White Oaks Weekly - September 22, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We will continue our work in personalizing learning with Goal-setting Conferences from Wednesday, October 2nd - Tuesday, October 8th. This letter and chart went home during Back to School Night. Here are some highlights of what to expect during conferences:

Our Goals:

  • Increase rigor, student ownership, and engagement to support learning
  • Empower parents with early and ongoing feedback about student progress, as well as resources to help at home
  • Strengthen our students’ foundation for learning, using the SCSD Strategic Plan as our guide

What Parents Can Expect:

  • October 2nd-8th is conference week. All students will attend school from 8:30-12:35.
  • Teachers will share your child’s progress towards building their foundation for learning, which includes the 5 C’s and a Mindset for Learning. Evidence may be anecdotal and may be provided via discussion and/or student work
  • Teachers will ask for your input about your child’s goals
  • Teachers also will share information about the goal-setting conversations in the classroom, including the specific goal(s) your child set for him/herself

We look forward to partnering with you in our mission to help our young learners thrive, and we welcome your feedback and questions along the way.


Leah Scholer, Principal

Picture Day is tomorrow, Monday, September 23th. Click here if you are interested in ordering your pictures ahead of time!


School News and Events

PTA Appreciation - Family Movie Night
Thank you White Oaks families for making our movie night a big success! It was great to see so many members of the White Oaks community participate in our first school-wide event of the year. A big thank you to Amy Kim and Brooke Sibley for organizing the food trucks and movie. We love White Oaks!

Help Us Reach 100% PTA Membership - Every Voice Counts!
Our goal this year is 100% PTA membership, and we are happy to announce that we already have over 100 PTA members. Thank you to those who have already joined. Each membership helps make our voices heard in Sacramento for our kids on a local, state, and national level. 

Dues are just $20/family or $10/individual. 
Submit your PTA membership dues online today by visiting: https://jointotem.com/ca/san-carlos/white-oaks-elementary-pta

The Walk-a-Thon (Sunday, October 20) Needs Corporate Sponsors!
If you own a business or know someone who would make a great sponsor, please let us know! The generosity of our corporate sponsors funds the event, which means every dollar your kids fundraise goes straight to our school. Email us today atwhiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com to earn some great advertising for your business while sponsoring a fabulous cause.

Reminder - Use AmazonSmile and Earn Money for Our School
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support White Oaks PTA every time you shop. Use the link smile.amazon.com https://smile.amazon.com/ and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school. Create a bookmark and make it easy to remember. If you use Google Chrome, clink on this link to activate a redirect that will automatically take you to smile.amazon.com whenever you type amazon.com. You'll never miss an opportunity to earn free money for our school.

Save the Date! White Oaks Day of Service - October 6th
We are doing our White Oaks Day of Service on Sunday, October 6th. We will be looking for volunteers to help us with campus clean up projects and gardening as well as anyone who can bring gardening tools for the day. Stay for the whole time or drop in for as much time as you can. Please look for a sign up in next week's WOW. Any help is greatly appreciated!


SCEF News and Events

Town Raffle
You have a chance to participate in the Evening at Town by joining in the TOWN Raffle. The winner will choose from a grand prize of (1) 7-night accommodations at a luxury resort in Mexico or (2) a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith.

Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email toraffle@scefkids.org noting how many you would like and which item you would choose if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $50; 3 for $125 or 6 for $250.

Many employers are willing to support the causes which are important to you. Take advantage of your company’s workplace giving program by applying for a matching gift. Immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed information about your employer’s corporate giving program by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs at doublethedonation.com/scef. Here is a partial list of the top companies who supported SCEF last year via Workplace Giving: Google, An Anonymous Hardware/Software company in Santa Clara County, Genentech, Oracle, Wells Fargo (doubles the matching donation during the month of September), Gilead Sciences, LinkedIn, Electronic Arts, Adobe, Salesforce, Pfizer, Intel, Amgen, and 60+ others.


District News and Events

Playground Supervisors Needed!
Attention Parents! We are looking to hire additional noon supervisors at our schools for lunch & playground support for 1.5 to 3 hours per day, $17.23/hour. If interested, please see the job posting and apply online at EdJoin. 

For site specific questions, please speak with your school principal.

Join the SCSD School Board!
The San Carlos School District School Board will have a vacancy due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election but instead a Candidate Appointment process. The School Board approved the appointment process at their September 12th meeting.

Interested candidates may attend any of the Candidate Information Sessions to be held on Wednesday, Sep 25 - 7:00-8:00pm, Friday, Sep 27 - 9:00-10:00am and Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm in the District Office Board Room - 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B, San Carlos. 

Please check the website for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cathy Eitel, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent, at ceitel@scsdk8.org.


Community News and Events

Sign Up for San Carlos Day of Service 9/29
Save-the-Date: San Carlos Day of Service is Sunday, September 29, 2019 from 9:00am-2:00pm. San Carlos Day of Service is a one-day celebration of our wonderful city through acts of community service. The Day of Service grows our sense of community through one day dedicated to giving back.

Learn about projects and sign up here - https://www.sancarlosdayofservice.org

San Carlos Chickens' Ball
Celebrating 80 years of fundraising for our schools, Chickens’ Ball is the oldest PTA fundraiser in the nation. Our unique 2018 show raised over $40,000 for our schools through hilarious skits, song and dance. And we’re at it again! Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. We need representatives from each school to participate as a liaison on our Steering Committee, enhancing communication and collaboration for this district wide event.

Steering Committee meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. Our next meeting is Sunday, October 6. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.

Auditions to be a part of the show are October 24 (6:00pm) & 26 (10:00am) at Heather School.  

Show dates are March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee) at Central Middle School. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball.  

For more information, contact your PTA or Julie Engberg at julie@chickensball.org.