White Oaks Weekly - May 30, 2021

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks Families,

Library Explorers
San Mateo County Libraries is offering “Library Explorers”, a FREE in-library enrichment camp to support youth during the summer.

Library Explorers will be held for 5 weeks in participating San Mateo County Libraries on Mondays-Wednesdays. I encourage you to take advantage of this free experience.

To register, just follow this link: https://forms.office.com/r/Q8LCgnLLhV

SMCL Summer Reading Challenge
San Mateo County Libraries is about to kick off their annual Summer Reading Challenge! All youth with SMCL library cards will be entered automatically. You can apply for a youth library card here. For more entries into the scholarship raffle, students may log their reading adventures or the new activities they try. Information about this summer’s challenge will be available on their website starting June 1st!

Upcoming Dates
Monday, May 31: No School, Memorial Day
Wed., June 9 - Fri., June 11: Chromebook/Device Return in front of office (Fairmont Street entrance) 
Thursday, June 10: Last Day of School!

Last Day of School Schedule:
Cohort A: 8:20-10am
Cohort B: 10:50am-12:30pm

With warmest regards, 

Leah Scholer, Principal
lscholer@scsdk8.org

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.

In-N-Out Books – Wednesday
This Wednesday is the last session of In-N-Out Books! We will be checking in books between 1:30 to 2:30pm. Please look around your home for books marked with colored masking tape and bring them by. If you are unsure what books you have checked out, please email kreider970@yahoo.com. Can’t make Wednesday? No problem. The Book Return Bin will also be in front of the office during school and at the device drop off times. Thank you to everyone who visited, volunteered at and donated to the pop-up library this year!

SCEF News and Events

You Helped Fund-the-Future
Our campaign to Fund-the-Future was a gala success and the budget to launch the new science curriculum, StemScopes, is fully funded! Thank you to all who contributed. Check out what is in store for our kids next year at https://youtu.be/Zb3bceZDShU. If you would like to support science and technology tools & equipment, social-emotional programs & counseling, K-8 music education, PE, middle school electives and more, please donate TODAY: https://scefkids.org/donate/.

Join us! Volunteer with SCEF
SCEF is governed by a working board who provides their expertise to the organization. In addition, many members of the parent community serve on committees that plan events and auctions, seek sponsorships, and help to run the organization. There are many ways to get involved while making use of your personal skill set - at your school, as part of the marketing/communications team, as event support for Read-A-Thon, the Starlight Gala, teacher auctions and parent parties, or tackling smaller tasks for a few hours here and there. If you have an interest in volunteering with SCEF, please reach out to: info@scefkids.org.

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

Sustainable and Climate Resilient Schools Challenge
The San Mateo County Sustainable and Climate Resilient Schools Challenge identifies and recognizes students, teachers, administrators, and community members who are leading meaningful change for a sustainable and climate-resilient future. Administrators and educators are invited to use this email template to share this opportunity with student leaders.

Learn more here. Applications are due June 6, 2021.

Community Foundation of San Carlos 21-Day Social and Racial Equity Challenge
The Community Foundation of San Carlos would like to invite you to take part in a 21-Day Social and Racial Equity Challenge in the month of June. This 21-day challenge was created as an educational and self-reflection tool by Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving, renowned diversity and equity professionals. The challenge has now been adapted across the country in agencies and institutions to provide a self-guided process to learn, reflect and take action on racial and social justice topics. The Community Foundation has adapted it to include some resources and topics of interest for our local community. The City of San Carlos has endorsed the challenge. Mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan, City Manager Jeff Maltbie, and Police Chief Kristina Bell have already accepted this challenge.

For 21 days during the month of June, you will undertake one action each day, usually reading an article or watching a short video, to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression and equity. Each day will address a specific topic and includes multiple challenge options for you to choose from (an average of 15 minutes per day) and additional “Other Resources” if you wish to continue exploring the topic further. We provide you with a reflection log for you to jot down and process your thoughts along the way.

There are many ways to organize the challenge. We leave it up to you as to how you will structure the timing for your group. Possibilities include:

  • 21 days straight (e.g. June 1-21 or June 5-26)
  • Five weekdays (weekends off to catch up) for 21 days
  • Three days on, two days off, etc throughout the month
  • Everyone goes at their own pace but agrees to finish by June 30
  • Reflection done weekly, upon completion of the challenge, or however you decide

The challenge can be taken individually, as a group within an organization or as a group of friends. Many of our CFSC Board members and volunteers undertook this challenge together in late 2020 and benefited greatly from this engaging learning experience. It can be a powerful tool to help examine values and goals and encourage dialogue on these important topics.

Our website has all of the materials you will need to begin. If you have questions or would like to chat more about the process, please contact 21DayChallenge@sancarloscf.org. Please let us know if you take it on as we hope to celebrate our community partners joining in this important journey. Register your participation by filling out the Challenge Accepted form. Participants will be posted on our website.

Kamparama!
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.