The Catch: May 26, 2019
Sun, May 26 2:16pm
Redwood Shores Elementary

May 26, 2019  Volume 9, Issue 38

Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.
Monday, May 27th: No school for the Memorial Day Holiday.

District Announcements 

Local Control Accountability Plan: Goal 3 Feedback
Last week you should have received the final installment in a 3-part series explaining the LCAP and our district's three goals.  You can click here to hear screencast by Ching-Pei Hu, or you can jump directly to giving feedback on how we can improve engagement by clicking here.
A public hearing will be held on June 6 at the regularly scheduled Board meeting prior to final approval of the plan on June 20. You are welcome to attend the Board meeting to hear more details and share your feedback (submit a speaker card).
You can always reach out to your site principal or to Ching-Pei directly with any questions you may have about the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).

BRSSD Board Vacancies
If you are interested in submitting your name for an appointment to the Board please do so by June 3 via the application posted on the BRSSD homepage. The Board will review applications at its meeting on June 6. Candidate interviews will be conducted in public at a special board meeting on June 17. The two finalists are expected to be voted into office at the June 20 board meeting.
Additionally, the Board welcomes community input regarding what candidate qualities or factors the Board should keep in mind during the selection process. Such input, as well as letters of support for individual candidates, can be emailed directly to the Board at Individuals who are considering applying to be a Trustee are welcome to contact board members to learn more about the duties and time commitments. However, in the interest of fairness and transparency, the Board asks that advocacy on behalf of candidates be limited to public comment at board meetings, email, and written correspondence.
Michael MillikenSuperintendent 

President’s Message

Dear Parents,
I hope you enjoyed looking through the work your students have done throughout the year during Open House, art show and maybe had a chance to meet next years teachers. Thank you to Yumi Cleavenger for making the long day easier for our teachers by providing them with PTA sponsored dinner!
We will have our last PTA General Association meeting this Friday, 5/31 at 8:30am in the Library. Please be sure to come learn about what we will be funding next year as well as other business. There will be breakfast and coffee, so come enjoy!
Throughout the school year, we all have benefitted from our crossing guards. Our fearless Anne is out there every day rain or shine, but she had lots of help from parents too. Thanks to Garth Fraser’s coordination efforts and being at the crosswalk EVERY DAY, we’ve been able to cross streets safely during busy morning drop off. Also thank you to every crossing guard helper who takes a day a week to help us be safe. Rajiv Raghunathan, William Luis, EJ Melzer, Shannon Knightstep, Kerman Kwok, we appreciate your help so much!
Even though we have a slate for next year’s PTA Exec Board, it’s never too early to think about the following year, particularly for parents in the younger grades who will be around for a while longer. The role on the team I would like to highlight in this issue is SchoolForce Chair. Our SchoolForce Chair this year is
Garth Fraser (yup, he’s been busy!). The SchoolForce Chair represents RSE at SchoolForce Board meetings and SchoolForce at RSE in order to coordinate activities, messaging, and events at RSE. We are fortunate to have Garth who has been a big supporter of SchoolForce and has been instrumental in bringing SchoolForce and PTA together to serve our community better. Thank you so much Garth for your leadership with SchoolForce at RSE. SchoolForce’s commitment and support to RSE continues to take the pressure off our PTA allowing us to lower our suggested donation amount per student for the second year in a row. SchoolForce has funded the art programs this year AND has committed to taking professional development and third grade music (recorders) entirely out of our PTA budget going forward! THANK YOU SchoolForce for the support and amazing progress! But this will not be possible unless WE continue our generous donations to SchoolForce. TOGETHER we can make a difference and a bigger impact making our dollars go further! Our PTA looks forward to the continued partnership with SchoolForce that aligns our goals, and shares together in our district’s growth and success! SchoolForce's donation deadline is June 30, 2019 to impact the 2019-2020 school year.
The request for $50 donation for supplies came out a few weeks ago. Thank you to those who have donated already! We would love for all students to have the basic necessities e.g. pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, etc. from the get go and
we need to order in June, so we need your help now. To donate please go to Konstella or if you’d like to pay by cash or check made out to Redwood Shores Elementary School, hand it into Nicky in the office. Thank you so much for your support! Here is our progress to date (25-30%).
Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson
PTA President

