White Oaks Weekly - October 21, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

October 22-26 is conference week at White Oaks. All students will attend 8:35 am – 12:35 pm so that teachers can meet with parents. We look forward to partnering with you in support of your child’s happiness, engagement, and success.

What to Expect at the Conference:

  • Time to share your hopes and questions with the teacher
  • An update on your child’s progress, with a focus on the academic, social and/or emotional goals that are most relevant for your child
  • Samples of “on grade level” work to help you gauge your child’s current progress and where next steps fall on a continuum of learning
  • Tools for home, including a homework menu with recommendations about which options best match your child’s learning goals

We want to know how our approach is working to empower parents with early and ongoing feedback about student progress, as well as resources to help at home. Please share your feedback directly with your child’s teacher throughout the year.

We look forward to the opportunity to talk about your child’s personal learning strengths and goals during the week ahead.


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 will be open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and we need volunteers to help monitor students. Please click here to sign-up. Questions? Contact Jen Pedrotti.

It’s not too late – donate today!
Thank you to everyone who came out last week for our annual Walk-a-Thon and Family Fun Day! It’s always great to see the community come together for this event – from cheering on our walkers to volunteering before, during and after the event, to helping your children meet their fundraising goals. With your contributions, and those of family and friends, we’re nearly 80% of the way to our overall goal. It’s not too late to help us get all the way there! Log on to www.whiteoaks.dojiggy.com today. Donations will be accepted through the end of the month.

A huge thank you to the Walkathon team
It was a wonderful day at White Oaks organized by Trinity Murphy, Fundraising Chair, Erica Carter, Sondra Harding, Andrea Mardesich and Alicia Silverman, the Walkathon team. This event is the primary fundraiser directly benefitting the White Oaks PTA and all the enrichment programs we support. It is also a great event that brings our entire school community together and continues into Family Fun Day. Thank you to Jamie Bailey for organizing the games and coordinating the parent volunteers. Once again, a huge THANK YOU to this dedicated group for all of their hard work!

White Oaks Holiday Store
It’s that time of year - the White Oaks Holiday Store is a cherished tradition and will be open on Saturday, December 8th this year. It takes a lot of help to make this a great experience. Currently we are specifically looking for help with sewing projects. Please contact Kirsten Kell school@kkmft.com if you have sewing abilities to share.

Pick-a-Project will be in early November. After you pick up the kids, come to the MU and pick up a project to take home and complete at your leisure (mostly). For those new to this event, you take home a kit that has all materials and instructions necessary to assemble a certain number of gifts. When they are ready, you bring them back! Then on the day of the event, your gifts are sold to the White Oaks students to give to family members on the holidays. We are making memories here! Most projects require NO crafty abilities and are very easy to put together.

Holiday Store Key Dates:

  • 11/27/18 Pick-a-Project returned to PTA work room
  • 11/29/18 & 12/3/18 Project Parties in the MU; 7:00pm-9:00pm
  • 12/7/18 Event Set Up in the MU; 2:40 pm
  • 12/8/18- the EVENT!! 9:00am-12:00pm

Get Excited!

Kristen Azar, Holiday Store Communications

PE News

Throughout the month of September/October, White Oaks’ Legarza PE coaches will teach Unit 3: Kicking and Footwork.
These skills will be reinforced with fun and engaging games, including Battleship Loft Kicking, Spaceship Tag, and Soccer. We will be rounding off every PE class with a Health Huddle. Our September/October Health Huddles teach the importance of consistent handwashing, water promotion, understanding the food groups, walk/bike safety, and making healthy snack choices — even on Halloween. Key points include:

  • The benefits of drinking water in consistent amounts
  • Moving and playing for 1 hour every day
  • Eating foods from all 5 food groups

Click here to learn more!

Volunteer Opportunity - Book Fair Team
The book fair is in need of a future co-chair for the 2019/2020 school year! The upcoming book fair in November is a great opportunity to shadow the current chairs and see what this great event is all about. Please contact Debbie Blucher for more information atdblucher@gmail.com.

DIY Halloween + Primary Fundraiser
Solve Halloween (While Earning $$ For Our School!)
White Oaks Families: Primary is solving Halloween, one easy no-sew DIY costume at a time. Now you can create simply amazing Halloween costumes out of super soft Primary basics that can be worn again and again. (Bye-bye sweaty, plastic, expensive costumes forever!) Plus, whenever you shop at Primary, you’re earning money for our school! Get inspired now: www.primary.com/school/whiteoaks + new customers get 20% off first order with code: WHITEOAKS. If you have any questions about Primary’s School Giveback Program, reach out to michele.lewis5@gmail.com.


SCEF News and Events

Have a ton of fun and support SCEF!
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!

Tickets available now at: www.scefkids.org/events

Get your Faculty and Friends Concert tickets now at:
On November 9th at 7pm, 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.

SCEF Photo Stop at Goblin Walk
On Friday, October 26, from 4-5:30pm, when you and your 7 years and under kiddos are wandering Laurel street at the annual Goblin Walk, don’t forget to stop by the SCEF Photo Stop. You will find this photo opportunity just in front of Bank of America. Be sure to tag #SCEF and #cityofgoodliving in your photos!

8th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back
Enjoy some of your Halloween treats and then donate the rest! Drop-off your Halloween Candy at your school’s office November 1-7th. Local dentists Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF, and Operation Gratitude with Estes Express Shipping will ship the candy to our troops overseas.
Support our troops and support your school!


Community News and Events

San Carlos Goblin Walk - Oct. 26
San Carlos Parks & Recreation is excited for their 10th annual Goblin Walk! Join us from 4:00 – 5:30 PM on Friday, October 26th. Children 7 years and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to Trick-or-Treat down Laurel Street in their costume and visit the businesses displaying the Goblin Walk sign. The first 1,000 Trick-or-Treaters can pick up a Goblin Walk Trick-or-Treat bag at Harrington Park or from any Goblin Walk volunteer. For questions please call (650) 802-4382.

Parent Education Opportunity - My Digital Tat2 - Nov. 14
The SCSD PTA Coordinating Council (PTACC) is funding a special presentation by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet PPSC, LCSW on Nov. 14th from 6:30-8pm at the district office (1200 Industrial Road). Gloria was a university lecturer for 20 years and has over 30 years of experience as a school social worker, specializing in the social emotional well being of children and teens.

Topics include:

  • Evolving digital landscape and current trends
  • Emotional and psychological responses
  • Technology and social media
  • Responding to challenging issues, such as techno-perfection, digital distraction, sleep, and sexting
  • Strategies to engage your child with constructive conversation and promote media balance for the entire family

My Digital TAT2 has worked with over 20,000 Bay Area students, parents, and educators, facilitating discussions about the role of social media in their lives.

My Digital TAT2 is a non-profit organization. Learn about our mission and how to support our work: www.mydigitaltat2.org

RSVP Today!