August 27, 2023
IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Announcements and Reminders
- PTA Updates and Volunteer Opportunities
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community News
Thu, 8/31: Back to School Night
Principal’s Welcome: 5:30 - 5:55 pm
TK/1st: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
2nd/3rd: 6:40-7:10 p.m
Fri, 9/1: Minimum day for all, dismissal 12:25 p.m.
Mon, 9/4: No school, Labor Day
Wed, 9/13: First PTA Meeting (social hour at 5 p.m., meeting at 6 p.m.) at Amy Kim's house
Mon, 9/18: Late Bird schedule starts for Kindergarten
Dear White Oaks families,
We are jumping right into a fabulous year! It was so heartwarming to see our campus bustling with excitement this past week. It feels so good to have the school alive again with the laughter and chatter of little voices.
Please take some time to browse our website to get to learn more about our school. Remember that Thursday, Aug. 31, is our Back to School Night (parents only). Join me for my Principal’s Welcome from 5:30-5:55 p.m. in the MU and visit your classroom from 6:00-6:30 p.m. (TK-1st) and 6:40-7:10 p.m. (2nd-3rd). Friday, Sept. 1, is a minimum day and dismissal will be 12:25 p.m. for all students.
This Wednesday, Aug. 30 will be our first Welcome Wednesday of the year! This morning assembly starts promptly at 8:25 - 8:40 am and is not optional for students. Parents are invited to stay and if you are able to join us, please be sure to stand behind the lines of students so everyone can see and hear. Each week, we will share announcements, learn about White Oaks and our students, and sing our school song.
Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast should be picked up by the child (parent can walk their child directly to the kitchen) starting from 8:15 a.m. until when the bell rings to line up for class at 8:25 a.m. If they grab it right at 8:15 a.m., the child needs to sit at a lunch table and eat before lining up for class-- there is no walking around eating. If they are running behind and grab it right before the bell rings, they should put it in their backpack to eat at snack time.
When Late Birds start, they will go directly to class when they arrive at school. On their way out to snack recess, the teacher will notify the kids to go to the kitchen to pick up their breakfast if they ordered it.
Snack is not provided as part of this program. Please continue to send your child to school with a healthy snack.
Lunch is picked up as usual. On their way to lunch, students need to stop by the kitchen to pick up their food. The child will tell the lunch server their name and they will be given lunch. There is nothing parents need to do, but you can view the menu options here.
Drop Off and Pick Up Reminders
You may have noticed a sign at the playground entrance with a "students only" reminder. By asking parents, caregivers, and preschool siblings to stay off the yard, we are able to provide a safe space for active play. Our "students only" routine also allows supervisors to see the children playing and be visible when students need help.
Please remember that Fairmont Ave. and both the East and West White Oak Way cul de sac are loading zones only and cars are not to park there from 7:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. If you would like to park and walk your child in, please do so on another street. Also, please be aware that you are not blocking any of the neighbors' driveways.
Attendance is very important for our elementary school students. Please be sure that your child is at school by the time the bell rings at 8:25 a.m. to get their day started off right!
School Site Council Parent/Community Membership - 1 Position Open
The White Oaks School Site Council consists of 5 parent or community members and 5 staff members, which always includes the principal. Parent and community members are selected through the election process. There are approximately seven meetings scheduled each year. Meetings are usually scheduled on selected Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. via Zoom until further notice. Please refer to the SSC News September 2023 email that will go out on Sept. 14 for more information about White Oaks School Site Council.
If you are interested in becoming a member of the Site Council, please email Leah Scholer with a blurb about why you are interested in the position and how you contribute to the Council. If there are more than two people interested, we will hold an election to fill the opening.
Thursday, 8/31: Back to School Night
Principal’s Welcome: 5:30-5:55 pm
TK/1st: 6:00-6:30 p.m.
2nd/3rd: 6:40-7:10 p.m.
*Reminder that this Friday, 9/1, is a minimum day with dismissal at 12:25 pm for all.
Monday, 9/4: No School, Labor Day
Monday, 9/18: Late Bird schedule starts for Kindergarten
Join the White Oaks PTA and Donate to SCEF!
