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May 15th - May 21st, 2017 

  • SBAC Testing continues. Help your learners succeed with a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast!
  • CLC Charter Renewal Public Hearing will be held on Thursday at 6:30pm in the SCSD Board Room (1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B).
CLC’s Charter Renewal

Stacy Emory, CLC Director 

Every five years, charter schools need to submit a renewal request to their authorizing agency (our current charter expires on June 30, 2017). On May 18, 2017,
our authorizing agency, the San Carlos School Board (SCSB), will be holding a public hearing to discuss CLC’s 4th Charter Renewal Petition. At this hearing, I will be presenting very briefly about the petition before them and give them a chance to ask questions or address concerns.

Our renewal petition reflects many changes that have happened both externally and internally since our last renewal. The primary drivers for the changes at the state
level include the advent of Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) and the eight state priorities that schools are asked to focus on, and the adoption of new California state standards (Common Core State Standards) with the new assessment system

The key internal change that influenced our current petition is the strategic planning process we undertook in early 2016. Through this process we addressed key identity questions, identified key strategic priorities, and aligned on how we will spend our key resources. We are using the plan as a guiding framework and an umbrella document under which we are aligning other key documents (Charter Petition, LCAP).

I am excited about the new charter as it reflects our changing community–educators, learners, and parents. I look forward to the conversation with the SCSB Trustees and want to encourage anyone who is interested to attend the meeting on May 18 at 6:30pm in the SCSD Board Room (1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B). The renewal petition will be on the SCSB’s June 1st agenda as an action item. I look forward to having an approved petition that will take us through to June 30, 2022!

The BOD has approved the calendar for next year!

  • Our first day of school is August 21, 2017 and our last day of school is June 14, 2018
  • Both our February Break (2/19 - 2/23/2018) and our Spring Break (4/9 - 4/13/2018) align with the SCSD and SUHSD
  • We have added three days at the front end of our Winter Break to provide time for staff to move into our new facility. For families and learners, Winter Break is 12/20/2017 - 1/5/2018. When we return to school on January 8, 2018 we will be starting in our new facility (all this assumes that the construction schedule goes as planned)

A one-page pdf of the calendar can be found here.
Please contact Melissa May, Volunteer Coordinator, for interest in ANY of the following open positions:

We are looking for 4 photographers to take pictures of the grads before, during and after the graduation ceremony on Wednesday, June 14th from 3:30 - 6:30. This will let the graduates' families have more time to just enjoy the ceremony and the moment.

Hometown Days Parade:
Seeking a "2nd in command" to help Stephanie Smith with the Hometown Days Parade, and to take over the job of representing our school when the current lead graduates out next year. It's a fun, pretty easy job. This year the Hometown Days Parade is Saturday, May 20th and Charter will be marching at 10:00 am.

SCEF Shopping Day:
Are you willing to spend an hour helping sign-up local shoppers for SCEF Escrip at Bianchini's Grocery Store on May 18th? SCEF could really use your help signing up new Escrip members from 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm. Bianchini's will donate 10% of all purchase made by SCEF Escrip members on May 18. And, once folks are signed up, a percentage of their future purchases will be donated to SCEF. You can sign up here.

Please Save the Date for the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast!
Check your email for a personal invitation. No RSVP necessary.

What's more fun than watching a parade?
Being IN a parade!

CLC will be marching in the Hometown Days Parade. Come join the fun! 

  • Saturday, May 20th
  • Meet on the Cedar Street side of Central Middle at 9:30 (9:45 at the latest)
  • We march at 10:00am
  • Scooters, dogs, strollers welcome!

37 Years of San Carlos Hometown Days! May 19-21, 2017!

Check out the Event Guide and Map here

Who: Hometown Days is run by a Committee of volunteers.
What: It is a self-sustaining event that showcases the best of San Carlos.
When: May 19-21, 2017!
Where: Burton Park, San Carlos
Why: As a non-profit organization our goal is simply to provide a fun filled event so all can participate.
Wow: San Carlos Hometown Days has been named “Best Family Festival” by Bay Area Parent Magazine!

NEW this year is a MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE for 5th-8th graders at the Youth Center! Saturday, May 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. DJ Curtis will rock the house! COST = FREE! Don't forget to pick up your ticket in advance at the Youth Center!

