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Volume 12, Issue 1
D uring my first few weeks, I
have received a warm
welcome to Sandpiper School
and I am pleased that I was selected by
this community to serve as Principal.
As a native of San Mateo, I am thrilled
with my return to the Bay Area after
spending seven years as principal of an
elementary school in the Montgomery
County Public Schools in Maryland. It
is a wonderful feeling to be in a school
community where a love of learning
begins when a child walks through the
In my role as Principal, I believe it is
my responsibility to build a strong
school community — one that keeps
children and their instructional and
Ready to Learn!
social needs as the focus of all Welcoming in the new school year with Principal McDaniel on a very bright
decisions we make at Sandpiper. My September day were students (left to right): Ashley C. (5th grade), Shreya T.
message to all of you is that each (5th), Katie T. (3rd), Manav M. (1st), Nick N. (4th) and Gina T. (2nd).
individual — whether you’re a student,
parent, or staff member — is an
important member of our community. about the plans for each organization this year. Remember
And in order for our community to grow we must that your PTA donations support special programs and
demonstrate respect and compassion for one another. School-Force donations help with additional personnel. Also,
remember that your donations through volunteer time are
There are several more new staff members at Sandpiper this always welcomed. On October 14, the Save the Music
year. New faces in our classrooms and library include Festival will have a special Tour de Redwood Shores Family
Korinn Christensen, Julie Grogran-Crane, Amelyn Ho, Fun Bike Ride that is open to all. I hope to see you at the
Stephanie Huddleson, Jennifer Lui, Beth McCarthy, Ellen Wheel of Fortune at Twin Pines Park after the bike ride!
Steiger, and Susan Welter. Our librarian, Sienna Sydlaske, is
the proud mother of an adorable baby girl, Ruby Leia On the first day of school, I spoke to the students about the
Sydlaske, born on September 9. We have been fortunate to importance of being responsible, respectful, and safe at all
have Molly Samietz substituting in the library. Last but not times. Student supervision begins at 8:15 a.m. and all
least, I want to thank Pamela Thompson for substituting in students should be in their classroom lines by 8:25 a.m. No
our newly created first grade classroom. Mrs. Thompson children should play on the playground equipment from
will be replaced by our new teacher, Susan Nicolls, who 2:35-3:10 p.m. We would like to maintain an environment
comes to us as a recent graduate of Notre Dame de Namur for instruction until the students in fourth and fifth grade
University. Mrs. Nicolls is excited about this opportunity to are dismissed.
teach at Sandpiper.
I am proud to be a member of the Sandpiper community.
At Back-To-School Night, I met many parents and I am Please do not hesitate to call me with your questions or
looking forward to working with you and your children concerns. I will see you around school, at special events,
during the school year. It is important for you to continue and at coffee chats throughout the year.
your support of Sandpiper School through your donations
to the PTA and School-Force. We heard from PTA Sincerely,
President Cindy Carrasco, School-Force President Brad Linda McDaniel, Principal
Jung, and Sandpiper’s School-Force Liaison Lisa Chavez
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A Word from our President October. Dawn-Marie Tragoutsis will be leading Don't Laugh
At Me, and Stephanie Schwarz will head up Red Ribbon Week,
both designed to teach students how to make healthy lifestyle
ello and a special welcome to our many new Sandpiper choices. There is also the annual School-Force Save the Music
families, teachers and staff! With such a flurry of Festival in the Park, with a family bike ride around the Shores.
activity on campus this past month, it's hard to believe After the ride, park your bike and hop on one of the free shuttle
that school has only just begun. As teachers and students settle buses to the Festival. Lastly, Sandpiper’s Fall Carnival is also
into their new classes, the PTA has also been hard at work to planned for October 27th — stop by for some fun and games
ensure this school year is among the best yet. I would like to before enjoying the other Halloween festivities planned that
take a moment to thank the following people who spent their weekend.
summer vacation getting ready for the new year:
As a volunteer organization, the PTA relies on the help of all
• Lori Moon for organizing Welcome Back Registration, and our students and families to bring great ideas to life. If you
all the committee chairs and volunteers who donated their have a great idea or would like to help, please contact our
time during the event. We appreciate the 400+ families Volunteer Coordinator, Laura Parks, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
that turned in their paperwork, donated to the PTA, and
signed up to help with our many committees. Warm regards,
• Dave Parrent and Joe Carrasco for creating a new data- Cindy Carrasco, PTA President
entry system to process information for the Family email@example.com
• Doug Eckles and the wonderful Technology Committee.
