BA Blast Jan'20-Mar'20

 

March 15, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Distance Learning, March 16- March 27
  • Spring Break, March 30 - April 3
    Read-A-Thon , March 28 - April 5

 

Principal's Message

Dear Families -

As we all begin to process this disruption to our daily routines, I hope you find comfort in the small, sometimes overlooked, fortunes we have in our lives. This is a rare opportunity to spend time with our families that we would not, in other circumstances, be able to have. Though we may be feeling stress and anxiety, it is important to help our children process this change as well. This article focuses on how we can use family values to help guide conversations with children.  Our school psychologist has also shared another resource you might find helpful when talking to your kids.  

 

Brittan Acres campus and playground are now closed. We will only be open for staff and limited services only. Please remember that children are being asked to stay home because we are doing what we can to practice social distancing. This article reminds us of the importance of continuing this practice at home. It is also helpful to set up a routine that mimics a typical school day. This is a good resource that discusses how to create a learning environment at home. 

 

I first and foremost want to thank all of you for your patience as we figure out how to make some big changes.This week you will continue to receive a great deal of information from the district and our school. While our staff work on finalizing the plans, I encourage you to read, write in a journal, and practice math facts with your child. Teachers sent home materials on Friday but please don’t begin working on these until you hear from your child’s teacher with the plan for how to use them. If your child was not at school on Friday, I will  be sending an announcement with times for you to pick-up these materials for your child. We are all in this together and I thank you for your understanding as we work to provide you with the tools students will need to continue their learning. I am here to answer your questions along the way. 

Please stay safe and healthy,

Warmly, 
Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 
 
 

Jungle Book Fair is Postponed

Please update your calendars; our Jungle Book Fair has been postponed. Our Fair will now take place on May 26-29 just in time to stock up for summer reading. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility.

 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s Brittan Acres Yearbook!

It's time to order and personalize your child's BA yearbook! We are using TreeRing.com platform again this year to design and order our yearbooks. The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Final yearbooks will be delivered to your child’s classroom during the last week of school.

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover)
  • Deadline for Yearbook orders and completing custom pages: April 16, 2020
  • For New Students, create a TreeRing account online
     
     and order 
  • For Continuing Students who have purchased a yearbook before, order here
     
  • For more information or custom page instructions, visit BA’s Yearbook web page
     
  • For 3rd Grade Parents – it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by April 16th.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 

District News

Central Arroyo Needs You!

The PTA at Central Arroyo provides funding for teachers, student programs, and community building events every year. We meet monthly to hear updates from both principals, discuss relevant topics, and plan for the year. We need your help! Please join the team – we have many open positions that need to be filled and being on the PTA would be a great way to learn about both schools while helping them.

Please contact meganmiller5@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about open roles.

Walk Audits Have Been Postponed

Thank you to those of you have signed up to participate in a walk audit.

Measure N Parcel Tax Update

Measure N has bumped up to 71.83% yes votes as of March 13! Ballots are still being counted - the next semi-final results update will be on March 17 at 4:30 pm. Thank you San Carlos community!  You can check updates below

 

SCEF News

Fund-A-Need--YOUR help is needed!

Our 2020 Fund-A-Need supports STEM programs, Chromebook replacement and a shade structure at SCC. Your FAN gift will be magnified by a Dollar for Dollar match up to $65,000. There will also be prize drawings for gifts above $1,000. Visit Scefkids.org/fan2020 for more details.

 

Post-Gala Auction Sale

Visit the SCEF Gala event page

 
 for access to our post-auction website. Bid on new and post-auction items including SF Giants tickets and gift cards to the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley and the new Taurus Steakhouse on Laurel Street.

The best way to get your SCEF news is to follow us on Facebook @SCEFkids
 

Community Corner

Youth Center Spring Fling Dance Has Been Cancelled

The Youth Center Spring Fling Dance on Friday, March 20 has been cancelled.

Chicken's Ball 2020 Has Been Cancelled

We love our community and everyone who supports the Chickens’ Ball. For the safety of the performers, volunteers, musicians, technicians, and our wonderful audiences we have been directed to cancel all public performances of the 2020 Chickens’ Ball The Night They Invented Champagne. We will need your support more than ever!

Please consider a donation to the Chickens’ Ball to support the music and art programs in San Carlos public schools. For more information regarding this decision, see the San Mateo County Health Directive and the San Carlos School District’s COVID-19 FAQs.

 

TICKET HOLDERS
We hope you will consider converting your admission ticket to a donation to the music and art programs at the San Carlos schools. Your donation would be tax-deductible. All people who purchased tickets via Eventbrite will be contacted by email.

Healthy Cities Tutoring - POSTPONED

Social Emotional Learning and New Tutor Orientation, March 19, 2020

Does your child say, "I can't do this" or "It's too hard?" How do we help students overcome anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We are thrilled to have Matt Steinborn, School Psychologist in the San Carlos School District and Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer lead us in our learning. He will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and behavioral tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

  • March 19, 2020
  • Central Middle School Library
    • 6:30-7:00pm New Tutor Orientation
    • 7:00-8:30pm Social Emotional Learning Workshop
    • RSVP
       
       

Innovate this Summer and Support Your School!

Camp Galileo is hosting camp at your nearby school in San Carlos this summer! From now through April 12th, Galileo will donate $25 to the school or school's PTA for every family that enrolls at Camp Galileo. Galileo engages every kid with the perfect mix of hands-on learning and big summer fun. Supported by the boundless energy of the best staff around, campers from pre-K through 10th grade unlock their inner innovator, learning to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges.

  • New families, enter promotion code 2020SCHOOLREWARDS to get $50 off and a $25 donation to your school.
  • Returning families, we'll automatically donate $25 when you make a purchase (no need to enter a code). Be sure to enter YOUR SCHOOLS NAME during checkout in the camper info section.
  • Stack your savings- combine our March Spring Sale, Bring A Buddy and multi-week discounts
  • Scholarships available. Learn more at galileo-camps.com
     
     or 800-854-3684.

Rock Band Summer Camp with Hummingbird Music School!

At Rock Band Camp, campers are immersed in live music and performance, experiencing what it’s like to be in a rock band with fellow bandmates. Campers together form a band of approximately 5 musicians, choose songs and attend daily rehearsals under the guidance of their assigned counselor, participate in music workshops, and perform in a live showcase for family and friends at the end of the week.

Sign up to learn either guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass, or vocals. Campers should bring a lunch, and are welcome to either bring their own instrument or choose from a selection of provided instruments. Bands will be formed based on experience (all skill levels welcome), age, or friend requests.

  • Locations: Central Middle School, San Carlos
  • Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (with band showcase on Friday afternoon).
  • After Care provided until 6pm daily at an additional cost.
  • Ages: 5-14
  • Price: $550

Census 2020

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States through a national census. The 2020 Census gets underway in April and it is vitally important that every resident in the county be counted to secure federal funding for our schools & communities! The Census determines how the Federal government distributes nearly $700 billion a year to states and counties. Every residence will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the Census Questionnaire by April 1, 2020. Make sure someone in your household is responsible for filling out the form. It can be completed online, by phone or by mail in different languages. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page

 
 for more information.



 

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March 8, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • PTA Meeting, March 11, 8:30 am in library
    Abilities Awareness Week, March 16-20
    Book Fair Week, March 23-27
    Read-A-Thon, March 28 - April 5
  • Spring Break, March 30 - April 3

Principal's Message

Dear Families -

On Saturday, March 7, you received a message from Superintendent Harmeier on some revised policies due to guidance provided by the San Mateo County Health Officer. The district has a web page devoted to answering your FAQs

 
, with lots of helpful information. At Brittan Acres, we are taking every precaution to keep our students and staff safe, like we do every day, while at the same time keeping a calm, educationally focused environment in which students can continue to focus on learning and growing. We will continue with daily classroom activities, recess, lunch, PE and Music but there will be some changes to programs in order to limit exposure. At this time, we do not expect a school closure but we will be prepared for it in case it does need to occur.

 

As of now, we have cancelled all field trips that were planned for the next three weeks. This includes the 2nd grade theater performance, Cantor Museum trips, and the 3rd grade field trips to Elkus Ranch. There might also be changes to SCEF teacher auction events as many of these involved off campus activities in a large group setting. Although this is disappointing for both teachers and students, we feel that it is better to be overcautious at this time. We will also be scaling back some of our activities planned for Ability Awareness Week, March 16-20th and the Book Fair, March 23-27th and limiting parent volunteers on campus. SMARTE and Belmont after school will continue to be open as they are considered essential for our families. I will be meeting with teachers this week to discuss additional changes that might need to occur. We will keep you updated on these changes. 

