SCC Weekly Newsletter: Apr. 1 - Apr. 7, 2019
REMINDERS: Readathon Logs are due Monday! Book Fair is THIS WEEK. Today (Sunday 3/31) is the Last Day to Purchase a Yearbook.
Director's Spotlight On... Parking and Drop-Off Reboot
Considering the challenges that we face on this campus with respect to traffic flow and available parking, I think that this year has gone relatively smoothly. I appreciate the cooperation that our community is demonstrating and hope that your frustrations are minimal and occasional. That said, every good system needs a tune-up now and then, so I want to call your attention to a few behaviors that we would like to reset.

We have several educators and other staff members that arrive between 8:00 am and 8:30 am. They are finding it increasingly difficult to find a spot in the staff parking areas because parents are taking up spots instead. I want to remind folks that the first priority for the onsite parking needs to be for staff. They need to be able to get into the classrooms on time to serve the learners! Please do not park in the staff parking lot.

Reminders about Pick-up/Drop-off Procedures:
  • 1st grade pick-up is from 2:30 – 2:40 PM. During this time, only parents picking up 1st graders or Kinders from Educare should be at the circle.
  • Parents picking up 2nd – 8th graders should not arrive at the pick-up circle before 2:40 PM. If you arrive before 2:40 PM, you will be asked to circle the campus until all of the 1st graders and kinders have been picked up.
  • Do not arrive on Wednesdays before 12:25 PM. There is absolutely no need to arrive any earlier than that. Wednesdays are the easiest day in that we have almost half an hour before the other schools are released.

As always, I encourage safety, courtesy, and patience during these times. Wait the extra 30 seconds while the car in front finishes disgorging unloading or loading up their car. Please do not not zoom around stopped cars to cut in front of people who have been patiently waiting. Drive slowly up and down the hill to/from pick-up. Really. Slow down!

Thank you to all of you who are doing their best to abide by the group plan. Cooperation makes it easier for everyone. :)

Please take a moment to take the parent education survey. Your input is needed and appreciated!
Board of Directors Update
Olin Palmer , on behalf of the BOD
A quick reminder: The Board of Directors (BOD) has scheduled three election information sessions for the BOD open seat. Please attend any session that works for your schedule.

  • 1st Info session: Wednesday, April 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m. At Charter’s Book Fair Family Shopping Night
  • 2nd Info session: Friday, April 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m. On campus, specific room TBD. (Likely 302 or 303)
  • 3rd Info session: Wednesday April 10, 6:30-7:00 p.m. Before the monthly BOD meeting in Room 302. Please also attend the BOD meeting!

If you are unable to attend any of the scheduled information sessions, please reach out to any current board members for further information.
Scholastic Book Fair
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist & Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Scholastic Book Fair is THIS WEEK! Monday, April 1 - Thursday, April 4
Shopping Hours: 
  • Monday, April 1: 7:45 am - 3:30 pm
  • Tuesday, April 2: 7:45 am - 3:30 pm
  • Wednesday, April 3: 7:45 am - 1:10 pm
  • Thursday, April 4: 7:45 am - 1:10 pm
Special Event: Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Family Shopping Night & Vendor Fair
  • Results of SCC Readathon announced!

Online Book Fair
The online book fair is live (March 20 to April 9) and will continue during and after the fair. The URL is http://www.scholastic.com/bf/sancarloscharter. The book selection is greater online and typically quite different than our campus fair. Shop both online and on campus for lots of great books for the kids and for gifts!

New this Year! Cash-Free Digital Payment Option
No cash on hand the day of the book fair? No worries - Scholastic offers e-Wallet as a new payment option. Simply set up an account and have funds immediately available for your child to shop the book fair. Read more here or go to the online book fair page linked above and click the "Get Started" button.
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
We have some jobs still need of volunteers! Please see here for more information.
SignUp.com : 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
SPRING BREAK DEADLINE is quickly approaching. Prices go up on April 8th. Educare is open April 15-18 (Closed April 19). Check out what's on our agenda HERE and then go sign up ASAP via the Flex Plan in your Parent Portal

Spring After-School Enrichments
Just added to the enrichment lineup on Wednesdays is Kidz Love Soccer for Kinder and First Grade only. A broad array of classes run from April 22nd - May 31st. For info on offerings/times and to register, click here
Yearbook Update
The 2018-2019 Charter Yearbook is now available for sale for $25. TODAY (Sunday March 31) is the LAST DAY to purchase a Yearbook!

Click  here for photo upload instructions and the most recent list of purchased yearbooks.
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
What would it feel like to have the essential tools to support your children’s growth and effectively face the challenges that come with parenting? Would that be possible while also taking care of your own needs? This is what we are trying to figure out at SCC! Looking ahead into next school year, we want to hear from you: your parenting needs and hopes for parent education events. Please answer this BRIEF survey to help us plan a great parent education series in 2019-20.

No events this upcoming week, but if you are looking to continue your parent education, read this article about teaching forgiveness. For future events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!
Tickets available April 8th at the Youth Center at Burton Park.  

You can also purchase your spot for your child to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here.
Check out this video posted on the SCEF Facebook page of kids singing the anthem.
REVEL AT DEVIL’S!
Tickets are now available for this annual community event. May 4, 2019 at Devil’s Canyon featuring the Best of the 80s with Tainted Love. Ticket price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table. Adults only. $75 per person, and $35 per teacher/staff. 

Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator, too!  

Why does SCEF exist? 
Check our new video about school funding and SCEF: https://www.scefkids.org/2019video/
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Social Emotional Learning tips to help struggling students
A Parent Education/Tutor Tips Workshop

How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students.  

Want to become a tutor at SCC? Arrive at 6:15pm to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.  
When: Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 -8:00pm
Where: Library at Arroyo/Central Middle School, 757 Cedar Street, San Carlos
For: Parents and Healthy Cities Tutors
Trainer: Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor  
Hosted by: Healthy Cities Tutoring

Please click here to RSVP for the Parent/Tutor Education Workshop  
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Spring Sports, Sequoia Incoming Freshmen Event, Chickens' Ball & More
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
Appreciations
  • Thank you to the 8th grade boys who have been voluntarily spending their lunch helping with site improvements. They have moved many wheelbarrows full of wood chips to cover the boggy areas around our lunch and play areas, and pitched in to weed the bioswales to get them ready for planting. Their enthusiasm and help is very much appreciated!
  • Thank you to Kim Strickland, Melissa May, EmmaLou Moore, and all the volunteers who helped organize and set up the book fair.
Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at newsletter@scclc.net