White Oaks Weekly - January 2, 2022

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks families,

Happy New Year! 2022 is the start of a new year — filled with aspirations and optimism. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 4, and we are all refreshed and ready to welcome our students back to school. 

Monday, January 3, is a Professional Development Day for teachers where they will attend a district-wide Teacher Learning Conference. This special learning day will provide an opportunity for staff to engage in workshops covering a variety of topics. Session topics include intervention supports for math and language arts, strategies to support students learning English as a second language, and exploring best practices for social and emotional learning. Teachers will also continue their work with Inclusion Counts, where the focus will be on strengthening our work on diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Get Ready for Our SCEF Read-A-Thon! 
Next week, our SCEF Read-A-Thon begins. If you haven’t already registered, now is your chance! Click here to take the next steps. Students and families can earn prizes for entering their reading minutes from January 10 through January 21. Not only are there amazing prizes, but this gives students a chance to embrace the joy of reading and support this special community. I hope you and your family join in the fun! 

Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

January PTA Meeting: This Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Happy New Year! Please join us at our first PTA meeting of 2022 on Wednesday, January 5, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome, and we would love to see you there. 

Walk to School Wednesday This Week
All students are invited to our first Walk to School Wednesday of 2022 on January 5. Charms will be given to students who walk, roll, ride or scoot to school! Walk to School Wednesday takes place the first Wednesday of every month. 


SCEF News and Events

Ready for the Read-A-Thon?
The 2nd annual Read-A-Thon starts NEXT week, on January 10! Please REGISTER NOW. Visit www.scefkids.org/read2022 to register and learn more! SCEF’s goal is 100% participation across the district!

1. REGISTER your child at the link above
2. SHARE the 99Pledges donation page with family and friends*
3. ENCOURAGE your child to READ!
4. LOG reading and listening minutes January 10-22
* Fundraising isn’t required to participate

A BIG Thank You and Deep Appreciation
We want to thank you for your support and commitment to our students, teachers and staff. Amid challenging times, you, and the entire San Carlos community, have made supporting our public schools a priority. We look to 2022 with great hope.


District News and Events

Coronavirus Testing Kits Available for Pickup on Monday, January 3
The California Department of Public Health is providing school districts with rapid tests for student use in the first weeks of January. Each testing kit contains two tests. SCSD will be distributing them to interested families at the following drive-through locations on Monday, January 3.

Arroyo Upper Elementary School
1710 Arroyo Ave., San Carlos
9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Heather Elementary School
2757 Melendy Dr., San Carlos
9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula
2031 Pulgas Ave., East Palo Alto
9:30-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.

Parent Night with Susan Resnick, US Consultant and Author of Math in Focus
Singapore Math is about ideas to support your student at home. This online session will include a brief overview of the the success behind Singapore Math and the key instructional strategies that have led to Singapore's place as top in the world in mathematics. Additionally, Susan will give you practical ideas of how to help your student at home, whether they need more scaffolding or more enrichment. You will learn about number bonds, bar modeling, long division and other approaches that might look a little different from how math looked when you went to school.

K-3rd Grade: 6:30-7:15 p.m. Jan. 13
Grades 4-5: 7:15-8:00 p.m. Jan. 13

Join via Zoom: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9816352626.

Virtual TK/Kindergarten Information Night for New Families - Jan. 10
New Student Priority Registration - Jan. 11-Feb. 11

Virtual TK/Kindergarten Information Night: Do you have an incoming TK or Kindergarten student? Are you new to the district? If so, please join us for our Virtual TK/Kindergarten Information Night, which is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District, its community partners and programs, and to provide an overview of how to register for school. Join us on Monday, January 10, 6:30-7:30 p.m. for a presentation via Zoom.

Registering a New Student: To get a jump on registration, familiarize yourself with our online registration process by visiting our How to Register for the 2022-23 School Year page for more information. Questions? Call your school for more information on the registration process.

Transitional Kindergarten: Will your child turn 5 between Sept. 2, 2022, and Feb. 2, 2023? If so, they will be enrolled in our Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program. Visit our Transitional Kindergarten program page to learn more.

New Student Priority Registration for all students (TK-8th grade) opens on Tuesday, Jan. 11. Priority registration closes Feb. 11.

Visit our Key Dates page for New Student Registration and Transfer Timelines:

  • Monday, Jan. 10: Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Jan. 11: PowerSchool Priority Registration opens for all new students at noon.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 26: Schools hold Virtual Elementary School Tours for incoming TK/Kindergarten families, 4-4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Feb. 11: PowerSchool Priority Registration deadline, 4 p.m.

COVID Reminders: Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested
Staying home when sick and getting tested for the COVID-19 virus are two of the most effective ways to keep our community safe. Find details from the SCSD Health & Safety Plan in this document


If you have any of the symptoms listed above, call your school office to report an illness, stay home, and take a COVID virus test.
If you need to report a positive COVID test, please call District Nurse Page Pollack at 650-632-8300 (Arroyo office) or Human Resources at 650-590-5922 if the nurse is unavailable.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.

Second Location and More Days for Curative COVID-19 Testing 
Please take advantage of the free COVID-19 virus testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department. Sign up online for your weekly testing.

Central Middle School parking lot, 757 Cedar St.

  • Mondays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. 
  • Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Thursdays noon-7 p.m.
  • Fridays 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Book at the Central location here.

Tierra Linda Middle School parking lot, 750 Dartmouth Ave. 

  • Wednesdays and Fridays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Saturdays 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Book at the Tierra Linda van here.

Find other community testing sites in San Mateo County here.


Community News and Events

SamTrans Art Takes a Bus Ride 2022 Contest
The San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with SamTrans to give students in grades 1 through 12 a chance to have their artwork displayed on the side of a SamTrans bus for an entire year. Artwork must illustrate this year’s theme of San Mateo County Reopens. Entries are due Feb. 25. Learn more here.

Feb. 6: SCSD Day at Stanford Basketball - Discounted Tickets on Sale Now!
Stanford Men’s Basketball welcomes San Carlos School District on February 6! Join us at Maples Pavilion as the Cardinal take on the Washington Huskies. Get to know your fellow SCSD families sitting in the same section. All SCSD students in attendance will receive a Stanford T-shirt! Use promo code SCSD to buy tickets at the discounted price, starting at $12. The promo code is active, and families can begin buying tickets right away.

Parent Education Opportunities
Parent Venture Series: www.parentventure.org/events