SCCLC Weekly Newsletter
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June 12th - June 18th, 2017 
  • Read on for important end-of-year announcements.
  • Yearbook pickup is on Wednesday (see below).
  • Scroll down to read the stacked Appreciations Section this week!
  • Enjoy the last week of school!
2017-18 Staffing Changes

Stacy Emory, CLC Director 

The end of the school year is a tumultuous time. There are so many details to wrap up, clean up, pass up, and give up. There is a lot of excitement, but it has a different energy than the excitement we see at the start of the school year. I think the end-of-the-year energy is more complex – composed mostly of anticipation and accomplishment, yet tinged with poignancy as well.

At this time of year, we say good-bye to our graduating learners and their families as they move on from CLC. Educators also move on for different reasons. This is a particularly difficult change for our community to manage. We get very attached to our educators and have memories and/or hopes that involve our children in those classrooms. Of course we wish our educators well in the next phase in their life, but it is still hard to say goodbye.

This year, we say good-bye to two educators who have been part of the CLC staff for many years. I know that individual classes may know about these shifts, but I think it is helpful to share these changes with the whole community. 

Moving on…
Katie Bradley has been partnering with Colleen McPeek in the K/1 for many years. Katie is a warm and talented educator, and the learners, parents, and her colleagues are going to miss her very much. We wish her success as she moves to a new school in San Francisco (only 15 blocks from her house) to take on the challenge of teaching 5th grade.

Melissa Gonzalez is also saying adios to CLC. Sra. Gonzalez has taught every Spanish at every grade level over her time here, but settled into the middle school position for the last several years. I think this position is one of the more difficult jobs here at CLC. Engaging highly social middle school learners in learning and speaking a second language is a true art form. Her energy is boundless as she switches from one activity to the next, working to keep the kids engaged and their brains active in a second language. She has built an incredibly robust program and leaves behind a lasting legacy. She is moving on to teach high school in San Jose and she is excited for the professional growth that awaits her.

Moving around…
Anke Rademacher has done as an amazing job as a long-term substitute in the 3/4, filling in while Heidi Branz was on maternity leave. When Heidi returns at the start of next year, I am thrilled to announce that Anke will continue on in the classroom, job sharing with Heidi. This new partnership will provide continuity for that classroom as well as keep Anke part of our staff. Win-win!

Deena Bertolina, who has been job sharing in the 3/4 grades for the last two years (first with Marianne, then with Heidi/Anke this year), will be moving to a new job share position in K/1. We are thrilled that Deena is continuing on in this new position and anticipate that Colleen and Deena will be an excellent team.

We still have to fill the key position of middle school Spanish Educator. We are tapping all our resources and connections to find qualified candidates, and I am confident that we will find the right person. CLC is an amazing community and a professionally rewarding and fulfilling place to work. If any of you have any connections or know of someone who might be interested, please let me know. I will let the community know when we have filled the position.

I wish you all a great summer break!

Please contact Melissa May, Volunteer Coordinator, for interest in ANY of the following open positions:

Leadership positions are available for next year! If you are interested in serving on the PRT board, please contact

Office Support:
We are looking for volunteers to help in the office any morning of the week. We have a lot going on between now and the end of the school year and can use the extra help. Any time you can give us would be greatly appreciated. 
We also have a few laminator jobs that require the big machine. If you have any time between now and the end of the school year we would love your help. Please contact Melissa May or just come into the office anytime. 
PLEASE READ: Volunteer Changes for 2017-18

Dear Charter Parents,

There are a few volunteer changes for next year that I wanted to let you know about:
  1. TB Testing and SchoolMint
  3. Volunteer Prioritization

In order to meet district and state standards, volunteers on campus must submit a negative TB test and must update their test every 4 years. If possible, please make this a priority and have the test done over the summer.

TB tests are given in two ways: a skin test or a blood test. Tests can be obtained by your doctor, a local or county clinic, CVS (check online for a CVS Minute Clinic), etc. If you would like more information on TB tests, please visit the San Mateo County website or the CDC website.

If you routinely test positive with TB, you will need to follow up with your doctor for a chest x-ray and take the necessary steps.

There are 4 items that need to be submitted on SchoolMint before you can volunteer on campus:
  1. TB Test
  2. A copy of your Driver’s License or ID
  3. Signed Emergency Health Form
  4. Signed Volunteer Agreement  

The Emergency Health and Volunteer Agreement Forms are on your SchoolMint account and should be filled out online. Your TB test and DL/ID will need to be uploaded (pdf) to your SchoolMint account. You should have already received notification from SchoolMint, but if you have not, please use this link to access the Volunteering Packet.

