White Oaks Weekly - January 13, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

It was such a joy to get back into the routine of school and see the excitement of the children reuniting with their teachers and friends. We have some exciting news to share about the installation of our new playground. Demolition will begin the week of our February break on Tuesday, February 19th. It will take approximately seven days to install the playground, so construction will continue the week we get back. The construction area will be fenced off until the project is completed. One important detail to note is that the campus will be closed during the break from Monday, February 18th through Sunday, February 24th. Stay tuned for details about our ribbon-cutting ceremony. We are very excited to get this project underway!


Leah Scholer, Principal

P.S. As we get back into the swing of things, please remember that Fairmont Street and White Oak Way are loading zones only during school hours. Please do not leave your car unattended as this causes traffic congestion and unsafe conditions for our families entering and/or leaving school. 


School News and Events

Kinder and TK Parent Mixer
Please come and mix and mingle with other TK/K parents and hear from our Superintendent regarding the outlook for the San Carlos School District and information of interest to parents.

Adults only, please.
Light fare and wine to be served.

January 16, 2019 - 6:30-8:00pm
Harvest Warehouse
1445 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
*parking lot located behind building

Please RSVP at scefkids.org/011619

Special thanks to SCEF, Karsten and Carolyn Iwers, SCSD Family and Harvest owners for hosting.

Next PTA Meeting - January 16, 7pm 
Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting this Wednesday evening in the MU. We'll hear an update on our playground installation plans and discuss upcoming winter events. The full agenda will be posted outside the front office on Monday morning. All are welcome!

Purchase your White Oaks Tile by January 18!
Thank you to everyone who has purchased a tile! We have almost reached our $25,000 fundraising goal to fund our playground thanks to all of you! 

We have a few tiles left. Tiles cost $125 each and are available in the office or online through our White Oaks PTA Square Store: https://squareup.com/store/whiteoakspta

If you have purchased a tile, please make sure you sign-up to paint your tile! So far, each paint party has been a lot of fun and the designs are all incredibly unique and sure to leave a lasting legacy at White Oaks.

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.

Please contact brittakellis@gmail.com with any questions. 

Thank you again for making this playground possible!

News Team is Starting Up for Third Graders, Parent Volunteers Needed
Acorn Press News is a student-run team that plans, records, and broadcasts a news show for our school community.  Interested students apply to join one of three teams: marketing, broadcasting or technology support. Teams are guided by parent volunteers and Mr. Alex, collaborating during lunch-time sessions to produce a show within three to four weeks. Students develop leadership and time management skills, while practicing 5Cs such as creativity, communication and collaboration. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out the second sheet of the News Team Application that will be sent home with your student after this Friday’s introduction assembly.

A Time For Tea - Upcoming SCEF Event
Please join us for a family treat as we enjoy a specially prepared tea service at Lovejoy's Tea Room in Redwood City. We will have the whole space for our event and the kid-friendly menu will include fresh fruit, scones, sandwiches, tea, and petit fours. Your attendance will support our San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)!

Febraury 9, 2019 - 10:30am
Lovejoy's Tea Room
901 Main Street, Redwood City, CA

Sign up HERE!

School Play Registration Coming Up!
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.

Look for an email with the link to register soon.

Thank You for Your Apple TV Donations
Thank you to all who donated Apple TVs! Because of you, all grade-level classrooms at WO are now equipped with new TV screens and Apple TVs which allow teachers to display videos, slide shows, documents etc. from their computer screens. Your willingness to help out is very appreciated and makes such an amazing impact on our classrooms!

Big Thanks to Our Incredible White Oaks Families
Thank you to our amazing White Oaks community for a fantastic turnout at Maverick Jack's. They said this was the best fundraiser turnout they have ever seen! We earned $639 for our new playground. A special thanks goes to Jen Rudy for organizing this fun event! 

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.

Great Parent Education Opportunities for YOU!
We have arranged several outstanding opportunities for parent education in 2019, some beginning next week! All SCSD events are free, thanks to funding from our PTA Coordinating Council and support from SCEF and the Sequoia Healthcare District, so please share this with your friends who may also be interested.

You can see the complete calendar of events by clicking here. That link also takes you to resources from previous events in 2018. 

When you click on that link you will see that, in addition to the more typical format of most parent education events that feature a professional speaker, this is the first time we are offering a weekly Parent Support Group which began Thursday, January 10 and will be facilitated by Marriage and Family Therapy Associates from One Life Counseling. (One Life Counseling partners with our District to provide three MFT Interns for our students.)

Another great event on January 29 will feature UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital pediatrician, Jane Anderson, M.D.. Dr. Anderson will host more of a workshop-style event where parents can try out tools and discuss habits for building healthy teens. She will also reference the book, Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, When to Say It, and How to Listen by Wendy Mogel. Some of you may have heard Ms. Mogel speak at the Challenge Success event last fall, and we think it's a book/topic that applies to parents of children of all ages. 

We hope you can join us for those events plus the other events a little later in the year!


SCEF News and Events

You are Invited to the Party of the Year!
Join parents across the district and support the amazing programs that SCEF funds!
SCEF Starlight Gala is a fabulous night of dinner and dancing on March 9, 2019 at the Sharon Heights Country Club.
Tickets are available now! Don’t miss out, get yours at: www.scefkids.org/events

Thank You Dr. Hsu! 
A BIG shout out to Dr. Frank Hsu, DDS who has joined SCEF to support our schools as our exclusive general dentistry sponsor.

on’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 on January 8th at 10am to buy your tickets!


Community News and Events

Don’t Miss SCCT/San Carlos School District’s Mary Poppins Jr.!
Treat the family to two hours of magical delight this month with a performance of MARY POPPINS JR.! Featuring a talented cast of 4th-8th graders from the San Carlos School District, this shortened version of the delightful Broadway hit runs January 24-27 in Mustang Hall on the Central Middle School Campus.The annual SCSD musical is always a sell-out so reserve your seats early at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com. You're going to love it!

Production: Mary Poppins JR.
Showtimes: January 24-27 - 7pm Thurs-Sat / 1pm Sat & Sun
Venue: Mustang Hall, 828 Chestnut St., San Carlos
Ticket link: https://www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com/tickets