John Green PFC

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Welcome to John Green's Parent Faculty Club

WALK AND ROLL

Walk & Roll to School day is this coming Wednesday, March 15.

We encourage everyone to participate by walking, rolling (bike, scooter) or carpooling.

There will be a walking school bus at the Dublin Ranch pool (S. Dublin Ranch Dr. & Blackstone Way) which departs at 8:00AM.

Don't forget to stop by at the table on the blacktop where we will be giving a raffle ticket to each student who participates.

We will once again be raffling off an electric scooter!

PIE-CENTAGE NIGHT DINE OUT FUNDRAISER

Come one, come all!  Please join us at Pieology in Dublin to raise funds for our school programs on Wednesday March 15th, from 3pm - 9pm.

Pieology Pizza is located at 6920 Amador Plaza Road, #B, Dublin, CA 94568 (behind Petsmart and next to Aquarium Concept).  30% of the proceeds will benefit back to our students.  A flyer was sent home on the week of March 6th.


Please bring this flyer with you or show them John Green's PFC website promo at check out so your purchase can be counted towards our fundraiser event.

Looking forward to seeing all of you at the new Dublin Pieology.

NOTE: We will also be holding our PFC meeting from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Pieology on the same night


MATH KANGAROO DAY: THURSDAY, MARCH 16TH, 2017

Math Kangaroo Day: Thursday, March 16th, 2017

2017 Math Kangaroo Competition Center Info

Center name: John Green Elementary School, Dublin
Manager: Shalini Pareek 
E-mail: [email protected]
Competition time: 5pm 

To make this event go smoothly, please consider volunteering at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0e4aa8aa28a2f58-math

2017 Math Kangaroo – General Guidelines

Competition starts at 5pm (Please arrive at least 20 minutes early!). There is 75 minutes to work on the test.

During the check in each participant will receive a competition booklet, a pencil, a t-shirt, a certificate of participation, a souvenir and an answer form.

Parents, take a moment to discuss the answer form with your child. The id number, name, level, t-shirt size are printed there. 

Here is the link to view the answer form:
http://www.mathkangaroo.org/mk/answer_card_info.html.

No calculators or smart phones are allowed during the test. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided however students are allowed to have also their own pencils or erasers. No food or drinks are permitted in the competition room.

The test has a multiple choice format with 24 questions for students in grades 1-4, and 30 questions for higher grades. For wrong answer or no answer there are 0 points.

Free sample questions and more resources are on our Practice page. The Video Solutions are available for all registered students on our media library.
After the test, the completed answer forms will be sent to scantron facility for scoring. Make sure your child does not take the original answer form home but leaves it with the proctor. He/she however is entitled to keep the question booklet with him/her.

Before/during the competition photos will be taken and might be used on ourwww.mathkangaroo.org webpage. Please let me know if you do not want your child to be photographed.

The correct answers will be posted on our web page: http://www.mathkangaroo.org by April 19th. Information on the winners and the results will be announced in May.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email at [email protected].

I look forward to the XXth Math Kangaroo Competition on Thursday, March 16th, 2017.

ST. PATRICK DAY PARADE - MARCH 18TH

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! o edit text

BOOK FAIR

Spring Book Fair is Coming!

Our Spring Book Fair at the John Green Library is coming up soon on March 20 to March 24th (Setup on 3/16).  All funds raised from book fair is used to purchase new titles for the library.  Since the beginning of this school year, we have added 152 new library titles to the Green Library from book fair funds.

Please consider volunteering for this fun event that encourages reading. In addition, all parents volunteering will receive a 25% discount on their book fair purchase.

Link to signup page:  


http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C044FA9AE2EAAFF2-john3

ENGINEERING FAIR 

Don't miss out!  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.  Registration deadline for Kindergarten-4th graders has been extended to March 10.  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!

JUNIOR ACHIEVEMENT

Junior Achievement is an educational program providing 5 to 6 in-classroom lessons taught by parent or community volunteers on the topics of financial literacy, work readiness, and entrepreneurship to students in kindergarten through high school.

JA programs are correlated to the California Content Standards for Social Studies for grades K-12 as well as the Common Core State Standards in English/ Language Arts and Mathematics. JA volunteers have an important role in delivering a practical life skills based program that provides enrichment for the students in a way they would not otherwise receive.

