Welcome to the 2017-2018 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 expanded in two directions this year by adding Transitional Kindergarten, as well as the much anticipated opening of 6th grade. 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.
I want to say a big thank you to all our parents for your patience and for "pardoning our dust." As I’m sure you have noticed, we began construction last year on our highly anticipated TK-8 school expansion project. The modernization of our existing building has been completed, 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 will be completed in December and it will house 8 additional classrooms, as well as two elective classrooms that can be turned into a large multi-use room. I will continue to post pictures of the construction progress to our social media Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages.
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.
- Parking continues to be a known problem and we highly encourage you to walk to school or carpool at least through the duration of construction.
- We also ask that you not park within the designated staff parking area. We have staff starting their day at various times throughout the morning, and if they can’t find a place to park then they can’t provide services to your children. There are only two families that have permission to park in the staff parking lot in our non-handicap spots, so if you are vying for one of those two spots then I encourage you to bid lots of money at the annual SchoolForce fundraiser!
- In order to ease traffic congestion please drive slowly, get off your cell phones, 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.
- Thanks to the help of a dedicated group of parent volunteers last year, we have also started a TK/Kindergarten drop off program which will last through December 2017. Parents can now pull up to the curb and your TK or Kinder student will be escorted to the community center for supervised playtime before school starts. Please display the yellow placard from your rearview mirror so we can easily identify your vehicle.
- 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 Principal Coffee Chats and PTA meetings, and sign up for the bi-weekly PTA eNews.
Thank you for your time and all that you do for our school community. Let’s make it a great year!
We are one COMMUNITY
If one fails, WE ALL FAIL
If one succeeds, WE ALL SUCCEED
Tami Moore, Principal
Sandpiper Elementary School
“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically... Intelligence plus
character - that is the goal of true education.”
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.