Sunday, November 4, 2018

Fall 2018 John Gill MI Family Events

Please join us at any of the following upcoming events that are open to current and prospective families!

MI Family Playdates 

When: Sunday, November 4th @ Noon
Sunday, December 2nd @ Noon

Where: Maddux Park
Maddux Dr & Kensington Rd,
Redwood City, CA

Purpose: For prospective families to meet current MI families. Get to know the John
Gill MI program in a fun social environment. Siblings are welcome.

Prospective Parent Meet & Greet

When: Friday, November 16th from 9 AM to 10 AM

Where: John Gill Elementary School
Picnic Table Area
555 Avenue Del Ora,
Redwood City, CA

Purpose - Parents-only event on campus. Meet existing MI parents, learn about the program and application process, ask questions and receive an MI Intro Packet. There is no classroom tour during this session.

JGMI Math Games Day

When: Sunday, November 4th
3:00 - 4:30pm

Where: Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Rd,
Redwood City, CA
(Children’s Section)

Purpose: MI Community event. There will be parent-run games and puzzles for building
problem-solving skills and enhancing mathematical concepts.

JOIN || Sign up for the mailing list to receive information on MI tours, registration, educational and community events

QUESTIONS || Connect with current MI parents by emailing

INFO ||  Visit the John Gill Mandarin Immersion school web page for more information


The John Gill Mandarin Immersion Program started in 2015, and in just 3 years, we have tripled the number of participating students and built an incredible community that collaborates and supports this program. Did you know that there are over 1 billion speakers of Mandarin, the most spoken language in the world? This is the place where your child will learn the Chinese language and be enriched by the Chinese culture. The John Gill MI Program provides a rigorous and innovative educational curriculum, while preparing our students to become future leaders.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

2018-2019 Registration is Open

Registration for the School of Choice - John Gill Mandarin Immersion is now open!

To register -- Redwood City School District Registration
For a step-by-step guide -- MI Registration Guide for SY2018-19 

Out-of-district families are welcome to apply.
Deadline to register and enter the lottery is Friday, December 22, 2017.

The Schools of Choice form will re-open from Thursday, March 8, 2018 until Friday, September 28, 2018. For this second window, applications will be accepted in the order that they are received (not by lottery).

Please attend a Kindergarten Tour to learn more!

Tuesday, 9:00-9:45AM
Nov. 14, 2017
Dec. 12, 2017
Jan. 23, 2018
Feb. 20, 2018

Tours start in the school library
John Gill Elementary
555 Ave. Del Ora
Redwood City

The tours are for both Mandarin Immersion and English-only Kindergarten. Call 650-482-2406 to schedule a tour. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

What Are the Five Types of Mandarin Immersion Parent?

Prospective student families, incoming and current MI parents, anyone interested in Mandarin immersion education... please join us for a special MI parent presentation at John Gill on Thursday, March 23 with Elizabeth Weise, author of A Parent's Guide to Mandarin Immersion. 

The talk will cover an overview of MI programs in the U.S., as well as discussing the five types of Mandarin Immersion parent. Weise speaks at events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and we're excited to have her here in Redwood City to share her experience with us!

Elizabeth Weise, Author of A Parent's Guide to Mandarin Immersion
"The Five Types of Mandarin Immersion Parent"
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Staff Room in Main Building
John Gill Elementary School
555 Ave. Del Ora, Redwood City, CA 94063

Book sale and Q&A to follow the discussion

Beth Weise is a mother with two daughters who have been in Chinese immersion since they began school. Her oldest daughter was in the first cohort of Mandarin immersion students in San Francisco Unified’s program at Starr King Elementary School. She helped found 金山中文教育协会, the Jinshan Mandarin Education Council and was on its board for four years. The non-profit organization exists to support and promote Mandarin immersion in SFUSD schools. She also edits the Mandarin Immersion Parents Council blog. In 2014 she published A Parent’s Guide to Mandarin Immersion, the how-to guide she wished she’d had when her kids started immersion. Her day job is as a reporter with USA TODAY, covering computer security, technology and Silicon Valley.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Meet MI Program Families at the Park

Join us for a playdate at the park this weekend!

- Learn about the MI Program at John Gill
- Meet other prospective and current MI Program students and their families
- Enjoy friends and playtime outside!

Sunday, March 12 at 1:00 PM

Maddux Park 
Maddux Drive & Kensington Road 
Redwood City, CA 94061

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stories from Newly Mandarin Speaking Families


Please join us for a playdate at the library and Q&A with current John Gill MI Program parents. 

Q&A with MI Program Families
Saturday, December 10th
1:00pm at Downtown Redwood City Library
1044 Middlefield Road
Redwood City, CA 94063

- Meet future classmates
- Current MI program families will share stories about their experience
- Prospective students/families with no Chinese language background can get answers about topics, such as: How do I help with homework as a non-speaker? How do students with no Chinese language background do? etc.

Please RSVP and post more topics/questions for discussion.

See you there!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

John Gill School Tours for 2017-2018 Prospective Kindergarteners

Come tour the Mandarin Immersion program at John Gill! 

Parents of prospective Kindergarten students for the 2017-2018 school year are invited to attend John Gill School Tours on the following Tuesday mornings:

2016: Oct. 25, Nov. 8, Dec. 6
2017: Jan. 24, Feb. 28, Mar. 21

- Tour time 8:45-9:30AM
- Call the school to sign up 650-482-2406
- Parking is on Myrtle St., meet in the library

John Gill Elementary
555 Ave Del Ora
Redwood City, CA 94062

Learn More -- MI Program at John Gill
Questions -- 

PlayThrive Hiring Teachers Winter 2016

PlayThrive After School Program is looking to hire full and part time teachers to join their collaborative teaching team immediately! 

Accepting applications until November 28, 2016 for the following positions:

After School Lead Teacher (English or Mandarin OK)

After School Float Teacher (Mandarin Speaking)

PlayThrive is an educational organization dedicated to promoting whole
child education by bringing together teachers, parents, and the local
community. We aim to create a space for children to explore, have fun,
connect with one another, develop empathy toward the larger world, and
cultivate a passion for lifelong learning.