The Catch : September 9, 2018
Sun, Sep 23 6:33pm
Redwood Shores Elementary


September 9, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 5

Principal's Message

ICYMI, please review the important message from Principal Amsler about morning announcements, small student emergency kits, consideration after TK & K dismissal, on time daily attendance, PTA and safety volunteer opportunities, and more! Click here to access presentations from B2SN (more added this week). 

PTA President's Message

Dear Parents,

We have dived in head first into the school year.  Thank you to Garth Fraser, Monica Brillantes and Cyanna Chung for stepping up to ensure we start the school year off safely by organizing crosswalk and valet volunteers. Also thank you to Christy Meier for getting our room parents all ready for the school year as well as Peggy Chiu for organizing and preparing our Art-in-Action docents.  Of course a huge thank you to all who have volunteered as a room parent and Art-in-Action docent. We can’t function without you all!

We’ve had a couple of Principal Coffee Chats for the TK-2nd grade families.  I hope they’ve been informative, educational, and helpful to reduce some stress about school.  The last one for 3rd/4th/5th grade families will be this Thursday, 9/13 at 8:45am in Room 8. Please come enjoy a cuppa, learn what this year is going to be like and ask questions.  

Time sensitive asks:
(1) We have a PTA Exec Board opening for VP of Fundraising. Our fundraising season will end October 31st, so we have a very short time to raise $ for everything we’d like to provide our children. You might consider being a co-VP if you know of someone with whom you can work well.
(2) We need a Whole Child Wellness Week Chair. If you care about your child’s well-being, we have an entire week dedicated to it in mid-October. We have an idea, but need someone to help vet it and carry it out. Please contact me if you’re interested or would like to learn more about either.

Speaking of fundraising, if you have not donated to the PTA during registration and would like to invest in our success, it’s not too late! Click here to access the PTA donation sheet. Your donation helps fund technology, instructional materials, field trips, before and after school clubs, teacher education, emergency supplies, teacher/staff appreciation, fun events and so much more.  If you’re not sure whether you donated during registration, reach out to me.

A PTA membership link has also been added in case you are not yet a member.  If you are unsure, please contact Lisa Hing. PTA helps you keep up with what's happening at school, know what you can do to make a positive difference, build a bridge between family, teachers and staff, advocate for your child, make positive changes at RWSE and beyond, provide a better education for your child, and teach your child the importance of giving back to the community.  We hope you will join us in supporting our children.

Our first PTA General Meeting will be Friday, September 21st at 8:30am in the library (note date change from previous announcements).

If you’ve been looking to sign up for lunch recess supervision (11:30am-1pm) and Wed/min day recess supervision (10:20am-12:20pm, split into 2 session), they are now visible to the entire school (not just committees). Please consider signing up. Our kids’ safety is relying on you! If you are able to coordinate, we REALLY need someone to manage the lunch and Wed/min recess supervisors. Please let me know if you can be the coordinator to whom Nicky and Karrie can reach out to when there is a need.  That would be so awesome!

Finally, Karrie also needs a ‘room parent’ if someone is able to help out.  Please reach out to her if you have an interest in helping.

Here’s to a great school year! Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President

PTA Announcements 

Newspaper Club Announcement
Attention All Parents! I am pleased to announce there is an opportunity for Co-lead positions in the Newspaper Club. We use Google Docs, Wordpress, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint to build our newspaper. Experience with those, as well as a a keen interest in journalism and a dedication to inspiring the next generation of journalists is desirable. Bonus points if you are Powerpoint/InDesign savvy. If interested in being a part of our blossoming newspaper, send a blurb to Narkees. Deadline: Monday, September 17th. First meeting: Thursday, September 27th.
Save the Date for the Walk-A-Thon
Sunday, October 7th at 12-3:30pm at RWSE

Come out to have fun with friends from school and fund raise for the PTA to support field trips, supplies, school specialists, etc. Volunteer sign ups and more details coming soon!
Save the Music Festival
Sunday, October 14th at 11am-5:30pm at Twin Pines Park in Belmont
Please plan to attend this fantastic event, as always it will be a fun day for the whole family where we raise critically needed funds for our schools. If you can volunteer to help it'd be much appreciated as well. See event details here
Clothes Donation Request 
Would you please consider donating some outgrown clothes to the school office? We are looking for small sizes of pants for both girls and boys. Tops are also appreciated but we often need shorts and pants when little people have accidents. Bring items in to Nicky.  Thanks in advance.

Community Messages

Belmont Water Dog Run in October!
Join us for the Inaugural Belmont Water Dog Run. This community run/walk supports education in the Belmont Redwood Shores School District.  Use the code* below to apply a 10% registration discount toward the 5k & 10k events. We look forward to seeing you and your family on Saturday, October 13, 2018.
Code: GRRWS10
*code is case sensitive

Upcoming Events
  • Wed Sept 12, 6-8:15pm, Offsite School Emergency Preparedness Event 
  • Thu Sept 13, 8:45-9:30am: 3rd/4th/5th Grades Coffee Chat with Ms. Amsler
  • Tue Sept 18: Picture Day!  See Friday Folders for ordering information
  • Fri Sept 21, 8:30-9:30am: PTA General Meeting in the Library
  • Thu Sept 27, 6:15-9:45pm: BRSSD Board Meeting at 2960 Hallmark Drive
  • Fri Sept 28, 9-10am: Opening Doors PTA Meeting at 2960 Hallmark Drive
  • Sun Oct 7, 12-3:30pm: Walk-a-Thon at Redwood Shores Elementary School
  • Sun Oct 14, 11am-5pm: Save the Music Festival at Twin Pines Park
Important Links
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