From the Principal
Summer Learning Resources
As the end of the school year approaches, families often ask how to support student learning over the summer. Already, you are planning summer experiences that build knowledge, spark curiosity about the world, and help your child gain confidence. Riding bikes, hiking, visiting the public library, playing in the neighborhood, attending summer camp, playing board games as a family, and traveling outside of our city build knowledge and a sense of wonder. Reading books and discussing them together also develops rich language skills and fosters a love of literacy. In addition, the more relaxed summer schedule can be a wonderful time to build independence and confidence at all ages as children learn new skills such as tying shoes, and how to contribute to family chores.
In addition to all of that, if you are seeking tools to boost or just keep up academic skills, these resources from our school website may be motivating for your children. Also, you may want to check the list of Best Apps recommended by Common Sense Media.
I wish you a wonderful summer full of new memories and time with your family!
Allison Liner, Principal
Help us reach our fundraising goal this year!
A big thank you to all who responded to our ask! We are only $300,000 away from reaching our goal of $2.5 million for 2016-17. Help us finish the year off strong and make a difference in the everyday learning experience of every child in our San Carlos public schools. Please donate now!
Thank You Sponsors.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors this year. Steadfast support like this keeps our schools strong for our students. SCEF thanks all our sponsors for their commitment to quality education.
School News and Events
Goodbye, Mrs. Stephens and Ms. McGilloway
White Oaks will say goodbye to two valued staff members this spring: Shannon McGilloway, Counselor and Ali Stephens, RSP Teacher. We are so grateful for the dedication, professionalism and care that Ms. McGilloway and Mrs. Stephens brought to their roles. Both educators helped our students gain skills, make connections, and develop a sense of “I Can Do It-ness!” that made a daily difference. They will be missed, and we wish them the best in their new professional adventures.
Welcome, Ms. Macfarlane!
We will welcome Laura Macfarlane as our new school counselor this fall. Ms. Macfarlane brings many years of experience to this role, both as a school counselor and in a private practice where she specializes in working with children. She has worked in Boston, Portola Valley, San Carlos, and Redwood City. Ms. Macfarlane impressed our team with her interest in the early primary years and her eagerness to return to the school setting. We look forward to welcoming her to the White Oaks community this fall.
Important Dates – Spring
- Wednesday, June 14th: Last day of school. Report cards distributed. 3rd Grade Clap Out and Memory Walk 11:45 am in front of the office
Important Dates – Fall
- Friday, August 18th: Class lists posted outside the school office 4:00 pm
- Tuesday, August 22nd: Meet andGreet for TK, K, and K/1 students 10:15-11:00 am
- Wednesday, August 23rd: First day of school for 2017-2018
- Find the 2017-2018 calendar here
- Note: Monday, August 21st is Arroyo Day from 4:00-6:00 pm at Arroyo School
Pick up Medications
If your child has medication in the school office, please pick it up between June 14th-16th. Unclaimed medications will be discarded over the summer. Get ready for the 2017-2018 school year and update your child’s medication forms over the summer. Find forms here.
Lost and Found
Please check our Lost and Found in the “tunnel” by the school office. We’re overflowing with clothing and other items. Unclaimed items will be donated on June 16th.
PTA Thank You
We would like to thank the PTA Executive Board and all who chaired the various programs within the Fundraising, Parent/Teacher Service, Special Events and Student Services programs this year. Your leadership was instrumental, and we thoroughly enjoyed working with you all. A final thank you to all of the volunteers who have contributed both in and out of the classroom—you have enriched our childrens’ lives and our school community. We also have valued the privilege of working closely with Mrs. Liner and Ms. Williams and appreciate all that they do for White Oaks. We wish everybody a rewarding and restful summer vacation!
A special thank you to Francesca Draughon for all her work all year in editing and organizing the WOW. She keeps us informed of all that is happening in our wonderful White Oaks community.
–Stephanie Brill & Jackie King
PTA HELP WANTED for the 2016-2017 School Year
It’s been a great year and we hope everyone is ready for the summer break! Before we all part ways, we’d like to see if we can get a few important PTA roles filled for the coming school year. These are positions that are needed right from the get-go and we’d love to get volunteers set up with their job descriptions so we can start the new school year as smoothly as possible. Please email Amy Ihde at email@example.com if you are interested in any of the following or have any questions about the roles:
- Hospitality – Ideally 2 people
Bring refreshments to PTA events 6-10 times per year including Back to School Coffee, 3 morning PTA meetings and/or Principal Coffees, and evening PTA gathering at end of year, etc.
- Yearbook Account Manager – Need 1 person
Looking for a way to help mostly from home? The role entails processing our school’s yearbook orders and working with another team member to get the yearbook pictures submitted to our vendor.
- Chickens Ball – Ideally 2 people
Interested in theater? Looking for a creative and dramatic outlet? Represent White Oaks School on the Chicken’s Ball Steering Committee to help plan and support the Spring 2018 Ball. The committee meets for about an hour on the first Monday of every month.
Community News and Events
Please visit our school website for this week’s Community News!
- Legarza Summer Camp Discounts
Other Community News
- Math Review – Fun Ways to Get Back to Basics
- 13 Reasons Why Parent Education Event
- Fun Arts & Crafts and Yoga Summer Camp
- EFBA French Education in the Bay Area