White Oaks Weekly - September 30, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families, 

Here are some important reminders regarding school safety: 

  • Our new playground protocol goes into effect tomorrow, Monday, October 1st. This letter went out on Friday afternoon with more information:  
    • Spider web and monkey bars are off-limits for TK-1st grade students during school hours
    • Spider web and monkey bars are off-limits for ALL students in the morning (8:15-8:30) before school starts
  • Students are to wait to play on the playground in the morning until a yard duty supervisor is out to there to watch them. 
  • During drop off and pick up, please do not park in the loading zones on Fairmont Avenue and White Oak Way. It creates traffic jams and unsafe roads for our students.
  • The pedestrian flags at Cedar St and White Oaks Way have disappeared! There were several put up at the start of school and they are all gone. Please help us by telling students these are put in place for safety reasons and they are not to be taken. 
  • If you are interested in driving on field trips this year, please make sure you return all the necessary paperwork to the office. 

The teachers and staff at White Oaks greatly appreciate your partnership in maintaining a safe environment for our students. 


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events


White Oaks PlayPod Volunteers Needed
The White Oaks Playpod provides students with a unique area of play during lunchtime recess. The Playpod is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and we need volunteers to help monitor students. Please click here to sign-up. Questions? Contact Jen Pedrotti.


Walk to School Wednesday
Reminder that this Wednesday, October 3, 2018 is Walk to School Wednesday! We will be at school to pass out charms to our walkers, scooters and bikers. Look for the balloons to find your charm.

We still need a few volunteers to help pass out charms the first Wednesday of each month. Please visit our Sign Up page to help out with this program and to find out about the many other volunteer opportunities we have at White Oaks this year.


White Oaks Spirit Wear - Now Taking Orders!
With the start of a new year it is time to check out the White Oaks gear – including hoodies, T-shirts, hats, tote bags and sports wear. Orders can be placed until this Friday 10/7Click here to place your order. A sizing kit is available in the office to check sizing. Ordered gear will be sent to your child’s classroom in early November. Any questions please email Catherine Dunne.


Get Your Crazy Hair On!
It's CRAZY HAIR DAY on Friday, October 12th! Come one, come all with colored hair, spiked hair, mohawk hair.... anything goes! GET CREATIVE!


Walk-a-Thon: There’s a Job For Everyone!
The best part of the Walk-a-Thon (Sunday, October 14th) is that everybody joins in: our kids and teachers walk and fundraise, our generous community partners sponsor, and our parents volunteer! Please take a few minutes to check out all the volunteer opportunities available leading up to and during the Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day:https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2448776/false#/invitation. From prepping snacks and equipment, to managing the course, to leading carnival games and more – there’s a job for everyone. We can’t do it without you!

Looking for that donation link? Visit whiteoaks.dojiggy.com to help your child fundraise.


Eat Well, Do Good with the Fall Good Eggs Fundraiser (Oct-Nov)
Starting October 1st, 5% of every grocery order (October-November) you place on Good Eggs will go back to White Oaks Elementary School!

Good Eggs is an online grocery market in the Bay Area delivering absurdly fresh groceries. Shop today for same-day delivery straight to your doorstep––no subscription required. Delivery is free on all orders over $60.

How to join the fundraiser:

1.  Visit schools.goodeggs.com.

2.  Enter the code WHITEOAKS18 –– click "Shop Now."

3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.

**New customers get $15 off with this code and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, our school gets a $500 fundraising bonus.

Terms & details
You can enter the code before October 1 to join early; if you are new to Good Eggs, you will get a $15 discount and be counted toward our school's $500 bonus, even if you join early. You must use the code WHITEOAKS18 on your order to join the fundraiser. You will see confirmation text that reads "You're supporting White Oaks Elementary School!" at checkout. If you use another code at checkout your order will not be counted toward the fundraiser. Once you've used the code on an order, it will stick in your basket through the fundraising period––no need to enter it again.

Thank you for your support! Please contact Katie Gallagher with any questions.


Primary School Giveback Program: You Shop and Your School Earns Money
White Oaks Elementary Families: Welcome to the best, easiest fundraiser ever! Shop Primary’s premium colorful basics for kids without logos, slogans or sequins while earning money for our school! (Told you it was easy.) Use our school’s unique link every time you shop: www.primary.com/school/whiteoaks and 10% of that sale goes directly back to our school. Cha-ching! Plus, new customers get 20% off their first order with code:WHITEOAKS. If you have any questions, reach out to Michele Lewis.


