SCC Weekly Newsletter: May 27 - June 2, 2019
NO SCHOOL TOMORROW Monday, May 27 (Memorial Day)
Director's Spotlight On... New Staff Hires
As folks are aware, we have an unusual number of positions that we need to fill this year as the result of several staff members moving on. It is really hard to say goodbye to our departing educators! They have all made important contributions to many aspects of our school and their new landing places are incredibly lucky to have them! That said, we must be open to new experiences and new staff :-) Special thanks to the staff members and parents that have participated in the hiring process–your participation and input has made an important difference.

Once again we have been extremely fortunate in the quality of candidates interested in being part of the staff at SCC. They bring new and different strengths and talents to the SCC community and I am excited to have them as colleagues. I want to thank all of the current staff members (remaining and departing) who have offered to share their knowledge with the new educators.

I’m sure the community will join me in welcoming our new hires to date:

K/1: Kim Strickland is joining the K/1 team to fill the vacancy left by Irene Bond. Many of you may know Kim as a parent in our community and most-sought-after substitute this year :) We are very excited to welcome her as a full time staff member.

2nd: Aarin Dutton will be teaming with Erin Hohler (yep, Erin and Aarin) to step in to the position that Ali Chappell is vacating.

3/4: We are THRILLED that Anke will take over this class as a full-time educator as her job share partner, Courtney Borkovec, heads off to establish her new life in in Napa.

7/8: Vinicio Merlino is our new Science and ELA educator for this team. He will be filling the position that is left vacant by David Burgess. Fortunately, David is still on our staff in his new role as 5th – 8th grade PE educator.

RSP Educator: Simmi Pais-Hejmadi is joining the Special Education team to fill one of the two positions created by the departure of Ginny Frisch and Bert Shroeder.

We are still in the process of hiring our 5/6 Science/ELA Educator, 2nd RSP Educator, and the “Special Day Class” Educator. We are really excited about the candidates we are in process with for these positions. I am (cautiously) optimistic that all of the remaining open positions will be filled before the end of the school year. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to get to learn get to learn more about our new educators.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Lost and Found
The school's GBC portable thermal laminator has been missing for several weeks. Has anyone seen it? Or, if it really and truly is gone, does anyone have one lying around we can have? We're all hanging onto our laminating in the hope it will return...

Treeline Update
Davey Tree was on campus last week removing the fallen limbs and trees along our lunch area, and doing some necessary trimming for safety. They will return once school concludes in June to do the remainder of the work to get that area 100% healthy and functional.  

The response by the Belmont Parks and Rec department has been phenomenal, and we sincerely appreciate the collaboration with all entities involved. Everyone jumped right on it and we're very grateful.  

Here's to a safe, beautiful tree line!
Board of Directors Update
Olin Palmer , on behalf of the BOD
Annual Review Feedback Survey for Stacy Emory, SCCLC’s Executive Director
When: Now through end of day Saturday, June 1st
Please allow a few minutes to follow this link for the survey and give us your feedback. Thanks!
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 .
  • The graduation planning committee needs help with graduation and the post-graduation reception on 6/12/19. We need volunteers to assist with setup/decorating, serving, photography, lei presenters, distribution of programs and cleanup. Please sign up here:
  • The Hot Lunch Team is looking for volunteers to join starting next school year! Please click here for details. You can earn double volunteer hours and $6.50 in ChoiceLunch credit. Contact Akash at or text/cell at (650) 248-9166.
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Middle School Dance volunteers still needed! See here for more information. : Please click the link below to log any hours not covered by a Signup.
PRT Update
Call for Interest: PRT 2019-2020
The goal of the Parent Resource Team (PRT) is to foster a collaborative and supportive community through various school and social activities designed to engage parents, educators and learners.

Interested in getting involved with the PRT for the 2019-2020 school year? Please complete our interest survey form and click here for information.
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.  

Do your kids do flips for pancakes? If so, come and help flip some pancakes at the pancake breakfast.  We are still looking for some help with serving.

Please sign up to help:
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall , Desi Smith & Nathan Sweatt , Co-Directors of Educare
Summer Camp Spotlight: Chess and Lego Camp
This summer join Amy from Brainstorm Chess and learn how to play this strategic game with a twist. Learners will build their own Lego chess sets while learning how to achieve checkmate. All levels are welcome to participate in this week-long camp. Camp runs from June 24th to June 28th 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM with extended care available from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Registration deadline is quickly approaching. Click here to register and for further details.
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Being resilient means finding the balance between the challenges in our lives and the resources we have to face them—some internal, some external. That means that our ability to be resilient is constantly changing, and we cope better when we monitor this balance and make adjustments. Resilience, like other social and emotional skills, can be learned and developed. If you want to learn more, read this great article. It is written for families with children with special needs, but the lessons may be helpful to any family.

As we approach summer, community Parent Education events have largely finished for the school year. Please look for the return of my list of these events in August.
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
  • Find out about Healthy Cities Volunteer Reception, Gender Spectrum & Inclusivity Workshop, Summer Camps & more below.
SCEF Update
Make It Happen In May
This is your opportunity to directly impact the 2019-20
school year budget. 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.
See 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.

Bianco o Nero Party
Don’t miss the final parent-hosted party of the year! Dress up in Bianco o Nero (white or black) and kick off the summer with a Festa Italiana! Enjoy La Dolce Vita and spend the night on the Italian Coast without leaving the 94070. Join us on Sunday, June 2, 2019 at 5:00PM for an evening of delicious food, drinks and fun at Trattoria da Vittorio on Laurel Street. Adults only… Certo! Get your tickets at

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 only.
  • Thanks to Peter Bierman for hauling the logs for the K/1 play yard!  
  • Deep appreciation to the volunteers who came out (some at the very last minute) to support the New Family Orientation last week: Kate Stromberg, Katherine Sherman, Paige Scott, Sissia Wang, Evonne Kaminaga, Leigh Casamento, and Jenn Fung. Your dedication and presence are priceless!  
  • It's been a very successful year of seminars, and we'd like to give a shout out to the organizers who have made that happen. Munazza Bukhari, Liza Bennigson and Fatima Ty, your dedication to the seminar program is amazing and appreciated! Thank you!!
Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at