SCC Weekly Newsletter: January 27 - February 2, 2020
Join Stacy THIS TUESDAY 1/28 for the CA Dashboard Workshop - an Interactive Evening Exploring Performance Reports.

You are Invited to Harry Potter's Half Birthday Pizza Party THIS FRIDAY 1/31 from 6-8pm! Arrive at the Community Hall by Broomstick, Portkey or Whatever Means Possible!
Director's Spotlight On... Personal Learning Projects
While enrollment season makes for a busy January, I really do like meeting prospective parents. I really love showing off our learners and program to new people, stepping back to appreciate what we have built through fresh eyes. I appreciate the thoughtful questions that they ask as well. One couple asked about PLPs after hearing a learner mention them; I proceeded to wax excitedly about PLPs. I realized that many of our newer parents would probably appreciate a similar explanation of this unique aspect of our program.

PLPs were introduced our very first year as an opportunity for learners to individualize their education. (For the first 10 years, educators also had PLPs!) Each year, every learner is asked to create, with the cooperation and guidance from their parents and educators, a PLP. The PLP can be a project that extends the learning of the student in a way that is most meaningful to the learner because it is their choice, something in which they have a passion or deep interest.

Depth and breadth of PLPs vary appropriately according to grade level. For example, the PLP is optional for kindergarteners and projects in the elementary grades are only a few months in duration. At the start of their seventh grade year, learners choose a PLP that they will work on until the fall of their eighth grade year. At that time they will create a presentation and, in January, they present their project to the SCC community. I encourage you to take the opportunity to stop by and listen to a few. It is amazing the range of topics that our learners choose to delve into.

This year, one of the actions targeted in our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) is to revisit the PLP process and align within–and articulate across–grade levels. The outcome will be the creation (or revision) of communication tools for PLPs. The communication will clearly articulate the roles and responsibilities of the learner, educator, and parent at the different grade levels. We look forward to sharing this with the community in the upcoming months.
Board of Directors Update
Executive Director Search Committee Update
The Executive Director Search is underway. Edgility has posted the job description on several sites and sent it out via newsletters, social media and their own network. They have received some great resumes and are doing the initial screening work for us.  

If you have a question, concern or comment specifically regarding the Executive Director search, we have set up an anonymous survey to help gather information: A summary of the Survey Monkey results will be reviewed by the Executive Search committee and reported to the BOD during open session. Next scheduled Board meeting is Wednesday, February 12th at 7:30pm.

The BOD will continue to update the community as this process continues. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email the
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
  • We are looking for a volunteer to adjust the height of some stand- up desks in one of our 5/6 classrooms. The job should take about 2 hours and can be done after school or on the weekend. If you can help please contact Melissa May.
  • The Hearing & Vision Screenings this week still need some volunteer "runners!" We especially need help Monday 1/27 8:15-10:15 am and Friday 1/31 10:25 am-12:25 pm. Please sign up here.
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
The Upper Garden, Dancing Under the Stars, and the Variety Show still need help! See here for more information.
Leadership Council
The next spirit day will be C o l o r D a y. Color day will take place on Friday, January 31st
Color day is a fun way for learners to represent their grade. To participate,* learners will wear the color that is assigned to their grade:

(The assignments were randomized and drawn out of a hat)
2 - RED
3/4 - BLUE
5/6 - PURPLE
7/8 - YELLOW
*As always, spirit days are 100% optional!

If you have any questions, please direct them to and we will try our best to get back to you as soon as possible. Thanks!
SCC Winter Skating Party
Please mark your calendars for the annual SCC Winter Skating Party at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. This private SCC event will take place on:
Saturday, March 28, 2020
5:30 to 7:30 pm

All Charter families and friends are invited to join this private party event at the Winter Lodge in Palo Alto. Tickets will be sold ahead of the event for skaters, which includes skate rental. Spectators get in for free. Please mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information closer to the date.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Upcoming Special Days
Enrollment for February and March Special Days is live via the Flex Plan in EZChildTrack. Early Bird pricing ($85/day) is available until February 7 for the February days and February 28 for the March day. 

Is It Summer Yet?
Get a jump start on your summer planning... check out what will be available right here on your home campus! Special Note: Kinder Camp is not listed, as registration is not yet available, but it will take place August 10-14.
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Many parents struggle with setting up screen boundaries. The kids keep nagging about using their devices, and the number of educational apps increases by the minute. How much is too much? In this helpful article, you can find 6 strategies to balance screen time with the real world in your family. Check it out!

Coming up this week, you can learn about giving sports back to our kids (Mon and Tue). For details and more Parent Ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Yearbook Update
Order Yearbooks and Purchase Recognition Ads Now!
You can purchase Yearbooks and Recognition Ads now using the button below.

Upload Photos
Please continue to upload photos to for use in the yearbook! We especially need photos for:
SCEF Update
Teacher Outings & Summer Camp Auction Bidding Starts Monday Jan. 27th
Don't miss out on one-of-a-kind items & experiences for your child with their teacher. Visit to view all the items available. Register to bid by clicking "Start Bidding" at top right of page. Bidding ends on Tuesday Feb. 4.

Lucky On Live and Starlight Gala
Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate, and possibly win your choice of one of the BIG auction items? Attending the Gala (tickets still available here: but want to up your chances to WIN? New to San Carlos and want to know more?

Here is a primer on the LOL raffle: To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Perfect Pairings Benefit Wine Pairing Dinner Feb 28
Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our 6th annual Perfect Pairings benefit wine pairing dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30pm - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children. Please purchase your tickets by Feb.18 at Perfect Pairings . Contact Karen Molinari with questions. Thank you.

Math Tips Workshop with Healthy Cities Tutoring
Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

February 11, 2020 
6:30-6:55 pm Orientation: "How to Become a Tutor?" 
7:00-8:30 pm Workshop: "How to Support Your Student in Math" 
Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kristy Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Click here to RSVP.

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19. Visit our website for more information.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
SCSD Upper Elementary Production
Registration is Open for the Upper Elementary School Play: Disney’s The Jungle Book Kids
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with the San Carlos Children’s Theater for our first ever upper elementary school play! This registration is available to Arroyo, Mariposa and San Carlos Charter 4th-5th grade students only.

Register here: If capacity exceeds interest a lottery will be held to determine participants. Any student who does not get a place through the lottery will have their full registration fees refunded.

Please sign up as soon as possible! Registration closes on February 2nd. Click here for more information.
  • Tremendous thanks to all the parents who volunteered their time as docents during Open House tours. We so appreciate your time and dedication to our school!
  • Thank you to Sara Barulich and all the parents who made it to the “Art and Wine Parent Night.” It was a great event and we plan on hosting it again next year!
  • Thank you to Lorea Martinez for organizing the Art & Wine Parent Night!
  • Thank you 3/4 educators for all the prep work they have done prior to CODS and for keeping the parents informed on plans.
  • Many thanks to all the parent drivers and chaperones on Katherine's K/1 and the 2nd grade's field trips last week!
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