• Ted Hornaday, David & Beni Poon, Rosanne Foust, Nan
Hirahara, and the City of Redwood City for helping
implement a new system to alleviate our traffic congestion.
Art in Action Debuts at Sandpiper!
• Lisa Chavez, our School-Force Liaison, and the School- Hey Sandpiper kids! Have you ever
Force team for raising funds throughout the summer to painted by throwing paint on a huge
help pay for our music, science and library specialists. canvass tarp? Have you ever designed an
• Laura Hendriksen, Michele Carlsen, and all our Sandpiper African mask? Have you ever created
Girl Scouts for planting fresh flowers in front of the a Chinese scroll?
• The Vanoncini Family for donating the large wall art Well, get ready for Art in Action, where you’ll learn to:
display for the front office. • tell a story through art
• use art to show your ideas about the world
In September the PTA hosted the first monthly "Coffee Chat • do three-dimensional art illusion tricks
With The Principal". Over 40 new Sandpiper families attended • show your feelings and emotions through art
the morning event to mingle with one another, Principal • portray different aspects of cultures around the world
McDaniel and members of the PTA. Thank you to Lori Moon,
Suzanne Pritchard and several of our 2nd grade moms for Thanks to many dedicated parent volunteers at each grade level,
donating the delicious coffee and pastries. The PTA will be Art in Action will roll out in every Sandpiper classroom during
hosting these grade-level chats each month, so 2nd grade the first two weeks of October and will continue throughout
families watch for the date in your next Sandpiper PTA News the year. So be prepared — all you need is your imagination!
Andrea Burfield & Suzanne Pritchard
Speaking of the eNewsletter, we hope you have found this new Art in Action Co-Chairs
communication tool a valuable resource. The response to the
first issue has been extremely positive and parents are enjoying
this short, easy to read PTA update delivered to their email
accounts. If you would like to subscribe, please send an email New Record Set for
to firstname.lastname@example.org. Some email programs may
incorrectly classify our eNewsletter as spam. To prevent this, Library Book Adoptions
add email@example.com & firstname.lastname@example.org to
your address book. Thanks to your generosity at Welcome Back Registration, 118
NEW library books were adopted, raising over $2,360 to
Sandpiper has always been fortunate to have an active PTA purchase additional library books. We appreciate your support!
with a community dedicated to creating an environment in
which our students thrive. This year we have many exciting Carol Castro
new and returning programs planned, many of them starting in Adopt-A-Book Chair
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Tech Team Toils Tirelessly Author Inspires Sandpiper Writers
On September 12th, children’s author Brandon Mull visited
Sandpiper to lead an assembly for grades 3-5 during which he
inspired students to use their imagination when writing. Here’s
what two fifth graders wrote about this special experience:
“Last week author Brandon Mull came to promote his three new
books, two from the Fablehaven series and one called The Candy
Shop War. At the assembly, he talked about how some parts of
these stories were taken from real life. Brandon Mull taught us
about how his story wouldn’t be complete without his imagination.
He said one of the best ways to improve your imagination is by
reading. In TV the imagination is done for you — the color, the
places, down to every square inch of movement is planned by someone
Ms. Bjorkquist’s 3th graders show off a handy laptop cart. else. He said four different artists read his description of the witch in
the first Fablehaven book. All four drew different pictures of how
she looked. He said that without imagination, no story is complete.”