In addition we have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting of all classroom and campus surfaces that are touched frequently. Both Sebastian and Fernando and additional cleaning staff, spent this weekend wiping down door handles, sinks, desks, light switches, water fountains, and other commonly touched surfaces. They will continue to disinfect classrooms every other day on an A/B schedule. We will also continue to reinforce hand washing practices prior to recess and lunch. 

I know that this is a stressful time for some of you, but please know that the risk is still very low. We are taking every precaution and our teachers are focused on teaching and keeping a calm environment to reduce any anxiety that students might be feeling. If your child is sick, with a cough, sneezing, fever, vomiting, etc. then please keep them home, but otherwise, school is the best place for them to be right now. If you have any additional concerns or questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Curriculum Corner 

Third graders are currently learning about fractions. We explored fraction tiles and learned to make equivalent fractions using three different methods. Can your third grader come up with an equivalent fraction for you? How can you tell if a fraction is equivalent? (Hint: you can draw a picture, you can compare number lines, or you can cross-multiply to check) Students learned about fractions in their simplest forms and are currently working on comparing fractions. This is a tricky unit and we're utilizing our grit to stick with these new ideas about numbers.

 

 
 

Our Jungle Book Fair is Coming!

Lion, Tigers and Books, Oh My! For the week of March 23-27 our beautiful BA library will transform into a Jungle Book Fair! Each student will visit the Fair with their classroom to purchase books. This is a wonderful opportunity to stock up on books for our Read-A-Thon which begins during Spring Break. And don't forget that 50% of all purchases made at our Fair are rewarded back to our library and PTA!

Family Night: Wednesday, March 25- has been CANCELED.

 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s Brittan Acres Yearbook!

It's time to order and personalize your child's BA yearbook! We are using TreeRing.com platform again this year to design and order our yearbooks. The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Final yearbooks will be delivered to your child’s classroom during the last week of school.

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover)
  • Deadline for Yearbook orders and completing custom pages: April 16, 2020
  • For New Students, create a TreeRing account online
     
     and order 
  • For Continuing Students who have purchased a yearbook before, order here
     
  • For more information or custom page instructions, visit BA’s Yearbook web page
     
  • For 3rd Grade Parents – it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by April 16th.

If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 

Pajama Drive

Help all children get a good night’s sleep. Donate new or clean, gently used children’s pajamas, new children’s socks, toothpaste and/or toothbrushes through Monday, March 16th. Donations will go to the Samaritan House where they lead the fight against poverty in San Mateo. They are out of pajamas and are very excited about our drive to help replenish their stock. Drop off donations in the bins either in the library or the office.
 

Spring Clean Up Team Needed

Every Spring and Fall we come together to maintain and beautify the BA campus. We are looking for a small team of people to organize and run Spring Clean Up Day on April 19. You'll have an experienced Clean Up leader to work with, so you won't have to reinvent the wheel. But we need 2 - 3 additional leaders to step forward to help plan the clean up day and see it through on the 19th. This is a rewarding day that makes such a difference for our school. Ready to help? Contact Emily Kates for more information.

 

District News

Ability Awareness Week - March 16-20

The mission of Ability Awareness week throughout the San Carlos School District is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities.

Students will be engaging in various activities throughout the week giving them a chance to experience what it is like to complete a basic task while having a learning or developmental difference. Students will all have a set of common experiences through activities already taking place on campus to spark discussion, increased understanding and compassion.

Some of the highlights of what happening District wide next week are:
- Support Autism Awareness on Thursday, March 19 by wearing light blue!
- Support World Down Syndrome Day on Friday, March 20 by wearing fun socks!

Ability Awareness week is organized by the SCSD Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) and supported by your PTA Coordinating Council as well as outside sponsors in our Community.

Riley Run 2020

This year’s Riley Run will be on Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 pm on the upper playground of Brittan Acres. Riley was a friend and classmate of many San Carlos students and we gather every year to honor him. We have a 5K walk/run around San Carlos and all proceeds from the $25 registration fee go to his two favorite charities – Camp Taylor and Children’s Heart Foundation. Riley would have been a junior in high school this year.

Please join us on this special day. For more information, please contact us at rileyrun1101@gmail.com. The deadline to register and to receive a shirt is March 19 but there is no deadline to simply participate.

Central Arroyo Needs You!

The PTA at Central Arroyo provides funding for teachers, student programs, and community building events every year. We meet monthly to hear updates from both principals, discuss relevant topics, and plan for the year. We need your help! Please join the team – we have many open positions that need to be filled and being on the PTA would be a great way to learn about both schools while helping them.

Please contact meganmiller5@gmail.com if you are interested in learning more about open roles.

Walk Audit Volunteers and Input Needed

Your input is needed! Please sign-up using the Google Form link to meet for a walkabout during school commutes with District staff, City officials, and the engineering consultant team to observe school commute conditions. We need 5-10 volunteers per school site. Information gathered during this meeting will help develop a suggested Routes to School map and recommendations for improvements - https://forms.gle/DFhHyXDK83kpUjUp6

 

Dates for the walk audits will be:

 

  •  White Oaks-3/18
  • Heather- 3/19
  • Arroyo/Central-3/24
  • Brittan Acres-3/26
  • Mariposa/TL/SCC- 4/23

Measure N Parcel Tax Update

The San Carlos School District would like to thank our community for supporting our local public schools. As of Friday evening, our Measure N parcel tax had 70.34% yes votes. We are encouraged to see the results and are cautiously optimistic, as there are still many ballots to be counted and we need at least two-thirds (66.6%) yes votes to pass.

The next election result update will be tomorrow, March 9th at 4:30 p.m. Results may be found on the County Website

 

We are so grateful for the support of our San Carlos community!



SCEF News

Thank you, THANK YOU!

A BIG thank you to our teachers, educators, staff and administrators who donate their time and creativity for our online teacher auction. Over $120,000 was raised--amazing! We appreciate the local businesses who supported the auction efforts: Paxti’s, Maverick Jack’s, Blue Line Pizza, Mountain Mike’s, Costco, Target, Laurel Street Arts, Laser Quest, Lulu's on Laurel and Gelataio. And always a thank you to the businesses that support SCEF year-round

 

Dwell Challenge Grant matches First Time Donations $1-for-$1

The partners at DWELL Realtors will match any new donations to the SCEF annual fund between February 1 and March 31, 2020, up to $50,000! Dwell Partner, Alana Corso says, “As a parent of 3 children in San Carlos schools, I see firsthand how SCEF works every day to benefit every child in every classroom. We benefit from small classes, amazing music instruction, quality time with librarians, social-emotional support and many other programs. With chronic underfunding from the state of California, the funds SCEF provides help ensure our kids have a well-rounded, robust education."

Find out more

 
 at and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact - scefkids.org/donate
 


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Community Corner

Youth Center Spring Fling Dance - Mar 20

The Youth Center will be hosting a 6th/7th/8th grade Spring Fling Dance on Friday, March 20 from 7:30-9:30 pm. The Dance will feature FREE pizza, snow cones, henna and games!

For more information and to purchase your ticket, visit: bit.ly/springflingdance

 

 

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser March 13-15, 20-22

You could be the key to arts education for your child! Gather your friends together and enjoy a night out of live entertainment full of music and laughs! Steeped in Barbary Coast history, the Chickens’ Ball variety show district wide school fundraiser is not to be missed!

Show dates March 13-15, 20-22, 2020 at Mustang Hall, Central Middle School

Buy tickets at www.chickensball.org

 

 

Healthy Cities Tutoring: Social Emotional Learning and New Tutor Orientation, March 19, 2020

Does your child say, "I can't do this" or "It's too hard?" How do we help students overcome anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We are thrilled to have Matt Steinborn, School Psychologist in the San Carlos School District and Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer lead us in our learning. He will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and behavioral tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

  • March 19, 2020
  • Central Middle School Library
    • 6:30-7:00pm New Tutor Orientation
    • 7:00-8:30pm Social Emotional Learning Workshop
    • RSVP here
       

Galileo Summer Camp - Registration Now Open!

Galileo Innovation Camps for Pre-K – 10th Graders
Galileo engages every kid with hands-on projects that teach design-thinking and problem-solving skills, all wrapped in big summer fun. Energetic, inclusive staff and world-class curriculum make for a summer that K-8 kids love.

We believe in Innovation For All:

  • In appreciation for those that work so hard to serve our communities, Galileo now offers an automatic 25% discount to families of school, non-profit, and government workers. This brings the price of our program down to that of a typical parks and recreation program. Visit our website to get discount codes and learn more.
  • Additionally, we are awarding 15,000 scholarships to K-8th grade students who need additional help to attend our program. It’s a simple 5-minute application and we offer something to everyone. We encourage you to refer families who may benefit from this program.
  • Learn more on our website
     
     or 800-854-368

School Garden Leaders Workshop - Mar 21

We hope to see you at our Spring workshop.

