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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Program Approved and School Registration Starts Soon

Firstly, a big thank you to all that attended the School Board meeting on Wednesday evening! Many families turned out to support the official vote to approve the Mandarin Immersion K-8 program. Thank you to all that stood up to speak to the board and share your interests and concerns. We're off to a great start!

Secondly, Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First Grade registration begins in early November. Below are some important dates to mark on your calendar and additional information about the program.

Tuesday, November 4th 
6PM - 7:30PM
Open House at John Gill Elementary School
555 Ave Del Ora, Redwood City, CA 94062 
- 6:00pm Campus Tour
- 7:00pm to 7:30pm Learn more details about the MI program from the school Principal and curriculum developers
- 7:30pm to 8:30pm Tentative MIIRWC Parents Group working session (meeting location to be confirmed)
- This is a good opportunity to meet the school administrators and future schoolmates' families
- Children are welcome and childcare is provided from 6-7:30pm (so if you are staying for the parents group working session it would be best for there be someone else to take your child home if he/she gets sleepy.)
- To attend the tour and more details on the meeting place visit the school website

Saturday, November 8th 
At your assigned Redwood City neighborhood school
Pre-Registration* for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten

November 10th to January 9th
9AM-4PM, Mon-Fri
Redwood City School District Office 
750 Bradford Street, Redwood City
Priority Registration* for Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten

*Registering during Pre or Priority Registration ensures that you will find out your child's kindergarten placement or waitlist number by February 27, 2015

Cut-off Dates: Your child must be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2015 to register for kindergarten in 2015-16.  Students may register for Transitional Kindergarten (TK) if they turn 5 years old between September 2, 2015 and December 2, 2015.

For step-by-step instructions for in and out-of-district residents, see the MI Registration Guide for Fall of 2015.
Most current information regarding the MIIRWC program:

John Gill Mandarin Immersion is from kindergarten to 5th grade. 
Kennedy Middle School will offer Mandarin Immersion classes from 6th to 8th grade.

There will be 1 class for kindergarten and 1 class for first grade to start. Should there be enough interest, they will open the program to 2 classes for each grade and possibly a Transitional Kindergarten class.

The percentage of Chinese - English instruction (i.e., the amount of time subjects are taught in Chinese or English) in each grade is the following:

K-1st grade: 80% Chinese, 20% English
2nd grade: 70% Chinese, 30% English
3rd grade: 60% Chinese, 40% English
4-5th grade: 50% Chinese, 50% English
6-8th grade: 20% Chinese, 80% English

This Mandarin Immersion program will teach simplified Chinese characters. Parents that are interested in supplementing the program with instruction in traditional Chinese characters may participate in the PTO to make that happen.

At this time, there is no Mandarin Immersion program after school. However, all students can sign up for John Gill's existing after school program. 

Parents interested in having an after school MI program, hiring teacher aides, enrichment programs (such as instruction in traditional Chinese characters, art/music/sports, or anything else beneficial to the students), etc. are encouraged to join the MIIRWC Parents Group. We are hoping to merge with the existing John Gill PTO ASAP to start working with the school to implement these supplemental programs by the start of class in Fall 2015.

Sign up to join the MIIRWC Parents Group!


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