Arroyo Eagle Eye - 1/23/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

Thank you for your wholehearted support of our SCEF Read-a-Thon. Our Arroyo Eagles did a tremendous job! At last count, we had over 151,000 minutes logged!! Incredible! If you or your child still needs to log some reading that was done before 10pm on Friday, it’s not too late! And be sure to join in the special author event on Sunday with Kate Robinson!


Sunday is also the Bike Fair and Community Bike Ride, 9am-noon at the Central/Arroyo blacktop, as part of the San Carlos Week of the Family events. Sounds like a fun weekend all around! 


Next week is one of my favorite weeks of the school year: it’s the Great Kindness Challenge! During this week, students are encouraged to go out of their way to demonstrate kindness at school and beyond. Students are provided with a checklist of challenges and encouraged to complete as many of the challenges as possible. We’ll also be participating in the week-long event by celebrating a Kindness Spirit Week, with a different theme each day and a different kindness focus:


  • Monday - Powered by Kindness
    • Dress like your favorite superhero or character in a book/show/movie
    • Focus on being kind to your family
  • Tuesday - Workout your problems with kindness
    • Wear workout clothes
    • Focus on being kind to your friends
  • Wednesday - Crazy for Kindness
    • Wear crazy socks and/or hair
    • Focus on being kind to yourself
  • Thursday - Peace, love and kindness
    • Wear tie dye and/or bright colors
    • Focus on being kind to our Earth
  • Friday - Team Kindness
    • Wear Arroyo spirit gear/purple/favorite sport team jersey. 
    • Focus on being kind to the Arroyo staff. 

Our Eagle Council will be engaging in some sneaky acts of kindness, and many of our classes also have special projects planned related to kindness. Throughout the week we’ll be watching some short videos about kindness and sharing how kindness has impacted us. if you want to get in on the action too, there’s even a Family Kindness Challenge Checklist! I encourage you to work as a family to see how many challenges you can accomplish together over the next week! 

One final reminder that our adult book club is starting next week, reading Stamped (for Kids). If you would like to join, please complete this form today so we can share information about the meeting days/times. We have 30 adults who have already expressed interest between Arroyo and Mariposa; we’re looking forward to rich and reflective conversations with you!



Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Stampede and Soar Needs Your Help! 

Our Stampede & Soar team needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to help plan. This is a fun-filled community event and a great chance to get involved.

Here are some specific roles that need to be filled:

  • Entertainment Committee, Food, Music
  • Set up registration, T-shirt layout and Ordering
  • Signage, Logistics, First Aid

If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up here


The 2022 Stampede and Soar Color Run is coming up on Sunday, April 10!

Join the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs as they Stampede & Soar through the City of Good Living! This year’s fun run will be a color chase celebrating community and raising money for our school through business sponsorships. 


Event Details

  • Sunday, April 10th from 9-11am
  • Central/Arroyo Campus
  • 1.5 mile laps through 4 color stations
  • Run/walk one or two laps
  • DJ music and food for purchase 
  • Liquid food-grade color provided by Chameleon Color

Register by March 15 to guarantee a 2022 Stampede & Soar t-shirt.


Tickets $25 per participant. SIGN UP TODAY!


Become a PTA Member Today!

If you haven’t yet joined the CMS/Arroyo PTA, you can still sign up for membership. Individual Memberships are $10 and Family Memberships are $20.


As a PTA Member, you not only support our CMS/Arroyo teachers, staff and programs but are also part of decision-making discussions and support the voice of the PTA and public schools in advocacy programs at the state level. Your support goes a long way. Join us this year and sign up as a member today: CentralArroyoPTA


The CMS/Arroyo Library Could Use Your Help

Our school librarian is looking for parent volunteers to help with shelving books and/or lunchtime library supervision.  Ideally volunteers could commit to one hour every week or two, but once a month would work too! Times and days are flexible.


For more information, please contact CMS/Arroyo Librarian: Katie Hultgren at [email protected].


Still Looking for a Way to Volunteer? 

Go to our website and sign up today! Ways to Support your PTA Programs


Upload Your Photos for the Arroyo 2021-22 Yearbook!

Parents & Teachers can now sign into TreeRing and upload photos into shared folders for the various classrooms or themes. You can also upload into private folders for use on personal/custom TreeRing pages later.


Our yearbook reps for each class will look through those photos periodically for use on your classroom’s montage page and the various events pages.  Deadline to be announced later, but good to start uploading now, including class events, Halloween, sports, pets, etc.


Quick instructions below, and we have very detailed instructions here:

  • Goto Treering at - Use our passcode: 1014628525232886
  • If you’ve used TreeRing before then click the green Log-In button on the bottom right, and if you are new to TreeRing you’ll create a new account.  
  • Select your teacher’s name
  • You can purchase a yearbook now or click the “Buy later” link in the top left
  • Scroll down to find Share Photos >  “Share Your Photos” button
  • Click the Shared Photo Folders icon and find the appropriate classroom or  named event folder, then upload by clicking Add Photos button



The SCEF Read-a-thon Team - Special Event - Jan 23 - Noon

We are thrilled to announce our SCEF author event with Kate Robinson, author and daughter of Sir Ken Robinson. In the years before he passed away, Sir Ken had been working on a manifesto - a short book that would pull together all of his key arguments and serve as a call to action for the education revolution he spent his life advocating for. His wish was for his daughter, Kate Robinson, to complete the book after his passing, and that it be published posthumously.

