White Oaks Weekly - March 10, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Each spring, we reflect on progress towards goals and set new goals for the upcoming school year as part of the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Conversations occur at staff meetings, School Site Council meetings, and PTA meetings throughout the winter and early spring. In addition, we analyze staff, student, and family survey data collected through the Panorama Education Strategic Plan Survey. Thank you to the families who participated in this year’s survey.
If you’d like to participate in this month’s LCAP reflections, please join me at our School Site Council meeting on Thursday, March 21st at 3:00 pm in the library or reach out to me for a conversation.
Your feedback is valued as we determine our next steps in support of excellence and student engagement at White Oaks School.


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

2/3 Grade Dance Party is Coming! 3/15 6:30pm - White Oaks Event of the Year!
Save the Date - St. Patrick's Dance at White Oaks MU Friday, 3/15 at 6:30pm

Calling all the White Oaks 2nd and 3rd Graders. We are rolling out the red carpet for you! You are invited to attend the St. Patrick's Formal Dance on Friday, March 15th at 6:30pm at White Oaks Elementary School in the MU Room.  

Dear 2nd and 3rd Graders, ask a special adult to accompany you to the dance. White Oaks favorite DJ, Photo Booth, Cotton Candy and Popcorn machines, drinks, LOTS of balloons, as well as plenty of dancing are all included.  

The dance features music arranged by alumni DJ and professional Photo Booth set up. Don’t forget to wear something green and dance the night away!

Register at https://squareup.com/store/whiteoakspta/ or by submitting your check in the school office (please put attendees names in the memo).
Price: $15 per student, $25 per adult
Questions: Please contact Ella at 650-279-4007 or ellalevin1@gmail.com

Join Us for a PTA Social Evening
Join the PTA board for a social evening and learn more about what we do for White Oaks School. We are already planning for the 2019/2020 board so this is a great time to talk to current board members and find out what each role involves and how you can join in next year. We have lots of ways to contribute, both big and small! Feel free to drop in just to say hi and congratulate the current board on a great year!

When: From 7:30PM on March 14, 2019
Where: 2073 Eaton Avenue, San Carlos 
RSVP to Catherine.dunne@mac.com

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Arroyo Principal's Coffee & Other Special Events
Mark your calendars for these transition events organized by Arroyo School. Please attend the parent coffee with the Arroyo School Principals at 8:45 am on March 15th in the White Oaks MU Room. Check the flyer for other events including Arroyo tours and more.

Hey Batter Batter!

Don’t forget to watch the Stanford Cardinal take on the Utah Utes at our FAMILY FUN DAY baseball event on Sunday 3/24!!! All family welcome, with some special ballpark fun – White Oaks students get to sing the national anthem on the field, and 11 lucky raffle winners will be able to participate in 1-of-a-kind stadium fun.

Date: Sunday, March 24th – arrive 12:15PM for 1:00PM game start
Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto (Sunken Diamond)
Ticket Purchase Link: GoStanford.com/promo-code    
Ticket Promo Code: WHITEOAKS
Tickets $7 each. Must purchase one ticket for each person attending.
All family welcome.

*** It happens to be PUP day at the Sunken Diamond. If you'd like to bring your pup, please make sure they are on a leash. If dogs aren't your thing, reserve a ticket in section 7. We are hoping White Oak families will reserve in section 7, 8 and 9.***

As reminder, a flyer with the game details and raffle entries came home in your child’s Green Folder last week. Please submit your raffle entries to the White Oaks Office. Deadline for raffle entries is Monday, 3/18. Deadline for ticket purchase is Thursday, 3/21.

See you at the ballgame, sports fans!!!

Questions? Contact Family Fun Day organizers: Jaime Ackerhalt or Jennifer Larocque.

Ability Awareness Week is Just Around the Corner!
Ability Awareness Week - March 18-22, 2019

The mission of Ability Awareness week throughout the San Carlos School District is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities.

Students will be engaging in various activities throughout the week giving them a chance to experience what it is like to complete a basic task while having a learning or developmental difference. Students will all have a set of common experiences through activities already taking place on campus to spark discussion, increased understanding and compassion.

Some of the highlights of what will be happening in our school this week include a section of our school library dedicated to Ability Awareness, "Learn Your Name in Sign Language" posters, Legarza PE coaches creating "Ability Stations," school counselor-led sessions in classes that relate to compassion and inclusion, a variety of other classroom lessons and activities taught by teachers on what it is like to have a learning or developmental difference. There will also be various assemblies including a special puppet show, a performance by the College of Adaptive Arts, a visit from Guide Dogs for the Blind - Puppies in Training, and also Canine Companions.

