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Dear Sandpiper Families, September 9, 2020

I am ever impressed by the human capacity to persevere and adapt in the face of daunting circumstances. Humans have three basic human psychological needs--the need to feel known and sense of belonging, the need to make a contribution, and the need to experience joy and fun. Our commitment to meeting these needs is as strong as ever even as our tools for meeting them have changed.

Let me offer a few examples of this work in action.

  • A social emotional lesson in 7th grade focused on how helping others also helps us. Students empathized with younger students by remembering their own experience and what help they needed. Then they developed ideas for how to provide that help.

  • 3rd graders got to know each other by sharing items that were special to them and why. Activities like this help students develop a sense of identity and community.

  • Our PBIS team added an element of fun to introduce staff to students. Check out the video here.

Though seemingly small gestures, these examples and many more like them add up over time to create a culture where students feel valued, valuable, and happy. The staff at Sandpiper is pleased to be part of such a culture.

Please read on for important announcements.

In partnership,

Gloria Higgins,

Principal, Sandpiper School

School Site Council

I’m proud to introduce our Sandpiper Site Council. Please join me in thanking our members for their time and expertise.

Parents: Ramya Krishnamurthy, Areian McKenna Hulse, Juliette Russell, Monali Shah, and Tim Shrimpton,

Staff: Susan Nicholls, Stacey Okumura, Kristen Ozorio, and Emma Van Laar.

Our first meeting will be September 15th at 4:00. The agenda will be posted on our website.

English Learner Advisory Council

We are still seeking parents of language learners to serve on our English Learner Advisory Council. This is a very important team who guides our work with language learners. Please email Nick Walker, our Assistant Principal, at nwalker@brssd.org for more information or to volunteer.

School Force

Did you know that last year, School Force Awarded nearly $5000 in grants to Sandpiper classrooms for STEM, SEL, and Literacy projects? Your donation to School Force has an impact right here and district wide. And with the Education Commitment Campaign, giving to School Force and Sandpiper PTA takes just one donation if you donate before Oct 31. Please visit schoolforce.org for more details.

Lunch Pick Up Changes

Based on parent feedback we are adjusting the lunch pick up window and location. The pick up time and location is now 11:30-1:30 at Redwood Shores Elementary School on Mondays. When there is a Monday holiday the pick up day will be Tuesday.

For details about our school lunch program, visit https://www.brssd.org/lunch-program. There you will find information about ordering, free or reduced lunch applications, and more.

Social Distancing and Materials

We make every effort to provide materials electronically but some materials need to be picked up in person. We will communicate with families when materials need to be picked up at Sandpiper. We ask that whenever you are on campus, you follow social distancing practices.

  • Only one person should come to campus. Do not bring children with you unless child care is an issue.

  • Do not come to campus if you have a fever or other symptoms

  • Wear a mask at all times while you are on campus

  • Stay on campus only as long as needed to pick up materials.

Technology Support

We’ve been navigating and troubleshooting to support distance learning! Families needing technology support are encouraged to call the office or email classroom teachers. We can assist with Zoom links, login information, schedule questions, and minor technical questions. If we’re unable to provide guidance please contact athometechnical@brssd.org. In your email, please provide as much detail about the issue as possible. Be sure to include your child's full name, and the school. Issues related to District loaned technology should also be communicated to athometechnical@brssd.org. We hope that this added layer of support is helpful to our families!

Opening Doors PTA Panel Discussion

You are all invited to a panel discussion on Friday, September 11 from 2 to 3. The topic is how to support students with special needs in distance learning! Register here.

Important Dates:

  • Opening Doors Panel Discussion on Helping Students During Distance Learning, September 11 at 2:00

  • School Site Council, September 15 at 4:00

  • National Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 through October 15

Past Newsletters

September 9, 2020

September 2, 2020

August 26, 2020

Reopening UpdaTE

Find district information and view all Superintendent updates here.

For students in need of technology resources from home, please contact Principal Higgins.


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Welcome to Sandpiper School!

Sandpiper School is a high achieving school located on the peninsula in Redwood Shores, south of San Francisco and east of Highway 101. It is one of seven schools in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. Sandpiper opened in 1997 with just 5 classrooms! We now serve over 640 students across 25 classrooms in grades TK-8. Sandpiper is a wonderful community of staff, students and parents that work together for the success of all children. The Sandpiper sense of community and commitment to succeed are characteristics of our school. Sandpiper provides an environment where children are intellectually challenged in ways appropriate to their individual strengths, needs, and experiences. We strive to develop thriving individuals, responsible citizens, and lifelong learners who will actively participate in their local and global communities.

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