IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Photos from School Events, SCEF Read-a-thon, Food Drive, Calendar Reminders
- PTA Volunteer Appreciation
- Nov. 9 PTA Meeting Reminder
- Fundraising and Membership
- Staff Appreciation Lunch Sign-up
- Brittan Acres and White Oaks Holiday Helpers Needed
- Yearbook Ordering
- DEIB: Native American Heritage Month
- Plus SCEF, District and Community News
Wed 11/9: PTA meeting in school library, 8:45 a.m.
Thu 11/10: Last day of SCEF Read-a-thon, end of first trimester
Thu 11/10: End of first trimester
Fri 11/11: No school for Veterans Day
Mon 11/14: Last day of Samaritan House Food Drive
Mon 11/14: 4th graders start new electives
Mon-Fri 11/14-18: 5th grade Outdoor Ed
Thu 11/17: School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Mon-Fri 11/21-25: Fall Break
Dear Arroyo families,
What a fun couple of weeks we’ve had at Arroyo! I again want to thank everyone who made all of our events possible: Halloween, Día de los Muertos, the Book Fair, SCEF Read-a-thon, and more! Please see below for some specific thank yous to our event chairs. It was great to see so much family engagement on campus!
We captured a lot of great photos over the past couple of weeks. We have uploaded them into Google albums to share with you. Please enjoy going through them and feel free to download any photos you’d like. We ask that you not post photos to social media without permission from everyone in the photo.
The SCEF Read-a-thon is off to a great start! Our students loved curling up with some good books in their pajamas on Friday! As of Saturday afternoon, only 65% of Arroyo students have registered to participate. We’d love to get that number closer to 100%! Arroyo students have logged 23,329 minutes so far. While that seems like a lot of minutes, it’s far below where many other schools in the district are. Now that some of our other events have passed, we hope to see those minutes and participation increase this week. Go to scefkids.org/read2022 to register, and remind your child to keep logging those minutes over the weekend! The Read-a-thon ends Thursday, Nov. 10.
Eagle Council’s Samaritan House food drive continues this week. We’ll be collecting protein items including nut butters, canned tuna or meat, chili, pasta sauce, and other canned meals. Please consider donating to help those in need in our community. Food can be brought to the school office or classrooms through Nov. 14.
Here are a few other reminders for the coming week:
Sunday, Nov. 6: Daylight saving time ends. Be sure to turn your clocks back!
Thursday, Nov. 10: End of Trimester 1. Teachers will be completing our standards-based report cards the following week; they will be sent home no later than Nov. 23. Watch for more information next week
Friday, Nov. 11: No school for Veterans Day. Thank you to everyone who has served our country!
Monday, Nov. 14
5th graders leave for Outdoor Education
4th graders begin their next round of the exploratory wheel. Students currently taking Art will move on to Music, students in Music will have Theater, and students in Theater will rotate to Art. More information about those classes as well as teacher contact information can be found here.
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day: Arroyo will celebrate this another time due to Outdoor Ed. Stay tuned for more information after Thanksgiving.
Friday, Nov. 18
What a Week! Volunteer Appreciation
A special thank you to our Halloween Committee: Lida Naydek, Laura Kauffman, Laura Sleasman, and Annie Stevenson. The students had a spooky, fun-filled afternoon. Thank you to Book Fair Committee members Jenny Goines, Yoko Kinoshita, and Karen Pachmeyer for organizing a fabulous week-long celebration of reading and books, including our very well-attended Family Night; volunteers Alin Gedikian and Angie Wu were super helpful throughout the week. Last but not least, thank you, Esther Wang, Beatriz Monjaras, and the numerous volunteers who brought Día de Los Muertos to campus. Our students are fortunate to have had so many fun events this past week. Thank you to everyone who gave their time!
Nov. 9: PTA Meeting at 8:45 a.m. in library
Our next PTA Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 8:45 a.m. in the Central/Arroyo school library. See the agenda. Each Green Corner will present on the work being done and volunteer opportunities in the campus garden. PTA Meeting Dates & Agendas can always be found on our website. We would love to see you!
Fundraising and Membership
The SCEF Read-a-thon is our fundraising focus this week. We hope your students are logging lots of reading minutes with the new books they discovered at the Book Fair. Please remember to share your child’s pledge page with your extended family and friends. These donations support both SCEF and the PTA in their mission to enrich our students’ educational experiences.
Remember: PTA membership is separate from fundraising. Please support the PTA’s mission of supporting whole-child education, including health, arts, advocacy, and family engagement, by joining the Central Arroyo PTA for only $10 per member.
Staff Appreciation: Please Sign Up!
The PTA’s November Staff Appreciation Lunch is this Wednesday, Nov. 9. Please sign up here to bring something to show our staff how THANKFUL we are to have them! Drop all items in the office at Arroyo by 11 a.m. Nov. 9. With thanks from the Staff Appreciation Team.
BA Holiday Boutique Help
The Brittan Acres Holiday Boutique team seeks BA alumni to volunteer as big kid shoppers at the Holiday Boutique this year! On Saturday, Dec. 10, we have two shifts available (8:45-11 a.m., 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.). Big Kid Helpers will assist younger BA students with their shopping, including selecting gifts for those on their lists, helping shoppers stick to their budget, and counting money at checkout. Join us! Sign up here.
White Oaks Holiday Store Help
Calling all White Oaks alumni: We need you! Volunteer to help White Oaks Elementary students shop for holiday gifts in the White Oaks Holiday Store on Saturday, Dec. 10 from 8:45 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. There are two shifts for Big Kid Helpers to help their assigned student choose items, stay within budget, and count money when paying. Sign your child up here to be a Big Kid Helper using their name (name of volunteer) and a parent or guardian’s email address.
