From the Principal
As we continue to implement the SCSD Strategic Plan, we’re supporting students in taking ownership for their own learning and developing skills in the 5Cs (Critical Thinking, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Citizenship). Learning targets were developed by a design team of teachers from across the district who considered long term goals as well as the unique developmental needs of each stage in development. At White Oaks, the 5Cs are embedded in learning throughout the week, deepening the rigor of academic tasks and helping students develop the habits of mind that will support their success in these early years and beyond! Expectations grow as children move from the primary grades into upper elementary school, and then increase again as students reach middle school. Take a look at how we help students build the “C” of collaboration TK-8.
- I complete work on time
- I help the team
- I listen to the ideas of others
- I share ideas with the team
Collaboration shows up each day in big and small ways as students work with partners and larger groups to deepen learning, practice skills, and create new ideas. Teachers note how students demonstrate the skills on a scale from “still learning” to “sometimes” to “almost always”. Students learn to see the value of a collaborative team, and understand their role in achieving the team’s goals. During project-based learning, students work in teams to ask questions, conduct research, develop a point of view, and share their ideas.
Here is one example of how a collaborative partnership supports learning during Kindergarten Reading Workshop. Students work at their “just right” book level with a partner, practicing fluency and applying new strategies to push through the challenging parts! We call this “Partner Power!”
Collaboration Grades 4-5
In fourth and fifth grade, collaboration grows to include skills such as:
- Completing a job on time with a positive attitude
- Taking pride in completing high quality work for the team
- Using technology to complete work for the team
- Self-reflecting on collaboration skills and contributions to the team
Collaboration Grades 6-8
Expectations increase as students reach middle school where collaboration includes skills such as:
- Offering significant ideas on meeting goals and deadlines to complete roles and responsibilities
- Knowing when to take a leadership role, and when to follow others
- Offering respectful feedback to others
- Asking for, listening to, and acting upon feedback offered from the team
Our students are gaining skills and confidence each day, contributing to our school community and building habits of mind to make their mark on the world!
Allison Liner, Principal
School News and Events
Superintendent Search – Please take this survey today!
Last chance! Your feedback is very important as we search for our next Superintendent. Take this quick survey today, to share your input for the superintendent search. Survey closes February 5th. Survey responses are confidential.
Walk to School Wednesday This Week!
January has flown past and it is already time for another Walk to School Wednesday. Walk, ride, scoot or skip to school and stop by with our volunteers to pick up a charm.
As you know, our students at White Oaks are learning safety skills through the Child Protection curriculum created by Second Step. The students are learning about personal safety, touching safety, and assertiveness. Families can reinforce this learning at home by role-playing or creating “What-if” scenarios that allow your child to practice the three ways to stay safe they have learned.
- Recognize: Is it safe?
- Refuse: Say words that mean no in a strong, confident voice.
- Report: Tell a trusted adult.
You may want to review with your child, two other important safety rules they’ve learned.
The Touching Rule – A person should never touch your private body parts except to keep you healthy.
Secrets Rule – Never keep secrets about touching.
Laura Macfarlane, School Counselor
Media Use Resources
Are you looking for information from the recent parent education event on Media Use in Early Childhood?
Find resources here:
Join us for Perfect Pairings 2018!
Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 4th annual Perfect Pairings benefit dinner on Friday, February 9 from 5:30pm – 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos.
The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner. Thank you for making a difference for kids who struggle in school!
PURCHASE your tickets TODAY!
Last Call for Emerald Starlight Gala Tickets!
Don’t miss your chance to attend our Emerald Starlight Gala.
Featuring an extended cocktail reception, scrumptious dinner, live DJ and dancing, an exciting live auction and a wonderful evening with friends….all while fund raising for our excellent San Carlos public schools.
Get your tickets now on the SCEF site.
Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Events:
SCEF Online Auction Feb 7-15
Our very popular teacher outings and summer camp online auction will run from Feb 7-15! Featuring special items donated by your child’s teacher, your school specific items, great values on camps and other family items curated just for you!
Check out these items and register here for your bidder number before the auction starts. These items go very fast…so Bid high and bid often!
Time to Plan Summer Activities! Come to our Summer Camp Activity Fair.
On Feb 13, 5:00pm
At: Heather Elementary, 2757 Melendy Dr, San Carlos CA 94070
Learn about summer camp options directly from the camp providers. Each camp will have an activity for children while you visit with camp staff.
Enjoy this free event sponsored by SCEF and www.activityhero.com
More information on the SCEF site here.
Community News and Events
Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!
- Drumline Round TWO at Tierra Linda starting soon!
- Free Movie & Game Night
- Presidents Week Stage Camp
- Stanford Children’s Hospital Food Allergy Boot Camp
Other Community News
- Do you need a great kid’s camp for the Presidents’ Week Vacation– February 20th-23rd?
- Hiller Aviation Museum – Airport Runway Run
- President’s Week Art Camp is February 19 – 23 at Create Mix and Mingle!