SCC Weekly Newsletter: February 24 - March 2, 2020
Don't forget to vote! Election day is Tuesday, March 3rd. 
For more information on Measure N, click here .
Director's Spotlight On... March Conferences
Similar to last year, we are trying something different with respect to Parent/Educator/Learner conferences. Rather than hold them in the fall as we have traditionally done, we are experimenting with holding them at the end of the second trimester (early March) instead. We have found that educators can give more substantive feedback about the learners at this time of year than they can at the beginning of the year. 

Parent/Learner/Educator Conferences will be held Monday – Friday, March 16-20. All five of these days are minimum days for 1st - 8th grades (12:35 pm dismissal). The kindergarten learners will keep their regular schedule during the week of conferences (12:00 noon dismissal M, T, Th, and F; 12:35 dismissal on W).

All of the educator conference scheduling will be done online through a Doodle Poll. Rather than randomly assign you a time and date, we ask that you choose a date & time that is the best fit for your schedule. To do this, you need to sign yourself up on the schedules sent to you (via a Doodle link). I will consolidate all of the classroom links in an email for your convenience. You will also receive the link from your child’s educator specific to their class. If you have multiple children, you will need to use a different link for each child. 

Our practice is to allow sign-ups for parents with more than one child attending SCC before the general sign-up window. We do this in order to optimize their chances of getting back-to-back conferences.  Sibling sign-ups begin Monday, March 2, 2020 at 8:00 AM and end Thursday, March 5, at 5:00 PM. This time period is exclusively for sibling families (those families with more than one child enrolled at SCC).  If you sign up for a slot during this time frame and you do not have siblings on this campus, the educator will take you off the schedule and ask that you sign up again when general sign-ups are open.

General sign-ups will begin on Friday morning, March 6, at 8:00 AM and will close Sunday evening, March 15, at 5:00 PM.

We realize that everyone has busy schedules and might have a narrow window when you can attend (without rearranging your schedule). We ask for your understanding and trust that the educators will do the best they can to accommodate everyone’s requests. In return we ask that you also try to be flexible because conferences are very difficult for the educators to orchestrate.
Enrollment Update
2020-2021 Kindergarten Lottery
The Kindergarten Lottery for the 2020-2021 school year ran on February 14th, offering 22 spots to new families. SCC looks forward to welcoming these new families next year!
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Health and Safety
Thanks to everyone's diligence, we've been seeing the instances of serious illness rapidly decline. There are a few bugs still running around, so please continue to stay alert and conservative in your assessment. Thank you everyone!
Board of Directors Update
At our last board meeting on February 12th, we updated the community on the Executive Director Search. The Committee appreciates everyone who volunteered to participate in the focus groups. The information from those focus groups was extremely helpful in gathering information for our vetting process.  

Edgility has been actively vetting the candidates through resume/CV, phone interviews, and videos. The Executive Director Search Committee has reviewed the numerous candidates from Edgility and is excited about the quality of candidates that are interested in being a part of our community. The first phase of interviews will take place in the next few weeks by the Search Committee. Once the pool of candidates has been narrowed down, the Search Committee will make a recommendation to the Board for the next step in the process. Stay tuned for more information. 
If you have any questions or comments, please utilize the survey through Survey Monkey to submit them anonymously. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
  • Urgent need: The hot lunch team is looking for back-up volunteers who can help out when called upon, which may be any day of the week. Hot lunch hours are from 11:50 am-1:05 pm. You’ll earn double volunteer hours and $6.50 in ChoiceLunch credit. If you can help, please reach out by email to Akash Bijlani or (650) 248-9166.

