From the Principal
Dear White Oaks Families,
I hope you all were able to unplug and unwind this Spring Break and we’re excited to see our students again tomorrow! We had a wonderfully smooth start to Phase 4 prior to break and we’re looking forward to continuing the momentum into the rest of the year! Just keep remembering to complete FeverFree and make sure that you receive the “Cleared” badge before sending your student to school and continue to be on time for drop off and pick up:
AM Group = 8:20-10:50am
PM Group = 12:20-2:50pm
Fostering the Love of Literacy
As we round the corner and head into the last couple of months of school, we want to emphasize the importance of nurturing the love of literacy both at school and at home. Whether you are reading aloud to your child or they are reading on their own, research shows that the more books a child reads, the stronger their brain development is:
In order to help families prioritize reading at home, we’ve provided some resources with ideas on how to make reading fun and enjoyable in order to create a life-long love of literacy:
- 12 Ways to Nurture a Love of Reading
- Tips and Tricks Parents can use to Nurture a Love of Reading in Kids
- Raise a Child Who Loves to Read
- Make Reading Fun with 3 Easy Tips
- Why it’s Important to Read Aloud to your Kids, and How to Make it Count
- 50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They’re 12
- Book Recommendations Based on Age
Start your reading adventure this week and visit our White Oaks In-n-Out library, brought to you by our amazing PTA. It is taking place every other Wednesday (starting THIS Wednesday) from 1:30-2:30pm outside the library on the East White Oak Way cul-de-sac. Students will have the opportunity to pick out new books that are right at their level! We hope to see you there!
Leah Scholer, Principal
School News and Events
In-N-Out Books – Wednesday
Please join us at the pop-up library this Wednesday between 1:30 and 2:30pm. We have plenty of books to choose from. White Oaks alumni (4th & 5th Graders) are welcome too.
We’re always looking for volunteers. If you’re able, please sign up here.
SCEF News and Events
The new family-friendly SCEF Virtual Gala is on Sunday April 25, 5-6pm. Please SAVE THE DATE!
It will be a fast and fun event including a dynamic LIVE Auction and a Fund-a-Need segment with a special prize for the “Last Auction Hero.” There will also be Silent Auction Packages for you to bid on.
ALL will have a chance to win 3-Nights at a Fairmont Hotel/Resort! Sign into the Virtual Gala by 5pm to be eligible--you must be present when the Lucky Door Prize ticket is drawn. Enter the Starlight Raffle for a Chance and a Choice: winner chooses one of a selection of Silent and Live Auction Packages. Only 300 tickets will be sold. $100/1 ticket; $250/3 tickets; $500/6 tickets. For details go to (https://scefkids.org/starlight-raffle/)
To register, please go to www.scefkids.org/events*
*Leadership Circle level donors, please use the registration link provided in the email sent to you from Jackie King, VP Leadership Circle.
We are looking forward to an amazing event. Please mark your calendar and join the fun while helping our schools!
District News and Events
SMARTE Childcare is Returning to White Oaks!
As we prepare for schools to enter into Phase 4, which could be as soon as Monday, March 22, the SMARTE Program is reaching out to see if your family is in need of child care. We are excited to announce that SMARTE is back on the White Oaks campus!
The SMARTE Program schedule will change to coincide with the new AM/PM school schedules and revert back to a 5-day, 3-day and 2-day program. We offer morning and afternoon care from 8:15am-4:30pm and students will be able to move between their classroom and SMARTE based on their AM/PM cohort schedule:
- PM Cohort students will attend SMARTE in the morning from 8:15am-12:20pm and then return to the program after school dismissal from 2:50pm-4:30pm
- AM Cohort students will attend SMARTE in the afternoon from dismissal at 10:50am-4:30pm
- *times may vary at each school site
Our mornings are spent offering our students assistance with zooms and independent work while the afternoon is screen free and filled with outdoor games and fun activities.
If you would like to register or if you have any questions about the program, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student and Community Testing to Keep our Kids On Campus
Please take advantage of the no cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.
Please sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in person learning possible. As a reminder, if a student or or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus.
Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:
- Central Middle School - Thursdays, 1-7pm Register Here
- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here
Community News and Events
Help students discover new interests in a free Outschool class and raise money for SCEF. Click this link http://outschooler.me/SCEF to get $20 off your first Outschool class (100,000+ live, virtual, small-group classes to choose from!) and SCEF will also earn $5. Feel free to share with friends and family! Please note, $20 off a class and the $5 donation is only valid for students who’ve never taken an Outschool class before.
2021 Art Contest Winners Announced - Theme: Racial Justice
Thank you to everyone who participated to this year’s contest. The winner selection was not easy as the entries were all so compelling. All submissions are posted here for public viewing and recognition. Posters will be printed for display around our community. Congratulations winners!