SCCLC Weekly Newsletter : December 18th - December 24th


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Upcoming Events

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Tuesday 12/19

Courtney's Field Trip

Friday 12/22

SUPER MINIMUM DAY (12:00 dismissal)

Monday 12/25 - Friday 1/5


Monday 1/8 - Friday 1/12

6th Grade Milestone Trip

Monday 1/8

Darlene's Field Trip

Wednesday 1/10

GC Meeting

Thursday 1/11 - Friday 1/12 

8th Grade PLP Presentations


Highlights In This Issue


• Director's Spotlight on Appreciation

• Take Apart Contribution Drive

• Volunteers Needed

• Educare: Winter Enrichments & January Special Days

• Healthy Cities Tutoring: Become a Tutor Here at CLC

• Library Corner: Book Donations Wanted

• Safe Routes to School Transportation Survey

Attention: The Lost and Found area is stuffed!

Please stop by & search for your lost items, lunch bags, water bottles, hats, Nerf sword(!), etc.

All items will be taken to charity Thursday, December 21st. 


Director's Spotlight On. . . Appreciation

by: Stacy Emory


Several years ago staff began the practice of starting each of our meetings with appreciations. This is an informal time for people to express their thanks or appreciate other staff members for something that they have done. This simple practice continues to build trust and collegiality among staff members.


Appreciations are a regular part of classroom birthday celebrations and classroom meetings. Educators know that providing time for learners to speak positively to and about their peers is an important part of building a strong classroom community.


We continue to find ways to mirror this practice of appreciation within our parent and volunteer community. Think about all of the hours of volunteer time spent planning and working events, assisting in classrooms, managing and teaching seminars, organizing and driving on field trips, leading the PRT and working as room representatives, writing and editing the newsletter, and serving on our BOD and other teams and working groups. Amazing, right?


I encourage us all, when we return in the New Year, to make it a practice to notice and appreciate contributions being made in all the different areas of CLC.


There is no one right way to do this. Here are some suggestions:

  • Every issue of our newsletter has Volunteer Appreciations included as a regular feature. Anyone can submit an appreciation to be included in the weekly newsletter by sending it to:
  • You could send an appreciation to a BOD member for them to note during the Community Recognition section of their agenda.
  • Consider a quick shout-out on your class email list. A face-to-face appreciation would also be welcome.


However you communicate your appreciation, know that these small acts of gratitude help stitch us together to create the whole cloth that is our community.  I witness these acts every day and am so grateful that you all are part of CLC. Happy Holidays!


Take Apart Contribution Drive

Irene Bond and Nick Tanouye

It's time for another Take Apart Contribution Drive!!

Please take a look at the lists below to see if you can help us out.



  • Keyboards
  • Computer CPU towers *
  • Sewing Machines *
  • VCR's
  • DVD Players
  • Laptops
  • Printers (without the ink cartridges)
  • HiFi or Audio Gear
  • Any small appliance which has a myriad of screws and an absence of sharp internal components
    * These are the Russian nesting dolls of Take Apart that just keep giving.


ITEMS WE CANNOT TAKE (for safety or practicality reasons):

  • Garbage disposals (unsanitary and dangerous)
  • Computer monitors (both CRT and LCD)
  • Vacuum Cleaners (rarely clean inside)
  • Small electronics i.e. remotes, cameras (These items have either no visible fasteners or very tiny proprietary ones.)
  • Children's games and toys (Usually void of easy access and contain very little inside)


In general, examine the item and check for screw access. Determine whether it would be interesting and challenging for a kinder or 1st grader to disassemble and explore its secrets.


Thank you for all of your contributions and assistance in continuing to make Take Apart a favorite amongst our youngest learners! Items can be left outside Room 8. Please contact  Nick Tanouye (graduate dad and Take Apart maestro) or Irene Bond with any questions.


Volunteer Update

Melissa May, Volunteer Coordinator

Dancing Under the Stars
For the past 2 years, CLC has hosted the very successful Dancing Under the Stars Fundraiser for SCEF. We are looking for new leads to organize this great event OR create another type of fundraiser altogether! Please contact Melissa May.

  • The past two leads will provide all their resources, contacts, and instruction
  • Both TL and Mariposa have offered to co-sponsor the event

Chickens' Ball Steering Committee Rep Needed

Please click here to read the job description. If you are interested, please contact your PRT room rep or Melissa May


Hometown Days Parade
The San Carlos Hometown Days Parade is Saturday, May 19th and we are looking for a volunteer to take the lead of representing our school. It's a fun, pretty easy job. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Melissa May
Have you missed some of the past Newsletter submissions? You can review them all here.


