White Oaks Weekly - January 19, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Families,

As parents and teachers, we all face the challenge of delicately balancing both the responsibility of preparing our young students for a future that will, no doubt, consist of technology while maintaining and growing their ability to make healthy human connections. A few weeks ago, I came across this article from Edsurge, The Answer for Schools is Not More Technology. It’s Teachers and Human Connection. The article validated what we at White Oaks strive to do on a daily basis. With our emphasis on the 5C’s and a Mindset for Learning, we strengthen students’ ability to use the critical skills needed to be successful in a future full of unknowns. 

The way in which we incorporate technology into our curriculum must be purposeful. We believe in utilizing technology as a tool in ways that are age-appropriate and support our efforts in practicing the 5C’s and building connections. I invite you to come learn more about how we are using technology as a tool at our Principal’s Coffee on Wednesday, 1/22, at 9:00 am, right after Welcome Wednesday. I am looking forward to engaging with you in this important conversation!


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Disco Bingo Night - January 24 @ 6:30pm
Mark your calendars, grab your dancing shoes, and get ready for the most fun night of the year - Disco Bingo! This is a PTA sponsored family event. Please RSVP here. Disco attire is encouraged but not required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Registration is Open for the School Play - Seussical the Musical
“Oh the thinks you can think when you think about Seuss!” 
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the San Carlos Children’s Theatre for our spring musical - Seussical the Musical. Seussical features Horton the Elephant, the Cat in the Hat, and all of your favorite Dr. Seuss characters springing to life onstage in a fantastical musical extravaganza from Tony-winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty.

Rehearsals begin January 22 and performances will be on April 24 and 25. There is a mandatory parent meeting on January 22 at 6pm.

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule:

  • Main Cast: Wednesdays 1-3:30pm 
  • Chorus: Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm 
  • No rehearsals during the weeks of February break and spring break.
  • Reduced Tech Week: Sunday 4/19 (10am-4pm), Monday 4/20 and Wednesday 4/22 (4-6pm) and Tuesday 4/21 (4-7pm)
  • In-School performance: Friday, April 24 at 10:40am
  • Community Performances: April 24 at 6:30pm and April 25 at 1pm

2nd and 3rd graders may register to be in the main cast of 45 participants (grades 2/3 only). K through 3rd grade students can register to take part in the chorus (grades K-3). 
Register here through the San Carlos Children’s Theater website. If registration hits capacity, a lottery will be held to determine participants. Any student who does not get a place through the lottery will have their full registration fees refunded.

Please sign up as soon as possible! Registration closes on January 20. If you have any questions, please contact our producer, Kirsten Kell, at school@kkmft.com

Scholarships are available. Contact Donna at sancarloschildrenstheater@gmail.com for more information.

News Team is Starting Up for Third Graders, Parent Volunteers Needed
Acorn Press News is a student-run team that plans, records, and broadcasts a news show for our school community.  Interested students apply to join one of three teams: marketing, broadcasting or technology support. Teams are guided by parent volunteers and Mrs. Scholer, collaborating during lunch-time sessions to produce a show within three to four weeks. Students develop leadership and time management skills, while practicing 5Cs such as creativity, communication and collaboration. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the second sheet of the News Team Application that was sent home with your student this past Friday.

Maverick Jack’s Community Event - January 29
Please join us for a fun night out at Maverick Jack’s (622 Laurel Street, San Carlos), on Wednesday, January 29th. Mention “White Oaks” when placing your order and Maverick Jack’s will generously donate 20% of the total to our school. Dine-in or Take-out anytime between 11am-9pm (3rd party delivery services like DoorDash do not apply). Take advantage of early release day and grab some friends for lunch and/or swing by for dinner. Don't forget to give a shout out to White Oaks so we get credit for your visit. We look forward to seeing you there!

Third Grade Baby Photos for Yearbook
Please submit one baby photo of your child to be included in the Guess Who 3rd Grade Baby section of the yearbook. Please follow the submission guidelines below and email your photo by Friday, January 31st. 

  • Rename your image file to include the child’s last and first name (smith_bob.jpg)
  • JPEG images are highly preferred
  • Send your image as an email attachment to trinity.murphy@gmail.com
  • Use the following format for the subject line: Baby photo: child’s full name, room (number/letter) Example: Baby photo: Bob Smith, Room H

We would love for every 3rd Grader to be included on these pages. Please email Trinity if you have any questions.

Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival - February 12
We are so excited to have the Lawrence Hall of Science visit our school for a hands on assembly on February 12th. The program is called the Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival and will consist of multiple stations where kids can have fun becoming engineers and inventors. We will need a sizeable group of parents facilitating the stations for this assembly, so please see the SignUp here to volunteer. Thank you!

Welcome New SCSD Nurses
SCSD is proud to welcome three new nurses to our district nursing team. They bring a wealth of experience and dedication to our students and you will see them around campus as they help with day-to-day nursing activities, as well as ongoing health care and education programs. Please welcome Nurse Catie Monday-Friday, Nurse Terri Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Nurse Bernadette Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special thanks goes out to the Sequoia Healthcare District for funding for our school nurses.


District News and Events

Measure N Parcel Tax Information
The San Carlos School District strives for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs are essential to student achievement and have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. 

Our current, long-standing parcel tax is about to expire and Measure N is a continuation of that funding stream. The proceeds of this $334.60 parcel tax, could be used to replace the reduced or non-existent state funding and maintain the high quality of education at all SCSD schools. Teaching and learning benefit by maintaining these programs. #WeAreSCSD

Learn more about Measure N at - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/2020-Parcel-Tax-Information

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Upper Elementary Tours are Coming up!
Current 3rd grade families, are you excited to learn more about what our 4th and 5th grade students do in upper elementary school? Student-led tours are available now. Come see our Project-Based Learning, Readers'/Writer's Workshop and enrichment opportunities for your students. Sign up is limited, so reserve your spot now.

