The Catch: December 16, 2018
Mon, Dec 17 12:27am
Redwood Shores Elementary

December 16, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 18

Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.  

Principal's Message
Click here for this week's message from Principal Amsler about school dashboards, absenteeism, appreciations, traffic and parking expectations.  

President's Message
Dear Parents,
There’s definitely a holiday spirit in the air!  I’m so looking forward to the Winter Break starting Thursday.  
As I reflect back to what I’ve done this calendar year, I look at my role as PTA President as one of the most rewarding experiences in this chapter of my life. Leading a team of amazingly dedicated parents to make positive change for our kids, school, and community is humbling. Meeting other parents who are willing to step up and volunteer their time is heartwarming. Making sure everything is running smoothly and staying on top of all that needs to be done is skill enhancing. Being part of a larger community as a member of the PTA Council is eye opening. Partnering with teachers, staff, the principal and other parents is community building. Making change for the better is exhilarating. It’s hard to list everything a PTA President does. I’m responsible for ensuring what needs to get done, gets done. If you are interested in this role, come talk to me. As it is my 2nd year, my term is up in June. I’d love to share everything I’ve learned sooner rather than later with the next in line. I hope anyone who is looking to make a positive change in his/her life will consider leading the PTA as PTA President.

One of the best things I get to do as PTA President is to usher in impactful improvements. One program I instituted upon becoming PTA President is funding for Teacher Professional Development. It’s a program that helps our kids get the best possible up to date education, helps retain teachers by providing this opportunity and being competitive with other schools that are providing this opportunity already, and really talks to the importance that the PTA puts in what matters to teachers. We love all our teachers and would love to see them thrive, which in turn will help our children thrive. For 2018-19, the PTA has approved all professional development proposals. Thank you everyone for your support in donations! We had budgeted $12K and just approved an increase to $13K so we can support all development proposals. Congratulations to the teachers who submitted a proposal. I’m really excited to see the results of these wonderful development opportunities. Here is a list of all teachers who will be attending professional development events.

  • Ms. Simmons / Reading Specialist / Lindamood Phoneme Sequencing Workshop
  • Ms. Caroline Baldonado / 1st Grade / Teacher’s College Summer (pending application acceptance in Mar)
  • Ms. Ildefonzo / 1st Grade / Responsive Classroom
  • Ms. Giannini / 2nd Grade / SDE National Conference: I Teach 2nd!
  • Ms. Bleeker / 3rd Grade / Teacher’s College Winter (accepted! yay!)
  • Ms. Norman / 3rd Grade / Responsive Classroom
  • Ms. Ivazes / 5th Grade / Get Your Teach On
  • Ms. Cobb / 5th Grade / Responsive Classroom

I wish you the most wonderful time with family and friends this winter break. Thank you so much for your continued support of our PTA, Staff, Teachers, and most importantly, our children! We cannot get everything done without your generosity, time, efforts and donations.  
Our last day of school for 2018 will be Wednesday, December 19th, and students resume on Tuesday, January 8th.
Wishing you all the very best! Cheers to a healthy and happy 2019! Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President 

PTA Announcements  

It's Time to Clear Out Our Lost & Found!
Check the items at drop off or pick up on Monday because the remaining collection of lost and found items will be donated this week! Reminder: please label your child's items so that if they're left around school they are more likely to be reunited with their owner.

Walk-N-Roll Results
The December Walk-N-Roll was last Wednesday and won by the 3rd graders! 

Spirit Wear Has Arrived!
Spirit Wear has arrived (with the exception of the embroidery items, hats and jackets, which will be delayed until Wednesday, December 19th). The items will be delivered to the classrooms on Monday afternoon and will go home with your child then, so please be on the lookout.  If a "pick-up" was specified in your order, please email Jen Vitug to arrange a time to meet.  Thank you so much for supporting the PTA with your purchase!

Coming soon - the 16th Annual SchoolForce Reading Power Read-a-thon!
Mark your calendars for two weeks of fun, fun, fun and reading, reading, reading... from January 18th to February 1st. Reading Power encourages the love of reading and raises money for our schools. 
Reading Power is a top fundraiser every year, allowing SchoolForce to fund literacy programs (including reading specialists and libraries) in all BRSSD schools, along with Science, Music, Technology, Art, Sports and more!
Look for more information on Reading Power soon, and get ready to DIVE INTO READING!
Questions? Email:

Save the Date for a FREE Parent Education Workshop
Our District's PTA Council Presents  a free parent ed workshop: If What You Are Doing Isn't Working. How to Use Influence Rather Than Control to Create Respectful and Lasting Family Relationships.  
When: Monday, February 4th, 2019 at 6:30 to 8:30pm
Where: MUR, Ralston Middle School
Who: Cynthia Klein (https://bridges2understanding.comis a very experienced parent educator, speaker and author. Her work focuses on strengthening the parent­/child bond.
Look for more details and a signup to reserve your spot in the coming weeks.

Enrichment Program Successes
Congrats to the Newspaper Club for their first edition  this year that came out last week!  Thank you Narkees for volunteering to lead this group!
Congrats to one of our Robotics Team – ShadowBot – (5th Graders Dhatri Vennela, Katherine Yen) who participated in a Robotics tournament this Saturday and received an Excellence Award that qualifies for the California State Championship and US Open National Championship representing RSES.

Community Messages
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Rotary Lobster Fest on January 26th
Come and enjoy a fabulous night of great lobster, great friends and auction items! Go to for details and tickets.

Robotics Tournament on February 2nd
The 4th Annual Sandpiper VEX IQ Robotics Tournament will be held on February 2nd.  Come see the amazing work of our friends in local robotics clubs!

RSCA's Annual Meeting on February 6th 
The Redwood Shores Community Association (RSCA) invites you to our 2019 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, February 6th at 6:30pm at the Shores Library. This year's event will include a presentation about city districting options and an opportunity to meet leaders and discuss information related to SVCW, BRSSD, Sequoia High School District, RWC Police, Fire, Parks and more!  

RSOA's Annual Meeting on February 28th
The Annual Meeting of Redwood Shores Owners Association (RSOA) will be on February 28th at 6-8pm at the Pullman Hotel with special guest speaker Theresa Herrera, Plant Manager at SVCW.  Look for more information in the mail.

Upcoming Events
  • Thu Dec 20: First Day of Winter Break (no school until January 8th)
  • Tue Jan 8: First Day Back to School for Students
  • Fri Jan 18: SchoolForce Read-a-thon begins!
  • Mon Jan 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School
  • Mon Feb 4: District Parent Education Workshop at Ralston Middle School
  • Fri April 12: SchoolForce Gala Event at Domenico Winery
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