August 16, 2017
Dear White Oaks Families,
It’s almost time to start the 2017-2018 school year. Below, you’ll find details about what to expect in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, I hope you are enjoying a summer full of rest, relaxation, and fun with family and friends.
This year, we’re focused on the following key areas as we continue to implement our Strategic Plan:
- Continuing a district-wide conversation: What does “Personalizing Learning” mean in the San Carlos School District?
- Supporting each child’s sense of agency and “I can do-it-ness” over their own unique milestones and learning path
- Supporting parents as partners in their child’s educational journey
I look forward to welcoming you to campus and sharing more about the year ahead at Back to School Night on Thursday, August 31st.
Allison Liner, Principal
We’re pleased to offer an online parent guide this year with key information about events, volunteer opportunities, district resources, and community partnerships. Look for the parent guide coming to your email inbox soon and you can download the Parent Guide here. Don’t miss this important resource where you can “click” to join the PTA, sign up for the Walk-a-Thon, purchase spirit wear, donate to SCEF and more!
First Day of School – Wednesday, August 23
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 23, 2017. All students will attend from 8:35 am – 12:35 pm, our regular Wednesday schedule. Please send a backpack, a water bottle and a nutritious snack labeled with your child’s first and last name. Please also remember that tennis shoes or sturdy, closed-toe shoes are important for active play each day.
After students join their classrooms, parents are invited to come to the multi-use room for coffee and volunteer sign-ups.
For the first week of school, yard supervision will begin at 8:00 am, allowing a longer window for families to adjust to new routines. After the first week of school, yard supervision will begin at 8:15 am and students should not arrive before that time. For the first few days, parents are welcome on the playground to help children feel more comfortable. By the second week of school, we’ll ask parents to help children join playtime on their own. You will notice a sign at the playground entrance with a “students only” reminder. By asking parents, caregivers, and preschool siblings to stay off the yard, we are able to provide space for active play. Our “students only” routine also allows supervisors to see the children playing and be visible when students need help.
At 8:15 am, students should go directly to the playground for playtime. Look for the cone with the teacher’s name and place backpacks and other items “in line” while children play. When the bell rings at 8:30 am, children line up by the cone to meet the teacher. The teacher leads the line to class and helps the children put their items away. We know that some children will need parents to join them on the way to class on the first day. As soon as possible, please help us transition your child into joining the class line without your help. Many moving bodies need to make their way through our campus to class, and we ask that parents do not follow the line to the classroom doors after the first day of school.
If your child arrives late to school, please enter through the gate on Fairmont by the office and escort your child to the office for a late slip.
Friday, August 18
Class lists will be posted on the bulletin boards in front of the office this Friday afternoon.
TK, Kindergarten and K/1 Meet and Greet
Tuesday, August 22
10:00-10:45 am in classrooms
Check the bulletin boards in front of the office for your classroom assignment and then go directly to the classroom to meet the teacher, say hello to friends, and see the room. You’ll also learn more about how pick up and drop off routines work in your child’s classroom.
New Families Tour (Grades 1-3)
Tuesday, August 22
1:00-1:30 pm in front of the office
Join us for lemonade and a tour of campus. Meet new friends along the way!
Back to School Night
Thursday, August 31 (Minimum Day)
6:30-7:00 pm: Principal’s welcome in the multi-use room
7:00-8:00 pm: Classroom presentations
Please note: This is a minimum day for all students (8:35 am – 12:35 pm) so that teachers can prepare. Also, please remember that this event is for parents and guardians only.
Food Trucks and Movie Night
Friday, September 15
5:30 pm on the playground
Don’t miss this fall favorite! Meet on the playground for a picnic and family fun followed by a movie on the lawn. Join the PTA, shop for White Oaks apparel, and visit with friends as we celebrate the start of the school year. Look for more information in the WOW coming soon.
Sunday, October 1
Get ready for another fun-filled afternoon supporting White Oaks! Our annual Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day will be Sunday, October 1, 2017. This is our primary PTA fundraiser of the year. Funds directly support our school, funding classroom materials, Cultural Arts Day, art enrichment, student assemblies, playground upgrades and more! Look for more detailed information including registration and pledge details, in the online parent guide, in the WOW newsletters, at Back to School Night, and in your child’s green folder.
We have a new lunch vendor. Learn more and set up your account here: http://www.scsdk8.org/parents-community/hot-lunch-provider/
Last spring, our School Safety Team of staff, neighbors, parents, and community leaders conducted a safety audit of the campus, shared ideas and gathered input at community meetings, and made recommendations for improvements. Increasing perimeter fencing was one of the key recommendations, and fencing was added over the summer. Our new fencing will help us ensure that children know the campus boundaries and visitors are directed to enter the through the main entrance and sign in at the office.
During arrival and dismissal, all entrances to the school campus will be open to ensure that families can enter with ease. During the school day, the entrance by the office on Fairmont will remain open and all other entrances will be locked. Entrances by the preschool, Smarte and After School will remain open until 9:30 am while preschoolers and late bird kinders arrive. When you come to campus during the school day, please enter through the Fairmont gate and sign in at the office. Entrances to the playground and the “green belt” in the annex will remain unlocked after school hours and on weekends so that families and neighbors can enjoy walking through campus and using the playground. We value our role as a neighborhood gathering place, and we will continue to make the campus available as a community asset.
The look of our fencing needs some softening, and we’re working with our maintenance team to add landscaping that will help our new configuration blend in with the neighborhood and contribute to a welcoming school environment. We’re also considering ideas for how student artwork might enhance the look on the campus side of our fences. Thank you for your patience!
We’ve added some new staff members to our school community. Welcome, Simmi Hejmadi, RSP Teacher and Laura Macfarlane, Counselor! We’re also welcoming Rita Fischer and Sue Fosgett to our preschool team. Check our new website for more information about our staff.
If your child will not be attending White Oaks, please email Teresa in our school office as soon as possible. We’re preparing each and every seat!