From the Principal
October is Digital Citizenship Month and we are teaching skills using resources from Common Sense Media. Students are using technology in a variety of ways to support critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration including authoring e-books, creating their own movies to communicate a point of view, drafting essays using Google Docs, researching science and social studies topics, and collaborating during project-based learning units – just to highlight a few. Along the way, they are learning how to search safely, protect privacy, give proper credit to authors, share workload responsibilities, and model kindness and caring in all communications – on and offline.
From research and reading online to playing games and exploring social media, our kids truly are living in the digital age. With our support, children learn that the guidelines of “online life” closely mirror those of life “offline”. During the elementary school years, children are learning how to self-regulate. As they reach new physical, social and emotional milestones, children begin to balance active time with rest time, time with friends with quiet time alone, and healthy eating with the occasional sweet treat. With our guidance, they also are learning how to manage their “digital diets” to balance both quality and quantity of media consumption.
Here are a few guidelines you may want to draw from as you consider how technology functions in your family:
- Get involved: Engage with your child and find out what he/she enjoys online.
- Set an example: Model positive behavior about when, where and how it is acceptable to be “on” a device. Check out this 45 second video about taming device time.
- Make dinner time device free.
- Set clear limits: Together, create a schedule that shows when media will be used and how screen time fits into the larger picture of the day or week. Institute a “device bedtime” so that devices are put away in advance of your child’s bedtime. Ensure that devices are used and charged in public areas, not in children’s bedrooms. Create a Family Media Plan.
Already, our children are learning to leverage technology to fuel learning in exciting ways. Together, we’ll help them take the next steps to becoming powerful digital citizens!
Allison Liner, Principal
Rockin’ Halloween Ball- A SCEF tradition!
In 1993, the San Carlos Education Foundation first hosted “Ghouls for Schools,” a wildly popular fundraising event at the Fox Theatre Redwood City.
Today, SCEF still parties for schools at Halloween with the parent-hosted Rockin’ Halloween Ball; and it’s still THE costume party of the year!
Event: October 27, 2017 at Club Fox.
Tickets available on the SCEF site.
Be sure to check out our other parent parties too. They are a wonderful way to meet new families and make new friends!
SCEF is Proud to Host This Year’s Faculty and Friends Concert
This is your chance to listen to top quality music right here in our town! The San Carlos School District music teachers will perform with other professional musicians at the annual Faculty and Friends Concert.
Date: November 3, 2017 at 7pm
Location: St. Charles Church, 880 Tamarack Ave, San Carlos
This is the 12th year running for this amazing concert. Don’t miss your chance to hear exceptional music! Buy your tickets on the SCEF website. All proceeds benefit the music programs in our district’s middle schools.
School News and Events
Family Movie Night Thank You!
Our first Family Movie Night this year was lots of fun for White Oaks families to get together, grab a bite at the food trucks and enjoy the show, Sing! A special Thank You to Ella Levin and Katie Gotelli for organizing this wonderful event again this year.
Thank You, Walk-A-Thon Team!
We’d like to send a huge THANK YOU to Erica Carter, Sondra Harding, Trinity Murphy, Andrea Mardesich, Alicia Silverman and Rafael Petrone for their amazing efforts in planning, organizing and running this year’s Walk-A-Thon and Family Fun Day. The event was a huge success thanks to all of you and to all the parent volunteers who stepped up to help throughout the day. We deeply appreciate the efforts involved in putting on the Walk-A-Thon.
Please remember this is the biggest fundraiser for our school’s PTA-funded programs and events like Art-in-Action, Makerspace, classroom and library books, assemblies, family fun days and much more. If you have’t donated yet, there’s still time to do so! Visit our dojiggy site and donate today!
Allison Liner, Amy Ihde, Kirsten Kell and Kate Wormington
Thank you to all Walk-a-Thon Corporate Sponsors!
A huge thank you all of the corporate sponsors who supported this year’s Walk-a-Thon. Your contributions not only made the day a huge success for our kids, but also ensure that every dollar our students raise goes directly back into our school.
Platinum Sponsors: County Consumer Plumbing Service & Repair Group, Chang Orthodontics, Tavarez Orthodontics, Kirsten Kell Marriage and Family Therapy, Jumpin’ Giraffe Party Rentals
Gold Sponsors: Matt Grodin CPA, Joyce & Tatum Real Estate, Alana Corso Real Estate, Retirement Administration Inc. (RAI), Hot Wok Bistro, Palo Alto Wellness, Michelle Huljev High Performance Coaching, San Carlos Orthodontics, Union + Webster, Road Runner Sports
If you haven’t made your Walk-a-Thon donation yet, there’s still time! The suggested donation is $250 per student, but any and all donations are welcome and appreciated!
October PTA Meeting
The next PTA meeting takes place on this Wednesday, October 11th at 8:45 a.m. in the MU. We’re excited to have a guest speaker joining us. Interim SCSD Superintendent Mary Jude Doerpinhaus will be on hand to tell us about her role this year and answer questions.
Please join us and learn more about the programs and events taking place at our school this year. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.