This incredible book, Imagine if... Creating A Future For Us All will be out on March 1 and is now available to preorder.  We are honored to have Kate join us live from London via Zoom, for a Family and Educator event on January 23 at 12:00 pm,  to talk to us about writing, love of reading, the power of imagination, and her upcoming book. We welcome participants to send in questions prior to the event for Kate. We look forward to seeing you there. 

Join Kate Robinson, live from London on January 23 at 12pm.

Join ZOOM Meeting:
Meeting ID: 898 0425 0056



District News

ROPES Judges Needed!

We are still looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences). ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in deeper but fun way.

There are 3 opportunities to judge. We need judges especially for TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY!


  • Tuesday, Feb 8: 4–6:30pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 9: 2-5pm
  • Thursday, Feb 10: 6-8:30pm

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening.

I hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you are able to judge on any of those times, please complete thiROPES Judging Sign Up - 2022 Form.


Mental Health Forum for Parents and Caregivers

Please join us for a Mental Health Forum for Parents and Caregivers on January 24 from 7-8pm, where we will hear from two mental health professionals on high-level themes they are seeing, and ask any questions you may have about supporting your students, and yourselves, mentally and emotionally. Please register here.


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.


Community Partner News

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (Students Ages 5-11)
San Mateo County Health is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines at eight sites throughout the county during the month of January. Free and advance appointments are now available, highly encouraged, and may be scheduled through MyTurn. Families may also come without appointments. Learn more.


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 (Note: this location is Closed until Monday, January 24)

- Mondays 11am-6pm

- Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9am-4pm

- Thursdays 12pm-7pm

- Fridays 11am-6pm

- Sign-up for testing at Central here


Tierra Linda Middle School Parking Lot

- Wednesday & Friday 11am-5pm

- Saturday 8am-3pm

- Sign-up for testing at Tierra Linda here

- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here


SCSD Day at Stanford Basketball - Feb 6

Stanford Men’s Basketball Welcomes San Carlos School District on February 6!

Join us at Maples Pavilion as the Cardinal takes on the Washington Huskies. Get to know your fellow SCSD families seating in the same section. All SCSD students in attendance will receive a Stanford t-shirt!

Use promo code SCSD to purchase tickets at the discounted price, starting at just $12. The promo code is active, and families can purchase tickets today.


Afterschool Care Enrichment (ACE) is Now Enrolling at Arroyo and Mariposa for the 2022-23 School Year!

Afterschool Care Enrichment also known as ACE offers a flexible, innovative, California State licensed child care program focused on enrichment and youth development to challenge our upper elementary students. ACE will offer both Morning and Full Time or Part Time Afternoon.

Morning Programming Including Breakfast - Monday-Friday from 7:30am-the start of the school day - Full Time-5 Day or Part Time-3 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.

Arroyo 22-23 Registration Link Mariposa 22-23 Registration Link

Please visit our website for more information or to register your child at or contact ACE - Phone: (650) 931-4007 - Email: [email protected].


Parent Venture Series -

Social-Emotional Learning and Positive School Climate – What Parents Need to Know and Can Do (TK-12 Parents and Families) January 25, 6-7:30pm
This special event will help parents learn about social-emotional learning and what a positive school climate looks like. Attendees will receive advocacy and other resources to help create social-emotional learning opportunities and build a positive climate at their students’ school. Learn more.

Valedictorians at the Gate with Author Becky Munsterer Sabky
Offering prescriptive, actionable advice for students and their parents, Becky Sabky illuminates the pathway to finding the ideal college. Wed, January 26, 5:30–6:30. Register here.

Promoting Kindness, Empathy, Inclusion, and Disability Awareness
How can you encourage kindness and empathy in your kids? Noted educator Sam Drazin, founder and executive director of Changing Perspectives, offers an enlightening discussion on disability awareness (January 27, Online).

NEW! Every child should have the freedom to explore, imagine, and invent. Join us for an inspiring session with Rachelle Doorley, founder of TinkerLab, Spark Imagination with Art: Raising Kids Who Are Curious and Creative (February 3, Online).


San Carlos Week of the Family - Jan 15-23

The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized and run by community volunteers whose goal is to strengthen family relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family and community interaction. Celebrating twenty two years, the Week of the Family committee and its volunteers are proud to contribute to the quality of life and the family-orientated community of The City of Good Living.


Please join the hundreds of families that have enjoyed Week of the Family by participating in one or more of the mostly free activities offered. You’re sure to find something entertaining and fun for your entire family. Learn more


The goals of the San Carlos Week of the Family are to:

- Strengthen family relationships
- Provide families in our community the tools that help families
- Promote family life
- Honor and pay tribute to families
- Encourage families serving families
- Have lots of fun