The Catch: January 20, 2019
Mon, Jan 21 8:27am
Redwood Shores Elementary

January 20, 2019  Volume 9, Issue 21

Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.

No School on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

California School Parent Survey, 2018-2019
This is your opportunity to be heard. Redwood Shores Elementary School would like you to complete an online survey as part of the Cal-SCHLS surveys.  The California School Parent Survey (CSPS) is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with information, directly from parents, that can be used to foster positive learning and teaching environments, parent involvement, student achievement, health, and well-being.
The purpose of this survey is to obtain Parent perceptions of student behavior and attitudes, school programs and policies, and the overall school climate as they relate to student well-being and learning. Families play an important role in the school success of children. Your School needs you to complete this online survey to learn more about your opinions about your child's school.

Your participation is voluntary.  It is also very important.  The information you provide will help guide district and school efforts to promote safety, enhance learning supports, and improve student achievement.  This is an anonymous survey. It is designed so that no one can be identified from the data.
Please don’t hesitate to contact Beth Boldt with any questions.

Beth Boldt, BRSSD Health and Wellness Educator  

PTA President's Message 
Dear Parents,
We started the new year off showing what an amazing community we are at RSE! It took the warm heart of Guillermina Castellanos to coordinate a wonderful 80th birthday celebration for our crossing guard Anne. Thank you, thank you! Also thank you so much to Shannon Guzzetta for securing a bench for Anne to sit so that she doesn’t have to bring her own and carry it over the uneven terrain under the tree. Speaking of Shannon, did you know she is also the editor of the Catch? Every week, Shannon tirelessly brings us a consolidated snapshot of what’s going on at our school and beyond. I can’t say thank you enough for making sure our families are informed. These parents truly make me proud to say I’m part of this RSE family.
We’re halfway into the school year and things are moving fast! Please come to the PTA meeting on Friday, January 25th, at 8:30am in the Library to learn about what is happening.  
The Nominating Committee is very busy looking for perfect candidates for next year’s PTA Board.  The PTA Board is a high functioning team where everyone is in it for the success of the school. The role on the team I would like to highlight in this issue is VP of Fundraising. This year, our PTA fundraising period is July 1st to October 31st. Within this period, the VP of Fundraising is responsible for helping our Walk-a-Thon team connect with businesses to get sponsors. We started a restaurant night this year, and we’d like to do more, which the VP of Fundraising will coordinate. We also have passive fundraising drives such as box tops and escript that the VP of Fundraising is responsible for overseeing. He/she is also responsible for being the Board Liaison for the Book Fair. As with all roles, the VP of Fundraising is always in search of better ways to do his/her job, so looking for other opportunities to increase fundraising for our school is also part of the role. This year, and it happens every several years, our VP of Fundraising is on a Fundraising Committee at the district level with all BRSSD schools and School-Force. They will be discussing how we can create a more coordinated effort for fundraising while providing better opportunities for our kids, so depending on what comes out of this committee, things might be a little different next year. I would really like to thank Paris Jalali for stepping into this role mid-term as our original VP of Fundraising left the school in September. Paris really ran with it as soon as she stepped in. She has also extended her help beyond the PTA role to School-Force. She exemplifies the dedication to our kids in a cross-team way as we continue to integrate more tightly to make everything much more seamless for our parent community. Thank you Paris!
Looking forward, the Read-a-Thon started Friday. I'm so happy to see my son read voluntarily for 2 weeks! I hear there are good changes coming up with fun activities for the readers planned by Garth Fraser, Paris Jalai, Smita Chitroda, Jayna Neilson, and Marina Gayevska, our Read-a-Thon chairs. It takes a lot of time and effort to plan this event, so thank you! Everyone, please consider helping out through the Konstella sign up sheet.
Hope you’re having a great 3 day weekend! Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President

PTA Announcements  
The Read-a-Thon Has Begun!
Two weeks of reading fun are under way until 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!
For information about the many events during the Read-a-Thon, please click here!

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. 

"Let Your Imagination Grow"
Please come and join us at the annual RWSE Book Fair. The Enchanted Forest Book Fair will be a whimsical place, full of irresistible books kids can’t wait to read so their imaginations can grow! Students, parents, and staff can wander through an unexpected world that holds a book for every visitor with every sort of interest. The event takes place from February 4–8. 
Enchanted Store hours are on the flyer
The book fair would not be successful without the help of our amazing volunteers.
If interested in helping out during Book Fair Week, please  sign up here.
Proceeds from the purchase of books go to our school library.
If you have questions, please feel free to contact us through Konstella.
Marcy Lim, Glenda Gin, Elysia Miranda & Raquel Sarmiento-Cueva
2019 Book Fair Co-Chairs

BRSSD PTA Council Presents 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.
Click here to review flyer and click here to signup.

Message from Ralston’s PTA President:  
IN NEED - Open PTA Board & Committee Chair Positions for 2019-2020
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! 
Update: a few parents stepped up already, here are open positions for next year.
Board Positions: VP Communications, Treasurer, Secretary, Historian, Parliamentarian (appointed by president)
Chairs Positions: 6th Grade BBQ, Spirit Day, 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 Ganim, Ralston PTA President

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 the next Q & A coffee chat: Saturday, January 26, 9:30-10:30am, Doc’s Bagels, Carlmont Village. 
Space is LIMITED. Register today! 
Event Site:
(Password: mmrod

Community Messages
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Student Enrichment Opportunities
Did you know there's a link in every edition of The Catch for Student Enrichment Opportunities?  These flyers are collected and hosted on the district website for our entire BRSSD community (and friends).  Check out the many upcoming activities such as EASE Classes and Spring i9 Sports!
Food Allergy Awareness Storybook
Last week a flyer was included in homework folders for a new allergy awareness storybook kit written and assembled by a local RSE parent. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of SuperDan, please submit floor to your teacher or email
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
  • Mon Jan 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No School
  • Fri Jan 18 - Fri Feb 1: Read-a-Thon
  • Mon Jan 28: Pajama Day for Read-a-Thon, plus pie-throw opportunities
  • Mon Jan 28: 6:45-7:15pm, Reading Night at RWS Library, Community Room
  • Mon Feb 4: Read-a-Thon Pie Throw Opportunities
  • Mon Feb 4: 6:30-8:30pm, District Parent Education Workshop at Ralston Middle School
  • Mon Feb 4 - Fri Feb 8: RSES Book Fair
  • 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