April 30, 2023
IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Staff Appreciation and Earth Month
- Year End Special Events
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community News
Fri 5/5: School Musical, 5:30 p.m. in the MU
Sat 5/6: Revel@Devil's, 6 p.m.
Thu 5/11: TK/Kindergarten Orientation (adults only)
Mon 5/15: San Carlos Night at the Giants, 6:45 p.m.
Wed 5/17: Heritage Day, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Sat 5/20: Hometown Days Parade
Wed 5/24: Celebration of Learning, 6:00-6:30 p.m. (TK-1st) and 6:30-7:00 p.m. (2nd-3rd)
Fri 5/26: Minimum Day, dismissal 12:25 p.m.
Mon 5/29: No School (Labor Day)
Wed 6/7: White Oaks Folk Dance, 8:25-9:00 a.m.
Dear White Oaks Families,
The first week of May is dedicated to appreciating our award winning staff who show up for our students every single day and in many different ways. As each morning arrives, our staff members are there to make sure our students begin the day with a smile. They go on to create magic in the classroom supporting learning, on the playground navigating friendships, in the MU serving food, in the office helping everyone that comes through, all over campus keeping it clean, and nurturing a sense of belonging throughout the day with every interaction. We are forever grateful to all of our superstar White Oaks staff members for sharing their talents with our students, each other, and families!
As Earth Month comes to a close, thank you to all of the classrooms that participated in activities that enhanced environmental literacy and built awareness around sustainability. Our students created art, participated in a trash-to-art contest, focused on sorting waste appropriately, sang songs about our planet, and so much more! Walking through classrooms, I am continually inspired by the creativity, collaboration, citizenship/stewardship, and compassion that our students demonstrate (8 C’s Complete list)!
There has been an uptick of cars parking illegally in the White Oaks Way cul de sac and it is causing a safety hazard. For the safety of our students and families, please pull up parallel to the curb not perpendicular to the curb and remember it is a loading zone only. We have students walking in between the cars and it is very hard to see them. If you need to park, please do so on Cedar or Fairmont.
Lost and Found
Our lost and found is getting quite full again, especially with water bottles and lunch items. The next time you are on campus, please take a look to see if anything belongs to your family. Any unclaimed items will be donated at the end of the year.
Toys at School
While we understand that the after school programs allow toys from home, we ask that you minimize the amount of personal items that are sent to school. Students are not allowed to play with toys from home during the school day. They can get lost, damaged, or become a distraction to their learning. Please remind them to keep toys, etc. in their backpacks the entire day.
Mark Your Calendars
- Friday, May 5: School Play, 5:30 p.m. in the MU
- Thursday, May 11: TK/Kindergarten Orientation (adults only)
- Monday, May 15: San Carlos Night at the Giants Game, 6:45 pm
- Saturday, May 20: Hometown Days Parade
- Wednesday, May 24: Celebration of Learning Night, 6:00-6:30 p.m. (TK-1st) and 6:30-7:00 p.m. (2nd-3rd)
- Friday, May 26: Minimum Day (dismissal at 12:25 p.m.)
- Monday, May 29: No School - Labor Day
- Wednesday, June 7: White Oaks Folk Dance, 8:25-9:00 a.m.
Walk to School Wednesday
Spring is in the air! Smell the flowers as students walk, roll, ride, or scoot to school for this month's Walk to School Wednesday. Charms will be given to all students who participate. Walk to School Wednesday takes place the first Wednesday of every month.
The 2nd and 3rd grade Running Club is in full swing! Students are having a great time running consistently towards their goals, many already achieving 5K and 10K milestones! Parent volunteers are needed to help supervise this fun lunchtime activity. Sign up here.
White Oaks Musical: Tribute to Disney's Descendants on May 5!
White Oaks School and Broadway Babies and Kids musical production, "A Tribute to the Descendants; A New Adventure in Auradon," is Friday, May 5 at 5:30 p.m. in the White Oaks MU. This is a free event for the public and seating is first come first served. There will be a student and staff only performance during the school day.
