Arroyo Eagle Eye - September 25, 2022


Principals Message

Dear Arroyo families,

As this week’s newsletter arrives in your inbox, a group of volunteers will be gathering at Arroyo for our Day of Service. I love that our community comes together to support our schools and other local organizations. It’s one of the many things that makes San Carlos special. Thank you to everyone who is participating. I’d like to extend a special thank you to Van Diggins, who coordinated our Arroyo projects as well as to our custodians and district maintenance staff for helping us prepare. Please be sure to see the PTA section below for other ways you can get involved and support our Arroyo community.

Last week I told you a bit about our Social-Emotional Learning program, Sown to Grow. Along with the lessons I mentioned last week, one of my favorite aspects of Sown to Grow is the weekly check-in students do. Each week, students are asked to complete a self-reflection online to share how they are feeling social-emotionally and respond to a question about that week’s lesson. Not only does this allow students the opportunity to reflect on the skills being taught and how they can apply them in their daily lives, but it gives teachers a chance to check in on how students are feeling. Our school counselor, Julie Jobak, and I also get a school-wide glimpse of how our students are feeling and what is on their minds.  

This week students responded to the prompt “What is a social emotional goal for this year that is important to you? What strategies can you use to help you reach your goal?” I love that they were prompted not only to set a goal but also to identify something they can do to achieve it. You’ll see your child’s goals at our upcoming student-led goal-setting conferences, but I wanted to share some overall themes that are coming up. It warmed my heart to see the number of students who want to make new friends and had a concrete plan to do that. Many also set goals to manage their emotions, to be responsible with their homework and classwork, to be more patient, and to be helpful to others. I’m sure you’ll be happy to know there were also quite a few goals related to being kinder to siblings or other family members.

As we get further into the school year, academic expectations are also ramping up. Many classes are wrapping up their first unit in math. Chapter 2 is notoriously challenging, particularly in 4th grade. Your child may come home feeling frustrated that math is hard. Please know that teachers are very aware of this and the lessons build on themselves so encourage your child to be patient, keep at it, and ask their teacher if they need help. 4th- and 5th-grade math concepts are much more abstract than in the lower grades, and it can take a while for it to click. One of the best ways to help is to make sure that your child is getting fluent with their math facts so they can focus on the concepts and not have to worry as much about the calculations. There are many ways to practice math fact fluency, and finding what works for your child is key, but ultimately it takes time and regular practice.  

Please see the District News section below for some important information about ordering, canceling, and picking up school meals. We do have a number of students ordering meals and not picking them up (especially breakfast and Wednesday lunches). Please note that the district is only reimbursed for meals that are picked up, so ordering meals that your child doesn’t take cuts into our general-fund budget that we need for other critical programs. Please order with your child so they are aware of what was ordered and have a say in their meals. Quite a few students are surprised when I remind them to pick up their meals. Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to help so we can reduce our wait times.  

Remember that the week of Oct. 3 we will have minimum days for conferences. Dismissal will be at 12:50 daily for the week. Students will still have their electives and PE on their usual days. Monday, Oct. 10, is a school holiday.

Mindy Shelton
[email protected]

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PTA News

PTA Membership: Join Today for $10

We’re continuing to make progress toward our 100% membership goal. Joining the PTA supports local, state, and national PTA advocacy efforts. An individual membership costs just $10, and we’re encouraging all parents to become members. Grandparents and students can easily be added as members too. Check out the Membership and Fundraising page to learn how to make a difference.

Help Keep Our Garden Green

The PTA is still looking for parent volunteers to collaborate with Each Green Corner, the organization that manages the Arroyo Garden. There are two ways to get involved:

  • ECG Site Leader: Lead and supervise monthly Living Campus Work Days. Plan Work Day tasks with EGC’s Volunteer Manager and other lead volunteers. Estimated monthly time commitment: 8-10 hours.

  • ECG Coordinator: Support the Site Leader. 

If interested, please sign up online.

Last Chance for 10% Yearbook Discount

Yearbooks come out at the end of the school year, but you can secure yours now at a discount! Order from TreeRing before Friday, Sept. 30, to receive 10% off. For a softcover book, the discount covers tax and a little extra, making your total $16.99. Click the link above to shop with the discount code applied to your cart, or use code 1014628525232886.

Oct. 6: School Board Candidate Forums

San Carlos parents and other residents are invited to attend two forums featuring candidates for the two SCSD school board races in the Nov. 8 general election. The events are hosted by the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF), the San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council and the San Mateo County League of Women Voters. Both forums will take place Thursday, Oct. 6, via Zoom. (You must register for each forum separately.) Find more info.

