Arroyo Eagle Eye - 08/15/21

Sunday, August 15, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

The start of school is just around the corner and I’m so excited to welcome our students and families and kick off the school year. I know there is a lot of information to digest at this time of the year. Please read through it carefully. Some things are repeated from past messages because of their importance but in most cases, new details have been added so please read it even if you think you already have. If you need to refer back to any of the information shared you can find a running document of my messages here.

We Need YOU!:
We are in desperate need of additional parent support to help keep our students safe and secure. Volunteers are needed to help with drop-off and pick-up daily. Campus Supervisors (paid positions hired through the district) are critically needed to help with lunch and recess supervision. If you’re able to help with either of these, please complete this form and we’ll be in touch with you soon. Ideally this would be a year-long commitment at least one day a week with a regular schedule but we understand that things come up and will be as flexible as possible.

Arroyo/Central is also in need of a Food Service Assistant to coordinate our hot lunch program. You can apply through the link or reach out to [email protected] if you’re interested. This is a paid position through the district.

COVID Updates:
An updated version of the San Carlos School District Safety Plan can now be found on our Arroyo website as well as the district website. Please read through this carefully as it outlines key components of our plan for in-person instruction. I also want to remind you all that the district maintains a dashboard where you can access the count of positive cases within the schools (students or staff).

I want to stress that our Safety Plan relies on each of us, staff members and families alike, to do our part to reduce the spread of COVID in the community and thereby reduce the risk of spreading the virus at school. This includes getting vaccinated if eligible and COVID testing whenever symptomatic or after a known exposure. In addition, we ask that families familiarize themselves with the CDC’s recommendations regarding testing and quarantining after travel. We know that many families may be squeezing in one last trip before school starts. If that’s true for your family, please monitor for symptoms and consider getting your child tested for COVID before school starts. Finally, please be sure to keep your child home from school for any sign of illness until you have a negative COVID test. We know that summer colds are going around, but since the symptoms overlap with COVID symptoms, we need to err on the side of caution for everyone’s sake. Testing is still available at Central Middle School, Tues-Fri, 9am-2:30pm; we are working to get hours extended to accommodate working parents. Other testing options in the county can be found here

Additionally, students are not required to wear masks outdoors, but it is recommended that they do so if they will be in “crowded outdoor settings or during activities that involve sustained close contact less than six feet away from other students.” Teachers will be reminding students as they head out to recess that masks are recommended, particularly if they will be in close proximity with a friend. You can help to reinforce this message at home. We will be working to create an inclusive climate where students are empowered to take ownership for their own decisions outdoors, whether that means wearing a mask, maintaining social distance during playtime, or both. 

Welcome Week Events:
All families are invited to join us in-person on Monday, August 16 for our Arroyo Day Welcome event. This is a drop-in, outdoors-only event; feel free to stop by anytime from 4-6pm. We will be gathering near the Arroyo lunch tables and playground where we’ll have plenty of room to spread out. Masks will be required for all attendees, regardless of vaccination status. Since parking is limited, I encourage you to walk or bike as a family. We will have name tags and encourage you to include the name of your child’s teacher so that families might begin to meet some of their new classmates. Our fabulous PTA will also have activities available for students and the Kona Ice Truck will be on campus from 5-7pm. Families are also invited to bring a blanket and their own picnic meal from 6-7pm. It should be a lot of fun for everyone!

Later that evening, I hope you’ll join me on Zoom from 7:30-8:30pm for my Virtual Principal’s Welcome. The Zoom link will be sent separately on Monday, and the presentation will be recorded and shared for anyone who is unable to attend. In my presentation, I’ll share more information about the Upper Elementary program, as well as review our COVID norms and protocols as we resume in-person learning, and answer any questions you may have. 

First Day:
Our first day of school is Wednesday, August 18, a minimum day (8:35-12:50pm). Starting at 8:25am, students will be invited to gather on the blacktop where they will find their class lines and have a chance to meet their new classmates. Please note that at this time, the campus is open only to staff and students. Whether students arrive by bus, car, or on foot/bike, they’ll say goodbye at one of the school entrances and proceed across the campus to the play yard. Masks will be optional, however, when the bell rings at 8:35am, children will line up to meet their teacher and put their masks on so they are ready to enter their classroom. The teacher will lead the line to class and help the children put their items away. Dismissal on the first day (a regular Wednesday early dismissal) is at 12:50pm. Our daily bell schedule can be found here.

Access to Technology:
With students returning to full-time in-person instruction, we do not anticipate a need for students to have regular access to a device at home for learning. However, if you do believe your child will need a device, one can be provided. Please contact me at [email protected] for more information.