The Sandpiper Tech Committee was busy throughout the By Manya S., Grade 5
summer getting ready for the first day of school. We set up the
new laptop cart, purchased and installed wireless access points “Brandon Mull has written three fabulous books and we were lucky
so the computers can be used in any classroom, completed an enough to have him come to Sandpiper to tell us a little about his life
inventory of computers at Sandpiper and configured all student and how he became a writer. He got most of his stories from his own
computers to have the same desktop picture — no matter what childhood, and we’re getting some of our stories for Writers’
students try to change! In August we installed several Workshop from our lives also. Most of us really look up to Mr.
computers and Mull because of his amazing writing like Fablehaven and The
monitors for Candy Shop War. Many of our classmates are already on the
teachers, and every second book of Fablehaven! We really appreciate Mr. Mull coming
computer was to Sandpiper.”
checked to ensure it
By Josie R., Grade 5
and was ready for use
before school started.
Because of the
Get Ready for Red Ribbon Week!
generous donations Using the laptop cart, Sara E. and each
Red Ribbon Week will take place Monday through Friday,
over the years from of her classmates have use of their own
October 22-26. It’s a week-long dedication to healthy living
the PTA, Sandpiper laptops. through nutrition, exercise and an emphasis on saying “no” to
is now a district drugs. Sandpiper's Red Ribbon celebration helps kids
leader in technology for our students and teachers. make a unified and visible commitment to making
healthy choices and creating a drug-free America.
Technology Chair Monday: Kick Off — Wear Red!
Tuesday: Five a Day — Eat the Color Way
Wednesday: Stand Up for Others — Donate to Wee Care
Thursday: Sock it to Drugs Day — Wear Crazy Socks
Friday: A Body in Motion Stays in Motion —
Kids, how many Box Tops Wear PE Clothes
can you find around your
house? Clip them and This year’s theme is “Every Child is a Star”. Watch for more
bring them to school!
Red Ribbon Week Chair
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Sandpiper Superlative: Shrish D. Nutrition Bites: Do Kids Really
Congratulations to Shrish D., our very own fifth grade student Need Multivitamins?
in Room 18, who qualified for and played at the U.S. Kids
World Golf Championships in Pinehurst, North Carolina in Many parents give their children multivitami — little colored
August. 1,200 children from around the world qualified for this Flintstones or Bugs Bunnies, fortified gummi-chews — all in
global golf event. Shrish was one of 130 ten-year-old boys hopes of ensuring their child will get all the vitamins and
from 32 states and 20 minerals they need each day. But do kids really need them?
countries to Unfortunately, there isn’t much agreement among the experts.
compete. He is Extremely picky eaters may benefit from “multivits” but most
currently ranked 61st kids who eat a fairly well-balanced diet really don’t need those
in the world, 48th in little pills. In fact, since most multivits have 100% of the daily
the United States, RDA and many kid-friendly foods are also fortified, it’s possible
and 8th in the state that kids are over-dosing on some nutrients. Vitamin A as
of California! We’re retinol, as one example, can be toxic in too high amounts.
proud of you, Shrish.
If you do decide to supplement, be sure to stick with well-
known brands. A recent Consumer Labs study found problems
with some multivits that contained high lead levels and another
children’s supplement that had over 200% of the vitamin A
recommendation. Bottom line: a multivit doesn’t provide the
rich phyto-nutrients and fiber that is found in whole foods — it
Above: Shrish teeing off does offer a bit of insurance but it doesn’t
at Par 5, 6th hole, at the make-up for a diet low in fruits, veggies
U.S. Kids World Golf and whole grains.
Vivian Crisman, MPS, RD
Left: Shrish at range Nutritionist
with his caddy (his dad)
at 7 a.m. sharp.
With the advent of the long-awaited parent eNewsletter this
year, the Sandpiper Post will be now be published bi-monthly and
with a new spin — it will be geared more toward a family
audience to celebrate recent PTA events, highlight teachers and
Don't miss the year’s first big social event: students, and cover kid-related PTA news. Using both
newsletter tools, our goal is to keep the entire Sandpiper
The Sandpiper Fall Carnival! community in the loop on time-sensitive info while providing a
chance to reflect on our successes.
