White Oaks Weekly - December 9, 2018

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it our annual Holiday Store. I enjoyed being a part of all the excitement as students explored the different gift options and shopped for their loved ones. Yesterday we also revealed the plans for our new playground. If you were unable to join us, take a look at our design here. We are so grateful for the incredible feedback from our parent community and wonderful teachers who helped design our fun, challenging, and safe play structure. Details about our timeline for installation will come soon. See below for information on how to get involved with our playground fundraiser. Thank you for your support!


Leah Scholer, Principal

Paint a tile and leave a legacy that will beautify our school while raising money for our new White Oaks playground!
In an effort to raise the remaining $25,000 needed to fund the project, the PTA will be selling art tiles for a permanent art installation on campus. We are selling family tiles and sponsored teacher tiles. Sponsored tiles will be painted by one of our amazing White Oaks staff members.

Tiles cost $125 each and are available in the office through January 31st, or online through our White Oaks PTA Square Store: https://squareup.com/store/whiteoakspta

We will be having tile paint days at Laurel Street Arts. Dates and times will be announced in the new year.  

Additional cash donations to the White Oaks PTA to fund this project are welcome after a family has met their annual San Carlos Education Foundation contribution.


School News and Events

PTA Thanks the Holiday Store Team
We'd like to send a huge shout out to Kirsten Kell (Chair), Sara Ting (purchasing), Paulo Dutra (labels), Natalie Joyce (organization), and Kristin Azar (communication) and the dozens of parent volunteers who took home projects to make the gifts, worked at the project parties, and volunteered at the event. It took many hands to create another successful year of shopping fun for our White Oaks students. It takes many hours to pull off this boutique and it's always a delight to see the joy and sense of giving in the children's faces as they choose special gifts for their family and friends. Thank you all so very much for helping us continue this 40+ year tradition!

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.

Primary Fundraiser Spirit Week!
Our Primary fundraiser continues with a fun bonus for the next two weeks! Primary will still give 10% back to the school AND for the next two weeks EVERYONE will get 25% off. Here are the details:

  • Spirit Week Sale Dates: December 3rd - December 17th  
  • URL: www.primary.com/school/whiteoaks (use this always throughout the year everytime you shop)
  • Spirit Week code to get to 25% off: WHITEOAKSWEEK

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, click on this link to activate a redirect that will automatically take you to smile.amazon.com whenever you type amazon.com. You'll never miss an opportunity to earn money for our school.


District News and Events

Reminder that schools will be closed for Winter Break from December 24-January 4. Monday, Jan 7th will be a staff development day with no students/classes. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 8. 

SMART-E Presidents' Week Camp
Experience the “MAGIC” of camp through fun activities in Sports, Arts & Crafts, Make & Build, and the “You CHOOZ Zone”

February 19th-22nd, 2019
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Camp: 9:00am - 4:00pm (drop-off begins at 8:00 am)
Extended Care: 4:00pm - 6:00pm (must buy separately)
White Oaks Elementary School (MUR), 1901 White Oak Way

TK-5th Grade Campers:
4 Day Camp Only* - $275 
Registration opens on Wednesday, Dec 5th and closes Tuesday, Feb 5th at 12:00pm 
4 day Extended Care* - $50 (in addition to 4 Day Camp)
Registration opens on Wednesday, Dec 5th and closes Tuesday, Feb 5th at 12:00pm

To register or for more information: 
Visit here or call the SMART-E Business Office at 650.590.5966.

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


SCEF News and Events

In Search of Unique Auction Items
Do you have access to a vacation home, event/sports tickets, fine wine/wine tasting or another fun experience? Does a family member or friend work in the entertainment industry? We’d love to hear from you! Our volunteer committee is hard at work creating unique auction items for our March 2019 Starlight Gala & Auction. Write to our events team at events@scefkids.org with your ideas and connections and help make this year the best auction yet. 

End of Year Giving
*Donate Early*
As we enter the last weeks of 2018, we invite you to consider making your SCEF Annual Fund donation earlier than usual. 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. Donate now at: www.scefkids.org/donate.

*Double your Donation* 
Many employers will match your gift to SCEF. Our handy Double the Donation tool will help you determine if your company has a matching program. Go to www.scefkids.org/donate to learn more.

*Appreciated Stock*
A gift of appreciated stock you've held for more than a year is better than giving cash. If you donate stock that has increased in value since you've owned it - and if you itemize deductions - you can take a charitable deduction for the stock's fair market value on the day you give it away. You'll also avoid capital gains taxes on the increase in value over time. Go to www.scefkids.org/stock to learn how.

Honey Bear Trees
Haven’t bought your Christmas tree yet? Buy your 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


Community News and Events

Early Bird Deadline Extended for San Carlos Youth Softball
Interested in playing softball this spring?  San Carlos Youth Softball is a great way for girls to have some fun, develop skills and build friendships. We have extended the early bird discount for the 2019 spring rec program registration. Click here to register online.
Our program is for girls ages 4-14 (as of January 2019) at all skill levels. Teams are formed in January so please sign up soon! Early bird prices end Dec 15, 2018.
Questions? More information online at www.sancarlosyouthsoftball.com or email Terry Woodsome.

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.

STEAM Fest on the Square 2019
Save the Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11-3pm at Redwood City Downtown Courthouse Square

All Bay Area students, families, and friends are invited to the Redwood City Library Foundation’s 4th annual free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Festival. Attendees will experience a day of hands-on STEAM activities, including projects in construction, robotics, art, coding, forensics, and much more, with a closeup look at the latest energy-efficient automobiles.