From the Principal
I hope you all had a wonderful spring break. Tomorrow you will receive an email with a link to our Returning Student Form. It is important that you complete one form for each student in your household. This is the only way we know if your child will be here next year so that we can plan accordingly and place them in a class.
I also hope you will be able to join me this Friday, April 12th at 8:45 am for a Principal’s Coffee. This will be an opportunity to participate in this year's LCAP reflections and 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
Parent News from the School Counselor - Laura Macfarlane, LCSW
Your children are learning social and emotional skills through regular classroom lessons and reinforcement throughout the school day. Currently, all of our students at White Oaks are learning how to make and keep friends.
Disagreements, misunderstandings and conflicts arise in any friendship. Your child’s job is to learn to resolve conflicts and your job is to guide and support them. When you observe your child having a challenge with a friend, allow them to try to solve the problem independently. If they seek your help, don’t take over and fix the problem for them, instead, talk with them about what is going on, including their role in the situation. Encourage them to come up with a plan of action - what to do next to resolve the problem and move forward. Support your child as they develop their plan and put it into action.
Read about other important ways you can support your child’s friendships and social development.
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.
June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!
Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants.
Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!!
Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check only.
Purchase your spot for your child to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here: https://scefkids2019.ggo.bid
See last year’s video: https://www.scefkids.org/2018-scef-anthem-performance/
REVEL AT DEVIL’S!
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
Instrument Selection Appreciation
SCEF is proud to support the award-winning middle school music programs in our San Carlos middle schools. Thank you to Joe Murphy, Nick Garcia, Tabitha Tetreault, Colyn Fischer and local music teachers for introducing 4th graders to the variety of instruments available as they consider taking band or orchestra in 5th grade. Read about instrument selection day here: https://www.scefkids.org/instrument-selection-at-our-middle-schools/
School News and Events
Cultural Arts Day - Egypt!
Our annual Cultural Arts Day is coming up on Friday, May 3rd as we celebrate Egyptian culture and history with music, activities and more!
We will need a TON of help to make this special and exciting day a success for our children. We need volunteers to lead classroom projects and crafts and help throughout the day with various school-wide activities. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up and cleaning up as well. We appreciate any help you can give and we hope you can join us for this super fun day. Please look for the sign-up link in next week’s WOW!!
ALL STUDENTS should plan to arrive Friday, May 3rd by 8:30am and will be dismissed at 2:40pm. Also, students are encouraged to wear Red, White and Black to show their Egyptian spirit.
Join the Spring Good Eggs Fundraiser (March-April)
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.
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.
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
The last week of our topic on conflict, and the night we talk about this month's book: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Please join us even if you cannot fit reading a book into your schedule! There will be plenty to learn. The group is held each week at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District.
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
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 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 visit www.cityofsancarlos.org/earthdaysignup.