White Oaks Weekly - April 15, 2018

From the Principal

This letter is reprinted in case you missed this announcement on Friday before spring break.

Dear Families,

With mixed emotions, I am writing to let you know that I was offered and accepted a new position as Associate Superintendent of Educational Services in the Cupertino Union School District for the 2018-2019 school year, the largest elementary school district in northern California.  I’ve been energized by the opportunities to work at the district level this school year, and I’m ready to take new steps in order to broaden my impact on students.

These last five years in San Carlos have been the highlight of my career. I continue to be inspired by the bold vision of our Strategic Plan and the spirit of collaboration that is present in all that we do for our kids. I loved getting to know our students and families, and working with a truly exemplary staff. I am grateful for the learning opportunities that I have been given throughout my time in the district, and the student-centered commitment to excellence and innovation that is evident in our staff, community, and Board of Trustees.

I will remain in my current roles throughout the remainder of this school year and I will work with our Interim Superintendent, the Board of Trustees, and our White Oaks staff in order to prepare for the leadership transitions ahead. Spring is full of special events at school and I look forward to celebrating these annual traditions with students, staff, and parents. This is a special place, and I am certain that White Oaks School and the San Carlos School District will continue to shine under new leadership in the years ahead. I will miss you!

With gratitude,

Allison Liner
White Oaks Principal and Interim Assistant Superintendent

School News and Events

Spring Updates
As we prepare for the 2018-2019 school year, we're planning for several transitions at White Oaks.

We're celebrating the outstanding contributions of Mrs. Cohen, K/1 teacher, who has served our White Oaks community for 15 years and Mrs. Ratcliffe, 1st grade teacher, who has served our White Oaks community for 20 years! Both teachers have helped countless children gain confidence and skills to last a lifetime! Mrs. Cohen will retire at the end of the 2018-2019 school year and enjoy time traveling, volunteering and visiting with friends. Mrs. Ratcliffe is moving out of the Bay Area with her family to enjoy new professional adventures and time by the beach.

While we are sorry to see these extraordinary teachers leave our community, I am pleased to announce that we have new team members joining our exemplary staff. Lauren Steele will join Mrs. Andersen as a K/1 teacher and Debbie Cullinane will join Mrs. Fox-Sennett in first grade. Some of you may know Lauren as a White Oaks parent and extraordinary volunteer. Lauren also has served as a substitute teacher and a TK paraprofessional in our district, and she taught preschool, kindergarten, and first grade in California and Michigan. In addition, Lauren brings expertise in teaching young learners, implementing hands-on Project-Based Learning, and addressing the variety of learning profiles present in the primary classroom. You also may know Debbie as a former White Oaks parent and regular substitute. Debbie taught preschool, kindergarten, second grade, and third grade in San Bruno Park and Las Lomitas. Already loved by students and staff, Debbie is our "go to" substitute every Tuesday, covering classes so that teachers can attend meetings with parents. Both Debbie and Lauren will spend a few days this spring working alongside our teachers in order to get to know the classroom routines and prepare for the transition. If you see them around campus, please join me in welcoming both Debbie and Lauren to our White Oaks family!

In addition, we're adding a new preschool class at White Oaks this fall in Room D. SMART-E will move to a more central location in Room B, our current Makerspace. This will allow children participating in SMART-E to easily access the green space in front of Room B and support staff in supervising efficient transitions as children move about the campus to play and attend enrichment classes. Makerspace will move to Room 5 (across from After School) and we're already planning to transform this space into an active creativity zone!  

Cultural Arts Day is Coming - Ukraine. Volunteers Needed!
Please sign up to volunteer for our annual Cultural Arts Day on Friday, May 4th as we celebrate Ukraine. We need a TON of help to make this special and exciting day a success for our children. We need volunteers to lead classroom projects and crafts and help throughout the day with various school-wide activities. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up cleaning up as well.

We appreciate any help you can give and we hope you can join us for this super fun day. Please sign up here for a volunteer time slot, or the whole day, if you’re able to make it!

ALL STUDENTS should plan to arrive Friday, May 4th by 8:30am and will be dismissed at 2:40pm. Also, students are encouraged to wear blue and yellow to show their Ukrainian spirit.

Founders' Day: Bring the Children & Celebrate our Community!
On Wednesday, April 18th, at 7pm the PTA will be honoring some of the amazing volunteers and teachers that make White Oaks such a special place. We will start the evening with an ice cream social and then commence the award presentations.

The following individuals will be receiving awards this year:

  • Debbie Blucher & Angela Holloszy: Honorary Service Awards 
  • Ella Levin: Very Special Person Award
  • Mrs. Cohen & Mrs Ratcliffe: Outstanding Teacher Awards 

We hope you can join us!

PE Update
Throughout the month of April, White Oaks’ Legarza PE coaches will cover Unit 6: Teamwork Games. Legarza coaches will teach White Oaks students how to:

Skill Development

Child Development

1. Develop the skills to throw accurately at a target

1. Identify how the direction of your follow-through dictates the direction of your throw

2. Differentiate and move within general and personal space

2. Describe how changing speed/direction allows one person to move away from another

3. Change direction quickly to maintain the spacing between two players

3. Explain the importance of open space in playing sport-related games.  

4. Incorporate teammates to move an item from point A to point B

4. Identifying ways to positively communicate and work toward a common goal

These skills will be reinforced with fun and engaging games, including Quidditch, Handball, 3 Little Pigs, and Ultimate Pinball. We will be rounding off every PE class with a Health Huddle. Our April Health Huddles teach the importance of balancing screen time and sleep, mindfulness, and respecting the Earth. 

