White Oaks Weekly - May 6, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We often talk about the strength of San Carlos public schools.  One thing that is fundamental to our strong schools is parent engagement.  Our students benefit when parents are involved and active, and we are fortunate to have an engaged community at White Oaks. Through involvement in our PTA, our classrooms, Chicken's Ball, and the San Carlos Education Foundation, parents in San Carlos provide critical support for our school.

The nonprofit San Carlos Education Foundation is overseen by an all-volunteer board of parents who work tirelessly to raise critical funds for our schools.  The district-wide fundraising model managed by SCEF allows for all of our schools and students to have access to programs that would not be available with state funding alone.

Your donation to SCEF helps provide programs and staff to ensure a well-rounded education for all students in the San Carlos public schools.

Your donation by June 30, 2018 will be used to fund key programs next year:

  • Library and Literacy Programs (Librarians, Literacy Specialists)
  • Counselors
  • Technology for teaching,  learning and innovation, as well as on-site tech support
  • Books for reading workshop
  • Makerspace enhancements
  • Field Trips

May 16th is SCEF DAY. Wear green to show your support. If you haven't already done so, I urge you to consider a donation in whatever amount makes sense for your family.  Donate online here.  There is an option to make your donation in monthly increments, and a way to check to see if your employer provides a matching gift.

Your donations will ensure that we are able to continue vital and innovative programs that benefit our children and provide them with a well rounded education. Let's continue to keep our schools strong, help them retain their individual strengths, and build new ones.

Thank you for your generous support!

Allison Liner
White Oaks Principal


School News and Events

National Bike and Walk to School Day - Wednesday May 9
Wednesday, May 9th is National Bike to School Day. On this day students and staff will be showing their support for active transportation by choosing to walk, pedal, or scoot their way to class. To celebrate we will be handing out charms and other prizes outside the office. Drop by with the volunteers, collect some goodies and put your mark on the mode chart to show how you got to school.  Prizes will be available for those who commute to school in any means other than a single occupancy vehicle.

For more information on safety and preferred routes see link.


Hometown Days - Help Needed!
We are looking for a couple of enthusiastic parents to organize the White Oaks community for this year's Hometown Days Parade on May 19th. The parade is less than 3 weeks away and if White Oaks is going to be able to participate, planning needs to start ASAP! Please reach out to Amy Kim, Chair of Special Events, if you can help. 

This event only takes a couple of hours at most to plan. At this point White Oaks School WILL NOT BE PARTICIPATING in the parade unless someone steps in to lead and organize our group for the event. Please help if you can.


PTA Appreciation
Thank you to the Cultural Arts Day committee for putting on a very special and super fun day for the White Oaks students and teachers as they learned about the unique and festive traditions of the Ukraine. Natalie Joyce, Gina Michnowicz, Ella Levin and Lana Walsh worked throughout the year to plan the day and many volunteers showed up to lead and help the children participate in many different activities.

We’d also like to thank Kirsten Kell, Sara Taylor, Nikki Reynolds and and the many parent volunteers who spent countless hours prepping, planning, and supporting our fabulous and talented group of students in the Knights and Dawn performance last weekend. The play was a huge hit and members of both the cast and audience had a blast.


LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meets This Week
Annually, our school district develops an improvement plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We are committed to engaging parents as an essential voice in our goal-setting process. Representatives from each school formed the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to inform the development of the next three-year LCAP, and we hope you will engage in the process.

PAC meetings are coming up on the following dates in the SCSD District Office Board Room, 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9 in San Carlos. All meetings are open to the school community.

  • May 10, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 am (Note: This is a new date.)
  • May 15, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm

How To Get Involved

  • Get to know our current goals. View the simplified 2017-2018 LCAP here  or the full text here.
  • Review resources from the California PTA here
  • Attend a Site Council meeting at your school
  • Reach out to your school principal
  • Attend a PAC meeting
  • Attend a School Board meeting. Once we gather input and finalize our plan, we will share our LCAP at public hearing in June.
  • Annually, complete our strategic plan survey. Thank you to the families who completed this year's survey!


SMART-E Enrichment classes this week are: Monday - Carpentry & Spanish; Tuesday - Chef Koochooloo; Wednesday - Legarza & Jr Artists; Thursday -Music and NO Chess; Friday - Legos


Healthy Cities
Please join us on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm for the 22nd annual Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Recognition Reception. We will be honoring the four hundred volunteers who have been providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for over 460 students at 12 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City this school year.

All are welcome! Tutors, students, parents, teacher, principals and the whole community are invited to honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers. Highlights of the evening include:
Guest speakers from our tutoring community.
Milestone anniversary recognition of 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service will be presented to 27 of our dedicated tutors.
For the first time in our history, six high school seniors will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their years of service as Healthy Cities tutors and reflecting their long term commitment to community service.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate volunteerism in our community! To RSVP, ).

San Carlos Adult Community Center, 601 Chestnut Street
Tuesday, May 15th at 6pm
Refreshments immediately following.



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

We need volunteers to help make the event a success.  Sign up here.


Avoid May Madness
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.


Hamilton Raffle
 This is your chance to win 2 Hamilton Tickets and a one night stay in San Francisco for $50! The winning ticket will be drawn and winner announced on Friday May 18, 2018 at SCEF's Music In The Park. Only 350 tickets will be sold. You need not be present to win. Learn how to enter here.


Community News and Events

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

Community Partners

  • SAMTRAMS Summer Youth Passes