Arroyo Tours - 8:45-9:30am
Friday, Jan 31 | Wednesday, Feb 26 | Friday, April 17 
Sign Up Here: https://arroyo.scsdk8.org/apps/news/article/1142468

Mariposa Tours - 8:45-9:30am
Wednesday, January 29 | Friday, February 28 | Wednesday, April 15
Sign up here: https://forms.gle/8Yks68pFj9pTzAZE8

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities
The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending.
The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors
Thursday, January 30 - 7-8:30pm
Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Info & Ticket information - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/m-a-the-self-driven-child-the-science-and-sense-of-giving-your-kids-more-control-over-their-lives-tickets-85192237275
Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Thursday, February 27 - 7-8:30pm
Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
Info & Ticket information - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whs-creating-gender-inclusive-environments-for-children-and-teens-tickets-85181928441


SCEF News and Events

Teacher Outings and Summer Camps Auction
This is certainly a favorite SCEF event for families in our district! On January 27 the online auction for teacher outings and summer camps goes live and wait until you see all the fantastic events our teachers have donated this year! To learn more about Teacher Outings take a read here - www.scefkids.org/news

Lucky On Live 
Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate, and possibly win your choice of one of the BIG auction items? Attending the Gala (tickets still available here: https://www.scefkids.org/starlightgalatickets/) but want to up your chances to WIN? New to San Carlos and want to know more? Here is a primer on the LOL raffle - www.scefkids.org/news. To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org.

t’s the party of the year – do you have your ticket yet? Join us at Sharon Heights Country Club on Saturday, March 14 for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live auction bidding. It’s for the kids! https://www.scefkids.org/starlightgalatickets/


Community News and Events

San Carlos Week of the Family - January 17-25
The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized by community volunteers whose goal is to strengthen family relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family and community interaction. Celebrating twenty year, the Week of the Family committee and its volunteers are proud to contribute to the quality of life and the family-orientated community of The City of Good Living. The upcoming Week of the Family runs January 17–25.

Please join the hundreds of families that have enjoyed Week of the Family by participating in one or more of the mostly free activities offered. You’re sure to find something entertaining and fun for your entire family.

The goals of the San Carlos Week of the Family are to:

  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Provide families in our community the tools that help families
  • Promote family life
  • Honor and pay tribute to families
  • Encourage families serving families
  • Have lots of fun

San Carlos families take many forms. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate. We hope to see you there!

Please click here for more information and the 2020 Week of the Family Events. 

Join us for the Annual SCSD Musical!
Cutloose January 23-26 at the exciting SCSD musical, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring district students in grades 4-8! Tickets are now on sale at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.

True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and ‘"Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilarating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.

Welcome Home San Carlos Meeting - February 1
Everyone who lives or works in San Carlos is invited to join a second conversation on housing in the City of Good Living scheduled for Saturday morning February 1. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative working on narrowing the gap between jobs created and housing units built. The goal of Welcome Home is to help our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. The City hopes to listen to the conversation, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of San Carlos community members.   
Thank you to those who joined us on November 7, 2019 for our first community meeting where approximately 100 community members, City Councilmembers, and staff gathered at Hiller Aviation Museum for an evening to compare experiences and share their hopes for San Carlos’ future. Community members had dinner and engaged in thoughtful discussions with one another on the issue of housing, while City leaders and staff listened. The summary report from the first meeting can be found on the Welcome Home website.

The second meeting will build on the first conversation and look at ways that we can work together to address our City’s housing needs. A major focus is to continue to connect with community members who have not been regular participants in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. The second community conversation is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the San Carlos Adult Community Center 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 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM. Breakfast will be provided and childcare will be available upon request. 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 Little League Tee-Ball Registration
Hey Tee-Ball Parents,

The San Carlos Little League Tee-Ball sign-ups are now open thru Friday, February 21. The season kick off will be on Saturday, March 7.

Tee-Ball season (weather depending) runs 8-10 weekends. All games and practices are on Saturdays (practice is 30mins prior to game).


Girls & Boys - Ages: 4, 5, 6 year old’s
Rookie League (first year players: 4yr & 5yr)
Veteran League (returning players: 5yr & 6yr)
San Carlos Little League – Est. 1953

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser!
Congratulations to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball on celebrating its 80th year of raising funds for our local schools’ visual and performing arts! 

80 years ago, the show raised milk money for San Carlos students. Now, money raised specifically supports art and music supplies in our schools. For example, Mariposa staff and students now have a beautiful mural to brighten the halls because of the money raised at the last Chickens' Ball. Tierra Linda students gained a ceramics class, supplied with clay and glaze. How much can we raise for our students this time? The goal is to raise over $40K to continue to support our programs. The more money we raise, the more we give back to our students. 

Gather your friends and family and come cheer on your community. Tickets are on sale now for our 7 shows! Evening and matinee performances are on March 13-15, March 20-22. Get your tickets today at https://www.chickensball.org/buy-tickets.

School Garden Leaders Workshop - March 21
Welcome to the New Year! We hope to see you at our Spring workshop.

Saturday, March 21
9am-12pm, Arroyo School

Featured topics:

  • Garden activities with young kids
  • Classroom management in the garden
  • Curriculum sample for Middle School
  • Spring garden foods for kids

Come to learn, be inspired, and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! Sign up here.