White Oaks Weekly - September 16, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,
As some of you know, we are using the Second Step program in your child’s classroom. The Second Step program teaches children important skills for getting along with others and doing well in school. It also helps ensure our school is a safe and supportive place where everyone can learn. Lessons include the Second Step Child Protection Unit. In these lessons, students learn three types of skills:
Personal Safety
Students learn important safety rules such as bicycle safety, seat belt safety, fire safety, and gun safety.
Touching Safety
Students learn about safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, as well as rules about touching private body parts. They learn to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell a trusted adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
These lessons give students a chance to practice asking an adult for help, telling an adult about an unsafe situation, and being assertive to get out of unsafe situations.
Our school staff is committed to promoting a safe and supportive school climate. We teach safety lessons annually in all grades as part of our implementation of the Health Education Content Standards
This week, Laura MacFarlane, School Counselor, will send home more information about the Child Protection Unit. Information will include a parent permission letter for the Child Protection Unit which will begin this month in all classrooms at White Oaks.

  • Yard duty supervision begins at 8:15 am in the mornings. Children should not be on the playground beforehand due to safety concerns.
  • Thank you for respecting our request that parents head out to start their day once the bells rings at 8:30 am and students are heading to class. It helps out our teachers and students tremendously. 
  • Starting this Monday, 9/17, Late Bird schedule starts for our Kindergartners. Please review your classroom newsletter for information.


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Family Night with Food Trucks and Movie - Friday, September 21st
We hope you can join us to kick off the new school year with an outdoor Food Truck and Family Movie Night! Bring a picnic dinner or visit Butler's BBQ, El Super Taco Man, and Kona Ice Food Trucks. This year's movie is "The Lion King". Come with blankets, warm clothes and your White Oaks friends and family for a night of fun! Come just for food trucks and play time, or stay for the movie.

Food trucks will start at 5:30 pm, followed by the movie on the lawn at sundown. Please, no wheels on campus. Park your bikes, scooter and skateboards in the bike racks. Please note, the PTA recognizes that every family makes their own decisions about which movies are appropriate for their children's age, temperament and maturity. If you are looking for information to help you decide whether or not to attend this event, you may want to consider the review provided by Common Sense Media.


Join Us in the classroom - Volunteer for Art in Action in 2018-19!
Lead an art lesson or help make sure the lesson runs smoothly. Look for Art in Action messages from the coordinator in your classroom, or email us (mlunneborg@gmail.com) to communicate your interest. 

Tour the Art Closet to learn more about this PTA-funded, parent-led program:

Tuesday, Sept 18 - 2:30-2:50pm
Wednesday, Sept 19 - 8:20-8:50am

Location: The Art Closet is accessed from the eastern yard, near the AfterSchool portable. Direct gates are on White Oak Way and Cedar.


White Oaks Beautification/San Carlos Day of Service: Help spruce up our school!
Join White Oaks families for a day of service and fall clean up on Sunday, September 23rd. Each year teachers give us a wish list for their classroom courtyards/campus and our goal is to beautify the school and give them what they want! Neighbors, friends and kids of all ages are welcome. Projects will include light and heavy clean-up, yard/garden improvements, bench painting, and more! We have some teachers with larger projects. If you have skills and tools for bigger projects please ask your teacher for more information. Wear a hat, suncscreen, bring gloves and tools, protective shoes, and comfortable clothes that can get dirty. If you have particular tools for bigger jobs like a wheel barrow and hedge trimmers please bring along. We'll have 2 shifts: 9am-11am and 11am-1pm. If you can’t come for the whole shift, don’t worry!  We’d love for you to join us in whatever way works for you and your family. Treats for both shifts will be provided as a thank you! Contact Angela Holloszy or Natalie Joyce with any questions.