PTA Announcements   

Good News! It's still not too late to order a yearbook!
If you didn't get around to ordering a yearbook before the general deadline, not all is lost! You can still order one (but it won't include custom pages)--just pay shipping and it will be delivered to the school in time for distribution. BUT, the deadline to order for delivery to school is May 27th. Any orders made after the 27th will be shipped directly to your home address (no autographs, boohoo!).

Science Materials Review Opportunity
Parents and community members who would like to review and give input on the science materials currently being tested in classrooms are invited to do so at the District Office (2960 Hallmark Drive) on Tuesday, May 28, from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  

The RSES Spirit Wear Store is having a 20% off SALE through May 28th!
Check out the latest new styles and be sure to bookmark the website!

Discovery Day 2019 – WE CAN STILL USE HELPERS!
When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - 9:00 am - 11:15 am
It’s not too late to sign up and volunteer for Discovery Day.  On Discovery Day, our campus will be bustling with over 40 enriching and tantalizing activities and our leaders can use your help assisting them in their activities. Please send an email to to sign up! 
Discovery Day cannot be a success without your help! 

Our Annual Ice Cream Social is June 10th!
It's time again for the Redwood Shores Elementary Ice Cream Social! This is one of the best attended events of the school year and we need a lot of help to make it happen. Please consider giving a small amount of your time to help strengthen our community and create a fun and memorable event for students and families.  

School Supplies Donation Request
Thank you to those who have donated already! We would love for all students to have the basic necessities e.g. pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, etc. from the get go and we need to order in June, so we need your help now. We request a $50 donation for supplies if you are able. Please donate in Konstella or if you’d like to pay by cash or check made out to Redwood Shores Elementary School, hand it to Nicky in the office. Thank you so much for your support! 

Urban Gardening with a Busy Schedule
Many of us living in Redwood Shores have limited space for a garden and limited time to maintain one. The knowledge, excitement, and skills in harvesting what we grow are not passing down to our kids. The PTA would like to start an enrichment program to bring this fun activity back. The strategy is have low maintenance garden planters on campus for our kids to plant, grow, nurture, and harvest what they grow. Learn about sub irrigation planters; grow plants that are natural pest controls; design landscape to minimize snails and slugs. Other activities may be compost and worm farms. Develop your kids green thumb. This enrichment club WILL NOT happen without your help - we need at least TWO other parent volunteer/co-chairs to build planter boxes, teach gardening principles and plant maintenance.  For more information, contact Mel Lee in Konstella. 

Volunteer Appreciation
Last week our teachers and PTA recognized and showed appreciation for the many, many, many volunteers and hours of dedication to our community. RSES had an estimated 15,700 hours of volunteering this year! Fifteen certificates were given to Enrichment Club Chairs, forty certificates were given to PTA Committee Chairs, and six Honorary Service Awards were presented. Our community working together is how we accomplish great things for our kids, and your efforts are truly appreciated. THANK YOU to everyone who gives their time and energy to RSES!

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.  

Preschool Opening at Footsteps (pending enrollment)
If you're interested in a half-day preschool program located at RSES, click here to review Footsteps details

2019 Belmont Water Dog Run Registration is OPEN!
The 2nd Annual Belmont Water Dog Run is set for Saturday, October 12th, 2019. Register now for a 5K, 10K, Kids 1-Mile Run or Fido (Dog) Run. 
Click here to register.  (Price increase June 1st.)

Upcoming Events
  • Fri May 31, 8:30-10am: RSES PTA Meeting
  • Wed Jun 5, 9-11:30am: Discovery Day 2019
  • Thu Jun 6: BRSSD Board Meeting, 2960 Hallmark Drive
  • Mon Jun 10: Ice Cream Social
  • Wed Jun 12: Last Day of School
  • Wed Aug 21: First Day of School
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