White Oaks Weekly - September 29, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

This coming week is conference week at White Oaks. All students will attend 8:35 am – 12:35 pm starting on Wednesday, October 2nd - Tuesday, October 8th. We look forward to partnering with you in support of your child’s happiness, engagement, and success.

What to Expect at the Conference:

  • Time to share your hopes and questions with the teacher
  • An update on your child’s progress, with a focus on the academic, social and/or emotional goals that are most relevant for your child
  • Samples of “on grade level” work to help you gauge your child’s current progress and where next steps fall on a continuum of learning
  • Tools for home, including a homework menu with recommendations about which options best match your child’s learning goals

We want to know how our approach is working to empower parents with early and ongoing feedback about student progress, as well as resources to help at home. Please share your feedback directly with your child’s teacher throughout the year. 

We look forward to the opportunity to talk about your child’s personal learning strengths and goals during the week ahead.

Reminder: Please stop by our Lost and Found before or after your conference next week. Our collection is growing by the day!


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Join us for Welcome Wednesday!
It’s time for Welcome Wednesday. All parents are welcome to join us on the playground from 8:30-8:45. Please join us for classroom cheers and the school song, “There’s a Place for Us All.” 

We will also be launching our PTA Membership Challenge at Welcome Wednesday - please make sure to stay for delicious coffee and donuts as thanks. We can’t wait to see you there!

Walk to School Wednesday
Reminder that this Wednesday, October 2, 2019 is Walk to School Wednesday! We will be at school to pass out charms to our walkers, scooters, and bikers. Look for the balloons to find your charm. This week, we will be recording all modes of travel and the school district will be providing colorful shoelaces to students who made active choices. If all of our students substituted walking for driving for just 1 mile a day, 1,216kg of CO2 would never be released into the air. That's the equivalent of planting 8 trees in just one day! 

We are still in need a few volunteers to help pass out charms the first Wednesday of each month. Please email Shipeng Fu if you would like to volunteer.

Join White Oaks Families for a Fall Clean up!
Join White Oaks families for a Fall campus clean up on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6th at White Oaks Elementary from 9am-11am. and 11am-1pm. 

Neighbors, friends and kids of all ages are welcome! Projects small and large will include clean-up, yard/garden improvements, refreshing existing garden soil and more! 

Wear a hat, sunscreen, and comfortable clothes that can get dirty. If you can’t come for the whole shift, don’t worry! We’d love for you to join us in whatever way works for you and your family. 

You can sign up at the following link: https://signup.com/go/DxhYBLQ

If you are interested in donating refreshments for volunteers, flowers or other garden items, or if you have any questions, please email Natalie Joyce. We hope to see you there!

Last Call for Walk-a-Thon Corporate Sponsors!
Thanks so much to those who have already signed on! The generosity of our corporate sponsors funds the event, which means every dollar your kids fundraise goes straight to our school. The deadline to register as a corporate sponsor is Monday, 9/30 - email us today at whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com to earn some great advertising for your business while sponsoring a fabulous cause!

The Fall Good Eggs Fundraiser Starts on October 1st
The Fall Good Eggs Fundraiser starts this week! Good Eggs is an organic grocery delivery service offering local, organic produce, sustainable meat and fish, pantry items, meal kits and much more for direct delivery to your doorstep.

Join the fundraiser starting on October 1st and win a free flower bouquet! The first 5 new families to shop with our school code will win flowers. Winners will receive a code to redeem flowers in their next Good Eggs delivery.

5% will go back to our school on orders placed between 10/1 and 11/30.

How to join the fundraiser:

  1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com
  2. Enter the school code whiteoaksfall2019. Click "Shop Now."
  3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.

New customers get $20 off their first order with this code. We'll earn a $150 bonus if 10 new families try Good Eggs for the first time, and an additional $350 for 20. Thank you for your support and happy shopping.

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.



A big thank you to the following local businesses owned by San Carlos School District parents who have already committed their SCEF support for this school year.

Absolute Electrical, GDA Commercial, CB Showers, Pope Peninsula Periodontal, Mindful Bodies, John McAfee-State Farm Insurance, Hummingbird Music, Jett Ed, Harvest Furniture, and NorthWall Builders

If you own a business and would like to reach San Carlos families AND make your annual donation for your family please take a look at our business partners programs here - https://www.scefkids.org/take-action/businesses/.


District News and Events

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 the Candidate Information Session to be held on 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

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors
Join us and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School.

Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.

San Carlos Chickens' Ball
Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. Become your school’s representatives on our Steering Committee. If you’re new to the district or don’t know what this is, here is 3 minute video to introduce you to San Carlos’s time honored tradition: The Chickens’ Ball.

  • Steering Committee - next meeting is October 6.  Meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.
  • Auditions - October 24 (6:00pm) & October 26 (10:00am), 2019 at Heather School  
  • Show Dates - March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee), 2020 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.