The Catch : August 19, 2018
Sun, Sep 23 6:35pm
Redwood Shores Elementary


August 19, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 2

Principal’s Message

As we embark on this new school year, I ask all of you to remember that safety is a shared responsibility. We must work together as a community to establish and maintain a safe environment for the children on our campus. Students walk, bike, scoot, and drive to and from RWSE every morning and afternoon. We MUST be a team to promote the wellbeing and safety of ALL of our children.

Everyone in our community is expected to know and follow the transportation guidelines documented in this safety message. (This includes people who will be escorting your child on campus, such as babysitters and grandparents.) There have been “close calls” in the past where little ones were in danger and nearly hit in our crosswalks. This is serious and extremely dangerous.

It takes a village and the safety of children must be everyone’s priority!

Superintendent's Message
In case you missed it, please review information sent from Michael Milliken about the new lunch vendor, FAQs for student info, and volunteer information.

PTA Announcements

Class Assignments and Using Konstella
Class assignment links were sent from BRSSD on Saturday, 8/18.  You can also search for your child's class assignment at with their Student ID # (sent during registration).  If you have questions, call the front office at 650-802-8060 or email Nicky Adam.
In Konstella, you'll need to assign yourself to the appropriate classroom, and then everyone can begin to see the information of their classmates.  Konstella is our school-wide communication method/app, and we try to keep it all consolidated and not to overwhelm families with messages.

Reminders for Commute Safety
As everyone knows, parking is limited at RWSE, and we will all be adjusting to the new schedule.  Families are encouraged to bike and walk to and from school.  If you must drive, please allow extra time to arrive, go through to the drop off / valet area, and stop for any and all pedestrians, cyclists and volunteers.  Please use extra caution and obey all traffic rules.
We want all families to stay safe on your route to and from campus. Please remember our safe routes to school and follow proper drop-off procedures:  do not drop off in the parking lot unless you find a non-reserved parking space, do not double park, park in the red, handicapped or drop off zone.  Redwood City Police Department will be on site periodically to assist with safety.
Thank you for your cooperation!

Safety Volunteers Needed
To assist with a smooth commute, we need helpers! Please sign up on Konstella for a committee and then click UPDATE link to select volunteer shifts when you can help. 

Crosswalk Volunteers - Parents in this committee are volunteers that work crosswalk duty every morning (8-8:30am) in front of the school. Parents should go to the office and proceed to the Health Room to find an orange vest that they should always wear during their shift.

5th Grade Valet Assistants - Valet service is offered every school morning at our Drop Off Only curb. 5th Grade students volunteer for weekly shifts and stand along the curb to help students out of their cars. Shifts are 8 to 8:20am every school morning, and 6 students per morning are needed.

Safe Routes to School - This program is district wide program to change community behavior, attitudes, and social norms to make it safer for children in grades K-8 to walk and bike to school.   It also involves safety at school.  The committee chair, Shannon Moon, will work closely with the Principal to determine programs to support and implement that can educate our students and our community about transportation safety in and around the school. 

Lunch Recess Yard Duty Volunteers - This committee is comprised of volunteer parents that come to campus each lunch recess period to monitor the student activities. This committee works closely with the Principal to ensure safety and supervision at lunch time every day of the week, except Wednesdays. 

Welcome Back to School Social Event
The event will be Tuesday August 21st from 4-6pm on the school playground. We will have a Jumpy House, free Face Painting, music by DJ Alex, the Redwood City Fire Department Truck, and more!! It will be a great time to come to school, say hello to friends, and enjoy some outdoor time before school begins.  

Back to School Night (adults only)
Thursday, August 23rd, 7-8pm.  Please note that child care is available at Sandpiper from 6:45-8:15pm for $5 (cash only). Click here to review flyer.

Art in Action 
The Kindergarten, 1st, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms depend on parent volunteers to teach Art in Action lessons. No art background is necessary and training is provided. Check the Konstella calendar for information sessions on 8/27 or 8/31 or contact Peggy Chiu.

Community Messages

Annual Levee Cleanup Event 
Please help the Redwood Shores Community Association cleanup the levees on Saturday, August 25th from 8am to 12noon @ Mariner Park (and all around the Shores).  Please refer to The PILOT for details. 

Join Cub Scout Pack 61!
Learn what Cub Scouting is all about by attending FREE upcoming events: milk carton boat race and BBQ, recruitment info night, first pack meeting of the year! Click here for details. 

Upcoming Events
  • Tue August 21, 12pm: Transitional Kindergarten Orientation
  • Tue August 21, 1pm: Kindergarten Orientation
  • Tue August 21, 2pm: 1st Grade Level Orientation
  • Tue August 21, 4-6pm: Welcome Back Event
  • Wed August 22: First Day of School (minimum day)
  • Thu August 23, 7-8pm: Back to School Night (adults only)
  • Sun August 26, 2-6pm: SchoolForce Thank You Event, Devil's Canyon Brewing in San Carlos
  • Fri August 31, 8:45-9:45am: TK & K Coffee with Ms. Amsler
  • Fri September 7, 8:45-9:45am: 1 & 2nd Grades Coffee with Ms. Amsler
  • Thu September 13, 8:30-9:30am: 3-5th Grades Coffee with Ms. Amsler
  • Sat October 14, 11am-5pm: Save the Music Festival, Twin Pines Park in Belmont
Important Links
"The Catch" is published weekly by the Redwood Shores Elementary School PTA, 225 Shearwater Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065 and distributed to everyone registered in the school directory on Konstella. To submit information, email