country or culture, a game or craft project representing the culture and/or country of your choice, and/or items such as clothing, a flag, or photos.

FUN: We will set aside part of the evening to join together for a short, informal program of cultural and/or traditional dances and songs performed by students.  Please sign up if your child or children are interested in performing a song or dance, alone or in a group! These will be short (up to 2.5 minutes each) and there is no need for a lot of preparation!
Just like the Olympics, there will be a Parade of Nations where kids can walk around the MPR in their cultural attire (adults are also welcome to dress up).  Feel free to bring a small country flag and wave it proudly!

FOOD: A highlight of Multicultural Night is the chance to taste foods from around the world!

Please let us know if you would like to share a dish from a specific heritage, culture or country of origin, or simply one of your family’s favorites!   There are some district guidelines that need to be followed so a committee member will follow up with you on the details.
Come join in on the fun and sign up online at:
https://goo.gl/forms/C0d17iX8fSE4drz72


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 

Donuts with Dad
​Last Friday the PFC hosted Donuts with Dad and had a great turnout, thanks to all of the students and parents that attended! As always, none of these events would be possible if not for the work of all of the volunteers. Thank you to all of the moms that helped in the morning!

Shruthi Manish, Tammy Ficarra, Shalini Pareek, Sally Attalla, Anu Gupta, Anvi Dadia, Trina Madigan, Gargi Mukherjee, Vi Arca, Tracey Groves, Bettina Cruz, Kanchan Sehgal, Gloria Cheng, Lyla Farmer, Xochitl Padilla, Tammy Ficarra, Catherine Byron, Shilpa Nachnani

A special thanks to Kanchan Sehgal for overseeing the event and to Reese Gill for chairing the event again this year. Your hard work is much appreciated!

We had a few donuts left over that we delivered to the Fallon fire station and the CHP offices. Both stations thanked Green Elementary for the yummy treats
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 volunteer@johngreenpfc.org if you’d like to volunteer.

*We still need chair/co-chairs for these events, please contactvolunteer@johngreenpfc.org 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 ngaiderek@dublinusd.org 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.