Arroyo Eagle Eye - 10/24/21

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

We are VERY MUCH in need of additional adults who can help supervise our student-led clubs. It’s a fun, easy and rewarding opportunity that is greatly appreciated by our students because it allows them to hold their club meetings in a separate space than the rest of the school. No preparation is required and you can come weekly, every other week, or even once a month during the lunch hour from 12-1pm. If you’re able to help, please complete this brief form here. I’d also love a parent or two who might be willing to help coordinate other parent volunteers. Club applications were due on Friday and we have nearly 50 turned in! I’ll be working with our student leaders this week to finalize the details and possibly combine clubs with similar interests.


We are also in need of additional volunteers to help with our Halloween festivities on Friday afternoon. Please see the PTA section below for more information and to sign-up. Our Eagles are really excited for the fun and we have a great spirit week planned to build excitement throughout the week. Please encourage your child to participate.

  • Monday - Classes will come up with a team name for the week. Students will be asked to share a Halloween art project, story, etc via Padlet.
  • Tuesday - Wear Halloween colors and create a class cheer or spooky sound effect 
  • Wednesday - Door decorating contest (classes will work on this throughout the week)
  • Thursday - Post a photo of a carved or decorated pumpkin on Padlet
  • Friday - Costume parade & afternoon activities

On Friday, students may wear their costumes to school or change during lunch. Here are some guidelines to follow:

  • Costumes should be appropriate for 4th and 5th grade students - please refrain from “horror” costumes as not all students are comfortable with these. 
  • No weapons of any kind will be allowed at school. Please do not bring plastic guns, swords, or other weapons.
  • Masks should be worn only for the party, not during class time or on the playground at lunch. This would be unsafe and distract from learning.
  • Students should be able to walk safely around campus in their costumes.
  • Leave props at home for the big Halloween event. We can not be responsible for lost items, so it would be better to leave any props at home.
  • Students still need to wear their COVID face masks with their costumes throughout the day, including during our parade and outdoor activities.

If you’re able to help with our Halloween activities or clubs, please start the volunteer clearance process as soon as possible. There are several steps to get cleared and we want to make sure there is enough time to complete the process. Start by filling out the form here. Please note that volunteers may NOT come on campus until receiving an email from me that they are cleared to volunteer at Arroyo.


I hope you’ll consider becoming a PTA Parent Partner by making a donation of $250 to fund programs like our Halloween party, Art in Action, school assemblies, classroom supply grants, and more. Your financial support and volunteer time make a huge difference for our school community. See the PTA section below for more information.


4th grade parents, mark your calendars for ROPES Information Night - October 28. 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. To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the ROPES orientation on Thursday, October 28 from 6:30-7:30pm - Zoom link here. For more information, please visit the ROPES page on the SCSD site.

Picture Makeup day will be on Friday, November 5th. Students who were not able to make it or would like to retake a picture should plan to have their picture taken.



Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

We are planning a Spook-tacular Halloween Party on Friday 10/29 for our Arroyo Eagles and we need your help!

We have several different fun ways to get involved and you can sign up here!

  • Create a vignette/”room” in our Haunted House Maze
  • Fill a counting jar with Halloween candy or creepy items for the kids to guess
  • Work at one of our fun stations
  • Don your best Fortune Teller costume and tell the future!

Fall Fundraiser: Almost Halfway There!

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to our PTA Partner campaign. Can you help get us over 50% toward our goal? Our deadline is coming up quickly! Without you, many of our school's wonderful programs would not be possible. Please click here to donate today!


PTA Partner


Are You a Business Owner?

Get the word out about your business AND help provide enriching activities for our students by becoming a local business sponsor! When you join your fellow Central-Arroyo parents/business owners as a PTA sponsor, your business’s name will be featured on a banner during the PTA’s marquee spring event, the Stampede and Soar. Through your sponsorship, you have the opportunity to reach the families of 700+ students in the San Carlos community. Here’s the link to become a sponsor. The PTA thanks you! For more information, email Fundraising Chair Angie Wu at [email protected].




Our Arroyo Yearbook Team Needs You!

We’re ramping up for the new Arroyo 2021-22 yearbook and are recruiting parent volunteers:


  • We’ll be using Treering again, which requires no prior experience!
  • Volunteering is easy and can be conveniently done from home.
  • We need 2 types of volunteers:
    • Classroom Yearbook Representative (1 per class) to help us collect photos for their class’s montage page. Go to the PTA Volunteer Opportunities page on the Arroyo website and click on your class’s signup site to volunteer.
    • Yearbook Committee where we split up tasks like working with Treering, communicating to parents and students, developing the plan for gathering photos, organizing online photo folders, yearbook layout & design, portrait pages, class volunteer coordinator. Please email our PTA president Alana Corso to join the committee.



Dwell is now Sereno

We are thrilled to announce that Dwell/Sereno has committed $25K as our 21-22 Exclusive Real Estate Sponsor. We are honored and grateful that Sereno is continuing the commitment of the Dwell founding partners to local public schools.


