White Oaks Weekly - February 10, 2019

From the Principal

Dear Families,

We’re eager to hear your feedback!

Please look for the San Carlos Strategic Plan survey in your email inbox beginning Monday, February 11, 2019: 

Subject Line: San Carlos Strategic Plan Survey
From the following email address: support+sancarlos@panoramaed.com

The Strategic Plan Survey is an essential part of our school and district improvement process. We use results annually to measure progress and set goals aligned to ourStrategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan. The survey asks questions in the areas of:

· 21st Century Skill
· Communication
· Engagement
· Expectations and Rigor
· Homework
· Learning Environment
· Safety
· Technology

Families, teachers, staff members, and students in grades 3-8 will complete surveys. Results will be shared with principals, school staffs, parent leadership groups, our Superintendent Dr. Harmeier, and the Board of Trustees. As always, your responses are anonymous.
Last school year, we collected responses from approximately 21% of district families across our schools. Approximately 79% of our White Oaks’s families responded. Based on survey feedback, we set the following goals at White Oaks:

  • 5Cs and a “Mindset for Learning”
  • Personalizing Learning
  • Mathematics TK-3
  • School Safety

This year, we hope to hear from more than 40% of our families district-wide. When you receive the email from Panorama Education next week, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  We want to know how you think we’re doing!


Leah Scholer, Principal


School News and Events

Tile Installation Volunteers Needed
We did it! Thanks to all of you, we met our fundraising goal for our playground. In just a few short weeks, our new playground will be installed! 

During the playground demo and install, our tile artist, Barbara, will begin installing our new tile wall. She is looking for a few people to help with the installation. If you enjoy this type of work or would like to bring lunch to the volunteers working over Presidents’ Week, please sign up here.

Feel free to sign up for one shift or all day.

Founders' Day Award Nominations Needed!
Every year, for the past several decades, White Oaks celebrates Founders' Day. This time honored tradition has become such a special event at White Oaks that helps us recognize and thank those volunteers in our community who have gone above and beyond. We need your help in nominating some of these very special people. Please usethis link to review the awards given and to submit your nominations before February 25, 2019.

On Wednesday, April 17 we will hold our annual PTA Founders' Day event to celebrate and recognize the contributions of our award winners. Please mark our calendars for this special event!

Questions can be directed to Jennifer Rudy (jenniferlrudy@gmail.com) or Julie Stallings (julie.stallings@gmail.com)

Next PTA Meeting - February 13, 8:45AM 
Please join us for our upcoming PTA meeting this Wednesday morning in the MU. We'll hear an update on our playground installation and mosaic tile wall and discuss upcoming events. The full agenda will be posted outside the front office on Monday morning. All are welcome!

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!


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.

School Calendar 2019-2020
The SCSD School Board will be asked to approve next year’s school calendar at the February 14th Board Meeting. The first day of school for students is proposed to be Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Here are some other important dates: 

First Day of School: August 21, 2019
Thanksgiving Vacation: November 25-29, 2019
Winter Break: December 23, 2019-Jan 3, 2020
Presidents’ Week Vacation: February 17-21, 2020
Spring Vacation: March 30-April 3, 2020 
Last Day of School: June 11, 2020

We will share the complete calendar with families after it is adopted by the Board. Please contact the District Office if you have any questions.

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

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.


SCEF News and Events

Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auctions Close THIS Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 10pm
Don’t miss out on your chance at laser tag, bowling, Principal for a Day, Librarian for a Day, Summer Camps, Anthem Singing, Giants tickets, and more! 

Bid NOW and keep checking back to WIN your items!

Join Your Friends Across the District at the Annual SCEF Starlight Gala
It is a fabulous night of dinner and dancing with live and silent auctions.  
March 9, 2019 at Sharon Heights Country Club.
Get your tickets at: www.scefkids.org/events

Buy Your Lucky On Live Tickets!
Have family and friends who would like a chance to win one of our spectacular Gala auction items?

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, Stellar Cellar collection, Mexico Vacation, French Laundry Dinner, Dinner for 20 in the TOWN boardroom, or tickets to the Emmys or American Music Awards. To see all eligible items go to: http://www.scefkids.org/LOL2019.

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.


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.

Join us for Perfect Pairings 2019!
Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 5th annual Perfect Pairings benefit wine pairing dinner on Friday, March 1 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children. Please purchase your tickets by Feb. 19 at Perfect Pairings. Contact Cris Adair (cadair@healthycitiestutoring.org) with questions. Thank you!