As a member of the White Oaks PTA, you are a voice for our kids and part of the largest child advocacy program in the world. Check the school calendar for upcoming meetings and events. Check out our Membership and Fundraising page on how to contribute and make a difference.
White Oaks PTA Volunteer Roles
The White Oaks PTA needs you! Find a variety of big and small volunteer opportunities here. Sign up for as many areas of interest as you would like; there's a role for everyone. If you have any questions about volunteer roles, reach out to Sara Ting or Amy Kim.
Parents Needed to Help Serve Hot Lunch
Speaking of volunteering, we need your help serving hot lunch! This is a great way to get to know kids in all grades and your child will love having you on campus. It's just a one-hour time commitment from 11:40 a.m.-12:40 p.m. All you have to do is report to the MU and our district hot lunch server, Diana, will show you the ropes. Sign up here.
A special Thank You to our Incoming Kinder Committee: Nandi Byer, Andria Jones, Colleen Nuffer, and Paige Sanks for organizing the fun summer playdates to help our new TK and kindergarten students create new friendships and feel welcome to our school! And we are grateful to our Hospitality Chairs Nandi Byer and Laura Sleasman for setting up the MU with coffee and pastries on the first day of school!
September PTA Meeting Wed, Sept. 13
We welcome all parents and teachers to join us for our monthly PTA meeting! Come meet our community of parents and teachers, ask questions about getting involved in the PTA, and stay up to date on White Oaks school happenings.
Thank You to Our Generous Donors and Welcome to Our New Families
Evening at TOWN Event Tickets Go On Sale THIS WEEK, Plus Warriors’ Tickets for Oct. 20 Game
Your donations last school year to the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) will allow us to grant over $3.2 million to support every San Carlos public school student in this 2023-24 school year. Watch our video to learn why we have a nonprofit, parent-led Education Foundation in San Carlos. Thank you to everyone who contributed to SCEF last year.
SCEF event ticket sales are kicking off this week with TWO fan favorites up for grabs
The annual Evening at TOWN is being held on Sunday, 10/1–a lovely evening of dinner, drinks and online auction–all benefiting San Carlos public schools. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, August 30th–get yours while they last!
Tickets for Golden State Warriors basketball, Friday, Oct. 20
You can attend the highly anticipated preseason game vs. San Antonio Spurs (and first round draft pick and French phenom Victor Wembanyama). Purchase WARRIORS GAME TICKETS–a portion of the proceeds benefit SCEF. And, for a special experience, we have secured 20 spots for the CHILD VIP HIGH-FIVE EXPERIENCE. Your kid on the floor at half-time, high-fiving their favorite players. Space is limited, restrictions apply.
Here’s to a great school year! Learn about the many Ways to Give and plan your donation today. Like the SCEF Facebook page for more upcoming details and news.
All Families Asked to Submit EZMeal Application
Each year we ask that all families fill out the EZ Meal Application to benefit your family, school, and community, even if you do not believe you will qualify based on your income. Completing this form helps your school receive more funding to support your child’s learning environment. The application is used to calculate school funding levels from the state and federal level. Please visit SCSD’s Free and Reduced-Price EZMealApp page for more information.
Health and Wellness Letter
Welcome back, San Carlos families! I am Korah Guilar, Interim Director of Wellness while Illana Yakubovich is out on maternity leave. I'd like share a little about myself and a parent back-to-school jitters/socialization document that I find helpful.
If you or your family should need any support, please reach out to me at [email protected] and check out our resources on the SCSD Health & Wellness page. Wishing you all a great year!
Piano Class at White Oaks with Hummingbird Music School!
Does your child want to learn how to play piano, in a fun group environment? Hummingbird Music School's super popular after-school piano class runs 2:30-3:20 p.m. on Thursdays in the Maker Space. Classes begin in September! Find out more and register here.
Parent Education Opportunities
To kick off the 2023-24 season, we welcome Michelle Icard, author of the new book 8 Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success: What to Do and What to Say to Turn “Failures” Into Character-Building Moments (Sept. 14).
This September's Parent Forum (English) discussion group features Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans, in How to Support Your Upset Child or Teen (Sept. 15). The first Foro de padres (español) will convene on Sept. 19.
Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information.
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