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Don’t Miss the Party of the Year: SCEF’s Evening at Town

It’s back! Tickets are on sale for the SCEF Evening at TOWN fundraising dinner and silent auction. This is your chance to support our students while enjoying a fabulous meal and connecting with parents from around the district.

If you can’t attend, you can still participate! Check out:

  • SCEF RaffleWill you be the lucky winner? Get tickets for yourself and your teachers!
  • Fall Silent Auction: Opens Sept. 26 and closes Oct. 2. Amazing items and experiences available for you to bid on and WIN!

San Carlos School Board Candidate Forums
Join one or both forums on Thursday, Oct. 6, starting at 6 p.m. on Zoom. Hosted by SCEF and the PTA Coordinating Council, and moderated by the League of Women Voters of San Mateo County. Please register to participate in each. The forums will be recorded.

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Focus on Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion, and Belonging

It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. At Arroyo, our Monday assemblies will highlight some important figures in Hispanic history and culture.  

Here are some ways you can commemorate the month with your family:

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District News

Breakfast and Lunch Ordering Reminders

Meal Ordering
Please be sure to order meals on The LunchMaster website by 9:00 a.m. Tuesday the week before you need breakfast or lunch. Or better yet, order ahead for the entire month, then set yourself a reminder for the following month!

Cancel a Week in Advance for Days Your Child May Not Need Meals (Early Release Wednesdays and Conference Week)
Please remember to cancel breakfast or lunch orders the week prior if your child is not going to eat a meal at school — especially on early release Wednesdays and during conference week when students are dismissed early.

Make Sure Your Child Is Picking Up Meals
As we work to fine-tune the school nutrition program, please let your child know if you ordered breakfast or lunch, as it greatly improves our efforts to reduce food waste.

Many thanks to our fabulous food servers and the awesome volunteers who have stepped up to help serve in a more timely manner!

COVID-19 Reminders and Testing Options

If your child is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please keep them home and give them a rapid antigen test. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases to other people, and testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of the coronavirus. If your child tests positive for the virus or your household is in need of additional test kits, please contact your school as soon as possible.


Find up-to-date resources on the San Mateo County Office of Education’s COVID-19 Testing for Schools and Students page.

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Community News

21-Day Social & Racial Equity Challenge

The Community Foundation of San Carlos invites you to take a visible leadership role in joining the upcoming 21-Day Social & Racial Equity Challenge, kicking off Oct 1. and running the entire month of October. The challenge will culminate in a community conversation on Nov. 1 facilitated by two professional community members, Bea Kim and Grace Chen.

Call to Action
We invite you to take on the challenge by submitting your participation via this form and encouraging others in our community to sign up as well. More info can be found on our website.

Upcoming Events

  • Sept. 28, 7-8 p.m.: info session
  • Nov. 1, 7-8:30 p.m.: community conversation and debrief on challenge

Please join us by accepting the challenge! #21dayequitychallengeSanCarlos

Join the School District Musical

Get set for three months of comedy, adventure and hit Disney songs! All San Carlos School District students in grades 4-8 are invited to join the cast of Disney’s brand new musical DESCENDANTS, based on the popular Disney movies. 

No experience is necessary, and everyone who registers will be cast. Students in grades 6-8 will be members of the main cast and must attend a short, simple audition in order to be assigned roles. Students in grades 4-5 will be members of the show choir and do not need to audition. Get more information and register here.

  • Sept. 26-28: Main cast auditions
  • Oct. 11: Main cast rehearsals begin
  • Oct. 19: Choir rehearsals begin
  • Jan. 20-22: Performances

Parent Education Opportunities

Ana Homayoun, founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, and Allia Griffin, PhD, of Santa Clara University, present High School 101: Helping Students Prepare for a Successful High School Experience (Sept. 27, online).

We all want to raise kind and thoughtful kids — but how can you do that? Author and developmental educator Deborah Farmer Kris offers advice on How to Help Kids Develop Their Emotional Vocabulary (Sept. 29, online).

Tony Wagner, PhD, a best-selling author and global education expert, joins us for Learning by Heart: Creating “Innovation-Ready” Students for the Future. Don’t miss this special opportunity! (Oct. 6, online).

What should parents know about the risks of fentanyl use? This fall, we offer Fentanyl Prevention Education: How to Help Teens Make Healthy Decisions  (Oct. 19, online) by Prevention Solutions, Hazeldon Betty Ford Foundation.

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We want to honor students who are doing great things outside of school and have two ways parents can help. 

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