White Oaks Weekly - April 28, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

As part of our district’s Strategic Plan, students experience Project-Based Learning (PBL) projects throughout the year. These projects encompass a Whole Child approach where teachers incorporate the 5 C’s: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Critical Thinking and Citizenship. Projects are based on driving questions such as “How can we care for the earth in a sustainable, non-harmful way?” and “How do authors write non-fiction informational books about animals?”. Our school’s Makerspace is utilized for many of these projects and devices such as iPads and Chromebooks are used as tools to help students collaborate, communicate, and create. 

In order to plan for Project-Based Learning, teachers are given time throughout the year to work as grade-level teams to develop deep and meaningful hands-on experiences that focus on problem-solving and foster student engagement and ownership. Thanks to our PTA, teachers are able to provide their students with high-quality materials and resources that enhance student learning during these PBL’s. 

This week, teachers across the district will be coming together for their annual “Celebration of Innovation” professional development. This gives our educators an opportunity to share best practices for implementing Project-Based Learning district-wide. 

Sincerely,

Leah Scholer, Principal
lscholer@scsdk8.org

P.S. 
Please remind your children not to bring toys and stuffed animals to school. We don’t want them to get ruined or lost or become a distraction from learning. 

 

SCEF News and Events

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! Event runs from 6-11PM with live music starting at 9PM.

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/.

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.

If you are going to donate via payroll deduction with your employer please act now as it can take up to 8 weeks for funds to be received by SCEF. 

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

 

School News and Events

Cultural Arts Day THIS FRIDAY!
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 STILL NEED A TON OF HELP to make this special and exciting day a success for our children!! We need volunteers to help set-up, lead classroom projects and crafts and help throughout the day with various school-wide activities and cleaning up as well. 

We are also in search of any parents who know how to juggle and are willing, able and available from 10:15 to noon to help teach the kids during the outdoor games rotation. If anyone is interested please contact Natalie Joyce at nktrimmer@gmail.com

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).

 

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:

- 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
May 2nd, at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. This week starts a new topic that we call the Juggling Act of Raising Kids. Silicon Valley is a unique place to rear children, and warrants some good discussion. The evening will focus on screen usage by children with suggestions for healthy screen time. We will explore ideas on how to monitor safe use of electronic devices, so please bring your ideas to the discussion to share! The group is sponsored by One Life Counseling, and free to parents in the San Carlos School District. Please join our community of parents helping each other!

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 and Events

2020 Chickens’ Ball
“The Night They Invented Champagne”

Do you want to be a part of the oldest competition in San Carlos? Write an intriguing skit about extraordinary people. We can’t wait for your hilarious one-liners, eye dropping sets, and dazzling costumes! Gather your pals, parents, and principals to submit a skit. 

You are cordially invited to join us at the next Skit Writing Meeting, Tuesday, April 30, 2019, 7:30pm-8:30pm.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide guidance in writing and submitting a skit to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball. Our goal is to encourage a variety of community groups to participate.  All proceeds go to San Carlos public schools.

2020 Show dates:  March 13, 14, 15 (matinee), 20, 21 (two shows), 22

Mona Klein, General Chair and Karen Althoff, Production Chair

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.