SCC Weekly Newsletter: May 20 - 26, 2019
Director's Spotlight On... Volunteer Appreciation
Every year the staff puts together a breakfast for our volunteers; it is our formal thank you for the many ways in which you support SCC's learners, staff, and organization. This year the breakfast will be on Friday, May 24th , in the lunch area. We sincerely hope that you can arrange your schedule so that you can stop by, have a treat, and let us say thank you for all of your time, energy, and support.

We are awe-struck by the phenomenal volunteer efforts this year. We are sincerely grateful and indebted to you all for the thousands of hours and resources that you have invested this year to keep SCC thriving.  Everyone is welcome; you all play a part in supporting our learners, program, and staff.

We should be (mostly) set up by 7:45 AM so those of you that need to get to work can join us for a while. We will have coffee and goodies set out. The classroom educators will be there until they head off to teach (8:15 am), but we will continue to hang out until 9:45. While your young ones who are not yet SCC learners are welcome, we respectfully ask that no school-age children eat breakfast with us. We will not have enough food to feed ALL of the learners and the parents. This breakfast is about the volunteers! Also, in the past some learners stop by and graze before school, and it results in some hard feelings on the part of the kids that didn't get any food. The best solution is to ask all school-age children not to join us for breakfast.

Please try and stop by; we really hope that you can join us, even if it is just for a brief time.  Hope to see many, many, many of you there!
Board of Directors Update
Olin Palmer , on behalf of the BOD
What: Annual Review Feedback Survey for Stacy Emory, SCC’s Executive Director
When: From now to end of day Saturday, June 1st
Dear Charter Community Members,

Annually the board of directors asks for feedback from the community and staff on the performance of the school’s Executive Director, Stacy Emory. Only board members see the actual survey responses, and yes, we do read every comment. We review the results as a group and compare to prior year data for year-over-year trends. This is a significant input to the Executive Director’s annual review. At your earliest convenience, please fill out the survey and add any comments as appropriate.  

Thank you,
Olin Palmer and the SCC Board of Directors

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to any current board members.
Leadership Council
Middle School Dance
SCC will be having its 2nd annual middle school dance on Friday, May 31st from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in the Charter Community Hall. Students in grades 5 - 8 are welcome to come for a fun-filled evening! Admission is $5.00, and snacks will be included.

We are looking for parent volunteers and some equipment to borrow for the dance. Please see the Volunteer section below for the SignUp. We appreciate your help!
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 .
  • Logs for the K/1 Play Area: A family has donated some birch logs for the K/1 play area and we are looking for a volunteer to pick them up (on Cordilleras in San Carlos) and deliver them to campus. 
  • 5-8 Dance Parent Volunteers: The Leadership Council is looking for parent help at the dance and loaners of some items. Please see the SignUp here.
  • Hot Lunch Team: We’re looking for additional volunteers to join starting next school year. We need weekly, every-other-week, and backup volunteers. You will earn double volunteer hours and $6.50 in ChoiceLunch credit. Read here for more info and contact Akash at or text/cell at (650) 248-9166.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast THIS FRIDAY, May 24
Click the image to view the invitation and details. : Please click the link below to log any hours not covered by a Signup.
Read-a-thon Update: Pancake Breakfast!
Community Pancake Breakfast
Friday, May 31st from 7:30-8:15 am

Stacy and Emma will be spending the night at SCC due to the success of the Read-a-thon! They will wake up to the smell of pancakes. We invite the community to enjoy a pancake breakfast snack before the start of school.  

Please sign up to help bring items or assist with the breakfast.  
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall , Desi Smith & Nathan Sweatt , Co-Directors of Educare
Summer Camp Spotlight: Gardening Camp with Sarah Rushing!
Spend a magical week or two with SCC's very own 3/4 teacher Sarah Rushing, where everyone will explore the wonderful world of nature! Campers will be fully immersed in outdoor adventures and chicken care. They'll hunt for garden animals including birds, worms, lizards, compost critters and track their findings in their personal garden journal. Campers will also paint terra cotta pots and experiment growing their own seedlings before the week is over. Camp runs from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Week 1 June 24th to the 28th and week 2 July 29th to August 2nd. Register ASAP at the Educare Store! The registration deadline is JUNE 12th!
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
The end of the school year sometimes brings changes in kids’ friendships. Your child may complain about a good friend, or share that they don’t spend time together anymore. While this can be puzzling for the parent (weren’t you besties two minutes ago?), when young people are hurting over their peer relationships, they are in need of support from adults. For strategies to support your child with friendship breakups, check out this great article

Coming up on Tuesday, you can learn about mothers & sons, and teen relationships in the digital world. For details and other events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
The Hot Lunch Team is looking for Volunteers for the next school year! See the Volunteer section above for more info.
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the BLUE button below to find out about summer camps, SamTrans Summer Youth Pass, sports, local choir concert, and more!
SCEF Update
Make It Happen In May!
While The San Carlos education Foundation’s fiscal year
ends in June, we are on a campaign to reach our fundraising
goal by May 31st in hopes of minimizing budget reductions. If
the School Board has the estimated SCEF Grant for the 2019-20 school year in June, they can consider this estimate in their final budget deliberations.
Check out our flyer with more information at:
To understand how your donation to SCEF makes a difference to your child’s education, watch our video at:

Go to to make your donation or add to your gift this year. Gifts of any size are appreciated and will make a real difference for our kids. If you are going to
donate via payroll deduction with your employer please act now as it can take up to 8 weeks for funds to be received by SCEF.

June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!
Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants. Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!! Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check
  • Thank you to Maggy Mendoza for hosting the Graduating Parent Appreciation and 4th PRT meeting
  • Thank you Christine Levenson for helping create the graduating parent gifts.
  • Second Grade appreciates our Unit Study volunteers for their unending patience working with our Rube Goldberg groups! Special thank you to Susan Levin for cleaning up afterwards each week. 
  • We appreciate Tami Gordon, Shideh Shahidi, Katherine Sherman, Dana Rechin, and Christine Hahm for being our Second Grade field trip coordinators and organizing an amazing milestone to Elkhorn Slough! Thank you for your countless hours behind the scenes!
  • 3/4 would like to extend our deepest thanks to our tireless Age of Sail "Tall Sailors" (Christine Chu, David Brenner, Gregory Walker, Kevin Bebb, Tony King, Chitrang Shah, Christine Hahm, Cindy Melamy, Melanie Tsonas, Nicole Marquis, Vishal Goradia) that accompanied us on our trips this week aboard the Balclutha. We appreciate their support in helping the milestone be a success, and could not have done it without them. We would also like to thank ALL of our fourth grade families for preparing their learners so well for our voyage in the many ways we asked. Much gratitude from Anke, Courtney, Darlene, Lindsay and Sarah! 
  • Thank you to Blake and Jie Jacquot for organizing SCC's participation in the Hometown Days parade! Many families came to represent and Walk in Stride with the Charter Pride! The learners felt so proud walking with our new banners.
Have a great week!
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