The Catch: January 13, 2019
Sun, Jan 13 8:56pm
Redwood Shores Elementary

January 13, 2019  Volume 9, Issue 20

Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.  

Superintendent's Message
ICYMI, review the Follow up - School Security and Talking about Violence message from Superintendent Michael Milliken.  

Principal's Message 
Please review this week's message from Principal Karrie Amsler about helping your child in their daily school experience, appreciations, and announcements about Read-A-Thon, District Parcel Tax Oversight Committee (volunteers needed), safety at the morning valet and February 4th parent education event. 

PTA Announcements  

Wednesday Walk-N-Roll Event
Skip the car this Wednesday, January 16th for our monthly Walk-N-Roll contest! Check in before the bell rings to collect a thank you trinket, and we'll tally the participation by grade! Winner to be announced next week.

The 16th Annual SchoolForce Reading Power Read-a-Thon!
Two weeks of fun, fun, fun and reading, reading, reading... starts at the end of this week, 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!
A flyer was sent home last week and more information is coming.  Get ready to DIVE INTO READING! Questions? Email:

Book Exchange before school during the Read-a-Thon!
Enjoy a Book Exchange on Tuesday and Thursday mornings before school during the Read-a-Thon.  Families bring books they are done with and trade them in for different books brought by other families. There are two locations -- outside the library and in the kindergarten snack area. If you are able to volunteer to help set up the exchange stations, please signup through Konstella for the kinder area or by the library.  Contact Erin Metzler with questions. 

Making Math Real Workshop
Does your child think math is for "smart" kids only? Does your child have difficulty remembering math facts? Is your child struggling with math in the classroom and experiencing math anxiety? Would you like to know how to best support your child at home?
Opening Doors PTA is proud to sponsor the 2-day Making Math Real®: Overview, K-12 workshop on March 23 & 24 at the College of San Mateo
. Making Math Real (MMR) prepares educators (both teachers and parents) to prescriptively reach students of all ages and abilities. It has the reputation in the professionals community as the only effective intervention for students with math learning difficulties or disabilities.
Opening Doors has drastically reduced the cost of the training from $399 to $40 to make this multi-sensory structured methodology accessible to the entire BRSSD community. We know for many struggling students and families, the MMR Overview training has been a life-changing, transformative experience. 

Click here for more details. If you have any specific questions regarding this workshop, please email, or RSVP to one of the following Q & A coffee chats: 
Friday, January 18, 9-10am, Specialty’s Cafe & Bakery, Redwood Shores
Saturday, January 26, 9:30-10:30am, Doc’s Bagels, Carlmont Village 
Space is LIMITED. Register today! 
Event Site:
(Password: mmrod) 

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.

Message from Ralston’s PTA President:  
IN NEED - Open PTA Board and Committee Chair Positions for 2019-2020
Hello BRSSD Families and Happy New Year!  
The success of Ralston students and students across our entire district is truly dependent upon a united parent community!  We appreciate your dedication to ensuring the success of our community as a whole! 
At Ralston, we have MANY board position and chair positions that we need to fill for next year. This is the last year for many families and some of our volunteers have served their two year terms.  Please consider one of these open positions and join us! 
Board Positions that need to be filled are: President, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, Parliamentarian (appointed by president)
Chairs Positions that need to be filled are: 6th Grade BBQ, Grants, Facebook Liaison, Spirit Day, Promotion Ceremony Chair, Promotion Dance Chair
If you would like to better understand the responsibilities of these positions, please don't hesitate to contact me anytime. I will also connect you with this years volunteer to explain the duties in more depth.
We must announce the nominations for these positions at our PTA meeting on March 8th, and vote in the new board at our last PTA meeting in May. Therefore, given our timeline, please indicate your interest in volunteering at your earliest convenience. 
Thank you, Andrea GanimRalston PTA President

Community Messages
Note: Items are shared as a service to our school and are not affiliated with the District or PTA. The PTA has not reviewed the activities and services, has not conducted background checks of any individuals, and does not endorse them.  Families should research these activities and services before enrolling their children.

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 7:30-9pm at the Pullman Hotel with special guest speaker Theresa Herrera, Plant Manager at SVCW.  Look for more information in the mail.

Upcoming Events
  • Wed Jan 16: Walk-N-Roll Day
  • 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 
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