White Oaks Weekly - May 31, 2020

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks Families,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful PTA for all they have done to support our students this past year (before and after distance learning!). Everything from the Walk-a-Thon and the Holiday Store to assemblies and Art-in-Action lessons, from volunteering in the classrooms to supporting Walk to School Wednesdays, you have helped build and maintain the beautiful culture we are so proud of at White Oaks. The efforts of volunteers like you are a vital part of this community. I cannot thank you enough for all the time you have dedicated to our students and White Oaks. 

Since distance learning, the support you have given both the teachers and your own children is commendable. The role of facilitating learning this way is one I’m not sure not many of you ever expected to have to take on. It is challenging and demanding, but your perseverance has not gone unnoticed. I appreciate all the effort that you have put into making these difficult times a bit more manageable.

thank you


Take care and stay well,

Leah Scholer, Principal


Farewell to our 3rd Graders
Although we are ending the school year virtually, we want to make sure our 3rd graders have a chance to say good-bye to White Oaks, and especially to their teachers and staff.

We are having a 3rd Grade Clap Out Car Parade on June 11! (Participation is for 3rd grade families only)

In order to do this safely, we must adhere to strict protocols set by San Mateo County Health Department.

  • During the entirety of the gathering, every participant must remain in a fully enclosed motorized vehicle parked at least six feet apart from other vehicles
  • Occupants of the vehicle must be members of the same household
  • No one may exit a vehicle
  • If car windows are open, occupants must wear face coverings
  • Motorcycles, convertibles with the top open, vehicles with no doors, or bicycles are not permitted

3rd grade teachers and other staff members will be in front of the school on Fairmont Avenue between 11:45am and 12:45pm on June 11. Third grade families can come at any time during this one hour window. 

Please see these other considerations as well:

1. Consider decorating your car.
2. Turn onto Fairmont Avenue from Cedar so that you are on the correct side of the street.
3. Do not turn onto Fairmont from Park as you will be on the other side of the street.



School News and Events

3rd Promotion T-Shirt Form
Please complete this Google Form to request your t-shirt size. The first form did not have a place to put your child's name so this will ensure they get their shirt. The shirts have been ordered so please submit the same size as you did on the original form. Thank you.

Reminder: Use Amazon Smile for Your SIP Purchases
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support White Oaks PTA every time you shop. Use the link smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school. Create a bookmark and make it easy to remember. If you use chrome, clink on this link to activate a redirect that will automatically take you to smile.amazon.com whenever you type amazon.com. You'll never miss an opportunity to earn money for our school.

2020 Walk-a-Thon Design Contest
Calling all Artists!!!!

●    Create a simple, one color line drawing
●    Use a black pen (like a sharpie) on white paper
●    Current TK through 2nd graders eligible to participate
●    Email your scanned artwork to whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com

DEADLINE:  Friday, June 12

The winning artwork will be our featured design for the 2020 Walk-a-Thon

Note: the event date has not yet been set; we will share as soon as possible. 

Questions: please contact whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com




Thank You to Everyone Who Has Helped to Make it Happen in May!
We are getting close to meeting our $2.8M fundraising goal for the 2020-21 school year. In these unprecedented times with looming budget challenges, SCEF is committed to continuing its fundraising efforts to help our schools. The anticipated reductions in California State Funding will be deeply and swiftly felt without the financial support of our community. Every donation will make a difference in the lives of our students. Let’s see how far we can go together!

Please donate today online at https://www.scefkids.org/donate/.  

Learn more about budget cuts to California public school funding at http://www.scefkids.org/news/.




District News and Events

Upcoming School Board Meetings - Honoring Retirees and Budget
The SCSD Board of Trustees will be honoring our retiring staff members at the next Board meeting Thursday, June 4, 7pm. This long standing tradition is especially important this year, given that traditional celebrations are an impossibility at this point.

The Board had a presentation on the District's third interim budget at their May 28 meeting - view the presentation here. On June 4, the Board will also be discussing the draft budget for next school year which will include staffing and program reductions of approximately $2,000,000 ($2M) due to the COVID-19 crisis and revenue losses from this year and next. Even with those reductions, the draft budget will likely not meet the necessary State reserve requirements due to a need to address an approximate $3,000,000 ($3M) million shortfall due to additional State funding cuts of 10%. You can watch the meeting via YouTube here. You can share a public comment by sending an email to publiccomment052820@scsdk8.org.

Pandemic Food Assistance Available
COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available soon. Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to community ‘to-go” meals. Learn more about these P-EBT food benefits

Food Assistance


Community News and Events

In Celebration of Pride Month, Parks and Recreation is Challenging the San Carlos Community to "Spread the Rainbow" for the Month of June!
Create a rainbow and place it in your front window, take a photo and use the hashtag #spreadtherainbow to celebrate the diversity of San Carlos and the pride we have for our community.

How to participate:

  • Create or print out a rainbow and hang it in the front window of your home or business for the month of June.
  • Encourage your neighbors to join in on the fun!
  • Explore your neighborhood, while practicing social distancing, and count how many rainbows you can find.
  • Use our rainbow tracker to keep track of how many rainbows you spot.
  • Make sure to take photos during your hunt, use #spreadtherainbow and tag us @scparksandrec.
  • For a rainbow template and more info, visit cityofsancarlos.org/spreadtherainbow.

Thanks for helping to celebrate diversity in the City of Good Living!

Safe Routes to School Resources
The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School has put together a resource page for families. Visit the page to find ideas for kids to remain safe and active when walking and rolling.

Free Live Stream Access to View ANGST Documentary
Sequoia Healthcare District is offering free live streaming access to the documentary ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. ANGST features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources, and tools. More information can be found here.

Virtual Parent Education Events
The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations here.

Learn more on the Sequoia High School Website.

Parent Education

Census 2020
Our county is unique in that we have 20 incorporated cities + lots of unincorporated areas as well. Together in @sanmateoco #EveryoneCounts on the #2020Census.