From the Principal
We are beginning our third week of school and finally settling into our routines. As students are adjusting to the new school year, it is important we establish good habits that help empower our students to grow as independent, responsible children. Please review the tips and reminders below.
- It is helpful to both students and teachers when parents are able to leave to start their day when students are dropped off at school. We have lots of moving bodies that need to make their way through our campus and it makes navigation to class more difficult when lots of adults are in the walkways. It can also be difficult for students who are still transitioning to the morning drop off routine. Even if your child is able to wave goodbye with a smile, please be mindful of the children who are still struggling in the mornings, as it can cause more anxiety to see other parents and not their own. Reach out to us if you would like support transitioning your child. Our goal is to have every child start their school day feeling safe and happy.
- Students have been practicing “The White Oaks Way” by being respectful, responsible and safe at school. Ask your child what it means to them to be respectful and safe during recess, or what it looks like to be responsible at lunch. Having a common language that bridges home and school will help children realize that these expectations extend beyond our campus and are relevant in everyday life.
- Toys from home are not allowed at school unless teachers specify otherwise. They become a distraction during the day and we would hate for a beloved toy to get lost or broken at school. Please help your child check their backpack before they leave for the day to make sure only school-appropriate materials are coming to school.
- Bicycles and scooters have been left on campus overnight and we would like to remind you to take them home at the end of the day. We want to eliminate the risk of them being damaged or stolen during non-school hours.
Leah Scholer, Principal
School News and Events
Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed!
Hot lunch is available to our students four days (MTThF) per week and we need volunteers to help distribute the food to students. Volunteers work just one or two hours per month, and you’ll have the opportunity to interact with students of all grade levels— helping them choose nutritious foods to eat with their pre-ordered lunch entrees. Great for moms and dads, your shift begins at 11:45am to help set up the lunch room and then help distribute lunches as students file through. Your shift ends at approximately 12:40pm. Please contact Erin Grant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apple TVs (3rd Generation) Needed for Our Classrooms
Have you recently upgraded your Apple TV? Please consider donating your 3rd Generation Apple TV to White Oaks School! As we move forward in our District Technology Plan, we are on the lookout for Apple TVs that are compatible with our operating systems. This will help us provide equitable access to digital tools for our students. Thank you for your consideration! Please contact our Tech Associate, Alex DeMenno, at email@example.com with any questions.
White Oaks Walk-a-Thon: Sunday, October 14
Get ready for another fun-filled afternoon supporting White Oaks! Our annual Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day will be Sunday, October 14. This is our primary PTA fund-raiser of the year. Funds directly support our school, funding classroom materials, Cultural Arts Day, art enrichment, student assemblies, playground upgrades and more!
Look for more detailed information to come in future WOW newsletters and your children’s green folders. In the meantime, we’re already hard at work reaching out to our local community for sponsors. If you own a business, or know someone who would make a great sponsor, let us know! Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Family Night with Food Trucks and a Movie! — Friday, September 21st
We hope you can join us to kick off the new school year at Food Truck and Family Movie Night! Bring a picnic dinner or visit one of the Food Trucks. Come with your White Oaks friends and family for a night of fun! Food trucks will start at 5:30 pm, followed by the movie. Please, no wheels on campus. Park your bikes, scooter and skateboards in the bike racks. Check next week’s WOW for information on the movie title.
JOIN THE WHITE OAKS PTA FOR JUST $20!
Your support directly impacts enrichment programs at White Oaks such as Art in Action, Family Fun Nights, Makerspace, special events, teacher stipends, classroom supplies for our students and more. Dues are just $20/family or $10/individual.
Submit your PTA membership dues online today by visiting: https://jointotem.com/ca/san-carlos/white-oaks-elementary-pta/join.
SCEF—Upcoming Parent Parties
Join friends, parents and neighbors at one of our parent parties & events benefitting SCEF. Purchase tickets here: https://scefkids.ejoinme.org/ParentParties2018.
Dancing Under The Stars - Sept. 15, 6pm-9:30pm
• Enjoy an evening to remember in the company of your fabulous San Carlos friends as we transform Burton Park into a late summer night's party.
• Entry includes music by "Gotcha Covered", appetizers, cheese table, dessert bar, Devil's Canyon brew on tap, wine, and our signature cocktail!
San Carlos Homes Architecture & Design Tour - Sept. 23
• Join architect Una Kinsella and interior designer Surrina Plemons on an immersive tour of three homes recently remodeled by Kinsella and Plemons.
• Entry includes a day of creative discussion, ideas and inspiration, color, features and finishes, food, drink, company, and aesthetic enjoyment.
Garden of Epicurean Delights - Oct. 13
• Spend a night high atop La Mesa, with delectable delicacies delighting the palate, vistas of San Francisco twinkling in the distance with the sounds of cocktails clinking nearby.
• Entry includes a gourmand's artisanal extravanganza of homemade charcuterie, cheeses and breads, as well as personalized drinks appropriate for the evening.
Rockin' Halloween Bash at Club Fox - Oct. 26
• Once again, we pull out all the stops for THE Costume Ball of the YEAR!!! Get your groove on with hopping music that will have you dancing the night away.
Dance Party at The Lariat - Nov. 2
• Get down and dance to the hot sounds of San Francisco spinmaster, "DJ ManCub"
• Entry includes a night of non-stop dancing, drinks, pizza & snacks, sweets, and deep grooves.
For information about other SCEF Events, visit: www.scefkids.org/events.
Community News and Events
Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities
Check out the SUHSD Parent Education Series to learn about the many opportunites to explore parenting topics related to anxiety, mindful parenting and more. Upcoming events include:
• ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Documentary Film & Student Panel
Presented by SUHSD Wellness Advisory Council (WAC)
• Mindful Parenting: How to Raise Kids While Reclaiming Your Sanity
Leah Weiss, PhD, Stanford University, author of How We Work
Visit http://www.seq.org/STUDENTS--PARENTS/Parent-Education-Series/index.html for more details about how to register for these events.
Interested in joining Cub Scouts?
Please join Pack 65 at one of our information meetings to learn about the fun activities our Cub Scouts participate in. Open to all boys in 1st through 5th grade. Sept 5th and 13th at 6:30pm at the Burton Park stage area or Sept 17th at 6:30pm at Mahany Hall 1336 Arroyo Ave. For additional information visit www.pac65.org.
Open Enrollment for the San Carlos Eaton Hills 4H Club
Please come and join us for the first meeting of the San Carlos/Eaton Hills 4H Club at 7 pm on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at the Clifford School located at 225 Clifford Avenue in Redwood City.
4H is open to all children between 5 years and 12th grade. There are over 30 types of classes available to youths. Find out what exciting animal, art and crafts, archery, cooking, woodworking and science and engineering projects etc. are available this year!