  • Saturday, March 21, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Arroyo School
  • Featured topics:
    • Garden activities with young kids
    •  Classroom management in the garden
    • Curriculum sample for Middle School
    • Spring garden foods for kids

Come to learn, be inspired and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! Sign up here

 

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March 1, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • San Car-Less Day,  March 4
  • PTA Meeting, March 11 in library- 8:30 am
    Abilities Awareness Week, March 16-20
    Book Fair Week, March 23-27
    Book Fair Family Night, March 25, 5-7pm
  • Read-A-Thon, March 28 - April 5

Principal's Message

Dear Parents -

Wow! We were so lucky last week with the spring weather. It was great to see so many parents walking to school and enjoying the beautiful days. The students love to get outside during recess to work on the 5 C’s in a more unstructured environment. I enjoy watching the students find their own personal passions at recess. These include soccer, football, basketball, wallball, tag, building fairy houses, playing on the play structure and talking with friends. With a generous donation from the PTA, we are excited to be replacing the basketball backboards in a few short weeks. This will cause part of the playground to be shut down for a few days but the new backboards will be worth this inconvenience. 

Read Across America Day, also known as Dr Seuss Day, is a yearly observance in the USA and is held on Monday, March 2nd. Students will be participating in lots of reading activities in their individual classrooms. If you want to explore some Dr. Seuss resources at home for students, please visit Seussville.com.

 

Pick-Up
Overall pick-up has vastly improved since the beginning of school but I’m still finding some vehicles left unattended in the loading zone during critical pick-up times so I thought some reminders about our policies would be helpful for all of us.

  1. Pick up your child in the Loading Zone only (White curb)

  2. Always use the crosswalks to cross the street.  Do not cross in the middle of the street! Students follow your example.

  3. If your child is not ready to be picked up, please do not exit the vehicle. 

  4. Do Not leave your car unattended in the Loading Zone during pick-up.  Please remind grandparents and nannies that they can not park by the white curb during pick-up.

  5. Cars may be parked in the loading zone between 9:30-2:20, if you are volunteering or need to drop something off. However, please make sure you move or return to your vehicle by 2:20.  

  6. Please supervise your children once you have picked them up. Students are playing with balls near the street, climbing trees, and pulling boards off the fence at an adjacent property. Be kind to our neighbors and make sure our students are following the school rules of being respectful, responsible, and safe even after school has been dismissed.

With everyone’s help and cooperation we can make this a success.

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Pajama Drive

Help all children get a good night’s sleep. Donate new or clean, gently used children’s pajamas, new children’s socks, toothpaste and/or toothbrushes through Monday, March 16th. Donations will go to the Samaritan House where they lead the fight against poverty in San Mateo. They are out of pajamas and are very excited about our drive to help replenish their stock. Drop off donations in the bins either in the library or the office.

 

Curriculum Corner 

The first graders have been immersed in a Project Based Learning (PBL)  about polar bears. They have studied the attributes of polar bears and their habitat.  In conjunction with the study of the polar bear habitats, they have learned about global warming and its effects on these animals. They have also worked to determine what they can do to help these beautiful creatures.  The first graders have begun a campaign to "Adopt a Polar Bear" through the World Wildlife Federation (WWF).  This solutionary PBL helps students to be critical thinkers and problem solvers. The students worked in teams to create beautiful posters advertising our fundraising project. Please look for them around the school!

 

Volunteers Needed: Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival

The Brittan Acres PTA is proud to offer the Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival from The Lawrence Hall of Science at our school on Tuesday, March 3rd! This festival is designed to give students a free-flowing, hands-on experience with applied engineering.

Volunteer for this exciting, educational and FUN event! Each table/station will have a different activity and challenge involving the elements of building, designing and testing, and as a volunteer you’ll be in charge of one of them.

We need volunteers during each of the three sessions:

  • 8:30am-9:15am: Gr 2 - 3 (Chan, Liner)
  • 9:25am-10:10am: Gr 1-2 (Corea, Mencher)
  • 10:20am-11:00am: Gr TK - K

We are limited to only 14 volunteers per session so don't miss this chance to be a part of this hands-on science festival! 

 

Volunteer Spot: Ability Awareness Week

Brittan Acres and other schools in the SCSD will be celebrating Abilities Awareness Week (AAW) on March 16-20. AAW is a district wide aimed to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities. On Wed, March 18, Brittan Acres will be setting up a rotation of simple activity stations during PE and we need volunteers to help with manning the activity stations.

We are looking for 5-10 volunteers during each of the sessions on Wed, March 16:

  • 8:30 - 9:15 am (2nd grade)
  • 3rd: 9:15 am - 10 am (3rd grade)
  • 10:15 - 11 am (1st grade)
                • 11-11:45 am (Kindergarten)

Other March Volunteer Opportunities

 

San Car-LESS Day Is Coming March 4th!

Walking, scootering, and biking to school is a great way to improve our community, our environment, and our bodies. In an effort to keep fewer cars on our roads and to encourage healthy habits, we celebrate San Car-LESS Days on the first Wednesday of every month. Please consider leaving enough time in your morning routine to walk, scooter, or bike to school with your child this week, or carpool if driving is required. Every child who participates earns a little "foot" token to wear on their backpack. Kids often express pride as their collection grows over the course of the year. Volunteers will be handing out the tokens to those kids who walk, scoot, bike, or carpool to school. Please contact tawnya.elrod@gmail.com if you have a student group that wants to participate. Thanks to everyone for helping to improve our school community, our environment, and our bodies!

 

March Teacher Appreciation Lunch

Brittan Acres PTA will host a soup and chili staff lunch on Wednesday, March 11 and we need your help! Have our teachers sipping once, sipping twice by signing up to bring a soup/chili, side, toppings or dessert.

 

Volunteer for the 2020 Chickens' Ball Concessions

You could be the key to arts education for your child! Volunteer for the 2020 Chickens Ball! Ceramics classes, new instruments, murals, assemblies...so many life changing school programs are funded by this San Carlos tradition. Parent volunteers are needed to sell concessions at any one of the seven performances in March.

Please sign up Wear BA Bruins spirit wear or borrow one of our feather boas! Can't volunteer and still want to be a part of the show? Get your tickets on our website at chickensball.org

 

2020 Kinder Ambassadors Needed

We're looking for two kindergarten ambassadors to organize/host two summer play dates for incoming kindergarten families. The play dates will be held at the kindergarten playground. As a Kinder Ambassador, you will be a resource to help these incoming families by answering questions and getting them acquainted with Brittan Acres. Interested in helping new families get into the BA groove? Please contact Jaclyn Grayson for more information.

 

Save The Date: Our Book Fair is Coming!

Lions, Tigers and BOOKS, Oh My! SAVE THE DATE- our annual Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our BA library March 23-27th. Stock up on reading options for our upcoming Read-A-Thon while supporting our school- a huge 50% of your purchases are rewarded back to our school library and PTA! Our Family Night event will take place on Wednesday, March 25th from 5-7 pm, when families can shop the Fair together, enjoy a free pizza dinner (while supplies last) in the MU and take a selfie with none other than Dog Man himself. Help us make this Fair the best yet! We've also got many volunteer opportunities

 

District News

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

Tuesday, March 3rd is Election Day lue of keeping programs like STEM, art, and music is unmeasurable. Now as a new grandparent, I know my grandchildren will have well-rounded educations in the San Carlos schools because of SCEF.”

Thank you to Dwell partners Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke. Find out more and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact.

Donate
 

Gala News

Lucky on Live: Everyone is invited to participate in our Lucky On Live raffle for the chance to win your choice of one of the BIG auction items! See our primer on the LOL raffle at www.scefkids.org/news

 
. To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org. Volunteers Needed: Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate? We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with check-in and other tasks.
Community Corner

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser in March!

You could be the key to arts education for your child! Gather your friends together and enjoy a night out of live entertainment full of music and laughs! Steeped in Barbary Coast history, the Chickens’ Ball variety show district wide school fundraiser is not to be missed!

Show dates March 13-15, 20-22, 2020 at Mustang Hall, Central Middle School 

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Social Emotional Learning and New Tutor Orientation, March 19, 2020

Does your child say, "I can't do this" or "It's too hard?" How do we help students overcome anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We are thrilled to have Matt Steinborn, School Psychologist in the San Carlos School District and Certified Advanced Nurtured Heart Approach Trainer lead us in our learning. He will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and behavioral tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

  • March 19, 2020
  • Central Middle School Library
    • 6:30-7:00pm New Tutor Orientation
    • 7:00-8:30pm Social Emotional Learning Workshop
RSVP
 

Galileo Summer Camp - Registration Now Open!

Galileo engages every kid with hands-on projects that teach design-thinking and problem-solving skills, all wrapped in big summer fun. Energetic, inclusive staff and world-class curriculum make for a summer that K-8 kids love.

