IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: End of 2nd Trimester, COVID Testing, Intent to Return Form, Lunch Ordering, Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day Thanks
- Distinguished School Assembly
- PTA Meeting
- Register for Stampede & Soar
- Multicultural Family Night Survey
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community News
Fri 3/3: Arroyo Principal’s Coffee, 8:45 a.m.
Fri 3/3: End of 2nd Trimester
Mon 3/6: California Distinguished School Award Assembly, 8:35 a.m.
Wed 3/8: PTA meeting in library, 8:45 a.m.
Dear Arroyo families,
I hope you had a wonderful break despite the stormy weather. I know that some of our families experienced power outages, and I hope everyone has had power restored and is safe and sound now. We might have more rain early in the week, so please help your child come to school dressed for the weather.
This week marks the end of our 2nd trimester. Students will be completing projects and assessments in the next couple of weeks. 4th graders will complete their current elective classes this week and rotate to their final wheel classes the week of March 6. Teachers will be completing report cards, which will be sent home by March 15.
Spring is a busy time of year at Arroyo, and we’re looking forward to a number of community events, class projects, and transition activities. As we return to school on Monday, I want to share a few reminders:
- We encourage you to make sure your child tests negative for COVID and is symptom-free before returning to school. We have extra test kits in our front office, which will be open at 7:45 a.m. Monday. If your child tests positive, please contact Tracey Olazar ([email protected]) in the office, and she will be happy to help. For more information, please refer to the SCSD Health and Safety Plan.
- Join us this Friday, March 3, from 8:45-9:45 a.m. for our Arroyo Principal’s Coffee. Join me and fellow Arroyo parents and guardians for coffee, community building, and a Q&A.
- Please mark your calendars to join us on campus Monday, March 6, from 8:35-9 a.m. for a school-wide mini-assembly to celebrate our 2023 California Distinguished School award! We’ll gather on the blacktop to celebrate as a community.
- Please complete the Arroyo Intent to Return Form by Friday, March 3. This form was sent via an email from San Carlos School District on Feb. 15. We need every family to complete the form for each child currently at Arroyo, whether returning to Arroyo/Central Middle School in 2023-24 or not. This information is essential to help us plan for class sizes and accurate staffing. If your plans change after completing the form, please let our office know right away.
- On Friday, March 10, at 8:45 a.m., I will host our first of three campus tours for incoming 4th Grade parents and caregivers. If you have friends and neighbors who are planning to attend Arroyo next year, please feel free to share this flier with them. 3rd grade families at Brittan Acres and White Oaks should have received an email from me with this information before the break.
I also want to remind everyone to get lunch orders placed now for March 6 and beyond, and if you did not get meals ordered for March 1-3, please plan to send lunch from home this week!
Finally, thanks to everyone who participated in our Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day before the break. We hope to make it an annual tradition and would love to see even more faces next year. Thank you to our students who created fantastic submissions for the Brave Like Ruby Contest; they rocked those purple beanies! Check out these photographs and this video of the walk. Thanks to the staff and volunteers who came out to support the event.
I’m looking forward to seeing our Eagles back this week!
March 3: Morning Chat With the Principal
Join us in the Learning Commons after drop-off this Friday, March 3, at 8:45 a.m. Grab a coffee and treat, then get an update from Mrs. Shelton on all the great things that are happening at Arroyo. There will also be time to chat and ask questions.
March 6: Distinguished School Assembly
Arroyo School has been honored with the California Distinguished School Award. We will be holding an assembly on Monday, March 6, at 8:35 a.m. to commemorate this achievement with our students, teachers, and parents. We’d love for everyone to come and celebrate!
March 8: PTA Meeting at 8:45 a.m.
Please join us at the PTA meeting on Wednesday, March 8, at 8:45 a.m. in the Central/Arroyo school library. School Board member and CMS & Arroyo parent Sarah Kinahan will provide an update from the SCSD board. You can see the full agenda posted here.
Multicultural Family Night Survey:
We Need Your Ideas!
The PTA is planning Arroyo's first ever Multicultural Family Night on Wednesday, March 29 — please save the date! We look forward to celebrating our diverse community through food, music, crafts, games, and hopefully a performance or two!
Look out for volunteer opportunities soon, but in the meantime, we would love your input to make this a memorable event for all! You can fill out the survey here.
