White Oaks Weekly - January 6, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a relaxing and fun break with your family. White Oaks school is now collecting box tops! Box Tops Clips are found on hundreds of product packages and are worth $.10 for our school. If you are interested in collecting box tops, please make sure their expiration date is valid. Please turn them in to Mrs. Williams in the office in a bag or envelope. If your child would like to help with the collection, you can print out a collection sheet and have your child help attach them to turn in. Thank you for helping our school in this ongoing collection.


Leah Scholer, Principal

Parent News from the School Counselor - Laura Macfarlane, LCSW
Your children are learning social and emotional skills through regular classroom lessons and reinforcement throughout the school day. All of our students are learning to use I-messages and three steps to talk-it-out when they have small problems. Even small problems can lead to big emotions so it is necessary to calm down before trying to solve the problem. Once children have calmed down, it’s time to talk it out. 

  • Step #1: Tell them how you feel.
  • Step #2: Explain why you feel that way.
  • Step #3: Tell them what would help you feel better.

I feel ________________________ when you_______________________.

Could you please____________________?

It takes practice to develop and master the skills of using I-messages and talk-it-out. At White Oaks, the staff is encouraging and coaching students to use these skills to solve small problems. Practicing at home is another opportunity for students to practice these important skills so they can become effective problem solvers.


School News and Events

Playground Fundraiser at Maverick Jack's THIS WEDNESDAY!
Help us raise funds for our new playground by dining at Maverick Jack's (622 Laurel Street, San Carlos) this Wednesday, January 9th. Mention "White Oaks" when placing your order and Maverick Jack's will generously donate 20% of the total to our school! Dine-in or Take-out, anytime from 11am-9pm (*3rd party delivery services, like DoorDash, do not apply). Take advantage of early release day and grab some friends for lunch and/or swing by for dinner. Don't forget to give a shout out to White Oaks so we get credit for your visit. Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

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 is 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.

Register for the School Play beginning in January!
As you plan for your spring activities reserve room for your child to participate in the White Oaks School Play. This year White Oaks will again partner with the San Carlos Children's Theater. We are experimenting with a condensed rehearsal schedule of 6 weeks instead of 12. Main Cast: priority will be given to 3rd graders and then open to 2nd graders. The chorus will be open to all grades.

Rehearsal & Performance Schedule:

  • Main Cast: Wednesdays 1-4pm and Fridays 3-5pm beginning March 6th
  • Chorus: Wednesdays 4-5 pm (no rehearsals winter break)
  • Tech week begins Saturday April 20 and continues Monday-Thursday 4-8pm (Main Cast) and 4-5:30pm (Chorus).
  • In-School performance Friday April 26, 10:40 am. Community Performances April 26, 7pm and Saturday April 27, 1pm.

Registration will begin mid-January.

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.


District News and Events

ROPES Presentations Are Coming And Judges Are Needed!
We are looking for parents and community member that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences). ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in deeper but fun way.

There are 3 opportunities to judge:

  • Monday, February 4th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)
  • Tuesday, February 5th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)
  • Wednesday, February 6th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judges panels. Typically we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening. I hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you are able to judge on any of those times, please contact Christina Carrier either via email atROPES@scsdk8.org or by phone at 650-590-5935.


SCEF News and Events

Gala ticket available January 8th at 10am! 
Don’t miss out!  Join us for dinner, dancing and a fabulous night out in support of our kids on March 9, 2019 at the Sharon Heights Country Club. Go to www.scefkids.org/events on January 8th at 10am to buy your tickets!

Double the Donation
Thank you to donors who submit donations to SCEF for employer matching. The Foundation had a family make a Leadership Circle donation that was double matched by both of their employers.  $5,000 turned into a $25,000 gift to our schools. Use our double the donation tool to see how you can maximize the impact of your gift at: www.scefkids.org/donate.


Community News and Events

STEAM Fest on the Square 2019
Save the Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11-3 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.