Gather your family and friends and join SCEF at Chase Center for a Golden State Warriors game! October 30 and December 23 -- 75 participants will be invited to watch the players’ warm-up! January 25-- The first 10,000 fans will receive a Curry/Chamberlain Duo Bobblehead. Discounted tickets available for select dates and a portion of each ticket sale benefits SCEF. Get WARRIORS tickets at Discounted prices AND with NO Ticketmaster fees! Purchase before 11/8 and be entered to win additional tickets. More information is available here:


Halloween Is Happening! And So Is Our 11th Annual Candy Buy-Back!

Drop extra candy November 1-4, at your school’s office and it will be donated to Operation Gratitude and sent to our troops. Drs. Chang, Amin, and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF.




District News

San Carlos School District Meal Survey - Due Oct 29

SCSD participates in the National School Lunch Program by offering lunches everyday. On July 9, 2021 Assembly Bill (AB) 130 was signed into law by Governor Newsom. Commencing in the 2022-23 School Year, requires public school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools serving students in grades TK-12 to provide two meals free of charge (breakfast and lunch) during each school day to students requesting a meal, regardless of their free or reduced-price meal eligibility.


We are asking all SCSD families to complete our participation survey so that we may gather data to prepare for the best way to serve you and our students.




Survey closes on Friday, October 29 at 3pm - Thank you for your assistance.



El Distrito Escolar de San Carlos participa en el Programa Nacional de Almuerzos Escolares ofreciendo almuerzos todos los días. El 9 de julio de 2021, el gobernador Newsom firmó el proyecto de ley 130 de la Asamblea (AB). A partir del año escolar 2022-23, la ley requiere que los distritos escolares públicos, las oficinas de educación del condado y las escuelas autónomas que atienden a los estudiantes en los grados TK-12 proporcionen dos comidas gratuitas (desayuno y almuerzo) durante cada día escolar a los estudiantes que soliciten una comida, independientemente de su elegibilidad para comidas gratis o de precio reducido.


Estamos pidiendo a todas las familias de SCSD que completen nuestra encuesta de participación para que podamos recopilar datos para prepararnos para la mejor manera de servirle a usted y a nuestros estudiantes.




La encuesta cierra el viernes 29 de octubre a las 3pm - Gracias por su asistencia.


San Mateo County Office of Education Vaccination Information Session

COVID-19 Safe Schools and Vaccinations for Youth - October 27, 6:30-7:45pm.


Vaccinations for children ages 5-11 are expected to be available in November. Educators and families are invited to join the San Mateo County Office of Education and representatives from San Mateo County Health for a discussion about vaccinations for youth, including research on the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations for this age group. Learn more | Spanish flyer


ROPES 2021-22 Orientation - Oct 28

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, Personal Reflections.


To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the ROPES Orientation on Thursday, October 28 from 6:30-7:30pm - Zoom link here. Students and parents in grades 4, 6, and 8 who are new to ROPES should attend. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected] and for more information visit the SCSD website.


Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day Poster Contest - Deadline Oct 27

Students of all grade levels are encouraged to submit their original artwork inspired by Ruby Bridges. Posters can be created by individual students, small groups, or classrooms. Winning entries will be made into posters and shared with schools countywide to promote Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 17.

Learn more | Spanish flyer


COVID Reminders - Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested

Staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID-19 are two of the most effective ways to keep our community safe. Click here for more information.

covid symptoms


If you have any of the symptoms listed above, call your school office to report an illness, stay home, and take a COVID test. If you need to report a COVID case, please call our District Nurse - Page Pollack at 650-632-8300 (Arroyo Office) or Human Resources at 650-590-5922 if the nurse is unavailable.


For additional information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.


Schedule Your Appointment at the Curative COVID-19 Testing Van

Please take advantage of the no-cost COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.


Click on the link to sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:


- Central Middle School (parking lot, under solar structure)

Tuesdays/Wednesdays 9am-3pm

Thursdays 1-7pm

Fridays 11am-5pm (effective August 17, 2021)

- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here



Community Partner News

San Carlos Goblin Walk

San Carlos Parks & Recreation is excited for the return of the Goblin Walk on Friday, October 29 from 4-5:30pm. Children 7 years and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to Trick-or-Treat down Laurel Street in their costume and visit the businesses displaying the Goblin Walk sign. The first 1,000 Trick-or-Treaters can pick up a Goblin Walk Trick-or-Treat bag at Harrington Park or from any Goblin Walk volunteer. For questions please call (650) 802-4382. Planning on going? Let us know on our Facebook Event Page!


VolunTEEN: Laurel Street Clean-Up

Calling all “VolunTEEN’s” ages 12-18, lend a hand to help your community! Join the Youth Advisory Council and Key Club on Saturday, October 30 from 9-10:30am for a Laurel Street Clean-Up. We will provide gloves, pickers, and buckets. Your time, effort, and presence will make a difference in your community. Registration required.Registration required for the Laurel Street Clean-Up. To register, visit:


Parent Education Series

Changing Perspectives Parent Nights for TK-12 Families - First Session is November 9, 5:30-7pm. The San Mateo County Office of Education invites Sam Drazin, founder and CEO of Changing Perspectives, to lead two virtual family nights on social emotional learning (SEL) and how to incorporate it at home. He will break SEL down into core competencies and share valuable strategies and resources to support students’ well-being and learning. Learn more.