Arroyo Eagle Eye - 10/6/19

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

It’s been wonderful to see so many families on campus for our student-led goal setting conferences.  I’ve been able to pop in on a number of conferences and it warms my heart to hear students talking about wanting to add more figurative language to their writing, or setting a goal to write more meaningful “stop and jots” while reading.  Seeing students take ownership of their learning and set meaningful goals that are both challenging and achievable is an important part of our 4/5 program in San Carlos. Thank you for supporting your students in taking such an active part in their own learning.  

If your child has a cell phone or smart watch, please remind them that it needs to be turned off at all times on campus.  If your child needs to reach you during the school day, they should come to the office.  Likewise, if you need to get in touch with your child, please call the office at 632-8300.  Mrs. Olazar would be happy to relay a message, but please understand that we do not call classrooms unless it is urgent.  We do our best to minimize distractions during instructional time, so whether that’s the classroom phone, a cell phone, or a smart watch, we don’t want it going off in class.  If you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, please come to the office and Mrs. Olazar will call for your child.  

Speaking of cell phones, while we understand the desire to get your child a cell phone for emergency purposes, please consider holding off on allowing your child to have any kind of social media, even programs that claim to be “child safe.”  As parenting expert and author of Parenting with Patience, Judy Arnall says, “It’s an added stress in their lives that isn’t age appropriate.”  For more information, please read “An age-by-age guide to kids and smartphones.”  There’s also a lot of great information on the Wait Until 8th website.  You will likely hear from your child something to the effect of... “Everyone has a cell phone.  I’m the ONLY one that doesn’t.” I can assure you that’s not true and that your child will be just fine without it.  If you feel strongly about them needing a phone, please consider a flip phone that doesn’t have all of the power and capability of a smartphone.  

Thank you again to the many families who came out to last weekend’s Arroyo Day of Service, and who are coming out this morning to our Stampede & Soar Color Run.  Coming together for the benefit of our school is one of the things that makes San Carlos such a wonderful community to be a part of.  

We’re still in need of a couple of parent representatives for our School Site Council.  This year we’ll be combining our site council with Central Middle School, so it’s a great opportunity to get an inside view into both schools.  The group will meet 5 or 6 times after school to gather input around important aspects of our programs. Please consider joining us. Reach out ( if you’d like more information or are interested in participating.  

Finally, our Makerspace is in need of a few items that are popular for student projects.  Please take a look at our Makerspace Wish List and add your name if you’re able to send something in.  

Thank you for all of your support!


Mindy Shelton


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PTA News


Join us to run or cheer TODAY as the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs Stampede & Soar through the town! 


The run/walk begins promptly at 9am from the blacktop between Central and Arroyo. Get there by 8:45am and find the sign with your grade level. 8th graders will start the race, followed by 7th, 6th, 5th and 4th graders. Parents and siblings start after. Walk/jog/run 1 lap or 2. No wheels and no dogs, please! Join us after the race for DJ, food for purchase and sponsor booths. For more event information, please click here.

See you there!


A Big Thank You to our Stampede & Soar Sponsors who make it possible. 

Platinum Sponsors: Chang Orthodontics; County Consumer Plumbing; Joyce & Tatum Real Estate Team; MA Private Wealth; San Carlos Orthodontics

Silver Sponsors: Alana Corso, Dwell; Andrews Orthodontics; Brittan Park Valuation; Clarity Counseling; Da Vinci Marble; Floorcraft; Hyland Design Group; Jones Lang LaSalle; Kirsten Kell, Marriage and Family Therapist; Pam's Path to Travel; Wendy Wood Design

In Kind Sponsor: Road Runner Sports

Join the Central/Arroyo PTA TODAY!

October marks our Mustang/Eagle #FUNMONTH!

Between the Stampede and Soar fun run (Sun 10/6), and the week-long Blizzard of Books Book Fair (Mon 10/7 - Fri 10/11), our students and families have some great events at school! Both of these are made possible by our PTA, and we need YOUR HELP. We’re already at 75% of our annual fundraising goal, and want to close the gap by OCTOBER 15TH.

