White Oaks Weekly - March 1, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Families,

“Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

Dr Suess Birthday

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday is a nationwide reading celebration that takes place annually on March 2, which happens to be tomorrow! Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too! Throughout the upcoming week, make some extra time to read with your children, take them to the library and find your favorite Dr. Seuss book, or check out these fun ideas.

At White Oaks, we will be celebrating with Pajama Day on Wednesday, March 4. Teachers will be communicating with you about specific items students can bring with them from home. Happy birthday, Dr. Seuss! 


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

PTA Appreciation
We would like to thank Krista Morey for all her efforts in putting on a fabulous 2nd and 3rd Grade Sweetheart Dance. It was such a fun evening for all our kids and special guests! We really loved all the special touches and grateful for all the cherished memories!

Call for Founder's Day Award Nominations
Every year, for the past several decades, White Oaks celebrates Founder’s Day -- a time-honored tradition at White Oaks to recognize and thank volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help build our school community. We need your help in nominating some of these very special people. Please use this link to review the award categories and to submit your nominations. Nominations are due TODAY March 1. 

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7pm in the MU, we will hold our annual PTA Founder's Day to celebrate and recognize the contributions of our award winners. Mark your calendars for the 70th anniversary of this special White Oaks event! Please direct questions to Jennifer Rudy.

Next PTA Meeting - Mar 4 - 7pm
Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting on March 4 in the MU. We will be discussing our spring events, next year’s budget, and receive a school update from Mrs. Scholer. We will end the evening with some fun, social time in downtown San Carlos. We hope to see you there!

March Walk to School Wednesday
Reminder that this Wednesday, March 4, is our monthly Walk to School! 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.

White Oaks Family Fun Day at Stanford’s Sunken Diamond
White Oaks Families, ready to watch some baseball? This year, we’re hosting our annual ALL FAMILY Baseball event to watch the Stanford Cardinal take on the Cal Bears on Sunday, 3/22 at 1pm! Exclusive to White Oaks, some lucky student raffle winners will get to meet the starting 9 Cardinal players, and announce the players during the 3rd inning over the loudspeaker!

Please look in your child’s Green Folder this week for the Family Fun Day flyer. You’ll find details about the game, and the raffle entry forms. Raffle entries can be submitted at the White Oaks Office.

  • Date: Sunday, March 22
  • Location: Stanford University, Palo Alto (Sunken Diamond)
  • GoStanford.com/promo-codeTicket Purchase Link: 
  • Ticket Promo Code: WHITEOAKS
  • Tickets are $7 each. Must purchase one ticket for each person attending.
  • The whole family is welcome.

See you at the ballgame, sports fans!!! 

Questions? Contact Jennifer Larocque at jenbredel@hotmail.com.




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Champions for Schools Award
SCEF was proud to honor this year’s Champions for Schools Award recipients at the San Carlos Chamber of Commerce Dinner. Bob Bredel and The deBrier Family have been stalwart SCEF supporters helping to bridge the gap between State funding and exceptional education for our kids. They are truly champions in our hearts and minds!

Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors
The partners at DWELL Realtors ( Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke) will match any new donations to the SCEF annual fund between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000! Double your impact at scefkids.org/donate.

The value of SCEF from long-time supporter Bob Bredel “The importance of SCEF to San Carlos cannot be overstated. SCEF is the sole reason our schools have not had to sacrifice so many wonderful programs that offer our students a truly well-rounded education.”

Learn more at scefkids.org/dwellmatch and take advantage of this unique opportunity.

Gala News
Lucky on Live: Everyone is invited to participate in our Lucky On Live raffle for the chance to win your choice of one of the BIG auction items! See our primer on the LOL raffle at  www.scefkids.org/news. To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org.

Volunteers Needed: Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate? We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with check-in and other tasks. Signup here: https://signup.com/go/rVDRALL.



District News and Events

Measure N Parcel Tax Information
Tuesday, March 3rd is Election Day! All Voting Centers will be open from 7am - 8pm.

The ballot includes Measure N, a $334.60 parcel tax which would generate roughly $3 million annually for San Carlos School District educational programs, including math, reading, and writing, and hands-on science instruction, technology and engineering; attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers; and supporting art, music, libraries, and a well-rounded education.

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



Community News and Events

Make Plans to Attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser March 13-15, 20-22
You could be the key to arts education for your child! Gather your friends together and enjoy a night out of live entertainment full of music and laughs! Steeped in Barbary Coast history, the Chickens’ Ball variety show district wide school fundraiser is not to be missed!

Show dates are March 13-15, 20-22, 2020 at Mustang Hall, Central Middle School.

Buy tickets at www.chickensball.org.

Healthy Cities Tutoring Parent Ed Opportunity
Social Emotional Learning and New Tutor Orientation, March 19, 2020

Does your child say, "I can't do this" or "It's too hard?" How do we help students overcome anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We are thrilled to have Matt Steinborn, School Psychologist in the San Carlos School District and Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer lead us in our learning. He will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and behavioral tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

March 19, 2020
Central Middle School Library
6:30-7:00pm New Tutor Orientation
7:00-8:30pm Social Emotional Learning Workshop

RSVP: http://evite.me/mp67CCYhtp

Galileo Summer Camp @ Arroyo - Registration Now Open!
Galileo Innovation Camp for Pre-K – 10th Graders at Arroyo

Galileo engages every kid with hands-on projects that teach design-thinking and problem-solving skills, all wrapped in big summer fun. Energetic, inclusive staff and world-class curriculum make for a summer that K-8 kids love.

We believe in Innovation For All:

  • In appreciation for those that work so hard to serve our communities, Galileo now offers an automatic 25% discount to families of school, non-profit, and government workers. This brings the price of our program down to that of a typical parks and recreation program. Visit our website to get discount codes and learn more.
  • Additionally, we are awarding 15,000 scholarships to K-8th grade students who need additional help to attend our program. It’s a simple 5-minute application and we offer something to everyone. We encourage you to refer families who may benefit from this program. Information on our website.

Learn more: www.galileo-camps.com or 800-854-3684

The Next Big Think - Mar 15
Tickets now available! San Mateo County Event Center. STEM Fair. Arts Expo. Districts Showcase. Solutionary Expo. And Much More!

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) invites you to join us this spring for our upcoming learning extravaganza: The Next Big Think! This FREE public event promises to be our county’s largest-ever gathering of students, parents, educators, and learners of all ages.

New to this year’s event: Our first-ever Solutionary Expo - All students and classes are invited to submit their solutions to global and local problems. Go beyond the tri-fold board - projects can be a poster, video, website, comic, podcast, however your students are inspired to share their solutions with others!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the San Mateo County Event Center on March 15 — with so much to see and do, you’re guaranteed to learn something new!

FREE Tickets available on Eventbrite.

School Garden Leaders Workshop - Mar 21
We hope to see you at our Spring workshop on Saturday, March 21 from 9am-12pm at 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.

Census 2020
Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States through a national census. The 2020 Census gets underway in April and it is vitally important that every resident in the county be counted to secure federal funding for our schools & communities! The Census determines how the Federal government distributes nearly $700 billion a year to states and counties. 

Every residence will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the Census Questionnaire by April 1, 2020. Make sure someone in your household is responsible for filling out the form. It can be completed online, by phone or by mail in different languages.

Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information.