From the Principal
Our Book of the Month for January and February is What Does it Mean to Be Kind? by Rana DiOrio.
At school, we teach children that White Oaks is a place of kindness and caring, and each member of our community has a role to play in making it so! Students are reflecting on what it means to be kind throughout the day – in classrooms, at recess, around our campus, and across the community. Students practice in simple ways, like reaching out with an invitation to play. They also practice in bigger ways such as working on a project-based learning unit that includes serving others.Our strategic plan calls out our commitment to helping students develop “. . .into contributing, empathic citizens and leaders who are responsible stewards of their world and care about equity and justice, both locally and worldwide.” With each step, our kids are stretching towards this vision.
Here are some of our key teachings that you can reinforce at home:
- Kindness is active.
- At times, it can be hard to choose to be kind.
- Kindness is an act of courage.
- Being kind is a choice we can make many times a day. Choose Kind!
- We can show kindness through small acts and in simple ways.
You may also want to take a look at this post,”What This Harvard Project Determined About Raising Kind Kids”. In our community, we’re already valuing kindness in so many ways at home at at school We’re so grateful for your partnership! You may also want to check out this family kindness challenge video (2 minutes) and Kindness Checklist for some simple and fun ideas.
Allison Liner, Principal
School News and Events
Valentine’s Day Reminders
With Valentine’s Day celebrations approaching, please take a few minutes to review these reminders about wellness and food allergies at school.
- Please do not send valentines with candy or other food items.
- For classroom celebrations, fresh fruits and vegetables are encouraged!
- Occasional treats are acceptable during special celebrations as determined by school staff. In all situations, allergy and food restrictions will be taken into consideration for each class. Please check in with your teacher to learn more about what is planned in your child’s classroom.
- Many craft items may contain allergens such as wheat. Volunteers who are planning a craft activity must review ingredients with the teacher prior to any lesson.
- All meals or snacks provided to students must always be free of peanuts and tree nuts, regardless of stated allergies.
- Teachers are required to consult with parents of children who have food allergies and other health conditions before supplying food to the classroom. For this reason, we ask that volunteers not send food to be shared in the classroom without pre-arranging it in advance with the teacher. Talking with your teacher at least 2 weeks in advance is helpful.
- When food is served to a group of children the Board encourages all to be mindful and respectful of classmates who may have allergies and health conditions, and thus provide foods (and other substances) to students that can be enjoyed by all students participating in those activities. This means we should avoid substitutions and try to ensure all students can enjoy the activity.
News Team Update – Attention 3rd Graders
The Acorn Press News Teams have been set! The first group meets in the MakerSpace this Monday, January 29th at beginning of Lunch Time! To see which session you are in, please check the News Team section of the Activity Board outside of the Office.
If any students forgot to turn in their application to the Office, please do so ASAP so we can add you to one of the later sessions. White Oaks News Application
Parent Volunteers: If you volunteered to help with News Team, please check your email for an update on which session you and your child will be a part of. Thank you for your willingness to help out!
Any Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
PTA Thank Yous
The White Oaks PTA sends a huge and well-deserved thank you to Ella Levin and Lisa Amirkhan for all their efforts planning a very special and memorable winter dance for the 3rd grade class. The dance was a huge success and the kids and parents who attended all had a great time.
Sheriff’s Activities League Soccer
Lunchtime soccer is starting for second and third graders beginning February 9th. The program will run for 6 weeks, and children may drop in on the days they want to play. This is a recess game facilitated by the Sheriff’s Activities League. No shin guards or cleats – just fun on the grass! If your child would like to participate, please look for the waiver form in the green folder. Students must turn in signed waivers in order to participate.
Lost and Found
Please check our Lost and Found in the “tunnel” by the school office. For the next two weeks, this area will be unlocked until 6:30 pm so that parents can access it. We’re overflowing with clothes and other items! Unclaimed items will be donated on February 9th.
Superintendent Search – Please take this Survey today!
The Superintendent Search Survey closes February 7th. Survey responses are confidential.
What do you like about SCSD that you’d like to keep? What are the key issues in the next 3-5 years that you’d like the next Superintendent to address? What qualities would you like to see in our next Superintendent? Your responses are very important as we choose our next leader.
News from Healthy Cities Tutoring
“How to Support Your Student in Math”
Please join us on Tuesday, February 13 for a workshop on helping your student in math. Parents and Healthy Cities tutors are all welcome!
What will be covered? Guidelines on working with students in math (both elementary and middle school), plus resources, tools and strategies for teaching math. The workshop will be led by 4th grade teacher Krista Carroll and middle school math teacher Hillary Wiessinger.
Where: Central Middle School Library
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
IN ADDITION, WE ARE OFFERING A TUTOR INFORMATION SESSION for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Healthy Cities Tutoring. This session precedes the math training and is being held from 6:15-7:00 pm, also at Central Middle School. Hope you can join us and help us support more children on our waiting lists.
Any questions, email or call 508-7327.
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!
San Carlos Week of the Family January 26-Feb. 3
Mark your calendars for this very special San Carlos tradition. Join us January 29 – Feb 3, for a variety of family fun events. Everything from Family Game Night, the City-Wide Roshambo Contest, A Guided Family Hike Day to Adult Trivia Night… and much more!
Please visit the site for a list of all events.
Book Drive for ROPES Project
Hi, We are Noel & Chase, former White Oaks students, and we are collecting books to donate to 10 Books A Home for our 4th Grade ROPES Project. We are looking for preschool (ages 2-5) books. The books can be new or gently used. There are collection bins in the White Oaks Elementary School & Arroyo School offices. Books can be dropped off anytime before 1/29/18.
10 Books A Home is a local nonprofit organization that provides free home tutoring to high poverty preschoolers to help the children get ready for elementary school. We both love to read and think kids should be able to learn.
ROPES Project – Pets In Need Request
We are doing our ROPES project to benefit Pets In Need because there are dogs that need our help! We are collecting new or gently used dog toys and we hope that you can get stuff to donate. You can donate it in the box at the school office with a poster above it. If you want to donate other things you can go to the Pets In Need site and check out more stuff they need! Thank you!” – Mollie and Parker (former WO students)
Emerald Starlight Gala Tickets
Last few tickets available for our Emerald Starlight Gala! Join us on Saturday, March 24 2018 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. Celebrate 35 years of supporting San Carlos public schools. If you have never attended our Gala before, don’t miss your chance to celebrate a fun evening with friends, bid on exciting live auction items and support our schools. It’s for the kids! Tickets available on the SCEF site.
Important—Venue Change—Kindergarten Parent Information Night
Please note that due to the large number of attendees, we are moving this event to a larger space. On: Feb 1, 7pm At: Mustang Hall, 828 Chestnut St, San Carlos CA 94070 More info here.
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! See what special items have been donated by your child’s teacher, find out what your school specific items are. Also check out great camps and other family items curated just for you! Register here for your bidder number before the auction starts. Bid high and bid often!
Looking for summer camps? Check out Summer Camp Activity Fair! On Feb 13, 5:30pm 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 at www.scefkids.org/events Join us on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for our Emerald Starlight Gala, celebrating 35 years of supporting San Carlos public schools.
Community News and Events
Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!
- Drumline Round TWO at Tierra Linda starting soon!
Other Community News
- Palo Alto Youth Volleyball League