Arroyo Eagle Eye - 6/5/22

Principal's Message

Dear Arroyo Families,

What a year we have had at Arroyo! The feeling of community was strong at our Talent Show on Friday morning! We had over 20 student acts, with performances including instrumentalists, dancers, singers, comedians, speedcubers, and more! Our Eagles were a fantastic audience for each other. Be sure to ask your child about the staff act, too! A huge shout out to our student leaders (Asher, Hannah, Laney, Michael, and Raquel) and Brie MacDonald, our parent volunteer who helped to make this event possible. The performance was videotaped and photographed and a private link will be shared with performers’ families soon.


The excitement continues on Monday with the start of our final spirit week of the year! Monday is Tropical Day, which coincides with our Field Day. Each grade level will have 90 minutes of fun and games on the field. Thank you to the parents who are volunteering to make this event possible, and special thanks to Trinity Murphy & Sarah Kinihan for serving as lead coordinators. Students are asked to wear comfortable clothes (ideally with a tropical theme/print), closed toed shoes, a hat and plenty of sunscreen. 


Spirit Week continues with Wacky Style Day (Tuesday), Pajama Day (Wednesday), and Arroyo Spirit Day (Thursday). We can’t wait to see our Eagles show their school spirit this week!


Thursday is the last day of school, with an early dismissal at 12:50pm. We will be sending off our 5th graders with flair, with 4th graders clapping farewell to the 5th graders on the Arroyo side of campus, and the 6th & 7th graders clapping a welcome to the students out on the blacktop. This event is for students only, but we’ll be sure to share photos. 


If your child has any medication in the office, please stop by before the end of the week to pick it. All medication needs to be picked up by a parent and anything not picked up will be given to the district nurse to be disposed of.


It is hard to believe that this is our final newsletter of the year. While I am definitely ready to say goodbye to the challenges of this year, I am not quite ready to say goodbye to our students and families. I could not be more proud of the resilience and perseverance we have all shown, not to mention the kindness I have seen our kids showing each other everyday. They are an exceptional group of students! I look forward to reconnecting in the fall, whether on the Arroyo side of campus or Central. Have a wonderful summer!


Mindy Shelton
[email protected]


PTA News

Family Summer Socials

The Arroyo/Central PTA is planning some optional meetups throughout the summer to bring families together before school starts next fall. We currently have two summer socials scheduled:


  • Thursday, 7/28 a BYO Dinner Picnic at Burton Park with yard games
  • Friday, 8/19 at Devil’s Canyon Brewing Company with food trucks & music

Grade-specific meetups can also be planned where there is an interest. If you would like to receive an email with all of the final details over the summer, please complete this form!


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: 


PTA/SCEF Partnership

As we close out the 2021 - 22 school year, we’d like to thank you for your generous contributions to the Central Arroyo PTA. Because of your volunteer efforts and donations, we’re able to support our teachers and staff, build community, and enrich the school day for all our children.


Looking ahead, we are excited to announce that we are partnering with the San Carlos Education Foundation to streamline and simplify fundraising across the district.


Beginning next school year, all fundraising will be led by the capable team at SCEF. PTAs will not hold separate fundraising drives as we have in the past. This efficient new model provides clarity and simplicity to donors. At the same time, it frees up the PTA to focus on our core community building mission.


This Fall, the annual SCEF suggested donation will increase to include funding for PTA budgets. While fundraising messages will come directly from SCEF, your donations will support the activities you have come to expect from your PTA, in addition to the educators and programs that SCEF has always funded.


Once again, thank you! We appreciate your continued support. Stay tuned over the summer for more information about SCEF's expanded role in supporting our students and our schools.


Kirsten Kell and Alana Corso

Central Arroyo PTA Presidents


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. 


Each Green Corner

Arroyo & Central Living Campus Work Day 06/11

Come help care for Each Green Corner’s Living Campus garden at Arroyo & Central on Saturday, June 11! We will be performing important garden maintenance tasks such as: weeding garden beds, pruning, planting, and trash cleanup. The work will start at 9 a.m. and end around 12pm. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day!


See the event page for more details and COVID instructions. To register for the event click here! If you have any questions or concerns please email [email protected]. 




Don’t Delay, Donate Today!
We still have $400,000 to raise to fulfill our commitment for the 2022-23 school year. Your donations will help fund key educator positions in every school allowing students to have access to Counselors and Social Emotional programs, PE, Music, Technology, Hands-On Science, access to libraries and more. Every contribution is appreciated to help us achieve our $3.2 million goal. Please make a gift today to support the San Carlos students over the next school year at


We Love our Donors and Sponsors! Thank you for believing in SCEF and showing up for our students by participating in our 2nd annual Read-A-Thon, Virtual Gala and online auction and the Make It Happen in May campaign. You donated, employers matched, community members pitched-in, local businesses sponsored and new developments and companies committed to sustain the public schools in San Carlos.

As we end the school year, we want to recognize to these businesses that supported SCEF: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Premia Capital and Prince St. Properties, Sereno Real Estate- Bob Bredel, Laura Bertolacci, Alana Corso, Tatum Clarke & Joyce Romeo, Black Mountain Properties, Presidio Bay Ventures, CB Showers, Peninsula Chemical Company, California Water Service, Chang Orthodontics, Lyngso Garden Materials, Kurth Orthodontics, County Consumer Plumbing, Tavarez Orthodontics, Wendy Wood Design, JMS Development Partners, John McAfee-State Farm Insurance, Northwall Builders, Roberts Market, Hummingbird Music School, Kindercourt and all of the other small businesses and individuals who donated to our auctions. To learn how you can become a SCEF Business Sponsor, click here.


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

Parent Education Opportunities
NEW! On June 16th, we welcome Ashish Goel, designer, entrepreneur, and former teaching fellow at the Stanford, to discuss his new book, Drawing on Courage: Risks Worth Taking and Stands Worth Making (Online). Please join us!

With over 55,000 views, The Parent Education Series Video Library has become a popular and trusted resource. Click here to subscribe to our YouTube Channel for access to 180+ Parent Ed Series events. Watch a video today and share with family and friends! New recordings include Fentanyl Prevention Education; How to Support Your Upset Child or Teen; El Respeto y Mis Hijos; and Keeping Lines of Communication Open with Your Child or Teen.

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

San Carlos School District HSI Newsletter Spring 2022
Sequoia Healthcare District (SHD) is a wellness partner to 8 South San Mateo County school districts under the Healthy Schools Initiative (HSI). The spring 2022 issue of the HSI newsletter includes updates from your school district about new supports and programs. Click here.

San Carlos Park & Recreation - Pride in the Park - June 11
Join us at Burton Park on June 11 from 11am to 1pm to hear speakers discuss what Pride means to them, enjoy live performances and music, and learn about local resources.

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.