White Oaks Weekly - May 23, 2021

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks Families,

Thank you, parent volunteers!
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents, on behalf of the students and staff at White Oaks, for volunteering so generously during the past school year. I know your time is valuable, and your willingness to contribute some of that valuable time to White Oaks shows your commitment to the well-being of your child and all of our students. The contributions you have made by helping out in your child’s classroom, coordinating and running all of our wonderful PTA Events, tutoring through Healthy Cities, volunteering during pick-up and drop-off, and being room parents have really made a difference in our students’ educational experience this year. In addition, you have made a tremendous impact over the past year becoming teachers to your own children. As you know, students, staff, and parents here at White Oaks enjoy a warm, caring community that fosters the highest standards of academic, social, and emotional growth. The efforts of volunteers like you are a vital part of that community. I can’t thank you enough for all the time you spend helping. It does not go unnoticed and is one of the reasons I love our White Oaks community!

May is Mental Health Awareness Month!
Care Solace’s service is free to San Carlos School District students, staff and their families. Their team is available 24/7/365 and can support you in any language. This May, Mental Health Awareness Month has additional significance. The COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the mental health of people of all ages. It has also taught us a lot about the importance of staying connected and taking care of our physical and mental health. Now, more than ever it is critical that we promote mental health awareness to reduce the stigma around struggles which often prevent people from seeking help.

San Carlos School District is committed to raising awareness about mental health and improving access to mental health services. Together we can spread the message that “You Are Not Alone” and help anyone affected by mental illness get the care they need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. Getting the right help at the right time can make all the difference for people in need so has partnered with Care Solace to help our students, staff and their families quickly find quality care matched to their unique needs.

If you would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider: 

  • Call 888-515-0595 24/7/365 
  • Visit caresolace.com/site/scsd/ and either search on your own, OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone. 
  • Email weserve@caresolace.org with the following information: 
  • Your name and contact information (cell phone number)
  • Your preferred language 
  • A good time for Care Solace to contact you

Last week, you should have received an email from the school district regarding your Infosnap enrollment. This is the last step needed from you to complete your child’s register at White Oaks for the 2021-22 school year. Included in the Infosnap survey this year is an Intent to Attend question. Please make sure you fill this out, even if you are not planning on returning next year, as this will automatically update our system and help ensure we are working with accurate enrollment numbers for our fall planning. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions to Teresa Williams at twilliams@scsdk8.org.

With warmest regards, 

Leah Scholer, Principal

School News and Events

Sign up to Be a Buddy Family for New Families!
As we get closer to summer, we wanted to reach out and encourage families to sign up to be Kinder Family Buddies. Kinder Family Buddies are a resource in case there are any questions over the summer and/or at the beginning of the year. First time families often have questions or just have normal jitters, and having a particular person/family to talk to helps a lot. This is a great way to help our newest members of our community join our White Oaks family. Please fill out this form here to sign up to be a Kinder Family Buddy.

SCEF News and Events

One Full Week Left of Our Make It Happen in May Campaign!
Help us meet our $3 million goal. Please consider making or finalizing your annual fund contributions to the San Carlos Education Foundation by May 31, 2021 to help us prepare for a robust 2021-22 school year! While our fundraising year officially ends on June 30th, we strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ so that SCEF can provide our school leadership with a reliable estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year. We have so much to be excited about for next school year, and so much to celebrate! SCEF’s successful fundraising allows for: New StemScopes science curriculum, Principals’ Flex Funds (for site specific items), technology, smaller class sizes, Social Emotional Learning programs and counselors and middle school Don’t Delay! Donate today at https://scefkids.org/donate/.

NOW is your chance to double your donation! SCEF Business Sponsors Premia Capital & Prince St. Partners have funded a matching pool of $100,000 for all donations made before May 31st. Please consider making a gift today to take advantage of this generous offer. If your employer matches, remember to donate via workplace giving. It is especially important to make your gift now if you donate via your employer’s workplace giving program. It often takes up to 8 weeks for these donations to make their way to SCEF. Stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact info@scefkids.org for more information, or to let us know your gift is being processed.

Set It and Forget It
Want to be sure to donate to SCEF, but don’t want to do it all at once? Consider setting up a recurring gift to SCEF. See how easy it is to meet our annual ask of $1500 per student. For example, one child at $125/mo x 12 months gets you to the “ask”, or $250/mo for two! As always, whatever amount works for your family is appreciated! Go to www.scefkids.org/donate to set-up your monthly contribution. Thank you!

