The Catch: November 11, 2018
Sun, Nov 11 6:55pm
Redwood Shores Elementary

November 11, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 14

Today is Veterans Day, a time to honor military veterans. There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, 11/12 in observance of this holiday. Keep reading for school messages, reminders and community announcements.  

Superintendent's Message 
We have poor air quality due to regional wildfires. As we have in the past, we follow EPA guidelines for school activities. We also use the Environmental Protection Agency's 
website for assessing air quality ahead of recess and lunch to make informed decisions using up-to-date data. Here are our guidelines:
PE: red=indoor PE, orange=low stress outdoor PE, yellow=regular program.
Recess/Lunch: red=indoor recess/lunch, orange=outdoor recess/lunch, and try to provide an indoor option, yellow=normal outdoor recess/lunch.
Of course, we will attend to students with relevant health issues and make the necessary accommodations for them.
Michael Milliken, Superintendent 

PTA President’s Message
Dear Parents,
Thank you so much for all of the contributions you made to the PTA Write-a-Check and Walk-a-Thon fundraisers. We’ve already used much of those funds for classroom supplies, welcome event, Multicultural Night, field trips, and more. We will continue to support our children as the school year progresses. We now shift our fundraising efforts to SchoolForce which provides amazing music programs, librarian, science in 4-5 grade, Art (Art-in-Action and LEAP), teacher innovation grants and many other things for our school and children. I know with everyone’s continued generosity and support, we will enable SchoolForce to succeed in its efforts to support our children. Show your support on I Love SchoolForce Day on Wednesday, November 14th!

I hope you were able to join in the celebration of the many cultures and different families represented at our school.  We have such diversity, and it’s simply awe inspiring and heartwarming to see us all come together and live in harmony in a strong community.  It was a HUGE effort headed by Sucharita Puli and Alicia Westra.  Thank you so much ladies for bringing to life the most amazing event. We truly appreciate your dedication.  Thank you also to everyone who participated, spent many nights rehearsing and brought food from all cultures.  This is our most time consuming event for most volunteers, but everyone does it with such zeal.  I just can’t say enough how much I appreciate it and love our community for it.

As mentioned previously, we have begun the process for selecting next year’s PTA Board. This is earlier than usual, but we have many positions to fill. I would like to thank the Nominating Committee for their dedication to seat the best Board for next year. This year’s Nominating Committee is Alex Agan, Peggy Chiu, Naomi Gable and Melinda Galaviz with Sonia Quesada serving as alternate. This team was assembled in record time by our PTA Parliamentarian, Christy Meier. Christy will serve as a consultant on the Nominating Committee as they start to understand the roles and responsibilities of each position the committee is to seat and reaching out to folks they believe will be best for the job.  

Also as mentioned previously, I’d like to highlight the positions on the PTA Board to help everyone understand better what we do. This time I will highlight the Parliamentarian position to correspond to the PTA Board Nominating Process. I also want to take this opportunity to thank Christy for the great job she is doing in this position. As indicated above, the Parliamentarian is a consultant during the nominating process. He/she reaches out to folks that the Board believe will be good candidates in order to assemble the committee. On a regular basis, the Parliamentarian is responsible for ensuring the rules are being followed per the bylaws. The Board looks at the bylaws every year, but once every 3 years, we go through the process of making more dramatic changes as needed. The Parliamentarian is responsible for leading this effort as well as getting all the approvals needed per CAPTA rules. On top of the normal job, every Board member is tasked with a category of activities.  Parliamentarian has Community Relations which is responsible for overseeing Community Communications, Opening Door Liaison, Community Outreach, New Family Welcome and the Webmaster.

As we head into Veterans Day (No School), conferences (½ days), and the Thanksgiving Holiday (No School), please make sure to note the changes in schedule.  Hope to see you around!  Go Seals!
Sandy Nelson, PTA President 

PTA Announcements  

Walk-N-Roll Wednesday
Get your wheels and sneakers ready--it's time to Walk-N-Roll to school this Wednesday!  Walking or rolling, be sure to look both ways when you cross the street, including checking behind you for those left-hand turning cars. If you're rolling, be sure that helmet fits snugly and the front is a two finger width from your eyebrows for maximum protection!  When you get to school, check in to be sure your grade gets some credit and get a little prize!

Order Your Spirit Wear & Gear Now!
Our new school logo is featured on many new styles and items are available for the whole family! Place your order and WEAR your SPIRIT on FRIDAYS!  Order through Konstella  (you may need to use a web browser to review size specs, not the Konstella app).  See attached or click here for a flyer with item images.  The deadline to order is November 19th.    

One Last Discount For Yearbooks!
Our yearbook team has been busy taking pictures of our students making great memories at all the recent school events! Remember to order your yearbook filled with these memories! TreeRing is offering one last discount at 5% off the regular price of $20.39, including two FREE custom pages for your student. 
To order, go to and enter our school code #101282597210657. For questions, contact Christine Wong.

Community Messages

Show Your Cards Emergency Drill 11/17
On Saturday, November 17th, your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will utilize the disaster signal cards provided to every Redwood Shores resident (see The PILOT or for details). All residents are asked to display their GREEN/OK sign in a window or on a door visible from the street. This is another opportunity to talk to your family about emergency plans and safety.

Sandpiper School Musical: Aladdin KIDS
Sandpiper presents its annual school musical -- Aladdin KIDS -- with performances on December 7th, 8th, and 9th.  Tickets go on sale November 9th. See flyer or contact Cristen Shinbashi for details.

Upcoming Events
  • Mon, Nov 12: Veterans Day Holiday - No School
  • Nov 13-20: Early Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Tue, Nov 13, 6-7:30pm: School Site Council/ELAC Meeting
  • Wed, Nov 14: Walk-N-Roll Wednesday
  • Fri Nov 16, 8:30-10am: RSES PTA Meeting
  • Nov 21-23: Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Wed Nov 28: Sword in the Stone Presentation (sponsored by the PTA)
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