Saturday, October 27th Please note that for the safety of our students, the Post will no
longer list the full names of students.
Sandpiper School Courtyard We hope you enjoy our new “Sandpiper Superlative” and
“Teacher Spotlight” features this year. If you know of a
Tickets $5/student for unlimited games Sandpiper student who is doing extraordinary things either on
campus or off, please send his/her story and photos our way at
(purchase at carnival) email@example.com. As always, we welcome your
• Inflatable obstacle course
• Pumpkin carving contest Tracey Meyer
• Carnival food, games & prizes
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Third Graders Say Chill Out at This Year’s Book Fair
“Don’t Laugh at Me” Believe it or not, November is just around the corner and our
Book Fair Blizzard will be blowing into Sandpiper during the
Don't Laugh at Me, or DLAM, is a progressive school program week of conferences. The Sandpiper Library will be
founded in 2000 by Peter Yarrow of the legendary group, Peter, transformed into a winter wonderland complete with its own
Paul and Mary. Through his song, "Don't Laugh at Me," Peter blustery bookstore.
realized he could help educators and parents create a more
respectful, compassionate and ridicule-free environment for our Come join the
children. penguins and polar
bears of the arctic
Beginning the first week of October on Tuesdays and and enjoy hot
Thursdays for a total of nine lessons, Sandpiper third graders cocoa and treats
will participate in this excellent program. Many thanks to the during our Family
parent volunteers who will present meaningful topics that Night; find
nurture the emotional/social growth of our students. Please Teacher Wish Lists
ask your child how they feel about what they’re learning in the to enhance your child’s classroom with new books; and enter
DLAM program! contests for a chance to win a gift certificate to purchase your
DLAM Chair Mark your calendars now to join us:
• Wednesday, November 14th from 12:20 – 6:30pm
• Thursday, November 15th from 12:20 – 8:00pm
• Friday, November 16th from 12:20 – 5:00pm
Hot Lunch is Delicious & Nutritious Our annual Family Night will be held on Thursday evening
November 15th from 6:00 – 8:00pm.
Hi Sandpiper Families! We hope all you students are enjoying
Hot Lunch on Fridays. The food is fresh, healthy and yummy. Look for more details in the coming weeks. Get ready to chill
I would like to extend a BIG thank you to all my hard-working out with a good book because reading is a flurry of fun!
volunteers for their help with the program.
Kim Bagby & Lori Seid
ENJOY LUNCH!!! Book Fair Co-Chairs
Hot Lunch Coordinator
Wee Care Teaches Children to Give
Project Wee Care teaches thousands of students from 50 local
area public and private schools the importance of giving. In
fact, our entire Belmont-Redwood Shores School District
participates in this positive program. During the school year,
Sandpiper will have a monthly collection of items that are
needed in our community. All donations will be distributed
through Samaritan House’s various programs
(www.samaritanhouse.com). Be on the lookout for flyers!
Sue Kim-Ahn & Valerie Estacuy
Wee Care Co-Chairs
Hot Lunch volunteers
serve it up (above) while
first graders (left)
Ava L. and Iris W.
eat it up!
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We interviewed four of Sandpiper’s NEW teachers so everyone can get to know them better!
This year, each issue of the Post will feature a few of our wonderful educators.
Miss Korinn Christensen Ms. Susan Welter
5th Grade Science
Years teaching: This is my 9th year Years teaching: This is my first!
(5th grade all 9 years!) Kids: Two daughters. Jamaica (24)
Kids: None just graduated from college and
Pets: Nope Chelsea (21) is a senior at SF State.
Favorite food: Sushi, all kinds Pets: I share a dog, “Fritz,” with one
especially Tekka and Hamachi nigiri. of my daughters. He’s a Toy Fox Terrier.
Favorite board game: Two games I love, but aren’t exactly Favorite food: Chocolate — it’s good for the soul!
