White Oaks Weekly - November 25, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Our November/December Book of the Month is After the Fall by Dan Santat. In this story, we meet Humpty Dumpty after his fall. He is afraid to climb the ladder to the top of the wall he famously fell off of. Kids will root for him as he faces his fear and ends up soaring with a surprising ending! This tale aligns perfectly with our Mindset for Learning and reinforces the message of: 

  • Ownership: Taking charge of your own learning
  • Persistence: Sticking with something even when it is challenging
  • Perseverance: Steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success
  • Resilience: When you are having trouble, pause, take a breath and clear your mind then get back up and keep working!


Leah Scholer, Principal

P.S. The next White Oaks School Site Council will meet on Thursday, November 29th from 3:00-4:00 pm in the school library. All meetings are open to the school community.

Our agenda will include:

  • Reviewing minutes from the September 29, 2018 meeting
  • Playground Updates
  • Building Community
  • LCAP Goals


School News and Events

Thank You For a Fabulous Family Night and Great Book Fair!
Thank you to everyone for coming out to support the White Oaks Enchanted Book Fair. This is a wonderful fundraiser for our PTA and school library. The turnout for the family night was also spectacular. Both the puppeteer and the magician kept the kids literally rolling on the floor with laughter. The parents seemed to enjoy a few good laughs as well. This all came together so beautifully and smoothly due to the hard work of our book fair team Debbie Blucher, Shanna Guetta, and Yvonne Mehta. Thank you to them and to all the parent volunteers who worked the cash registers and volunteered at the fair. Also thank you to everyone for coming out and supporting the event.

Special PTA Meeting - Wednesday, Nov. 28th
We will be holding a special White Oaks PTA meeting on Wednesday, November 28th at 7:00 pm in the MU. The primary agenda will be to approve the final playground recommendation from the leadership team and to discuss the fundraising plan. Thank you to everyone who has been able to contribute their thoughts and ideas throughout this process so far. Please consider attending this meeting and continuing to be involved as we move forward.

Playground Fundraising Committee Formation
We are looking for three committee members to help raise the required funds to purchase and install White Oak's new playground. Members will help with messaging, sell sponsorship tiles at the Holiday Store and coordinate two tile painting days in the Spring. The first committee meeting will be the evening of Monday, 11/26. This is a rewarding opportunity to be a part of improving our students' recess experience for years to come. If you are interested, please contact Trinity Murphy at trinity.murphy@gmail.com.

Holiday Store Reminder
It is time to volunteer! The first project party is coming up THIS WEEK. Sign up for a slot to help at the party and for all of the other volunteer opportunities here:http://signup.com/go/RswTekJ.

Also all take home projects are due back Thursday 11/29. Please drop them off at the PTA parent workroom (accessed through the front office). For questions please contact Kirsten Kell (k@kkmft.com).

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

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 (Final Week - Spread the Word for New Customers)
Our Good Eggs Fundraiser ends this Friday, November 30th. 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. 

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.

Safe Route to School Transportation Survey
Please take 5 minutes to complete the linked survey. Your feedback allows us to adjust Safe Routes to School (SRTS) education and encouragement program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. Results will also be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking.

English Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1819_English
Spanish Link: https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/1819Spanish

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.

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.


SCEF News and Events

Donate Early
As we enter the last weeks of 2018, we request that you consider making your SCEF Annual Fund donation earlier than usual. NOW is the time to do it! Take advantage of possible 2018 tax deductions by making a gift of cash or stock to SCEF before December 31st. As our district faces challenging budget issues, SCEF would like to be able to provide a good estimate of our grant to Superintendent Harmeier and her team by March 30, 2019. Making your donation earlier in the school year will provide the district a better understanding of our community's commitment to quality education in our San Carlos public schools. Thank you for your consideration. Donate now at:www.scefkids.org/donate.

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 St, mention SCEF as your beneficiary when you sign up for Basementeers and receive 20% off your entire purchase all day long! SCEF is a beneficiary of the Basementeers program and will get 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 Christmas Tree and Wreath Fundraiser With Honey Bear Trees
Buy your Christmas tree and wreath at Honey Bear Trees and SCEF will receive 15% of your purchase price! Bring a copy of the flyer to take advantage of this offer. Tree lot locations and flyer can be found at: www.scefkids.org/hbt.

SCEF Raffle for Spring Vacation, March 30-April 6, 2019
Win a 7 day/6 night Vacation Rental for Spring 2019 at the Sheraton Vistana Resort Villas at Lake Buena Vista in Orlando. Make your family’s Florida vacation dream come true! Drawing on November 30, 2018 at 7pm during Night of Holiday Lights on Laurel Street in San Carlos. To purchase raffle tickets, email: 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/.

Take a Break!
After the hectic holiday season, take a break and enjoy:

Teppanyaki Dinner at Sakura, San Carlos on Jan 23 2019or
Tea Party at Lovejoy’s, Redwood City on Feb 9 2019

Buy your tickets and check out other fun parties at: www.scefkids.org/events.


Community News and Events

San Carlos Little League Registration - NOW OPEN!
Planning on playing baseball this spring? San Carlos Little League registration is now open for all divisions at www.sancarlosll.org. Registration for T-Ball through AAA players will remain open until December 21.