Arroyo Eagle Eye - 5/22/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

We’re really excited to welcome you to campus on Tuesday evening for our Celebration of Learning! Arroyo classrooms will be open from 5:30-6:15 so that students can show you some of the projects and hard work they’ve been doing this year. Please stop by the Learning Commons for our Art in Action Art Show as well. At 6:15, join us in the Central quad for a pizza dinner and our PTA Honorary Service Awards. Central classrooms will be open from 7-8pm.


With Covid cases currently up in our community, it’s important that we take some extra precautions at our Celebration of Learning. In order to keep everyone safe and healthy for the end of the year, please help us by honoring the following requests:

  • Please wear a mask at all times indoors
  • We know that it’s fun for students to be able to see projects coming up in 5th grade or work they remember doing in 4th grade. Students will have the opportunity to do that during school on Wednesday morning. Please visit only your child’s classroom and the Art show in the Learning Commons. 
  • Connecting with other families is an important part of the evening. We have lots of outdoor space available for that so please spend your classroom time looking at work and then move conversations outside.  
  • If anyone in your family has Covid or is exhibiting any symptoms, please stay home. We will send your child’s work home later in the week so they can share it with you there instead.

We have finally completed our state testing. Students who were absent during testing will have an opportunity to make-up their testing this week. Over the next couple of weeks we will complete other end-of-year classroom assessments in addition to working on some fun projects to wrap up the year.


We have several transition events happening this week. Current 5th graders will be completing their elective request forms for 6th grade in class on Monday (please see the email sent to 5th grade parents on Wednesday about elective selection). Current 4th grade families will be notified of their electives for next year including their assigned instruments later this week. On Friday, we welcome current 3rd graders to Arroyo for a tour and a chance to learn more about what they can expect next year.


Eagle Council is holding our final community service food drive of the year. Please consider donating breakfast items such as cereal, pancake and waffle mix, syrup, cocoa, tea, instant coffee. Items can be brought to the office or classrooms before May 27.


We have a number of other end-of year events happening and I want to make sure they are on your calendar:

  • Friday, May 27 – Minimum Day - Dismissal at 12:50pm
  • Monday, May 30 – No School - Memorial Day holiday
  • Friday, June 3 – Arroyo Talent Show (students only - we may be able to invite parents of performers and will let you know soon if that is possible)
  • Monday, June 6 – Field Day – see PTA section below to volunteer!
  • Thursday, June 9, 1pm – Last Day of School! Dismissal at 12:50pm

Please help us keep our community safe so we can all enjoy the end of year activities. If your child has any symptoms, please keep them home and notify Tracey Olazar in our front office. ([email protected] or 650-632-8300). Please do the same if a member of your household tests positive for Covid. If you receive a Covid exposure notice for your child, please remind him/her/them to wear a mask for ten days, both at school and at activities outside of school! We want to help ensure that our students finish the year healthy, without interruptions during their last weeks of school. Let’s all do our part!

Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Honorary Service Celebration, May 24th 6:15pm-7pm

We will celebrate our Honorary Service Award recipients during the Celebration of Learning (open house).


This will include a pizza dinner served from the kitchen and award presentation in the CMS quad (courtyard, near Mustang Sally stage). Grab your dinner and then a lunch table and participate in honoring our award recipients.


These individuals have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond to serve both our CMS/Arroyo students and our community overall.


Ceremony starts at 6:30pm at CMS.


PTA Honorary Service Awards - 2021/2022

All Art in Action Docents and supporters

Christen Hansen

Margaret Sena

Leslie Ostrander

Beth Rowell

Tracey Olazar

Vickie Gamez

Sarah Amos

Gaye Donovan


Help needed! 

We need your help serving pizza and salad. Sign up here!


End of Year Volunteer Opportunity!

Arroyo students will be celebrating the end of the school year with an exciting and fun, on-campus "Field Day" on Monday, June 6. We'll need several shifts of volunteers to make this a success. Volunteer opportunities can be found here. Thank you for volunteering! Please contact Sarah if you have questions about the event.


Welcoming a New Family to Central and Arroyo!
Hello Arroyo/CMS Families!

Would you be interested in reaching out to a family who is new to our school? 
Please fill out this form and we will reach out when we have a family for you to contact. We have had great success in the past getting a willing squad of "Host Families," so it is usually a commitment to reach out to one or two families.
New families often have simple questions about the school calendar, unique school events, or extracurriculars that are better answered by people who are in the fray with them. Outreach can be as simple as an email or phone call, or it could be more--like a coffee date or playdate. Thanks for considering it!


Our Yearbook is Looking Great. Did You Order Your Copy?
So many memories this year. And with TreeRing parents can purchase an Arroyo yearbook at any time. The bulk shipment to school deadline has passed, but if you buy a book now or into early June, you can still have it individually shipped to school or to your home.


To order a yearbook: 

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) on Monday, June 6 at 7:30pm. Please sign up for the address. 



San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)
Your donations to SCEF makes Educator Innovation Fund (EIF) grants possible – and our students and educators THANK YOU! Learn more about the Education Innovation Fund program, which directly supports teachers and staff in their classes, at

We are entering our final week of the Make It Happen in May campaign. As we approach the end of the school year, and the end of SCEF’s fiscal year, we are asking for your support to meet our fundraising goal of $3.2 million–we still have $700k left to raise! Our suggested donation is $1,500 per student, however, gifts of any amount are valued and help us meet our goal. We strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ –meeting our fundraising goal during the month of May so that we can provide the School Board with a solid estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year.

Please consider making your annual donation TODAY. Our 2021-22 fundraising calendar ends on June 30, 2022. You can make a donation today at Matching corporate gifts, stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact [email protected] for more information.



District News

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 News

Community Foundation of San Carlos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos and Devil's Canyon is throwing a community celebration.

When: Fri, May 27 from 4-8pm
Where: Devil's Canyon Brewing Company, 935 Washington Street, San Carlos, CA

Please come celebrate with the community! There will be food, drinks, crafts, dance performances, and live music. More information available at:


San Carlos United Soccer
San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2022 teams now through mid-June. Tryouts are for boys and girls born between 2005 - 2015.

Please register online: and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout.

We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!


Parent Education Opportunities
Understanding Severe Mental Health Conditions - May 24, 5:30-6:30pm
What should parents know about severe mental health concerns like anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, and more? Join Steve Smith, PhD, Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology, UC Santa Barbara, to understand more about severe mental health conditions in children and youth. Simultaneous Spanish translation. Learn more.

Mental Health & Overcoming Stigma Community Conversation - (in-person event)
May 24, 6-7pm - San Carlos Adult Community Center - 601 Chestnut Street, San Carlos
A community panel event discussing the implications of mental health on our physical health and to overcome the stigma associated with mental health, together. The panel includes our very own, Ilana Yakubovich, MA, RYT - Director of Health and Wellness, San Carlos School District. Join us for light food & drinks prior to the event. RSVP & submit questions:

NEW! QPR stands for Question, Persuade, Refer — three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide. Join Dr. Alejandro Martinez, Stanford University, for a special QPR Suicide Prevention Training (May 25, Online).

Raising Healthy Children and Adolescents: Consistency within Family and External Systems - May 26, 6-7:30pm
Join us to learn about the complexity of family systems, explore the dangers of triangulation, and learn how to avoid situations that may increase confusion and place increased emotional strain on your kids. Facilitators will engage parents in a conversation on how to advocate for our children within external systems (i.e. school, foster system, etc.) in order to strengthen trust and safety. 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 fotesting at Central

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

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