We believe in Innovation For All:

  • In appreciation for those that work so hard to serve our communities, Galileo now offers an automatic 25% discount to families of school, non-profit, and government workers. This brings the price of our program down to that of a typical parks and recreation program. Visit our website to get discount codes and learn more.
  • Additionally, we are awarding 15,000 scholarships to K-8th grade students who need additional help to attend our program. It’s a simple 5-minute application and we offer something to everyone. We encourage you to refer families who may benefit from this program. Information on our website. Learn more
     
     or 800-854-368

The Next Big Think - Mar 15

Tickets now available! San Mateo County Event Center. STEM Fair. Arts Expo. Districts Showcase. Solutionary Expo. And Much More!

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) invites you to join us this spring for our upcoming learning extravaganza: The Next Big Think! This FREE public event promises to be our county’s largest-ever gathering of students, parents, educators, and learners of all ages. New to this year’s event: Our first-ever Solutionary Expo - All students and classes are invited to submit their solutions to global and local problems. Go beyond the tri-fold board - projects can be a poster, video, website, comic, podcast, however your students are inspired to share their solutions with others!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the San Mateo County Event Center on March 15th — with so much to see and do, you’re guaranteed to learn something new! FREE Tickets available

 

We hope to see you at our Spring workshop. Saturday, March 21 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Arroyo School Featured topics: - Garden activities with young kids - Classroom management in the garden - Curriculum sample for Middle School - Spring garden foods for kids Come to learn, be inspired and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! Sign up here

 

 

School Garden Leaders Workshop - Mar 21

We hope to see you at our Spring workshop.

  • Saturday, March 21
    • 9:00 am-12:00 pm, Arroyo School
  • Featured topics:
    • Garden activities with young kids
    • Classroom management in the garden
    • Curriculum sample for Middle School
    • Spring garden foods for kids

Come to learn, be inspired and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! Sign up here

 

Census 2020

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States through a national census. The 2020 Census gets underway in April and it is vitally important that every resident in the county be counted to secure federal funding for our schools & communities! The Census determines how the Federal government distributes nearly $700 billion a year to states and counties.

Every residence will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the Census Questionnaire by April 1, 2020. Make sure someone in your household is responsible for filling out the form. It can be completed online, by phone or by mail in different languages.

Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information

 

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February 23, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Spirit Day, Feb 28
  • San Car-Less Day, March 4
  • PTA Meeting, March 11
    Abilities Awareness Week, March 16-20
    Book Fair Week, March 23-27
    Book Fair Family Night, March 25, 5-7 pm
 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents -

I hope you had a relaxing Presidents’ week holiday and had a chance to spend some quality time as a family. I can’t believe that we are almost into March. This is a busy time of year but one filled with a lot of learning and growth in our students.

Pajama Drive
Help all children get a good night’s sleep. Donate new or clean, gently used children’s pajamas, new children’s socks, toothpaste and/or toothbrushes starting Monday, February 24th  through Monday, March 16th. Donations will go to the Samaritan House where they lead the fight against poverty in San Mateo. They are out of pajamas and are very excited about our drive to help replenish their stock. Drop off donations in the bins either in the library or the office. 

Panorama Survey
Please look for the San Carlos Strategic Plan survey in your email inbox beginning Tuesday, February 25, 2020.  The survey will be sent to you via the School Messenger System. Please fill out one survey per student, per school. 

The Strategic Plan Survey is an essential part of our school and district improvement process. We use results annually to measure progress and set goals aligned to our Strategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan

 

Families, teachers, and staff members will complete surveys, as well as students in grades 3-8. Results will be shared with principals, school staff, parent leadership groups, Superintendent Harmeier, and the Board of Trustees. As always, your responses remain anonymous. 

Last school year, we collected responses from approximately 48% of district families across our schools.  Approximately 49% of Brittan Acre School’s families responded. This year, we hope to hear from more families. When you receive the email from Panorama Education, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.  We want to know how you think we’re doing!

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Parent Advisory Committee - Need Brittan Acres Parent Representative

All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2020 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC).  The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback on goal development and on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process. 

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PAC, please contact sfast@scsdk8.org.

  • March 19: 9:00- 10:00am

  • April 22: 9:00- 10:00am

  • May 7: 9:00- 10:00am

 

Curriculum Corner 

Updates from Transitional Kindergarten

TK has been busy learning all about penguins this winter! We read all kinds of penguin books, and discussed the difference between reading penguin books for fun, and reading penguin books for information. We experimented with “blubber gloves “to see how penguins keep warm in icy water, we practiced passing “eggs” to each other the way penguin mommies and daddies do, and we researched penguin facts to make our own penguin fact book.

 

Volunteers Needed: Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival

The Brittan Acres PTA is proud to offer the Build, Engineer, Invent! Festival from The Lawrence Hall of Science at our school on Tuesday, March 3rd! This festival is designed to give students a free-flowing, hands-on experience with applied engineering.

Volunteer for this exciting, educational and FUN event! Each table/station will have a different activity and challenge involving the elements of building, designing and testing, and as a volunteer you’ll be in charge of one of them.

We need volunteers during each of the three sessions:

  • 8:30am-9:15am: Gr 2 - 3 (Chan, Liner)
  • 9:25am-10:10am: Gr 1-2 (Corea, Mencher)
  • 10:20am-11:00am: Gr TK - K

We are limited to only 14 volunteers per session so don't miss this chance to be a part of this hands-on science festival! 

 

Volunteer Spot

March Volunteer Opportunities

 

Volunteer for the 2020 Chickens' Ball Concessions

You could be the key to arts education for your child! Volunteer for the 2020 Chickens Ball! Ceramics classes, new instruments, murals, assemblies...so many life changing school programs are funded by this San Carlos tradition. Parent volunteers are needed to sell concessions at any one of the seven performances in March.

Please sign up Wear BA Bruins spirit wear or borrow one of our feather boas! Can't volunteer and still want to be a part of the show? Get your tickets on our website at chickensball.org

 

District News

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Upper Elementary Tours are Coming up!

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Arroyo Tours are Coming up! Current 3rd grade families, are you excited to learn more about what our 4th and 5th grade students do in upper elementary school? Student-led tours are available now. Come see our Project-Based Learning, Reader's/Writer's Workshop and enrichment opportunities for your students. Sign up is limited, so reserve your spot now.

  • Arroyo Tours
    • 8:45-9:30am
    • Wednesday, Feb 26 | Friday, April 17
    • Sign Up
       
       
  • Mariposa Tours
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Friday, February 28 | Wednesday, April 15
    • More Info 
       

Attendance Reminder!

Student absences impact learning and achievement. In one year the typical amount of absences is six days. When students are absent 10% of the school year or 18 days, they are considered chronically absent. In addition to loss of instruction, absences impact our funding as it is based on Average Daily Attendance Funding Formulas. Please make an effort to get your child to school on time every day to avoid disruption to the classroom and take vacations during scheduled instructional breaks. The 2020-21 calendar was adopted by the SCSD Board and can assist in planning for next year. When students are sick with a fever or vomiting, they should stay home until symptom free for 24 hours. Please be sure to call the office to report absences.

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

On Friday, February 7th the school district was notified by Mark Church, San Mateo County Chief Elections Officer, that due to a ballot misprint by the Elections Division’s printing vendor, 257 voters in our school district received a ballot that did not include the San Carlos School District’s Measure N Parcel Tax Measure.

We want to make sure voters are aware of the error and ask them to look for their new ballot and return it before March 3rd. Our last measure narrowly passed in 2015 by 110 votes and parcel taxes require a supermajority of 66.67% for passage.

Replacement ballots with the correct information were mailed on Saturday, February 8th to the affected voters, together with a notice explaining what happened. The District also sent home a letter to the affected voters on Friday, February 14th to make them aware of the error. If voters have already returned the first or incorrect ballot, it will be discarded when a replacement ballot is received.

 

SCEF News

Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors

The partners at DWELL Realtors will match any new donations to the SCEF annual fund between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000!

Dwell partner Laura Bertolacci is a life-long resident of the Peninsula and proud supporter of SCEF. "My children grew up in San Carlos and we always saw the benefit that SCEF provided. The value of keeping programs like STEM, art, and music is unmeasurable. Now as a new grandparent, I know my grandchildren will have well-rounded educations in the San Carlos schools because of SCEF.”

Thank you to Dwell partners Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke. Find out more

 
 and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact.
Donate
 

Gala News

Lucky on Live: Everyone is invited to participate in our Lucky On Live raffle for the chance to win your choice of one of the BIG auction items! See our primer on the LOL raffle at www.scefkids.org/news

 
. To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org. Volunteers Needed: Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate? We are looking for a few good volunteers to help with check-in and other tasks.
 

