White Oaks Weekly - February 12, 2023


February 12, 2023


  • Principal’s Message: Talking It Out
  • SCEF Online Auction
  • Take the PTA Survey!
  • Community News 


Sun 2/26: Stanford Men's Basketball Community Day

Fri 3/10: Bingo Night

Fri 3/10- Tue 3/21: SCEF Online Auction (part 2!)

Sun 3/19: SCEF Virtual Starlight Gala and Live Auction

Sun 3/26: Family Fun Day at Stanford Baseball Game

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Principals Message

Dear White Oaks families,

Your children are learning social and emotional skills through regular classroom lessons and reinforcement throughout the school day. All of our students are learning to use I-messages and three steps to talk-it-out when they have small problems. Even small problems can lead to big emotions so it is necessary to calm down before trying to solve the problem. Once children have calmed down, it’s time to talk it out. 

  • Step #1: Tell them how you feel.

  • Step #2: Explain why you feel that way.

  • Step #3: Tell them what would help you feel better.

I feel ______ when you _____________. Could you please __________________?

It takes practice to develop and master the skills of using I-messages and talk-it-out. At White Oaks, the staff is encouraging and coaching students to use these skills to solve small problems. Practicing at home is another opportunity for students to practice these important skills so they can become effective problem solvers. We also continue to use Kelso’s Choice as a way to build independence in low-level conflict resolution. Some students still need facilitation to determine which of Kelso’s Choices are the most appropriate for the issue at hand. Modeling self-talk is hugely beneficial and will help students learn how to navigate day-to-day social interactions. 

Leah Scholer

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SCEF Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auction Dnds Monday, Feb. 13!

Monday, Feb. 13 is the last day of the San Carlos Education Foundation annual Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auction. We appreciate the school staff and teachers who have donated their time to organize events/opportunities for students to raise funds for our schools. Also available are Warriors tickets and the chance for your student to sing the National Anthem at the May 15 San Carlos Night at the Giants. Click here to see the teacher outings available at your school and a selection of Summer Camp opportunities.

There will be staggered closing times on Feb. 13:

  • Elementary Schools - 9:00 p.m.
  • Upper Elementary - 9:15 p.m.
  • Middle Schools & Charter - 9:30 p.m.
  • Summer Camps - 9:30 p.m.

Click here if you have questions or need bidding help.

Starlight Gala Raffle Tickets Now Available
For the cost of a raffle ticket (1 for $125; 3 for $325 or 6 for $600), you could win one of our fabulous Live or Silent Auction packages. This year raffle prizes include Taylor Swift tickets, BottleRock tickets, dinner for four at Chez Panisse, Mexico vacation, Harley Farms hayloft dinner for two or private tour & wine tasting for 10 adults during kidding season, and more. Check out the full list of eligible prizes or order tickets.

Remember: This year, your donation to SCEF also supports your PTA and their ability to fund teacher grants, assemblies, supplies and materials, library books and more.

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PTA News

PTA Survey - We Want Your input!

If you haven't had a chance to fill out the PTA Survey, please take a few minutes to do so. This survey will be open through the rest of this week, and your feedback is very important in helping with next year's planning. If you have questions or additional feedback to share, please reach out to Amy Kim or Sara Ting.

Save the Date: White Oaks Family Fun Day at Stanford - Mar. 26

White Oaks Families, ready to watch some baseball? This year, we’re hosting our annual ALL FAMILY baseball event to watch the Stanford Cardinals take on the Utah Utes on Sunday, Mar. 26 at 1:05 p.m.! Mark your calendars! Stay tuned for ticket purchase information and raffle details. Questions? Contact Jennie Romeo.

Call for Founders’ Day Award Nominations and Volunteers

Every year for the past several decades, the White Oaks community has celebrated Founders’ Day — a tradition that recognizes volunteers who have gone above and beyond to help build our wonderful 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, Mar. 3. On Wednesday evening, Apr. 19, we will hold our annual PTA Founders’ Day to celebrate the contributions of our award winners. Mark your calendars for the 73rd anniversary of this special White Oaks event. You are all invited!

Also, we are seeking more volunteers to help plan and organize this special event. If you like to party plan and would like to help with food, decor, flowers and more, we need you! Please contact Jennie Romeo for more information or with any questions.

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Community News

Downtown Specific Plan Community Workshop - Feb. 15

The San Carlos community is invited to participate in the second Downtown Specific Plan Community Workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register for the interactive virtual workshop. This workshop will center on concepts around Placemaking and the Public Realm such as:

  • Street Concepts for Laurel Street
  • Public Gathering Spaces
  • Pedestrian Paseos/Walkways
  • Alley Enhancements

Visit the website to learn more about these draft concepts and to share input. The City of San Carlos wants to hear from its residents, property owners, and business operators – a good plan involves everyone!

Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history.

In celebration and reflection of Black History Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) has curated a list of resources to honor and recognize the achievements of Black Americans as well as a list of Black-owned businesses and organizations to support. If you want to learn more about CFSC, please reach out!

Parent Education Opportunities

What should parents know about the emerging cannabis industry? Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), presents Health Impacts and Legalities of Cannabis Use in Youth (Feb. 15, Online).

February is Heart Health Month! Join Sequoia Healthcare District for a Town Hall meeting, Understanding Heart Health, featuring cardiologist Henry Huang, MD, and Liz Lazar-Johnson, founder of Via Heart Health (Feb. 16, Online).

Upcoming Parent Forum features Eran Magen, PhD, Parenting for Humans, in How to Be Your Child's Favorite Conversation Partner (February 17, Online).

NEW! What can today’s parents gain from Mister Rogers’ learning science? We welcome authors Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski for When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mr. Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Kids (February 21, Online).

Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information. 

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