Dear Arroyo families,
It’s great to see everyone getting into the groove of school and adapting to new routines. Don’t be surprised if your child has some meltdowns. It is very common this time of year as we rebuild our stamina after the summer break. Listening with empathy and sharing times when you have felt the same way can help to reassure your child that they are not alone and show them that you are listening and care about them. Hopefully the long weekend also gives your family some time to rest.
If you find your child in need of some extra support, please reach out so we can help! Our school counselor, Julie Jobak, is at Arroyo on Thursdays and Fridays. She’s available to meet with students (and parents as needed) to help with things like managing big emotions, resolving conflicts, reducing stress or anxiety, etc. You can reach out to Ms. Jobak directly at [email protected]. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her (for you or your child) you can use this link to book time on her calendar. You’re also welcome to reach out to your child’s teacher or to me if your child is having a hard time so we can help support as well.
Our Arroyo Eagles are amazing! I am consistently impressed with the kindness, thoughtfulness and curiosity I see every day around our campus. Our students are really embracing our values of being Responsible, Respectful and Safe! As a staff, we like to acknowledge students who are demonstrating these values with Soar Cards. Each week at our Monday morning assembly (Tuesday this week!) we recognize students who have received a Soar Card and also acknowledge the countless students who exhibit these values even when they aren’t recognized.
We also want to honor students who are doing great things outside of school and have two ways you as parents can help with that. You’ll also find this information on the Student Recognition page of our website if you’d like to refer back to it later.
If your child is being Responsible, Respectful and Safe at home, you’re welcome to submit a Soar Card for them by filling out our virtual Soar Card form here.
If your child has done something special out in the community – won an award or competition, published a piece of writing, displayed an art project, got selected for a special honor, has a special cultural celebration to share with our school, etc. – we'd love to hear about it and share your celebration with our community during our weekly assemblies. Please use our Arroyo Spotlight form to share the details.
When our students return on Tuesday, our meal service with The LunchMaster will begin. Please note that meal orders must be placed in advance, although we will have a few emergency meals on hand, especially during this first week of adapting to the new program. More information, including school codes, can be found on our district website.
Our Community Is Stronger Together!
A variety of volunteer roles are available, both for school-wide activities and in the classroom. We are hoping to fill these roles immediately: Each Green Corner Site Leader and Coordinator (see below), and some classrooms still need Room Parents, Yearbook Representatives and Art in Action Docents and Coordinators. Please check out the sign-ups online. A reminder that volunteers need to fill out a new SCSD Volunteer Request Form every year.
Sept. 10: Arroyo & Central Living Campus Monthly Work Day
Come help care for Each Green Corner’s Living Campus Garden at Arroyo and Central. A lot of impressive volunteer work has already gone into the garden. Join the effort on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 9:00 a.m. to noon. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day! To register, click here. If you have any questions, email [email protected].
The PTA is still looking for parent volunteers to collaborate with Each Green Corner. There are two ways to get involved:
ECG Site Leader: As an EGC Living Campus Site Leader, you will be in charge of attending, leading, and supervising monthly Living Campus Work Days at one of our school garden sites. You will also be responsible for planning Work Day tasks in collaboration with EGC’s Volunteer Manager and other lead volunteers. This position has an estimated monthly time commitment of 8-10 hours.
ECG Coordinator: As an EGC Coordinator you will be supporting the Site Leader.
If interested, please sign up online.
Become a PTA Member Today
The Central Arroyo PTA focuses on advocating for our students, supporting our teachers and staff, and building a strong school community. Your PTA membership lends your voice to advocacy efforts on behalf of children and educators at the local, state, and national levels. Our goal is for all parents to become individual members. Check out the Membership and Fundraising page to learn how to make a difference.
2 Weeks Left to Order Spirit Wear
Arroyo Eagle spirit wear is now available in youth and adult sizes, including hats, a hoodie, and a variety of T-shirts. The online store is open through Sept. 16. Orders will be distributed in October. Contact Sarah Kinahan if you have any questions or would like to pay by check. Go, Eagles!
Why Do We Need an Education Foundation in San Carlos?
Since our founding in 1982, the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) has worked to meet the needs of our local schools when state funding for public schools has been insufficient to meet the needs of students. 40 years later we are still making a difference in our schools.
Watch our video to find out why SCEF continues to work to raise funds to supplement the school district’s budget so that our students have access to music, arts, library, electives, mental health services, technology, and more. We are grateful for all of you who have supported SCEF and strong schools for 40 years.
NEW 15 MPH School Zones
The speed limit for 15 streets adjacent to school sites have be lowered to 15 miles per hour. Please be extra cautious and mindful while driving in school zones. The Sheriff’s Office has deployed message boards to communicate the new speed limit in school zones. Please see the City of San Carlos’s newsletter for more details. Here are the streets that are affected:
STREET - TO - FROM
Cedar St. - Cherry St. - Arroyo Ave.
Arroyo Ave. - Cedar St. - Elm St.
Chestnut St. - Baytree Rd. - Cherry St.
Phelps Rd. - Arguello Park - San Carlos Ave.
Arundel Rd. - Arundel Elementary - San Carlos Ave.
San Carlos Ave. - Wellington Dr. - Phelps Rd.
Belle Ave. - Upper Lupin Way - Knoll Dr.
Tamarack Ave. - Elizabeth St. - Arroyo Ave.
Dartmouth Ave. - San Carlos Ave. - Wellington Dr.
Clifford Ave. - Eaton Ave. - Belle Roche Ave.
Melendy Dr. - Portofino Dr. - Hewitt Dr.
Cedar St. - Belmont Ave. - Saint Francis Way
White Oak Way - Park Ave. - White Oaks Elementary
White Oak Way - White Oaks Elementary - Chestnut St.
Fairmont Ave. - Park Ave. - Cedar St.
Give Your Safe Routes to School Feedback Today
The draft plans for our schools’ Safe Routes to School plans have been extended until Sept. 16. Please check out the drafts here to see whether they align with your vision for the areas around schools re: walking, biking, and driving safely. If they don’t, you can add in your feedback and comments!
How can you build belonging in your family and community? Susie Wise, PhD, continues our series with the Stanford d.school in Design for Belonging: How to Build Inclusion and Collaboration in Your Communities (Sept. 8, online).
NEW! Want to help your children discover awe and wonder? Join Deborah Farmer Kris, author, developmental expert, and founder of Parenthood365, for How to Raise Awe-Filled Kids (Even When the World Feels Awful) (Sept. 14, online).
Join the Children’s Health Council’s free Parent Anxiety Support Group. Various stressors as well as consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health have increased anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and fears in children and adolescents. Parenting during these challenging times has truly tested parents and kids alike. Join other parents to share concerns and strategies for navigating uncertainty and hope. The next meeting is Sept. 22, 12:00-1:30 p.m. Sign up here.
Join the Central Arroyo PTA. Your membership matters and helps support programs and events for our students and teachers.
Participate in our rewards programs and a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated to the Central Arroyo PTA — at no cost to you!