SCC Weekly Newsletter: April 29 - May 5, 2019
Director's Spotlight On... Taking the Pulse of Our Community
Every year, we administer a Learner Satisfaction Survey to our 5th – 8th grade learners. This survey is developed with the Columbia University Survey Research Initiative (SRI). In this survey, learners answer questions designed to help us gauge how the learners feel about the school environment, support services, school culture, academic program, Director and Educator effectiveness, and learner engagement. There is also an opportunity for open-ended responses. This survey is administered to the learners at school and is done online.

Every other year, we also administer a Parent Satisfaction Survey to measure their satisfaction in essentially the same areas. This is a parent survey year, and I want to strongly encourage you to participate. I use this data to identify areas of strength and challenges. We do a year-to-year comparison of the results to see trends and growth over time. Getting this insight from parents is extremely beneficial as we look at our strategic initiatives for the next couple of years. To participate in the Parent Satisfaction Survey, go here:

The survey will remain open for two weeks.

Finally, I wanted to let everyone know about our final Parent Book Club read for the
year. The book we have selected is Second Nature: How Parents Can Use Neuroscience to Help Kids Develop Empathy, Creativity, and Self-Control by Erin Clabough. We will be meeting to discuss this book on May 29, 2019, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM, in the Staff Room (Room 302). Please join us!
SCEF Update
On May 4, 2019, join us for the annual community event at Devil’s Canyon and enjoy live music by the Best of the 80s: Tainted Love! Event runs from 6-11PM with live music starting at 9PM. Ticket price is $75 per person and $35 per teacher/staff. Price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table. Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator too! Go to: .
SCEF Spring Raffle!
Your chance to win a 7-night stay at a luxury beachfront resort in Mexico and other prizes! Tickets are $50 each or 6 for $250. Drawing will be at Revel @ Devil's on May 4th. You need not be present to win. Get your tickets at:

Make It Happen In May
We are on a campaign to reach our fundraising goal by May 31st in hopes of minimizing budget reductions. If the School Board has the estimated SCEF Grant for the 2019-20 school year in June, they can consider this estimate in their final budget deliberations. Please make your donation now at:

If you are going to donate via payroll deduction with your employer, please act now as it can take up to 8 weeks for funds to be received by SCEF.

June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!
Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants. Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!!
Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check only.
Purchase your spot for your child to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here:
Board of Directors Update
Olin Palmer , on behalf of the BOD
BOD Election Update
Thank you everyone, and in particular, Kristen Pezone! Last Tuesday morning was the deadline for candidate statements for SCCLC's Board of Directors. One seat was up for election, and we received only one submitted candidacy statement from Kristen. With one seat and one candidate, we will not be conducting a vote. Pending confirmation at the next scheduled BOD meeting (May 8th), Kristen will begin her three-year term in July. 
Please join me in congratulating and thanking Kristen for volunteering to serve our school!

If you have any questions, please reach out to any current board members for further information.
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
If you can help with any of the following library jobs or have questions, please contact Melissa May .
  • Book Wrapping: this is an ongoing take home job
  • Leveling Books: onsite job scanning and labeling books for the educator leveled library
  • Board Game Durability: a volunteer to help figure out the best way to make board games more durable. Emma has some ideas. : Please click the link below to log any hours not covered by a Signup.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall , Desi Smith & Nathan Sweatt , Co-Directors of Educare
All Aboard Educare's Summer Camps! 
No plans for the summer? Join Educare and take your pick at the variety of camps offered on campus before we set sail in June.
For further information and to register, click HERE

Educare Summer Camps
Outside Providers
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
If you haven’t already, please answer this BRIEF Parent Education survey to help us plan a great Parent Education series in 2019-20.

The home plays a critical role in supporting the social and emotional development of young people. For example, when there is an incident at home you can ask your child, "What were you thinking at the time?” or “Who has been affected by this incident?” Asking these types of questions helps move away from blaming and shaming, to understanding and repairing harm. For additional tips, read this great article by SEL and mindfulness teacher, Meena Srinivasan.

Coming up this week, you can learn about sensitive children (Tue), and empathy and vaping (Thurs). For details and other events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Read about EdRev Expo, Woodside Soccer Club Tryouts & more by clicking the Blue button below:
  • Thank you Emily Bender, Emma Moore, Frank Martinez, April Heine, Melanie Tsonas, Stacy Pan, Susan Levin, Sergey Povzner, Christine Levenson and Shruti Goradia for your help with our round 3 of 3/4 seminars. 
  • Thank you so much Jamie Boissevain, Carla Philbrick and Tomás González for coming every week to help in Spanish class. You guys have offered an incredible support to all the learners and Elia!  
  • Second grade would like to appreciate our amazing Seminar volunteers: Kelly Roberts, Sean Roberts, Kari Barcelo, Gretchen Laustsen, Sissia Wang, Katie Hall, Nathan Sweatt and Sam Reidy.
Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at