Thank you to the School Dance Planning Committee!
White Oaks PTA would like to thank the School Dance Committee for planning a fun evening for our students to dance and hang out with their fellow classmates! Shout out to Sophia Chang, Neetal Smith, Laura Sleasman, Sarah Burton, Aurelia Abcouwer and Ksenia Terekhova. We would also like to thank and acknowledge SCEF for providing our PTA funds to throw this awesome party!
Revel@Devil’s is THIS weekend
Join us on Saturday, May 6 at the Revel at Devils! Adults only. Check out our raffle --your chance to win a trip to Mexico, Taylor Swift concert and more. Need not be present to win. To buy event or raffle tickets, click here.
Make It Happen In May
May brings an opportunity to support our schools with a donation to the San Carlos Education Foundation. San Carlos is proud of its public schools and the annual “Make It Happen in May” campaign is our effort to end the school year with a fundraising bang. Your donations are a key component in maintaining positions and programs next school year.
Please make a donation of any size NOW– visit our website for all the ways to give:
- Workplace Giving - Donate on your company’s portal and get matched. Does your employer support nonprofit organizations with matching donations? Check here.
- Give Every Month - Many families utilize this option to spread their annual gift over months, year over year.
The support of our families and community is imperative to maintain the quality and variety of what our schools can offer in support of our goal of educating the Whole Child. Please make YOUR donation TODAY.
Mental Health Q+A with SCSD Wellness Leads
Have questions about supporting your student? Unsure what's developmentally appropriate vs. when it's time to get help? Come chat with Kiersten and Ilana, SCSD Mental Health and Wellness Leads!
- Thursday, May 18, 7-8 p.m., Arroyo Commons
- RSVP and submit topics here
Celebrate AANHPI Month
The Community Foundation of San Carlos is throwing a community-wide celebration in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI). The event will take place on Saturday, May 13 at the San Carlos Youth Center from 2-5 p.m. The event will feature live music, cultural performances, and a variety of craft vendors.
To attend the event, please register via this link.
Welcome to Lando Summer Camps at Brittan Acres
At Lando, campers will flex their curiosity and creativity by engaging in real-world engineering challenges while balancing fun summer days playing games and enjoying the outdoors. Our camps develop a camper’s confidence in their own ability to build, test their own design, and solve engineering challenges while having fun. Challenges may include designing a car that can move through wind power, creating an epic catapult to sling resources to those in need, or building an air filter to help solve pollution problems. Campers will collaborate and problem-solve with their friends in a way that they never have before. No experience necessary.
Community Transportation Benefits Program
Qualifying San Mateo County residents aged 18 or older can now receive $100 in transit credit on their Credit Card or $100 tool credit on their FasTrak account. Multiple members of the same household can apply. Learn more.
San Carlos United Soccer Tryouts May 8
San Carlos United will be holding tryouts for boys and girls born between 2006 and 2015 starting the week of May 8 for the Fall 2023 season. If interested, please register online and a manager from the team will reach out to coordinate. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!
Parent Education Opportunities
NEW! How can you cultivate more mindfulness in your family? Join Karen Allen, mindful educator at Mission Be, for Cultivating Mindfulness: How to Bring Gratitude and Positive Practices into Your Home (this event is in Spanish) (May 3).
Navigating boundaries around technology can be overwhelming. Join Devorah Heitner, PhD, author and children's digital media expert, for Screenwise Kids: Navigating Boundaries, Friendships, and Social Media (May 4).
NEW! What do teens believe about cannabis and vaping? Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of adolescent medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, presents Teen Misconceptions about Cannabis and Vaping: What’s True and What’s Not (May 9).
Our children are experiencing the changing climate. Anya Kamenetz, author, journalist, and senior advisor at the Aspen Institute, will offer strategies for How-- And Why-- to Talk to Kids About Climate Change (May 11).
Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information.
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