The Catch : October 7, 2018
Sun, Oct 7 11:50pm
Redwood Shores Elementary


October 7, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 9

No School on Monday, October 8th  |  Professional Development Day

Superintendent's Message
ICYMI - please click here for an update from Superintendent Milliken about staff development, school safety, state test scores, reduced-price lunch, shortage of substitute teachers and instructional aides, Save the Music info and volunteer opportunities, Ralston Ave construction, and the Belmont Water Dog Run.

PTA President's Message
Dear Parents,
I can’t believe it’s October already!  Halloween costumes is the big topic of conversation in our household.  But before going trick-or-treating, there are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy!
Before getting into activities, have you seen our Facebook page? Thank you so much to Dennis Manalo for his very informative and heartwarming posts on things happening in our school community and beyond. Become a member to get a glimpse of what fun activities your kids are encountering that they are not telling you about when you ask, “How was your day?”

A multitude of busy parents spent their free time in September planning behind the scenes. One of the events which required that dedication was our annual Walk-a-Thon. It took a team to get this fun and energizing event planned and executed for our community today. I want to thank Jen Leung, VJ Rawat, Fabia Lazzaro, Shamica Vivekanand, Paris Jalali, Alex Agan for the wonderful music and the countless other parents who were not officially on the planning team but contributed in a big way for making our fundraiser an event to remember! Thank you to the families who participated and continue to help us fund activities and materials for an outstanding school and school community.
The biggest benefactor of funding is the students. Along with all the activities they do during school, PTA offers before and after school Enrichment Clubs. We have amazing parents who have volunteered their precious time to lead these weekly Enrichment Clubs, and I would like to thank each and every one of them. Before we even get students actually participating in these clubs, much organizing needed to be done. A big THANK YOU goes to
Ora Grinberg for her commitment to Enrichment Clubs, for ensuring all clubs have a space, for ensuring the dedicated leads meet the requirements of PTA and the district, for making this year’s sign up process a huge improvement over last year’s, and for her ongoing management of the clubs (and leading one herself!).  If any parent is interested in leading a club, please contact Ora. We have much interest in the lower grades (3rd and below).
There are many more activities coming up in the next few weeks, so please keep an eye out for notices and check the Konstella calendar! The week of the 15th is a doozie culminating in our 2nd PTA Meeting Friday morning. Store up your reserves, and maybe I’ll see you every day that week! Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President

PTA Announcements 

Save the Music Festival
Sunday, October 14th at 11am-5:30pm at Twin Pines Park in Belmont
SchoolForce is planning a FANTASTIC event with fun for the whole family and of course, it also generates funds for our schools. If you'd like free entry, you can sign up for a volunteer shift! 
Whole Child Wellness Week |  October 15th-19th
The theme for this year's Whole Child Wellness Week is "Students For Others" and daily activities are planned for our students and families. Click here for details.
Silicon Valley Bike Coalition Presentations
For Whole Child Wellness week we are bringing in Silicon Valley Bike Coalition to do in class presentations for the Kindergartners and 2nd graders and a 4th grade helmet safety assembly on Thursday 10/18.
Kinder presentations will focus on pedestrian safety with some in class practice and will be 20 minutes.  2nd grade presentations are 40 minutes covering pedestrian safety with an introduction to bike safety including instruction on how to ensure a helmet fits properly.  4th graders will meet in the MUR for a 30 minute helmet safety presentation in the afternoon. 
Kid Power Workshop
Thursday, October 18th at 6:30-8:30pm at Redwood Shores Elementary
Safe Routes to School is bringing an incredible, free
to participants, Kid Power Workshop to our school in October. See flyer here. Parents, educators, and other adult leaders: learn skills to keep kids safe with people including strangers, peers, and others on their way to school and back home again!  Come prepared to participate and learn skills you can teach to your child(ren).  Please sign up on Konstella so we know how many people to expect. This workshop is for adults only, so book your babysitter now!  If you have questions, please contact Shannon S. Moon. Click here for more information about Kid Power.  
Give Back Night on October 22nd
Please join us for Give Back Night at Mendocino Farms Sandwich Market in San Mateo on Monday, October 22nd from 5-8pm to support Redwood Shores Elementary School. The restaurant will give back 20% of the proceeds to support our PTA!  Please print out and present this flyer to the cashier.  See you there!