Also NEW is an AYSO Indoor Soccer Tournament.

Hometown Days Coloring Contest
These are due NO LATER THAN 4:00PM on Tuesday, May 16th. Download the coloring page and instructions here
Quinta Ekong, CLC Office Manager
Gwynne Rinker, CLC Data & Operations

Office Announcement
If you have changed your mailing address during the 2016-2017 school year, please email your new address to Quinta. Believe it or not, report cards will be mailed home before we know it and I would like to minimize the incorrect mailings as much as possible.

Band-Aids, Ice Packs and Pep Talks, Oh My: Distinguishing Between the Three

The guests I have come visit me in the Office come in all sizes and for all different reasons.  From the youngest of the friends that may come because they fell down during a game of tag, to the older of friends that may be overwhelmed with their studies and social life combination. I have a lot of friends that come to the Office.  Some may need a band-aid for their issue. Some may need an ice-pack for their issue and some may need a pep talk before they return back to class.  Regardless of what they need, I try and provide the simple reminder that helps me in life- "it will be okay!"  Even if it seems absolutely terrible in the present moment, we know that it will eventually change.  Once we accept that 'yes, this is my reality now, but doesn't have to necessarily be my reality in 6 months or 1 year', it takes some of the pain away. Once you take away the power of whatever that is overwhelming you and thinking that you're in grave pain, you'll be able to address it and then fix it.  It's okay to get a band-aid, an ice pack or a pep talk.  Sometimes we can dust it off and keep going and other times we need to take a visit to the Office to get a reminder that it'll be okay.  And if you're wondering why it seems that band-aid level, ice-pack level or pep talk level needs weren't addressed, it's because regardless of who I'm receiving through that door, they are a guest and they may need some help figuring out exactly what they need too. :)  

(This newsletter section was made in honor of all my friends visiting the Office and not seeing me.  Some of them know that I'm away competing and will return back soon.  I'm trying to practice what I preach and am giving myself band-aids, ice packs and pep talks for my fears before my competition on Saturday, May 13th.  Next article will talk about how it went and maybe I'll have some Office information to add too!)


Over the last few weeks, we have taken a peek into the Seminars our learners are experiencing at CLC. 

The 5-8 learners are currently being offered an exciting array of seminar choices: XX Century Art, Card Deck Design, Arduino Programming, Improv, Calligraphy, Sewing, Collage, Juggling, Ukulele, Manga Character Designs, Crochet and Knitting, iPhone App Programming, Digital Photography, and Needle Felting. Thank you to all of the dedicated parents and community members who have developed curriculum, led, or assisted in the Seminars program this year.


Emma Moore, SCCLC Library & Media Specialist
Learners vote for CLC's third annual Literary Peep Diorama contest this week. Once again, staff members have been invited to create a diorama inspired by a book using Peeps. Yes, Peeps, the Easter candy that is now available for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine's Day. Each learner votes for their favorite diorama without knowing who created the work of art. Peep diorama artists and winner will be announced next week. Feast your eyes on the Peep creativity:


Come support CLC's music program and see our students perform!

Dance Under the Stars
September 16, 2016 from 6 - 9:30PM 
We look forward to seeing you at the Burton Park Bandstand.


Rock out to tunes from Talking Heads, Tom Petty, Third Eye Blind, Weezer, The Beatles, Green Day and other favorites from Voodoo Juke Box. 

It’s the ‘green room’ - be pampered as we turn Burton Park into an intimate concert complete with savory appetizers, cocktails, comfy furniture, twinkle lights and good friends.

You can still purchase tickets for our fun event on Sept. 16 by clicking here.

If you'd like to volunteer instead please contact Jacki Yahn.

SCCLC Math Parent Ed Night 
Tuesday, May 23rd from 6:30 - 7:30 in Room 21 (Fran's room) 
Calling all CLC parents! Please join us in an education night about mathematical problem solving at the SCCLC! We will explore how we engage children to dig deep and think critically about math across the K-8 grade levels. Be ready to play a few games and talk math with us. This is a parent-only event.

Challenging Behavior: Identification and Response
May 17, 2017, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at CHC
All behavior has a purpose. CHC's Marcela Molina, MFT and Rachel O'Harra will help you better understand your child or teen’s behaviors and help you to respond in a way that teaches your youngster how to get his needs met while reducing stress for your whole family.


