From the Principal
Each school year as part of our commitment to continuous improvement, we reflect on our progress and set new goals for the upcoming year. This occurs through a variety of “LCAP Conversations” throughout the winter and spring. The Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) emphasizes local decision-making based on data about student achievement and attendance, the implementation of academic standards, school climate, and parent engagement.
Here are some opportunities to get involved in our LCAP process this school year:
- Attend a School Site Council Meeting. Our next meeting is Thursday, February 15th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the school library.
- Attend a PTA Meeting. The next meeting is Wednesday, March 14th at 8:45 am in the MU.
- Complete our Strategic Plan survey. The survey will open this week, and this is different from the Superintendent Search survey. Staff, students in grades 3-8, and parents/guardians are surveyed annually.
Your voice is important! Please feel free to share feedback about your child’s learning experience with the teacher at any time, or reach out to me directly with comments about overall school progress and areas for improvement.
Allison Liner, Principal
School News and Events
The White Oaks Site Council will meet on Thursday, February 15th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the school library. All meetings are open to the school community. Our agenda will include:
- Review and approval of the minutes from the prior meeting
- Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP): Update on current goals and reflections on potential next steps
Natural Play Area
As part of our transition to a P-3 campus, we’re dreaming up an idea for transforming part of our playground into a natural play space where children can explore, dig, and observe nature. Last spring, students worked with Mr. Alex in the Makerspace to research options and begin sketching ideas. Our kids have big ideas and we’re ready to bring their ideas to life!
If you are interested in helping with this project, please email Diane McGuigan, our TK teacher who is leading this project. (email@example.com). We hope to develop a set of potential landscape designs this spring, get feedback from students, staff and parents, and build our new design this summer or fall.
Donations Needed – Breakfast Items
The third grade classes would like to invite all White Oaks families to join us in donating breakfast items for Samaritan House, an organization that serves those in need in San Mateo County. They are particularly in need of nonperishable breakfast items (cereal – hot and cold, granola, pancake mix, waffle mix, and cocoa mix).
Please place food items in the blue barrels outside of the office through Thursday, Feb. 15th. No glass, please. Thank you for supporting our giving project.
Family Movie Night is Coming!
Save the date for our next Family Movie Night on Friday, March 2 at 5:30PM in the MU! Students will be able to cast their vote for either “Cars 3” or “The Princess and the Frog”- Find the poster next to the office.
Math Festival – Volunteers Needed!
The White Oaks Math Festival is taking place on Friday, March 9th and we will need many volunteers to help during the day.
The Math Festival is a fun program that will help students learn and enjoy mathematics, and it will be fun for you, too! You DO NOT need to be an expert at math to volunteer at the Math Festival. You will learn EVERYTHING you need to know BEFORE the students arrive. During the first 20 minutes of your volunteer spot, the Math Festival leader will give you an overview of the Festival, and information about the activity where you will be assisting students. You will not be acting as teachers, but will give students simple assistance helping them read and understand the directions at one Festival Station activity. After the first session, you will be an “expert” at your activity, so we encourage you to sign up for more than one session if you can.
SCSD Safety News
Once again, our community partners, SCSD staff, and the Sequoia Healthcare District have come together to publish a very informative Wellness Newsletter–this time with a focus on safety. Please open the newsletter here.
Read about ways to speak with and support your kids on how to be safer online, with both those they know and those whom you may consider to be strangers.
Deadline Extended for Emerald Starlight Gala Tickets!
Do you want to spend an evening with friends, enjoying an extended cocktail hour, a delicious sit down dinner, an exciting live auction followed by dancing to live DJ music? You can do all that and raise funds for our great San Carlos public schools at the SCEF Emerald Starlight Gala.
Ticket sales have been extended, so don’t miss you chance! Get your tickets now on the SCEF site.
SCEF Online Auction Ends Feb 15!
Our online auction items are very popular and bidding gets fierce! Don’t miss out. Check back often and make sure you are still the top bidder.
Bid high and bid often here!
Community News and Events
Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!
- Free Moana Movie Night
- Sing & Dance In February Camp
- Stanford Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Boot Camp
Other Community News
- Meet Jen Wang, creator of The Prince and the Dressmaker at San Carlos Librar
- Open House — Monday February 12th @ Tierra Linda — Outdoor Adventures for Boys over 10½ 7:30pm-9pm
- Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA 2018 Be Kind To Animals Week Art Contest
- President’s Week Art Camp is February 19 – 23 at Create Mix and Mingle!
- Presidents Week Tennis Camp! February 19-23rd, 2018