SCC Weekly Newsletter: Oct. 28 - Nov. 3, 2019
The Halloween Carnival is THURSDAY Oct. 31, 10:45-11:45am
The SCC Read-a-Thon has kicked off... log your reading time until Nov 4!
Director's Spotlight On... Loving Our Library!
If you haven’t visited the SCC library lately, I think you will be genuinely surprised to see how far it has come. Due to the hard work (and countless hours) of Emma Moore (our Librarian), Denise Drach (volunteer extraordinaire and ex-BA Librarian) along with our own Cindi Hunter (dedicated SCC parent), the space is welcoming and fully functional! The collection has been culled and curated, furniture and small spaces are available for seating choices, and the book check-out system is up and running.

The library is a happening place during the school day. Emma meets with all the K-4 classes in the library for each of their weekly classes, the 7/8 learners are there during learning lab time, it is open to learners everyday at lunch recess, it's a meeting space used for all grade level seminars, the quiet room in the back is used frequently for break-out space, and Emma has already hosted two author visits! It has quickly become a very positive (physical, academic, and emotional) space for our learners. 

One of the ways that we can support the library is to participate in our annual book fair. This year’s book fair is coming up and, if you are a dedicated reader of the newsletter, you already know the details. In case you missed the Library Corner article, I wanted to highlight a few things:

  • Read-a-Thon kicked off last week. Learners have two weeks to beat the challenge! See our Facebook page for details, and check out the Library Corner below for info on how to record hours. If the learners break the school-wide Read-a-Thon goal of 250,000 minutes, Emma and I will spend the night on the roof of the school!
  • Book Fair will be both online and onsite (in the library). See details for both below in the Library Corner announcements. 
  • The Book Fair is open in the evening of Nov. 6 for our Scholastic Book Fair Night Market. You can shop at the Vendor Fair as well as the Book Fair that evening. Emma and I will also announce the results of the Read-a-Thon challenge that night.

Why participate in the Book Fair? 100% of the proceeds from Book Fair are reinvested in our library program. This year we are really looking to update and expand our nonfiction collection with the funds raised. I hope that you all can join us in some way during this celebration of literacy.
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Miriam Peirano , Office Manager
FreshSchools Directory Live and Running
You should have already received an invitation to join FreshSchools for access to our online family directory. If you did not receive an invitation, please let Gwynne or Miriam know and it will be resent. FreshSchools allows you to update your own information and even to communicate with other folks in your classrooms. Feel free to poke around, post photos, use the chalkboard, and see what it can do!  Please note: Changing information in FreshSchools does NOT automatically update the official school records database . If you have an address or contact info change, please remember to send a quick email to Miriam at Thank you!

School Photos a Success!
You should have received a link from Still Light Studios for ordering your child's school portraits. Makeups have concluded, and those links should be sent within the week. If you have not received a link for one or more of your children, please check your spam folders and contact

Illness Season Has Arrived
We've had several learners out with strep throat this week across grade levels. Please remind your little ones to wash hands and not share water bottles. Classrooms have hand sanitizer and we're sanitizing the rooms like crazy, but the germies are still making the rounds. Stay healthy!
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 PE Department is looking for a volunteer to mount new cubbies in the boys' and girls' locker rooms. The cubbies have been built and just need to be installed.
  • We are now in need of plants for the 5 Senses Welcome Garden. Check the banner next to the office, remove a card and take it to the nursery to find the exact plant, or sign up here. Any size will do. Nurseries with large Native selections include Half Moon Bay Nursery, Yerba Buena Nursery and Golden Nursery. Please deliver your plant to the welcome garden near the wooden planter bed, so it will be cared for and planted. While in the garden, there is a large list of other tasks that still are waiting to be done if you are interested.
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
Book Fair Volunteers and Lost & Found Team members needed. See here for more information.
PRT Update
Save the Date : Next PRT meeting Thu, Nov 21st, 7-9pm
Library Corner
EmmaLou Moore , Library Specialist
The SCC Read-a-Thon is running now until Monday, Nov. 4!
Choose to record the minutes read on either the online form or a hard copy. Please submit your grand total the morning of Monday, November 4, 2019. Hard copies may be turned in to your classroom Educator.

