White Oaks Weekly - March 13, 2022

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks families, 

Teachers have completed report cards, which will be sent home via email early this week. Please look for an email from the San Carlos School District. Just as with Trimester 1, you will be given a password that is time-sensitive in order to ensure your child’s information is kept secure. We are so proud of the hard work our students have done this past trimester and very much appreciate your support in their learning. As a reminder, our report cards are standards-based, and most students do not show mastery of standards until the end of the school year. A rating of “2” is very typical for students progressing toward grade-level standards at this time of year. The goal would be to show mastery of those standards by the end of the year.

Mask-Wearing Choice
​​​​​​​This is the first week that students will be able to choose whether to wear a mask inside and outside. Current guidance still highly recommends masking while indoors, but it is not required. Both the teachers and I reviewed the importance of respecting each family’s mask choice with all of the students last week. Here is a copy of the slideshow that we shared with them.

Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

March 16: In-Person PTA Social
All White Oaks parents are invited to the PTA  Social this Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the successes of this year, get to know new members of the White Oaks community, and reconnect with familiar faces. We need YOUR help to bring diverse perspectives to the conversation as we imagine the future of the PTA. Come raise a glass and relax in the Sibley family’s backyard. Bring a friend! We look forward to seeing you. RSVP and find the location address here.

Due March 25: Call for Founders’ Day Award Nominations
Every year for the past several decades, the White Oaks community has celebrated Founders’ Day — a time-honored tradition to recognize volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help build our school community. We need your help in nominating some of these very special people. Please use this link to review the award categories and submit your nominations. Nominations are due Friday, March 25. On Wednesday, May 4, we will hold our annual PTA Founders’ Day to celebrate the contributions of our award winners. Mark your calendars for the 72nd anniversary of this special White Oaks event! Please direct questions to Britta Ellis or Jennie Romeo.

Order Spirit Wear by March 27!
We are excited to offer White Oaks spirit wear featuring our new school logo! Click here to visit our school store. Options include V-necks, hoodies, baseball tees, and performance tees and more. You can choose the size of the logo on your shirt: big or small! We have Youth and Adult sizes, so you can find something for everyone in the family.

The last day to order is Sunday, March 27. Items will be delivered to classrooms after spring break.  

April 10: White Oaks Family Fun Day at Stanford’s Sunken Diamond
White Oaks families, ready to watch some baseball? This year, we’re hosting our annual ALL FAMILY baseball event to watch the Stanford Cardinal take on the Arizona State Sun Devils on Sunday, April 10 at 1:05 p.m. in Palo Alto. When you buy a ticket, you will be entered into our White Oaks raffle to win Stanford Baseball swag, and one lucky third-grader could win a chance to be a junior announcer at the game. To buy tickets ($10 each), visit GoStanford.com/promo-code and use promo code WHITEOAKS. The whole family is welcome! Each person attending needs a ticket. Questions? Contact Jennie Romeo.

Save the Date: Get Ready for the Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day!
We’re so excited to bring back a favorite White Oaks tradition: the Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day on Sunday, April 24, 1-4 p.m.! All kids, preschool through 3rd grade, are invited to join in an hour of walking through a campus course, completing as many laps as possible. Prizes will be awarded by grade for the most laps completed. Immediately after the walk, treats will be provided, and families are encouraged to stick around and enjoy the playground.

ISO volunteers and future organizers: While this year’s event won’t include fundraising (you already did that!), we still need your help! Please check out these volunteering opportunities, including course setup and tear-down, and lap checkers. We’re also looking for parents to take over the Walk-a-Thon next year and beyond. Email us at whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com if you’re interested in shadowing and learning the ropes this year.

T-shirt artwork submissions due March 21: Finally, we need your student artists to create our 2022 Walk-a-Thon featured design! All students are invited to create a simple, one-color line drawing that represents our school and this fun event. Use a thick black marker on white paper. Then submit your artwork to the office, or email a picture or scan to whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com no later than Monday, March 21. The winning design will be featured on this year’s T-shirt. 

Help Make a Difference at Arroyo!
For parents of 3rd-graders heading to Arroyo next year: The Central Arroyo PTA is looking for executive board members! Open positions include: Co-President for ArroyoCommunications DirectorEvents ChairFundraising and Membership Chair, and Programs Chair. Email Central Arroyo PTA President Kirsten Kell at school@kkmft.com for more information or to express interest. 


SCEF News and Events


There is something for everyone during our annual fundraising season. Did you miss the SCEF auction event? There are still MANY ways for you and your family to participate and celebrate.

Fund-the-Future, which is dedicated this year to supporting our school libraries.

The Online Silent Auction continues through March 21. Take a look at the getaways, shopping and dining experiences, as well as SO MANY teacher outings that invite your kids to join their teacher outside the classroom.

Generous community members and businesses have donated many items to SCEF, and when you buy these items and outings you are helping to raise much-needed funds for our schools. The online silent auction is open to everyone. Check it out!

As always, thank you for your stalwart support of our local public schools!


District News and Events

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.


Community News and Events

March 15: Heathy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training
Join our March 15 New Tutor Orientation & Training to learn more about being a tutor and working with your student in different subjects like math and language arts.

7-7:35 p.m. | New Tutor Orientation: If you have not tutored with us, this session covers everything you need to know to get started with a student!

7:45-8:30 p.m. | Tutor Tips Workshop: Interactive training with strategies for how to work with tutees in all subjects.

Learn more and sign up for the Zoom training at healthycitiestutoring.org.

City of San Carlos Afterschool Enrichment Programs
The city of San Carlos offers a wide variety of Afterschool Enrichment Programs for ages 5-14 in stimulating environments that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, education, and sports. Visit www.cityofsancarlos.org/afterschoolenrichment to check out class offerings. Registration is open. Contact the Recreation Office at 650-802-4382 or recreation@cityofsancarlos.org for assistance.

Parent Education Opportunities

Collaborative & Proactive Solutions: Moving from Power and Control to Collaboration and Problem Solving
March 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Special event! Ross Greene, PhD, is an internationally renowned clinical psychologist who helps children improve their behavior in a positive, collaborative way. Online.

Parenting in a Digital Age: A Conversation with Digital Media Experts
March 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
What are ways parents can set healthy boundaries for kids’ use of technology in a post-pandemic world? Join a conversation with experts from Common Sense Media and Kaiser Permanente. Online.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics for Ages 5-11
San Mateo County Health is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines at eight sites throughout the county. Free and advance appointments are available, highly encouraged, and may be scheduled through MyTurn. Families may also come without appointments. Learn more here.

COVID-19 PCR Testing in San Carlos
Please take advantage of the free COVID-19 virus testing at one of our school sites or those provided by the San Mateo County Health Department. 

NEW OPTION Worksite Labs: Arroyo School, Patio 3, 1710 Arroyo Ave. Make appointment here.

  • Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30-6:30 p.m.

Curative: Central Middle School parking lot, 757 Cedar St. Make appointment here.

  • 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.​​​​​

Curative: Tierra Linda Middle School parking lot, 750 Dartmouth Ave. Make appointment here.

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

Find other community testing sites in San Mateo County here.