SCC Weekly Newsletter: December 16 - 22, 2019
YES WE CAN! 2 more days in the Holiday Food Drive! (ends Weds 12/18)

Winter Celebration this Thursday 12/19 from 6:30-7:45 PM in the TL Gym!
All families and friends are invited. Note: No food/beverages allowed in the gym.

This Friday 12/20 is a 12 PM dismissal for all students (NO PM Educare).

Due to Winter Break, this will be the last Newsletter until Sunday, January 5. Happy Holidays & Happy New Year!
Director's Spotlight On... Seminars
When I ask alumni what they remember most about their time at SCC, the vast majority of them talk about a seminar – or seminars – they took as experiences that left a lasting impression. (Milestone trips are a close second.) While seminars have evolved over time, they are still a valued and integral part of our program.

Seminars started our first year as an elegant solution that addressed several needs. As a brand new school that emphasized community involvement, we had a lot of parents that wanted to share their authentic experience with the learners. We also wanted to provide non-core enrichment experiences for the learners. Finally, we educators were trying to develop an academic program and needed collaborative planning time. In response to these needs, the idea of seminars was born.

Today, these are classes that are outside what we think of as the core curriculum. They are special, shorter-term offerings led by a parent volunteer, community member, or expert in a particular area. Seminars may be an extension of work going on in the classroom or they may be focused in a particular area of study (the arts or design thinking for example). Seminars are structured somewhat differently at the different grade levels with respect to timing, frequency, and duration to make them developmentally appropriate.

We do not have the resources to have dedicated music and art educators, so we have built a more of an exploratory model. Through seminars, learners are exposed to many different topics, subject areas, and experiences. Through the hard work of parents and educators, the program is evolving to provide a more articulated approach to both music and art. As with our other programs, we are always trying new things and looking for ways to improve the learners’ experience.

I hope that you are able to join us at the Winter Celebration ( Thursday, 12/19, 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm). This is a performance opportunity for the learners where they showcase some of what they are doing in seminars and in the classroom. The range is so fun – from Spanish songs to Hamilton to math raps – and is a great slice of the different experiences that our learners have.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Winter Break Preparedness
Please be sure to pick up everything from your Family Folder and check the Lost and Found before you depart for break.  This is especially important for 3rd-8th grade learners, because we will be doing a lot of construction work upstairs over the break, and all items will be removed from the area.

Vacation Plans
If you plan to extend the Winter Break with travel on either side, please let the office and your child's educator know ASAP! Just shoot a quick email to with your kid's name and the dates they'll be absent. At this time, we will not be able to offer any new Independent Study arrangements, as we don't have sufficient time for educators to prepare work ahead. Thanks for your understanding!

Cider Time in the Office
Cider time is back! Please try to stop by the office anytime after 9:30AM this week to enjoy a warm cup of spiced apple cider. It is our way to say thank you for all of the kindness we receive throughout the year. (Adults only pouring, please.) BYO mug if you want to take it to go. Happy holidays!
Board of Directors Update
Executive Director Search Update
Thank you to everyone who attended Wednesday night's Board Meeting. We had great community input regarding the job description that we will be using for marketing. Our search team, Edgility, has posted the job description that they are using for marketing purposes only.  If you know of anyone that may be interested, please feel free to send them the link. 

The Executive Director Search Committee is looking for community volunteers to assist with a focus group to discuss candidate vetting. The focus group will meet on an evening during the week of Jan 20th for 1.5 to 2 hours. If you are interested in being considered, please submit this interest form by December 20. Individuals will be contacted by January 10th regarding availability for the focus group. Based on the number of responses received, we will look for a cross-section of individuals for the focus group. 

