Arroyo Eagle Eye - 4/24/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

As we approach the end of April, I wanted to give you a heads up on a few things that will be coming at the beginning of May:  

  • State testing will begin the week of May 2. Students will be taking both performance tasks (PT) and computer adaptive tests (CAT) in math and language arts. 5th graders will also take the California Science Test (CAST), as well as math placement tests (which will be given this week). Testing will occur during our first block of the morning on Tuesdays through Fridays throughout the first 3 weeks of May. Please avoid any unnecessary absences during this testing window and make sure students arrive at school on time. Getting a good night's sleep and having a healthy breakfast are important in helping students do their best. Students will not be permitted to have electronic devices (cell phones, smart watches, etc.) in the classroom during testing windows. Additional information for parents can be found here.
  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week is May 2-6. Please watch for communication from your child’s room parent, and thanks in advance for helping to celebrate our amazing Arroyo staff!
  • Wednesday, May 4 is SCEF Day! Students should wear green! Thanks for supporting our San Carlos Education Foundation with your time and donations!

Many of us have been looking for ways to support Ukrainian children. On Wednesday, April 27 after school, PTA and Eagle Council will be collaborating to sell sunflowers, the national flower of Ukraine and a symbol of peace. Sunflowers will be $5 each (cash and Venmo accepted) and all proceeds will benefit Save the Children Ukraine

This week we celebrate Administrative Assistant’s Day and I want to extend a HUGE shout out and thank you to our phenomenal school secretary, Tracey Olazar! Thank you Tracey for all that you do for our community! 


Finally, Tracey asked me to pass along a few attendance-related reminders:

  • When dropping off your child after an appointment please come into the office and sign in your student. We are required to have this information with our attendance records. 
  • If your child has any symptoms at all, please keep them home and administer a Covid test before they return to school. San Mateo County is seeing an uptick in Covid cases again and many symptoms mimic the allergies and colds that are also running rampant right now. Please monitor your child closely and err on the side of caution to help keep our community safe.


Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Save the Children Ukraine Fundraiser - Buy a Sunflower After School to Support Ukrainian Kids

This Wednesday, April 27, Central/Arroyo will be selling sunflowers to support the children of Ukraine. The sunflower is the national flower of Ukraine and a symbol of peace. The flowers will be sold for $5 each (cash or Venmo only) at the main entrances to Central and Arroyo after school. If you are unable to come, feel free to send your child with $5. All funds will be donated to Save the Children Ukraine

We need parent volunteers to help with the fundraiser on 4/27. Please sign-up to help at Thank you for your support!


Do you know someone that runs a PTA program or committee, makes sure school events go off without a hitch, or tackles the big projects? Have you noticed someone whose contributions are often behind the scenes, but add up in a very big way? 

Every year the PTA presents Honorary Service Awards to individuals who provide significant contributions and outstanding service at CMS and Arroyo. Please take the time to nominate the people around you whose special contributions go above and beyond. They deserve a big thanks from us!

Send your nominations to Kirsten Kell or use the online submission form.

Staff Appreciation
This month we are treating Arroyo and Central staff with a sandwich and salad lunch! Please sign up to help with the April 27 lunch here. Bring your items to your school office by Wed April 27 11am.

Thank you for helping us celebrate our wonderful teachers and staff!  Mark your calendars for National Staff Appreciation week May 2–6, 2022 and stay-tuned for more information on what we have planned for them throughout the week. 

Kind regards, 
The Staff Appreciation Team

Interested in Volunteering with the PTA Next School Year?
Please complete this form and your email address will be added to a distribution list for volunteer opportunities throughout the school year. If you are interested in a board or committee chair role, or in helping to organize an event, someone from the PTA will contact you with the details. You’ll also be invited to our PTA Social (recruitment event).



San Carlos Education Foundation

SCEF, in support of San Carlos schools, has long been committed to nurturing the “whole child.” This includes all aspects of the child's well-being, including: social-emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive capacities, in pursuit of every child reaching their fullest potential.

We know that the families of San Carlos support our schools, and we are calling on you to revisit your intended gift for this year. The suggested donation is $1500 per student, but please give at a level that works for your family. A donation of $4,000 or more includes special recognition as part of our Leadership Circle. Your support this spring is critical to ensuring that our students receive the whole child education they deserve next school year. Please give today!


District News

2022-23 School Year Calendar Approved
The REVISED 2022-2023 Calendar has been approved by the Board. The only changes in the calendar from the previously approved draft are the school start and end date, to August 24, 2022, and June 15, 2023, respectively. Download a paper copy on our SCSD Calendar page and/or subscribe.

Subscribing to School/District Calendars
Never miss a school event again! You can subscribe to your school and the SCSD calendar so that the events will load onto your favorite supported calendar program (iCal/Outlook, Google, or Download ICS).

  • Go to our SCSD Events page
  • Check the boxes for the calendars you want to subscribe to (school(s)/district)
  • Click on Subscribe on the top right of the page and choose your preferred calendar program

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

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

Kidizens Lego Summer Camp at Heather
Would your child like to build and be the Mayor of an entire city of LEGOs? Would your child like to leverage their love of LEGOs to have fun and learn critical real-life 21st century skills and leadership strategies?

Take your creativity and confidence to towering heights in an immersive journey as a Young Mayor at Kidizens Summer Camps! During the excitement-packed LEGO City-building and Leadership Camps, kids are immersed in a collaborative process of building, problem-solving, and role-playing as responsible leaders in a LEGO city that they plan and build together from the ground up.

In a fast-paced environment, our campers develop strong leadership, problem solving and social-emotional skills while dealing with natural disasters, concerned citizens, and financial crises through fun, immersive role-play in a highly collaborative and engaging learning environment.

Calling all creative builders, responsible thinkers, and future leaders to join us for 1-2 weeks of supercharged and exciting summer fun! At Kidizens, our goal is to inspire kids to become great citizens and future leaders... one project, one city, one brick at a time! Visit to learn more and sign up.

Parent Education Opportunities

Special event! We want our kids to express themselves, but how can you promote good communication? Join us for How to Keep the Lines of Communication Open with Your Child or Teen, hosted by SMUHSD and PHCD (April 26, Online).

Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents: Mindful Parenting Practices (TK-12 Families) - April 28, 6-7:30pm
As caregivers of children and teens, we play a substantial role in teaching kids how to navigate difficult experiences. Join us for a workshop to explore mindful parenting and how it can support positive relationships with kids. Learn more.

NEW! Tests are standardized. Students are not. How does anxiety impact testing performance? Join Ned Johnson, bestselling author, speaker, and test prep expert, for Beyond Warriors and Worriers: Reducing Anxiety Around Test-Taking (May 5, Online).

When I Grow Up… (TK-8 Grade Students) - May 7, 10am-12pm
If you are a girl attending elementary school or middle school in Congresswoman Jackie Speier's District, please join her for “When I Grow Up,” an inspirational event that features exceptional women who have broken down barriers and made history in their fields. Help young women get inspired to make their own dreams come true! Learn more.

Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information.

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 12-7pm
- Fridays 11am-6pm
Sign-up for testing at Central

CURATIVE VAN - Tierra Linda Middle School (parking lot)
- Wednesday & Friday 11:00am-5pm
- Saturday 8am-3pm
Sign-up for testing at Tierra Linda

Find other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here.