IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Glow Party Thanks, National School Counseling Week, Eagle Times, Math Parent Education Night, Ruby Bridges Contest
- PTA Meeting This Wednesday
- PTA Social Invitation
- Glow Party Appreciation
- Campus Garden Work Day
- Staff Appreciation Lunch
- Library Help Needed
- DEIB: Black History Month
- Plus SCEF, District and Community News
Wed 2/8: PTA meeting in library, 8:45 a.m.
Wed 2/8: Brave Like Ruby Contest entries due
Wed 2/15: Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day for Arroyo, 8 a.m.
Wed 2/15: Math Parent Education Night, 7:15 p.m.
Thu 2/16: PTA Social, 7-8:30 p.m.
Thu 2/16: School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Mon-Fri 2/20-2/24: Mid-Winter Break
Fri 3/3: Arroyo Principal’s Coffee, 8:45 a.m.
Dear Arroyo families,
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who came out to the Glow Party and especially to our team of parent volunteers who made it possible. After putting this event on hold for the past few years, it was great to be able to bring it back, and I know our students loved every minute of it! Thanks also to our PTA and SCEF for sponsoring the event so that community members could attend at no cost.
This week is National School Counseling Week, and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight our mental health team at Arroyo. In addition to the individual work they do, this team of professionals serves as our Care Team and meets with me weekly to coordinate services, discuss students needing additional support, and brainstorm ways to meet the needs of our community.
Julie Jobak, our school counselor, supports both Arroyo and Central. Julie participates in our weekly assemblies, teaches lessons in classrooms, supports students who are struggling with friendships, academics, and mental health, and does a host of other things. She’s also a great resource for parents, guardians, and teachers seeking ways to best support our students. Julie helps to coordinate events like the Great Kindness Challenge and other special activities on campus and does so much more for all of us!
Deb Cadenasso, our Mental Health Associate, provides school-based therapy to our students most in need of mental health support.
Deb is supported by our district’s Lead Mental Health Therapist, Kiersten Daniel Baca, who also provides direct services to students.
Our school psychologist, Jade McMahan, provides additional support and coordinates assessments for students in need of Special Education services.
Our district Behaviorist, Adrienne Aguilar, provides additional support on campus.
Having such a strong and well-rounded team of mental health providers on campus is another example of the focus that our district puts on the whole child. This team is also made possible by your support of SCEF and the Healthy Schools Initiative Grant we receive from the Peninsula Healthcare District.
Our student-led newspaper club has put out its first issue of the Eagle Times for the year. In the past this group has worked under the supervision of Mrs. Sevilla, but this year students decided to take it on by themselves, and they did a great job. You can read the 12th edition of the Eagle Times here and see past issues on the Arroyo website.
4th and 5th grade math can be challenging, especially for parents! Susan Resnick, our Math in Focus Consultant and one of the authors of the curriculum, will be hosting a parent education night for parents of SCSD 4th and 5th Graders on Feb. 15 from 7:15-8 in the boardroom of the district office (1200 Industrial Rd., Unit 9B). Susan will share ideas for supporting your student at home. This session will include a brief overview of the success behind Singapore Math and the key instructional strategies that have led to Singapore's place as top in the world in mathematics. Additionally, Susan will give you practical ideas for helping your student at home whether they need more scaffolding or enrichment. You will learn about number bonds, bar modeling, long division, and other approaches that might look a little different than how math looked when you went to school.
Our Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day is coming up on Wednesday, Feb. 15, (postponed from November due to Outdoor Ed). Watch for more details next week. In honor of Ruby Bridges, Arroyo students are encouraged to enter our Brave Like Ruby Contest. Students can submit an essay or art piece demonstrating how you are brave like Ruby or how she inspires you. Submissions can be turned in to the office or sent electronically to [email protected] by Wednesday, Feb. 8. Winners will be selected and notified by Monday, Feb. 13, and will receive a special Ruby Bridges beanie to wear for the walk.
Please also take note of the following upcoming events:
Feb. 6-10: 5th Graders will be participating in Puberty Talk. 5th Grade families have been notified about this program in a separate email.
Feb. 6-13: Check out the SCEF Auction for teacher outings, summer camps, and more. Browse auction and Buy-It-Now items here, and see below for more details.
Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day: Students are encouraged to wear valentine colors (red, pink, purple, etc.). Please see teacher newsletters for class-specific information and a list of students in the class. If your child is bringing valentines, they must bring one for each classmate.
Feb. 20-24, Mid-Winter Break: Please make every effort to schedule your vacation plans around the break so your child is not missing any school.
March 3, Arroyo Principal’s Coffee: Join me and fellow Arroyo parents and guardians from 8:45-9:45 for coffee, community building, and a Q&A.
March 3: End of Trimester 2. Report cards will be sent home in mid-March.
Wednesday: PTA Meeting + Student Presentations
Note change in time and location. Please join us in person at the PTA meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 8:45 a.m. in the library. Hear presentations from 7th and 8th graders about their recent project-based learning and get info about upcoming activities. Be sure to check out the agenda beforehand to see what will be discussed!
You’re Invited to Our PTA Social
Thursday, Feb. 16, 7-8:30 p.m.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to be involved this year or next with PTA to support our students and staff, please join us at our upcoming social. See the Evite to RSVP and learn all the details.
Glow Party Appreciation
A big thank you to our Glow Party team of Sondra Harding, Diana Herman, Julie Epley, Laura Sleasman, and Myri Dujovne for putting on such a fun event for students and parents alike. The party was made possible with your SCEF donations and the efforts of our PTA volunteers. Thank you all!
Donate to Chili Lunch for Teachers + Staff
The February Staff Appreciation Lunch is Wednesday, Feb. 15. This entire lunch is dependent on volunteers, so please sign up to bring something to show our staff the LOVE. Items include chili, chili fixings, cans of soda or sparkling water, and sweet treats. You may drop your items off at the office no later than 11 a.m. the morning of the lunch. Thank you!
Feb. 11: Support the Central/Arroyo Garden
Bring your family out to the Central/Arroyo Garden for fun hands-on volunteering on Saturday, Feb. 11, from 9 a.m.-noon, during the monthly Each Green Corner Work Day. We’ll lay the groundwork for a new hugelkultur (no-dig raised bed atop a mound), prune the grapevines, and whack the weeds that sprouted up after the rainstorms. Weather permitting, we’ll plant more seedlings so there will be plenty of produce to donate to Second Harvest and Samaritan House in the spring. Register here to volunteer, or mark your calendar for a future work day (every second Saturday): March 11, April 8, May 13, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12.
Looking for Library Help
The Central/Arroyo Library needs parent volunteers to help supervise lunchtime activities on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:55 a.m.-12:45 p.m. No library experience needed! We are looking for one or two volunteers for each slot. You can sign up for as few or as many shifts as you like here.
We could also use library shelving help. Timing is flexible, and training is provided! Email our librarian, Ms. Hultgren, for more information.
April 2: Save the Date for Central and Arroyo’s Stampede & Soar Color Run
The 2023 Stampede & Soar Color Run is on Sunday, April 2, from 9-11 a.m. Mark your calendars now to join the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs as they Stampede & Soar through the City of Good Living! This year’s color run will be followed by games, music, and food at the Central/Arroyo campus. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks about registration, T-shirts, sponsorship opportunities, and volunteering.
Share Photos to the Yearbook + Order Your Child’s Copy
Be part of creating a memorable Arroyo yearbook for our kids by sharing your photos! Upload images of your child or shots you have taken during school events into TreeRing’s shared photo folders (First Day of School, Art-in-Action, ROPES/STEAM projects, Spirit Days, Student Clubs, Field Trips, classroom photos, etc.). Follow these instructions to share.
Arroyo is using San Mateo-based TreeRing to build the yearbook, and your child’s book includes two free pages to personalize with their photos and memories (optional). Get started by creating your free account! You can personalize and order your book for $17.26 (plus tax) until April 12. If you already have a TreeRing account, buy via this link. To add Arroyo to your account use passcode 1014628525232886.
Bidding opens Monday, Feb. 6, at 10 a.m. and closes Monday, Feb. 13, with staggered closing times for:
- Elementary schools, 9 p.m.
- Upper elementary, 9:15 p.m.
- Middle schools and Charter, 9:30 p.m.
- Summer camps, 9:30 p.m.
- Warriors tickets: March 3 and March 28 games!
