White Oaks Weekly - April 22, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Our Strategic Plan Survey results are in! 153 parents/guardians completed our family survey this school year, and White Oaks continues to receive a high percentage of favorable responses that exceed the district average in all areas: Communication, Engagement, 21st Century Skills, Safety, Learning Environment, Expectation and Rigor, and Homework.

In many areas, 90% or more of responses were favorable. Here are some of the highlights:

  • I am encouraged to be involved in my child’s school (98%)
  • My child’s school is a caring and nurturing place (97%)
  • My child’s school has a positive and motivating atmosphere (97%)
  • My child is getting a good education at this school (96%)
  • My child’s school is safe (95%)
  • I receive effective communication from my child’s school (94%)

Areas of Focus
This school year, we piloted a new approach to goal setting, conferences, and communication about student progress in order to personalize instruction, increase student ownership and ensure that each child is challenged and supported to take his/her “just right” next steps. We received extraordinarily positive results on our fall survey, and we also were pleased to see notable growth in these areas on this survey:

  • I am aware of my child’s academic progress, challenges and successes (95% favorable, and an increase of 3% over spring 2017 results)
  • My child is challenged to meet high expectations at this school (88% favorable, and an increase of 8% compared to spring 2017 results)
  • The overall level of academic rigor at my child’s school is high/very high (76% responded “high” or “very high”, an increase of 13% compared to spring 2017 results. 21% of respondents marked “neither high nor low” and these responses were recorded as “unfavorable”. More conversation is needed in order to understand perspectives in this area. Does “neither high nor low” mean “just right”, or is this an area for growth?)

Areas for Continued Conversations
Family responses also highlighted a need for continued conversations in some areas. We are considering these topics as we set goals and plan budgets for the school year ahead:

  • Playground improvements to meet the needs of our P-3 population
  • How homework supports personalized learning, including the development of study skills and work habits
  • How we personalize learning to ensure that each child is engaged and challenged
  • Parent education in the following areas: social-emotional learning, supporting student learning in math, and understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

Our Board of Trustees also reviewed survey results from all schools across the district at the April 5, 2018 Board meeting, and a summary of takeaways can be found here. You also may view the video of the presentation on our district website at scsdk8.org.

If you would like more information, or to engage in our next conversation to review survey results, please join us at the next White Oaks Site Council meeting on Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Room 1 or reach out to me directly.

With gratitude for your partnership,

Allison Liner
White Oaks Principal

School News and Events

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.

Staff Appreciation Week Is Coming Up, May 7th - 11th
We have lots of great events planned to celebrate our White Oaks staff throughout the week! Two favorites are covering yard duty and delivering a favorite morning beverage. Please help us out and sign up for some time slots. Click here to sign up for yard duty.  Sign up for morning beverage delivery here.

For more ways to get involved in the planned events, please contact Co-Chairs Brooke Sibley  or Danielle Rose.

Save the Date in May!

  • May 1st:  May Day flower deliveries. Also, TK Orientation in the Board Room at the District Office 6:30-7:30 pm 
  • May 4th: Cultural Arts Day - Ukraine. Wear yellow and blue!
  • May 7th-11th: Staff Appreciation Week
  • May 17th:  Kinder Orientation in the MU 7:00-8:00 pm (including current TK families)
  • May 19th: Hometown Days parade. Go, White Oaks! (more information coming soon)
  • May 28th: No school in honor of Memorial Day
  • May 31st:  Open House at White Oaks 7:00-8:00 pm

School Site Council - Looking for New Members
The White Oaks School Site Council is looking for new members to serve a term of two school years. The Site Council is an advisory committee consisting of teachers, parents, and the school principal. 

The Council is responsible for:

  • Providing input into the development of the annual school improvement plan
  • Monitoring the progress of the school improvement plan
  • Providing feedback to the Superintendent regarding the District’s Strategic Plan

The Site Council meets once a month on Thursday afternoons from 3:00-4:30 p.m. and all meetings are open to our school community. If you are interested in serving on the Site Council, please send Mrs. Liner a letter of interest via email by Friday, May 11, 2018. Please include a brief statement of why you are interested, and a description of previous experiences that support your participation. If more than four parents express interest, an election will be held. This is a fantastic way to get involved in ensuring that White Oaks continues to be a great place for learning!

