SCC Weekly Newsletter: Oct. 14 - 20, 2019
The Chili Cook-Off is NEXT SUNDAY, October 20!
Director's Spotlight On... Curriculum at SCC
Back when I was in elementary and middle school, the curriculum in the core subject areas were driven by–and focused on–whichever textbooks the teacher was using. The only times that I can remember when experiences were not connected to the textbook in some way, were in my elective classes. As I have come to understand over my time here at SCC, a curriculum is more than that.

A curriculum is the sum of all of the content, resources, activities, experiences, instruction, and assessments that are used in each subject area. The goal of a curriculum is to help the learners develop knowledge, skills and competencies. Instruction or instructional practices are the various methods that are used to engage the learners in the different curricular areas (for example, project-based learning and readers and writers workshop are both instructional practices).

I think that when parents ask about our curriculum, they are most interested in what content is being taught in the various subject areas. Part of this is also the depth and breadth of the content (scope) and the order in which we are covering the subject matter (sequence). I also think that, embedded in questions about our curriculum, parents are looking to understand grade-level learning outcomes.

I share all of this to establish a common understanding of the different components of curriculum and to tease apart the more important aspects for us to focus on when communicating to parents. I will be discussing the topics of subject matter content, scope & sequence, and grade level expectations or outcomes in subsequent newsletter articles. Stay tuned…

On a final note, I hope that you are able to join us for the first Parent Education event of the year, which focuses on anxiety. Join us on October 22 for an interactive workshop taught by SCC’s school psychologist, Korah Guilar. For more details, and to sign up, click here.

We chose this topic as our first Parent Education focus because we are seeing such an uptick in anxiety in children here at SCC. We are not alone. According to the National Institutes of Health, nearly 1 in 3 of all adolescents ages 13 to 18 will experience an anxiety disorder. This is a big concern for parents and educators alike. If your children are dealing with anxiety, support them by teaching them how to manage their feelings, instead of protecting them from their triggers. For other tips to help your children with anxiety, check out this article by the Child Mind Institute. 
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Photo Retakes and Sibling Photos
Makeup day for school pictures will be next Tuesday, October 22nd, beginning at 8:30AM. If your learner was absent on photo day, please be aware that ALL makeup photos will be taken on this date. If they miss this day as well, there will be no other opportunity to have a retake done.

Sibling Photos will also be available on October 22nd for a sitting fee of $25. If you are interested in sibling photos, click here for important information and to sign up. Payment must be made prior to October 18.

The Great ShakeOut Drill
Each year we participate in a state-wide emergency exercise called "The Great California ShakeOut." This is a simulation and response exercise that began after the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989 to help schools prepare for "the big one." We carry out a detailed drill including duck-cover and hold, deployment of our various safety teams, building evacuation, and site and district-wide response procedures.  This drill will be happening on Thursday, October 17th at 11:00AM.  Please do not pull your learners at this time for appointments unless absolutely necessary.  You will not be allowed onto campus from 11:00-11:30AM and will be turned away at Dartmouth.  

This drill also helps Staff hone the existing Emergency Plan, refresh their understanding of their roles, and assure learners that we will take care of them in all types of events. Thank you for your support and understanding!

Support Portal Requests
FMX is Charter's Support Portal for Technology, Maintenance, and Room Scheduling requests. We've been rolling it out and have so far been really excited with the ease of use. If you have any of these needs (including email list account issues!), please go to and submit a new request following these instructions. This will be the most efficient way to get help with anything you need. 
Chili Cook-Off
The 12th Annual Chili Cook-Off
Sunday, October 20, 2019 4pm-7pm
Devil's Canyon Brewing Company

The 12th annual Chili Cook-Off happens in ONE WEEK. We are tracking at $55,000 against our $100,000 limit. Please donate now while you're reading this so you don't have to wait in line next Sunday to make your donation at Devil's Canyon while everyone else drinks beer and eats Chili. $320 suggested per learner and 100% of this money goes directly to Charter.

Here's some important information for next Sunday:

1. RSVP is for planning purposes. We need to estimate the number of attendees to ensure we have enough food and supplies. If you did not RSVP for some reason (direct company match for example) you can still attend!
2. Glitter tattoos are back this year thanks to the 6th Grade Girl Scout Troop 62452
  • $5 per tattoo cash only to cover costs
  • 2 tattoos per learner
  • Maximum of 3 colors
  • Tattoo booth schedule: 4:00pm-5:30pm and 6:00pm-6:45pm
3. NO more drink tickets: Buy beer ($7), wine ($9), and root beer ($2) from Devil's Canyon. They accept cash and credit cards, and you can open a tab for your friends and buy a round or three. Free lemonade and water provided
4. Chili popular vote: When you arrive, be sure you obtain a chili voting token for each member of your party who wants to vote. You vote by dropping your token in the jar representing the chili of your choice

Here are the donation statistics as of Thursday, October 10, 2019 ( great job by K moving from the bottom third to the top third. Look at 4 up top! Grades 5, 7, 8: get your cowboy boots on and step it up !)
Get ready for a heck of a party and for some surprises because this is the first time ever at Devil's Canyon and who knows what's in store?!!?