District News and Events

2021-2022 School Year Calendar
The calendar for the 2021-2022 school year was approved at the Board meeting on Thursday, May 20. The SCSD Calendar is the official calendar for the school year for all schools (except San Carlos Charter), and includes all start and end dates, official holidays, and in-service teacher workdays.

Please visit our Calendar page to download a copy.

Nursing Notes - COVID-19 Protocol Reminders for All Families
Please keep your child and all siblings home if anyone in your household is sick.

Please remember to contact your school site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Our district nurses are here to help support you in understanding quarantine lengths and ways for getting your student back to school as quickly as possible within the county health guidelines.

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

Celebrate Our Volunteer Tutors!
You're invited to the annual Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Recognition Reception (virtual event via zoom), May 26, 4:30-5pm.

This heartwarming event recognizes our tutors for their amazing contributions over the years and those who have tutored this past year. Hear from tutors, students and community members and meet some of our high school scholarship winners. This is a short, fun event that is completely virtual (via zoom) and celebrates our volunteer tutors and their dedication to the students in our community. 

Email info@healthycitiestutoring.org to RSVP and learn more. 
Event date: Wednesday, May 26, 4:30-5pm.

Community Foundation of San Carlos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos has a list of resources as well as events being offered throughout the month of May!

There is also a special spotlight on AAPI members in our community sharing their incredible stories. So proud to see many AAPI community members showing representation to our growing AAPI community and amplifying our voices!

Save the Date - May 28th
Devil's Canyon is dedicating May 28th to honor AAPI Heritage Month. There will be music by a Cali/Island style reggae band and food trucks to support local AAPI businesses! More info can be found on the Community Foundation website. Social distancing and mask rules apply.

San Carlos-Belmont After School is proud to be providing a summer camp program, Kamparama, on all four elementary school campuses in San Carlos this summer. Enrollment is limited due to CDC guidelines but openings are still currently available.

Children from 4 ½ to 11 years old are welcome to join in the weekly activities that include arts and crafts, outdoor games, water slides weekly and themes to tie it all together. Kamparama opens at 8am each day and will end at 5pm. Drop offs and pickups are any hours between those times.

We will be preparing healthy and delicious lunches and snacks daily for the kids, one less job for busy parents. We’ll also have a visit from the ice cream truck each week, just to sweeten the day!

Kamparama will provide a fun, safe environment for kids this summer just as it has for 40 years. We invite you to check out our web site for more information and/or to register.

Kamparama 2021 Summer Camp - www.afterschoolkids.net

Legarza Summer Camps
Legarza Basketball, All-Sports, and Volleyball programs give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their personal best in sport and life. Our program is tailored to help your young athlete succeed on and off the court in a safe, professional and encouraging environment of learning and fun.

Summer programs are now enrolling at www.legarzasports.org. We will be offering morning, afternoon, and all day programs weekly from June through August.

We are also currently offering $100 scholarships to families needing additional financial support to attend our summer programs. Those interested in receiving a scholarship can contact danielle@legarzasports.org.

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp
At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids take chances and take charge, shaping their day, their way. More choices and fewer expectations creates more possibilities, more self-trust, and less self-doubt.

Campers will choose an interest-based, pod-like group, called a Squad. At camp, children will gather with their fellow enthusiasts to immerse themselves in activities, or pursue projects with an emphasis that speaks to their tastes. Squad specialties include sewing, building, performing arts, coding and gaming, sports & recreation, or a mix of everything!

Within squads, campers decide what they want to do, with whom, and for and how long. Whether one is spending the day sampling all activities, or honing in on sewing skills to redesign their entire wardrobe, one thing is for sure: kids are in control.

Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor classes, socially distanced indoor and outdoor recreation, performances, fan-favorites like Gameshow, gaga, and wacky or wet inflatables, and a circuit of rotating activities featuring arcade games, clay, sewing, and more.

We’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included daily, and there’s no risk if your plans change. At the end of the summer, if you have any leftover purchased Day Passes, we’ll refund them in full, automatically.

Dates: June 14 - July 30 - Summer 2021
Ages: Ages 4-12
Location: Arundel Elementary School

Learn more at https://steveandkatescamp.com/san-carlos/.

REDISCOVER SUMMER FUN - Camp Galileo for PK – 8th Grade
Galileo's award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.

Limited enrollment—sign up now!
Save $25 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three.
Optional extended care. Learn more at  www.galileo-camps.

San Carlos United is Holding Open Tryouts for Our Fall 2021
San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2021 teams now through mid-June. Tryouts are for boys and girls born between 2003-2013.

Please register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout.

We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!