White Oaks Weekly - May 5, 2024

May 5, 2024


  • Principal’s Message: Mental Health Awareness Month
  • PTA: PTA Meeting, Teacher Appreciation, and other events
  • Plus, SCEF and Community News


Mon-Fri 5/6-10: Teacher Appreciation Week
Wed 5/8: Walk to School Wednesday
Last PTA Meeting in WO Library, 5:30 p.m. Founders' Day Celebration, 6:30 p.m.
Sat 5/11: School Garden Phase 2, 9:00 a.m.
Sun 5/12: Stanford Baseball Game, 1:05 p.m.
Wed 5/22: Celebration of Learning Night
Mon 5/27: Memorial Day, no school

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Principals Message

Dear White Oaks Families,

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. While our school district prioritizes mental health every day, we will be doing special activities at the school sites to remind students the importance of taking care of their minds. 

A frequent question that our mental health team gets is - what’s “typical” for my student, developmentally? We know each student is different, and we know that the pandemic interrupted/stalled age-appropriate behaviors in some cases. However, Yardsticks is a fabulous, loose guide to follow to utilize when wondering, is this situation normal, given my child’s age? Is this a mental health or behavioral issue, or is this typical for folks in this age bracket? Please use the following guide to get to know “typical” characteristics of students, depending on their general age range. This can hopefully allow for some solace, and knowing that you’re not alone in some issues you’re working on with your student(s). 

If you do have concerns about your student, please remember that we have extensive resources for you to utilize. If you are overwhelmed by where to start, reach out to us! It’s just as important that YOU are receiving the help and support you need, too. We partner with Care Solace to help get you connected to a therapist that is covered by your insurance. 

More mental health resources: 

Leah Scholer

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This Week's Menus

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PTA News

Walk to School Wednesday, May 8

Please join us for Walk to School Wednesday on May 8 instead of on the usual first Wednesday of the month! Charms will be given to students who walk, roll, ride, or scoot to school. 

The Art Show at Celebration of Learning Night

Attention all parent volunteers! It's that time for our fabulous Art in Action art show, happening on May 22 during the Celebration of Learning Night.  Right now, AIA class coordinators are working with teachers to select the art pieces to be displayed (thank you, AIA class coordinators!). Then, from May 9-14, we will need your help with mounting and hanging artwork--any help is greatly appreciated. Your AIA class coordinator will be providing more information; please reach out to your class coordinator and also feel free to contact your WO AIA site coordinator, Doug Okamoto with additional questions.  Thank you from the bottom of our arts!

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is Coming!

National Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10! If you have been wanting to thank teachers and staff for their dedication at White Oaks, Appreciation Week is the perfect time. It's not too late to join the Appreciation Committee-- contact your WO Teacher and Staff Appreciation chair, Doug Okamoto to help say "Thanks" in a very special way. Also, if you are a room parent, you may be thinking of doing something special for your teacher within the classroom. If this is the case, and you haven't yet reached out, please reach out to the committee so that we can best coordinate efforts. Thank you so much!

May PTA Meeting: May 8 at 5:30 p.m. in the White Oaks Library


Join us for the last PTA meeting this school year. We will be voting in the new board for 2024/25 and reviewing the budget for next year. The meeting will be held in the White Oaks Library at 5:30 p.m., right before Founder's Day. Hope to see you there! Here is the agenda.

Come Join Us Founders’ Day Wednesday, May 8

Founders’ Day is Wednesday, May 8 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us in celebrating this year's award recipients. This event is a time-honored tradition at White Oaks where we recognize those volunteers and staff members who have given countless hours to our school community. We are thrilled to announce this year's honorees: Minji Enemark, Julie Epley, Amy Kim, Andrea Roberts, and Sara Ting.

Our special event will take place inside the White Oaks MU and will feature entertainment from the White Oaks cast of Frozen. Please join us as we recognize the contributions of our award winners. RSVP here, and email Jennie Romeo if you have any questions. Hope to see you there!

White Oaks Stanford Baseball Day

Hey White Oaks Parents, get ready for an extra-special Mother's Day treat– a fun-filled day out with the family at the Stanford Baseball game against Arizona State!

  • Date: May 12 (Mother's Day!)
  • Time: 1:05 p.m.
  • Location: Stanford Stadium

What better way to celebrate Mom than with a day at the ballpark? You can secure your seats by purchasing tickets here. You'll not only snag a special discount but also be seated alongside other White Oaks families!

San Carlos Education Foundation News

Make It Happen In May - Help Maintain Strong Schools in San Carlos

In San Carlos, your donations to the nonprofit San Carlos Educational Foundation (SCEF) help our schools provide instructional programs and activities to students that go beyond what the state provides. Your donation, in any amount, helps us achieve this important goal. Together we can continue to enhance the excellent education we expect for our children. Your contributions enable the hiring of educators and enriching programs not possible with state funding alone. We've made incredible progress, and we are not done yet–we need your help! There are many ways to give. Please help us achieve the goal of $3.7M to support San Carlos public schools and PTA programs next year by making a donation today!

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District News

SUN Bucks: A New Summer Food Program Coming in 2024!

Starting this summer, you can buy more food for your child with California SUN Bucks, also called Summer-EBT. SUN Bucks works just like CalFresh, but for the summer.

Children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals through a school meal application or an Alternative Income Form, or get CalFresh, CalWORKs, or Medi-Cal, are automatically enrolled. You don't need to do anything to sign up. SUN Bucks provides $40 per month for food for June, July and August 2024 ($120 total). Learn more here.

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Community News

Silicon Valley Tennis Academy Summer Camp

Silicon Valley Tennis Academy invites all 6-16-year-olds to join us for some summer fun! From June 10 to August 16, we offer weekly camps at Arguello Park Tennis Courts - 300 Phleps Road. Learn more on our website and sign up here. Have questions? Email or call us at 650-414-1690.

San Carlos AYSO Fall Soccer Registration Open

Registration for the San Carlos AYSO Fall 2024 season is now open! AYSO is a recreational soccer league focused on player development in a fun family environment. To register your player(s), go to our website, click on either "Login" or "Register Now." We have programs for ages 3 to 18! We are also looking for parent/community volunteers to be coaches and referees. Come join us on the pitch this fall!

Parent Education Opportunities

The third event in the new Neurodiversity Speaker Series features David Flink, Founder and Chief Empowerment Officer of Eye to Eye, for Empowered and Equipped: A Personal Perspective of Neurodiversity (May 9).

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

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