White Oaks Weekly - February 3, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

Can you believe we are already more than halfway through the school year? Time really does fly when you are having fun! In the midst of this busy time of year, students have taken some time to reflect on our White Oaks Way Expectations. I visited each classroom this week to review our expectations and brainstorm ways we can continue to solve problems. I am so proud of our students for making choices both in class and on the playground that are respectful, responsible and safe. 

Please see the message below from our school counselor, Laura Macfarlane, about the social/emotional skills being taught this month.


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. Currently, the second and third graders are learning about empathy - what it is and how to put it into action. One of the ways to practice empathy is to be an upstander. The students are learning to recognize opportunities where they can be upstanders and what to say and do in those situations.

Here are some resources that we are using at White Oaks in our discussions about empathy and being upstanders.

Sesame Street video
Second Step Empathy Song
Be an Upstander
The Juice Box Bully
Say Something


School News and Events

Registration for the School Play is OPEN!
It’s finally here! It's time for all students interested in participating in the school play to register. Produced in collaboration with the White Oaks PTA and San Carlos Children's Theater (SCCT), this year's production will be Disney’s The Lion King Kids. 2nd and 3rd graders may register to be in the main cast of 45 participants (grades 2/3 only). K through 3rd grade students can register to take part in the chorus (grades K-3). 

Rehearsals begin March 6 and performances will be on April 26th and 27th. 

Register here through the San Carlos Children’s Theater site. If registration is oversubscribed a lottery will be held to determine participants. Any student who does not get a place through the lottery will have their full registration fees refunded. 

Scholarships are available. Contact Donna at sancarloschildrenstheater@gmail.com for more information.

Please sign up as soon as possible!

Walk to School Wednesday (PTA)
Just a reminder that the first Wednesday of the month is this week (2/6). Walk, roll, or cycle to school and collect a charm before heading to the yard to play.

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

Community Meeting Regarding Budget Stabilization Plan


Superintendent Harmeier will be hosting community meetings for parents, staff and community to attend so you can learn more about our budget and the proposed Budget Stabilization Plan, weigh in, and get answers to your questions. The two community meetings are:

February 11th, 7-8PM at Central Middle School

February 12th, 7-8PM at Heather Elementary School (note location change)

Please plan to attend one of these meetings to find out more information about the Budget for 2019-2020 school year.

Parent Ed Event Feb. 26
Please join Dr. Aaron Nayfack, Developmental Pediatrician, and SCSD Preschool Director, Sue Dawley for an interactive presentation about health and media use in early childhood. We understand that our "digital natives" pose new questions for us as parents, and we aim to share best practices, current research, and hands-on toolkits to build healthy brains.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 26 6:30-8:00pm
WHERE: SCSD Office Board Room, Unit 9B
RSVP: http://evite.me/bvACWkpFqroin

Thanks to funding from the City of San Carlos, SCSD is going to get two new crossing guards at the following locations: San Carlos Ave./Wellington and Club Drive/Exeter. If you know of a neighbor or relative who may want to apply to help out a few hours each school day, please contact All City Management Services at (800) 540-9290 or visithttp://acmssafety.com/employment/.

San Carlos Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan
The City of San Carlos is starting the process of developing a Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan and they need our input, especially because our SCSD students will be impacted by this plan. Please check out this website for more informationwww.cityofsancarlos.org/bikepedmasterplan, including a survey, and make sure to share it with friends and neighbors.

Parent Support Group
Audience: Parents of school-age students (all welcome on a drop-in or consistent basis)

Facilitators: Teresa Wace and Audrey Fairchild, Marriage & Family Therapy Associates from One Life Counseling

Beginning Thursday, January 10, these weekly meetings will be facilitated to allow parents to build community and resources for tackling parenting challenges. 

Location: Heather Elementary School Library

Read more about the group here: https://tinyurl.com/y8lll7e5



SCEF News and Events

SCEF Online Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auction starts Feb. 4th at 9am!
Laser tag, bowling, Principal for the Day, Summer Camps and more!

Get excited to see all the fun and creative ways our teachers have cooked up to support SCEF with your kids.

Register at: www.scefkids.org/teacherauction 

Start bidding on February 4th at 9am. Bidding ends February 12th at 10pm.
Bid high and bid often! 

Lucky on Live Tickets Are on Sale Now! 
This is your chance to win a fabulous live auction item! Purchase a Lucky on Live raffle ticket. The lucky winner will choose from a selection of  Starlight Gala live auction items. This year’s offerings include: Your own parking space downtown, Trip to NYC and the Tony Awards, Mexico Vacation, Dinner for 20 in the TOWN boardroom and more. See:http://www.scefkids.org/LOL2019 for the complete list. 

Only 275 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email toluckyonlive@scefkids.org. Tickets are $100 each or 6 for $500

SCEF Starlight Gala
Enjoy an adult night out with dinner, dancing, an exciting Live Auction and Silent Auction. 

Make a plan with a few of your favorite couples and buy a table. Create some memories and support our schools.

Join parents and friends across the district at the annual SCEF Starlight Gala.

On March 9, 2019 at Sharon Heights Country Club. 
Get your tickets before they’re gone at: www.scefkids.org/events.


Community News and Events

Healthy Cities Workshop for Students Struggling in Math
February 12, 2019   
Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from two seasoned San Carlos math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

6:15-6:50 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?"
7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math"
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Shelia Sevilla, 4th grade teacher & Hillary Wiessinger, middle school math teacher

Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Click here to RSVP.

Additional workshop on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.