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!): 

  • A special thank you to David Pollack, Leigh Casamento, Emily Winters, Bob Chin (Darcy's grandpa) and Melissa Riccio for pulling through at the LAST minute as drivers for our field trip so we didn't have to cancel! We really appreciate your flexibility and support!
  • Appreciation for Danielle deBrier for her time on the Board of Directors. She is stepping down after two terms and we would like to thank her for her time and service in this role.
  • Thank you to for Jason Gische and Olin Palmer for choosing to continue in their roles on our Board of Directors!
  • Congratulations and welcome to Akash Bijlani for his new place on our Board of Directors! He is now adding member of the board to his CLC resume, in addition to his committed work as leader of the Hot Lunch Team. Thank you Akash!


Visit the SCEF Website to learn more and donate 

Donate to SCEF Annual Fund
While some improvements have been made, funding for California public schools is inadequate to meet the needs of our students.  According to the Quality Counts 2016 Report comparing states, California earned a “D” in school funding and ranks 41st out of the 50 states when it comes to school finance and overall state grade.   

For many years, SCEF has raised the funds that bridge the gap between shrinking state funding and the true cost of providing an outstanding educational experience for our children, including Library and Literacy programs, Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Field Trips, Middle School Electives, School Site Principal Funds, Technology (computers, applications, infrastructure, tech associates) and more.  

With your support, SCEF has grown each year and supported our schools so that they remain among the best and highest achieving in the entire state of California.

Please donate what you can to our Annual Fund. Our suggested donation is $1,200 per student, but all gifts--large or small--will help us reach our goal.  Donate now at:

Bianchini's Shopping Day - May 18th
Support SCEF by shopping at Bianchini's Market.
Visit the SCEF tent between 12-5pm for more information.

SCEF Celebrates Music - May 19th
Kick off Hometown Days listening to our award-winning student musicians.
For more information, go to:

San Carlos Night at the Giants
June 9th is San Carlos night at AT&T park. Watch the SF Giants take on the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are available now at the San Carlos Youth Center. $50 per ticket, cash or check only. All proceeds benefit San Carlos Parks and Rec and SCEF.

San Carlos Community Information

Healthy Cities Tutoring Celebrates Volunteers!

On Wednesday, May 17 Healthy Cities Tutoring will honor the 360 volunteers who have provided one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students in our schools this year.

The event will be at 6:00 pm at San Carlos City Hall in Council Chambers, 600 Elm Street. Tutors, students, families, teachers, principals and members of the whole community are invited to share in honoring the volunteers who support our kids. 

Speakers include Mayor, Bob Grassilli and parents and students who have been part of the program.  Hope you can join us! To RSVP email here

SUHSD Parent Ed

Belmont United Soccer Club Tryouts & Academy

Ready for the fun of club soccer? Try out for a great local club, Belmont United.

We have professional coaches and lots of fun - come play "the Belmont United Way"! Tryouts for Fall 2017 season:
Fri 5/19 and Mon 5/22 - Barrett Park, Belmont.

We also have a year round skill "Academy" for all kids age 5-10 to have fun while improving soccer skills. Pro coaches teach fundamentals of passing, dribbling, and shooting on Wed and/or Fri, with optional scrimmages on Sat. 
Session 3 is May 3-June 10. 

For more details and to register for both:

Run Theater Lights & Sound!
Kids 10-15 learn how to run theater lights, sound, and special effects in this summer's StageCraft Camp with San Carlos Children's Theater! Campers receive hands-on training in programming equipment, designing/building sets, and creating cool theater effects. During the last few days, campers get real-show experience working as stage crew on the mini musical "The Jungle Book KIDS." Program runs July 24-Aug. 4. Read complete details:

Theater for Ages 5-10
Watch your child gain confidence and creativity in Musical Theater Camp with San Carlos Children’s Theater!  Kids 5-10 discover exciting new skills on and off the stage as they work with theater professionals in a fun, safe environment.  Our special half-day camp runs June 19-30 from 9 am-12 pm, leaving plenty of afternoon time for other summer activities. Each camp week wraps up with a presentation for friends/family! Get details online at
Have a great week!
-The Newsletter Team at
750 Dartmouth Ave, San Carlos, CA 94070