Community Corner

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunity- Feb 27

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending. All parent education events can be found here

 
 

Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens

  • Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
  • 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

You're Invited to SCSD Day at Stanford Men's Basketball Mar 1

All SCSD students and families are invited to join the fun at Stanford University's Maples Pavilion for the Stanford Men’s Basketball home finale on Sunday, March 1 at 3:00pm. Tickets start at just $10 each.

To place your order at the discounted group price, please visit GoStanford.com/promo-code

 
 and enter: SCSD Be sure to arrive early for the Ice Cream Party from 2pm-2:45pm, and after the game all kids will take the court to shoot free-throws!

 

As an added bonus, if 50+ tickets are purchased through the promo code, all SCSD students will receive a free Stanford T-Shirt. Feel free to share this promotion with others (you don't have to be a current student at SCSD to participate.)

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser in March!

You could be the key to arts education for your child! Gather your friends together and enjoy a night out of live entertainment full of music and laughs! Steeped in Barbary Coast history, the Chickens’ Ball variety show district wide school fundraiser is not to be missed!

Show dates March 13-15, 20-22, 2020 at Mustang Hall, Central Middle School 

 

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February 9, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • PTA Meeting, February 12: Agenda
  • Kindness Week, February 10-14
  • Presidents' Week Holiday, February 17-21
  • Spirit Day, February 28
 

Principal's Message

Why does kindness matter? This week is Kindness Week.  Every day this week at Brittan Acres, we will be highlighting several different ways students can be kind.  In preparing for this week, a colleague shared this article, Here’s Why Kindness Matters, According to Science,  from BuzzFeed about how scientists have studied the positive effects of kindness. Kindness is important and something that we strive for in our community here at Brittan Acres. 

 

Below is a list of what we will be doing at school this week. Maybe you can use this as a way to have a conversation around all the different ways we can be kind.  

  • Monday- Be Kind, Include Others

    Daily Challenge: On the playground today, show kindness by asking someone to play with you and help others feel included.
  • Tuesday- Be Kind, Appreciate Others

    Daily Challenge: Show appreciation to your teacher, principal, counselor, custodian, secretary or any other BA staff member.. Saying thank you to them is a simple act of kindness which will make you feel better inside.
  • Wednesday- Be Kind, Share a Smile

    Daily Challenge: Count how many smiles you can give other people today and how many you get back. By sharing smiles, we can help fill other people’s buckets!
  • Thursday- Be Kind, Fill Someone’s Bucket Today

    Daily Challenge: Compliment others by telling your friends when they do something nice and help to fill their bucket. 
  • Friday- Be Kind, Dream of a Kinder World

    Daily Challenge: How can you show kindness to the people around you? Make a point of being kind to at least 10 people today and make our school a kind and fun place.

One way that students can learn about the importance of kindness is through watching others.  If our children witness us being kind, they are more likely to be kind themselves. Make an extra effort this week to show your children how easy it is to be kind to others.

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our February Chinese New Year/Valentine- inspired Staff Appreciation Lunch is this Wednesday 2/12. Thank you to all who volunteered, all spots are full!  Please remember to drop all items in the BA staff room NO LATER than 11am on 2/12. Thank you! 

Direct questions to Leslie Ostrander

 

Volunteer Spot

 

District News

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Upper Elementary Tours are Coming up!

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Arroyo Tours are Coming up! Current 3rd grade families, are you excited to learn more about what our 4th and 5th grade students do in upper elementary school? Student-led tours are available now. Come see our Project-Based Learning, Reader's/Writer's Workshop and enrichment opportunities for your students. Sign up is limited, so reserve your spot now.

  • Arroyo Tours
    • 8:45-9:30am
    • Wednesday, Feb 26 | Friday, April 17
    • Sign Up
       
       
  • Mariposa Tours
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Friday, February 28 | Wednesday, April 15
    • Sign up 
       

Attend a Superintendent Budget Workshop at your PTA Meeting in Feb

Calling all parents - Please join us for a special Superintendent budget workshop at your next PTA meeting to learn more about our current budget, how the Measure N Parcel Tax impacts our budget, and provide input about priorities as we develop our budget for next year.

  • Feb 12 - 7:00 pm - Arroyo/CMS
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Arundel
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Brittan Acres
  • Feb 11 - 8:30 am - Heather
  • Feb 10 - 7:00 pm - Mariposa/TL
  • Feb 12 - 8:45 am - White Oaks

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

Are you registered to vote? You can still register online or check the status of your voter registration here.

 

The early voting period for the March 2020 election starts on February 3, with four Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto.

The last day to register to vote for the March 3, 2020 election is Tuesday, February 18.

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2020 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback goal development and on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process.

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PAC, contact your principal.

  • February 13: 9:00- 10:00am
  • March 19: 9:00- 10:00am
  • April 22: 9:00- 10:00am
  • May 7: 9:00- 10:00am
 

SCEF News

Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors

First time SCEF donors have the chance to double their donation thanks to exclusive real estate sponsor DWELL Realtors! Partners Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke will match $1 for $1 any new donations between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000!  Take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact.

Donate
 

Seeking Auction Items for Starlight Gala

We are finalizing our Gala auction and are looking for the donation of air miles and/or hotel points to round out a Trip to New York package. If you can donate these, other New York related items, fine wines or vacation homes items, please email events@scefkids.org. Thank you!

Online Auction Success

Thank you for participating in the online auction! We are grateful to the teachers & staff who donate their time to raise money for our schools and ever appreciative of our generous and involved community of supporters. Special thanks to Debbie Blucher, Christopher Kashap, Annie Kennedy Ramirez, Scott Cleveland and Kathy Parmer-Lohan for creating and running this wonderful event.

 
 
 

Community Corner

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories.

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children.

Contact Nancy Bardsley with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?"

Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.

  • Tuesday, February 11
  • 6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?"
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math"
  • Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger.  Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

RSVP
 

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunity- Feb 27

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending. All parent education events can be found here

 
 

Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens

  • Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
  • 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

Save the Date for San Carlos Hometown Days 40th Anniversary
May 15, 16 & 17, 2020

San Carlos Hometown Days is a unique community event and tradition! This year we are excited to celebrate and continue on after four decades of FUN! For this milestone year, we have a great line up of entertainment, food, beer and wine, games and special attractions, and much more. Don’t miss our Parade on Saturday morning which will be a showcase for our 40th Anniversary celebration! Thank you to all the volunteers who help run this non-profit organization, to our Community Partners, and to our Sponsors. We hope to see you at the event and can’t wait to say to you, “Cheers to 40 Years!”

 

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February 2, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • STEAM Look Inside for Rotation 2, February 3-7
  • San Car-less Day, February 5
  • Author Annie Barrows Visit, February 5
  • PTA Meeting, February 12
  • Kindness Week, February 10-14
  • Presidents' Week Holiday, February 17-21
 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

The long days of January are finally over and February is here. I love walking into classrooms at this time of year as classroom expectations and routines are established, all students are engaged and learning, and you can see the progress that students have made toward their learning goals. The 2nd Trimester ends on March 6th, so you can expect many teachers to be giving mid-year assessments during this month and then revising and refining goals with students. Please have your child in school during this important time. As I have said previously, attendance matters and it is important that healthy children are at school every day!

February also has many exciting events scheduled:

  • A Look Inside STEAM - Week of February 3rd

  • 100’s Day - Wednesday, Feb. 5: A much loved celebration in TK, K and 1

  • Author’s Visit: Feb. 5 - Annie Barrows will be presenting to our 2nd and 3rd graders

  • Valentine’s Day - Feb. 14: If you are sending in Valentines, please remember to include all students in the class

  • Kindness Week: Week of Feb. 10th - More information coming in the Blast next week

  • Ski Week: Feb 17-21 -. A chance to recharge and spend time with your family

We also have school tours scheduled in late February, both for parents of new students to Brittan Acres (Feb. 27) and for our 3rd grade parents moving on to Arroyo (Feb. 26). If interested, please make sure you call and register for your school tour. If you have an incoming student (TK, K or not presently enrolled), remember the last day for priority registration is February 28th. 

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Curriculum Corner: Gus

Who is Gus you might ask? Well, Gus is the 2nd grade mascot for Phonics Workshop. Mrs. Fast went into every 2nd grade classroom last week to introduce students to their new class mascot - a dragon! The Phonics program for 2nd grade was delayed this year so teachers had to wait to get started with this new unit. Second-grade phonics is about closing the gap between what kids can read and what they can write conventionally. Teachers will be using Gus to help create a fun, learning experience for all students. 

Kindergarten and 1st grade teachers were able to start the year off with their new phonics programs so they are quite immersed in it. They also have class mascots. Ask your child if he/she knows the name of his/her class mascot? 

