Arroyo Eagle Eye - 02/09/20

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

Please join me at our PTA Meeting on Wednesday, February 12, at 7:00 pm in the CMS/Arroyo Library. Superintendent Michelle Harmeier will be with us giving us an important update on the district budget situation, engaging our parent community, gathering input and sharing possible implications for the coming year. 

We’re excited to be hosting an upcoming author visit for 4th graders on Friday March 20.

Well known author and Newbery Medalist Avi brings our 4th graders his new historical adventure Gold Rush Girl!   In mud-caked, tent-filled 1848 San Francisco, our willful heroine, Victoria, goes on an unintended - and perilous - adventure to save her brother. Spot-on details and high suspense make this a vivid, absorbing historical tale.  Students who would like to order a personalized, signed copy of the book before the event can order through The Reading Bug at the following link:  Gold Rush Girl order form

We’ve seen an increase in students coming to school really early in the morning.  We don’t have supervision on campus until 8:20.  Students should not arrive at school until that time.  

School will be closed the week of February 17-21 for mid-winter break.  We hope you have a great week!  


Mindy Shelton


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District News

Attend a Superintendent Budget Workshop at your PTA Meeting in Feb

Calling all parents - Please join us for a special Superintendent budget workshop at your next PTA meeting to learn more about our current budget, how the Measure N Parcel Tax impacts our budget, and provide input about priorities as we develop our budget for next year.

February PTA Meetings

  • Feb 12 - 7:00 pm - Arroyo/CMS
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Arundel
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Brittan Acres
  • Feb 11 - 8:30 am - Heather
  • Feb 10 - 7:00 pm - Mariposa/TL
  • Feb 12 - 8:00 pm - White Oaks (Sotheby's on San Carlos Ave.)

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

Are you registered to vote? You can still register online or check the status of your voter registration here -

The early voting period for the March 2020 election started on February 3, with four Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto.

The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18!

Learn more about Measure N at -

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2020 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback goal development and on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process. 

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PAC, contact your principal.

  • February 13: 9:00- 10:00am
  • March 19: 9:00- 10:00am
  • April 22: 9:00- 10:00am
  • May 7: 9:00- 10:00am

Family Talk with Health Connected- March 5

Join professional facilitators from Health Connected for an evening of discussion about puberty and growing up. This is an event for families of all structures and children, ages 11-14. SCSD PTAs are sponsoring a large part of the cost for the event and we are asking participants to donate up to $20 at the door. Thursday, March 5 from 6:30-8:00pm at the SCSD Board Room- RSVP here:

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PTA News

PTA Meeting- Join us this Wednesday at 7PM!

Join us for our next PTA meeting to hear updates and participate in discussions. This is an opportunity to stay informed, get involved and have your voice heard on important topics, such as Principals’ updates, funding, advocacy and parcel tax. We’ll meet on Wednesday, February 12th at 7pm in the CMS/Arroyo library. We’d love to see you there!


NEEDED: Student-led clubs cannot launch without a parent advisor. Volunteers specifically needed for Creative Writing, Drama/Music, Games, Community Council and Green Team.  You do NOT need to be an expert in these topics. Please consider volunteering at lunch to be a “coach” for our student-led clubs.  

Sign up HERE:

Staff Appreciation Lunch, Wednesday 2/12 - please signup!

Help us celebrate Valentine's Day (a little early) and show our Arroyo staff how much we appreciate them!  Lunch will be from Asian Box. Please sign up for all the extras to help make this lunch a success!

If you have any questions, please contact Angie Jones, 415-613-1924.

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Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors

First time SCEF donors have the chance to double their donation thanks to exclusive real estate sponsor DWELL Realtors! Partners Laura Bertolucci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke will match $1 for $1 any new donations between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000! Find out more at and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact. 

Seeking Auction Items for Starlight Gala

We are finalizing our Gala auction and are looking for the donation of air miles and/or hotel points to round out a Trip to New York package. If you can donate these, other New York related items, fine wines or vacation homes items, please email Thank you!

Online Auction Success

Thank you for participating in the online auction! We are grateful to the teachers & staff who donate their time to raise money for our schools and ever appreciative of our generous and involved community of supporters. Special thanks to Debbie Blucher, Christopher Kapshap, Annie Kennedy Ramirez, Scott Cleveland and Kathy Parmer-Lohan for creating and running this wonderful event.

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Community Partners

Save the Date for San Carlos Hometown Days 40th Anniversary May 15, 16 & 17, 2020

San Carlos Hometown Days is a unique community event and tradition! This year we are excited to celebrate and continue on after four decades of FUN! For this milestone year, we have a great line up of entertainment, food, beer and wine, games and special attractions, and much more. Don’t miss our Parade on Saturday morning which will be a showcase for our 40th Anniversary celebration! Thank you to all the volunteers who help run this non-profit organization, to our Community Partners, and to our Sponsors. We hope to see you at the event and can’t wait to say to you, “Cheers to 40 Years!”

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. 

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children. 

Please purchase your tickets by Feb.18 at Perfect Pairings -

Contact Nancy Bardsley - - with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?"

Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

Tuesday, February 11

  • 6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?" 
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math" 
  • Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
  • Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
  • Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators

Click here to RSVP -

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website for more information.

Upcoming Parent Education Opportunity- Feb 27

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending. (All parent education events can be found on this link:

Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens

  • Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
  • Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
  • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR), 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

Info & Ticket information -