White Oaks Weekly - November 10, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Our November/December book of the month is called Ricky, the Rock that Couldn’t Roll by Jay Miletsky. 

Rick The Rock that Couldn't Roll

This is the story of Ricky the rock who is flat on one side and cannot roll like his friends. Similar to Flight School, his friends come together to help get him rolling! This story highlights perseverance and triumph in the face of adversity, and the power of true friendship. Teachers will be using this story to reinforce these values and build resiliency through Makerspace activities, hands-on experiences, and class discussions. 

Take a look at these articles for more on the importance of building resiliency in our children:

The Science of Resilience - How to Teach Students to Persevere
Can Kids be Taught Perseverance?
Persistence - PBS Kids


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

2019-2020 Yearbooks Are for Sale
White Oaks yearbooks are for sale! They can be purchased directly from the Jostens website. Yearbooks are $25 each, and the sales deadline is Friday, December 19. Yearbooks are distributed the last week of school by your student's teacher. Most teachers give the students time to sign yearbooks, so don't let your child be left out!

We don't have a lot of extras to sell at the end of the school year, so buy your yearbook now to reserve your copy. Please contact Teresa Williams with questions.

Scholastic 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!

Lunchtime Playpod Volunteers Needed
The White Oaks Playpod provides students with a unique area of play during lunchtime recess. The Playpod is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays and with parent support, we can open it up on Mondays and Fridays as well. Please click here to sign-up.

White Oaks Holiday Store Reminders
Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered- we had a very successful project pick-up day last week!

If you’d still like to help please come to a project party (dates below) and stay tuned for more volunteer opportunities the day of the event. If you have questions, please contact Kirsten Kell k@kkmft.com

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

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 Annual Report Delivered
SCEF is delighted to share our 2018-19 Annual Report. Please take a moment to explore the printed copy delivered via USPS or the online version here: Advocate Educate Donate.

Highlights include: 

  • SCSD revenue sources and SCEF’s impact
  • Record-breaking $2.67 million in donations
  • $540,000 in matching gifts
  • Financial breakdown of programs supported
  • Leadership Circle, Donor Roll and Business Partners

Thank you to Wendy Wood for the design of our annual report and to photographer Lisa Noble and Your Child as the Face of SCEF auction winners for the photographs. And THANK YOU to all our donors for your generosity and partnership. 


Donate Stock to SCEF
What’s better than cash? Giving appreciated stock! If you donate stock that has increased in value since you’ve owned it for more than a year – and if you itemize deductions – you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have had to pay if you sold the stock and then gave the charity the cash proceeds. 

Thank you to San Carlos resident Kevin Wolfe and Morgan Stanley for their management of SCEF’s stock donation program. For more information, please contact info@scefkids.org or visit scefkids.org/stock.


District News and Event

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!

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. 

*Please Note - this is a parent only event


Community News and Events

San Carlos Youth Softball
Interested in playing softball this spring? San Carlos Youth Softball is a great way for girls to have some fun, develop skills and build friendships. The 2020 spring rec program is now open for registration.

Our program is for girls ages 4+ (as of January 2020) at all skill levels. Teams are formed in January so please sign up soon! Refer a friend new to SCYSA and both of you can get $25 off your registration!

Questions? More information online at www.sancarlosyouthsoftball.com or email sancarlosyouthsoftball@gmail.com.

Woodside Parent Education Series
What’s All the Buzz with JUUL & Similar Vape Devices?
Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit
Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
Info & Tickets: https://stanfordtoolkit2019woodside.eventbrite.com