This page is maintained by the Sandpiper School Parent-Teacher Association (PTA), 801 Redwood Shores Pkwy., Redwood City, CA 94065. Tax ID: 94-3268078
Thank you for supporting Sandpiper PTA.
We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit association, run as a members organization to deliver community at Sandpiper. It means we are all volunteers, serving every child, where membership gives us a voice at meetings and where our affiliation to the National PTA makes us strong advocates for public education.
Thank you to those who are able to donate. Presently, most of our PTA budget pays for project based learning, school equipment, field trips, lower grade music and class materials. A third of what we raised last year was spent on community activities with generous volunteers donating more than 16,000 hours to make those activities happen. Clearly our community is more than just the money we raise!
Thank you to all the families who have already signed up for a volunteer project. There are many of you giving your time - parents, family members and staff. The way we have achieved a strong sense of community at Sandpiper is by building a community which cares for each other and offers support to all.
If you’re a new family then we especially welcome you; you're joining a great school! It takes time to settle into a new community and learn its ways, so be patient with the process and let us help you where we can.
WELCOME back to school!
Once you've completed the online 2019-20 registration you can:
1. sign up to volunteer
This year we want every family at Sandpiper to get involved in a community project. There are many ways to help for even the busiest family.
If you've previously been cleared to volunteer you don't need to go through the process again. If you're a new volunteer in the district please start the process here.
2. INCOMING FAMILIES
If you're new to our school our hope is that you are made to feel welcome as early as possible. If you have registered with our Family Buddy Program you should have received an email matching you with another family. If you have questions or would like to learn more please email Shelley.
3. SIGN UP HERE TO RECEIVE OUR PTA ENEWS
Issued 1st/15th of every month
4. download THE 2019-20 CALENDARS HERE
5. Order your school lunches here
K-8th graders need to come to school with a healthy snack and lunch. TK students should bring a healthy snack and only need lunch if they stay for TK Play. Nut free allergy tables are available. Please don't bring glass containers to campus.
6. Purchase your 2019-20 Sandpiper yearbook
Order before Sept 30th and receive a 15% discount: https://www.treering.com/validate?PassCode=1013053129843347 or go to TreeRing.com and enter our school passcode: 1013053129843347. Questions? Contact parent volunteer Nina Kirz
7. Order your school spiritwear here
8. School Contact Directory
Sandpiper will be rolling out a new contact directory tool in the next few weeks. Please stay tuned for more details coming soon.
What's going on in August?
August 19 6th Grade Social and Orientation 12 - 2 pm
August 19 Welcome Back Popsicles 4:30 - 6:30 pm
A free, fun, family social on campus. Class lists will be posted (by ID number) and you can meet other families and enjoy some popsicles by the outdoor tables
August 21 First Day of School (Minimum Day)
School starts 8:25 am (Elementary) and 8:15 am (Middle). Yard supervision begins at 8:15am.
TK, K, 6, 7 and 8 students should report directly to their classrooms. Students in Grades 1-5 should report to their line up location.
There is a one-way, two-lane drop off car route. Unless you park in an open space and walk your children onto campus, please pull all the way forward in the drop off lane to make space for cars pulling in behind you, always remain behind the wheel of your car and ensure your child exits on the sidewalk side.
August 25 SchoolForce Donor Appreciation at Devil's Canyon Brewery 2:00 - 6:00 pm
Let SchoolForce say thank you with live music, snacks, kids activities and a complimentary glass for adults. Join your neighbors and school community for a laid back (no donation ask) afternoon. No charge to participate (thanks to event sponsors), but drinks are not included. We hope to see you there - everyone is welcome! RSVP Here
August 27 Back to School Night
Hear from the Principal, be introduced to staff and meet your child's teachers.
This is a parents only evening, times vary:
Grades 3-5 @ 6:00 - 6:45
Parent Assembly @ 6:45 - 7:15pm
TK-2nd Grade @ 7:15 - 8:00pm
Grades 6-8 @ 7:15 - 8:15pm
Onsite childcare is being offered by Champions and Redwood City. Places are limited. Please register in person at each of their sites.
Our members make decisions relating to PTA business at General Association Meetings. Everyone is welcome! These meetings are organized monthly 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 will be sent out in advance to all those signed up to receive our eNews and minutes are available for our members - please contact our Membership Officer with questions. Meeting dates are available on the PTA Calendar.
WHY DO WE HAVE TO DONATE MONEY?
State funding of schools in California is in a critical place. In 2001 a failed parcel tax bill threatened to remove libraries, music lessons and reading specialists from our curriculums. A group of parents responded by creating a district wide Education Foundation called SchoolForce.
In 17 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 teachesr we all value. They fund art, science and music, reading and library specialists, school counsellors, a STEM teacher, middle school sports and ongoing technology costs. Our PTAs have graudally been reducing their annual ask in order that SchoolForce be the primary fundraising platform because we recognize that a centralized fundraising foundation is the best way to achieve efficient, district wide, sustainable educational excellence.
PTAs are community builders and we're good at what we do because we are the community! We run a 'write a check' campaign at the start of the school year (during the online registration process). This is the only time we ask for money. Thanks to those of you who have donated, it makes a big difference!
Although everyone is asked to contibute, donations are completely voluntary and you shouldn't feel guilty about not donating. SchoolForce and PTAs exist to support every child. If your company matches your donations please let us know so we can help you through the process of claiming the matched funding for us: firstname.lastname@example.org