SCC Weekly Newsletter: January 13 - 19, 2020
• Educare Winter Enrichments start THIS WEEK! See below for details.
• School and Educare will be closed Monday, Jan. 20 for MLK Jr. Day.
• The 2020-2021 school calendar is available here .
Director's Spotlight On... Campus Improvements
There were some really nice facility upgrades waiting for us when we returned to campus in the New Year! I wanted to share these changes with those of you who have not been on campus yet.

The first improvement was the completion of the resurfacing of the upper deck. As many of you may have experienced, the upper deck was incredibly slippery on dewy, rainy, and icy mornings. The new surface provides much more friction and is significantly safer (empirical evidence from subsequent wet mornings). Water is still pooling in some areas, but drains will be installed to alleviate this over February Break. Also during that break, stair tread nosings (yes, this is a thing) will be installed on the stair edges to mitigate the current slick edges.

I am also very excited to report that the perimeter fencing for the garden space was completed over break. This fence now encloses the future planting area, shed, compost bin, and greenhouse. While some learners are not happy with the lack of access to some of their “shop” areas, this fence will allow us to start with the bed construction and planting. It is very satisfying to see this space take shape. I want to express many, many thanks to Cynthia Hunter for all of her work in making our garden aspirations a reality (grant writing, project managing, labor, and more).

As part of a successful grant effort co-led by the ¾ team and Cindi Hunter, we have been able to purchase and install hand dryers in the restrooms. This is an effort to reduce the number of paper towels that we use. The funds from this grant also went towards the purchase and installation of a new bottle filling station that also includes a water fountain! The learners are super excited to have that option now.

Slowly but surely, we are making progress towards improving and building out this space to better serve our programs and learners. We are a work in progress…

PLEASE NOTE:  I rescheduled the California Dashboard workshop to Tuesday, January 28, 7:00 – 8:15 PM. I double booked myself on the original date ☺ I hope you can join me at this new time.
Board of Directors Update
Executive Director Search Update
The Executive Director Search Committee is comprised of the various stakeholder groups. One of the most important stakeholder groups are the learners.  This week we have asked one of our learner representatives to talk about their experience as being part of the search committee. Please click here for an update from our learner representative, Zora Vorhes.
Enrollment for 2020-2021
Re-Enrollment for Current Learners
If for any reason you do not intend to re-enroll your child for next year, please contact the Enrollment Team .

Sibling Application Process
If you have a sibling who meets the age requirements for entering Kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year, please log in to your SchoolMint account and submit a new application any time after January 20th and no later than February 10th. This will ensure that a spot is held for your child as we complete our Enrollment Lottery on February 14th. If you have any questions please speak with Miriam or another member of the Enrollment Team.
Last Chance for Enrollment Orientation
Please let any families interested in joining the SCC community for the 2020-2021 school year know about our last orientation on Thursday, January 16th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm. After attending orientation, interested families will receive details on the open house tours. 
Docents Needed for Open House Tours  
Are you passionate about SCC? Could you spare a few mornings? Please consider acting as a docent for one of our enrollment Open House Tours. It is a great time to share your love of SCC. Please contact Miriam for more information.
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted

Parent Assistants for Vision & Hearing Screening:
The annual state-mandated Vision and Hearing Screening will take place January 27-31, 2020 for learners in Kindergarten, 2nd, 5th and 8th grades. In addition, 1st-grade boys will be screened for color vision deficiency.

SCC's school nurse consultant, Jessica Rosenberg, needs parent assistants to help "run" 5-10 kids at a time from PE to the screening location on campus and keep them quiet as their hearing and vision is assessed. Please sign up here:

Party Lead for Dancing Under the Stars :
Happy New Year from Dancing Under the Stars. Hope you and your family had a lovely holiday break. My daughter will be graduating in June so I am looking to find a Party Lead: someone willing to help coordinate Dancing Under the Stars. 

I have a detailed, tried & true roadmap/event plan for DUS -- a Google Sheet that we've used for the past 3 years. The event has also had a team of active, involved co-hosts providing stellar involvement, so I can help the transition to someone (or someones) willing to be the Party Lead(s). 

Party tickets go on sale in mid-March, at SCEF's Gala Auction. So SCEF is looking to solidify the calendar of 2020 Parent Parties now.
If interested, please contact Christopher Kashap .
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Monday Hot Lunch Volunteer & Pizza Party Organizer still needed! See here for more information.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Final Call for Winter Enrichments!