If you'd like to sign up (not necessary to volunteer at WO) or help at other community sites, please visit: https://www.sancarlosdayofservice.org/2018-projects/


More Information about the Walk-a-Thon
Your kids know the date of the Walk-a-Thon (ask them – it’s Sunday, October 14th!). But there’s lots more information available on our private and secure Walk-a-Thon fundraising website. Check your email this week for your invitation to join the site, where you can find details on the event itself, and everything you need to know in advance. Once on the site, you can also help your child start fundraising and sign up to volunteer. All students are encouraged to raise $250, but any and all donations are accepted and appreciated! Questions? Email us at whiteoakswalkathon@gmail.com


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.


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 with any questions.


Need for Substitute Teachers and Instructional Assistants
SCSD needs substitute teachers and instructional assistants (para-educators). These are incredibly impactful positions that keep our classrooms positive and productive.

Substitute Teachers:
Whether you have a teaching credential, or not, we want you on board. Substitute teaching requires that you have your Bachelor’s degree. If you do, we are happy to walk you through the process of obtaining your 30-Day Emergency Teaching Permit.

Do you enjoy working one on one with a student or assisting in a classroom? Substituting as a para-educator does not require experience, and there is great flexibility. Assignments vary from a few hours to full days, and you can pick the types of assignments that you prefer.

For details and an outline of the application process for either position on EdJoin.org at:https://www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?districtID=726&catID=0.



An Evening at Town
An Evening at TOWN is SOLD OUT! But you can still participate in this year's Evening at TOWN Raffle and win one of three exciting prizes!
The grand prize is a pair of diamond hoop earrings, second prize is an Apple Watch and third prize is Miniature Golf family outing in San Francisco. Only 150 tickets will be sold. To see the earrings and learn how to purchase raffle tickets, please go to:https://www.scefkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TOWN2018-Raffle.pdf.


SCEF—Upcoming Events & Parent Parties

Join friends, parents and neighbors at one of our parent parties & events benefitting SCEF. Purchase tickets here: https://scefkids.ejoinme.org/ParentParties2018.


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. 
•  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.


Are you interested in volunteering with SCEF?  
We have jobs large and small to help plan and coordinate events, and to support these teams.
•  Revel at Devil's: A community event at Devil’s Canyon brewery, featuring live music and food trucks
•  Starlight Gala Auction Team: Our dinner, dance and live auction held at Sharon Heights Country Club
•  Music in the Park: The concert at Burton Park that kicks off Homedown Days and features musicians and singers from San Carlos schools


Are you new to San Carlos?  
To learn more about the San Carlos Education Foundation, please visit:www.scefkids.org.


Community News and Events

San Carlos Day of Service
San Carlos Day of Service is coming Sunday September 23rd. Come give back to our wonderful city and join projects with other community members, there are projects for all ages. You can see details and sign up for projects at www.sancarlosdayofservice.org. If you can’t join a project, you can donate to one of the donation opportunities like items for the Bake Sale or the diaper, toiletries or eyeglass drive. We also welcome everyone to come to Burton Park from 11-1 where there will be food trucks, various community groups and the San Carlos Library Mobile Bike. We look forward to seeing you!


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.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.


Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training is Coming!

BE A TUTOR! Please join us and learn the basics to become a volunteer tutor with Healthy Cities Tutoring. 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17
TIME: 8:30-10:30 am OR 6:30-8:30 pm. (Attend whichever session is most convenient for you.)
LOCATION: White Oaks School MUR, 1901 White Oak Way

Volunteers are asked to tutor 45 minutes once a week at any of our SCSD schools. No prior tutoring experience is needed and the tutoring time is flexible - either before, during or after school. Tutoring sessions generally take place at the school site.

There are always more students in need than there are tutors, so your help is greatly appreciated. We welcome high school students, parents, grandparents or any of our caring community members to join our team of volunteers supporting over 300 children in our schools. 

We hope to see you on Oct. 17! Please contact Cris Adair with any questions, call (650) 508-7327, or visit our website for more information and to complete an application. Thank you!


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.