White Oaks Weekly - April 19, 2020

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks Families,

Our students are excellent at being safe, respectful and responsible while we are together as the expectations are clearly stated, taught, and posted all around the school. As a staff, we took some time this week to refine behavior expectations for our distance learning platforms as we know that children do best when those expectations and routines are clear.

These expectations are laid out for students in a matrix form, defining what it means to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible in various aspects of Distance Learning. This aligns with our framework of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that we normally have in place at school. Our new White Oaks Distance Learning PBIS Matrix is viewable here. As you engage in social distancing playdates as a class, it would be wonderful to remind your child of these expectations as well.

If you have the ability to print at home, consider posting these expectations near your child’s workspace. You could either use the matrix linked above or these mini-posters for each section (primary grade poster). We would also encourage families to go over these expectations with your children as school staff will also be reviewing them next week in various ways. In addition, I will be holding grade-level and/or class “assemblies” to go over these expectations. Keep an eye for a Zoom invite!

What about the Owl Bucks, you might ask? Well, we have created a digital Owl Buck (see image below) that can be personalized and emailed to you to celebrate at home. Each week, teachers will send me the names of students who have earned Owl Bucks by modeling White Oaks Way expectations and I will email the bucks out to students every Friday. I will also use a randomized selection tool to choose one winner from each grade who has earned Owl Bucks from the past week and they will be celebrated in the following Sunday's newsletter! I will email the family of the winning students and find out about a prize preference. Five minutes of extra "recess" may the clear prize winner, but we also have the following prizes that can be chosen as well:

  • Read to a sibling, parent, or Mrs. Scholer (via video conference)
  • 5 Minutes of extra playtime at home!
  • Show and Tell with Mrs.Scholer (via video conference): Choose something from home to share with your principal!

Thank you so very much for taking the time to stay connected! I wish your family all the best always and know that I am here to help in any way to keep your child engaged, connected and supported.  


Leah Scholer, Principal

White Oaks Owl Bucks


School News and Events

Help Mrs. Griffin Get All the White Oaks Library Books Back!
There will be a White Oaks Library Book Collection Box set up on the covered porch at 1550 Cedar Street beginning Sunday, April 12. Place your library book in the box and we will be sure to get them all back to Mrs. Griffin. Please only return White Oaks library books and not classroom books. You can tell it is a library book by looking for the white barcode sticker on the back of the book. It will also have a number on the spine of the book. Thank you so much for helping all of our library books find their way home!

White Oaks School Site Council Meeting
Our next School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for this Thursday, April 23 at 3pm via Zoom. Come learn about our school from the instructional program view along with our themes and priorities for the school year. Site Council meetings are open to the public, and all are invited to join the conversations.

Central Arroyo PTA Needs You!
The PTA at Central Arroyo provides funding for teachers, student programs, and community building events every year. We meet monthly to hear updates from both principals, discuss relevant topics, and plan for the year. We need your help! Please join the team – we have many open positions that need to be filled and being on the PTA would be a great way to learn about both schools while helping them.

Please contact meganmiller5@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about open roles.




SCEF is Proud to Present Some Good News -- The San Carlos Edition
This is a result of the hardworking teacher Nick Lamb, and students of his video class at Central Middle School. See recent episodes and other SCEF News at http://www.scefkids.org/news/.

Starlight Gala
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Virtual Starlight Gala. The response was phenomenal with over $230,000 for the schools. We are grateful to everyone who participated during this uncertain time.

Double Your Donation
While early fundraising has been strong, we still need to raise $700,000 to meet our $2.8MM goal. If your employer has a workplace giving program, and you are able to give, please consider making a contribution now. Many large companies have recently increased the matching within their program. Or perhaps commit to a monthly amount that helps you achieve your desired annual gift, over time - https://www.scefkids.org/donate/.

We are committed to working with the community to meet our 2019-2020 goal and raise as much as we can to support public education in San Carlos.



District News and Events

Measure N Parcel Tax Results
On behalf of the San Carlos School District, we want to thank you for your support of this Measure! We greatly appreciate the community’s support of our students and this investment in their future. We extend a special thank you to the volunteers, campaign contributors, parents, staff, and community members for their endorsement and support of Measure N.

SMARTE After School Clubhouse Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Opens Monday, April 20!
We are excited to open registration for new students to attend the SMARTE After School Clubhouse for the 2020-2021 school year! Registration will open on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 10am using this link - https://schoolcareworks.com/registration/sancarlos/start_registration.jsp

The SMARTE program is dedicated to enriching children's lives after school. We provide a fun, safe and welcoming place to spend time each day. Programs are available to students at our four elementary schools - Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather and White Oaks. Registration is on a first come, first served basis.

See our SMARTE Clubhouse website for more information - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/SMARTE_Afterschool_Clubhouse

Preschool and SMARTE After School Virtual Program
Looking for fun and engaging activities for your kids NOW, while you're working from home? Come join the SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse!

SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse - Students will have real-time interaction with our staff via Zoom. We took our most popular activities and created a fun, engaging schedule that includes STEAM activities, music, play, movement, yoga/meditation, readalouds, and social interactions with friends. Your child can choose to join us from 10am-12pm (BA Clubhouse) or 2pm-5pm, students can join us for either block of time. The reduced cost is $300/month. Please visit our SMARTE website for more information - or email the SMARTE office at smarteinfo@scsdk8.org.

Virtual Preschool - Our preschool program has moved into a virtual Zoom preschool classroom as well. Children are having real-time interaction with their teachers, calendar and weather time, completing fun projects together, singing songs, reading books, dancing and playing. The preschool offers four hours of learning, play and teacher interaction each day. We have multiple teachers per classroom, so the team of teachers will be engaging with students/parents virtually from 9am-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm; and 2pm-3:30 pm. The reduced cost is $600/month. If you are interested in joining a virtual preschool classroom, contact Sue Dawley at sdawley@scsdk8.org and visit our Preschool website for more information.



Community News and Events

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom
The San Carlos Youth Center will be hosting after school drop-in via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:10pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities during this time.

Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso at cmatoso@cityofsancarlos.org.

San Carlos Hometown Days Rescheduled for August
After much thought and discussion, the San Carlos Hometown Days Committee has decided to reschedule Hometown Days 2020 from May 15-17 to August 28-30. We are sad that we have to postpone Hometown Days, but felt that this was a fitting decision due to the times and due to the fact that originally HTD was actually held in the fall. 

We are committed to putting on a great celebration for our 40th Anniversary! We are looking forward to seeing you in the end of August!! Cheers to 40 Years!!!

Emergency Childcare Survey - Essential Workforce
Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care. You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email covidresponse@sanmateo4cs.org.

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information.

Camp Galileo Anywhere
Galileo Camps is now offering Camp Galileo Anywhere—a week's worth of FREE activities delivered to inboxes each weekend for families to add to their routine. For an hour each day, kids can engage in engineering and art projects, energizing movement games and live experiences facilitated by expert educators. Plus, all weekly emails are bundled with support for parents and educators by including printable resources, follow-up questions and ideas for self-care.