Arroyo Eagle Eye - 9/8/19

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and I am partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the San Carlos School District to highlight important information about why we need your child at school learning as much as possible. Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly. Here is a video for families regarding why attendance is so important. 

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life.

Being late to school is also a huge issue. If your child misses even 10 minutes daily, this adds up! For every 10 days of school this would be 100 minutes of instruction, or almost 2 hours. It also creates anxiety in students. Imagine walking into a meeting at your job late each day, and think about how difficult it is to catch up with what has already been done, or take in a lesson mid way through. We want our kids to be calm and ready to learn, so please help get them to school on time! 

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. Here is a guide to help you decide when to keep your child home due to illness. We also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 10 or more days over the course of an entire school year.

Research shows:   

  • Children chronically absent in kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 
  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 
  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th-grade test scores. 
  • Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month! 

Clearly going to school regularly matters!

We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged.  Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
  • Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick
  • Try to avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session. (There are 185 days in the year when school is NOT in session.)
  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

At Arroyo Upper Elementary School, we are here to support your family so that your child can show up for school on time every day.   We share your interest in your child being successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information, please let us know. 

Other Announcements & Reminders:

We are in desperate need of a 4th Grade Art In Action Coordinator.  Please consider signing up to help get Art in Action rolling for the 2019-2020 class year.   Our 5th grade coordinator is experienced and ready to train this volunteer. Or consider being a classroom coordinator.  If we can get 5 classroom coordinators, the work can be split.

SCSD is proud to partner with some great local organizations to provide quality parent education workshops.  Check out some of the workshops coming up this year and keep an eye on this page for updates throughout the year.  

SCSD is forming our District Wellness Committee to include representation from each of our school communities. Please fill out this GOOGLE FORM for Mindy Hill to indicate your interest in participating in approximately 4 meetings this year. The committee will consist of working groups the following topics: Safety, Equity, Nutrition, Sustainability, and Sports.  

Parents of 4th Graders, did you know that the National Parks System offers a free National Parks Pass for all 4th graders in the United States.  You can sign your child up for their free pass and get great resources on the National Parks System at


Mindy Shelton


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PTA News

Get involved with the Central/Arroyo PTA!

Please join us at our first PTA meeting of the year this Wednesday, September 11th at 8:45 AM in the school library. These meetings are attended by both Tom Domer and Mindy Shelton and are a great way to stay informed. Also, mark your calendars for upcoming PTA meetings in 2019/2020. We would love to see you!

  • September 11 at 8:45 AM
  • October  TBD
  • November 13 at 7:00 PM
  • January 15 at 8:45 AM
  • February 12 at 7:00 PM
  • March 11 at 7:00 PM
  • April 15 at 8:45 AM
  • May 13 at 8:45 AM
  • June 10 at 6:30 PM

Join the PTA and make your voice heard!

It's not just about classroom volunteers and fun runs! Did you know that when you join the Central Arroyo PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento? 

  • Higher membership gives our PTA a powerful voice in advocating for our children with the California legislature.
  • 100% membership sends a message to Sacramento that our district is made up of voters who are concerned and involved.
  • Join PTA and keep the Stand Up for Public Schools push for better CA school funding going strong.


The 2019 Stampede and Soar Color Run is coming up on Sunday, October 6th, from 9am - 11am. 

Join the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs as they Stampede & Soar through the City of Good Living! This year’s fun run will be a color chase celebrating community and raising money for our school through business sponsorships. 

Event Details                             

Sunday, October 6 from 9 am - 11 am

  • Central/Arroyo Campus
  • 5 mile laps through 4 color stations
  • Run/walk one or two laps
  • DJ music and food for purchase following 
  • Liquid food-grade color provided by Chameleon Color

Register by September 15th to guarantee a 2019 Stampede & Soar t-shirt.

Tickets $25 per participant. SIGN UP TODAY!

Business Sponsor Opportunity

Have your own business or know someone who does? Here’s an opportunity to sponsor our annual Central Middle School and Arroyo School Stampede & Soar Color Run, taking place Sunday, October 6 in San Carlos! It is the only fundraiser of the year for CMS and Arroyo School and reaches over the families of over 800 students. Click here for more information on the Stampede & Soar Business Sponsorship. 

If you have any questions, or are interested in providing an in-kind donation, please contact Camala Umbenhaur at Thank you so much for your consideration and support!  

Arroyo Spirit Wear - Deadline Extended to Friday, September 13th!

Go Arroyo  Eagles! Stock  up now on youth  and adult Arroyo spirit  gear. These items are available  only twice a year - now and mid-spring -  so don't miss out. Shop on our PTAEZ  school store  by our  extended fall  deadline of Friday, September  13th. Orders will be delivered to  your child's classroom by the first week  of October. Questions? Contact Jen Holmes ( 

Become a PTA Partner -  DONATE TODAY!

Your one-time PTA Partner donation of $250 this Fall directly benefits Central and Arroyo schools and students by providing: 

  • Teacher Grants and Supplies
  • Art in Action, Garden, MakerSpace programs
  • Library Books
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring
  • School Assemblies
  • And much, much more!

Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Central Arroyo students and teachers! DONATE TODAY! PTA Partnership also includes your annual PTA membership

Arroyo Volunteer Opportunities

We always encourages the Arroyo community to get involved. Here are some opportunities to volunteer with school-wide events and programs and in your child’s classroom. 

Classroom Volunteers: Sign up to volunteer in your child’s classroom here

Arroyo School-Wide Volunteers: Sign up here to volunteer.


Arroyo Yearbooks are a great way to capture school year memories! Place your order at Yearbooks are $25 each and will be delivered the final week of school.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed! 