Yearbook Ordering Info
Capture your child’s memories by buying a 2022-23 Arroyo School yearbook, which includes 2 free custom pages printed in their copy only. These pages let your child be the shining star in their yearbook. If you don’t want to customize pages, you can still receive the regular yearbook featuring class pages and schoolwide events. Order from TreeRing here. To create a TreeRing account, go to tr5.treering.com/validate and use the Arroyo passcode: 1014628525232886. Find more info on the TreeRing flier.
SCEF Read-a-thon Fundraising
Curious how to include extended family and friends who want to support your child and their school? The 3rd annual SCEF Read-a-thon is underway, and this is a great way to include loved ones in your child’s school: Email their pledge page to grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends — it is so easy!
The historical fundraisers (walkathons, runs, and chili cook-offs) are now focused on community building, and SCEF and PTAs are working together to raise funds our schools and kids need to bridge the gap. Check here for Events and Resources. And if you have questions about how to log reading minutes, check out this helpful video. We appreciate the support from our presenting sponsor, Christie’s/Sereno Real Estate.
12th annual Halloween Candy Buyback
Thank you to Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher for your continued support of this great effort!
SCEF’s Evening at TOWN: It’s a Wrap
You supported our students while enjoying a fabulous meal and connecting with parents from around the district. We appreciate you for your participation in the Fall Silent Auction, SCEF Raffle, and your attendance to make the event a smashing success. Enjoy the photos and spotlight on TOWN.
SCEF Day Is Coming Nov. 30
Make your plan to give on this day. New this year: Your donation to SCEF includes funding for your school PTA. You no longer need to donate separately to your PTA.
Focus on Diversity, Equity,
Inclusion, and Belonging
November Is Native American Heritage Month
November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the significant contributions of Native people. Below are some ways you and your family can observe Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Day (Nov. 25).
Discover more about the Ramaytush Ohlone, the tribe that is indigenous to the Peninsula, here.
Explore Native Land Digital, an interactive map that allows you to identify which tribes live or lived in regions around the world.
Visit a museum or another local spot to learn more about the local Indigenous people.
Read about the contributions that Native Americans have made and are still making today. Did you know, for example, that lacrosse has roots in the popular Indigenous North American game of stickball?
Share a book about Native American culture.
Interested in learning more about how to talk about Thanksgiving in a more culturally relevant way with your children? Check out these resources:
New Student Registration for 2023-24 + Expanded Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten Welcome Night Jan. 9
San Carlos School District New Student Registration Begins in January
Mark your calendars for these key dates:
- Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night for new families
- Jan. 10, noon: PowerSchool priority registration opens for all new students
- Feb. 1, 4-4:30 p.m.: Virtual Elementary School Tours for incoming TK/Kindergarten families
- Feb. 10, 4 p.m.: PowerSchool priority registration deadline
Transitional Kindergarten Eligibility Expansion
For the 2023-24 school year, students who turn 5 on or between Sept. 2, 2023, and April 2, 2024, are eligible to register for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Previously, only students who turned 5 by Feb. 2 qualified. Visit SCSD’s Transitional Kindergarten page to learn more about our TK program.
Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night
Do you have friends or neighbors who have an incoming TK or Kindergarten student who are new to the District? If so, please invite them to join us for our Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night on Monday, Jan. 9, 6:30-7:30 p.m. via Zoom (link to come)! The virtual presentation is designed to provide families with information about the San Carlos School District, its community partners and programs, and to provide an overview of how to register for school.
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.
We have 2 more spots left for the Nov. 18 Stand United Against Hate poetry slam and are extending the deadline to Friday, Nov. 11. We encourage you to speak up against hate and stand united for love! To enter, submit your poem here.
Prize: The top three winners will get the opportunity to donate money to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of their choice that is focused on justice and equity.
Check out all the towns, schools, and organizations in California joining the United Against Hate movement against bias and bullying and to build more inclusive and equitable communities.
Nov. 12: Notre Dame de Namur University Wellness Fair
Saturday, Nov. 12, from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the NDNU Campus, Library Lawn
Network and learn more at our tables that will feature psychological and community resources, wellness education, and job opportunities. Topics include: mindfulness, stress management, child and teen mental health, suicide prevention, grief, and psychotherapies.
Partners and sponsors in attendance: One life Counseling Center, AbilityPath, StarVista Counseling, Center: Suicide prevention, Caminar: Mental Illness, Kara: Grief Support. Register here!
San Carlos United Soccer Club Tryouts
San Carlos United will be holding tryouts in the next weeks for AYSO players and players not currently playing competitive club soccer for the spring 2023 season. Please register online. A representative from your child’s age group will contact you. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!
Parent Education Opportunities
How can we create a culture of hope in the face of stress, trauma, or setbacks? David Feldman, PhD, Santa Clara University, presents Grounded Hope: Why Hope Is Important in Times of Stress and Loss (Nov. 10, online).
NEW! College admission is a barrel of laughs, right? Join experts Gabrielle McColgan, Michael Elgarico, and Patrick Wilson for an inside-track chat about the college admission process, What's So Funny About College Admission? (Nov. 17, online).
NEW! How can parents help their teens and tweens get more sleep? Join Lisa L. Lewis, MS, author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen, for Why Teen and Tween Sleep Matters, and How Parents and Schools Can Help (Nov. 30, online).
Nov 18: Free COVID Vaccination Clinic
Plan now for happy and healthy holidays! SMCOE and San Mateo County Health are hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on Nov. 18, 1-4 p.m. at the Medical Therapy Unit Multipurpose Room at 65 Tower Rd. in San Mateo. Vaccinations are available for children (3 and older) and adults. Learn more in English y español.
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