White Oaks Weekly - February 2, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Your children are learning social and emotional skills through regular classroom lessons and reinforcement throughout the school day. Currently, the second and third graders are learning about empathy - what it is and how to put it into action. One of the ways to practice empathy is to be an upstander. The students are learning to recognize opportunities where they can be upstanders and what to say and do in those situations.

Here are some resources that we have used at White Oaks in our discussions about empathy and being upstanders.

Sesame Street video 
Be an Upstander
The Juice Box Bully
Say Something

Here are a couple of resources you may find useful when reinforcing these concepts at home. 

The Power of Empathy
How to Raise a Caring Child


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Walk to School Wednesday
Reminder that this Wednesday, February 5, is our monthly Walk to School day! We will be at school to pass out charms to our walkers, scooters, and bikers. Look for the balloons to find your charm. 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.

Welcome Wednesday This Week: In the MU!
Our next Welcome Wednesday is this week, 2/5! From 8:15am - 8:30am, parents can mix and mingle in front of the office while students play on the playground. Then at 8:30am when the bell rings, students will meet their teachers and for the first time will head into the MU for the morning assembly. Parents are invited to join! We will do a roll call of classes, the Pledge of Allegiance, review our White Oaks Way Expectations, share school announcements and sing our school song. Students will then be dismissed to walk to class with their teachers at 8:45am.

*Note*: Welcome Wednesdays will be held inside the MU moving forward. This will address our sound issues and create a better community feel. 

Welcome Wednesdays will take place every other Wednesday. This will be a time for celebrations, recognitions, and community building. We hope to see you tomorrow and every Welcome Wednesday this year!

Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival - Feb 12
We are so excited to have the Lawrence Hall of Science visit our school for a hands-on assembly on February 12. 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!

Introducing the 2nd/3rd Grade White Oaks Running Club
The White Oaks Running Club is a non-competitive and FUN way for second and third graders to get their wiggles out. The club will meet on Thursdays, during the lunch recess, starting February 6. There is no need to sign up and no cost to participate.  

If you would like to help monitor the course or cheer the kids on, please sign up at 

Feel free to reach out to Stephanie Brill or Nicole Ketterman with any questions. 

We look forward to getting this new club up and RUNNING! On your MARK... GET SET...GO!

Save the Date - White Oaks 2nd/3rd Grade Sweetheart Dance - Feb 28
The White Oaks Sweetheart Dance is for all second and third graders and their special adult guest. Come celebrate red carpet style where you will be surprised with lots of fun treats, groovy dance tunes, and memories shared with your special guest in the White Oaks MU Room.  

When: Friday, February 28 - 6:30-8:30pm. 

Tickets on sale soon!


SCEF News and Events

Last Call for Online Auction Bids!
Tuesday, February 4 is last day to participate in SCEF’s online auction. Visit https://scefkids2020.ggo.bid to bid on teacher outings, summer camps, and VIP experiences. Be sure to check out the WHITE OAKS specific items before they are gone!

Meet the Candidates
Educate your vote at the Candidate Forum for CA Senate District 13. Co-sponsored by SCEF, this event is a great way to meet the candidates running for Jerry Hill’s Senate seat and learn about the people that will help shape our children’s education experience.

  • Thursday, February 13
  • 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Redwood City Central Library, 1044 Middle Field Road


District News and Events

Attend a Superintendent Budget Workshop at your PTA Meeting in Feb
Parents, please join us for a special Superintendent budget workshop at your next PTA meeting to learn more about our current budget, how the Measure N Parcel Tax impacts our budget, and provide input about priorities as we develop our budget for next year.

Upcoming February PTA Meetings:
Feb 12 - 8pm - White Oaks (Golden Gate Sotheby's - 1250 San Carlos Avenue #101)
Feb 12 - 7pm - CMS/Arroyo (Central/Arroyo School Library)

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 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.

The early voting period starts on February 3, with four Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18.

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


Community News and Events

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring - Feb 28
Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30-9pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. 

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and Prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children. 

Please purchase your tickets by Feb.18 at Perfect Pairings - http://www.healthycities.site/perfect-pairings-2020/
Contact Nancy Bardsley - nancy@healthycitiestutoring.org - with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?
Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

Tuesday, February 11
6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?" 
7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math" 
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Click here to RSVP.

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

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.