SCC Weekly Newsletter: Sept. 16 - 22, 2019
REMINDER: Please make your PRT Voluntary Contributions by Wed, 9/18!
Director's Spotlight On... Emergency Preparedness
One important step in our school's emergency preparedness planning is that each year we
ask that you prepare an earthquake/emergency kit for your children to keep in their

We can’t stress enough how important these could be to your children if we do have an
earthquake or other emergency that requires us to shelter in place while school is in session. These kits are not designed to sustain a child for much more than several hours but can play an important role in their comfort during the wait. Please read the list and put together the kits for/with your children as soon as possible.  We would like all the kits in the classrooms by Friday, September 27. 

Below is a list of items to include in your child’s kit. Please send the following items in a
sealed freezer bag (one kit per child). Each bag should be labeled with your child's name and grade, plus the school year (e.g., 2019 -2020). Each bag should contain the following: 

  • A letter to your child for comfort
  • A picture of your family
  • 2 small bottles of water
  • 2 small cans/bags of meat/fish (e.g., beef jerky, tuna fish, etc.)
  • 4 nutritious snacks (Power Bars, dried fruit, fruit rolls, pudding, etc.)
  • A large garbage bag - to help keep dry and warm
  • Several napkins, paper towels or hand wipes

Please note that food should be nutritious, convenient, well-packaged, and suitable for non-refrigerated storage. It should be food your learner will enjoy and that will not require preparation. If you send items that must be eaten with a utensil, please make certain you also put a utensil in the bag.

Again, please send the earthquake kit to your child's classroom by Friday, September 27. Thank you for your cooperation with this!
Office News
Gwynne Rinker , Data and Operations Manager
Tech Team Members Needed!
We're recruiting and restructuring the Tech Team this year, and we're looking for a few good folks! As you likely know, we don't have an IT person or department here at Charter - but what we DO have is a huge community of knowledgeable volunteers. Our tech team is legendary in terms of what we're able to get done with so few resources, and we're looking for a few good additions!

If you have expertise/passion (or interest!) in any of these tech opportunities and would be willing to do a few of your volunteer hours helping our kids and educators have the best tech experience possible, please consider signing on to be on the email list where I throw out needs!

In most of these areas we already have a point person or persons, but many of them will soon be graduating, so it would be wonderful to fill our complement with folks who will be with us a while. 

Please email if you are interested in becoming a member of this dynamic and vital team!  
Chili Cook-Off
Chili Cook-Off
Chili Cook-Off: Sunday, October 20, 4pm-7pm, Devil's Canyon Brewing Company - Volunteer Now!!

The annual Chili Cook-Off ramps up in full force right after Dancing Under the Stars, so let's keep this brief:

Go to the SignUp right now: 

1) Volunteer as a Chili Team Leader. There are slots for each grade/combo, 2 vegetarian slots, and one "outlaw" chili for anyone who wants to compete as an independent

2) Volunteer for any of the over 150 tasks/dishes to bring

3) Volunteer to be a pie contestant. ***Anyone can bring pie for dessert but you MUST be officially signed up to compete*** First come/first served

Yee-haw! This is a big deal for Charter so be sure to do your part. Email with any questions, suggestion, or feedback from previous years. 
Volunteer Corner
Melissa May , Volunteer Coordinator
Volunteer Help Wanted
The K/1 classrooms need help with:
  • Taking the legs off of a table
  • Building 2 bookshelves
  • A plastic bin needs to be put together for the K-1 play yard
  • A broken bin taken to the dump
  • A bin in the K-1 play area needs the hardware re-attached so that we can lock it
If you can help with any of the above or have questions, please contact Melissa May .

The hot lunch team is looking for a volunteer to help out on Thursdays from 11:50-1:05 pm - either on a weekly or every-other-week basis. You’d earn double volunteer hours and $6.50 in ChoiceLunch credit. If you’re interested, please contact Akash Bijlani at (650) 248-9166 or email at  
Volunteer Jobs Still in Need
We are still seeking help with library and other tasks! See here for more information. :
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. Second, 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. Remember, if your volunteer hours are part of a SignUp, you do not need to log them separately. Thank you for your time and effort. 
Educare Happenings
Katie Hall & Desi Smith , Co-Directors of Educare
SCC Band I and Band II Music Program
Last week to register. Classes begin the week of September 23rd.
For more information about the program and to register, click here
Parent Education
Lorea Martinez , Parent Ed Liaison
Many students struggle when it comes to homework. Their stress tends to be exacerbated by three primary challenges: procrastinating, feeling overwhelmed and struggling to retain information. If this sounds like your child, you probably want to know how to support them now, so they can be more successful later on. Check out this helpful article with tools for each one of these primary challenges. 