Answer:  Kindergarten students have Mabel(Elephant) and 1st grade students have Rasheed(Lion).

 

San Car-LESS Day is Coming Wednesday February 5th!

Walking, scootering, and biking to school is a great way to improve our community, our environment, and our bodies. In an effort to keep fewer cars on our roads and to encourage healthy habits, we celebrate San Car-LESS Days on the first Wednesday of every month. Please consider leaving enough time in your morning routine to walk, scooter, or bike to school with your child this week, or carpool if driving is required. Every child who participates earns a little "foot" token to wear on their backpack. Kids often express pride as their collection grows over the course of the year. Volunteers will be handing out the tokens to those kids who walk, scoot, bike, or carpool to school. Please contact tawnya.elrod@gmail.com if you have a student group that wants to participate.

Thanks to everyone for helping to improve our school community, our natural environment, and our bodies!

 

STEA"Look Inside" schedule

As the second STEAM rotation is coming to a close, we will once again open up classrooms for parents to get a sneak peek of a STEAM session. Stop by our classrooms this week during the normal STEAM time for, “A Look Inside" to gain a better understanding of STEAM from a student perspective. There will not be any formal presentations by teachers but instead an opportunity for you to explore with your child and ask them questions about their experience.

For those unable to attend a STEAM session, please see these presentations for a better understanding of this session: Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade.

 

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STEAM
 

District News

Attend a Superintendent Budget Workshop at your PTA Meeting in Feb

Parents, please join us for a special Superintendent budget workshop at your next PTA meeting to learn more about our current budget, how the Measure N Parcel Tax impacts our budget, and provide input about priorities as we develop our budget for next year.

February PTA Meetings

  • Feb 12 - 7:00 pm - Arroyo/CMS
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Arundel
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Brittan Acres
  • Feb 11 - 8:30 am - Heather
  • Feb 10 - 7:00 pm - Mariposa/TL
  • Feb 12 - 8:45 am - White Oaks

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School District strives for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs are essential to student achievement and have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers.

Our current parcel tax is about to expire and Measure N is a continuation of that funding stream. The proceeds of this $334.60 parcel tax, could be used to replace the reduced or non-existent state funding and maintain the high quality of education at all SCSD schools. Teaching and learning benefit by maintaining these programs.

The early voting period starts on February 3, with four Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18.

 

SCEF News

Last call for online auction bids!

Tuesday, February 4 is last day to participate in SCEF’s online auction. Bid on teacher outings, summer camps, and VIP experiences. Be sure to check out the BRITTAN ACRES

 
 specific items before they are gone!

 

Meet the Candidates

Educate your vote at the Candidate Forum for CA Senate District 13. Co-sponsored by SCEF, this event is a great way to meet the candidates running for Jerry Hill’s Senate seat and learn about the people that will help shape our children’s education experience.

  • Thursday, February 13
  • 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Redwood City Central Library, 1044 Middlefield Road
 

Community Corner

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories.

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children.

Contact Nancy Bardsley with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?"

Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.

  • Tuesday, February 11
  • 6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?"
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math"
  • Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger.  Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

RSVP
 

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser!

Congratulations to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball on celebrating its 80th year of raising funds for our local schools’ visual and performing arts!

80 years ago, the show raised milk money for San Carlos students. Now, money raised specifically supports art and music supplies in our schools. For example, Mariposa staff and students now have a beautiful mural to brighten the halls because of the money raised at the last Chickens' Ball. Tierra Linda students gained a ceramics class, supplied with clay and glaze. How much can we raise for our students this time? The goal is to raise over $40K to continue to support our programs.The more money we raise, the more we give back to our students.

Gather your friends and family and come cheer on your community. Tickets are on sale now for our 7 shows! Evening and matinee performances are on Mar 13-15, Mar 20-22.

 

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January 26, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • STEAM Look Inside for Rotation 2, February 3-7
  • San Car-less Day, February 5
  • Author Annie Barrows Visit, February 5
  • PTA Meeting, February 12
  • Kindness Week, February 10-14
  • Presidents' Week Holiday, February 17-21
 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

By now, I hope you’ve heard about all the wonderful activities the students are participating in each week during STEAM. STEAM is a collaborative effort between teachers, the PTA, and parent volunteers to bring more Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math activities into the classroom experience every week. Since this is a pilot year for STEAM, there will be changes, both in the structure of the program and the curriculum being taught from one rotation to the next as we iterate and look for ways to improve.

As the second STEAM rotation is coming to a close, we will once again open up classrooms for parents to get a sneak peek of a STEAM session. STEAM is all about the process that students go through in their learning journey and not about an end product. During the week of February 3rd, classrooms will be open during the normal STEAM time for, “A Look Inside.” Parents can stop by and gain a better understanding of STEAM from a student perspective. There will not be any formal presentations by teachers but instead an opportunity for you to explore with your child and ask them questions about their experience.

 

Since the students rotated to a different classroom for this STEAM rotation, you will not be visiting your child’s regular classroom for  “A Look Inside”. Please scroll below for the location and time of your child’s rotation to get a sneak peak.

For those that are unable to attend a STEAM session, the teachers have put together “A Look Inside” presentation for each grade level which focuses on content taught in each session and questions to ask your child about his/her experience. This will give you a good overview of each session. We are also taking pictures every week during STEAM and will be compiling a book at the end of the year that explores each step of the student experience in each STEAM rotation.

I hope you enjoy the wonderful slideshows that the teachers created that demonstrates the hard work they have put in over the past 6 weeks. 

Please click on the grade level to access the slideshow.

Have a nice, relaxing weekend!

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 
 

New Section: Curriculum Corner

Every grade level has enriching activities that occur each and every day. As part of a new section of the newsletter called Curriculum Corner, teachers will share events that are happening in their grade level. This will give you a glimpse inside the experiences that your students are having at school. Today's Curriculum Corner features 3rd grade:

As part of our social studies unit on local history we received a special Third Grade assembly from Keith Gutierrez.  He is an Ohlone expert and does an amazing job sharing hundreds of years of history in ninety minutes. The kids learned how the Ohlone people would use the earth to thrive in this area. He shared hunting tools, showed them how to make fire, as well as allowed them to try some Ohlone activities.  It's a fascinating assembly and the kids loved it!

 

Best Selling Author Annie Barrows Visiting BA on February 5

New York Times Best Selling Author Annie Barrows, known for her early reader series, Ivy & Bean and The Magic Half as well as her grownup books, is back with a fantastic book for ages 8-12...The Best of Iggy! Annie gives a fantastic presentation and will have your kids laughing out loud. She'll talk about her writing process and where all of these crazy ideas come from inspiring kids to want to draw on their own life experiences in their own writing. Be sure to order author-signed copies of Iggy and other books below! Use the link below to pre-order author-signed copies of Annie's books for your student! All orders due by January 29th.

The assembly is for Grades 2-3 but anyone can purchase books to be signed by the author. Excited to start off our new year with a great author visit!

 

STEA"Look Inside" schedule

Don't see a schedule below?  Be sure to "Load All Images" for this email?

 
STEAM

District News

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Upper Elementary Tours are Coming up!

3rd grade families, are you excited to learn more about what our 4th and 5th grade students do in upper elementary school? Student-led tours are available now. Come see our Project-Based Learning, Readers'/Writer's Workshop and enrichment opportunities for your students. Sign up is limited, so reserve your spot now.

  • Arroyo Tours  
    • Friday, Jan 31 | Wednesday, Feb 26 | Friday, April 17
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Sign up here
       
  • Mariposa Tours
    • Wednesday, January 29 | Friday, February 28 | Wednesday, April 15
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Sign up here
       

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School District is committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child and maintains the high quality of local TK-8 schools. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. SCSD’s goal is to continue that tradition.

SCSD uses local revenue to supplement limited State funding. Measure N is a temporary $334.60 parcel tax, lasting only eight years. Its proceeds could be used to retain exceptional teachers and protect core programs.

The Next Big Think - Mar 15 Tickets now available!

San Mateo County Event Center. STEM Fair. Arts Expo. Districts Showcase. Solutionary Expo. And Much More!

The San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) invites you to join us this spring for our upcoming learning extravaganza: The Next Big Think! This FREE public event promises to be our county’s largest-ever gathering of students, parents, educators, and learners of all ages. New to this year’s event: Our first-ever Solutionary Expo - All students and classes are invited to submit their solutions to global and local problems. Go beyond the tri-fold board - projects can be a poster, video, website, comic, podcast, however your students are inspired to share their solutions with others!

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to the San Mateo County Event Center on March 15th — with so much to see and do, you’re guaranteed to learn something new!

 

SCEF News

Teacher Outings and Summer Camps Auction

On Monday, January 27 the online auction for teacher outings and summer camps goes live, and wait until you see all the fantastic events our teachers have donated this year!

