SCC Weekly Newsletter: Nov. 4 - Nov. 10, 2019
Book Fair starts TOMORROW, Monday Nov. 4 (see Library Corner below)
Submit Read-a-Thon Logs by TOMORROW, Monday Nov. 4
Candy Buy-Back in the office runs THIS MON-WED
Director's Spotlight On... Keeping Our Foundation Strong
With the passing of Halloween, I think we can officially consider the school year well underway! I want to thank everyone in this amazing community for all of the ways you are contributing to SCC. You volunteer for seminars, milestones, field trips, classroom centers, school maintenance and beautification, and in countless other ways that support the learners and our program. Your participation in our SCC-based fundraiser (Chili Cook-Off) was epic this year! It was incredibly successful due to your participation and planning.

In addition to our own community’s efforts, we are fortunate to have a strong district-wide education foundation. The parent-led San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) raises funds each year that also help significantly to support SCC. Your donations to SCEF help fund our Spanish, PE and Library Educators, underwrite experiential learning opportunities (milestones and seminars, for example), and computers and other classroom technology. As you can see, the funds we receive from SCEF support essential SCC programs that enrich our learners’ everyday learning experience.

This Wednesday, November 6th is our first SCEF Day of the year. Our committed and amazing SCEF Representatives, Katherine Sherman and Kate Stromberg, always have something fun planned for that day. Staff will be wearing green in support and we encourage learners to do the same if they want.

If you haven’t already done so, I hope that you will consider making a donation to SCEF. Your support makes a big difference and is critical to help sustain and enhance the education we provide for our learners. You can learn more at

Thank you all for your continued engagement in our community. 
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
You should have already received an invitation to join FreshSchools as a part of the SCC community. This will be the home of our online directory, as well as some additional features like calendar events, signups, field trip notifications, photo storage, and more! Please don't delay in logging in to claim your family's entries and get access to all FreshSchools will offer! If you have not received an invitation, please contact the office and we will assist you!

9th Annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back
Drop your excess pounds... I mean pounds of CANDY at the office from Nov. 1 through Nov. 6th and Drs Urmi Amin, Michael Chang, and Nancy Kaher will donate $1 per pound of candy received to SCEF! The candy will be shipped to the troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude (courtesy of Estes Express Shipping) and is always VERY well received. This is a wonderful program, and we hope you'll get your kids involved in giving back!
Chili Cook-Off
Jailbreakin' Josh here... Hard to believe, but we had 800 people at Devil's Canyon and the best part of it is that we are done fundraising! That's right--we shut off the CheddarUp and we'll come in at our $100,000 limit with the generous corporate matching and for those of you who pledged to give (please don't forget).

Thank you all! What a community. Very special thanks to this dream team of a CCO leadership committee: Christopher Kashap, Tricia Lord, and Roberta Marks. Tricia and Christopher have 8th graders, so this is their last round of driving CCO. Please join me in wishing them the very best as they watch their kids move into high school (yikes!).

Click here for more on the numbers, Chili and Pie contest results, and all our amazing volunteers!
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 .

  • Read-a-Thon: We are looking for a volunteer that can tally up the Read-a-Thon sheets on Tuesday, Nov 5th. This can be an on-campus or take-home job.  
  • Is there a parent that works in Fremont near 42001 Christy St. that can pick up a costume for the book fair on Tuesday, Nov. 5th and return it Thursday, Nov. 7th?
  • The office is looking for one parent to distribute student IDs into family folders this week either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
The PE Cubbies and Welcome Garden still need help! See here for more information.
Library Corner
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist
On-Campus Scholastic Book Fair Starts TOMORROW, Monday, Nov. 4!

Campus Book Fair Dates:  Monday, Nov. 4 - Thursday, Nov. 7
Shopping Hours:
  • Monday, Nov. 4th & Tuesday, Nov. 5th -- 7:45 - 3:15
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6th -- 7:45 - 1:30 and 5:30 - 7:30
  • Thursday, Nov. 7th -- 7:45 - 1:10
Special Event:  Wednesday, Nov. 6th
  • Family Shopping Night & Vendor Fair, 5:30 - 7:30
  • Results of Read-a-Thon announced!

