White Oaks Weekly - April 21, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Our Strategic Plan Survey results are in! 336 parents/guardians completed our family survey this school year, and White Oaks continues to receive a high percentage of favorable responses that exceed the district average in the areas of Communication, Engagement, 21st Century Skills, Safety, Learning Environment, Expectation and Rigor, and Homework.
In many areas, 90% or more of responses were favorable. Here are some of the highlights:

  • I am encouraged to be involved in my child’s school (96%)
  • My child’s school is a caring and nurturing place (98%)
  • My child’s school has a positive and motivating atmosphere (98%)
  • My child is getting a good education at this school (93%)
  • My child’s school is safe (93%)
  • I receive effective communication from my child’s school (91%)

Areas for Continued Conversations
Family responses also highlighted a need for continued conversations in some areas. We are considering these topics as we set goals and plan budgets for the school year ahead:

  • How homework supports personalized learning, including the development of study skills and work habits
  • How we encompass the whole child and ensure we maintain a balance between technology and the continued development of social and emotional skills. 
  • Parent education in the following areas: social-emotional learning, supporting student learning in math, and understanding the Next Generation Science Standards

If you would like more information, or to engage in our next conversation to review survey results, please join us at the next White Oaks Site Council meeting on Thursday, April 25, 2019, from 3:00-4:00 pm in the library or reach out to me directly.


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Lion King Kids Theatre Production is April 26th and 27th
White Oaks School and the San Carlos Children's Theatre production of Lion King Kids is next weekend! Please join us for the public performances of the school play which will be on Friday, April 26 at 7 pm and Saturday, April 27 at 1 pm. This is a free event and seating is first come first served.

Cultural Arts Day is Coming - 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 set up and clean up as well.

We appreciate any help you can give and we hope you can join us for this super fun day. Please SIGN-UP HERE!

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.

Staff Appreciation Week is Coming Up, May 6th-11th
We have lots of great events planned to celebrate our White Oaks staff throughout the week! One of the favorites is covering yard duty. Please help us out and sign up for some time slots. Click here to sign up for yard duty. 

For more ways to get involved in the planned events, please contact Co-chairs Lena Grodin (lenagrodin@gmail.com), Karen Pachmayer (kmion75@yahoo.com), or Annie Stevenson (anniestevenson79@gmail.com).

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.


District News and Events

PTACC…. Why you should care... Check it out today!
PTACC stands for PTA Coordinating Counsel. The San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council is comprised of PTA Presidents from each school, Principals, SCEF, Charter and SC District Administration working together to collaborate and support the needs of all of the children in our 9 community schools.

PTACC also is an advocacy organization. During this season with State budget pressures, be sure to check out the PTACC website to find out how you can get involved.

Click here to advocate today.

Safe Routes to School - Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars for several Safe Routes to School events coming up:

- Wed, April 24  Earth Week’s “ReRoute” Wednesday (walk, roll or bike to school!)
- Thur., May 9  National Bike to Work/School Day
- Fri., May 17-19  Hometown Days Bikes & Wheels Events
- Sat., June 15 AM Bike Tour to Arroyo Day
- Sat., June 15 PM Bike Rodeo at Tierra Linda

Weekly Parent Support Group
Located at Heather Elementary School Library on April 25th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The group is sponsored by One Life Counseling Center and free to parents in the San Carlos School District. Our topic of discussion will be based on the book, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Discussion is focused on parenting with a mind towards the empathetic skills presented in the book. If you do not have time to read the book, join us anyway, and we will give you enough new information to make it worth your time!

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


SCEF News and Events


On May 4, 2019, join us 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


SCEF Spring Raffle!
Your chance to win a 7-night stay at a luxury beachfront resort in Mexico and other prizes! Tickets are $50 each or 6 for $250. Drawing will be at Revel @ Devil's on May 4th. You need not be present to win. Get your tickets at: www.scefkids.org/2019-spring-raffle/.

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/

Make It Happen In May
We are on a campaign to reach our fundraising goal by May 31st in hopes of minimizing budget reductions. If the School Board has the estimated SCEF Grant for the 2019-20 school year in June, they can consider this estimate in their final budget deliberations.

Please make your donation now: www.scefkids.org/donate


Community News and Events

STEAM Fest on the Square 2019
Save the Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11-3 at Redwood City Downtown Courthouse Square

All Bay Area students, families, and friends are invited to the Redwood City Library Foundation’s 4th annual free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Festival. Attendees will experience a day of hands-on STEAM activities, including projects in construction, robotics, art, coding, forensics, and much more, with a closeup look at the latest energy-efficient automobiles.

Now’s the Time - Register for San Carlos AYSO Today!
The San Carlos American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) fall registration is now OPEN until the end of May for ages 3-18. Visit the AYSO booth at the Laurel Street Farmer’s Market on Sundays if you have any questions. We’ll have gently used cleats out for trade, as well as a bin for any donations! Log on to www.sancarlosayso.org for details and registration information.