  • Principal/librarian for a day
  • Kid VIP Warrior Experience-High 5 the players on 3/10 vs LA Clippers
  • Bowling/LaserQuest/Escape Room with your teacher
  • Concert and graduation seats

Lucky on Live

Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate, and possibly win your choice of one of the BIG auction items? Attending the Gala (tickets still available here

 
,) but want to up your chances to WIN?

 

New to San Carlos and want to know more? Here is a primer

 
 on the LOL raffle.  To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org.

 

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Little League Tee-Ball Registration Now through Feb 21

Hey Tee-Ball Parents,

The San Carlos Little League Tee-Ball sign-ups are open NOW thru Friday, February 21. The season kick off will be on Saturday, March 7. Tee-Ball season (weather depending) runs 8-10 weekends. All games and practices are on Saturdays (practice is 30mins prior to game). SIGN UP TODAY -

  • Tee-Ball: Girls & Boys - Ages: 4, 5, 6 year old’s
  • Rookie League (first year players: 4yr & 5yr)
  • Veteran League (returning players: 5yr & 6yr)

San Carlos Little League – Est. 1953

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories.

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children.

Contact Nancy Bardsley - nancy@healthycitiestutoring.org - with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?"

Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.

  • Tuesday, February 11
  • 6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?"
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math"
  • Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

RSVP
 

Welcome Home San Carlos Meeting - Feb 1

Everyone who lives or works in San Carlos is invited to join a second conversation on housing in the City of Good Living scheduled for Saturday morning February 1. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative working on narrowing the gap between jobs created and housing units built. The goal of Welcome Home is to help our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. The City hopes to listen to the conversation, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of San Carlos community members.

Thank you to those who joined us on November 7, 2019 for our first community meeting where approximately 100 community members, City Councilmembers, and staff gathered at Hiller Aviation Museum for an evening to compare experiences and share their hopes for San Carlos’ future. Community members had dinner and engaged in thoughtful discussions with one another on the issue of housing, while City leaders and staff listened. The summary report from the first meeting can be found on the Welcome Home website.

The second meeting will build on the first conversation and look at ways that we can work together to address our City’s housing needs. A major focus is to continue to connect with community members who have not been regular participants in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. The second community conversation is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the San Carlos Adult Community Center and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM. Breakfast will be provided and childcare will be available upon request. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us! 

For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome

 
RSVP
 

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser!

Congratulations to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball on celebrating its 80th year of raising funds for our local schools’ visual and performing arts!

80 years ago, the show raised milk money for San Carlos students. Now, money raised specifically supports art and music supplies in our schools. For example, Mariposa staff and students now have a beautiful mural to brighten the halls because of the money raised at the last Chickens' Ball. Tierra Linda students gained a ceramics class, supplied with clay and glaze. How much can we raise for our students this time? The goal is to raise over $40K to continue to support our programs.The more money we raise, the more we give back to our students.

Gather your friends and family and come cheer on your community. Tickets are on sale now for our 7 shows! Evening and matinee performances are on Mar 13-15, Mar 20-22.

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities - Jan & Feb

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending.

  • The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
    • Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors
    • Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
    • 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
    • Info & Ticket information
       
       
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
    • Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
    • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
    • 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
    • Info & Ticket information
       

Sequoia Strong Resources
Sequoia Strong™ is your family’s free online resource guide to local activities and services for all ages (including children, teens, adults, and adults 50+). All activities and services are personally recommended by the Sequoia Healthcare District for residents, and most resources are free or low-cost. Visit sequoiastrong.org

 
 to explore activities and services including mental health support, substance use information, parenting resources, parent education events, extra-curricular and family activities, academic assistance, special needs resources, and more!

 

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA. 

 

January 19, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • San Carlos Week of the Family: January 17-25, Event Schedule
  • Martin Luther King Holiday - No School, January 20
  • Spirit Day, January 24- Pajama Day!
  • Movie Night, January 24, 6:30 pm in the MU * NOTE updated time
 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

I’m often asked by parents, “ How can I help my child learn math at home?” Math is sometimes a stumbling block for some parents because they also struggled with it in school. However there are many ways that you can work with your child to help improve skills and build confidence that does not involve completing paper and pencil math worksheets. 

In TK and Kindergarten classes this week, part of our math work includes Counting Collections. Students grab a bag of items to count.  During counting collections, students are counting but they show us so much about how they count. Students may sort items or make a pattern before counting or they may count by ones or tens. They may also use a tool to help them count (such as a ten-frame or 100-chart).

What are students learning by counting objects?

Depending on the student, the size of the collection, and how the student approaches counting the collection, all of the following concepts could be developed:

  • one-to-one correspondence

  • cardinality - knowing the last number stated when counting represents the total 

  • conservation - knowing the total number does not change if the collection is counted in a different way

  • estimating

  • place value (e.g., teens as ten and some more)

  • connecting a count to a numeral 

  • skip counting 

How can I help my Kindergartener count?

  • Count the number of steps you climb, the number of cars you see while driving, the number of items bought at the store or the number of items going into the laundry

  • Start collecting objects and have your child count the number of objects in the cup. Change the object but use the same cup. Are there more or less objects?

  • Post a large calendar and count the number of days until an upcoming event

  • Ask your child to compare numbers. “Who has more Cheerios, you or your sister?” As your child counts, does he/she touch each object.

If you are interested in learning more about Counting Collections, click here, or ask your child’s teacher.

 

As you go about your day, think about all the different ways and objects you count.

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

For older children, here is a great article by Jo Boaler, Professor at Stanford University:  12 Steps to Increase your Child’s Math Achievement and Make Math Fun

 

BA Movie Night - Toy Story 4

Toy Story 4 will be playing at the BA movie night on Friday, January 24th. Please note the updated start time is now 6:30pm! This fun event allows families to enjoy a movie and snacks together in the BA MU. Bring sleeping bags, pillows and water bottles for a comfortable movie watching experience. Please note, this is not a drop-off event.

 

 

Best Selling Author Annie Barrows Visiting BA on February 5

New York Times Best Selling Author Annie Barrows, known for her early reader series, Ivy & Bean and The Magic Half as well as her grownup books, is back with a fantastic book for ages 8-12...The Best of Iggy! Annie gives a fantastic presentation and will have your kids laughing out loud. She'll talk about her writing process and where all of these crazy ideas come from inspiring kids to want to draw on their own life experiences in their own writing. Be sure to order author-signed copies of Iggy and other books below! Use the link below to pre-order author-signed copies of Annie's books for your student! All orders due by January 29th.

The assembly is for Grades 2-3 but anyone can purchase books to be signed by the author. Excited to start off our new year with a great author visit!

 

Save the dates for STEA"Look Inside"

It's almost the end of the second STEAM rotation!  Please mark your calendars for our Look Inside opportunities:

  • K - Friday, 2/7
  • 1st grade - Monday 2/3
  • 2nd grade - Thursday 2/6
  • 3rd grade - Tuesday 2/4

The Look Insides will take place in the afternoon on the dates above. Exact times and more information to follow. Our students love STEAM ! Thank you for your support.

Questions? Check out the STEAM website.


District News

Welcome New SCSD Nurses

SCSD is proud to welcome three new nurses to our district nursing team. They bring a wealth of experience and dedication to our students and you will see them around campus as they help with day-to-day nursing activities, as well as ongoing health care and education programs. Please welcome Nurse Catie Monday-Friday, Nurse Terri Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Nurse Bernadette Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special thanks goes out to the Sequoia Healthcare District for funding for our school nurses.

Attention 3rd Grade Parents - Upper Elementary Tours are Coming up!

3rd grade families, are you excited to learn more about what our 4th and 5th grade students do in upper elementary school? Student-led tours are available now. Come see our Project-Based Learning, Readers'/Writer's Workshop and enrichment opportunities for your students. Sign up is limited, so reserve your spot now.

  • Arroyo Tours  
    • Friday, Jan 31 | Wednesday, Feb 26 | Friday, April 17
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Sign up here
       
  • Mariposa Tours
    • Wednesday, January 29 | Friday, February 28 | Wednesday, April 15
    • 8:45-9:30 am
    • Sign up here
       

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School District is committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child and maintains the high quality of local TK-8 schools. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. SCSD’s goal is to continue that tradition.

SCSD uses local revenue to supplement limited State funding. Measure N is a temporary $334.60 parcel tax, lasting only eight years. Its proceeds could be used to retain exceptional teachers and protect core programs.

 

SCEF News

Teacher Outings and Summer Camps Auction

This is certainly a favorite SCEF event for families in our district! On January 27 the online auction for teacher outings and summer camps goes live and wait until you see all the fantastic events our teachers have donated this year! 

