Roy Cloud School Newsletter

May 13, 2022

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Principal's Message

Dear Roy Cloud Families,

I am happy to share with you this week the above poster of a poem created by our first-grade student, Mia in Mrs. Perez's class. This is just one example of the many social-emotional learning lessons in alignment with activities introduced by our Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging committee that our students participate in every week. Next time you are on campus, be sure to check out our school-wide Puzzle of Belonging project displayed in the library windows.

Thank you,

Kristy Jackson

Interim Principal

Roy Cloud School

CAASPP State Testing - May 3 - 19

Next week we will be finishing up state testing. Our 5th and 8th-grade students will be taking the CAST (Calfornia Science Assessment) this week. We will also be making up tests missed if students were absent and providing more time for students who have not finished their assessment. We appreciate your ensuring that your child attends school this week.

Join the Roy Cloud School Site Council!

The Roy Cloud School Site Council (SSC) is a leadership organization whose equal members include staff and parents. We work to develop and recommend goals for the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA), oversee the Measure U budget, and assess progress in meeting plan goals. The focus of the SSC is to ensure that the school is continually engaged in identifying and implementing curriculum and instructional practices that result in both strengthening the core academic and behavioral programs while ensuring students have access to and success in these programs.

SSC members usually agree to a two-year commitment. However, due to Distance Learning and a change in administrative leadership, we currently have 5 open positions. In order to follow our current bylaws moving forward, we would need 2 parents to have a one-year commitment and 3 parents to commit to a 2-year commitment.

Interested parents that would like to join our team of parents, teachers, and school administrators to help develop our school site goals are welcome to send a brief email of interest to our Interim Principal Kristy Jackson at and current SSC Chairperson Mary-Elizabeth Robinson at Anyone wanting to run for the parent positions will be voted on by our parent community at the end of May.

Summer School Programs

We have had several questions in regards to summer enrichment opportunities for Roy Cloud students. RCSD students will be invited to the summer enrichment program based on need and will start with eligible students at prioritized schools. Once the first few rounds of invitations have gone out to families, if there are still available spaces, eligible Roy Cloud families will be contacted starting on May 25. Please let me know if you have any questions.

"The Mask You Live In" Community Event

Families, students, educators, mental health providers, and community partners are invited to attend:

"The Mask You Live In"

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

5:30-7:30 pm

Registration link

Free community event

Documentary film screening and discussion with

Ashanti Branch, Founder and Executive Director of the Ever Forward Club.

Hosted by San Mateo County Office of Education, Safe and Supportive Schools

Please join us for a Livestream of "The Mask You Live In," a documentary film about how we raise boys in America. This film looks at the damaging effects of our culture’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, the boys and men in the film confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.

After the screening, we will host a 30 minute conversation with Ashanti Branch, founder of the Ever Forward Club, who will share compelling efforts to reframe masculinity led by young men and answer live questions.

Parent Education Opportunities

Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions

Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions (Betty Ford Hazeldon Foundation)

Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Live)


How can we prevent fentanyl (opioid) use in adolescents? Join Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist, Prevention Solutions, Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation, to better understand the risks of intentional and unintentional fentanyl use among teens. Learn what each parent and caregiver can do to protect their students from these risks while promoting their health.

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This presentation is sponsored by Woodside PTSA, Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions in Children and Youth

Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, UCSB

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:30pm – 6:30pm PDT, Online Event (Live)


Mental health is an important part of children’s overall health and well-being. What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more?

Join Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, Professor of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth.

Parents/caregivers, educators, mental health professionals, and community members welcome! Free admission. Simultaneous Spanish interpretation will be available.

This special event is sponsored by generous donors from Mills-Peninsula Hospital Foundation and San Mateo County Office of Education, in partnership with The Parent Venture.

Questions? Contact Charlene Margot, MA, Co-Founder and CEO, The Parent Venture (The Parent Education Series), at

Important Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, May 3 - 3rd- 8th Grade State Testing Begins

Wednesday, May 4 - K - 4th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 6 - 5th - 8th Grade COVID Testing

Saturday, May 7 - PTO Auction

Tuesday, May 10 - PTO Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11 - K - 2nd Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 13 - 3rd - 8th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 13 - Middle School Dance - 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Monday, May 16 - School Site Council Meeting

Tuesday, May 17 - Incoming Kindergarten Information Night - 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 18 - K - 4th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 20 - 5th - 8th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Spring Play - Annie Jr.

Wednesday, May 25 - K - 4th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, May 27 - 5th - 8th Grade COVID Testing

Monday, May 30 - Memorial Day Holiday - No School

Wednesday, June 1 - K - 4th Grade COVID Testing

Friday, June 3 - 5th - 8th Grade COVID Testing

Wednesday, June 8 - Early Dismissal Day

Wednesday, June 8 - 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony - 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 9 - Last Day of School!

COVID 19 Related Links & Resources

Weekly Student COVID Testing Appointment Link - UPDATE

Students are tested at school on Wednesdays and Fridays. Testing is available to students of all grade levels on both days before school starts at 7:45 a.m. On Wednesdays, we will pull K - 4th-grade students out of class to be tested. On Fridays, we will pull 5th - 8th-grade students out of class to be tested. Please be sure to fill out the appointment form prior to the day your child will be tested.

Student COVID Testing Primary Health Registration Link

If you would like your child tested at any RCSD school or facility, you must first register them in the Primary Health system. Please remember to check the "consent" box before completing your registration. When your child's test results are ready, you will receive a message from Primary Health with their results.

Submit Student Vaccination Information

If you would like to submit your child's COVID vaccination information to RCSD, please fill out this Google Form.

San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework

The San Mateo County Pandemic Recovery Framework provides school leaders with the health, education, and legal guidance needed to develop local plans for providing safe on-campus instruction and learning. It combines guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), California Department of Public Health (CDPH), and San Mateo County Health to support TK-12 schools in implementing public health guidance.

Submitting Home Tests for Return to School

If/when needing to send pictures of a COVID Home test for your child to return to school, the office staff would appreciate your writing your child's name on the test prior to taking the picture. Please send results to or

Daily Wellness Forms

Daily wellness forms are no longer required.

Welcome Back Volunteers!

We have enjoyed having parent volunteers back on campus! If you are interested in volunteering, click here for more information.

School Counseling & Support Referral Form

For mental health counseling support, contact Julia Robinson, Mental Health Counselor For academic counseling support, contact Joanne Leung, Complete the referral form to directly request services.

RCSD School Lunch Menu

Please note: Menu items are subject to change.

Roy Cloud School

Roy Cloud School is an excellent neighborhood school that provides a dynamic education with a focus on Social and Emotional Learning and Technology. We foster caring relationships, set high expectations, and create opportunities for meaningful engagement and connection. Supported by a positive school climate, students practice kindness and assert character to realize academic success, healthy relationships and responsible decision making.