Arroyo Eagle Eye - 1/30/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

We had a wonderful week celebrating kindness! It was so much fun to see students out at recess trying to check things off their kindness checklists, picking up garbage around the school, making cards for school staff, hanging signs around the school affirming how awesome our students are, and more! Our spirit week made it extra fun and we loved seeing so much tie dye, super hero shirts, crazy hair and socks and more. I especially loved seeing our students' reactions to a principal with a rainbow mohawk on crazy hair day!


If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to fill out our online permission form for the California Healthy Kids Survey. This is a survey given to students throughout the state that helps us gather important feedback about how we’re doing on our school-wide goals of ensuring that Arroyo is a place where all students feel safe and feel a strong sense of belonging. The survey will be given to students in class during the week of February 7 so it’s important that we hear from all parents before then about whether or not your child has permission to participate.


Our mental health associate alerted me to a website that some of our students are using called Omegle. Omegle is a video chat site that allows users to chat online via text or video with strangers around the world. Here is what Common Sense Media says about it. Please be sure to monitor your child's internet use and talk to them about internet safety, particularly around social media. While 9-11 year olds can be very convincing when telling you that "all of their friends use _____" (Instagram, TikTok, Omegle, etc) these sites are not developmentally appropriate for them. I really encourage you to look into the Wait Until 8th campaign and the impact social media can have on kids. 


We’re so excited to send our 5th graders on to Outdoor Education at Jones Gulch this week! They’re in for a great week of hiking, singing, exploring, learning and growing their independence as they are away from home for the week. 5th grade parents, please be sure you have read the emails with final reminders for Monday morning and complete the health screening before coming to campus on Monday. 


This Wednesday our 4th graders will be participating in a virtual learning program put on by the San Mateo County Office of Education called Arts As Life. They’ll get to hear from a variety of presenters on topics related to visual and performing arts, storytelling, and more. Ask your child about the sessions their class attended on Wednesday. 

I hope your family is staying healthy and getting outdoors to enjoy the sunshine this weekend! It is encouraging to see COVID case numbers dropping again, but it is clear that we are not out of the woods yet with the Omicron variant. Thank you for your continued vigilance with keeping your child home when s/he has symptoms until those symptoms are improving and your child has a negative test. If you haven’t yet placed your order for free at-home COVID tests, I encourage you to do so, and test kits are also back in stock at most pharmacies.



Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Volunteer Spots Still Open, Help Make This Stampede Really SOAR!!!! 

Our Stampede & Soar team is coming together. We still have needs in these areas:

  • Entertainment Committee, Food, Music, Field Games afterwards
  • Order and set up balloons
  • Color, Order, Mix, and coordinate spraying the kids

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!


Join the PTA and Make Your Voice Heard!

Did you know that when you join the Central Arroyo PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento? Higher membership gives our PTA a powerful voice in advocating for our children with the California legislature. 100% membership sends a message that our district is made up of voters who are concerned and involved. Join the PTA for $20 to help keep the push for better CA school funding going strong.


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



Summer Camp Auction THIS Week
Book your summer camps NOW and support your school–Camps, Classes, Activities.
Opens at 10am on Monday, January 31st, and closes at 9pm, Friday, February 4th.
See the offerings here:

We are proud of our Read-A-Thon participants who read more than 878,904 minutes and asked their family and friends to support our schools. As a result, we are $145,000 closer to reaching our $3.2 million goal by mid-spring.

When SCEF reaches its goal earlier in the year, our district is able to plan appropriately for educator positions and programs into the 2022-23 school year. Thank you for joining us to celebrate literacy and foster a love of reading while raising funds to support our students!

Visit and check out the participant Honor Role, plus over 80 book recommendation videos by teachers, community leaders, and students.



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.


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.



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

- 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].


ACE Adventures Summer Camp 2022 at Arroyo - Early Bird DISCOUNTED Registration is Now Open!
This Summer our program will be located at Arroyo Elementary school in San Carlos. We welcome all elementary school age children grades TK-6th. We will be open June 13th-August 12th, M-F 8am-6pm. We will serve lunch three times weekly (M,W,F) and offer optional field trips twice weekly.

You may register by week as well as have the option of 3 days or 5 days per week registered. We offer themed sessions packed with STEAM and Outdoor Athletic activities each day. Wednesdays campers are invited to bring in their wheels to enjoy ample riding space on our gated black top area. Additionally every Friday campers will enjoy our Interactive Water Slide or Slip N' Slide Inflatables, fun water activities, and a visit from the Kona Ice Truck! We are looking forward to a summer full of fun and adventures!

To register or for more information on session themes, field trip options, lunch menus, fees and more, please visit our website by clicking HERE: ACE ADVENTURES


San Carlos Belmont Afters School's Kamparama

Kamparama sessions begin the week after the school year ends and run through the summer June 13 through August 12, the week prior to the beginning of school.

Kamparama is a fun filled, all day program from 7:30am-6pm. Children four and half to eleven years are welcome. Lunch is provided the days we remain on campus (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). Snacks are provided every afternoon. There are two field trips each week. Tuesdays we explore a local park and Thursdays we head to a local excursion. All field trips and transportation costs are included in our fees. The list of our field trips can be found on our website


Parent Venture Series -
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).

Students are taught what "consent" means, but do they have the skills to incorporate consent into everyday life? The “Consent Conversation” is the new “Sex Talk” and just as critical. Join Vanessa Kellam, Family Engagement Manager from Health Connected, for a meaningful conversation about consent and protective behaviors. Consent Reframed: Beyond the Affirmative "Yes" (February 9, Online).

Why is money still considered the "M Word"? How can families learn to talk about financial literacy with their children and teens? In this presentation, Lori Sackler, a nationally recognized financial advisor, offers an insider's look into what she refers to as "The M Word": The Money Talk for the Next Generation (February 16, Online).