This next school year, Charter will be using to organize our volunteer efforts across the entire campus. is a web-based service that coordinates, organizes and schedules volunteer jobs along with tracking those volunteer hours. Please look for communication prior to the beginning of school for directions on how to get started.

Every volunteer job plays an important role in the success of our school, but if you are unsure where to spend your time and effort, we have prioritized our school needs as follows:
  1. Curriculum (classroom, seminars, field trips and library)
  2. Learner Support (curriculum prep, tech team, hot lunch, yearbook)
  3. Community (BOD, PRT, SCCLCFA, CCO, traffic and safety, social)
  4. Educator Support (filing, shared snack, Scholastic book fair, purchasing team, classroom cleaning and class pets)

Please volunteer wherever you feel most comfortable.

Volunteerism at Charter is a big part of what makes our school such a special place. When you volunteer at school, you show your child how important education is, build our sense of community, and help our school run effectively. If you have any questions, please contact me at, 650.508.7343, or in person in our campus office.

Please do not hesitate to reach out.
Thank you,
Melissa May
Visit the SCEF Website to learn more and donate 

Help us reach our fundraising goal this year!
A big thank you to all who responded to our ask! 
We are only $300,000 away from reaching our goal of $2.5 million for 2016-17. Help us finish the year off strong and make a difference in the everyday learning experience of every child in our San Carlos public schools. Donate now at:

Thank You, Sponsors.
A huge thank you to all our sponsors this year. Steadfast support like this keeps our schools strong for our students. SCEF thanks all our sponsors for their commitment to quality education.

For those who ordered CLC yearbooks, they will be passed out this Wednesday 6/14/17 after school at 12:45 PM.  
There will be tables in the breezeway where the murals are painted.  The learners will need to sign off on receiving their yearbook.

*8th graders will be receiving their books after Graduation practice Wednesday 6/14/17

Thank You,
Yearbook Team

View a list of learners who have already purchased their yearbooks HERE

Say hello to summer with a Charter day at Portola Redwoods State Park on Saturday, June 17!  Check-in time for the campsites is 2 PM, so we'll start some organized activities around 3 PM. Details are still evolving, but the tentative plan is to have both an easy and a moderate hike start from the campsite around 3 PM for anyone who wants to join. We'll have a group dinner around 5:30/6:00 and follow it up with a game of Capture the Flag and a roaring campfire with s’mores. There's also a beautiful, flat bike path if anyone wants to bring bikes instead of hiking.  

If you think you'll drive up for the day, it'd be helpful if you could RSVP to so we have a good headcount for dinner.  Not sure yet? Feel free to make it a game day decision even if you haven't RSVP’d.

We might have some campsites still available, so if you'd like to camp overnight please email

The location is the Circle and Point group sites at Portola Redwoods State Park, an easy 50 minute drive from San Carlos. If scheduled activities aren't your cup of tea, bring a chair to just hang out and relax with friends. There’s a good mix of K-4 and middle school kids coming, so it should be a really great day.  
Quinta Ekong, CLC Office Manager
Gwynne Rinker, CLC Data & Operations

Office Announcements

  • Final report cards will be mailed home on Friday, June 23rd. If your child lives in a dual household, please note that a report card will be mailed to both households if both addresses are on file.
  • The Lost and Found items will all be donated by the end of the day on Friday, June 23rd. If there are any items not picked up by Friday, June 23rd @ 4:00 p.m, they will be donated.

1,2, 3…5000: Diagnosing A “Disorder” w/ Fitness

Quinta has thoughts... BIG, awesome thoughts. To read this week's original piece, click here

Fiona Wainwright, Educare Director

Thank you, Educare Nation, for coming out in droves for our 2016-2017 Farewell BBQ Tailgate. It will be a hard act to follow, but back by popular acclaim, we will be firing up the grill and pouring the Pomtinis once again on Monday, August 14, to welcome back to the fold all entering and continuing Educare families. Save the date.

Registration information will be emailed over the summer. Please review them upon receipt and respond in a timely manner. It is vital to know in advance the size and distribution of the cohort so that we can staff to appropriate levels and mitigate the normal back to school chaos. Keep in mind, with the new billing cycle, the first installment for monthly scheduled care will fall due before school starts on Tuesday, August 15.

As you stream toward the exits and the summer fun and sun that beckon, safe travels and happy trails till we meet again.
Bookish News
Emma Moore, SCCLC Library & Media Specialist

San Carlos Public Librarians passed out books and summer learning logs to CLC Learners during lunch last Thursday and Friday. Learners may "return the log to the library by August 31 for prizes and a chance to win a $1,000 college scholarship."