Online Book Fair and EWallet:
Campus Book Fair SignUp with Classroom Visit Schedule:

Vendor Fair Raffle at Book Fair : There will be a raffle at the Vendor Fair Wednesday evening! You must be present to enter, one entry per family. Need not be present to win. Prizes will be announced next week.  
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Thanksgiving Break Special Days
Educare will be open for a Creative Day Monday, November 25th with a visit from Svetlana the after-school Art enrichment teacher and a Baking Day Tuesday, November 26th preparing delicious Thanksgiving treats. For more information, click here. Registration is via the Flex Plan on EZChildTrack
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
A growing body of research finds that a child’s ability to cope constructively with life’s ups and downs plays a key role in their academic and social success. Knowing how to deal with disappointment, asking for help, and resolving conflicts constructively are skills that can lead to better behavior on the playground and better focus in the classroom. And parents play a key role in teaching these skills to children--it requires that we label and express our emotions, and regulate them in positive ways. For more details, check out this great article

Coming up this week, the San Carlos School District kicks off a parent series, The Nurtured Heart Approach. It will take place every Tuesday from Nov 5 until December. Also this week, you can learn about how mobile devices affect families (Mon), everything you wanted to know about the brain (Tue), and sex, bullying and social media (Thurs). For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
SCEF Day Wednesday Nov. 6th - Support Strong San Carlos Schools
SCEF is off to a strong start this school year with robust event participation, solid individual donations and early matches through workplace giving. Your generosity last year enabled SCSD to reinstate library hours and allowed SCEF to increase support of other programs. Help celebrate SCEF Day on Wednesday, November 6 and continue the tradition of supporting our schools. Wear green and DONATE at !

Reminder: Faculty and Friends Concert this Friday!
November 8, 2019, 7:00 pm, St. Charles Church in San Carlos
To purchase tickets, please visit
SWEAT for SCEF: Spin Class with Adriana Brea (mother of Martin, 7th and Nina, K)
First 24 to Sign Up. Friday, November 15, 9:30am
Drop off the kids, then drop into Uforia Studios Palo Alto for a 45 minutes dance-music inspired indoor cycling class lead by SCC mom Adriana Brea. Her REVOLUTIONS class is a party on a bike.  Whether you are a frequent rider, you've never tried it or it's been a long time, come sweat, take the heart for a ride and have a blast!! Shoes, towels and laughs included. Parents that ride together, stay fit forever! $45 (and counts toward your annual SCEF donations). Friday, November 15th 9:30am.

DANCE PARTY at The HUB RWC - Saturday, Nov.16
Enjoy a night of non-stop dancing to a great San Francisco DJ at The HUB in Redwood City (2650 Broadway@ El Camino Real) with plenty of room to chill, hang at the bar, nosh on pizza and snacks, and get your groove on as DJ ManCub spins some stellar dance tracks. Entry includes 1 drink ticket, pizza & snacks, sweets, and deep grooves. No-host bar available. Saturday, November 16. $85 donation counts toward your SCEF giving.
Co-Hosts: Christopher Kashap, Kerren Dempsey, Nina Shah, Tessa Solomon
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Healthy Cities Tutor Orientation and Training THIS THURSDAY! Healthy Cities recruits and needs volunteer tutors (adults especially) to work with students at all SCSD schools including our SCC students.
  • Click the button below for details on this training, basketball tryouts, and other upcoming community events!
  • Thanks to Heather Saffren-Bloom, Sadie Saffren (5th), and Coco Saffren (1st) for their tireless help and support to help enable this year’s Chili Cook-Off.
  • Darlene and Lindsay would like to thank Kripa Ghoman for a lovely Diwali celebration! 
  • A big thank you to Heather Saffren-Bloom, Roberta Marks, Melanie Roth and Karen Kaufman (5/6 PRT) for organizing treats for the 5/6 Writers Celebration. Also, thank you to all of the parents, grandparents, and community members that came out to appreciate all of the 5th and 6th grade writing. 
  • Thank you Mike Velasco for installing soap dispensers in every room! As usual he did an incredible, professional job.
  • A huge Jenga thank you to Alex Falls and Shane Rogers for their work on the life-size Jenga sets! They will be well-loved!  
  • Thank you Deena Bertolina for hanging learner's artwork in the office. The office staff loves how much it warms up the space.  
  • SCC appreciates Cindi Hunter for installing compost bins in all the bathrooms. 
  • If you enjoyed the spooky garlands making the office festive for the Halloween season, we have Shelley Black to thank! She donated bats, skeletons, and spooky eyeball garlands that really helped us get in the haunting mood. Thanks, Shelley!
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