“board games,” are Apples to Apples and Rummy Tiles. Favorite board game: Rumikub
Hobbies/sports: Jazz dancing, Frisbee/Disc Golf, running in Hobbies/sports: Anything outdoors! White water kayaking
Golden Gate Park. and rafting is one of my passions (I ran a rafting/kayaking
Favorite teacher growing up: Interestingly enough Mrs. business in Idaho for 23 years before getting my teaching
Tillquist, my 5th grade teacher, was my favorite. She was my credentials). I enjoy hiking, and in the winter I love back-
first “cool” teacher; younger, fun, and truly interested in what I country skiing. I have also done some sky diving!
thought and what I liked. She helped me get out of my shell Favorite teacher growing up: My 6th grade teacher, Mrs.
and become more outgoing. Greenberg, because she made everything hands-on, fun and
Worst subject in school: Science, especially chemistry! interesting!
Favorite joke/riddle: A mother mouse and a baby mouse Worst subject in school: Language Arts
were walking along, when all of a sudden, a cat attacked them. What you like most about Sandpiper so far: I’m really
The mother mouse goes, "BARK!" and the cat runs away. enjoying the kids at Sandpiper, especially their curiosity and
"See?" says the mother mouse to her baby. "Now do you see high-level thinking when it comes to science!
why it's important to learn a foreign language?"
What you like most about Sandpiper so far: I love my class!
And I have to say, as I’m getting to know more and more of the Ms. Ellen Steiger
kids on campus, I’m finding that all the students here at
Sandpiper are pretty awesome! 3rd Grade
Years teaching: This is my second
Miss Jennifer Lui year teaching.
Kids: None of my own.
1st Grade Pets: I have a black Labrador. In the
past I’ve owned gold fish, crayfish,
Years teaching: 6 months
rats, and other dogs.
Kids: Not yet
Favorite food: Chocolate and various ethnic foods
Pets: None, but I would love to have
Favorite board game: Trivial Pursuit (Disney and 80’s
a Chow-Chow or a Norfolk Terrier!
Favorite food: Nothing specific, but
Hobbies/sports: Swimming: I was on the swim team in high
in general it would be Japanese, Chinese and Italian; I’m really
school as well as S.M.A.C. and worked at a pool in college. I
big on fruits as well.
also play the violin and love to sing.
Favorite board game: Sorry!
Favorite teacher growing up: Mrs. Moore. She never gave
Hobbies/sports: Swimming, hiking, tennis, ice-skating; arts &
up on me and always encouraged me to improve myself.
Worst subject in school: Spelling
Favorite teacher growing up: My high school accounting
Favorite joke/riddle: “Do you ever stop to think and forgot
teacher, Mr. Lee, who always showed a lot of care towards his
to start again?”
students and made all his business classes fun and applicable to
What you like most about Sandpiper so far: I love the
the real world.
students, staff, and parent support! Thanks for a great first
Worst subject in school: Chemistry and physics
What you like most about Sandpiper so far: The strong
support from the staff and parents.
Calendar of Events Page 8 of 8
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Bike Ride 8–10
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PTA Mtg. 6:30 Sandpiper FALL
w/Parent Ed Spirit Day! CARNIVAL
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PARENT ED COMING SOON:
Feel like you need to Contact Us:
Cindy Carrasco, firstname.lastname@example.org
“Tame the Homework Monster?” Rosalie Williams, email@example.com
Join special guest Susan Stone Belton Lori Moon, firstname.lastname@example.org
at the PTA meeting on October 23rd! Michelle Carroll, email@example.com
Laurie Coley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessie Lim, email@example.com
November Preview Brett Mack, firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzanne Pritchard, email@example.com
Diane McCabe, firstname.lastname@example.org
12 Veteran’s Day Holiday — NO SCHOOL
13-16 Book Fair
13-20 Parent Conferences — MINIMUM DAYS
22-23 Thanksgiving Recess — NO SCHOOL
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