SCC Weekly Newsletter: Oct. 21 - 27, 2019
The Chili Cook-Off is TONIGHT 4-7pm! Git On Over There!

The SCC Read-a-Thon kicks off this week on Monday, Oct. 21!

School photo retakes and sibling photos are THIS Tuesday, Oct. 22.
Director's Spotlight On... Our Halloween Carnival Tradition
I wanted to give our new families some advance notice and information about what is our oldest tradition here at SCC. Our very first year, when we were still in the office building on Harbor Blvd., the older learners (then only 4th, 5th, and 6th graders) put on a carnival for our one Kindergarten class. It was so successful that we have continued to have a Halloween Carnival, on or near Halloween, every year since. 

The 5th through 8th graders have complete responsibility for designing games and activities for the younger learners to enjoy. They work in teams to build and staff the games or activities. This is truly a learner-owned activity and I love seeing the creativity and design feats that they accomplish! 

This year the carnival will be on Halloween (Thursday, October 31) beginning at 10:45 AM and ending at 11:45 AM. We all change into our costumes before the carnival at break (so please do not have your child show up at school already in their costume). At about 10:30, starting with the K/1 classrooms, the younger learners parade through all of the classrooms, ending up in the Plaza, where the carnival is set up and ready to go! 

Parents with younger siblings are welcome and encouraged to attend. Parents have no responsibilities for this carnival although help with cleanup is always appreciated. There will be age limits on any of the activities that might be too spooky (like the haunted house), and there is at least one quiet activity room and lots of games that are little-people friendly.

So that everyone is able to have fun, we request that kids do not wear super scary or gory costumes because this is a K-8 event. Also, anticipating questions we get every year: Please do not bring any kind of weapon-like costume piece to school. Even if it is part of your child’s costume ensemble, we still respectfully ask that they save it for the door-to-door part of Halloween.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
Great CA Shakeout Drill a Grand Success!
We had our annual emergency exercise last Thursday, and the learners and staff did a speedy, quiet job evacuating and carrying out their tasks. The whole thing took 30 minutes from the initial announcement to a full all-clear, which is just wonderful.  Thanks to all involved in keeping us safe at Charter!
Chili Cook-Off
If you are reading this on Sunday before 7pm, then you'd best be shutting down your laptop or putting down your phone and gittin' on your best Western outfit for the 12th annual Chili Cook-Off!
It's TONIGHT at 4pm at Devil's Canyon, 935 Washington St, San Carlos, CA 94070

If you're not able to join us today, we're sorry we missed you. Check this space next week for a recap of the Cook-Off.
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
  • Book Fair Volunteers Needed: The Scholastic Book Fair will be Mon, November 4 - Thurs, November 7. We need volunteers to set up, take down and staff the fair. Class visits are included if you'd like to work during your learner's visit. Please sign up here.
  • We are in need of a handy volunteer to properly mount 20 new soap dispensers in the classrooms! This work can be done over the weekend or in the evenings, and will require knowledge of power drills and wall anchors. Please let Gwynne know if you're able and willing to help with this important task!
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
The 5/8 Rocket Seminar is still looking for a couple of items. 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 Dates
October 21 – Read-a-Thon kicks off!
October 27 – Online Book Fair opens!
November 4 – The Book Fair opens in the Library. Visit for schedule.
November 6 – Book Fair Family Shopping Night.
November 7 – The Book Fair closes at 1pm.
Learner Services Update
Laura McNabb , Director of Learner Services and Assistant Director
Over the past several weeks, the Learner Services team has worked collaboratively to define who we are, connect with learners, reimagine programming and brainstorm around how to identify learners who need additional support. To accomplish this work, the LS team came together for a 3-day retreat at the beginning of the year and meets regularly to reflect, refine, problem-solve and adjust course. 

From the LS team’s commitment to excellence, programming that is inspired by the learners is being realized. Education Specialists, Paraeducators and Specialists are supporting Learners in the general education classrooms, 1:1 in small groups in the Learning Lab, and in our new Program Within A Program model. The support learners receive is targeted, highly individualized and strategically crafted. Decisions about support are made collaboratively with stakeholders; clear, direct communication and transparency are crucial for everyone’s well being.  While all stakeholders might not always be on the same page, ensuring equity of voice and steadfastly maintaining a learner-first mentality are tenets the Learner Services Department upholds at all times.  

Looking ahead to the second installment in this series, I am excited to communicate about the work the LS Department has done in creating equity and process around intaking requests for learners that might need extra support. I have great confidence in, and am appreciative of, all of the support that is being provided to our learners by the LS team. This quality of support is critical in helping our learners succeed.
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
If you missed last week's Newsletter, please click HERE to read the important Educare announcement regarding Wednesday Same Day Drop-Ins.

November 1 Special Day - Skyline Ceramics Studio @ Educare
Last call to register for the Nov 1 Special Day at the Early Bird price of $85/learner. The price will go up to $100/learner this Wednesday (Oct 23) at 12:01 PM. For more information about the day please click HERE. Registration for the Special Day is via the Flex Plan calendar on EZChildTrack. Space is limited, so get your registrations in before it's too late! 
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Many parents want to believe that they are being efficient (and awesome) when they tackle more than one project or task at once. Dinner, homework help and texting? Check. The truth is that multitasking increases our stress level in a number of ways--we are more distracted, miss important information and feel more anxiety. Parents are more likely to lose their temper with the kids when they are multitasking! To break the cycle, and truly become more efficient read this article from the Washington Post. 

Join us on Tuesday at SCC to learn about anxiety. We will review ways to help children break the cycle of anxiety and avoidance. Adults only. This week you can also learn about puberty (Tue), and strength-based parenting (Wed and Thurs). For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
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 Faculty and Friends 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
Candy Buy-Back
Support Our Troops-Support Your School 
• Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office 
• When? Nov 1st – Nov 6th 
• Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF
• All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude.
Thank you to local dentists Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping
San Carlos Chickens' Ball
It wouldn’t be a show without song and dance! It wouldn’t be the Chickens' Ball without YOU!

Auditions at Heather School, San Carlos:
Thursday, Oct. 24, Check-in at 6:00 pm OR Saturday, Oct. 26, check-in at 10:00 am

To Sign up online, click here . Singers bring 16 Bars of music, please.

To watch our audition promotion video click here!
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Read about ROPES, VolunTEEN, Children's Business Fair Workshops & more below:
  • Yeeeeeee-Haw!! A big ole Charter THANK YOU to Jailbreakin' Josh and Cowboy Christopher (and their patient families) for all of the hard work they are putting into rustling up the herd for this year's incredible Wild Wild West Chili Cook Off! We're ever so grateful for every phone call, detail, and donation solicitation - their hard work and dedication make the event possible AND a whole heap-o-fun! And, better yet, the spoils ensure Charter will have chuck wagon fixins for the rest of the year.  As the cowboys say, "If you climb in the saddle, be ready for the ride." You both done rode that bull good! Thanks Josh Saffren and Christopher Kashap!
  • And the Oscar goes to...... Anna Axiaq, Katie Murphy, and Elysha Passeggi for helping us fulfill our creative dramatic roles during the Great Shakeout drill! We needed "upset parents" and they did a wonderful job in that role! Many thanks to the entire staff and all the learners for their eager participation and composure under pressure.
  • Thank you to the chaperones and drivers who attended the field trip last week with Darlene and Lindsay's classes.
  • Thanks to all who volunteered to chaperone the K/1 field trip last week!
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