If you have a question for the Succession Planning Team, please utilize the anonymous survey via Survey Monkey. If you have general questions for the board, you may email
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Help Wanted
  • Urgent Need: The Hot Lunch Team is looking for a volunteer to help out every other Monday from 11:50 am-1:05 pm starting January 13. You’ll earn double volunteer hours and $6.50 in ChoiceLunch credit. If you’re interested, please contact Akash Bijlani at (650) 248-9166 or email at
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Seeking volunteers to help with the Variety Show ! See here for more information.
Food Drive
Charter/Second Harvest Food Drive -- only 2 more full donation days!
We're in the home stretch of the holiday food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank! Thank you to all who have contributed thus far -- the donation barrels in the front office and Educare are filling up, but we still have plenty of room for your donations! We're asking 3 cans per learner. As a community, we can make a difference in the lives of families in need this holiday season. So please make your contributions! Barrels will be picked up this Wednesday 12/18, so don't delay! Contact  Jen Berman with questions.
Library Corner
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist
Save the Date!
Everyone's favorite wizard will be celebrating his half-birthday on January 31st, and to celebrate we're transforming Charter into Hogwarts for one night only! Be sure to save the date for this one-of-a-kind all-ages, family event: Friday, January 31, from 6pm – 8pm.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Educare will be CLOSED to all learners after school on Friday, December 20th! We will still be open for AM Care from 7:20-8:15. 

On Friday, December 20th, the price for January Special Days goes up to $100/learner/day. Educare will be open from 7:20 AM - 6:20 PM on January 2nd and 3rd. Don't forget, Friday, January 3 at Laurel Street Arts is limited to just 20 learners and there are only a few spots left! More details about both days can be found HERE.
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Many kids in our community play video games on a regular basis with limited or no adult supervision. In an eye-opening NY Times article, journalists report how criminals are making virtual connections with children through gaming and social media platforms. Sexual predators and other bad actors have found an easy access point into the lives of young people: they are meeting them online through multiplayer video games and chat apps, making virtual connections right in their victims’ homes. Read the article, check out this list of recommendations to protect children from online sexual predators, and make sure you regularly discuss healthy online behavior with your children. 

Save the date! On January 22, SCC’s Behavior Specialist and Registered Art Therapist Sara Barulich, will be hosting the parent community for an Art and Wine Parent Night. In this self-care session, you will learn the therapeutic value of creating mindful art through Zentangling. For more details and to RSVP, click here. Adults only. 

For details about parent ed events coming up in 2020, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
Starlight Gala - March 14
Save the Date for the SCEF Starlight Gala and Auction--March 14, 2020 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 9th at 10 am.

Help us meet December 2019 fundraising goals
Take advantage of the TAX BENEFITS of charitable giving before the end of the year! Explore corporate matching and stock donations on our website or contact with questions. 

Honey Bear Trees supports San Carlos public schools by donating 15% of tree, wreath and garland sales to SCEF. Find detailed info online and don’t forget to download the flyer to take with you!
SCSD School Theater Productions
Footloose Tickets Now On Sale
Tickets are now available for this family-friendly version of the hit Footloose starring many of our very own SCC students. Come kick off your Sunday shoes and enjoy all the great songs and spectacular dancing. Performances will be January 23-26 at Mustang Hall, Central Middle School. Click here for more information and tickets.
Do you have a 4th or 5th grade learner who's interested in theater? 
The PTAs and San Carlos Children's Theater are doing a production this year for upper elementary learners! Registration will begin in January, and the information will be posted here when school resumes after break. Fourth and 5th grade students from SCC, Arroyo, and Mariposa are invited to participate. All learners who register will be in the production.

Rehearsals will be held at Arroyo and will begin on Friday, February 7th. The schedule is 3:45pm- 6:15pm on Fridays and 2pm-5pm on Wednesdays. Tech week will begin on Sunday, April 5 with rehearsals every afternoon/evening. Performances will be on Friday evening April 10 and Saturday afternoon April 11. If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten Kell.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the button below to help Re-Imagine SAMTRANS, sign up for Youth Softball, and MORE!
  • Thank you again to everyone for the PRT contributions earlier in the year. Holiday recognitions will be delivered this week!
  • The 3/4 Team would like to thank their PRT Reps for organizing the upcoming 3/4 Solstice Supper with very short notice! We couldn't do this without you! Thank you!
Quick Links
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