Sunday, September 13, 2020
Dear Arroyo Families,
Mid-September is always a bit of a challenging time in schools. The honeymoon period is over, summer is well behind us and the reality of the school year sets in. Teachers and students are doing the hard work of assessing academic levels, solidifying norms and routines, and starting to dive into curriculum, but we’re not quite ready for the more interesting, deep learning that comes a little bit later. It’s not uncommon for kids to report feeling “bored” or less interested than they usually are. Add to that the challenges of distance learning, a global pandemic, and being stuck inside due to bad air quality, and it definitely makes for challenging times. If your child is expressing these feelings, it’s important to listen to them, empathize, and reassure them that they are not alone and it’s normal to feel this way. Reflect on hard times in the past and remind them that they’ll get through this too and have a lot of support in place. It’s hard as a parent too. Hang in there! You are not alone and we’re all working together to get through it.
This week we introduced a new tool called Sown to Grow, a platform designed to empower students to set goals, reflect on strategies,and learn how to learn. We’ll be incorporating several of the goal setting modules throughout the year but we’re starting with a weekly emotional check-in where students will respond to a prompt about how they’re feeling this week and reflect on any strategies that help them along the way. Teachers, our school counselor, and I will all be monitoring these check ins and will reach out to parents if any concerns arise.
Now that students are familiar with our school-wide behavior expectations, we want to introduce some positive reinforcement for students who are following those expectations. At school, we use Soar Cards to acknowledge students who are being Responsible, Respectful, and Safe. This year we’ve developed electronic Soar Cards, and we’re inviting you to participate in the process. If YOU see your child doing something Responsible, Respectful, or Safe, please fill out this quick Google Form to tell us about it. Any time a child receives a Soar Card, they’ll get an email to the student, parent, and teacher acknowledging their good work. We’ll list weekly recipients on our Arroyo DL Website (where you can also find a link to the form), and will randomly draw cards for a small prize.
Speaking of our Arroyo DL Website, please be sure to check it often. We’ve added a spot to celebrate birthdays and a new challenge project for students. Teachers also update their page each week with their schedule and announcements.
Mark your calendars for September 25 for Arroyo Picture Day. Students will be invited on campus one class at a time to take their school photo. We’ll send a schedule and a list of safety precautions next week. Whether you plan to order or not, we do need all students to take a photo. We use them as a part of our student information system and also for our school yearbook. Make-up photos will happen on November 6.
PTA Meeting - Wednesday, September 16th at 7pm- Special Topic- Art in Action!
Margaret Sena, Ph.D., is a parent at Arroyo and part of a working group of volunteers who are planning how to deliver the Art in Action program via distance learning to students at Arroyo and in Grade 6 at Central this year. She will provide an overview of the benefits of the program, details about how parent docents will teach lessons and provide supplies to students, and update the audience about how they can help or be involved.
Join us for this Arroyo/Central PTA Meeting
- When: Sep 16, 2020 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
- Register in advance for this meeting here.
- After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Joining Together for Student Success!
The Central Arroyo PTA and the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) invite you to be a part of TeamKid, a joint fundraising campaign to support our schools.
By giving to your school's PTA and SCEF, you are helping to bridge the gap between CA state funding and the educational excellence our students deserve. Join the TeamKid movement by making your PTA donation this fall and planning your SCEF donation at a time that works best for your family.
Our goal is 100% participation and we are grateful for your generous donations large and small! TeamKid suggested donations are $125 per student to PTA, and $1,500 per student to SCEF. Join TeamKid HERE.
Calling All Readers!
The Scholastic Virtual Book Fair is coming October 2-9th! More information coming soon!
Yearbook Lead Needed!!
Please consider leading our class yearbook reps in creating a keepsake of this unique year, if we don’t have a yearbook lead, our kids won’t be receiving yearbooks this year. Please Sign up today!
Halloween Planner Role
Halloween will look different this year, but we are looking for a couple of creative people to research and coordinate a school wide Halloween activity via Zoom. The job will include planning and coordinating. Sign up here
The Central/Arroyo Garden - Each Green Corner
Central/Arroyo has partnered with Each Green Corner! Our garden will be supporting community initiatives like local food insecurity and donating food weekly to Second Harvest Food Bank.
- Landscape Designer Spotlight: Nathalia
- Nathalia has worked extensively on project site designs and plans for our Living Campus program to meet the educational goals of our program site partners and incorporate EGC's mission into every site. Her designs include everything from outdoor classrooms to playground gardens. As you can see in the following pictures, when comparing current site pictures with proposed site plans, the designed transformation of spaces by Nathalia are extraordinary and ensure that the users will be fully immersed in a garden-centered landscape. To learn more about Nathalia's work with EGC, click HERE.