Jailbreakin' Josh
Cowboy Christopher
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
The K/1 Design Thinking seminar would love to solicit some making materials from the community for a snackbox redesign project. There will be a labelled box in the office this week (Monday - Friday) for collection. Please contact Isabel O'Meara with questions.
We need assorted:
  • Fabric swatches (~12"x12" -- nothing too small)
  • Ribbon
  • Yarn
  • Stickers
The Garden Team would like to thank everyone who has helped lug soil into the beds in the Welcome garden. If you have a few minutes on campus, please feel free to grab a bucket and shovel the last bit!
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
The 5/8 Rocket Seminar is still looking for a few items, especially loaner bike pumps . See here for more information on this and other jobs still in need.
Library Corner
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist
SCC Book Fair and Read-a-Thon
We are gearing up for SCC’s Book Fair with a Read-a-Thon, Online Book Fair, and Family Shopping Night. Details & Flyers will be sent home with Learners soon, but save these dates:
  • October 21 – Read-a-Thon kicks off! Learners have two weeks to beat the challenge! On your mark, get set, READ!
  • October 27 – Online Book Fair opens! Visit to shop for books and gifts. SCC earns 25% of your purchase from Oct 27 to Nov 9, which we can use to buy more books for the library! And new this year: Online purchases are shipped directly to your home.  
  • November 4 – The Book Fair opens in the Library. All learners will have opportunities to browse & buy (tip: you can set up an eWallet for your learner as early as October 21 to allow for no-cash shopping.) Parents are welcome to come in too – visit for hours & the classroom schedule.
  • November 6 – The Book Fair is open in the evening for Family Shopping Night. Stacy & Emma will announce the results of the Read-a-Thon challenge!
  • November 7 – The Book Fair closes at 1pm. You can still shop in the morning, and you can continue shopping online for 2 more days.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
Until otherwise noted, Educare will no longer be able to accept same day drop-ins on Wednesdays. This means if your child is not enrolled via the Parent Portal by 10 PM the night before, they will not be able to attend Educare on Wednesdays. Due to extremely high enrollment, on Wednesdays especially, we need to have a better idea of our numbers going into each week. We kindly ask that you take the time to set your calendars for the entire week by Sunday night, but at the very latest by 10 PM the night before.

At this time we are still accepting same-day drop-in requests for all other school days, but remember that these are only requests and are not guaranteed. Same day drop-in requests should only be used in cases of exigent circumstances and should not become habitual. 
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
A recent survey of 6,000 parents conducted by Sesame Street found that a majority of parents rarely, if ever, discuss race/ethnicity, gender, class or other categories of social identity with their kids. If families don’t discuss social identities at home, kids are left alone to make sense of the differences they see, with little more than stereotypes, television and guesswork to guide them. The key here is to have conversations with your children about these topics, so they are able to build a positive sense of identity, and be respectful of everyone else’s. Read more about the survey in this NPR article.

Coming up this week, you can learn about anxiety (Tue) and establishing healthy relationships with technology (Thurs), and/or attend the Innovative Learning Conference (Wed-Fri). And remember to sign up here for our SCC Parent Ed event on anxiety, October 22. For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation & Training for New & Existing Tutors
Join us and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School or Thursday, November 7, 6:30-8:30pm at Clifford School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem.
SCEF Update
TOWN event was a record-breaking success!
Thank you for your support of SCEF. Sunday’s Evening at TOWN broke all fundraising records for this event because of the generosity of our community. A huge THANK YOU to Greg St. Claire and his partners and staff for an amazing venue and meal. Shout-out to Roberta Marks, Tanya Lehman, Annie Ramirez, Debbie Blucher and Christopher Kashap for their behind the scenes work on the event and auction. SCEF relies on in-kind donations from local professionals and we would like to recognize graphic designer Adria Olender and printer Moquin Press for their in-kind donations putting together the TOWN program. Thank you to event photographer Lisa Noble for capturing the spirit of the evening! Photos and more can be found at

Do you work for Oracle?
If you work for Oracle, please sign in to the Oracle Volunteering Portal ( to log any volunteer hours at your school or with Healthy Cities tutoring. Keeping track of this volunteer information helps SCEF when we make our grant request to Oracle each year. The Oracle grant supports technology and professional development. 

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!
Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family. To purchase tickets, please visit
Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy, Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. 
Friday, November 8, 2019 - 7:00 pm
St. Charles Church in San Carlos
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the BLUE button below for information about ROPES (note new time for orientation meeting!), support for parents of students with special needs, Ghostbusters screening at the Youth Center, Chickens Ball, & More!
  • Deep thanks to Cindi Hunter for making our beautiful Garden Shed happen!
  • Deena Bertolina has come to the office as the Art Fairy once more, and we couldn't be more thankful for her efforts in collecting and curating the artwork we get to surround us each day!
  • Thank you to Jessica Burtis-Linderman for her hard work coordinating our new Welcome Garden!
  • Many thanks to the 3/4 educator team for hosting the overnight field trip meeting and to all the parents who attended!
  • Thanks to Chain Reaction Bicycles in Redwood City for donating bike valves to the 5-8 Air-Powered Rocket seminar. 
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