  • Edible Garden: We need 2 additional people to help lead our edible garden project. If interested, please email Melissa May or Cindi Hunter. SCC's edible garden will be ready for planting soon! The garden will provide education on growing fresh and healthy food, sustainability & composting, and rainwater collection. It will function as an outdoor classroom and a space for our learners, staff and parents to engage in nature. The space has been graded & fenced, the shed installed, and 8 garden beds built from reclaimed wood and already filled with soil. The area around the beds has been sheet mulched. We are currently working on installing irrigation to the beds and sheet mulching the rest of the space.  
  • Fruit Trees: The garden team is looking for a volunteer to move 4 dormant fruit trees from the old campus to the new edible garden. The fruit trees were planted on the hillside within the last 2 years so they are not too established or too large. If you are interested, please contact Melissa May.
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Help make our Variety Show a success and volunteer! See here for more information.
PRT Update
Join us for the next PRT meeting!
Date: Thursday, February 27
Time: 7:00p - 9:00p
Location: TBD

Please RSVP at this link to help us plan and to have volunteer hours automatically logged.
Winter Skating Party
It's time for the annual SCC Winter Skating Party at the charming Winter Lodge in Palo Alto.
  • Saturday, March 28, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
  • Everyone is welcome: extended family, friends, etc.
  • $24 per skater (this fee includes skate rental and hot beverages - cost is the same regardless of whether you have your own skates)
  • Spectators are free.

If you would like to attend this private SCC event, please complete this form .
Please provide your payment in advance either by check or Venmo (details on the Google form). You can also pay by cash on the night of the event, but we first need at least 100 skaters to sign up and pay to hold the reservation.
Library Corner
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist
Author Visit - James Burks
Third and fourth graders welcome author/illustrator James Burks to San Carlos Charter the morning of Friday, March 6. James Burks is the author and illustrator of the popular Bird and Squirrel graphic novel series. Visit his official website for information about all of his books. 

A big thank you to the San Carlos Public Library for bringing James Burks to SCC as part of the 2020 Peninsula Libraries Comic Arts Fest.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Spring Afterschool Enrichments Registration is Now Available!
Educare's Spring Enrichment Line-Up is available for new and continuing registrants. This will be the final session of the school year, so don't hesitate if you've been waiting to try something new, or have an old favorite that you want to sign up for! For further information click here.

March 9 Professional Development Special Day
Last chance to get early bird pricing of $85 for the March 9th Special Day. The price goes up to $100/learner on Friday (2/28) at NOON. 

Conference Week is coming up... March 16-20
To learn more about Educare during Conference Week check out this Google Doc with more information.
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Current research shows that unremitting achievement pressure is toxic to our children. A healthy child needs a healthy brain. In The Self-Driven Child, authors Stixrud and Johnson discuss how to give your child more control without letting them run amok, and present ways to reduce parents' stress levels. Check out this helpful handout with their top 10 tips. 

Save the Date! Our last parenting book club meeting is on Tuesday, March 3. We will be discussing The Yes Brain by Dan Siegel. 

Coming up this week, you can learn about modern masculinity (Tue and Wed), gender sensitive environments (Thur), and how to prepare our kids for a changing world (Frid). For details and other parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
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SCEF Update
Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors
The partners at Dwell Realtors will match any new donations to the SCEF annual fund between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000! 

Dwell partner Laura Bertolacci is a life-long resident of the Peninsula and proud supporter of SCEF. "My children grew up in San Carlos and we always saw the benefit that SCEF provided. The value of keeping programs like STEM, art, and music is unmeasurable. Now as a new grandparent, I know my grandchildren will have well-rounded educations in the San Carlos schools because of SCEF.”

Thank you to Dwell partners Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke. Find out more at and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact.
Gala News
Lucky on Live: Everyone is invited to participate in our Lucky On Live raffle for the chance to win your choice of one of the BIG auction items! See our primer on the LOL raffle at To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to

Volunteers Needed: Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate? We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with check-in and other tasks. Signup here:
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the BLUE button below for information on Chickens' Ball, Measure N, Spring Sports, Hometown Days, & more!
  • Thanks to Katherine Sherman for donating scraps for our chickens and books to Sarah's class.
  • We'd like to thank Sissia Wang, Changning, Derrick and Garen Zhou, Ava Hristova, Inken, Andrew, Emme and John Chrisman, Jason and Carson Woo, Cindi Hunter, Patrick Viruel & Henry and Jack McMahon for volunteering their Saturday building garden beds, moving dirt and compost, and wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow of wood chips. 
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