White Oaks Weekly - May 1, 2022

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks families, 

This Wednesday is SCEF DAY, when we recognize the many contributions that families, businesses, and community members make to the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) to benefit White Oaks.

Your donations to SCEF provide resources that supplement state funding to provide an enriching school environment focused on the whole child. Your contributions help ensure that students at White Oaks are supported by:

  • Small class sizes
  • School counseling and social-emotional programs 
  • Library
  • iPads, Chromebooks and the support of a Technology Associate
  • Legarza PE 
  • Music for Minors
  • STEMScopes science kits
  • Professional development for teachers
  • Support for school site needs through a principal fund

Encourage your student to wear green on Wednesday to celebrate the wonderful community support that helps keep San Carlos schools strong. 

If you haven’t already, I encourage you to support SCEF during the Make It Happen in May Campaign at whatever level is best for your family. Support from parents like you is critical to help sustain and enhance the education we provide to our students at White Oaks. You can learn more at www.scefkids.org.

Thank you for your support, 
Leah Scholer, Principal
[email protected]


School News and Events

May 4: Join us for White Oaks Founders Day!
White Oaks will celebrate Founders’ Day this Wednesday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. We would love for you to join us in celebrating this year’s award recipients. This event is a time-honored tradition at White Oaks where we recognize those volunteers and staff members who have given countless hours to our school community.

This year’s honorees are Laurie BishopStephanie BrillPaulo Dutra, and Diana Herman.

This special event will once again be in person in the MU. Since we will be inside, masks are strongly recommended. Click here to RSVP. Any questions? Please email Britta Ellis or Jennie Romeo. Hope to see you there!

May 4: Walk to School Wednesday
Please join us for Walk to School Wednesday this week. 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.

3rd-Grade Promotion: T-shirt Size Selection Due May 6
All 3rd-graders will receive a traditional White Oaks Promotion T-shirt. The shirts feature the students’ names and are worn on the last day of school at the Grade Clap Out. We are collecting preferred names and sizes for all of the 3rd-graders. Third-grade parents: Please complete this form by Friday, May 6. More details on the Clap Out coming soon!

May 13: PTA Family Movie Night & Food Trucks
We hope you can join us for another fun outdoor PTA Family Movie Night & Food Trucks event on Friday, May 13, at 7:00 p.m.! Bring warm clothes, blankets and chairs, and your own picnic dinner, or buy a meal from one of the food trucks for a night of family fun! Food trucks open at 7:00 p.m., followed by the movie “Sing 2” on the lawn at sundown around 8:15 p.m. Fresh popcorn and treats will be provided by the PTA!

Please, no wheels on campus. Park your bikes, scooters, and skateboards in the bike racks. Please note: The PTA recognizes that every family makes their own decisions about which movies are appropriate for their children’s age, temperament, and maturity. To help you decide whether to attend this event, consider the review provided by Common Sense Media

May 21: Join White Oaks in the Hometown Days Parade!
WHO: All students and families welcome!

WHEN: Saturday, May 21. Meet at 9 a.m., parade starts at 9:45.

WHERE: Central Middle School. The parade route goes down Cedar, then San Carlos Ave. and Laurel St., and ends at Burton Park.

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear green! We will have a green balloon banner/garland, pompoms, necklaces, leis, and noise makers to hand out when you arrive. Scooters and bikes welcome! We will provide green streamers for decorating your scooters and bikes. We look forward to seeing you there! Contact Sara Ting or Amy Kim with any questions.


SCEF News and Events

SCEF Day Is This Wednesday, May 4 – Wear Your GREEN!
It is the kickoff for our Make It Happen in May campaign. As we approach the end of the school year, and SCEF’s fiscal year, we are asking for your support to meet our fundraising goal of $3.2 million. We strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ by asking donors to finalize their annual fund contributions during the month of May so that we can provide the School Board with a solid estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year.

Please consider making your annual donation now. This is especially important if you donate via your employer’s workplace giving program, as it often takes 8 to 10 weeks for these donations to make their way to us. The suggested per student ask is $1,500, and our Leadership Circle begins at $4,000. However, donations of any level will make a difference for students next year.

Our 2021-22 fundraising calendar ends on June 30. You can make a donation today at scefkids.org/donate. Stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact [email protected] for more information.

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 your school office; after business hours, contact J. Smith at 650-590-5922. For more information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.


Community News and Events

Rock Band Summer Camp at White Oaks
Have you ever wanted to play in a rock band? Do you want to learn a new instrument? Or do you want to get better at one you already play? Join us this summer at Rock Band Camp with Hummingbird Music School! Campers will be immersed in live music and performance, experiencing what it’s like to be in a rock band with fellow musicians and bandmates!

Camp will be held throughout June and July at White Oaks. One-week sessions run Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sign up to learn guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, keyboard, winds, or vocals. Campers will form a band, attend daily band rehearsals, participate in music workshops, and perform with their band in a live showcase at the end of the week. Bands will be formed on the first day of camp, based on experience level and/or age. Campers can choose to form a band with friends!

All skill levels are welcome. Campers may bring their own instruments or rent an instrument from Hummingbird. For more information and to register, visit hummingbirdmusicschool.com/summer-camp-new.

Parent Education Opportunities
More event info at parentventure.org/events

Tests are standardized. Students are not. How does anxiety affect testing performance? Join Ned Johnson, bestselling author, speaker, and test prep expert, for Beyond Warriors and Worriers: Reducing Anxiety Around Test-Taking (May 5, online).

NEW! What are ways to cultivate gratitude in your home and family? Carin Winter, MSW, founder and CEO of Mission Be, offers Cultivating Gratitude (How to Bring Gratitude Practices Into Your Home) (May 6, online).

When I Grow Up …
For TK-8th grade, May 7, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
If you are a girl attending elementary school or middle school in Congresswoman Jackie Speier's district, please join her for “When I Grow Up,” an inspirational event that features exceptional women who have broken down barriers and made history in their fields. Help young women get inspired to make their own dreams come true! 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 KIOSK: 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 VAN: 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.