District-wide events include:

  • Workshop on Growth Mindset for Students with Special Needs and Their Families presented by Eric Elliott, Education Psychologist, Lani Hessen, Occupational Therapist and Lisa Valerio, Mom and Advocate (everyone welcome!). Tuesday, March 19th at 7:00 p.m. at Heather Elementary MUR.
  • Support World Down Syndrome Day on Thursday, March 21st by wearing odd socks! 
  • District-wide Movie Night featuring, SOUL SURFER! Friday, March 22nd at 6:30 PM at Heather Elementary MUR. (Check it out on Common Sense Media to make sure it is appropriate for your child) Concessions will be for sale beginning at 6:10 and proceeds will support PTA. We will have food such as pizza, hot dogs, popcorn, chips and juice boxes. Fruits and veggies will be provided for free. *Please note: While this is not a drop-off event, feel free to coordinate with other families to share child care. 

Ability Awareness week is organized by the SCSD Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) and supported by your PTA Coordinating Council (PTACC).

Join the Good Eggs Fundraiser This Week and Win a Flower Bouquet
Join our fundraiser this week and win a free flower bouquet.

The first 5 new families to join our fundraiser with our school code will win flowers. Good Eggs will contact the winners directly, and the flowers will arrive in your next Good Eggs delivery.

How to join the fundraiser:

1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com

2. Enter the code WHITEOAKS19 –– click "Shop Now"

3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.

New customers get $15 off with this code and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, our school also gets a $500 fundraising bonus. 

Fundraiser terms & details

5% will count back to the school on all orders placed between February 25 and April 30. Orders placed between March 11 and March 17 will qualify toward the flower prize. You must use the code WHITEOAKS19 on your first order to count as a new customer. New accounts to the same household will not be counted.

Good Eggs is an online grocery market in the Bay Area delivering absurdly fresh groceries. Shop today for same-day delivery straight to your doorstep––no subscription required. Delivery is free on all orders over $60.

Join Our Team! Arroyo PTA Positions Open for 2019-2020
Central Arroyo PTA is beginning to plan for next year. Please consider getting involved to support our students and strengthen our school community! Key positions include: PTA Co-President, Arroyo Newsletter Editor, Stampede & Soar Fun Run Leads, Fundraising Chair, Membership Chair and 4th/5th Halloween Party Co-Chairs.

Contact PTA Co-Presidents Leslie Ostrander or Beth Rowell for more information on how you can make a difference.


District News and Events

Spring Enrichment Registration opens on March 15th
KidzToPros and SMART-E are excited to announce that enrollment for the Spring enrichment session will open for registration on March 15. Many of the same offerings will be available, along with a couple of new opportunities. For more information visit KidzToPros at https://www.kidztopros.com.

Transportation Feedback Needed
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Your feedback will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete. Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819_English 

Gracias por tomarse el tiempo para completar esta encuesta. Su participación nos permite ajustar la educación y el fomento en el programa Rutas Seguras a Escuela para cumplir mejor con las necesidades de cada escuela. Sus comentarios también serán compartidos con autoridades que pueden abordar cuestiones de infraestructura sobre de caminar y andar en bicicleta con seguridad. La encuesta no tomará más de 5 minutos en completarse. https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/1819Spanish

Weekly Parent Support Group
Thursday nights at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We tackle parenting challenges, share resources, contribute with ideas, and build our parenting community. They say, "It takes a village" so please join us for an opportunity to find your village. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District. The topic for March is helping your child deal with conflict resolution.

To RSVP go to this link and purchase your free ticket:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-support-group-san-carlos-school-district-tickets-53717537601

2020 San Carlos Chickens’ Ball
What is the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball?
It's a fundraiser for San Carlos Schools, a community builder, and a show with a rousing opener, skits, entr'actes, and a dazzling finale! The melodrama skits and the variety skits must be based on a nugget of history in the time of the San Francisco Barbary Coast (1890 to 1918). Turn of the Century theatrics, sets, and costumes add mightily to the entertainment! Fanciful entr'actes interpret contemporary works! Since 1940, everyone has been invited to “Come play with us in the Chickens’ Ball!”

Website: www.chickensball.org
Facebook: San Carlos Chickens' Ball
Email: steering@chickensball.org

Want to be involved? Email 2020chairs@chickensball.org. School liasons, musicians, actors, singers, dancers, extras, set and costume designers, set builders and painters, those who sew, stage crew, etc. ALL are welcome. Come join the fun and the unique San Carlos time honored tradition!


SCEF News and Events

Thank You From Our Starlight Gala Team!
A BIG thank you to the attendees, donors and volunteers for making the SCEF Starlight Gala such a special evening. The children of San Carlos appreciate YOUR investment in their education.

Teacher Auctions
Did you miss out on grabbing a spot for your child to go on their teacher’s outing?
The POST EVENT "auction" site has over 300 spots in 85 outings still available!
All spots are for sale at Fixed, Buy-it-Now prices. 
Check them out at: https://scefkids2019.ggo.bid.