Don't forget to fill out those FLEX PLAN calendars!
If you are a family who uses the Flex Plan, please make sure you fill out your calendars each week. During Enrichment sessions, Educare will continue to be unable to accept Wednesday same day drop-ins . Any learners not registered via the Parent Portal by 10 PM on Tuesdays will not be able to attend Educare on the following Wednesday. 

Girls in Engineering Demo Night
Don't miss out on this special demo night for parents and learners (2-8 grade) to meet the instructor, Mike Takamoto (alum parent), and find out what to expect in the upcoming class! Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 23rd in Room 304 (PE Annex) from 6-7 PM. Parent attendance is required. 
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Wouldn’t it be nice if this year there was NO fighting in your home? It would be nice… but here’s the thing--fighting is inevitable in families. It does not mean that there is something wrong with your kids or your family, it’s just reality. There are, however, differences between fair and unfair fighting. Criticism, disdain or defensiveness don’t help with fair fighting. Empathy, responsibility and love do help with fair fighting. Check out this great article from Jennifer Miller, Author and SEL Family Consultant, to learn more and get the “Fighting Fair Family Pledge."

Remember to save the date! On January 22, CLC’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. 

Coming up this week, learn how unconscious bias shapes your behavior (Wed). For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
SCEF Gala Tickets On Sale NOW
It’s the party of the year – do you have your ticket yet? Join us at Sharon Heights Country Club on Saturday, March 14 for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live auction bidding. It’s for the kids!

Help us stock the SCEF Gala Stellar Cellar!
Last year’s Stellar Cellar auction item was valued at $7900 and raised $5000 – lucky winners! Share your love of fine wines and support our schools by donating a bottle valued at $100 or more.
Have access to other auction items? An unforgettable experience, vacation home, concert or sports tickets? Please contact Christopher Kashap at to arrange for a donation. 
Please Join Us For a Kindergarten Reception 
Spend an evening getting to know other Kindergarten parents in the district, mingle with school board and community members, and learn about the "San Carlos Decade."
  • January 15, 2020
  • 6:30-8:30pm
  • Harvest Warehouse at 1445 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
SCSD School Theater Productions
Annual SCSD Musical
Cut loose January 23-26 at the exciting musical Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring students in grades 4-8 from Charter and 4 other SCSD schools! Tickets are now on sale using this link .
True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and "Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilarating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.

4th/5th Grade SCSD Theater Production
The PTAs and San Carlos Children's Theater are doing a production this year for upper elementary learners! Look for the registration link in next week's newsletter. More information can be found here.
SCSD Winter Sports
6th Grade Basketball Tryouts - Jan 21 & 22
There will be two tryout dates, and players are encouraged to attend both days. Tryouts will be held January 21 at CMS from 4:00-5:00 pm, and January 22 at Tierra Linda from 5:15-6:15 pm. Please fill out an interest form to be placed on the tryout list and receive communication about the season. (This is important so we can adequately prepare for the tryouts and send any updates that might be needed.) 

For more information on SCSD Winter Sports, click here.
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Healthy Cities Tutor Training for New & Existing Tutors & Interested Parents
Join us on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:15pm for our Tutor Tips workshop. Interested in tutoring a student? Please join us from 6:30-6:55pm to learn about our program and application process. Already a tutor and wanting to refresh your skills? Join us at 7pm for our Tutor Tips workshop taught by teachers, Melissa Brenner and Tracy Mitchell-Ardwan. They will review math games to help your student practice basic math facts; strategies to help the reluctant reader and writer, and discuss ways to engage and connect with your student. We guarantee you will leave with a fresh approach and a few fun games to play. Location: Central Middle School/Arroyo Library at 757 Cedar Street, San Carlos. Follow the green A-frame signs. Please RSVP via Evite here or visit for more information.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the blue button below for information on the Parcel Tax, Chickens' Ball tickets, Health Connected Family Workshops, & More!
  • We would like to appreciate Olga Kashyna for stepping up last minute to lead a yoga seminar for second grade, as well as doing yoga for the staff! 
  • Thank you to our K-1 Seminars coordinators, Holly Sharp Sandoval and Kripa Ghoman, for taking care of things behind the scenes. You are appreciated!
  • Thank you to the all K-1 Field Trip coordinators and chaperones who work to get 88 learners to special places!
  • A special shout out to Cindi Hunter, Becky Cook and Kristen Pezone for their time and energy applying for grants that support Charter Teams.
  • Thank you Cindi Hunter for Charter's new water fountain and bottle refill station. We appreciate all the time you've spent applying for the grant, researching the purchase of and working with the plumber on installation. The kids and staff love it!
Quick Links
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