From the Principal
Dear White Oaks families,
Wow, we made it to the end of the year! This year’s theme was “Wonder” in the spirit of fostering our students’ innate curiosity about the world around them. Every week, we shared a new wonder from our Wonder Wall during Welcome Wednesday. The questions these kids came up with were inspiring! We wondered why the sky is blue, why we need to breathe, why lions have manes, how stars are made, how our eyes work, how owl bucks are made and SO much more!
The White Oaks Wonder Wall is covered with curious questions, and I encourage you and your child(ren) to continue this practice at home over the summer. Create a family Wonder Wall and check out these simple ways to help your child love learning.
This was also a year of rebuilding. Coming back together in person was necessary and rewarding. Our students have grown leaps and bounds both academically and socially-emotionally. While the road forward is always bumpy, we have clung on to our values and the sense of community here is strong. I would like to send our teachers, staff, parents, and students a great big THANK YOU for working together this year. We have picked each other back up and carried on with smiles and joy. I wish you all a wonderful summer filled with exploration, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Leah Scholer, Principal
June 6: 2nd Grade Celebration of Learning
June 7: 3rd Grade Picnic (during school)
June 9: Last Day of School, minimum day, 3rd Grade Clap Out
Aug. 11: White Oaks office opens
Aug. 19: Class assignments emailed
Aug. 23: TK and Kindergarten Meet & Greet, 10-10:45 a.m.
Aug. 23: New Family Lemonade Tour (1st-3rd), 1:30 p.m.
Aug. 24: First Day of School
As we close out the 2021-22 school year, we’d like to thank you for your generous contributions to the White Oaks PTA. Because of your volunteer efforts and donations, we’re able to support our teachers and staff, build community, and enrich the school day for all our children.
Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the San Carlos Education Foundation to streamline and simplify fundraising across the district.
Beginning next school year, all fundraising will be led by the capable team at SCEF. PTAs will not hold separate fundraising drives as we have in the past. This efficient new model provides clarity and simplicity to donors. At the same time, it frees the PTA to focus on our core community-building mission.
This fall, the annual SCEF suggested donation will increase to include funding for PTA budgets. While fundraising messages will come directly from SCEF, your donations will support the activities you have come to expect from your PTA, in addition to the educators and programs that SCEF has always funded.
Once again, thank you! We appreciate your continued support. Stay tuned over the summer for more information about SCEF’s expanded role in supporting our students and our schools.
Debbie Blucher, Britta Ellis, Amy Kim, and Sara Ting
Arroyo Family Summer Socials
For families of rising fourth-graders: The Arroyo/Central PTA is planning meetups throughout the summer to bring families together before the start of school. We currently have two summer socials scheduled:
Thursday, July 28: A BYO Dinner Picnic at Burton Park with yard games
Friday, Aug. 19: At Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company with food trucks and music
Grade-specific meetups can also be planned where there is interest. If you would like to receive an email with all of the final details over the summer, please complete this form!
Don’t Delay, Donate Today!
We still have $400,000 to raise to fulfill our commitment for the 2022-23 school year. Your donations will help fund key educator positions in every school, allowing students to have access to Counselors and Social Emotional programs, PE, Music, Technology, Hands-On Science, access to libraries and more. Every contribution is appreciated to help us achieve our $3.2 million goal. Please make a gift today to support the San Carlos students over the next school year at scefkids.org/donate.
We Love our Donors and Sponsors
Thank you for believing in SCEF and showing up for our students by participating in our 2nd annual Read-A-Thon, Virtual Gala and online auction and the Make It Happen in May campaign. You donated, employers matched, community members pitched in, local businesses sponsored and new developments and companies committed to sustain the public schools in San Carlos.
As we end the school year, we want to recognize to these businesses that supported SCEF: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Premia Capital and Prince St. Properties, Sereno Real Estate- Bob Bredel, Laura Bertolacci, Alana Corso, Tatum Clarke & Joyce Romeo, Black Mountain Properties, Presidio Bay Ventures, CB Showers, Peninsula Chemical Company, California Water Service, Chang Orthodontics, Lyngso Garden Materials, Kurth Orthodontics, County Consumer Plumbing, Tavarez Orthodontics, Wendy Wood Design, JMS Development Partners, John McAfee-State Farm Insurance, Northwall Builders, Roberts Market, Hummingbird Music School, Kindercourt and all of the other small businesses and individuals who donated to our auctions. To learn how you can become a SCEF Business Sponsor, click here.
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
San Carlos School District HSI Newsletter Spring 2022
Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) is a wellness partner to 8 South San Mateo County school districts under the Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI). The spring 2022 issue of the HSI newsletter includes updates from your school district about new supports and programs. Click here.
June 11: San Carlos Parks and Recreation - Pride in the Park
Join us at Burton Park on Saturday, June 11, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to hear speakers discuss what Pride means to them, enjoy live performances and music, and learn about local resources.
Parent Education Opportunities
More event info at parentventure.org/events
NEW! On June 16, we welcome Ashish Goel, designer, entrepreneur, and former teaching fellow at the Stanford d.school, to discuss his new book, Drawing on Courage: Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making (Online). Please join us!
With over 55,000 views, The Parent Education Series Video Library has become a popular and trusted resource. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for access to 180+ Parent Ed Series events. Watch a video today and share with family and friends! New recordings include Fentanyl Prevention Education; How to Support Your Upset Child or Teen; El Respeto y Mis Hijos; and Keeping Lines of Communication Open with Your Child or Teen.
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.