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Tami Moore


Principal Point of View

May 2016


Dear Sandpiper Parents and Friends,


More than 1,100 robotics teams from 31 nations gathered at the VEX Worlds to compete during three days of intense back-to-back matches for the chance to become World Champions. VEX Worlds, presented by the Robotics Education & Competition (REC) Foundation and the Northrop Grumman Foundation, is the culminating event of the season. 


There was an event capacity of 150 teams in the Elementary School Division and Sandpiper Elementary School in Redwood City, CA had five teams qualify to attend, which was the highest number of teams from any one elementary school. The Sandpiper qualifying teams were the Cyborgs, Masterminds, Robo5, Fat Pandas, and Sandroids. After a series of exciting qualifying matches, the Cyborgs, Masterminds, and Robo5 teams made it into the finals round, which was reserved for the top 40 teams.


One team from each of the two elementary subdivisions received the Think Award, given to a team that has developed and effectively used quality programming as part of their strategy to solve the game challenge. All-girl team 2014H, the Sandpiper Robo5, received the Think Award for the “Engineering Division.”  One elementary team received the Excellence Award, which is the highest honor at VEX Worlds, given to the team with the most well rounded VEX Robotics program that demonstrates overall excellence in all components of the VEX IQ Challenge. Team 2014D, the Sandpiper Cyborgs, received the overall Excellence Award for the VEX IQ Challenge Elementary School Division. 


Additional highlights from the competition included news coverage by ESPN 2, with Sandpiper Principal, Tami Moore, and the Sandpiper Cyborgs being interviewed for a segment on the broadcast. A recap of the VEW World Robotics Championship will be shown on ESPN 2 on July 20th at 6:00 P.M. PST.  Another highlight was that the 2016 VEX World Competition had a total of 15,000 participating students, which broke the previously held GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the largest robotics competition! 


We are so very proud of all 10 of our 2015-2016 robotics teams, as well as the 5 teams that attended the Vex World Championship. Everything our engineers have accomplished this year is nothing short of inspirational!


Members of the Sandpiper Cyborgs includes: Jay Motomarry, Enzo Carvalho, Atharva Abhyankar, Zak Kinder, Tomas De Jesus, Aarsh Shroff and their mentor Vijay Motomarry.


Members of the Sandpiper Robo5 includes Karina Tam, Riya Kagakia, Simona Yaroslavsky, Sanjna Sood, Devyani Vats and their mentor Tony Tam.


Members of the Sandpiper Masterminds  includes Inara Ahsan, Olivia Ge, Aanika Tiwary, Nathan Chan and their mentor Rehan Ahsan.


Members of the Sandpiper Fat Pandas includes Zack Taylor, Tyler Tirsell, Andrew Ynes, Daniela Colaizzi, Keira Leong, Andrew Lum and their mentor Rick Taylor


Members of the Sandpiper Sandroids includes Eliska Nedjedla, Eric Chen, Joshua Zhang, Alexander Menchtchikov, Polina Skurikhina and their mentor Petr Nedjedly.


If you are interested in mentoring a robotics team next year, please email Principal Moore at tmoore@brssd.org.





Tami Moore




National Bike to School Day – “May the 4th Be With You”

To kick off National Bike Month, the PTA Green Team will be hosting a National Bike to School Day on Wednesday, May 4. This will be part of over 1,000 events in 49 states across the United States. It is also "Star Wars" Day so this year's theme is "May the 4th Be With You." We are encouraging students to show their school spirit by wearing Star Wars themed gear to school.  Plan on bicycling, scootering, walking, or carpooling to school that day and stop by our table at the front of the school from 8:05 - 8:25 a.m.  We will have some fun giveaways including Star Wars Stampers.


Girls Day @ The Tech Museum - May 7 from Noon to 5 p.m.

This event is for girls – as well as their siblings and parents – to come be inspired by projects made by other young girls. Technology and engineering will come together for drop-in maker activities in art, fashion, games and more. The event is free with museum admission and is sponsored by the Junior League of Palo Alto-Mid Peninsula.


2016-2017 School Supplies Donation

Believe it or not it’s time to start thinking about school supplies for next year!  We are asking each returning family to donate $45 per child to the Sandpiper School Supply Fund. The contributions you provide will go toward supplying all Sandpiper students with their school supplies for the 2016-2017 school year. Please make checks payable to “Sandpiper School Supplies Donation Fund” and return your donation to your teacher or the front office. A letter will also be going home in this week’s Friday Folder.