PTA Appreciation
Family Movie Night - It was great to see so many members of the White Oaks community participate in our first schoolwide event of the year. A big thank you to Ella Levin for organizing the food trucks and finding a last-minute replacement when one of the companies experienced a vehicle breakdown. And a special appreciation for the patience and understanding of those who waited in the long line or found creative solutions like ordering pizza. Please know that the plan was always to have two trucks! Thank you to Amy Kim for coordinating the movie and screen rental. If you have any feedback about the event or want to help our Special Events Chairs, Amy and Ella, plan activities this year, please contact them or come to our monthly PTA meeting. The next one is Wednesday, October 10 at 8:45 AM in the MU and all are welcome!

San Carlos Day of Service at White Oaks - A special shout out goes to Angela Holloszy and Natalie Joyce for coordinating the White Oaks' participation in the San Carlos Day of Service. Thank you for organizing the event and the volunteer efforts so our teachers could have cleanup and beautification projects done for their classroom and yard areas. Angela Holloszy leads our green team and can be contacted for additional information or volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


Thank you White Oaks Families!
We’d like to thank you and your families for all of your hard work and support at our White Oaks Beautification Day/Day of Service this past Sunday 9/23! The turnout was the biggest in years and we could not have accomplished all that we did without you!!! Thank you to those who came even for a short amount of time, those who went home to get tools to get the job done, and especially to those who stayed all day or came back for multiple shifts! We know time is precious, schedules are busy, and games are on and so we appreciate and recognize your time and support for White Oaks and our teachers! 

White Oaks Teachers,
Angela Holloszy and Natalie Joyce

*Wishes remain unfulfilled and there's still work to be done - reach out if you're interested.


Kids Carpentry Enrollment is Open
Kids Carpentry enrollment is open. Classes begin October 1st and run through December. Don’t wait. Visit Kidztopros.com and register today. Please contact John McGovern with any questions. 650-274-5517



Save the Date!  Faculty and Friends Concert, November 9th
Want to expose your family—young and old—to music of all types? Join our SCSD music teachers, local musicians and community members for an evening of live music. This popular event, held at St. Charles Church in San Carlos, is great for the whole family.  Refreshments will be available for sale at intermission. Support SCEF, music in our schools and enjoy our local musicians. Tickets go on sale later this month.   


SCEF honors our dedicated volunteers.
Earlier this month, the SCEF Board honored long-time volunteers and members of the Leadership Circle at a reception hosted by Scenic Scapes. Congratulations to Nandini Gondhalekar, Annie Mayoss, Susan Raymond and Kari and Jim Schnapp of JSD Construction. Our community is grateful for your dedication to our students and schools!

Leadership Circle honors donors who show extraordinary, continued commitment to supporting our mission. To learn more about the Leadership Circle, please go towww.scefkids.org/take-action/families/


Celebrate Fall with these upcoming parties!

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.

Buy your tickets and check out our other parties benefiting SCEF here:https://scefkids.ejoinme.org/ParentParties2018


Community News and Events

Walk and Roll to School Day - Wednesday 10/10
Wednesday, October 10th is National Walk and Roll to School Day. On this day students and staff will be showing their support for active transportation by choosing to walk, pedal, or scoot their way to class. Prizes will be available for those who commute to school in any means other than a single occupancy vehicle. 

For more information on safety and preferred routes see link: https://tinyurl.com/ycrvjlwl


All Aboard to the 11th Annual Transportation Museum at Brittan Acres
Bring your family and friends to this year's Transportation Museum, an exciting event featuring fun, interactive exhibits related to all kinds of transportation.Guests can solve a mystery in our train-themed escape room, program mini robots to learn about self-driving cars, play airplane and train simulators, view a model railroad display, and more! For the adults, there are exhibits ranging from solutions to Bay Area traffic to the history of Peninsula transportation, plus representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other local transit agencies. The museum is created and run by Sequoia High School student Andrew Mancini, who attended Brittan Acres and Central. You don't want to miss this year's Transportation Museum...it's guaranteed fun for all ages!

This year's museum will take place in the Multi-Use Room at Brittan Acres Elementary School on Sunday, October 14 from 10-3. Admission is free! Please enter on Tamarack Avenue through the teacher's parking lot. Feel free to share this event with others who you think might be interested. For details, directions, and more information, please visit TheTransportationMuseum.com.


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!