White Oaks Weekly - October 7, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families, 

We will continue our work in personalizing learning with Goal-setting Conferences this month. This letter will be going home tomorrow in your child's green folder with important details. You will also find this chart which will clarify the type of information you will receive during conferences versus report cards. Here are some highlights: 

Our Goals: 

  • Increase rigor, student ownership, and engagement to support learning
  • Empower parents with early and ongoing feedback about student progress, as well as resources to help at home
  • Strengthen our students’ foundation for learning, using the SCSD Strategic Plan as our guide

What Parents Can Expect: 

  • October 22nd-26th is conference week. All students will attend school from 8:30-12:35.
  • Teachers will share your child’s progress towards building their foundation for learning, which include the 5 C’s and a Mindset for Learning. Evidence may be anecdotal and may be provided via discussion and/or student work
  • Teachers will ask for your input about your child’s goals
  • Teachers also will share information about the goal-setting conversations in the classroom, including the specific goal(s) your child set for him/herself
  • Report cards will be provided in November, March, and June, aligning with our trimester calendar and academic benchmarks.

We look forward to partnering with you in our mission to help our young learners thrive, and we welcome your feedback and questions along the way. 


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Help your Kids Make an Impact
Your kids know the date of the Walk-a-Thon (ask them – it’s Sunday, October 14th!), but do they know how big of an impact they can make by reaching out to friends, neighbors and extended family? Help your kids feel empowered to raise money to support their school! They have the conversation, you send the link: www.whiteoaks.dojiggy.com. All students are encouraged to raise $250, but any and all donations are welcome and appreciated!

Have you signed up yet to volunteer? There’s quite literally a job for everyone – thanks in advance!

Last Call for Spirit Wear Orders!
The deadline for getting your spirit wear ordered is Monday October 8th!! Check out ouronline store and place your order today. Contact Catherine Dunne if you have any questions.

October PTA Meeting
Our next PTA meeting takes place this Wednesday, October 10th at 8:45 a.m. in the MU. We will hear an update from our principal Ms. Scholer and the playground committee about the planning process. (I appreciate the participation and involvement of those who attended the Principal’s coffee about our playground safety.) Other important agenda items include an update from our Walk-a-thon team about our fundraising progress and discussion and voting on possible amendments to our 2018/19 PTA operating budget. Please join us in these important conversations about the programs and events taking place at our school this year. All are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

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!

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.

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


SCEF News and Events

Evening at TOWN event
Our TOWN event was a big success. Thanks to everyone who attended and participated--over $100,000 was raised!  A special thank you to Greg St. Claire and his team at TOWN for their generous support. Congratulations to Stephanie Brill for winning the Raffle Grand prize.

Silicon Valley Jazz Festival
On October 13th and 14th the Silicon Valley Jazz Festival will be at our own Burton Park. Over 14 bands in 2 days! This is a fantastic free family event that promotes our local jazz scene, and invites us all to enjoy local talent--middle schools (including Tierra Linda), high schools, colleges and bands, including headliners U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble and Trumpeter Jon Faddis. For more information: http://www.svjazzfest.com/


Thank you to our
Diamond Sponsor: Bob Bredel, Avenir Restaurant Group/TOWN
Platinum Sponsor: Trattoria da Vittorio

Our upcoming events
As always, our upcoming events are listed at: www.scefkids.org/events


District News and Events

Upcoming Math Information Sessions for Parents
Tuesday, October 9th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm: An Overview of the SCSD K-5 Math Program, Math In Focus: Register Here 

Wednesday, October 10th from 6:30 to 8:00 pm: Strategies for K-5 Students Who Struggle in Math: Register Here

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


Community News and Events

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!