- 8th grade promotion and band concert seats
Have questions? Need bidding Help? Contact [email protected]. Your donation to SCEF also supports your PTA and their ability to fund teacher grants, assemblies, supplies and materials, library books, and more.
*NOTE DATE CHANGE* Sunday, March 19: Virtual Live Auction: Salute to Educators
SCEF’s annual virtual gala featuring a live auction with Chad Carvey, Fund-A-Need, and a tribute to San Carlos educators.
Check out our website for more information.
Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
February Is Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Other countries around the world, including Canada and the United Kingdom, also devote a month to celebrating Black history. Click here for more on how Black History Month began.
Here are ideas for diving deeper into Black history with your family:
Priority Registration for NEW Students Ends Soon
If you have a student who will be NEW to the district next year, be sure to register them for school by Friday, Feb. 10.
Registration is ONLY for students who are not currently attending our schools. Students who are in TK-8th grade now do not need to re-register. However, if your child is in one of our SCSD preschool classes, they do need to register as a new student.
Please see our Frequently Asked Questions page or email [email protected] if you have questions.
Feb. 10: School Well-Being and Safety
What Does Health, Wellness and Safety Look Like at SCSD? Join Ilana Yakubovic, Wellness Director, and Kiersten, Mental Health Lead, to learn about resources available and ask questions about school well-being and safety. If you can’t make it, don’t fret — we will send out the SparkNotes! Join us Friday, Feb. 10, 12-12:45 p.m. Register here for this virtual event.
It’s Counselor Appreciation Week!
While our community appreciates the hard work our counselors do every day of the year, this week we want to call special attention to all they do for our students, families, and teachers. Our counselors teach social-emotional learning lessons, meet individually and in groups with students, plan awareness events, train staff, and work with families. We are so grateful to our counselors for helping to make San Carlos schools such a positive and supportive environment for all.
Please send them a note of appreciation if you’ve had the pleasure of working with any of these lovely staff!
Julie Jobak: Arroyo and Central
Kim Arasato: White Oaks and Brittan Acres
Black History Month
Each February, Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history. In celebration and reflection of Black History Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) has curated a list of resources to honor and recognize the achievements of Black Americans as well as a list of Black-owned businesses and organizations to support. If you are interested in learning more about CFSC, please reach out!
Feb. 7: Mythbusting Diet Culture & Eating Disorders and How Caregivers Can Help
For National Eating Disorders Awareness Month, Kindful Body will discuss the factors that contribute to the development of eating disorders, cultural and societal beliefs that reinforce the eating disorder, and how caregivers can push back against harmful messages to support your child with an eating disorder or reduce the likelihood of an eating disorder. Register here for this Zoom presentation on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m.
After-School Class at Arroyo: Introduction to Mindfulness
This interactive class will explore evidence-based mindfulness techniques through art, games, and STEAM activities that are designed to promote self-regulation, resilience, and overall well-being.
When children practice mindfulness it has been shown to reduce reactivity and stress, and helps to improve focus, cognitive performance, ability to resolve conflicts, social skills, impulse control, self-awareness, and resilience. If you have taken a Growing Mindful class before, please note there will be new curriculum. All beginners welcome! Sign up here.
Location: Arroyo School, Classroom 14
Dates: (6 sessions) Wednesdays, March 8, 15, 22, 29, April 5, 19
Time: 12:50-2:10 p.m.
Parent Education Opportunities
On Feb. 9, we host Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell (pictured), the first female African American judge in Northern California, for a conversation on her debut book, Her Honor: My Life on the Bench ... (Feb. 9, online). Don’t miss it!
What should parents know about the emerging cannabis industry? Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, senior advisor at the Public Health Institute, presents Health Impacts and Legalities of Cannabis Use in Youth (Feb. 15, online).
NEW! February is Heart Health Month. Join Sequoia Healthcare District for a Town Hall meeting, Understanding Heart Health, featuring cardiologist Henry Huang and Liz Lazar-Johnson, founder of Via Heart Health (Feb. 16, online).
Upcoming Parent Forums feature Edwin Fernandez, LCSW, One Life Counseling Center, for Padres que se adaptan (español, Feb. 7, online), and Eran Magen, PhD, Parenting for Humans, in How to Be Your Child’s Favorite Conversation Partner (English, Feb. 17, online).
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