Enrichment Club Information 
Hi parents of kids in Enrichment Clubs,
Thank you for your patience as we work on implementing a fair and inclusive club registration process.  It is now mostly complete and lists of registered and wait listed students have been sent to the club leads.  The club leads of the returning clubs (Math Olympiad, Robotics, Newspaper, and Running) are in the process of contacting registered students and some clubs have even met already!
The Yoga and Crazy8 Math clubs (the new clubs accepting kids from the lower grades) are going to need a few more weeks to get started as both clubs still need a dedicated co-lead.  The leads for both clubs already have lists of kids who are on the registered list and on the waiting list, which have been populated during the registration process.  These lists won't be communicated to the parents until we obtain co-leads (to ensure that spots are available for co-lead's kids before the list is finalized).
Crazy8 Math meets on Fridays at 4pm and is open to K-2 students.  Yoga club meets on first and third Friday of the month (potentially to increase to every Friday with time) at 3:15pm and is open to K-1 students. Both clubs have parents who volunteered to help but are in need of a committed co-lead who can attend all of the club meetings and help lead.  A club lead needs to be level 3 cleared volunteer and PTA member.  As a reminder, club leaders' kids (this is specific to co-leads and not occasional helpers) can join the club without going through the registration process and spot in club is guaranteed to them.  Please contact Ora, Enrichment Chair, if you are available and interested in helping co-lead (or would like more information).   Once the clubs are set up with two co-leads, an email will go out to all of the parents on the registered list.

Annual Halloween Parade
On Wednesday, October 31st, RWSE is having its annual Halloween Parade. The parade will start at approximately 8:50am. Classes will parade around the school using the same route as the Walk-a-Thon. Please review details about costumes, parade attendance, healthy treats, and very limited parking!

Community Messages

Supplies Requested for Girl Scout Project!
RWSE 3rd grade brownie troop #62831 is looking for the following recyclables to REUSE to create enrichment projects for Pets in Need in RWC: paper towel and toilet paper tubes, small plastic containers with lids (sour cream containers, cheese containers, old tupperware you have been meaning to get rid of but didn't want to send to the landfill), wrapping paper (scraps are OK), bells or other small, noisy cat toys.  
We are collecting these items until Friday 10/12.  If you have supplies to donate they can be dropped off in the office or contact Jennifer Hom and I can arrange to pick up.  Thank you from the girls of Brownie Troop 62831.

Suessical the Musical
NDNU Theater presents Seussical the Musical in the coming weeks.  For more information, please review the posterThe Seussical Musical will run on the following dates: Oct 12/13/14 & Oct 19/20/21.  For tickets, please click here.   

RSCA & the 17th District PTA Hosts School Board Candidate Event
Your Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA) has partnered with the 17th District PTA to  host the BRSSD board candidates on Wednesday, October 17th at the Redwood Shores Library. Click here for details.

Challenge Success Parent Education Event at Stanford
Join us at our 15th Annual Parent Education Event Say What? The Power of Communication in Raising Healthy, Engaged Kids - on Friday, November 2nd.

Upcoming Events
  • Mon Oct 8, No School, Professional Development Day
  • Tue Oct 9, 7:45-8:10am, RWSE Running Club kick-off
  • Sun Oct 14, 11am-5pm: Save the Music Festival at Twin Pines Park
  • Oct 15-19: Whole Child Wellness Week
  • Wed Oct 17: Walk-N-Roll Wednesday
  • Thu Oct 18, 6:15-9:45pm: BRSSD Board Meeting at 2960 Hallmark Drive
  • Thu Oct 18, 6:30-8:30pm: Kid Power Workshop at RWSE
  • Fri Oct 19, 8:30-10am: PTA Meeting
  • Mon Oct 22, 5-8pm: Dine out fundraiser at Mendocino Farms
  • Wed Oct 31, 8:50am: Halloween Parade
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