Want a chance to see the kids during the lunch hour? Be a Hot Lunch Volunteer! Shifts are one hour on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Work monthly or more often. If interested, please sign-up at Questions? Contact Jen Pedrotti at 

Jim Wiltens' Leadership Class

To follow up on Jim Wiltens' Leadership Assembly, there are several parent-child beginning and intermediate classes offered this year. Learn more here:

Arroyo Day of Service - September 29th  

Do you have a garage crammed with tools? Are your bulging biceps barely contained by your sleeves? Maybe you have a desire to have someone else boss your kids around on a Sunday? If so, you and your clan are the people we are looking for at Arroyo's Day of Service! Our projects will be all around the school grounds, working on sprucing, brightening, repairing and re-imagining several spaces. 

We need people with blowers, sanders, toolboxes, power washers, an affinity for details...and a can-do attitude.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 29 (yes, it's coming right up!), any time from 9 am to 1 pm. There will be snacks and refreshments for everyone who can show beads of sweat on their foreheads!

Learn more and sign up to volunteer here.

Calling All Readers! Central Arroyo Book Fair is Coming!

The Central Arroyo Book Fair is coming soon! Mark your calendars for the week of October 7-11.

More information and a volunteer sign-up link will be coming soon. Check the Arroyo PTA signup page.  We need your help to make the Book Fair a success! Please consider signing up for a slot (or more!) Volunteering at the book fair is a wonderful opportunity to visit with the students and encourage them to find great books to enjoy. Thank you in advance for your support!

Funds raised from the Book Fair help support the Central Arroyo PTA. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ettinger (, Julie Ledford ( or Stephanie Brill (


District News

After School Enrichment Classes

KidzToPros is excited to begin registration for their afterschool, fall vendor enrichment classes which will begin the week of September 16th.  Most classes available last year will be returning, along with more STEM classes and opportunities for our middle school students. Click on the link below to register for the classes offered at Arroyo.

Join the SCSD School Board!     

There is a vacancy on the San Carlos School Board due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election for the San Carlos School District School Board in November. If you are interested in applying to serve on the School Board, there will be an appointment process led by the School Board over the next several months. More information with details of the application process will be shared in the next few weeks through district email and public notifications. 

Volunteers Needed for 7-11 Committee

Members of the San Carlos community, parents, and SCSD staff members interested in serving on the 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee to determine the future facility needs for the District are encouraged to contact Cathy Eitel, Assistant to the Superintendent at to express interest or learn more about the goals and objectives of the committee. 

Playground Supervisors Needed

Attention Parents! We are looking to hire additional noon supervisors at our schools for lunch & playground ️‍️‍️support for 1.5 to 3 hours per day, $17.23/hour. If interested, please see the job posting and apply online at EdJoin - For site specific questions, please speak with your school principal.

SCSD STEM Fair Information Meeting on September 17th  

An informational meeting will be held for students from 5th to 8th grades interested in entering the San Carlos School District Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair on Tuesday, September 17th in the Central Middle School Library from 7:00-8:30pm.  Parents are encouraged to attend as well. We will discuss how to choose a topic, the elements of an exceptional project as well as the various guidelines and deadlines. A brief demonstration on super-hydrophobic surfaces will also be presented.

This year will mark the 24th Annual San Carlos STEM Fair.  We have a group of professional scientists that will be available to mentor and guide students at four optional evening sessions, as well as answer questions via email.  This is a tremendous opportunity for students to learn about science and engineering from top community scientists as they progress through their projects. 

Our STEM Fair is the gateway to the San Mateo County, Bay Area, California State, and Broadcom National STEM fair.  San Carlos students regularly qualify and bring home awards from these events. The San Carlos STEM fair will be held on January 23-24, 2020.  Attendance at the informational meeting is not required to enter the STEM Fair. Please email Bob, with any questions.

Parent Education Events in San Carlos and Beyond

The Vaping Phenomenon: What it is, why it happened, and what we can do about it

Presenter: Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Stanford University

Wednesday, Sept. 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Location: Stanford University Jerry Yang and Akiko Yamazaki Environment and Energy Building (Y2E2), Room 111For more information, visit -

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Community Partners

Join the SCSD Musical - Footloose  

Kick off your Sunday shoes!  It' s time to register for the annual SCSD musical!  All students in grades 4-8 are invited to join the cast of FOOTLOOSE.  No experience is necessary and everyone who registers will be cast. Students in grades 6-8 must attend a short, simple audition in order to be assigned roles.  Students in grades 4 and 5 will be members of the ensemble and do not audition.

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

Get more info and register now -

San Carlos Chickens' Ball  

Celebrating 80 years of fundraising for our schools, Chickens’ Ball is the oldest PTA fundraiser in the nation. Our unique 2018 show raised over $40,000 for our schools through hilarious skits, song and dance.  And we’re at it again! Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. We need representatives from each school to participate as a liason on our Steering Committee, enhancing communication and collaboration for this district wide event.

Steering Committee meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month.  Our next meeting is Sunday, October 6. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.

  • Auditions to be a part of the show are October 24 (6:00pm) & 26 (10:00am) at Heather School.  
  • Show dates are March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee) at Central Middle School. 

Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball.  

For more information, contact your PTA or Julie Engberg at

Inaugural San Carlos Block Party - SAVE THE DATE  

September 8th, the Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the City of San Carlos, is bringing a new event to downtown next month! Join the community for an outdoor dining event on the 600 & 700 blocks of Laurel Street from 4:00-8:00pm. Following the Sunday Farmer’s Market and Public Safety Faire, the street will be transformed into an outdoor dining area where the community can grab takeout from downtown restaurants and dine in the street with family, friends, and neighbors. The Chamber will be selling beer and wine and there will be a kids zone for play. For more information, visit