Please be on the look-out for a final email with the titles and replacement cost of any overdue school library books. If a book has been lost, please send a check made out to San Carlos Charter Learning Center for the cost of the book. Turn in checks to the large envelope labeled "Lost Library Books" at the back of the family folders. Please include your child's name on the note/memo line of the check. Thank you!

Dancing Under the Stars
Saturday, 9/17/17, 6-9:30pm Burton Park

Kick off next school year with a fun evening of appetizers, signature cocktails and drinks, a dessert bar and a rockin' band.

1) Tickets still available. Encourage friends from San Carlos and beyond to buy before we sell out. Ticket sales count toward your annual SCEF contribution. Click to buy tickets.

2) Sign up to help. Grab a friend or two, and get a head start on your volunteer hours by signing up to bake a dessert, loan us your outdoor furniture, set-up, decorate, bartend, etc. There is something for everyone. Click here to sign up.

3) Join the Committee. Fun social planning meetings (cocktails included) on Monday, July 17 and Wednesday, August 31, 7-8:30pm at Jacki Yahn's house - 228 Beverly Drive, San Carlos.

If you have any questions feel free to contact Karen Molinari or Jacki Yahn.

We really appreciate everyone's help to make this year's event even more fun than last year!

Find the latest news on our campus construction here!
Thank you to the following (and don't forget to check the rolling marquee on the SCCLC web page for additional thank you's!): 

  • Thank you to Christine Levenson and Maggy Mendoza for setting up a lovely end of the year potluck for room 11.
  • Smooches to BBQ Maestros Extraordinaire, Josh Saffren and Kent Mitchell, for keeping those sliders coming at Educare’s End of the Year Tail Gate Blow Out!
  • Thank you to Marie Stein, Mary Wilke, Maggy Mendoza and the Yearbook Team for your hard work and finished product. We can't wait to see it on Wednesday!
  • Many thanks to all of our panelists who came to share their professions with our 7th and 8th graders Thursday morning. Many of the learners were amazed at how many facets there are in each of your jobs and loved how enthusiastic each of you were about your given career. They also found it interesting that some of you found your calling immediately while others took a more circuitous route. They were truly inspired by you, and everyone walked away understanding how important it is to find their calling, something they are truly passionate about. Special thanks to Grace Chen for sharing the interest surveys with the learners and for helping with the organization of the event, and to Maureen Murphy who made it all happen! I am so appreciative that you took time out of your busy schedules to come share with us. It was such a meaningful addition to our curriculum.
  • Katie would like to appreciate Munazza Bukhari, Norah Christmann and Sally Decker for doing a great job organizing seminars this year. It was nice that everything was organized and I knew when I was teaching ahead of time. Thank you for all that you both do for our learners!
  • The second grade team would like to appreciate our Seminars volunteers: Yvonne, Karen, Caroline, Maggy, Racquel, Nathan, Katie, Brooke, Jessika, Munazza and everyone else who has supported our program. Awesome job!
  • Our learners LOVE 5-8 seminars and they would not be possible if it weren't for the support and dedication of our volunteers. Please join me in thanking the following: Mandy Arendtsz, Nicole Bachelor, Rod Bachelor, Giovanni Bacigalupi, Peggy Bloom, John Canfield, Sabrina Carroll, Tamim Ghilzai, Timonie Hood, Dave Levenson, Men-Ching Luk, Madu Mandal, Janet McCrea, Niharika Mohanty, Emma Moore, Julie Newdoll, Jessica Rosenberg, Denise Silverman, Diana Smetters, Julie Taha, Nick Tanouye, Kristin Thompson, and Luci Wilkins.
  • I would like to appreciate Deedee Clarke for volunteering her time and expertise in Ali's second grade classroom. Thanks, Deedee!
  • A special thank you to Kira Sabot as she steps down from her long-time commitment to the PRT Leadership Team. Kira has been a powerhouse of efficiency and professionalism. Many thanks!
  • Jessica Rosenberg and Alyson Brewer have done a fantastic job at streamlining information at CLC with the Newsletter! It’s a beautiful source that holds a wealth of information. Both Jessica and Alyson put in hours collecting information from so many people and provide it weekly, timely and digitally. Here’s to the Newsletter and its growth in the future!
  • The PRT for their patience, persistence and diligence in welcoming our newest families on Saturday, June 3rd’s Kindergarten Playdate! The PRT worked very hard to make sure to give a very warm welcome to this crew and we would like to remind them how much we appreciate them for their time and energy.
  • Paul Laustsen and Wes Weaver for working on being our A/V heroes for 8th grade graduation. Wes has provided A/V for CLC for many, many years and we’ve been very appreciative. And in Paul’s first year at CLC, he has also been stepping up for our A/V needs and has been shining thus far.
Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at
750 Dartmouth Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070