The Catch: November 4, 2018
Sun, Nov 4 2:27pm
Redwood Shores Elementary


November 4, 2018  Volume 9, Issue 13

Daylight Savings Time ended today, please make sure all clocks and alarms are set properly to start the week!  Keep reading for important messages, reminders and community announcements.  

Principal's Message

This Monday, 11/5/18, at 9:00am our school will have a lockdown/barricade drill. This is an opportunity for teachers, staff, and students to practice what to do if there were a threat on campus that required us to stop all movement and remain in classrooms. The drill will last about 20 minutes. All teachers have been informed and provided examples of lessons and communication strategies about how to support students in this type of drill. The staff are experienced in the process, and I am confident it will be a good training for us all. I encourage you to talk with your child about the drill. Our goal is to not spread fear or worries, but to help everyone to feel prepared.  Thank you for your collaboration.

See also: Principal's Email October 29 about our upcoming Multicultural Night!  
I look forward to seeing many of you on November 9th. 

Karrie Amsler, Principal

PTA Announcements  

Claim Lost and Found Items Before Donation!
Our lost and found is overflowing with items again.  Kids and parents should look through the bins (in the office) on Monday 11/5 and Tuesday 11/6 before all items are bagged and donated. This happens each month to clear out the bins. Volunteers do look for identifying information on items and attempt to return them to appropriate classrooms, so please label items sent to school. If you have any questions, you can contact Erin Metzler.

Halloween Candy Buy-Back
Bring all excess candy to school by this Wednesday 11/7! 150 pounds collected so far! The candy buy-back is sponsored by the dental & orthodontic offices of Drs. Urmi Amin, Michael Chang & Nancy Kasher. For each pound of wrapped candy we collect, the dentists will donate $1 to SchoolForce, up to $3,500! We take the candy to their office in San Carlos and then it is shipped off to US troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude. Thank you for your participation
Multicultural Night is this week!
Friday, November 9 @ 6:30 - 8:30pm in the Multipurpose Room
Join us for interactive activities, cultural performances, and raffle prizes! Contact Sucharita Puli or Alicia Westra with any questions about the program.  Please review sign ups for details!
Safe Routes to (and from) School
Crosswalk note: Please encourage all drivers to wait, completely stopped, at all intersections until parents and children have cleared the entire crosswalk and stepped fully onto the sidewalk before proceeding with their car. Pedestrians have the right of way and drivers are required by law to stay stopped until a crosswalk is empty. This law applies to all crosswalks and is critically important for crosswalks which our children use to and from school. Children are unpredictable and it is unsafe for cars to proceed through the intersection until children are fully on the sidewalk. Please pass this information to neighbors and friends all around the Shores to help keep our children safe on their way to and from school. If you see unsafe driving, call 9-1-1 to report it (especially helpful if you are able to get a license plate number).

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.    

Mendocino Farms Results
Thank you to all who dined out at Mendocino Farms in San Mateo on October 22nd to help fundraise for our PTA.  We earned over $200 from this give-back event!

Community Messages

Vote by November 6th!
Your deadline to vote is Tuesday, November 6th. Don't delay reviewing the election information and casting your ballot. It's an opportunity to talk to children about global citizenship (one of BRSSD's strategic objectives).

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.

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. 

Upcoming Events
  • Thu Nov 8, 6:15pm: BRSSD Board Meeting, 2960 Hallmark Drive, Belmont
  • Fri Nov 9, 6:30-8:30pm: Multicultural Night
  • Mon, Nov 12: Veterans Day Holiday - No School
  • Tue, Nov 13, 6-7:30pm: School Site Council/ELAC Meeting
  • Nov 13-21: Early Dismissal for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Fri Nov 16, 8:30-10am: RSES PTA Meeting
  • Nov 22-23: Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • Wed Nov 28: Sword in the Stone Presentation (sponsored by the PTA)
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