Wildfire Safety Resources From Our School Counselors Natural Disasters: Helping Kids During Crisis
- Try and keep routines as normal as possible. Kids gain security from the predictability of routine, including attending school.
- Limit exposure to television and the news.
- Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle.
- Listen to kids’ fears and concerns.
- Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but that there are people who do bad things.
- Parents and adults need to first deal with and assess their own responses to crisis and stress.
- Rebuild and reaffirm attachments and relationships.
Parent Education Event: The Anti-Racist Parent with Victor Rios, PhD - Sep 15
We are proud to be partnering with the Parent Venture Series, an extension of the Parent Education Series, to bring high-quality, engaging speakers and programs to our community. This year, all events will be online and free!
The next event in the series will take place next Tuesday, September 15, 2020 from 12:00-1:00pm featuring Victor Rios, PhD, discussing The Anti-Racist Parent: Engaging Youth Through an Equity and Justice Framework. Click here for information and tickets (a Zoom link will be provided upon registration)
Soon you will be able to subscribe to the Parent Venture Series newsletters, and we will also post all events on the SCSD website. In the meantime, check out the links above to learn about upcoming events.
Join the TeamKid movement!
This Fall, more than ever, our great San Carlos Schools need us. This past summer, SCEF and school PTA leaders decided to collaborate to raise much-needed support for our students. Working together, we can create the best experience possible for our eager students and outstanding teachers. The TeamKid campaign is a result of this cooperation.
Through your two-fold commitment to SCEF and PTA, you’ll be supporting the local-level funding that bridges the gap between the needs of San Carlos Schools, and our CA state funding*. Your school will benefit from your contribution to PTA as a donor, member, and advocate. As always, your school will continue to have important programs and people funded by the grant from SCEF.
The goal is 100% participation, so please donate at whatever level is possible for you. Join TeamKid by making your PTA donation this fall and planning your SCEF donation for a date that works best for your family.
*Click here for a short video to learn more about how San Carlos schools are funded.
Healthy Cities Tutoring - Become a tutor! Orientation and Training - Sep 15
Join our community of volunteers who range in age from 14-96 and provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students for 30-45 minutes per week to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. This year with distance learning we are seeking volunteers willing to be trained in tutoring a student remotely once a week. We expect the need to grow this year and hope you or someone you know will get involved in this rewarding volunteer experience.
If you are interested in learning more, please mark your calendar for our annual new tutor orientation & training which will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, September 15. There are two identical sessions, 10:00-11:00 am OR 7:00-8:00 pm. Please RSVP via the links to attend whichever time is most convenient for you.
Healthy Cities Tutoring is recruiting volunteers – Reach a child. Touch a Family. Build a community.
National Grandparents Day - Sep 13
The Museum of San Carlos History is excited to discover your Grandparents’ stories about growing up and living in San Carlos.
For this fun history project, “Grandparents” can also be your “Grand-neighbor”, a “Grand-Aunt”, a Grand-Uncle” or a “Grand-friend of the family.”
Please spend some time with this “Grand” person asking questions about their cherished memories of San Carlos in the 30s/40s/50s//60s/70s/80s.
- What did they do on the weekend with their friends?
- Where was the “cool” hangout?
- What made their neighborhood special?
- What are their fond recollections of school?
- What questions about interesting San Carlos topics will you ask?!?!
Please send a recap of that conversation via email to the Museum of San Carlos History firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions can include a short video, a written essay, a slide show of photographs, a PowerPoint deck…be as creative as you want. While there really are no “rules”, we do ask that videos not include images of children under 18 years old. Also, videos should be under 5 minutes in length. Submit multiple videos about different topics, if necessary.
Please submit your story of San Carlos history throughout the month of September email@example.com. The Villagers, the docents of the Museum, will enjoy watching and reading all submissions. The Villagers will determine an interesting and appropriate way to incorporate these stories into the Museum’s history displays.
Happy Grandparents Day! Looking forward to more GRAND stories of San Carlos history! Have fun!
San Carlos Park & Rec Virtual Paint Night - Sep 19
Gather your family or bring a friend and join us for a Virtual Family Paint Night from the comfort of your home from 4:00-5:30 pm. Our Instructor will guide you through all the creative steps and techniques necessary to develop a unique, colorful painting. Art kits sponsored by the Parks & Rec Foundation are available for pickup at the Youth Center. Open to ages 6+, fee: $35/per person.