The Catch: March 17, 2019
Sun, Mar 17 10:54pm
Redwood Shores Elementary

March 17, 2019  Volume 9, Issue 28

Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements. 

Note: Minimum Days continue on Monday, March 18th and Tuesday, March 19th.

Superintendent's Message 
Click here to read the Superintendent's message sent last week about Ralston Named a Distinguished School, Science Fairs and Events, Plans For Barrett Community Center, 2019-2020 CalendarSpecial Programs News & Resources.

Principal's Message  
Click here to read the Principal's message about Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS), important safety reminders and appreciations.

Yard & Playground Supervision
When you pick up your child from school, please be aware that the field and blacktop areas are dedicated for PE and other activities until 3pm. Upper grade teachers are leading instruction outside between 2:35 & 3 and may need to ask you to leave.
Any student playing outside school hours on campus requires supervision. Please do not allow your children to play on play structures without your ACTIVE supervision. Here are some school expectations regarding the play structure:

  • Walking on the tanbark; no fast chase games on the structure or around the metal bars
  • Head’s up on the hanging bars: no upside down spins, heads dangling, or climbing on top of the bars
  • RWSE equipment is for school time. If your children are hiding materials like balls around campus, please encourage them to honestly put them away at the end of recess. Thank you in advance for your assistance & cooperation.

Parking, Traffic and Safety Reminder
Over the past two weeks on campus I have watched:

  • People look at their cell phone while driving up to the valet drop-off where our 5th grade leaders stand and volunteer
  • People repeatedly park in red zones and spaces for disabled individuals
  • People use harsh language with one another regarding a parking space
  • People pull into a staff spot while a teacher is right behind them trying to park and get to their classroom on-time

Please know that I understand it can be very stressful to get to school on-time and then have to manage the parking situation. However, I do ask everyone to remember we are a community working together to ensure the safety of our students. Please do NOT drive on campus while texting or checking your cell phone. Please refrain from parking in already-designated spaces. Finally, please go SLOW and keep your eyes out for pedestrians.

As always at Redwood Shores Elementary, many classes are engaged in hands-on learning. 1st grade Kids Town, 4th & 5th grades Pie Day, and Kindergarten Leprechaun Traps are just a few things that pop in my mind right now. Thank you to the teachers and all of our community members that support our students with these exciting learning experiences.
Thank you to all of the parents and families that have juggled the minimum day schedule and attended your children’s conferences. This change of routine can be difficult for families, and I thank you for your flexibility and dedication to your student’s education.

PTA Announcements  

Walk-N-Roll Wednesday Winners
Congrats to the 3rd graders who led the school with the most students walking, scooting or biking!
Yearbook Committee Volunteers Needed
The Yearbook Lead role is a year-long commitment that involves the creation, sales and distribution of the RWS yearbook. Below are the primary responsibilities of the committee head(s):
1) Manage contract/account/communication with TreeRing, set up TR account with appropriate deadlines, milestones, yearbook team accounts, student/parent accounts

2) Manage timeline and execution of yearbook production (80 pages)
3) Manage photography and editing teams
Photographers: take photos throughout the year at events, general on-campus and group photos, make-up photos for student/staff; upload all photos to TR.
Editors: Create photo layout and design of pages, and secure and communicate with parent volunteers for creation of class montage pages.
3) Communicate with teachers - class volunteers, class page approval, end of year distribution
4) Communicate with parents - sales, custom pages, distribution.  Post to Catch, special flyers, Konstella.  Point of contact for TR issues.
5) Distribution (last week of school)

Safe Routes to School Parent Survey:
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school.  Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and will close 3/29.

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para llenar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar las características de educación y fomento del programa Rutas Seguras a la Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela.  Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura acerca de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad.  La encuesta no tomará más de 5 minutos en completarse. 

Ralston PTA's Parent Education Event -- Mark Your Calendar!
Join us for an informative evening with guest speaker, Mary Hofstedt, from Challenge Success! Mary will be delivering the "Well-Balanced Student" presentation on Monday, March 25, 2019 from 6:30–8pm in the MUR.
This event is open to all members of our BRSSD parent community.  
Summary of presentation:  When we are too focused on grades and performance, we deny our children time and energy they need to tackle the demanding work of growing up. In this presentation, you'll learn how you can establish a healthier home environment, reduce academic stress without sacrificing achievement and increase your children's resilience, creativity, and well being. 
For more information and to RSVP, please click here

SAVE THE DATE!  June 5th, 2019 from 9-11:30am is Discovery Day 2019!
In order to make Discovery Day a success we need your help!  Our children will have the opportunity to DISCOVER, learn and explore new and exciting activities!  But without you we can’t make this happen. Start thinking about what activity you would like to lead and assist.   A sign-up sheet will be posted in the coming weeks.
Questions – please email committee chairs at

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. 

Redwood Shores Community Association EGGstravaganza!
Have you signed up as a member of RSCA?  The Annual EGGstravaganza event is Saturday, April 13th, (weather permitting).  Check The PILOT for details.

Airport Run on Sunday, April 14th!
Ever dream of running down an actual runway?  Dream no more!  
Hiller Aviation Museum Airport Runway Run: 
Certified 5K and 10K & 2K Fun Run - Strollers welcome!
Not a runner?  Not a problem.  Volunteers wanted!  All volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and same-day admission to Hiller Aviation Museum!
Don’t wait, sign up today:
Redwood Shores Library Bookdrop Art Contest
Submit an original design to be reproduced as a bookdrop wrap for our Shores Library.  For rules and submission details please review the contest website.
Upcoming Events
  • Mar 18-19: Parent Teacher Conferences (minimum days)
  • Wed Mar 20: STEAM Robotics Student Assembly provided by RSES PTA
  • Mon Mar 25, 6:30-8pm: Parent Education Event, the “Well-Balanced Student” at Ralston Middle School 
  • Thur Mar 28, 6:15pm: BRSSD Board Meeting at the district office  
  • Fri Mar 29, 8:45am: PTA General Association Meeting
  • April 1-5:  Spring Break (no 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