The SCC Book Fair is now open online!
Campus Fair starts Monday, Nov. 4.
Campus Book Fair Dates: Monday, Nov. 4 - Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Shopping Hours:
  • Monday, Nov. 4th -- 7:45 - 3:15
  • 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!
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Would you like your children to be academically motivated and enjoy emotional wellbeing? Teach them self-compassion. Research shows that students who adopt a growth mindset thrive on challenges, show resilience in the face of obstacles and view failure as part of the learning process. Both self-compassion and growth mindset are robust responses to the inevitable ups and downs of life. “When we are self-compassionate, we remind ourselves ‘I am a human and the human condition is imperfect for all of us,' ” says Kristin Neff, self-compassion researcher and psychology professor at the University of Texas. Read this great article to learn how to teach self-compassion to your children. 

Thank you to Korah Guilar, SCC’s school psychologist, for an informative workshop about anxiety this week. If you missed it, check out these handouts from the session: Tips & Tricks for Talking with Anxious Learners and helpful resources. Our next SCC parent ed event will be a Parenting Book Club meeting, Nov. 14th at 7:15pm. We’ll be discussing Wholehearted Parenting by Joshua Freedman. 

Coming up this week, you can learn about why normal sucks and different does not mean deficit (Tuesday) with Jonathan Mooney. For details and more parent ed events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
The ChoiceLunch calendar is now open through the holiday break! There are several new entree and salad options. Don’t forget about favorites including Jamba Juice and New York Pizza. Don’t wait - get your orders in. 

Just another reminder that need to get our volumes up as they are well below where they were this time last year. If we don’t get our volumes up, ChoiceLunch may decide to drop us as a customer next year. So let’s get our volumes up so we can continue to enjoy hot lunch! Please click the button to order:
SCEF Update
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

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
Greater San Carlos Community Information
Click the BLUE button below for information on SCSD's 7th/8th Grade Boys' and Girls' Basketball Tryouts, upcoming local workshops and discussions, and performances featuring dancers from our own SCC community!
  • Thank you to the "K-1 Phonics Prep Team" parents in Gina's class for taking time on a Friday evening to help punch out ALL THOSE CARDS.
  • Thank you to all the K-1 parents who chaperoned for the Pumpkin Farm/Beach field trip!
  • Thanks to Dana Rechin, Katherine Sherman, Christina DiLauro & Kari Barcelo for organizing Anke & Sarah's field trip to the Mission San Juan Bautista.
  • The 7/8 staff and learners appreciate Erica Schemper for speaking with the 7th and 8th graders about the history, beliefs, and practices of Christianity and Patti Moskovitz for speaking about the history, beliefs, and practices of Judaism. Both were to help our learners understand the foundations of the faiths that shaped the history of Medieval Europe. 
  • The office wishes to thank Dena Koren for her tireless work creating and auditing the Family Folders! New families, be sure to stop by the office to see where your folder lives and check it for the very first time. This is a big job each year and we're so thankful for Dena taking it on.
  • Kari Barcelo deserves another big shout-out for wrangling siblings for sibling photos and retakes - again in the hot sun! Thanks, Kari for being such a wonderful partner in getting those kiddos where they needed to be!
  • Deena Bertolina has once again graced the office with learner art - it's so colorful and bright. Thank you, Deena, for the coordination and effort this takes!
  • Many thanks to Lorea Martinez for organizing a wonderful parent education opportunity and for providing yummy snacks at the event. Thank you to Korah Guilar for facilitating this helpful workshop and sharing her tips and tricks for communicating with anxious learners. The evening was relevant, meaningful, and appreciated.
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