White Oaks Weekly - November 3, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Now as the school year is underway, I want to thank you for the many ways you make a difference at White Oaks. Joining your PTA (we are at 90%!!!), volunteering in classrooms, supporting students at home and attending events here at school. 

Every year the parent-led San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) works to raise critical funds to support Smaller Class Sizes (K-3), Field Trips, Science Curriculum, Technology Support and Devices, Music for Minors, Counselors and a School Site Principal Flex to fund school site needs. This year at White Oaks, I am using my SCEF Flex Fund to purchase Seesaw, a digital portfolio platform, as well as professional development opportunities and supplies to support our Makerspace. 

Wednesday, November 6th is SCEF Day. Consider having your student wear green on Wednesday. 

If you haven't already done so, I hope you will consider making a donation to SCEF. Support from parents like you is critical to help sustain and enhance the education we provide to our students. You can learn more at www.scefkids.org.


Leah Scholer, Principal

P.S. This is a friendly reminder that the San Carlos School District prohibits dogs on school grounds at ALL times, including weekends and after-school hours. For safety and health reasons, please help remind our families and the surrounding community to only walk their dogs on a leash through the White Oak Way section of campus. Dogs should not be off-leash and should not be on or near the playground or grass area. Dogs should also not be allowed to drink from our water fountains as our students use these during the school day. Thank you for your support and understanding! 


School News and Events

White Oaks Holiday Store
It’s that time of year- the White Oaks Holiday Store is a cherished tradition and will be open on Saturday, December 14th this year! Pick-a-Project will be on Tuesday, November 5th at 2:40. After you pick up the kids, come to the MU and pick up a project to take home and complete at your leisure (mostly). For those new to this event, you take home a kit that has all materials and instructions necessary to assemble a certain number of gifts. When they are ready, you bring them back. Then on the day of the event, your gifts are sold to the White Oaks students to give to family members on the holidays. We are making memories here! Most projects require NO crafty abilities and are very easy to put together. However, there are a few that require a little more know-how.  Along that vein, we are specifically looking for help with sewing projects. Please contact Kirsten Kell if you have sewing abilities to share.

Holiday Store Key Dates:
* 11/5/19 (2:40pm): Pick-a-Project in the MU
* 12/5/19 & 12/9/19 (7-9pm): Project Parties in the MU
* 12/13/19 (2:40pm): Event Set Up in the MU
* 12/14/19 (9-12pm): Holiday Store

Get excited!

Walk to School November!
Reminder that this Wednesday, November 6th is Walk to School Wednesday! We will be at school to pass out some cool (maybe turkeys or pumpkins) charms to our walkers, scooters, and bikers. Look for the balloons to find your charm. Please bring your chains if you already have one. We still 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 Us for Our Next PTA Meeting - November 6, 7pm
Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting this Wednesday evening in the MU at 7pm. We will receive a school update from Ms. Scholer, as well as receive updates on our Book Fair and other winter events. Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there.

Book Fair
It’s that time of year again! The Scholastic Book Fair is just around the corner. The Book Fair raises thousands of dollars in books for the school library. We can't do it without your help! Please take a look at the many roles and shifts to fit your schedule and sign up here: https://signup.com/go/KxULzOcWe especially need help on Family Fun Night, Wednesday, November 13th.

Monday 11/11: No School 
Tuesday 11/12: 8-8:45am, 2:30-3:15pm
Wednesday 11/13: 8-8:45am, 12:30-1:15pm with Family Fun Night* 5:15-7:30pm 
Thursday 11/14: 8-8:45am, 2:30-3:15pm, 5-6:30pm
Friday 11/15: 8-8:45am

*On Family Fun night the Book Fair opens at 5:15 and the Puppet Show (TK-1st) and Magic Show (2nd & 3rd) begins at 6:30pm. Shop at the book fair before the show!

Make a Poster for the Book Fair!
Make a poster to promote the Book Fair and pick a book from our gently used collection. White Oaks students only please. Please submit posters to the library anytime this week.  Minimum size 11” X 17”. Posters must include the following information:

  • November 12 through 15
  • Multi-Use Room
  • A slogan or message to attract shoppers.
  • This year's theme is "Arctic Adventures"
  • Student’s name and classroom written on the back (to receive the certificate for a gently used book)

Shop This Week With Good Eggs to Raise Money for White Oaks
Join the Good Eggs School Fundraiser today. The sooner you shop with our school's code, the more money our school can earn!  5% will go back to our school on orders placed between 10/1 and 11/30.

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.

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.



SCEF Day Wednesday November 6 - Support Strong San Carlos Schools
SCEF is off to a strong start this school year with robust event participation, solid individual donations and early matches through workplace giving. Your generosity last year enabled SCSD to reinstate library hours and allowed SCEF to increase support of other programs. Help celebrate SCEF Day on Wednesday, November 6 and continue the tradition of supporting our schools. Wear green and DONATE at SCEFkids.org.


Candy Buy-Back
Support Our Troops - Support Your School 

  • Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office 
  • When? Nov 1st – Nov 6th 
  • Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF
  • All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude

Thank you to local dentists, Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping. Check out our flyer at http://scefkids.org/halloween.

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!
Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8th at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/.

Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy,  Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. 

  • Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos


District News and Event

New Parent Ed Series Begins THIS WEEK
Check out the latest events and resources added to our Parent Education offerings: https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/index.jspuREC_ID=1136264&type=d&pREC_ID=1394587

RSVP to join a new 6-week course called "The Nurtured Heart Approach" with our own school psychologist, Matt Steinborn. RSVP: http://evite.me/AdVRUR1WjUhe

Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting - November 14
We want to hear from YOU. Please join us for a Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 pm the District Office. Learn more about what our parcel tax supports, what happens if we do not renew it and weigh in with your thoughts. We want to hear from our community!

New Student Registration
The San Carlos School District will opened the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period. 

New Student Registration is for all incoming Kindergarten, Transitional Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

Visit our website for more information.

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Meeting - Nov 18
Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.


  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents - Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District

Visit our website for more information.


Community News and Events

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation & Training for New & Existing Tutors - November 7
Join us for our final training this fall 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 our upcoming training session on Thursday, November 7th, 6:30pm-8pm at the Clifford School Library (225 Clifford Ave, RWC) to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.

Welcome Home San Carlos - Nov 7
The San Carlos Community is invited to join a different conversation on housing in the City of Good Living. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative, aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to listen to the community, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of those who live and work in San Carlos.  

We are launching a series of engagements to talk about our community’s hopes for the future, focusing specifically on housing and identifying key priorities. A major focus is to connect with community members who are less likely to participate in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. Our first community conversation is scheduled for Thursday, November 7th at the Hiller Museum and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and child care will be provided. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us!  
TO RSVP please go to: welcomehomesancarlos.eventbrite.com  
For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome

San Carlos United is Holding Tryouts for Boys & Girls Born 2002-2013
San Carlos United is holding tryouts for boys and girls born between 2002 – 2013. All players who attend the tryouts will be evaluated by our coaching staff and considered for San Carlos Soccer Club competitive teams starting spring 2020.

For Boys & Girls born in 2012-13:
Thursday, November 7 @ Highlands Park - 5-6pm – Girls; 6-7pm – Boys

Saturday, November 9 @ Burton Park - 1-2pm (Boys & Girls)

Sunday, November 10 @ Highlands Park - 9-10am (Boys & Girls)
** Please arrive 20 minutes before 

** Boys & Girls born 2002 - 2011 NOT currently playing competitive soccer will be contacted by the respective age group and invited to try out at the trainings.

Register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org