From the Principal
Teachers across the district are working together to learn alongside a coach as we implement reading workshop in K-5 classrooms.
Reading workshop is a key element in our approach to personalizing learning. Instead of teaching reading solely in a whole class format, workshop blends direct teaching and read alouds with time for children to read and think about self-selected books. Children confer with the teacher to monitor progress, growing their skills one step at a time. Goals are set for each trimester, and each child’s reading journey is nurtured along the way. In every class at any given moment, individual students are stretching beyond the grade level goals in some areas and shoring up their skills to reach proficiency in others.
Children learn in a variety of ways together and on their own during:
- Whole class lessons to introduce strategies
- Small group practice with others who are working on similar goals
- Individual reading time where kids dig into “just right” books and build stamina to read and think over sustained periods of time
- Partner time to reflect on goals and share strategies
- One-on-one coaching from the teacher to support self-assessment and goal setting
Teachers are reflecting on students’ progress on goals set at the October conferences, noting areas of growth and planning next steps. Each day, students are deepening skills and building confidence. To learn more about reading workshop at White Oaks, check your email for the Principal’s Post sent on December 7, 2017 or find a copy here. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please reach out to your child’s teacher. Thank you for partnering with us in support of your child’s literacy.
Go, White Oaks readers!
Go, White Oaks teachers!
Allison Liner, Principal
School News and Events
Update from the Counselor
Just a reminder that I will be teaching the Second Step Child Protection Units in all of the classrooms in December and January. The lessons will start this week, December 11-15th, 2017. All parents should have received a letter in your child’s green folder which includes an opt-out form that must be signed and returned to me if you do not want your child to participate in this unit.
In these lessons, students will learn three types of skills:
- Personal Safety
- Touching Safety
To learn more about the curriculum and how to help your child stay safe, please review the presentation that was created for San Carlos School District parents.
Please contact me with questions or concerns.
Laura Macfarlane, LCSW, PPSC
White Oaks Counselor
White Oaks Play Sign Ups Coming This Week!
The third graders have submitted their preferences for the play this year. Once the rights have been secured we will announce the winner.
Please look for an email this week with a link for the White Oaks Play sign up. The first week will be limited to third grade students. The second week sign ups for the main cast and the ensemble will be open to all Kinder-3rd grade students. Enrollment will end December 22nd. If capacity exceeds enrollment, participants will be chosen by lottery.
Rehearsals for the main cast will begin mid January and take place on Wednesdays in the MU immediately after school for 3 hours. Ensemble rehearsals will also be on Wednesdays for one hour most likely from 4-5pm. The play will take place the last weekend of April. Participants are expected to attend all practices and performances.
Enrollment fees for main cast: $250 for ensemble $75.
PTA Thanks the Holiday Store Team
We’d like to send a huge shout out to Heather Milotich, Kirsten Kell and the dozens of parent volunteers for creating another successful year of shopping fun for our White Oaks students. It takes many hours and many hands to pull off this boutique and it’s always a delight to see the joy and sense of giving in the children’s faces as they choose special gifts for their family and friends. Thank you all so very much for helping us continue this 40+ year tradition!
2017-2018 White Oaks Yearbooks on Sale!
2017-2018 Yearbooks are for sale! They can be purchased directly from Jostens here. Yearbooks are $25 each, and the sales deadline is Friday, December 22, 2017. Yearbooks are distributed the last week of school by your student’s teacher.
We don’t have a lot of extras to sell at the end of the school year, so buy your yearbook now to reserve a copy.
January PTA Meeting – NEW DATE
Please note that due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts, the January PTA meeting has been moved to Wednesday, January 17th at 8:45AM in the MU. We hope you can join us!
New SMART-E Enrichment Class for Winter 2018
SESSIONBRAINSTORM CHESS is coming to White Oaks SMART-E Winter 2018 Enrichment. Amy Murad, the instructor for Chess at Arundel and Brittan Acres, will offer a Chess class on Thursdays, in the Library, 3:00-4:00pm, Jan 11th – March 8th. To enroll in this class or any of the other Winter 2018 classes, go to the SMART-E site
Safe Routes to School Transportation Survey (5 minutes)
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Safe Routes to School Survey linked below. Your feedback allows us to adjust education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. This information will be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. Thank you!
SCEF Supports Music!
Students at our San Carlos Elementary schools benefit from regular music lessons taught by Music For Minors. Music lessons not only help with cognitive development but also aid emotional and social growth in children. Our elementary music lessons also prepare our students to begin band and orchestra instruction in our San Carlos middle schools.
SCEF is proud to support Music For Minors at your school.
Help us keep these key programs going. Donate now here.
Donate Your Appreciated Stock to SCEF-It’s Better Than Donating Cash!
If you donate stock that has increased in value since you’ve owned it for more than a year, and if you itemize deductions, you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have had to pay if you sold the stock and then gave the charity the cash proceeds.
Community News and Events
Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!
- February Break Theater Camp
- Winter Theater Opportunities
Other Community News
- Do you need a fun camp for your kids during the Winter Holidays?
- Kidizens – Winter Camps and Winter-Spring Classes
- Stanford University Winter Camp (Grades K – 6), January 2 – 5, 2018