Lucky on Live

Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate, and possibly win your choice of one of the BIG auction items? Attending the Gala (tickets still available here,) but want to up your chances to WIN?

 

New to San Carlos and want to know more? Here is a primer on the LOL raffle.  To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org.

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Little League Tee-Ball Registration Now through Feb 21

Hey Tee-Ball Parents,

The San Carlos Little League Tee-Ball sign-ups are open NOW thru Friday, February 21. The season kick off will be on Saturday, March 7. Tee-Ball season (weather depending) runs 8-10 weekends. All games and practices are on Saturdays (practice is 30mins prior to game). SIGN UP TODAY -

  • Tee-Ball: Girls & Boys - Ages: 4, 5, 6 year old’s
  • Rookie League (first year players: 4yr & 5yr)
  • Veteran League (returning players: 5yr & 6yr)

San Carlos Little League – Est. 1953

San Carlos Week of the Family - Jan 17-25

The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized by community volunteers whose goal is to strengthen family relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family and community interaction. Celebrating twenty years, the Week of the Family committee and its volunteers are proud to contribute to the quality of life and the family-orientated community of The City of Good Living. The upcoming Week of the Family runs January 17–25.

Please join the hundreds of families that have enjoyed Week of the Family by participating in one or more of the mostly free activities offered. You’re sure to find something entertaining and fun for your entire family.

The goals of the San Carlos Week of the Family are to:

  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Provide families in our community the tools that help families
  • Promote family life
  • Honor and pay tribute to families
  • Encourage families serving families
  • Have lots of fun

San Carlos families take many forms. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate. We hope to see you there! Please click here for more information and the 2020 Week of the Family Events. 

 

Join us for the Annual SCSD Musical! Jan 23-26

Cutloose January 23-26 at the exciting SCSD musical, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring district students in grades 4-8! Tickets are now on sale at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.


True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and ‘"Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilarating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.

 

Welcome Home San Carlos Meeting - Feb 1

Everyone who lives or works in San Carlos is invited to join a second conversation on housing in the City of Good Living scheduled for Saturday morning February 1. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative working on narrowing the gap between jobs created and housing units built. The goal of Welcome Home is to help our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. The City hopes to listen to the conversation, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of San Carlos community members.

Thank you to those who joined us on November 7, 2019 for our first community meeting where approximately 100 community members, City Councilmembers, and staff gathered at Hiller Aviation Museum for an evening to compare experiences and share their hopes for San Carlos’ future. Community members had dinner and engaged in thoughtful discussions with one another on the issue of housing, while City leaders and staff listened. The summary report from the first meeting can be found on the Welcome Home website.

The second meeting will build on the first conversation and look at ways that we can work together to address our City’s housing needs. A major focus is to continue to connect with community members who have not been regular participants in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. The second community conversation is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the San Carlos Adult Community Center and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM. Breakfast will be provided and childcare will be available upon request. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us! 

For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome

 
RSVP
 

Make plans to attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show Fundraiser!

Congratulations to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball on celebrating its 80th year of raising funds for our local schools’ visual and performing arts!

80 years ago, the show raised milk money for San Carlos students. Now, money raised specifically supports art and music supplies in our schools. For example, Mariposa staff and students now have a beautiful mural to brighten the halls because of the money raised at the last Chickens' Ball. Tierra Linda students gained a ceramics class, supplied with clay and glaze. How much can we raise for our students this time? The goal is to raise over $40K to continue to support our programs.The more money we raise, the more we give back to our students.

Gather your friends and family and come cheer on your community. Tickets are on sale now for our 7 shows! Evening and matinee performances are on Mar 13-15, Mar 20-22.

School Garden Leaders Workshop - Mar 21

Welcome to the New Year!  We hope to see you at our Spring workshop.

  • Saturday, March 21 9:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Arroyo School
  • Featured topics:
    • Garden activities with young kids
    • Classroom management in the garden
    • Curriculum sample for Middle School
    • Spring garden foods for kids

Come to learn, be inspired and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! 

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending.

  • Raising a Resilient Learner
    • Adina Glickman, MSW, Founder of the Stanford Resilience Project
    • Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am
    • Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
    • 480 James Avenue, Redwood City
    • Info & Ticket information
       
  • The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
    • Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors
    • Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
    • 555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
    • Info & Ticket information
       
       
  • Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
    • Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
    • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
    • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
    • 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
    • Info & Ticket information
 

No images? Click here

 

 

January 5, 2020

 

Upcoming Events

  • San Car-less Day, January 15
  • PTA Meeting, January 15, 6:30pm, BA library
  • Martin Luther King Holiday - No School, January 20
  • Movie Night, January 24
 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

We are gearing up to begin 2020 with exceptional learning opportunities for your child and look forward to welcoming your family back on Tuesday, January 7th when school resumes. Our professional development day on January 6th will engage SCSD staff members with math and science curriculum as well as ways to infuse our Project Based Learning (PBL) with solutionary practices. Doron Markus, an expert on Next Generation Science Standards from the San Mateo County Office of Education, will provide teachers with opportunities to infuse PBL projects with an environmental lens that promotes critical thinking and creativity about real-world problems. 

Here is a brief explanation about the framework that he will be sharing with teachers: 

A Solutionary Unit of Study is built around four phases that take students from understanding basic contextual knowledge about a topic to diving deep into the problems and issues associated with that topic, then culminating with designing and implementing solutionary action and advocacy. At the conclusion of the unit, students will evaluate their impact, reflect on their enduring understandings from the unit, and celebrate personal and academic growth. The elements of this framework are depicted in the graphic below

One of our goals this year is to infuse a PBL unit with environmental literacy and sustainability. This professional development day will inform and support our journey toward achieving it. We look forward to sharing our learning with you along the way!
 

Suzanne Fast
Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Save the Date: BA Movie Night - Friday, January 24

Mark your calendars for the annual BA movie night on Friday, January 24th! This fun event allows families to enjoy a movie and snacks together in the BA MU. More details to follow including movie reveal in early January!

 

STEANews

We are off to a great start in our second STEAM rotation! There are still lots of in-classroom volunteer opportunities. Sign-up if you can!

To volunteer click on the grade sign-ups here: Kinder, First, Second, Third.

 

Questions? Check out the STEAM website.


Imagination  Zone Rangers

Did you know that BA has its own Native Garden? Located behind the B.U.G.S.garden, this beautiful wildlife habitat offers a peaceful, natural environment for students to explore and play. We'd like to open its gates a few times a month during the lunchtime recess, giving students the opportunity to innovate, collaborate and create, using natural materials within such as river rocks, moss, branches, wood and leaves.

But we need parent volunteer Imagination Zone Rangers to make it possible! Sign up for this unique opportunity to watch your child explore and create in nature on the BA Campus! Once we assess volunteer availability, we will be able to create a schedule and host an orientation.

If you are interested in participating, please provide your availability through the link below.

Questions?: Email Emily Kates

 

District News

ROPES Presentations are Coming and Judges are Needed!

We are looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences) presentations in February. ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in a deeper but fun way.

There are 3 opportunities to judge:

  • Monday, Feb 3, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening. We hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you are able to judge on any/all of those days, please contact Veronica Rickson either via email or by phone at 650-590-5926. Thank You!

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School Board has placed Measure N on the March 3, 2020 ballot to renew and increase our existing local school parcel tax.

Currently, each San Carlos homeowner pays $246.60 towards the Parcel Tax, which funds teacher salaries and keeping classroom sizes smaller. This tax is set to expire in 2021. The ballot measure is to renew and increase this tax by an additional $88, raising $3,000,000 annually, for 8 years. Taxes raised can ONLY be used locally in our schools and are restricted to:
- Attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers
- Maintaining small class sizes
- Maintaining programs that support bringing all students up to the highest level possible in core subjects like math, reading, and writing
- Maintaining math, hands-on science, technology, and engineering programs
- Providing art, music, libraries, and a well-rounded education

This tax is not EXTRA funding but instead is CRUCIAL to operating our district. The funding gap is currently being bridged through local parcel taxes, SCEF, and community partnerships such as the one we have with Sequoia Healthcare District. Additionally, senior citizen homeowners 65 years or older are eligible for an exemption through an application process should they feel it is a financial hardship.

To learn more about the Parcel Tax, visit our website  below.

Please feel free to contact Dr. Harmeier if you have any additional comments or questions - Michelle Harmeier, Superintendent - mharmeier@scsdk8.org - (650) 590-5935

 

SCEF News

Starlight Gala - March 14

Save the Date for the SCEF Starlight Gala and Auction--March 14, 2020 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 9th at 10 am.

 

Community Corner

Join us for the Annual SCSD Musical! Jan 23-26

Cutloose January 23-26 at the exciting SCSD musical, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring district students in grades 4-8! Tickets are now on sale at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.


True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and ‘"Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilarating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.