In addition to community events, our PTA funding stretches far and wide to include teacher grants and supplies, Art in Action, Library Books, Healthy Cities Tutoring, and much more!

We are asking for a one-time PTA Partner donation of $250 which consolidates fundraising efforts and allows for more efficient spending throughout the year. Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Central Arroyo students and teachers!  

So if you’re ready to join the PTA to advocate for great education; if you have a business that generously matches donations; or if your child has grandparents that want to stay involved in giving your kids an enriched, well-rounded experience at Central/Arroyo, please click here to JOIN TODAY! Thank you in advance!

Calling All Readers!  A Blizzard of Books is Coming!  

The Central/Arroyo Book Fair is October 7th-11th, and we need your help to make it a success! Please consider volunteering by signing up for one of the shifts using this link: :

Students will be visiting the Book Fair throughout the week with their classrooms. The Book Fair will also be open before and after school. Please tell your student to swing by.  Parents are also welcome to check it out before or after their parent-teacher Conference. 

Blizzard of Books Family Night will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Bring the whole family to this arctic adventure and rediscover how cool it is to read!  Free pizza will be provided by the PTA and an icy treat will be available for purchase.  

Parents are also invited to join us for last some minute shopping at Bagels and Books on Friday, October 11th from 8:00-9:00 am.

New this year! Pay with E-Wallet.  For more information about how to set up an E-Wallet account, go to

Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central Arroyo PTA and the Library. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ettinger (, Julie Ledford ( or Stephanie Brill (

Volunteers Needed for Lunchtime Maker Space

We would love to offer the Maker Space as a recess option to the kids this year.  The only way we can do that is with parent help. We need to have 2 supervisors per shift, and each supervisor will be responsible for watching 10 kids each on Tuesdays and Fridays. 

All sign-ups can be found here:

We do also need help in the garden, library, and wild zone, but the Makerspace is the area we need help the most as we cannot open it without support. 

Please contact Stacey Rabkin ( if you have any questions.

Thank You from the PTA

A big Thank You to Bethany Mateosian,  Mindy Hill and Kirsten Kell for organizing and leading our Arroyo Day of Service and to everyone who came out to help make our school beautiful. From that planter boxes to the Wild Zone to the Garden, the team of volunteers worked hard to spruce up Arroyo last Sunday.  Thank You!

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District News

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period. 

New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

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Mark your calendars for ROPES!

ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. ROPES provides students in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade an opportunity to participate in an academic ritual by way of real-life learning experiences. Participating students will choose a self-directed project that incorporates the 21st century learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership. Students have an opportunity to choose from a variety of Challenge Project Categories: Creativity/Appreciation of the Arts, Innovation/Invention, Adventure/Personal Challenge, Cooperative Games, Service/Advocacy

To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the ROPES orientation on: Tuesday, Oct 22, 2019 at Mustang Hall at Central Middle School. 4th Graders attend from 6-7pm, 6th and 8th Graders from 7:15-8:15pm. For more information, please contact us at 

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The Friends and Faculty concert is coming soon!  

Come see San Carlos School District music teachers perform with other professional musicians at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty concert on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7pm at St. Charles Church in San Carlos.  This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy many local talents as they play a variety of selections to be appreciated by an audience of all ages. All proceeds benefit the music programs in our district’s middle schools.  To purchase tickets, please visit

Check your mailbox for the new SCEF brochure.  

The new SCEF brochure provides an overview of the organization as well as answers to the BIG questions: What is SCEF? What does your donation support, why are donations needed for public schools, and how can we build strong schools together?  A big thank you to Wendy Wood, a SCSD parent, for donating her design services once again!

Community Partners

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child.  Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support.  Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem.  Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School.

Visit for more information.

Chickens’ Ball Variety Show PTA Fundraiser

Got Talent? Want to raise money for your kids’ music and art programs? Want to have fun? Sign up online and attend auditions October 24 or October 26at Heather Elementary school. Watch our short video for all the info you need.

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