White Oaks Weekly - March 24, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Our Book of the Month for March and April is Sarabella’s Thinking Cap by Judy Schachner.

This story celebrates creativity and what it means to be creative. It is about a little girl who is constantly daydreaming and creating new worlds from her imagination. In it, her understanding teacher recognizes her creativity, but it also addresses the expectations of a classroom setting, and how to meld the two. This beautifully illustrated book will connect with all children who have an active imagination!

Check out these resources to spark your child’s creativity at home! 

10 Ways to Spark Your Child’s Imagination 
25 Ways to Spark Your Your Child’s Creative Thinking 
The Whole Child- Creativity and Play

Places (Bay Area Kid Fun):
Children’s Creativity Museum
Museum of Children’s Art
Cantor Arts Center

Principal's Coffee - LCAP Input Session

Please join me for a Principal's Coffee on Friday, April 12th at 8:45 am for another opportunity to participate in this year's LCAP reflections. This is your chance to provide input on our district and school goals and priorities. Your feedback is valued as we determine our next steps in support of excellence and student engagement at White Oaks School.


Leah Scholer, Principal
[email protected]


SCEF News and Events

Why Does SCEF Exist?
Check out our new video about school funding and how SCEF works to bridge the gap for students in San Carlos. 



On May 4, 2019, join us at for the annual community event at Devil’s Canyon and enjoy live music by the Best of the 80s: Tainted Love! Ticket price is $75 per person and $35 per teacher/staff. Price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table.

Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator too!
Go to: www.scefkids.org/reveltickets

Lucky on Live Winner
The lucky winner of the raffle was Jennifer Berry. She won Dinner for Four at the French Laundry. Congrats! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Lucky-on-Live raffle.

Did You Miss Out?
Did you miss out on Gala online auction items, grabbing a spot for your child to go on their teacher’s outing or sing the National Anthem? Attend one of our popular Parent Parties? The POST EVENT "auction" site has many items still available! All teacher outings are for sale at Fixed, Buy-it-Now prices.
Check them out at: https://scefkids2019.ggo.bid.


School News and Events

PTA Membership - Join Today!
Did you know that you can join the PTA anytime throughout the year? If you are not yet a PTA member please follow the link and consider joining. Why join now? With all of the budget issues facing California public schools the PTA is your place to learn more about public school education and financing and to make your voice heard. Family memberships are available for just $20: https://jointotem.com/ca/san-carlos/white-oaks-elementary-pta/joinoin.

Join the Spring Good Eggs Fundraiser (March-April)
Join our fundraiser this week to help us earn an extra $100 to our fundraising check!

Haven’t tried Good Eggs yet? Now’s your chance! If 5 families new to Good Eggs join our fundraiser this week (3/25-3/31), we’ll earn an extra $100 to our final check.

For current customers of Good Eggs please be sure to enter the code to make 5% back for our school. 

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. 

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.

Contact Katie Gallagher with any questions.


District News and Events

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process. 

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend: 

-    March 26: 9:30- 10:30AM 
-    April 19: 9:30- 10:30AM 
-    May 8: 9:30- 10:30AM 

What You Can Do to Get Involved:

  • Annually complete the SCSD Strategic Plan Survey. Thank you to all of the families that completed the survey to help inform progress in SCSD's goal areas.
  • Get to Know the SCSD LCAP Goals. View the 2018-19 SCSD LCAP here.
  • Review resources from the California PTA here.
  • Attend a School Site Council meeting at your school.
  • Reach out to your school principal.
  • Attend a PAC Meeting Attend a School Board Meeting; the SCSD Board will hold a Public Hearing on the LCAP on June 6.

Weekly Parent Support Group
Located at Heather Elementary School Library each week from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. We continue our topic of helping our children cope with conflict and respond well. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District. The group is designed so that each Thursday evening will offer you parenting skills to help your children deal with conflict in its various forms. Please join us for learning in connection with your fellow school district parents!

To RSVP, use the following link and purchase your free ticket:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-support-group-san-carlos-school-district-tickets-53717537601


Community News

Healthy Cities Tutoring Social Emotional Learning Tips
April 9, 2019 - Tutor Tips workshop on Social Emotional Learning
How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

April 9, 2019
6:15-6:50 pm Orientation "How to Become a Tutor?" 
7:00-8:15 pm Workshop "Social Emotional Learning" 
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Please RSVP via our Evite.
Visit us at: Healthy Cities Tutoring

San Carlos Chickens’ Ball
Do you want to be part of the oldest competition in San Carlos? Do you have the charm, the looks, the charisma to join the fun of Chickens’ Ball? Chickens’ Ball is the oldest school district fundraiser, raising money for schools through hilarious skits, song and dance since 1940. You are invited to attend one of the upcoming Chickens’ Ball Skit Writing meetings: April 13, 2019 10:00am-11:30am at San Carlos Library, Room A and April 30, 2019 7:30pm-9pm at San Carlos Library, Room A. Send 1 or more person to the meeting to get all the information you need to write the skit for the show.
Follow with Chickens’ Ball on Facebook @Chickensball.
Contact your PTA group to learn more!

San Carlos Earth Day Clean-up 2019
Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Roll up your sleeves and join the City of San Carlos on Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. to clean up downtown Laurel Street.
This fourth annual Earth Day event is a great way for community members to be a part of on-going efforts to increase sustainability while keeping our City clean and beautiful. 
For more information or to sign-up by April 5 visitwww.cityofsancarlos.org/earthdaysignup.