White Oaks Weekly - May 22, 2022

From the Principal

Dear White Oaks families, 

I hope everyone had fun at Hometown Days! We are quickly winding down the school year. My, has it gone fast! Here are some important upcoming events to mark down on your calendar: 

Thursday, May 26
Celebration of Learning and Art Show
Visit your classroom from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (TK-1) and 6:30-7:00 p.m. (2-3), and don't miss the Art Show in the MU from 5:30-7:30.

Friday, May 27
Minimum Day
Dismissal at 12:25 p.m.

Monday, May 30
No School, Memorial Day

Saturday, June 4
White Oaks Library Audit
If you are interested in helping our DEIB (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging) committee begin an audit of our library books, please join us from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. (or whenever you’re available during that time) 

Wednesday, June 1
Folk Dance
8:25-9:00 a.m.
A beloved White Oaks tradition! Come watch as each class performs a dance — staff too! 

Thursday, June 9
Last Day of School
8:25 a.m.-12:25 p.m.

Leah Scholer, Principal
[email protected]


School News and Events

May 26: The Annual Art in Action Show Is Back! (Volunteers Needed)
On the evening of May 26, the MU will once again be transformed into an art gallery showcasing student artwork from the school year. Doors will be open from 5:30-7:30 p.m. during the Celebration of Learning Night.

Volunteers are needed to help create this beautiful display. Please sign up to join us.

Sign Up to Be a Buddy Family for New Families!
As we get closer to summer, we want to encourage families to sign up to be Kinder Family Buddies. This special White Oaks tradition pairs current families with incoming Kindergarten and TK families to help them feel like a part of the White Oaks community. It is a wonderful resource for the new families in case they have questions about school over the summer and/or at the beginning of the year. First-time families often have normal jitters, and having a particular person or family to talk to helps a lot. Please fill out this form by May 31 to sign up to be a Kinder Family Buddy. Contact Kari Burchard with questions.


SCEF News and Events

Your donations to SCEF make Educator Innovation Fund (EIF) grants possible — and our students and educators THANK YOU! Learn more about the Education Innovation Fund program, which directly supports teachers and staff in their classes, at scefkids.org/scef-educator-innovation-grants.

We are entering our final week of the Make It Happen in May campaign. As we approach the end of the school year and the end of SCEF’s fiscal year, we are asking for your support to meet our fundraising goal of $3.2 million — we still have $700k left to raise! Our suggested donation is $1,500 per student; however, gifts of any amount are valued and help us meet our goal. We strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ — meeting our fundraising goal 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 TODAY. Our 2021-22 fundraising calendar ends on June 30. You can make a donation today at scefkids.org/donate. Matching corporate gifts, 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

Community Foundation of San Carlos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month
In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos and Devil’s Canyon is throwing a community celebration.

When: Friday, May 27, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Where: Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington St., San Carlos

Please come celebrate with the community! There will be food, drinks, crafts, dance performances, and live music. More information at cfsancarlos.org/aapi.

San Carlos United Soccer Tryouts
San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2022 teams now through mid-June. Tryouts are for boys and girls born between 2005-2015.

Please register online at sancarlosunited.org, and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!

Kidizens Lego Summer Camp at Heather
Would your child like to build and be the mayor of an entire Lego city? Or leverage their love of Lego to have fun and learn real-life 21st-century skills and leadership strategies?

Calling all creative builders, responsible thinkers, and future leaders to join us for one week of supercharged and exciting summer fun! Take your creativity and confidence to towering heights in an immersive journey as a Young Mayor at Kidizens Summer Camps. During the Lego City-Building and Leadership Camps, kids collaborate on building and role-playing in a Lego city that they plan from the ground up.

In a fast-paced and engaging environment, campers develop strong leadership, problem-solving and social-emotional skills while dealing with natural disasters, concerned citizens, and financial crises. Register today at kidizens.com/camps/lego-summer-camps.

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

Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions
May 24, 5:30-6:30 p.m., online
What should parents know about severe mental health concerns such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and psychosis? Join Steve Smith, PhD, clinical psychologist and professor of psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth. Traducción simultánea al español (simultaneous Spanish translation). Learn more.

Mental Health & Overcoming Stigma Community Conversation (in person)
May 24, 6-7 p.m., San Carlos Adult Community Center, 601 Chestnut St.
A community panel event discussing the implications of mental health on our physical health and to overcome the stigma associated with mental health, together. The panel includes our very own Ilana Yakubovich, MA, RYT, director of Health and Wellness for the San Carlos School District. Join us for light food and drinks before the event. RSVP and submit questions: cfsancarlos.org/Mental-Health-24May22.

NEW! QPR Suicide Prevention Training
May 25, 3:30-5:30 p.m., online
QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer — three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Join Dr. Alejandro Martinez, Stanford University, for a special QPR Suicide Prevention Training.

Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents: Consistency Within Family and External Systems
May 26, 6:00-7:30 p.m., online
Join us to learn about the complexity of family systems, explore the dangers of triangulation, and learn how to avoid situations that may increase confusion and place increased emotional strain on your kids. Facilitators will engage parents in a conversation on how to advocate for our children within external systems (school, foster system, etc.) in order to strengthen trust and safety. 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.

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.