Coming up this Tuesday, you can learn about the latest research in teen’s health, anxiety and depression. For details and more parent education events, click on the button below. Happy Parenting!
SCEF Update
Evening at TOWN tickets sold out in record time! 
You still have a chance to participate by joining in the TOWN Raffle .  The winner will choose from a grand prize of (1) 7-night accommodations at a luxury resort in Mexico or (2) a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith.

Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email to noting how many you would like and which item you would choose if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $50; 3 for $125 or 6 for $250.

Workplace Giving - Corporate Matching - Double Your Donation
Many Bay Area businesses support their employees through Workplace Giving programs. These companies give back by offering corporate matching programs for non-profit donations and opportunities for YOU to give back to your community via time, talent and money. Explore how your Workplace Giving program supports non-profits. Google, Genentech, Gilead and other major corporations will match your cash donation to SCEF. Many companies designate months where they double or triple your giving! In September, Wells Fargo employees can secure a match for their donations. Not sure if your workplace offers matching? Check now

Recurring Gifts
Would you like to spread your contributions to SCEF throughout the year? Please consider signing up for our monthly donation program. A $1,500 donation can be given as a $125 gift each month. Sign up for SCEF’s recurring gift program at SCEFKids/Donate.
Hot Lunch Information
Akash Bijlani , Hot Lunch Coordinator
ChoiceLunch has a new pizza vendor - NY Pizza! The feedback so far has been great - so give it a try! Also, don’t forget - Jamba Juice started last week and is now available as an add-on on Tuesdays and Thursday.

Please note : Our volumes have been well below where we were last year at this time, and volumes this year impact whether ChoiceLunch decides to keep SCC as a customer next year. We need to get our volumes up so that we can continue to enjoy hot lunch next year! Please click on the button below to order.
SCSD Musical
Join the SCSD Musical - Footloose
Kick off your Sunday shoes! It's time to register for the annual SCSD musical! All students in grades 4-8 are invited to join the cast of FOOTLOOSE. No experience is necessary and everyone who registers will be cast. Learners in grades 6-8 must attend a short, simple audition in order to be assigned roles. Learners in grades 4 and 5 will be members of the ensemble and do not audition.

Auditions: September 18-20
Rehearsals begin in October
Performances: January 22-26

Get more info and register now -
Greater San Carlos Community Information
  • Click the BLUE button below for information on joining the School Board, the upcoming STEM Fair for 5th-8th graders, San Carlos Day of Service, & more.
  • Thank you to Roberta Marks for organizing the BTSN staff/educator meals (funded by voluntary contributions) and to Jayne Lee, Jennifer Fung, Paige Scott and Becky Cook for helping clean up. It is so kind that the parents provide this and staff very much appreciates this opportunity to eat together!
  • Thank you to our Educators for informative Back-to-School Night sessions. 
  • Many thanks to Kelly Roberts and Renee Pawlak for covering our learner notebooks in Room 223 with contact paper. Their efforts will help keep our notebooks protected and the attached inspirational images preserved throughout the course of the year. We appreciate you!
  • Room 222 would like to thank Maggy Mendoza, Sara Paredes, and Christine Hahm for covering our notebooks so that the learners’ images will be preserved. 
  • We would like to thank Juan Sandoval for applying window film in the psych office and hanging a coat rack in the business office. The window looks perfect and the rack is hanging! Thank you for making this happen. 
  • A special shout out to Sara Peredes and Marie Wong for offering TB Assessments at Back-to-School Night. Offering assessment on campus makes it so easy for parents and is greatly appreciated. 
  • A wheelbarrow of thanks to Cindi Hunter for her ongoing work with the school garden(s). Your time and effort finding and securing donations and schlepping supplies from all over the peninsula is amazing. Thank you!
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