The Catch : February 25, 2018
Sun, Feb 25 10:27pm
Redwood Shores Elementary


February 25, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 21

PTA President’s Message 

Dear Parents,
I hope everyone had a great Mid-Winter break!  We’ll be missing our 5th graders this week as they head to Outdoor Ed!  (Please note that parking and traffic will be impacted for drop off Monday morning.)  I feel for you 5th grade parents as I was there last year, and it’s a tough week.  But we get through it and the kids learn a ton (including the fact that they really do love us!)  
During the break, we announced the slate for new PTA Executive Board members for 2018-2019.  If you didn’t have a chance to see who is on the list, please see below. Thank you to the Nominating Committee, Maelle OlivolaMeichiel Weiss, Bobby Hernandez, and Dennis Manalo, for all the time you put into ensuring we have a list of enthusiastic parents who will best serve the students, staff, and school.  Please join us in the March 23rd PTA Meeting to vote in the new PTA Exec Board. Go Seals!
Sandy NelsonPTA President

PTA Announcements 

Parking & Traffic Notes For This Week
5th Grade Outdoor Education is this week.  Parking and traffic will be significantly impacted on the following days:
- Monday: bus parked on straightaway (drop off zone/parking zones along play yard) between 8-9:30a, likely to impact drop off for all grades
- Friday: bus arriving between 11:30-1:30, likely to impact Kinder & TK pick up
Please allow extra time and consider walking or biking instead.  We need everyone’s patience and support, so please plan ahead. Thanks!

Box Top Contest 
Clip and bring Box Tops to school for a contest ending: Monday, February 26th!
The class that collects and submits the most box tops will win a PRIZE! 
Here are a few ways you can make it easier for us to submit Box Tops and get cash for our school: 

  • Check the expiration dates on your Box Tops. If they're expired, please don't send them to school, expired Box Tops aren't accepted.
  • When it comes to Box Tops, snip 'em or rip 'em! Just make sure the expiration date and full product code are both visible.
  • Send your Box Tops to school in a ziploc bag with the amount of box tops collected and teacher name labeled on or inside the bag. If you can, please bundle groups of 50’s with a rubber band. This is really helpful, as this is how Box Tops must be submitted for processing. Turn in bags to your teacher or drop them in our Box Top box located in the office.

Thank you for helping to make our school's Box Tops program a success!

PTA Executive Board 2018-2019 Nominees
Sandy Nelson - President
Monica Brillantes - Executive Vice President
Juliette Russell - VP Fundraising
Alicia Westra - VP Events
Helen McCormick - Treasurer
Laura Tan - Secretary
Sucharita Puli - Historian
The positions of Auditor, Parliamentarian and SchoolForce Chair will be appointed by the President-elect, subject to the approval of the Executive Board-elect. Interested candidates, please contact Sandy at

PTA General Association Meeting
The March meeting will be on Friday MORNING, March 23rd, at 8:45am (come for breakfast, vote in the next PTA Board, discuss whether to support the parcel tax measure, discuss LCAP strategy and more!) PTA meetings are for PTA members only.  Become a PTA Member today to make a difference. You can sign up and pay for membership on Konstella!

Parcel Tax Measure
As many of you are aware, and as Dr. Milliken has discussed in several meetings, the Belmont Redwood Shores School District (BRSSD) currently ranks 14th out 17 school districts in per student funding within San Mateo County.
BRSSD is considering a proposed local school funding measure for the mail-in ballot this June (2018). The measure would affirm a supplemental (i.e., new) parcel tax of $118 per eligible parcel in the BRSSD district lines. Exemptions would be available for home owners such as seniors (> 65 years old) and those disabled persons receiving Supplemental Social Security Income or Social Security Disability Insurance benefits whose income is less than 250 percent of 2012 federal poverty levels.
The measure would raise ~ $1.4 million in local education funding, based on roughly 12 thousand eligible owner-occupied single-family residential homes, raising annual per student spending ~ $325 within BRSSD, starting January of the 2018-19 school year.
Proceeds raised from the measure would be prohibited for use on administrator's salaries, benefits, and pensions.  A citizen oversight committee would be appointed to ensure the funds are spent consistent with the goals of the proposed funding measure, including:
- protect core academic programs in math, science, technology, reading & writing
- maintain a well rounded curriculum
- retain and attract qualified teachers
- expand reading and writing instruction
- keep school libraries open
On March 23rd, the RSE PTA will hold a discussion on the pros and cons of the proposed local school funding measure, and hold a referendum on whether or not to endorse and support the measure both in spirit and financially. Please take the opportunity prior to the meeting to study the measure further, so that we may have an educated discussion on this topic.

Community Message

San Mateo Office of Education News!
Families are invited to participate in STEM Fest 2018 which will be at the San Mateo County Event Center on March 3rd and 4th. Click here for details.
Students in 1st through 6th grade are encouraged to submit artwork for the SamTrans Art Bus!  This year's theme is "The Wild Side of SamTrans".  Click here for contest details.  

Wee Care Donation Drive
The Samaritan House needs our help to collect Baby Items (diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, baby food, baby formula).  Bring all donations to the bin in the office no later than Tuesday, March 6th. Thank you so much for your support. 

District Facilities Use
Craig Goldman, BRSSD Chief Business Officer, will visit us at Redwood Shores on Friday, March 9th at 8:40 AM - 9:30 AM.  This is an opportunity to ask questions about facilities use information.

Upcoming Events
  • Mon Feb 26 Outdoor Education Begins for 5th graders (avoid parking lots)
  • Mon Feb 26 BoxTop Contest Ends
  • Wed Feb 28 Walk-n-Roll Wednesday
  • Fri Feb 30 Outdoor Education Ends for 5th graders (avoid parking lots)
  • Tue Mar 6 Wee Care Donation Drive Ends
  • Thu Mar 8 BRSSD Board Meeting, 6:15-9:45pm
  • Fri Mar 9 BRSSD Facilities Overview, 8:40-9:30am
  • Fri Mar 23 PTA Meeting, 8:45am
  • Fri April 20 SchoolForce Annual Event
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