SCC Weekly Newsletter: January 6 - 12, 2020
Happy New Year! School Resumes Tomorrow, Monday Jan. 6

Hot Lunch has an URGENT need for a Monday Volunteer! Please see the Volunteer Section Below.
Director's Spotlight On... School Performance Indicators
Welcome back and a happy new year to you all! I hope you and your children are healthy and ready to start fresh and energized. I refer to these next couple of months (sort of ) jokingly as the “good months.” That is, these are the months where the learners are most focused (fewer distractions) and we get some quality learning time in.
Speaking of learning…Just before we left for Winter Break, the California Department of Education (CDE) publicly released the 2018 – 2019 School Dashboard (and additional) reports. The Dashboard contains reports that provide the performance of local educational agencies (LEAs), schools, and student groups on a set of state and local measures. The intention of these reports is to help schools identify strengths, challenges, and areas in need of improvement. The general site can be reached here.

I do want to call your attention to a helpful page that explains the CA school accountability program: This page is a bit of a road map that links the different types of information that is available. It also provides an FAQ link, resources, and a glossary to help translate the edu-speak. You can also search this site to see how our school did in 2018–19 and compare that to previous years. You can search results for other public schools in the district, county, and state to compare to SCC’s performance. 

The CDE has added a variety of other reports this year that can be found here. On this page you can search SCC and select a variety of reports that can take you on some fairly deep dives of the data. I found the report that allows you to see charter school performance by county particularly helpful. 

I realize that folks may have a lot of questions about the different measures and what the data really tell us about how our kids are progressing. It is not something that lends itself to a newsletter article. So, I am going to host an interactive evening where we explore the different reports and discuss what the results might mean. It is not a presentation where I present graphs and numbers, rather a workshop to share the tools that are available to parents and the school.

Please mark your calendar for a CA Dashboard Workshop: January 16, 2020, from 7:00pm – 8:15pm (or so…). Location TBD and bring a computer ☺
Board of Directors Update
Executive Director Search Update
The Board of Directors will be having a board meeting on Wednesday, January 8th at 7:30pm. The Succession Planning Team will be updating the Board with any new updates towards the beginning of the meeting. All are welcome and encouraged to attend. Our search team, Edgility, posted the job description before winter break. Here is a link to 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. 

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
Enrollment for 2020-21 School Year
Enrollment for Incoming Learners 2020-2021
Do you know families interested in joining the SCC community? Please let them know about our orientations for the 2020-2021 school year coming up on: 
  • Saturday, January 11th from 10:00am - 11:30am
  • Thursday, January 16th from 6:30pm - 8:00pm 
After attending orientation, interested families will receive details on the open house tours. 
Current families with Kinder-age siblings do not need to attend the Orientation, but are welcome. Orientations are adult-only, and do not require a reservation - come one, come all!
Community Outreach / Preschool Ambassadors
We are looking for Preschool Ambassadors who can help provide information to preschool educators/families and act as the contact person for questions. The Enrollment Team will provide the ambassadors with pre-printed flyers, documentation and FAQs to assist with their outreach. Please contact Jennifer Fung if you are interested in taking on this role.

Incoming Kindergarten Age Restrictions, including Siblings!
Please use this link for enrollment policy age restrictions for the 2020-2021 school year, which are consistent with the San Carlos School District policy.

For questions about Enrollment for the 2020-21 school year contact
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
If you can help with any of the following or have questions, please contact Melissa May.
  • Hot Lunch Urgent need Monday hot lunch service will be cancelled if we do not find a volunteer! 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 can help, please reach out to Akash Bijlani at (650) 248-9166 or email at
  • Pizza Party: Pizza night on Friday, January 31st to celebrate Harry Potter's half birthday. We are looking for a volunteer to organize pizza for everyone attending that night. 
  • Graduation: 8th grade graduation will be here before we know it. We are looking for a parent volunteer to organize and coordinate graduation on June 10th. 
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Seeking volunteers to help with the Variety Show! See here for more information.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Mark your calendars - Girls in Engineering is coming to Educare!
Educare will be hosting a demo night for a brand new Enrichment offering on January 23, from 6-7 PM in Room 304. This is a parent + learner event. Learners will not be allowed to participate without a parent/guardian present. For more information about what to expect, check out this description from the instructor, and SCC alum parent, Mike Takamoto. Girls in Engineering is scheduled to be offered in our Spring session of Enrichments. 

