White Oaks Weekly - November 11, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

I would like to thank everyone who has been able to share their input about our new playground proposals. We had a parent info session during our PTA meeting this past week and the proposals have been up around campus with sticky notes available to add your thoughts. You will have a couple more days to give your feedback if you haven't had a chance already. The proposals will still be up on Tuesday, and they will also be available to view at our Book Fair on Wednesday, November 14th during our Family Fun Night. We will then have representatives from the staff, preschool, and parent community meet to make a final recommendation to PTA based on the information we’ve received.  

Along with our work to make our playground more physically safe, we are also helping students build capacity in dealing with conflict resolution. Laura Macfarlane, our school counselor, is collaborating with our staff to build students’ repertoire of tools they can use when they get their feelings hurt or feel they have been treated unfairly. One tool we are beginning to introduce is called the “Talk it out” method. This provides students with a structured way to say how they feel and why they need someone to stop or change their behavior. The hope is to instill ownership and confidence in students so they can solve problems independently. The students will be having lessons with Ms. Macfarlane to learn the following steps: 

  • How to calm down
  • How to “talk it out” 
    • I feel....
    • When you…
    • I need you to….
  • How to apologize

How to help at home:
Talk with your child about ways to calm down when they are feeling angry or frustrated. Taking deep breaths and counting are some examples. Practice the “talk it out” method at home. Ask your child to think of real-life situations where this could be applied and model what this approach looks like.


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Book Fair is Happening!
Please consider volunteering at this fabulous event and help raise funds for the White Oaks library. Sign up here. This year's theme is “Enchanted Forest Book Fair.”

Plan to shop the Book Fair Nov. 13-15. Don’t miss out!
Tuesday 11/13: 8-8:45am, 2:30-3:15pm, 5-6:30pm
Wednesday 11/14: 8-8:45 am, 12:30-1:15 pm with Family Fun Night* 5:15-7:30 pm
Thursday 11/15: 8-8:45am, 2:30-3:15pm

*On Family Fun Night the Book Fair opens at 5:15 and the Puppet Show (TK-1st) and Magic Show (2nd &3rd) begin at 6:30pm. Shop at the Book Fair before the show.

Thanks and Last Call!
Thanks to everyone who contributed to our Walk-a-Thon. Together, our kids walked 2,529 laps (that’s 632.25 miles!!) and raised tens of thousands of dollars for our school! We’re so close to our goal – if you haven’t donated yet, or would like to check with your company about corporate matching, please do so now! White Oaks PTA is a 501(c)3 organization, Tax ID #94-6174771. www.whiteoaks.dojiggy.com 

Finally, we’d like to thank our amazing sponsors who ensure that very dollar our families raise at the Walk-a-Thon goes directly to our school! Platinum Sponsors include: Chang Orthodontics, County Consumer Plumbing, Guarantee Mortgage, Jumpin Giraffe Party Rentals, and Tavarez Orthodontics. Gold Sponsors include: Alana Corso, Andrews Orthodontics, David Enemark, Joyce & Tatum, Kirsten Kell Marriage and Family Therapy, Matt Grodin CPA, San Carlos Orthodontics, TaxHACKer, and The Craftsman Agency. Please visit www.whiteoaks.dojiggy.com for links to sponsor websites, and support these local businesses!

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.

Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered. We are still looking for more volunteers so please contact Kirsten Kell (school@kkmft.com) if you’d like to sign up for a project.

Our first project party is coming up soon. Please look for the sign-up link after the Thanksgiving break!

Key Dates:
* 11/29/18 & 12/3/18 Project Parties in the MU; 7:00pm-9:00 pm
All projects are due back by 11/29/18
* 12/7/18 Event Set Up in the MU; 2:40 pm
* 12/8/18- the EVENT!!  9:00am-12:00pm

Order Your 2018-2019 White Oaks Yearbooks Today
2018-2019 Yearbooks are for sale! They can be purchased directly from Jostens here. Yearbooks are $25 each, and the sales deadline is Friday, December 21, 2018. Yearbooks are distributed the last week of school by your student's teacher.

We don't have a lot of extras to sell at the end of the school year, so buy your yearbook now to reserve a copy. Please contact Teresa Williams with any questions via email or 650-508-7317.

Cyber Monday and Holiday Shopping is Just Around the Corner!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support White Oaks PTA every time you shop. Use the link smile.amazon.com and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our school. Create a bookmark and make it easy to remember. If you use chrome, clink on this link to activate a redirect that will automatically take you tosmile.amazon.com whenever you type amazon.com. You'll never miss an opportunity to earn money for our school.

Good Eggs Fundraiser (3 Weeks Left - Spread the Word for New Customers)
We have 3 weeks left of the Good Eggs Fundraiser. So far we have raised a total of $285 and 3 new customers have joined Good Eggs using our school code. If a total of 20 new customers join our school fundraiser we will receive a $500 bonus. Please spread the word to your friends and family. 

Check out the Thanksgiving essentials from meal kits, wine, pies, and all the ingredients you need to make your favorite recipes. Enjoy and thank you for your support.

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 also gets a $500 fundraising bonus. 

Fundraiser terms & details: 

5% will count back to the school on all orders placed between October 1 and November 30. 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.

New Student Registration Parent Information Night for 2019-2020
Registration has opened for all new incoming students for the 2019-2020 school year! To register, visit the District Office. If you have questions regarding registration kindergarten or transitional kindergarten, please plan to attend the Kindergarten Information Night for 2019-2020 on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 from 6:30-8:00PM in Central Middle School’s Gym (757 Cedar Street). The Kindergarten Information Night is designed to provide parents/guardians with information about the San Carlos School District, preschool, transitional kindergarten and will go in depth about the kindergarten program. Parents new to the district in other grade levels are welcome to attend. Should you have any questions about this event or the registration process please contact the District Office at 650-508-7333.


SCEF News and Events

Thank You!
Thank you for your support on SCEF day. Your donations will make a difference in the lives of every student, every day in every school.

Sports Basement Shopping Day to Benefit SCEF
On Thursday, November 29th, Sports Basement is inviting everyone in the San Carlos School District to a very special shopping day. Come see the new store in Redwood City, at 202 Walnut (in the old Toys R Us location), sign up for Basementeers and receive 20% off your entire purchase all day long! SCEF is a beneficiary of their Basementeer program and will receive 10% of all sales. Join us at the 6pm reception, get all of your winter gear, and raise money for all of our schools!

SCEF Raffle for Spring Vacation, March 30-April 6, 2019
Win a Vacation Rental for Spring 2019 in Orlando, and make your family’s Florida vacation dream come true! Win a 7-day, 6-night stay in a two-bedroom villa at Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando. Sleeps 8.

Drawing on November 30, 2018 at 7pm during Night of Holiday Lights on Laurel Street in San Carlos. To purchase raffle tickets, send an email to raffle@scefkids.org indicating how many tickets you would like to purchase. 1 ticket for $25, 3 for $60, 5 for $100.

Season of Thanks
The SCEF board of directors is grateful for our local business community and its support. Visit the SCEF shopping page to see a list of our local business donors. Please be sure to thank them for their support of our schools when you shop: www.scefkids.org/take-action/families/shop-local/