White Oaks Weekly - August 25, 2019

From the Principal

Welcome back, White Oaks Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful first week of school and are ready for a year of learning, discovery and growth. I would like to thank our custodians Jesus Muñoz and Fernando Jimenez as well as our district maintenance team for the outstanding job they have done to make sure White Oaks was ready for classes to begin. We are incredibly appreciative of their work on behalf of our students and staff. I would also like to thank our school secretary, Teresa Williams, for the remarkable job she has done to support our teachers, staff, parents and me! Thank you to Debbie Blucher and Britta Ellis, our PTA Presidents, who have worked tirelessly to ensure that our parents and students have a fabulous year ahead. Finally, I would like to thank our amazing teachers for making our students feel so welcome and excited for the year ahead.

Please take some time to browse our website to get to learn more about our staff and our school. Remember that Thursday, 8/29 is Back to School Night. Meet in the MU for our welcome presentation at 6:30 pm and then head to your teacher’s classroom from 7:00-8:00 pm to learn more about the year ahead. Friday, 8/30 is a minimum day and dismissal will be 12:35 for all students.ere are a few dates to mark on your calendar: 

Helpful Resources: 

  • Take a peek at what Homework looks like at White Oaks
  • Learn about our math program, Math in Focus
  • Students are learning about the “White Oaks Way” and how to “Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe”. 
  • Read through this year’s Parent Guide to learn about how to get involved, upcoming events, and important information about our school and district.

Upcoming Events: 

  • Thursday, 8/29: Back to School Night- 6:30 pm in the MU, 7:00-8:00 pm in classroom (regular bell schedule)
    • *Reminder that this Friday, 8/30, is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:35 for all.
  • Monday, 9/2: No school, Labor Day Holiday
  • Tuesday, 9/3: Late Bird schedule starts for TK
  • Monday, 9/16: Late Bird schedule starts for Kindergarten


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Welcome Back from the PTA and Ways to Get Involved
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Back to School Coffee and a big thanks to our team who made this morning a success. It was great seeing so many new faces and we look forward to working with all of you this year. Thank you to those who have already volunteered via our Google Form. If you haven't done so yet, please follow this link and sign up for any opportunities that fit your schedule. For more information, please check out this link or contact Britta Ellis or Debbie Blucher with any questions.

Request for Hot Lunch Volunteers
Happy first week of school! Hope you had a relaxing summer vacation. Please consider being a hot lunch volunteer. It’s a great way for you to get to know students in all grades and requires a minimal time commitment of just one hour, from 11:45-12:45. We need one parent volunteer on Mondays and Tuesdays and two parent volunteers on Thursdays and Fridays. Ideally, you would commit to serving lunch two times a month. Please contact me ASAP if you’re interested as I’m already working on the calendar for the first few weeks of school.

Thank you!
Minji Enemark, Hot Lunch Volunteer Coordinator and mom to Nico (TK) and Luca (3rd grade)

First PTA Meeting
Please join us Wednesday, September 4 at 7 PM in the MU for our first PTA meeting of the year. We will be hearing about the exciting year ahead from our principal, Ms. Scholer, and our superintendent, Dr. Harmeier. We will also have updates on the family movie night and the walkathon. All parents are invited to attend. Remember to be eligible to vote you must be a member of the PTA. We hope to see you there!

Join the White Oaks PTA!
Join the White Oaks PTA and help us a create a thoroughly enriching experience for the White Oaks School community. This year, we are hoping you join us in reaching 100% PTA membership. 

How Do I Join?
Log on to Totem

What is the Cost?
$20 per family

Why Join the PTA? 

  • CONNECT with new friends and the White Oaks community
  • SUPPORT school-wide events and programs
  • MAKE your voice heard in Sacramento

Why is Your Membership Important?

  • Members play a role in decision-making at our monthly White Oaks PTA Meetings
  • Higher membership gives our PTA a powerful voice in advocating for our children with the California State Legislature
  • 100% membership sends a message to Sacramento that our district is made up of voters who are concerned and involved

Thank you for your support!


SCEF News and Events

You Made it Happen!
Thank you to our generous San Carlos school community, the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) will be granting a record $2.7 million to support San Carlos public schools this year. Every child, every day, in every classroom will benefit from your support. Grants will support everything from smaller class sizes in Kindergarten – Third Grade to band and orchestra in middle schools and many critical enrichment programs in-between. We are proud to report that because we surpassed our goal of $2.5 million, budget cuts to elementary school library hours were avoided this year.

Please visit our website at www.scefkids.org to learn how your dollars are put to work for students. Thank you to all of our donors, business sponsors, community members and SCEF board members and volunteers who made this success possible.

Evening at TOWN and Parent-Hosted Parties
Connect with old friends and make new ones at events benefitting the San Carlos Education Foundation. Tickets for the October 6th Evening at TOWN, will go on sale at 10am August 28th at www.scefkids.org/events. You will also be able to check-out our parent-hosted parties. These are smaller events, hosted by other parents, to build community and raise funds for our schools.  

Best wishes for a successful school year!


District News and Events

Join the SCSD School Board!
There is a vacancy on the San Carlos School Board due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election for the San Carlos School District School Board in November. If you are interested in applying to serve on the School Board, there will be an appointment process led by the School Board over the next several months. More information with details of the application process will be shared in the next few weeks through district email and public notifications.

Volunteers Needed for 7-11 Committee
Members of the San Carlos community, parents, and SCSD staff members interested in serving on the 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee to determine the future facility needs for the District are encouraged to contact Cathy Eitel, Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org to express interest or learn more about the goals and objectives of the committee.