White Oaks Weekly - January 3, 2021

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks Families,

I hope you all were able to relax and have some home-grown fun during winter break! 2021 is the start of a new year - filled with aspirations and optimism. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5 and we are all refreshed and ready to meet our students on Zoom and hopefully in person on campus very soon.

Monday, January 4 is a Professional Development Day for teachers. Teachers will spend time analyzing the results of the math benchmark test that students took towards the end of 2020. They will use data charts from Illuminate, our data system, and analyze patterns to help drive instruction including what standards need to be revisited and next steps for instruction. In addition, teachers will begin their work with Inclusion Counts, which will continue over the next two years. This effort will focus on strengthening our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

San Mateo County Library Resources
No matter what life throws our way, a library in our community seems to always have the lights on, even when it’s dark outside in more ways than one. Libraries are featured as much more than a place to get a great book. As the pandemic continued this year, the San Mateo County Library system thought differently and creatively about how to adapt. I wanted to share all of the resources that they have available to your student. The link provides a list of virtual support for all of our students that I wanted to bring to your attention. Did you know about the Grab and Go Book Bundles offered during Curbside Pickup at the San Carlos Library? If you have any questions, please contact the library at sancarlos@smcl.org.

I’m looking forward to continuing to work with our White Oaks community in supporting our students’ social-emotional and academic growth!


Leah Scholer, Principal

School News and Events

PTA Meeting – January 6, 7:30pm via Zoom
Please join us for our first PTA meeting of 2021. Everyone is welcome and we would love to see you there! Check the most recent WOW for the Zoom link.

SCEF News and Events

Thank You to Our Generous Donors Who Gave Through 12/31/2020
SCEF is working hard to raise funds to get us off on the right foot for next school year. Our current year’s grants fund excellence in teaching, smaller elementary class sizes, hundreds of Chromebooks, distance and hybrid learning support, mental health safety net programs, funds for each school site through a Principal Flex Fund and more.. For more information about SCEF and what we do, please visit: https://www.scefkids.org/.

Like our Facebook page for more upcoming details and all SCEF news: https://www.facebook.com/SCEFkids 

The SCEF Read-A-Thon is Coming
SCEF's first ever Read-A-Thon will encourage students to read as much as they can from January 25 to February 5, 2021; and help raise much needed funds for our schools. There will be prizes for individuals & classes. Sign up for this FREE district-wide event NOW: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/SCEF2021/addme

District News and Events

Remember to Order Lunch Meal Kits
We have weekly meal boxes available for pick up each Monday (including delivery to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto). Each box includes five meals - an assortment of hot and cold entrees and a variety of fruits, veggies, and milk. Simply order online and safely pick-up your box for the week. To order your student’s Weekly Lunch Box, please log onto LunchIsServed and place your order. You must place your order by 9am on Sunday before the following week.

Check Out Parent Education Offerings
Remember to check out our Pandemic Care & Support website for parent education events and resources, mental health support, and more! You can also add the SCSD Parent Education Calendar to your phone.

New Student Registration for 2021-2022 School Year
Each year, the SCSD welcomes our newest families into the district with a Kindergarten Information Night, introducing them to our community partners and reviewing the process for registering for Kindergarten.

This year, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Welcome Night/Meet the San Carlos School District at 6:30pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The presentation will include a welcome from SCEF, PTA, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Extended Day Programs, Preschool Programs, and district Wellness Programs as well as an overview of the registration process.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 the Powerschool Registration Form will open for new students to begin their registration. All registration paperwork will be completed online and parents will be asked to upload their documents into the system. More details will be available on our SCSD website in January. The deadline for priority registration is February 26, 2021.

See our Key Dates for Registration page for more information.

Community News and Events

Youth Arts Competition
Creations and Connections (Ages 10-18): San Carlos Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is holding an Arts Competition for San Carlos youth ages 10-18 years. The theme for this year is "Peace, Love and Community." Youth can submit artwork under any of the following categories: Poetry/Short Story, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music, Photography, and Fine Art. Submissions will be displayed at the Youth Center or at a virtual awards ceremony on February 19. To be considered, students must complete the art submission application by January 15. For more information and to apply, visit: cityofsancarlos.org/yac.