We are seeking a Junior Achievement Chairperson for next school year 2017-18.  Responsibilities include:

- Contact our District JA Rep in the beginning of the year and order kits for every classroom.
- Obtain from the PFC a list of volunteers who signed up during Registration and recruit volunteers for the remaining classrooms. Additional volunteer names should be collected during Back-to-School Night. We strive for 100% coverage - every class deserves to benefit from this curriculum.
- Schedule a training meeting with the District JA Rep. This will be an evening time slot for the new JA volunteers. The new Volunteers pick up their kits during the meeting. 
- Communication with volunteers, teachers, front office.
- Collect the JA bags and materials at the end of the year (volunteers can leave under the table by the Front Office, from where you collect them) 
- Arrange with the District JA rep to pick up bags at the beginning of the new school year.

The bulk of the work is at the beginning of the school year and then some follow up emails throughout the school year. All templates, emails, etc have already been created and can be reused.

For more information or if you are interesting in Chairing JA next year, email [email protected]

YEARBOOK PHOTOS

Upload your photos for upcoming March events in your classroom or grade - St. Patrick's Day, Spring events and any other candid or past events.  Please send us your top 10 best high resolution photos from your classroom.  Please upload ASAP via the eshare button at johngreenpfc.org.  Code is greengators.  Please email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. ​

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.

2. 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.

NEW AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT FROM DPIE

New After School Enrichment from DPIE

DPIE (Dublin Partners in Education) is very excited to partner with Green Elementary to offer the following after school enrichment course on site:

DRUMMING WITH WHAT’S AROUND YOU
Grade Levels: 3 – 5
Dates: Fridays, March 17 – May 19
(9 instructional days: March 17, 24, 31; April 14, 21, 28; May 5, 12, 19)
Instructor: Danielle Felker
Room: A-27
Enrollment Fee: $150
 
Course Description: Ever had the urge to drum but don't have a drum set or other percussion instrument around to do so? In this class you can turn a chair, pencil, paper, flower pot, paint bucket or even your arms and feet into a percussion instrument! As a class, we will learn new rhythms and combine beats to create a cool ensemble using everyday items!

You can enroll online here.

LAZY DOG DINE OUT FUNDRAISER

ous sponsors for our Character Education Program at Green the past 2 years providing our students their Top Dog Awards. Come one, come all!  Please join us at Lazy Dog to raise funds for our school programs on Monday April 17th, from 3 - 9pm.  Lazy Dog is located in Hacienda Crossing.  20% of the proceeds will benefit back to our students. A flyer will be sent home on the week of April 10th.  Please bring this flyer with you or show them John Green's PFC website promo at check out so your purchase can be counted towards our fundraiser event. Looking forward to seeing all of you at Lazy Dog.

MULTICULTURAL NIGHT - APRIL 21st 

JGES 2nd Multi Cultural Night is on Friday, April 21st from 6-8pm. 

The goal is to have FACTS, FUN, and FOOD to represent our diverse community. Come join in on the fun. There will be facts, fun, food and fabulous performances.

We would like to invite ALL John Green families (including faculty) to represent any cultural background or heritage of your choice. 

We are currently looking for people who can be part of the planning committee. We already have three people on the committee. We have a lot of files saved from last year, so a lot of hard work is already done.

Here is a link for the Google form where you can indicate how you can help. The link to the performance sign up is also on this form.

https://goo.gl/forms/C0d17iX8fSE4drz72

​We will finalize the country/cultural tables by Friday, March 17.

BOARD MEMBERS NEEDED

We are still looking for parents who are interested in sitting on the PFC Board for the 2017-18 school year.  If you haven't received the nomination form in your student's folder, you should receive it this week and can also view and download the form here. Forms are also available outside the school office.  Each position can be made into a Co-position to share the responsibilities between each person.

Please submit nomination forms to the school office by Friday, March 24.  If you have any questions, please contact Gloria Cheng at [email protected]

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 [email protected] 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 at [email protected]


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!

THANK YOU 

We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the following parents for volunteering at Kindergarten Registration last week: Trish Wong, Vi Arca, Carmen Phan, Sara Tirona, Gloria Cheng.  

We would also like to acknowledge Fremont Bank for donating Starbucks coffee for the incoming Kinder parents to enjoy while waiting to register.

UPCOMING PFC SPONSORED EVENTS

Please mark your calendars for these fun and exciting activities we have planned for our kids and families:

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

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.

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.