4th grade students will get to participate in three electives this year, one per trimester, including Art, Music Fundamentals, and Theater. 5th grade students will have one year-long elective, either Theater, Band, or Orchestra. Students who opted for Band/Orchestra selected an instrument in the spring and additional information was sent to families in June. Families who are new to Arroyo should have also received information on selecting an elective. Please note that although electives will begin on Thursday, Aug. 19, no instruments will be needed the first week. Mr. Fischer (Orchestra) and Ms. Moulder (Band) will share more information with families soon.

For additional information on arrival/dismissal procedures, school supplies, snack/lunch, attendance, communication, volunteering, staff updates, or the Remote Independent Study program, please refer to this Google Doc to access an archive of the Principal’s Messages, including last week’s message. 

Looking forward to seeing you soon! Enjoy the last few days of summer!

Mindy Shelton
[email protected]

Dates to Remember





Event Details

Mon, Aug 16


Arroyo Day on the Arroyo blacktop - Class assignments, food truck & fun! (Stay for an optional picnic from 6-7pm.)

Mon, Aug 16


Arroyo Principal’s Welcome Back Orientation over Zoom

Wed, Aug 18


First Day of School

Thursday, Sept 2


Back to School Night (Virtual, Parents Only)

Fri, Sept 3


Minimum Day

Mon, Sept 6

All Day

No School - Labor Day

Fri, Sept 24

All Day

Picture Day at Arroyo

October 4-8


Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences



PTA News

Welcome from the Central Arroyo PTA
Parents, Families and PTA Friends - welcome to a great 2021/22 Arroyo school year! We hope to see you at Arroyo Day on campus tomorrow, Monday, from 4-6pm to find your classmates and for pick up games (bring a ball or play corn hole, ring toss, giant bubbles). The Kona Ice truck will be there selling shave ice from 5-7pm. Bring an optional picnic dinner and continue the fun from 6-7pm.

Arroyo always wants our community involved, and here are some simple ways you can start:

Join the Central Arroyo PTAYour 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
  • 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 Open Positions

The PTA is looking to fill a few more volunteer roles for this year. There are a number of positions we are hoping to fill immediately as well as many more opportunities throughout the year. We can't do it without you! Sign up here to volunteer.


Arroyo School Website

For more information, check out our Arroyo School website.




Thank you to our generous donors!
Your donations to SCEF last year will allow us to grant over $3.1 million to support every San Carlos public school student in the upcoming 2021-22 school year. For more information about SCEF and what we do, please visit:

Devil’s Canyon Back-to-School Night
All San Carlos School District and San Carlos Charter families, educators and staff are invited to stop by Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. on Friday, August 27 for a no-host family back-to-school night during their weekly Beer Friday. This is an all-ages event and food trucks will be available.
Be a GEM: Give Every Month
Did you know that you can make your donation by setting up an ongoing, automated, recurring gift? When you Give Every Month, your support of SCEF is spread across the entire year. Learn more and join this campaign (at any dollar amount) at:
Like our Facebook page for more upcoming details and all SCEF news:


District News

Happy First Day of School! #SCSDFirstDay
Welcome back to school San Carlos Families!

We want to see your back to school photos on our social media pages! To have your photos featured, please email them to [email protected] and then follow/like us on our pages to see your pics:






Don't forget to use our SCSD hashtags:

#scsd first day



Help Reduce Car Traffic At Our Schools - Students Can Take SamTrans To and From School

Learn more about the options for students to take the SamTrans from your neighborhood to school and back! Visit the SamTrans site for fares and information, and to see the schedules and maps for these San Carlos buses:


Route 61

Route 95

Check out the SCSD website for information on Safe Routes to School, and options for students to walk or roll to campus this year.



Community Partner News

Afterschool Care Enrichment (ACE) Program Is Now Enrolling Before and After School Care Program at Arroyo and Mariposa!
Afterschool Care Enrichment was selected by the San Carlos School District as the Upper Elementary School care provider at Arroyo and Mariposa. ACE was founded by Eve Daskalakis who has served families in the San Carlos Childcare community since 2008.

ACE is an innovative California State licensed childcare program that focuses on enrichment and youth development to challenge our upper elementary students each day. ACE will offer both Morning and Afternoon Programming.

  • Morning Programming Including Breakfast: Monday-Friday from 7:30am-the start of the school day
  • Afternoon Programming: Monday-Friday from End of school day-6pm

Each day includes a Healthy afternoon snack, our Homework Lab with staff assisted support, STEAM activities and Active Outdoor Enrichment Programming

Please visit the ACE website for detailed program information and to register your child, or feel free to reach out to Eve Daskalakis directly via email or phone (650) 931-4007.