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 to Sandpiper School PTA where your family matters to us!

PTA means something different to us all. At Sandpiper community matters - and our PTA is a community builder. We run events, programs and enrichment throughout the year to enhance the experience that our children receive at Sandpiper. We pay for field trips, music lessons, science classes and deliver all art lessons. We fund school assemblies, classroom periodicals, laptops, disaster preparedness and project based learning. We organize school socials, environmental learning, a garden club, multicultural day, science fair, discovery day, talent show, holiday celebrations, a book fair and Enrichment Programs that last school year included mandarin, yoga, math, theater, mindfulness, computer club, robotics, chess club, mock trial and a dance club.

These events are all run by volunteers who give their time, voices and love to our community. They are funded by the generous donations you make at the start of the school year. It’s no wonder that this year we’ve been recognized as a distinguished school by the California Department of Education!

If you’re new to our school and want to receive information about the PTA please send us an email so we can say a much more personal 'welcome'. If you want to find out about school-wide PTA volunteer opportunities please visit the list of roles here.

Louise Griffin, President




Monday October 8th Columbus Day - No School

Wednesday October 10th International Walk to School Day

Thursday October 11th PTA Meeting 6:00 pm

October 16th - 19th Sandpiper PTA Book Fair

Wednesday October 17th Book Fair PJ Nite!

Friday October 19th All Pro Dad's Breakfast (for single Moms or Dads) 7:30 am

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Friday October 19th Harvest Dinner Dance 6 - 9 pm (tickets sold out)


Enrichment at Sandpiper

How does it work?

Our enrichment program is based on parents donating their time and skills. PTA members approve a budget to cover the cost of expenses. Parents interested in creating enrichment submit a proposal. Our offering is volunteer dependent and based on parents being willing to share their skills. We promote all enrichment in eNews so everyone gets a chance to sign up at the same time. Where enrichment requires professional skills the PTA organizes private vendor programs. In these cases the vendor enters into a commercial agreement and the costs are met by the students who take part. Where an enrichment program makes a surplus through ticket sales (like Theater and Robotics) all profits come back into our PTA budget.

What skills can you share?

We want to deliver grade wide enrichment at Sandpiper and need your help! We are looking to create new enrichment clubs for our younger grade levels across any type of topic that you have an interest in or passion for. If you want to lead a short term enrichment (8-10 weeks) to enrich our children’s lives please let our Enrichment Chair know. If you’d like to volunteer with an existing enrichment program to learn more about how enrichment at Sandpiper works we’d love your support.


Principal: Tami Moore (

President: Louise Griffin (

Executive VP: Sapna Dixit (

1st VP (Registration & Hon Service Awards): Riva Rehan Ahsan

2nd VP (Fundraising): Juliette Russell (

3rd VP (PTA Council Rep): Sujata Singh (

Finance Secretary: Cristen Shinbashi (

Treasurer: Christy Kidd (

Auditor: Kevin Krueger (

Historian: Virginia Blackwell (

Parliamentarian: OPEN (

Middle School Liaison: Suvarna Bhopale ( )

Events Chair: Courtney Krueger (

Programs Chair: OPEN (

Communications Chair: Helen White (



PTA General Association Meetings are organized monthly to transact PTA business and keep our community informed. You do not need to be a member to attend meetings, but you do need to be a member to raise issues, take part in debate and vote on decisions. Notices will be sent out in advance to all those signed up to receive our eNews and minutes will be available afterwards to all members.

The PTA membership has the authority to adopt the budget, elect officers, approve/ratify expenditures and approve contracts.

The Executive Board transacts business between meetings, creates committees to carry out PTA work and meets monthly to set the agenda for the General Association Meetings, the dates for which are:

Friday September 21st 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Thursday October 11th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Friday November 16th 8:30 am to 10 am

Thursday January 24th 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Thursday February 14th 8:45 am - 10:00 am (after the Valentine's Day coffee morning)

Thursday March 21st 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm

Friday April 12th 8:30 am to 10:00 am

Thursday May 23rd 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm


Significant state cuts to education mean that we need to fundraise to supplement basic funding needs. In order to provide the best quality of education we all need to be in it together. None of us want the volunteers who deliver our PTA events, programs and enrichment to have to fund the costs themselves!

Sandpiper PTA generates its income from family donations at the start of term to improve budget efficiency and doesn’t organize other fundraising events throughout the year so you know what you are donating upfront. We ask for a donation per student. Your contribution is completely voluntary - the PTA exists to support every child at our school.

During the registration process families were invited to donate online (and thank you to those who did!). You can also donate here. Our fundraising period ends on October 31st when SchoolForce will start their active fundraising program. If your company matches your donations please let us know and we can help you through the process:

When you shop via AmazonSmile the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organization selected by customers. To shop and donate to Sandpiper PTA at the same time visit this link.


Volunteers contribute to our academic programs, our classrooms, and student enrichment. It's a way to build community and teach our children how to make a difference to others. It's a great way to give back, meet new people, and for parents to see their children in action at school. You can get involved by giving as little as an hour a month! Click here to find out more


It's not always easy starting at a new school. Our hope is that you are made to feel welcome and valued. We want to hear from you. Be sure to sign up to our PTA eNews and register for our Family Buddy Program so we can match you with an existing Sandpiper family to ease your transition into our community, whatever time of year it is.

Download New Family information here.

Get a Buddy Family here.

Be a Buddy Family here.


October Edition #1

September Edition #2

September Edition #1

Back to School Edition August 19th 2018

Mid Summer Edition: July 31st 2018