Winter Enrichments
All classes begin the week of January 13th. Stay up to date on your class schedules and all things Educare by using the Educare Calendar

Summer Camps Are Here, Happy New Year!
Educare has an action-packed summer camp lineup starting June 15th. 
To find out more information of all summer camp offerings and to register click here
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
How do you want to feel as a family? That may be a difficult question to ask or answer for some families, especially after the busy-ness of the holidays. In this short interview, Dr. Marc Brackett, Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, discusses how to talk about emotions with your family. 

Remember to 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, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
The ChoiceLunch calendar is open through the end of February! There are many new entree and salad options including: 
  • Twice-baked potato skins
  • Bacon, egg & cheese burrito
  • Gluten-free bacon, egg, and cheese burrito
  • Sukhi’s potato samosas with green chutney sauce 
  • Gluten-free BBQ chicken wrap
  • Chicken satay salad 
  • BBQ chicken pizza pocket
  • Broccoli cheddar potato skins 
  • Hummus and cracker plate
  • Chicken bacon ranch potato skins 
  • Korean bulgogi chicken salad 
  • Gluten-free chicken caesar wrap
Just another reminder that we are well below our ordering average this school year compared to last. If we don’t get our volumes up, ChoiceLunch may decide to drop us as a customer next school year. So, please, make the jump back to school a bit easier and order hot lunch! Please click on the link below to order.
SCEF Update
Starlight Gala--March 14
It’s the party of the year--Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auction at the beautiful Sharon Heights Country Club. It's for the kids! Tickets go on sale this week! Log in on Thursday morning starting at 10 am to purchase tickets.
SCSD Musical
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.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • The 3/4 educators would like to thank our hardworking PRT reps and many classroom volunteers who donated their time, resources, and delicious food dishes for our first-ever Solstice Supper. The event was so special and a huge success, and we could not have done it without the many hands who contributed. We appreciate you! 
  • The 3/4 team would like to thank the Round 2 Seminar leaders for their efforts in educating our learners on a variety of interesting topics over the 5 weeks before break, such as ziplining, paper crafts, and Scratch. An extra big "thank you" goes to our music leaders, who worked hard with the children across this first half of the year in ukelele, recorder, chorus, and drumming. We are so impressed with their performances at the SCC Winter Celebration - they only had 11 weeks to pull it off and we are so proud! 
  • Many thanks to Sarah Fama for her huge support of the Room 122 service project!
  • Thank you to Karen Kaufman, Melanie Roth, Roberta Marks, and Heather Saffren-Bloom for organizing the hot cocoa and hot apple cider for the 5/6 classroom celebration. Thank you to Nan Iyer and Ana Navarro for volunteering to help provide the hot water.
  • Thank you to all of the parent volunteers who supported special activities on the Friday before winter break. Learners enjoyed a wonderful morning with holiday games, potlucks, and classroom celebrations. 
  • Thank you to Gwynne Rinker for making cider available in the office in the mornings during the week before winter break. It was so thoughtful and such a nice comforting way to start the day! 
  • Thank you to everyone who helped set up, coordinate acts and clean up after the Winter Celebration. It was so amazing to have this community event again!
  • Thank you to Jen Berman for coordinating the food drive and to all the families who donated cans of food for local families in need!
  • Thank you to the BOD for organizing and hosting all the Executive Director search information sessions for our parent community.
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