Dear Arroyo Families,
It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of our 2nd trimester. 4th graders will rotate their exploratory wheel classes this week. 5th graders are preparing for Puberty Talk in a few weeks. Teachers will be completing report cards which will be sent home by March 16th. Spring is a busy time of year at Arroyo and we’re looking forward to a number of community events, class projects, and transition activities.
As you’ve heard from Dr. Frentress, beginning Monday, March 14, wearing a mask indoors will be strongly recommended for students, employees, and volunteers approved to be on SCSD campuses, but not required. Wearing a mask outdoors has been optional for some time now, although the majority of students and staff at Arroyo have continued to wear their masks outside. This past week, we began to remind students that they are not required to wear masks outdoors.
As we shift into these changes for mask requirements, we are talking with our students about the importance of respecting individual preferences and comfort levels. We want to emphasize the fact that regardless of people’s choices, we must show respect, grace, and kindness towards one another. We are so proud of the culture we have built here at Arroyo and have every intention of preserving it as we make yet another shift in our protocols.
Please talk with your child(ren) about what you, as a family, feel comfortable doing in regards to mask wearing and reiterate our message of being respectful towards people who may be making different choices. Additionally, if your child is not yet vaccinated, I highly recommend that you take that step as an additional level of protection against severe illness from COVID.
Eagle Council is conducting another community service drive for Samaritan House. We will be collecting Healthy Snacks like nuts, granola, protein bars, healthy snack crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, etc. Please consider sending food for those in need in our community. Students may bring food to the office or their classrooms by Friday, March 11. Eagle Council is also planning a spirit week for the week of March 14. Stay tuned for details!
San Carlos schools will be celebrating Ability Awareness Week this week. Ability Awareness Week aims to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities. This week gives students a chance to experience that everyone learns differently and that it is okay to be different. Teachers have access to a variety of lessons to help students develop greater empathy and understanding. Thanks to SEDAC, we will also have an assembly with Canine Companions on March 10 to learn about how their specially-trained dogs can support individuals with disabilities. Our librarian, Katie Hultgren, has also put together a great March Madness Book Bracket with books featuring an Ability Awareness theme. Classes will be reading and voting on a variety of books over the next few weeks.
Thank you to everyone who submitted the Arroyo parent/guardian survey before the break! If you haven’t gotten around to it yet, it’s not too late, and your feedback matters. Our data shows that it takes an average of nine minutes to complete; thank you for your participation! Please also take a few minutes to submit the Intent To Return form that was emailed to you on February 14.
Please join us for the Stampede & Soar Color Run on April 10 from 9-11am. We’re excited to bring our community together for a morning of fun and community building. Register by March 15th to guarantee a 2022 Stampede & Soar t-shirt. See additional details below. I hope you’ll also join us for the PTA meeting this Wednesday evening at 7pm on Zoom to hear more about what’s going on at school.
Don’t miss the SCEF Online Silent Auction (March 10-21) and Virtual Gala Auction (March 13) this month. These fun and engaging events offer some fantastic opportunities to support our schools! The silent auction is open to everyone and includes many items donated by teachers and the local community.This year’s fund-a-need will support our school libraries. See below for additional details and watch for more information coming this week.
Help Make a Difference at Arroyo!
The Central Arroyo PTA is looking for executive board members! Open positions include: Co-President for Arroyo, Communications Director, Events Chair, Fundraising and Membership Chair, and Programs Chair. Email Central Arroyo PTA President Kirsten Kell for more information or to express interest.
Yearbook - Second Call for STEM Fair & ROPES Photos
We’re hoping to include both the STEM Fair & ROPES in the yearbook. Because both events were held virtually, we’re asking parents to help by submitting photos. Please take a moment to upload your STEM Fair and ROPES photos by Friday, 03/18.
Instructions for uploading:
- Go to Treering at https://treering.com/validate - 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].
STAMPEDE & SOAR - SIGN UP TODAY
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.
- 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! https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com
Volunteer Spots Still Open, Help Make This Stampede Really SOAR!
Our Stampede & Soar team needs your help! Please check out what is still available.
- Logistics- Course Marshall, walk the route, give letters to the neighbors, hand out orange vests to the route monitors, be a route monitor
- Coordinate student poster making and other ways to increase student participation, Put up banners
- Entertainment Committee, Food, Field Games afterward
If you are interested in helping with this event, please sign up here https://signup.com/go/dDzUeCt.
The Annual SCEF Virtual Starlight Gala is THIS SUNDAY March 13 at 5pm–REGISTER NOW
Come join our family-friendly virtual celebration and fundraiser benefiting all San Carlos public schools. Participate from the comfort of your own home. See cameos from children’s book authors including Tod Parr. Bid on packages including a Bathroom Remodel, a Taylor Swift signed album, dinner at Chez Panisse, and more. All registered guests participating in the event will have the chance to win a 4-night Mayan Mexico vacation.
- Register by March 7 to secure your goody bag and TOWN cocktail. Check out the Virtual Gala program to learn more.
- Starlight Raffle: Only 250 tickets will be sold. Your chance to win a live auction package for the cost of a raffle ticket! Buy a raffle ticket for your teacher!
Not sure what the Starlight Gala is all about? Visit the SCEF website for more information or read our Gala Primer fundraiser summary for ALL you need to know.
Join us for an evening of LIVE JAZZ at Tierra Linda Middle School!
This free event is open to the public. The Tierra Linda Jazz Band and A Touch of Brass Big Band from San Jose will be performing LIVE on Monday, March 7 at 6:00pm at the TL Middle School Quad, 750 Dartmouth Ave.
BYO Picnic Dinner (tables available) snacks will be on sale, courtesy of the San Carlos Chicken's Ball.
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.
Community Partner News
A Summer of Imagination Awaits in San Carlos!
Camp Galileo for Pre-K – Rising 10th Graders - Camp Galileo engages kids in hands-on, STEAM-based learning that captures their imaginations and builds lasting skills. Supported by an inclusive environment and the boundless talent of the best staff around, kids get inspired to turn their big ideas into reality—and have the fun-filled summer of their lives.
Every week brings a new adventure, with activities tailored by age and wrapped up in a whimsical theme:
- AMUSEMENT PARK ADVENTURE: Step right up to a playful park of your own design.
- CASTLES AND QUESTS: Embark on an epic journey to medieval times.
- DINOSAUR DIG: Unearth an adventure of prehistoric proportions.
Camp Galileo comes to Mariposa Upper Elementary June 13 to July 29, 2022
Spaces fill fast—sign up now!
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (Students Ages 5-11)
San Mateo County Health is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines at eight sites throughout the county. 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 COVID-19 testing sites at one of our school locations or those provided by the San Mateo County Health Department. Click on the links below for more information or to sign-up.
NEW OPTION - WORKSITE LABS - Arroyo Upper Elementary (Patio 3)
- Mondays & Wednesdays from 3:30-6:30pm
Sign-up for testing at Arroyo
CURATIVE KIOSK - 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
CURATIVE VAN - Tierra Linda Middle School Parking Lot
- Wednesday & Friday 11am-5pm
- Saturday 8am-3pm
- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here