White Oaks Weekly - April 10, 2022


From the Principal

Dear White Oaks families, 

Makerspace Materials Needed

Classes are visiting our makerspace every week and creating amazing projects, collaborating on design thinking challenges, and tinkering with whatever they can get their hands on! 

We are in need of more materials to keep the learning and creativity going through the rest of the year. If you have any of the following loose parts around your house and would like to donate them to our makerspace, please bring them to the office at your convenience: 

  • Straws
  • Rubber bands
  • Twist ties
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Cotton balls
  • Tinfoil
  • Egg cartons


Come See Our New Marquee!

We would like to send a special thank-you to our wonderful PTA for sponsoring our brand new marquee on Fairmont Avenue. What a beautiful addition to our school. 

Save the Dates
White Oaks Walk-a-Thon: Sunday, April 24, 1-4 p.m.
Teacher Appreciation Week: May 2-6
Founders’ Day: May 4
Family Movie Night: May 13
Celebration of Learning Night: Thursday, May 26
     TK-1st Grade: 6-6:30 p.m.
     2nd-3rd Grade: 6:30-7 p.m. 
Minimum Day: Friday, May 27, dismissal at 12:25 p.m.

Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

NEW DATE for PTA Meeting: THURSDAY, April 21 
Please join us for this month’s PTA meeting at Jennie Romeo’s house. Social hour will start at 6:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7:30. The meeting will also be on Zoom.

We will be discussing our upcoming Walk-a-Thon, Staff Appreciation Week, and movie night. We would also love your feedback on the different ways we can continue to bring our community together and welcome all new ideas. 

We hope to see you there!

Calling All Volunteers: There’s a Walk-a-Thon Job for Everyone!

Make sure your calendars are marked for the White Oaks Walk-a-Thon on Sunday, April 24! And please take a few minutes to check out all the volunteer opportunities to support one of our favorite school traditions. If you haven’t been to a Walk-a-Thon before: The shifts are short, the duties are easy, and it’s a whole lot of fun! Plus, you’ll get a front-row spot to cheer on our kids. Sign up here today!


SCEF News and Events

For nearly 40 years, SCEF has worked with our community to raise much-needed additional funding for San Carlos public schools. As we close the books on another successful Gala and auction season, we also reflect on the contributions SCEF continues to make in support of the “Whole Child”:

StemScopes: With our Fund-the-Future donations last year we were able to help SCSD launch an amazing 21st-century science program.
Music: As spring concerts approach, we reflect on the award-winning middle school program and the stalwart Music for Minors curriculum.
Physical Education: The ever-present Legarza coaches bring fun, guidance and professionalism to our campuses.
Social and Emotional Learning: SCEF has offered support to our students to acquire the knowledge, attitudes, and skills they need to recognize and manage their emotions, demonstrate caring and concern for others, establish positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.

Visit scefkids.org/donate to make a donation in support of our schools.

May Day Bouquet Artwork Submissions
SCEF is planning to feature student artwork on an upcoming May Day postcard. Please use this printable template as a canvas for your young artist. Submit photos of their spring bouquet drawings to info@scefkids.org by Friday, April 15.


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

Steve & Kate’s Summer Camp Is Back!
When you trust kids, they trust themselves. Since 1980, Steve & Kate’s has put kids in charge of their own learning experience. They try, fail, and learn on their own. They learn to trust their own judgment and tackle the challenges of an ever-changing world with creativity and confidence.

Campers choose from a variety of activities in real time including sewing, stop-motion animation, music, sports and recreation, maker crafts, and breadmaking. They’ll decide what they want to do, and for how long.

This summer families can buy as many days as they’d like and use them at any time. No weekly reservations required — just show up! Or, if you need more care, buy a Summer Pass, which covers the whole season. If for any reason your plans change, we’ll automatically refund any unused Passes in full at summer’s end. Lunch, snacks, and all hours (8 a.m.-6 p.m.) are included. Register today!

Ages: 4-12
Location: White Oaks Elementary

Parent Education Opportunities

Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents (TK-12 Families) - Beginning April 14. The County Office of Education is co-sponsoring a series of parent workshops with Adolescent Counseling Services and the San Mateo County Human Services Agency to provide families with information on how to raise healthy children and adolescents. Spanish interpretation will be provided. Learn more.

NEW! How can we help our kids bring creative approaches to any challenges or opportunities they face? Join Sarah Stein Greenberg, executive director of Stanford's Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, for Creative Acts for Curious People (April 14, Online)

Art on the Walls Art Show (1-12 Grade Students) - Submissions due April 22. Want your student’s art featured at the San Mateo County Office of Education? Submit their photos or artwork on “Student Voice” for a chance to be displayed in a permanent collection at the County Office of Education! Art can be submitted directly by students or by their teachers. Learn more.

Vaping: What Does it Cost? PSA Contest (6-8th Grade Students)
All middle and high school students are invited to submit a video, poster, or audio about the costs of vaping for a chance to win up to a $100 gift card. Submissions should be aimed towards spreading awareness about the dangers of nicotine and vaping and how one can quit their addiction. Winners will be announced at a virtual hip-hop concert on May 19, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Entries due April 22. Learn more.

No Place for Hate Initiative (All School Communities)
Paperwork due April 29. Registration is open for the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Initiative, which provides a proactive and student-centered framework to fight hate and build inclusive and safe communities in which respect and equity are the goals, and where all students can thrive. Learn more.

Peace Flag Project (TK-12 Teachers, Administrators)
No deadline. San Mateo County youths are invited to share their hope and vision for peace through the Peace Flag Project, which aims to unite people around the world through art. Youth can draw their art or share their message on 10x10-inch square pieces of fabric, which will then be pieced together to create one large flag. Learn more.

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. 

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.