Register Now for Stampede & Soar
It’s time to register! The 2023 Stampede & Soar Color Run is coming up on Sunday, April 2, from 9-11 a.m. Click here to register your student. Registration includes a T-shirt that will get doused in color by teachers throughout the run! And don’t forget: The run is followed by games, music, and treats on the Arroyo/Central campus. Registration is $5 per student. Don’t miss out on the fun — register today!
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 Glow Party, Day of School, Art in Action, ROPES/STEAM projects, Spirit Days, Student Clubs, Field Trips, classroom photos, etc.). Follow these instructions to share.
Order and personalize your child’s yearbook for $17.26 (plus tax) through April 12. Arroyo is using San Mateo-based company TreeRing, which allows you to add two free pages that you can personalize. Get started by creating your free account! If you already have a TreeRing account, buy via this link (Arroyo code is 1014628525232886.).
Auction Items + Raffle Tickets + Giants Night
Teacher Auction Items Still Available!
There were over 700 winning bids in the Teacher Outings and Summer Camps Online Auction. All remaining Outings and Camps are now available at Buy-It-Now prices until Tuesday, February 28. Browse & Buy!
Your Chance to Win! Starlight Gala Raffle Tickets On Sale Now.
For the cost of a raffle ticket (1 for $125; 3 for $325 or 6 for $600) you could win one of our fabulous Live or Silent Auction packages. This year raffle prizes include Taylor Swift tickets, BottleRock tickets, downtown parking space, dinner for four at Chez Panisse, Mexico vacation, and Harley Farms hayloft dinner for two or private tour and wine tasting for 10 adults during kidding season. To see the full list of eligible prizes or order tickets, visit scefkids.org/starlight-raffle.
San Carlos Night at the Giants Is Back!
We have secured a section in the bleachers at Oracle Park for San Carlos Night at the Giants on May 15! Watch the game between the San Francisco Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies with your San Carlos friends while hearing our San Carlos kids sing the national anthem. The game starts at 6:45 p.m. Spaces still remain to sing the anthem. To buy Giants tickets, visit scefkids.org/events.
Save the Date! SCEF Virtual Starlight Gala Will Be Sunday, March 19.
Remember: This year, your donation to SCEF also supports your PTA and their ability to fund teacher grants, assemblies, supplies and materials, library books, and more.
Student Intent to Return Forms for TK-7th Grade
Each year, we ask families to complete an Intent to Return Form regarding your child’s enrollment for the next school year (2023-24). Please look for an email sent on Wednesday, Feb. 15, with a link to a Google form.
Your timely completion of this form will assist SCSD in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for next year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow District staff to plan more effectively. Please fill out one form for each child by Friday, March 3.
If your plans change at any time and you are not planning to return next year, please notify your school office as soon as possible. Thank you for your assistance with this important process.
Healthy Cities Tutoring Perfect Pairings Benefit Is Back!
Join us March 5, 5-7 p.m., at the Skyway Center in San Carlos for delicious hors d’oeuvres, perfectly paired wine and inspiring stories sharing the positive impact of more than 25 years of supporting students in San Carlos and Redwood City. Tickets are selling fast! Get your tickets now and donate to support local students. Visit HealthyCitiesTutoring.org to learn more.
Feb 28: CalKIDS Savings Account Town Hall
The San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a virtual town hall for families to learn about California’s new children’s savings account program CalKIDS, which can help pay for college and career training. In addition to providing students with a college savings account, the program provides up to $1,500 in free seed money to eligible newborns and low-income public school students. The town hall will be on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 6-7 p.m. in English with Spanish translation. Register here. Learn more: English, español.
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
NEW! How can conscious parenting help you create better communication with your child? Renowned parenting expert Katherine Sellery presents Conscious Parenting: Building Stronger Relationships with Your Child or Teen (March 1, online).
NEW! Heidi Kasevich, PhD and creator of the Quiet Ambassador Program for Susan Cain’s Quiet Revolution, will explore leadership strategies in The Power of Quiet Leadership: Setting the Stage for Introverts to Thrive (March 9, online).
MANY WAYS TO VOLUNTEER AT ARROYO
SHARE YOUR STUDENT’S ACHIEVEMENTS
We want to honor students who are doing great things outside of school and have two ways parents can help.
As part of our Arroyo School program, we offer assistance to families as needed. The support can be a yearbook, grocery gift cards, or scholarships for school trips and PTA events. The recipients are kept confidential, and the principal is the only one who will know. Please complete this form to make a request.
Participate in our eScrip rewards program and a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated to the Central Arroyo PTA — at no cost to you!
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