Arroyo Eagle Eye - 2/13/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

I hope you’re taking advantage of the beautiful weather this weekend. Spring is definitely in the air and we can feel the excitement for that on campus. February may be a short month but there’s a lot happening! 


The annual Arroyo LCAP School Climate survey for families is now available. We’re eager to hear your feedback! You can find the Arroyo parent/guardian survey here. Each school has a unique survey address. Please fill out one survey per student, per family. The survey is an essential part of our school and district improvement process. We use results annually to measure progress and set goals aligned to our Strategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan. All Families, teachers and staff, and students in grades 3-8, will all be completing surveys. Results will be shared with principals, school staff, parent leadership groups, and the Board of Trustees. As always, your responses remain anonymous and confidential. This year, we are using the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey to assist with managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security. Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey. 


On Monday, the annual SCSD Intent to Return form will be sent out to all current Arroyo families. We ask that you return this as soon as possible, as we use our student enrollment numbers to plan for staffing for the following school year. If your plans change at any time and you are not planning to return next year, please notify our school office as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance with this important process.


Congratulations to our Eagles who participated in the SCSD STEM Fair and ROPES projects. A number of our 5th graders were awarded 1st Place and Honorable Mention ribbons in the STEM Fair and I know we had quite a few students earn their ROPES this week. We recognized our STEM Fair participants in this week’s Wednesday assembly and look forward to celebrating our ROPES participants as well. We love highlighting the great things Arroyo students do. If your child is doing something outside of school that is deserving of recognition, please fill out the form on our website so we can celebrate them at an upcoming assembly. So far we have been able to share spotlights on everything from volunteer projects, service awards, collections, and more. Our Eagles are a pretty impressive group!


February is a month full of celebrations! Classes have been celebrating Lunar New Year, Black History Month, Groundhog Day, and more. We have also celebrated in our weekly school-wide assemblies. On Monday we will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with activities both in and out of the classroom. Our Eagle Council has planned two spirit activities this week. Please encourage your child to participate.

  • Monday - Wear Valentine Colors - Red, pink, purple, white… hearts are welcome too!
  • Tuesday - Turn in Valentine art projects to display in our learning commons

The period between our February break and Spring Break is fairly short but will be a very busy time as we wrap-up the second trimester and head into the third. Classes will be completing benchmark assessments in reading, writing, and math. We’ll also be embarking on our school-wide book study of Stamped for Kids. March 4 is the last day of the second trimester. We expect report cards to be sent home the week of March 14.

As we head into our February break next week (February 21-25), please remember to continue to follow our COVID safety protocols. We finally seem to have passed the surge of cases we saw in early January and hope to not see as big of a spike after the mid-winter break. Monitor your child for any symptoms and follow recommendations for testing. Contact Tracey Olazar in our front office ([email protected] or 650-632-8300) if your child or another member of your family tests positive, if your child has any symptoms, or if you have specific questions about attendance or COVID protocols. Thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe!



Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our PTA would love your help with staff appreciation lunches for the remainder of the year to show our teachers and staff how grateful we are for all they do! Please sign-up to bring goodies for the February 16 Staff Appreciation Lunch HERE and stay-tuned for monthly lunch sign-ups, plus a special treat schedule for teacher appreciate week in May!

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 afterward
  • Logistics, walk the route, give letters to the neighbors, hand out orange vests to the route monitors
  • Hand out t-shirts at school April 7 or 8

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!


Yearbook - Call for STEM Fair & ROPES Photos

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in the STEM Fair and ROPES Competitions this week. Because both events were held virtually, we’re asking parents to help by submitting photos for the yearbook. Please take a moment to upload your STEM Fair and ROPES photos by Friday, 02/25.


Instructions for uploading:

  • Go to Treering - 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 “Class - STEM/Ropes” folder, then upload by clicking Add Photos button.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email [email protected]. Thank you. 


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




Sports Basement supports our schools with earnings from their Basementeer Program. Sign up and save 10% on every purchase and 10% of profits will be donated to SCEF. Shop all sports, camping, rentals and more, plus get bonus perks from lift ticket deals to free propane!

Call for auction items for the silent auction portion of the annual SCEF Gala. Do you have a vacation home, timeshare, airline miles, fine wines, sports tickets, or ideas/connections for a great outing? Please contact [email protected] if you are interested in contributing to the auction to raise money for our kids.

Remember to mark your calendar: Silent auction opens March 10 and the Virtual Starlight Gala is Sunday night, March 13.


District News

Intent to Return Confirmation Process for 2022-23 - Feb 14

Each year, we ask families for assistance in completing an Intent to Return Form regarding your child's enrollment for the next school year (2022-23).

On Monday, Feb 14 this form will be emailed to you. Your timely completion of this form will assist SCSD in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for next year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow District staff to plan more effectively.

Please fill out one form for each child by March 4, 2022.

After completing this form, you will receive an email from 
[email protected] in mid-March that will provide you with specific directions on how to complete the registration process online including a link to access the InfoSnap portal, as well as a special ID number for your student, referred to as the “Infosnap Code."

If your plans change at any time and you are not planning to return next year, please notify your school office as soon as possible.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.


Ability Awareness Week starts March 7-11

The mission of Ability Awareness week throughout the San Carlos School District is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities. The Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) strives to instill in our children that everyone is different and can do different things. It is common to say what a person HAS, but we choose to educate and focus on what a person IS. We emphasize abilities not limitations.

Students will be engaging in various activities throughout the week giving them a chance to experience what it is like to complete a basic task while having a learning or developmental difference. Students will all have a set of common experiences through activities already taking place on campus to spark discussion, increased understanding and compassion.


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

Healthy Cities Tutoring - Feb New Tutor Orientation and Training

We can't wait to get started and are looking forward to training and answering your questions about tutoring with HCT!

Please note the appropriate time for you to log-on:
7-7:35pm - New Tutor Orientation: If you have not tutored with us, this session covers everything you need to know to get started with a student!

7:45-8:30pm - Tutor Tips + Tutor Training: Interactive training with strategies for how to teach math to students from K to 8th grade, tips to help your student become a better reader and writer, and more. Chance to ask questions to follow the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting -
Meeting ID: 846 9381 5415
Passcode: 361034


San Carlos Park & Rec - Youth Center Ski Week Extended Hours

Looking for something to do during Ski Week? Come visit the Youth Center Drop-In program and join us for a variety of games and activities. Drop-In is a free, supervised program for youth ages 10-17. The Youth Center will be closed on February 21, but open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm February 22 – 25. For more information on the Drop-In program, visit


Community Foundation of San Carlos - Celebrate Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos has curated a list of events, activities and resources offered throughout February 2022 and beyond.


SamTrans Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest - Due Feb 25

The San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with SamTrans to give students in grades 1-12 a chance to have their artwork displayed on the side of a SamTrans bus for an entire year. Artwork must illustrate this year’s theme of San Mateo County Reopens. Learn more.


Parent Venture Series -
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).

Now More Than Ever: Why Family Engagement Is Essential for Student and School Success. Special event! Why is it important for schools to engage families? Karen Mapp, EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the powerful impact of family–school partnerships on students, parents, teachers, and schools. (February 17, Online).


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