Throughout the month of September/October, White Oaks’ Legarza PE coaches will teach Unit 3: Kicking and Footwork.
Legarza coaches will teach White Oaks students how to:
|Skill Development||Child Development|
|1. Kick and control a ball||1. Identify the key elements for increasing accuracy in kicking/controlling a bar|
|2. Dribble and trap balls with one’s feet||2. Identify the key differences between dribbling a ball with one’s feet vs. one’s hands|
|3. Differentiate and move within general and personal space||3. Describe how changing speed/direction allows one person to move away from another|
|4. Develop the skills to master a loft kick and a power kick||4. Identify the body’s normal reactions to moderate to vigorous physical activity|
These skills will be reinforced with fun and engaging games, including Battleship Loft Kicking, Spaceship Tag, and Soccer. We will be rounding off every PE class with a Health Huddle. Our September/October Health Huddles teach the importance of consistent handwashing, water promotion, understanding the food groups, walk/bike safety, and making healthy snack choices — even on Halloween. Key points include:
- The benefits of drinking water in consistent amounts
- Moving and playing for 1 hour every day
- Eating foods from all 5 food groups
Safety Assembly with Officer Rosales
Our school resource officer, Wally Rosales, will hold a safety assembly with all students across the district this month. This presentation will cover the following topics: How to call 911, identifying an emergency, traffic/ bicycle/skateboard/helmet safety, being aware of strangers and your surroundings, and Halloween safety tips. Officer Rosales visits our campus regularly to work with students and staff to support safety at White Oaks.
Support White Oaks School Through Our Good Eggs Fundraiser!
During the months of October and November, we’ll be participating in a fundraising program through the Good Eggs organic grocery delivery service. And if you sign up by October 15 you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a week of free dinners. Participation is easy! Just go to the Good Eggs website, fill your basket with the best food around, and enter code WHITEOAKS to get $25 off your first order and be automatically enrolled in the fundraiser.
Enjoy! You just discovered the easiest and most delicious way to support our school. All your orders for the next two months will automatically count toward the fundraiser that gives 10% back to our school.
Why Good Eggs?
1) 10% goes back to your school! The top fundraising partner with Good Eggs last year raised over $10,000 – we can too.
2) Fresh Groceries Delivered Same Day: Good Eggs sells the best food (local produce delivered within days of harvest, sustainable meats and seafood, meal kits, kid-friendly staples and more) with same day delivery. They work directly with hundreds of local farmers and food makers to bring the best food to your table.
3) It’s the easiest way to feed your family well all week long: Breakfast, lunch, snacks, happy hour and dinner.
Order from Good Eggs today to raise money for our school. Please remember to enter the code WHITEOAKS when you check out. Contact Katie Gadsby for more information.
Missing Popup Tent
A blue Cal popup tent was missing after the Walk-a-Thon. The owners returned Sunday evening and it was not on the lawn where the cleanup crew left all of the popup tents. If someone took it by mistake, they can return it to the office or email Trinity Murphy.
Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten registration is now open!
Registration for all grades opens October 9, 2017 for any NEW incoming students. The registration process is centralized at the District office for all schools except the San Carlos Charter Learning Center (please visit their website for their registration procedures). Please do NOT go to individual schools to register.
If your child is a current student at one of the schools of the San Carlos School District schools in either transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or grades 1 to 8, you are not required to re-register during this window. For all students currently attending a SCSD school for the 2017-2018 school year, an email with your child’s InfoSnap code and instructions will be sent out later in April 2018 for you to re-register your child online and no action is required at this time.
For questions regarding the registration process, please contact the District Registrar at (650)508-7333 or visit the district website
Candidate Forum on Tuesday Night
This November, San Carlos citizens will be voting to fill three seats on our local school board. SCEF and the PTA Coordinating Council are hosting a Candidate Forum Tuesday Night, October 10, 7 – 8:30pm in the District Office meeting room, 1200 Industrial, Unit 9 so that citizens can meet the candidates.
Among the usual duties of oversight, school board members elected this Fall will hire a new Superintendent, negotiate a new contract for teachers and address budget issues facing public schools in California including the allocation of pension costs previously funded by the state which now are being charged directly to school district budgets.
Please attend the candidate forum to learn more or visit the district’s website to find out more about the Board’s role here.
The next SCSD Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 12th. For more information go to BoardDocs for the agenda.
Community News and Events
Please visit our Community Corner for this week’s Community News!
- Free October 22 Scavenger Hunt
- Healthy Cities Tutoring News – Tutor Training Oct. 18
Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for 325 students at the seven SCSD schools during the 2016-2017 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need. Healthy Cities Tutoring News – Tutor Training Oct. 18
Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need.
Volunteers range in age from 14-94 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week. Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school.
Where: White Oaks School, Multi-use Room
When: October 18
Time: Two identical sessions offered: 8:30-10:30 AM and 6:30-8:30 PM.
We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on October 18th.
Questions please call 508-7327 or go to HCT website
Other Community News
- After School’s Harvest Week Program!
- Holiday Evergreens in October?
- Junior Team Tennis – Get playing on a team with friends! Fall teams in San Mateo & Menlo Park