SCC Weekly Newsletter: November 18 - 24, 2019

PRT Meeting THIS Thursday, Nov. 21

Lost and Found items will be on display until Tuesday, 11/19. After this, all unclaimed items will be donated. View items here .

Due to Thanksgiving Break, this will be the last Newsletter until Sunday, December 1. Happy Thanksgiving!

Director's Spotlight On... Winter Celebration 2019
I’m having a hard time believing that Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! 2019 will be over in the blink of an eye. Knowing that time feels compressed this time of year, I wanted to get out a Save-the-Date for our Winter Celebration. I know that people’s calendars start to fill very early as the holidays approach, so I want to get this on your collective radars.

This year, for the first time, we are having the Winter Celebration during the evening. We do not have an adequate performance space on our own campus, so we are returning to our previous venue, the TL campus gym . To utilize this space, we need to hold the event in the evening. As I said, we haven’t tried an evening before so I will be very interested to hear your feedback.

The Winter Celebration is an annual community gathering (with a one year hiatus in 2017 – 2018) focused around learner performances. These performances vary from year to year and from grade level to grade level. We try and use this evening to showcase the different experiences that the learners have in art, music, culture, movement, and drama. While some may be classroom-based, the majority of performances are related to enrichment opportunities that the learners have (seminar classes, afterschool band, for example).

Winter Celebration: Thursday, December 19, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 7:45 pm, TL Gym.
Please mark this on your calendars! All families and friends are invited to come join in the fun. Please watch for communications from the classroom educators on specifics as the performance gets closer.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Attendance Reporting: Please try to remember to quickly drop us an email at when you know that your learner will be absent or significantly tardy. If it's possible to send this by 9:00AM, we would be very grateful. This greatly simplifies our morning process and avoids those annoying check-in calls! If possible, please copy your child's educator, but if all you can manage is a harried 3AM "Johnny out Monday - vomiting!" that's fine too. Thanks!

Sign-out Procedure: When you need to have your child signed out during the day for an appointment, please arrive at the office a few minutes before you need your learner and we can call into their classroom to retrieve them. Our standard procedure is not to pull kids from class until you arrive because we find that doing so often results in quite a lot of class time missed.  Please do not call ahead to have us pull them in advance unless you're experiencing an exceptionally difficult turn of events. Building in a few minutes for this process (especially in the middle school) is a good idea, as the schedule has many moving parts. Also, please always remember to sign them out in the blue binder on Miriam's desk before taking them off-campus. Kids can sign themselves back in, but out always requires an adult signature. Many thanks for your help and understanding!

Playdates and Phone Use: Lately we've had a surge of kids coming to use the phone after school. The office phone should be used by learners only in urgent cases. After-school arrangements and playdate negotiations need to be handled in an alternate way whenever possible. Thank you for helping your learners understand this important rule!
Board of Directors Update
The Board of Directors is working on finalizing plans to engage the community regarding the hiring of the new Executive Director. We will be holding some community engagement information meetings during the week of December 2nd and 9th. Please be on the lookout for further information. If you have any questions, please reach out to the board at
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
  • If you are on campus and have a few extra minutes, the K/1 educators have a stack of logs next to the staff parking lot that they would like hauled to the K/1 play area. 

Logging Volunteer Hours
Why do we need to log hours? I’m asked this question occasionally and want to explain why we ask you to take the time to log your hours. This running total of hours provides us with important data. First, it helps us understand how much time is required to support our various programs and allows us to assess the aspects of our program that benefit from parental involvement. We look at trends to see where we need to put our budget and to analyze our programs. In addition, it helps us quantify our parent participation level for the purposes of grant writing and state reporting.

So, please use the link below to log your hours . To date, as a campus, we’ve logged over 3300 hours. I know that number is low and parents have been volunteering more hours than logged. Remember, if your volunteer hours are part of a SignUp, you do not need to log them separately. Thank you for all of your time and effort so far this year. If you have any questions, please let me know.
PRT Update
Reminder: Save the Date for the Next PRT Meeting
Next PRT Meeting is Thu, Nov. 21, 7pm-9pm
All are welcome.
Want to know where to go and to get volunteer hours for attending?
RSVP through this signup .
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Winter 2020 Afterschool Enrichments Registration is Now Available!
Whether it's art, chess, SCC Band, or (just added) Mad Science and Introduction to Video Game Development classes, Educare's Winter Enrichment Line-Up is available for continuing and new registrants . For further information click here

Thanksgiving Break Special Days
Space is still available for Thanksgiving Break Special Days on November 25 and 26 (Educare is closed November 27-29). Pricing for each day is $100 a learner. For more information, click here. Registration is via the Flex Plan on EZChildTrack
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
“I’m seeing more mothers who feel an overwhelming pressure to live up to not only the crushing expectations of motherhood but also the obligations of performative self-care.” says Pooja Lakshmin, M.D., a perinatal psychiatrist specializing in women’s mental health, in this New York Times article. Dr. Lakshmin recommends approaching self-care as firmly deciding what you will not do and setting boundaries, instead of something else that needs to be added to your family to-do list. Dare to try it?

Coming up this week, you can learn about vaping (Thurs). For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
Real Estate Partner
Dwell is SCEF’s new exclusive real estate partner - be on the lookout for more about this exciting partnership!

Donate Stock to SCEF
Take advantage of the TAX BENEFITS of charitable giving before the end of the year! Explore corporate matching and stock donations on our website or contact with questions. 

Trees and Wreaths
HoneyBear Trees supports San Carlos public schools by donating 15% of tree and wreath sales to SCEF. Here is detailed info and don’t forget to download the flyer to take with you!
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • SPED Info Night, Little League & Softball Registration, SCCT & Nutcracker Productions & more below:
  • A volume of thanks to the entire community for your enthusiastic participation in this year's Book Fair! Thanks to your little bookworms and your big generosity we were able to sell over $11,000 of books and goodies, a huge chunk of which goes directly to the Library for more materials for the kids to enjoy. We are always so impressed by everyone's participation and commitment to this important (fun, chaotic) week! A million tomes of thanks!
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