Educare Happenings

Fiona Wainwright, Educare Director


Healthy Cities Tutoring

Lisa Krackov, CLC Healthy Cities Site Coordinator

Healthy Cities Tutoring - Become a Tutor here at CLC!


Orientation session to become a Healthy Cities Tutor
When: Wednesday, January 17
Time  6:15-7:00 pm
Location: Central Middle School Library


CLC parents are encouraged to attend the Healthy Cities Tutoring training on Wed. January 17 to become a tutor and help one of our students at CLC. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible.


Following the orientation session is a workshop called "Tutor Tips." This workshop is being led by two SCSD second grade teachers and is open to parents as well as tutors.


If you have any questions, please contact Lisa Krackov, CLC Healthy Cities Site Coordinator or Donna Becht, Executive Director.


Library Corner

Emma Moore, Library Media Specialist

Got Books...that you want to donate?
Hardback and paperback books, for K-8 listeners and readers, will be gratefully added to the library collection and classrooms. While hardback fiction and nonfiction books are preferred, paperbacks are also more than welcome. Series like Magic Treehouse, Geronimo Stilton, and Goosebumps always get a lot of love in paperback. A few additional requests: Please do not include adult books or books featuring licensed characters, toys, etc. Thank you!


Calling all fans of Elephant & Piggie, Pigeon, and Naked Mole Rats!
Join Mo Willems, my son, comediennes, and me at SF Sketchfest Sunday, January 28. Click here for ticket information.


Holiday Shopping

Are you tired of getting your bookish family members and friends bookstore gift cards? of the best sources of literary paraphernalia out there: T-shirts, mugs, socks, book bags--you name it, they sell it--imprinted with well-loved children's and adult book covers, quotes, etc.


San Carlos Educational Foundation

SCEF Emerald Starlight Gala

Join us on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for our Emerald Starlight Gala, celebrating 35 years of supporting San Carlos public schools.


Tickets go on sale Monday 12/18 at 10am. Visit for tickets.


SCEF Supports Our School Counselors

Your donation to SCEF helps support programs that benefit the social and emotional health of our students, including counselors at each school.

Research shows that comprehensive school counseling programs have a positive impact on student achievement.

Donate now at:

Help us keep these vital programs going for our students.


Safe Routes to School Transportation Survey

Please take 5 minutes to fill out the Safe Routes to School Survey linked below.

Your feedback allows us to adjust education and encourage program features to best meet the needs of each individual school. This information will be shared with decision makers throughout the county who can address infrastructure issues regarding safe walking and biking. Thank you!





Parent Education

Christine Levenson, Parent Ed Liaison

 Click the BLUE button below to learn more about our new CLC Parent Ed Book Club and more local offerings!


Greater San Carlos Community Information


Hot Lunch Updates

Akash Bijlani, Hot Lunch Coordinator

Have any hot lunch suggestions, feedback, comments, or questions? Please feel free to email or call/text Akash Bijlani, Hot Lunch Coordinator, at or (650) 248-9166.


Yearbook Orders and Photos

Yearbook Team

Order Yearbooks or upload Yearbook photos to SmugMug below!


Campus Construction Update

For the two-week look ahead, click here.



  • The second grade team would like to appreciate Shira Ross for gathering supplies for our class art project.

  • A special thank you to Paige Abramson Hirsch for leading a wonderful Hanukkah celebration, and the volunteers who supported her, including Deena Bertolina for making goodie bags!

  • Room 26 is truly a wonderful community! Thank you Roberta Marks for supporting our substitute with an art project, Julia Andersson for 4 seamless sub days while I was out, Barbara Gardyn for helping organize and clean up from an art project, Jen Berman for a large library book return, and Jessica Rosenberg for last minute in class support.

  • Many thanks to Lorea Martinez for helping Room 8 to celebrate International Children's Day with some great SEL activities.

  • A warm glow of gratitude is emanating from Educare in recognition of all the Charter Elves for their participation in the holiday toy drive and wrapping party.  It was heartwarming to see the care some of the learners took in the selection process, insistent on choosing for others their own personal favorites.
  • Charter families also get a standing ovation for the courtesy shown during the afternoon school run, yielding to KinderTime families the right of way in order for them to arrive at Educare in time for their staggered 2:35 PM pick-up time.
  • Educare is waving its “Number One Fan” foam finger to Just-Call-Out-His-Name Nick! 

Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at | (650) 508-7343
750 Dartmouth Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070