Site Council
The White Oaks School Site Council will meet from 3:00-4:00 pm on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in Room 1. All community members are invited to attend. 

The agenda will include:

  • Review and approval of the prior meeting minutes
  • Update on playground improvements
  • Update on new membership
  • LCAP - Review and discussion of school survey results and impact on goal setting for 2018-2019 

Not Returning?
If your child will not be returning to the San Carlos School District in the fall, please let us know in the White Oaks office as soon as possible. We're planning for next school year and counting every seat. Thank you. (Contact Teresa Williams

PTA Thank Yous
The White Oaks PTA is tremendously grateful for the efforts of our Parliamentarians, Debbie Blucher and Stephanie Brill, to put together a fantastic board for the 2018-19 school year. Thank you both so much! We're off to a great start, but still have several important positions to fill. Please keep an eye out for more information on how you can help.

We'd also like to extend a heartfelt thanks to Susan Raymond for organizing another hugely successful Founder's Day event last Wednesday evening. The ice cream social was a huge hit and the presentations were especially moving. Several past recipients were present and special awards were presented to Barbara Cohen & Lisa Ratcliffe (Outstanding Teacher Awards), Debbie Blucher & Angela Holloszy (Honorary Service Awards), and Ella Levin (Very Special Person Award).

State Testing May 7-25
Students in third through eighth grades will participate in the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) testing between May 7-May 25, also known as the Smarter Balanced Tests. These assessments aim to measure proficiency in English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. Testing is untimed, and sessions are scheduled throughout the day. Assessments will consist of computer-adaptive sections that adjust in complexity in response to how well each student demonstrates mastery on test items. In addition, students will participate in online performance tasks designed to measure problem solving and application skills in a multi-step scenario. During this testing window,
students in grades 5 and 8 also will participate in a field test of the California Science Test (CAST), aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

To learn more:

Please note the changes in enrichment classes this week at White Oaks:
Monday - No Kids Carpentry or Homeroom Spanish
Tuesday - No Chef Koochooloo
Wednesday - Yes, Legarza outside
Wednesday - Yes, Jr Artists in the Maker's Space
Thursday - No Hummingbird Music
Thursday - Yes, Chess in the library
Friday - No Legos

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.

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.

Join us to Learn About ELPAC
Parents of English Learners are invited to join our District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting on Friday, April 27th from 9:00-10:00 in the SCSD Board Room, 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9, San Carlos. Nabila Massoumi, Ed.D, Coordinator of
English Learner Services for San Mateo County, will present information about the new ELPAC exam.

Students in transitional kindergarten/kindergarten through grade twelve, who are classified as English learners, take the ELPAC Summative Assessment every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are tested on their skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Our students completed these exams in March, and we are awaiting results. If you have questions about your child's progress or DELAC, please reach out to your child's principal.

To learn more about the ELPAC, please review:


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!!!

Avoid May Madness.
We are $1 million away from our annual goal of $2.5 million.
Visit our site make a gift today to ensure key programs are available next school year. If your employer offers matching gifts, please take the time to apply now. It can take up to 10 weeks for these donations to make it to SCEF. Thank you.

Community News and Events

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

Community Partners

  • Enroll now for Wizbots Robotics & Coding Summer Camps in San Carlos!
  • Henna Art at the San Carlos Library
  • San Carlos Children's Theatre
  • Sign up for San Carlos Youth United!
  • Support San Carlos schools by attending the Chickens’ Ball variety show

Other Community News

  • Aviation Camp at Hiller Aviation Museum
  • Come Join the Fun with the San Francisco Boys Chorus San Mateo Rehearsal Site
  • Don't Miss Out on the Peninsula's Best Summer Hoop Camp!
  • KAMPARAMA SUMMER CAMP—June 18th-August 17th
  • Kidizens Young Mayors Summer Camps 2018 - Register Today!
  • San Carlos AYSO Fall Registration is OPEN!