The Knight at Dawn Kids Theatre Production is April 26, 27 and 28
White Oaks School and the San Carlos Children's Theatre production of Magic Tree House Collection The Knight at Dawn Kids is only a few weeks away. The school performance will be on Thursday, April 26 at 1:30 pm and the public performances will be on Friday, April 27 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 28 at 1 pm. This is a free event and seating is first come first served.

Chicken's Ball - Don't Miss the Chance to See the Oldest Tradition in San Carlos!
The San Carlos Chicken's Ball is a live stage show put on by San Carlos community members.  This is the longest running PTA event in the US and has beein raising funds for San Carlos public schools for 77 years. 

This year's theme is "Time Stands Still," a Broadway revue. Show dates are: Friday, April 20, Saturday, April 21, Sunday, April 22, Friday, April 27, Saturday April 28 and Sunday April 29.  Show times are 1:00PM (Satuday & Sunday) and 7:30PM in Mustang Hall, Central Middle School.

White Oaks will be honored during the Friday, April 20 show.  Come enjoy a vaudeville-style fun show and support our school (adults only).  

Buy tickets and learn more about the show on the Chicken's Ball site

Help us Reach Our Good Eggs Fundraising Goal - Need a Few More New Customers

Earn 10% back for White Oaks every time you shop on Good Eggs during March & April.

Help us reach our fundraising goal of $1000.  So far we have raised almost $500 for White Oaks. To receive payment we need to add 2 more new customers for Good Eggs. Please spread the word to friends and family who already use Good Eggs or are new customers. New customers get $15 off their 1st order.  Fundraiser ends on April 30th.

Step 1  Visit schools.goodeggs.com.
Step 2   Enter the code "whiteoaks". You'll get $15 off if you've never tried Good Eggs!
Step 3   Place an order; you're enrolled!


  • Same-day delivery straight to your door.
  • Everything you need to stock your kitchen ––from produce, meat and fish, baked goods, to kids' food and paper goods!
  • Easy 20-minute (and kid-friendly!) dinner kits to take the hassle out of weeknight dinner.
  • And even kids' lunch kits to last the whole week!

Enroll today!

HELP WANTED! Recruitment Officer Needed to Help Staff the Wellness Wing at Hometown Days

We’re looking for a White Oaks representative to help staff the SCSD Wellness Wing booth at Hometown Days this year and help recruit volunteers for 2-hour shifts throughout the weekend of May 19-20. 

San Carlos School District has been fortunate to receive ~ $485,000/ year from the Sequoia Healthcare District. In an effort to showcase the wonderful health and wellness programs these funds provide, SCSD has agreed to host a "Wellness Wing" of free activities at Hometown Days for Sequoia Healthcare District.

"Recruitment Officers" would be expected to meet with Mindy twice in April to understand how many volunteers are needed and what they will need to do so we can adequately staff the booth. The meetings will be efficient and last no more than 30 minutes. Mindy will develop an online sign-up document for Recruitment Officers to use as they reach out to their school networks. 

Please contact Mindy Hill via email or reach out by phone 650-597-1035 for more information. 

News from Healthy Cities Tutoring
After 21 years leading the work of Healthy Cities Tutoring, Executive Director Donna Becht, is stepping down this fall. Donna will continue with the organization during the transition.

The organization is seeking a collaborative community leader and hands-on director who will continue to inspire, guide and lead the organization. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the fundraising, marketing, finances, administration and programs under the guidance of the strategic plan. Interested candidates for this position are encouraged to apply. 

Click here for full job description and instructions to apply.

Meet Incoming Superintendent Dr. Michelle Harmeier Monday, April 23rd at 7PM
Come meet our new superintendent! Dr. Harmeier is excited to get to know staff, parents and community members. Please come to the District Office Board Room (1200 Industrial Road Unit 9B) from 7-8PM. Light refreshments will be served. Come and say hello. Her official start date is July 1.


Get Ready For Our Next Party!
Revel at Devils, featuring live music by Tainted love is on May 12! Don’t miss out this fun party. Tickets on sale now at: www.scefkids.org/events

Hamilton Raffle
What is your prize for a $50 raffle ticket? Choose between two tickets to watch Hamilton or an exquisite pair of rose gold and diamond earrings! Find out how on the SCEF website.

San Carlos Night at SF Giants- Tickets on Sale Now!!!
Join SCEF and your neighbors for San Carlos Night at SF Giants on Saturday June 2, 2018, at 7pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are $50 each (cash or check only) and available at San Carlos Parks & Recreation office, 2nd floor of City Hall from 10a-4p Monday through Friday. Get into the park early to see our kids sing the National Anthem!!!

Take a Boat Trip, Earn Money for SCEF
This summer, go house boating with your family!
Swim, float, wake board, dine outside or explore the forest.
Each trip you take will earn SCEF $500! .

Book your trip today here. Use code SKL18/SCEF.

Community News and Events

Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!

Community Partners

  • Support San Carlos schools by attending the Chickens’ Ball variety show

Other Community News

  • Fun Summer Camp: Arts & Crafts and Yoga