Teaching Assignments for 2016-2017

I am pleased to announce the teaching assignments for next year.  Please join me in welcoming new teachers to our staff: Karen Jhanapin, Kathryn Poeschl, and Josha Faustino. Here’s to a wonderful 2016-2017 school year!


Kinder                        Nancy Murray, Korinn Taylor, Aubrie Polito, Karen Jhanapin

1st Grade      Michele Brenner, Maureen Fitzpatrick, Lana Ferguson

2nd Grade     Margaret Young, Susan Nicholls, Kathryn Poeschl

3rd Grade      Carolyn Marinaro, Simerjt Bains, Ed Keyani, Josha Faustino

4th Grade      Lynn Bjorkquist, Margaret Watson

4/5 Combo    Monique Burtschell

5th Grade      Roberta Powers, Emma Hunt, Stephanie Scala

Science:        Lisa Sweeney

Reading Team:        Phyllis Endow, Susan Barrie


School-Force Bollywood Night

April has been an exciting month for School-Force.  Our much anticipated annual event "Bollywood 2016” was held at Hotel Sofitel on April 15th.  It was a wonderful night spent with a record 480 in attendance!  This year’s Live Auction was announced by the Golden State Warriors very own emcee Franco Finn.  Franco brought energy and enthusiasm to the festivities and led us to an all time record high.  Guests enjoyed casino games and dancing until nearly midnight.  A great event and we thank everyone who came out to attend and volunteer to make it a success. Our online auction is still active.  We have several Parent Parties and Teacher events for your children.  Please visit https://schoolforce.schoolauction.net/bollywoodnite, filter by school and don’t forget to check out our “Final Few” items.  Thank you to all our donors, sponsors and volunteers.  Photos from the evening can be viewed and purchased at:  http://gallery.twodudesphoto.com/school-forcebollywoodparty/  and  http://www.gustavofernandez.com/Events/Clients/20160415-School-Force-Fundraiser/i-RrrB25V


Tip of the Month: How to Help Your Child Prepare for State Testing

1) Make sure your child gets a good night's sleep and eats a healthy breakfast

Many teachers report that students who don't do well on tests haven't gotten enough sleep, and haven't eaten breakfast on the morning of the test. Doing both of these things will ensure that your child is working at full capacity.


2) Give your child a chance to practice

If your child has trouble taking tests, try practicing test questions and studying new words. Keep the sessions short, and set small, manageable goals so that the extra practice boosts your child's confidence. Practice tests are available online at the following link: http://www.caaspp.org/practice-and-training/index.html


3) Remain positive

Staying calm will help your child stay calm. If she gets nervous about the test or is likely to experience anxiety during the test, help her practice some relaxation techniques that she can try once she's taking the test.





Monthly Staff Spotlight


Teacher:  Phyllis Endow – Reading Specialist


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Q: What is your favorite meal and would it be your last?

A: My favorite meal includes a large assortment of sashimi (raw fish), sushi ingredients, grilled vegetables, and hot rice. Green tea mochi ice cream would round out the delicious meal.


Q: Do you have any pets, and if so, what is one fun experience you have had with them?

A: My dog, Bosco, always greets me with big tail wag. He loves when I pet him and take him on walks.


Q: What inspired you to become a teacher?

A: Teachers can make a difference in a child's life. Teachers inspire, assist, challenge, encourage, and develop life long learners.


Q: If you were an animal, what would you be?

A: I would be a dog because I appreciate that they are loyal, friendly, happy, and a good companion.


Q: What was your favorite subject when you were in elementary school?

A: Reading.


Q: If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

A: I would like to be able to fly unassisted. I would visit different states and countries at the drop of a hat.


Q: What is your dream vacation?

A: My dream vacation would be filled with delicious food in a location that is warm, comfortable, and relaxing.


Q: When you were a kid, what job did you want to have when you grew up?

A: I wanted to be a nurse.


Q: What are your hobbies outside of teaching?

A: I enjoy taking walks with my dog, participating in church activities, and watching international movies and TV shows.


Q: Who is your favorite author?

A: Jane Austen.


Q: What do you like best about Sandpiper?

A: Students, teachers, and staff.



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