Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! My name is Tami Moore and I have the proud privilege of being the Principal at Sandpiper School. I want to extend a very special welcome to our new families, as well as our returning families.
Wonderful things are continuing to happen all around our school. We are continuing to expanded by adding 8th grade, in addition to housing a San Mateo County special education program. We voted as a school on a new school mascot, and I am excited to say we will now be known as the Sandpiper Stingrays!
The modernization of our existing building was completed last year, which included a brand new kindergarten room, new specialist office spaces, and a new parent & teacher work room that is located across from our primary restrooms. The new two story building was also completed last year and it will house 8 additional classrooms, as well as two elective classrooms that can be turned into a large multi-use room. Sandpiper families can now choose a smaller, innovation -focused middle school program, which also gives you the option to keep your child in one school community for 10 years! At its core, innovation goes beyond technology as it is the process that makes lives better and prepares us for a greater future. Whether it’s small changes for individuals or big changes for an entire community, innovation requires us to ask the question, “What’s next?”
Our outstanding teachers have been asking the question “what’s next” and almost every teacher on staff attended some form of professional development opportunities over the summer, including Project Based Learning with the San Mateo County Office of Education, Google Apps for education EdTech Summit, and the Krause Center for Innovation’s MERIT (Making Education Relevant and Interactive through Technology) and MADE Programs (Modeling, Analysis, Design, & Engineering). We have an incredible teaching staff here at Sandpiper who dedicate themselves to the profession and continue to learn about the most current educational trends.
Sandpiper is a high performing school because we have a great staff and incredibly strong parent participation. Your active support through PTA volunteerism and SchoolForce donations is critical to our school's success. This fall we will continue to provide information about our school finances and share what you can do to ensure a high-quality education for your student. Thank you for getting involved in your student's education.
Our most important reminder continue to be centered on the safety of our students. We are again requesting your support in understanding and following the safety rules of our school:
- School supervision for students in grades 1-5 begins at 8:15 on the playground. Please do not leave children alone on the playground before 8:15 AM as doing so is done at your own risk.
- Please do NOT park in the 4 reserved parking spots in the front of the school.
- In order to ease traffic congestion please drive slowly, stay off your cell phone, and follow the directions from the parking attendants by pulling all the way forward to the end of the white lane. We will help your child get out of the car and we ask that you stay behind the wheel of your vehicle.
- Students must exit on the curb side of the vehicle. Exiting on the driver's side requires your child to step into oncoming traffic and that's not safe for anyone.
- You can exit the parking lot using both of the lanes. The first driveway to our lot is for entering vehicles and the second driveway is for exiting vehicles.
- Sandpiper is a closed campus, which means that our school facility and all playgrounds are closed to the public from 7:30 AM until the last bell at 3:00 PM. If you are volunteering at the school or need to pick up your student during the school day, you must enter through the front office. You can then sign-in as volunteer and get a sticker, or to sign your student out. Please get into the habit of bringing your ID with you when picking up your child so we can ensure we are releasing your child to an authorized person. Thank you for your support and understanding in helping us keep the school and our most prized possessions safe.
As your principal I am deeply committed to working with our school staff and the community to make it a truly extraordinary year for your children. Should you have any ideas to share or just want to stay connected I encourage you to follow us on our social media accounts, come to the monthly PTA meetings, and sign up for the bi-monthly PTA eNews.
Thank you for your time and all that you do for our school community. Let’s make it a great year!
Tami Moore, Principal