Parent-teacher association

This page is maintained by the Sandpiper School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), 801 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood City, CA 94065. Tax ID: 94-3268078

Welcome!

We hope all our Sandpiper families, and our entire Redwood Shores community stays safe, healthy and in good spirits. Now more than ever before our children deserve to know that no matter what is happening in the wider world their education is safeguarded and their community is protected. We're all realizing just how important our school community is.


As the Sandpiper PTA President, I want you to be aware of the Education Commitment Campaign, ECC. Just like last year, each of the seven PTAs in our district and SchoolForce have joined together to create the Education Commitment Campaign (ECC), where you can make a convenient, combined donation to support the quality education your child deserves. Your donation to the ECC funds your child’s school supplies, instructional materials, academic programs (such as Art, Music, and Physical Education), staff (such as reading specialists and school counselors, librarians), field trips, parent education nights, community events, and so much more. The ECC only runs through October 31, 2021, so that PTAs can make an impact during this school year and so that SchoolForce can make funding commitments to BRSSD for next year, allowing the district to make critical staffing decisions.


Watch this short video to learn more about how SchoolForce and PTA work together.


As our community comes together, committing to educational excellence in our district, every child benefits. Please donate today.

If you're an incoming family then rest assured that you are joining a wonderful community. We want you to feel welcome. Our PTA won’t get your contact details until August so it’s important that you intentionally plug in. Please sign up for eNews (below) and read this welcome letter we have prepared for you.

Current Sandpiper families can learn more about our PTA Executive Board for 2021-22 via Membership Toolkit (see below).

For further information please email: sandpiperptapresident@gmail.com


join the sandpiper community

Be connected during this time!

Registered Sandpiper Families can join our exclusive community portal using Membership Toolkit to have access to:

  • School-wide Updates

  • A School Directory

  • A combined PTA/School Calendar

  • Back copies of eNews

If you are an incoming family you will need to wait until the new school year when you get your class assignment before you can join. You have full control over the privacy settings to reveal only the contact information they are comfortable sharing. Only one parent per family needs to sign up. You can use the desktop/web version or the mobile app.

Sign up here!

Download it on your phone

For questions, please contact the Sandpiper Directory Administrator: directory@sandpiperpta.org



SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE OUR PTA ENEWS (1st/15th month & April/May/June editions)

Back copies of eNews are available via our School Directory - limited to Sandpiper families



BUDDIES!

Now more than ever we need existing Sandpiper families to register as Buddies to those starting next school year. Our PTA wants to help!

You need to be a friendly face, answer questions and help plug new families in. We particularly need TK/K families as well as families that have a continuing 6th grader.

Sign up: https://forms.gle/raQ3acZ6atBTa69J8



about our PTA


PTA is our school community. There is enormous value for our children when volunteers choose to help because they care. Our activities are run by volunteers who give their time, passions and skills. We organize school socials, environmental learning, a garden club, a multicultural event, a science fair, a discovery day, a talent show, holiday celebrations, a book fair and enrichment activities that have included robotics, chess club, melody mentors, national history day, book clubs, yoga, mindfulness and mock trial.

Most of the money we raise pays to support gaps in district funding: field trips, music lessons (lower grades) and we deliver all art lessons. We fund school assemblies, classroom periodicals, laptops, disaster preparedness and project based learning.

If you’re a new family who will be joining our community next school year know that you are welcome, and we'd love to hear from you so we can say a more personal welcome.


Please help us maintain these programs at Sandpiper by donating to the ECC. Your ECC donation will also include your PTA membership!

We are a members run organization, operating in accordance with our bylaws and allocating funds based on the budget that our members have approved.

Our members make decisions by voting at PTA meetings. We have five a year. Everyone is welcome. These meetings are organized to transact PTA business and keep our community informed. You do not need to be a member of the PTA to attend meetings, but you do need to be a member to raise issues, take part in debate and vote on decisions. Meeting notices are sent out in advance to all those signed up to receive our eNews and minutes are always available - please contact our Membership Officer with questions.


If you’re a new family who will be joining our community next school year know that you are welcome, and we'd love to hear from you so we can say a more personal welcome.



WHY DO WE HAVE TO DONATE MONEY?

The state funding of schools in California has been in a critical state for many years. We're all going to be asked to help. Funding will be collected centrally via an Education Commitment Campaign managed by our District Ed-Foundation, SchoolForce which supports staff, science, music, art, athletics, technology, literacy and innovation. A centralized district funding solution eases pressure on groups of school volunteers to be the ones to meet vital educational needs. Our children need sustainable programs and we have to provide equality across the district. Now more than ever before our children deserve to know that no matter what is happening in the wider world their education is safeguarded and their community is protected.

In the last 19 years your donations to SchoolForce have kept your child's class sizes smaller than in other districts. Donations have subsidized in-class programs and helped to employ the quality teachers that we all value and appreciate, now more than ever.


What is SchoolForce and why do we also donate to SchoolForce?

SchoolForce is BRSSD's education foundation that raises money to maintain and improve the quality education we have in BRSSD.

It costs approximately $12,000 to educate each BRSSD student, but our district only receives $10,000 per student in state and federal funding. That leaves a $2,000 gap per student that our local community fills through developer fees, parcel taxes (expiring soon), and generous contributions to SchoolForcefrom our BRSSD community. Through donations to SchoolForce, BRSSD is able to keep class sizes down, hire specialized credentialed teachers (like science and music teachers and librarians) and counselors, support professional development, technology, art, social-emotional learning and so much more.


How do I give and what is ECC?

PTA and SchoolForce have partnered together to make it easier than ever to support your child's education. Through our joint ask Education Commitment Campaign (ECC), your donation will support your child's educational needs such as school supplies, art, music, specialized credentialed teachers, libraries, technology, counselors, classroom support, community building, and more. Together we can continue to positively impact our children’s education.

A joint suggested donation of $1,800 per student during ECC, between August 1, 2021 to October 31, 2021, will support your student’s school PTA and SchoolForce.

SchoolForce will continue to fundraise through June 2022 or until fundraising goals are met for the District. PTAs only collect during the ECC, closing out fundraising October 31st.

SchoolForce and PTAs exist to support every child.



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