IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Distinguished School Celebration, Important Parent Forms, ROPEs, Eagle Council Samaritan House Drive, 4th Grade Electives
- SCEF Salute to Educators Virtual Gala, Raffle Tickets, Silent Auction
- Arroyo Distinguished School Celebration
- PTA Meeting This Week
- Multicultural Family Night RSVP + Volunteer Sign-up
- Register for Stampede & Soar
- Plus Community News
Mon 3/6: California Healthy Kids Survey consent form due
Wed 3/8: PTA meeting in library, 8:45 a.m.
Wed 3/8: Elective Selection Night for band or orchestra, 3:30-7 p.m.
Wed 3/15: Eagle Council Samaritan House food drive ends
We’re looking forward to our California Distinguished School celebration tomorrow morning and hope you’ll join us on the blacktop at 8:35 a.m. to hear some brief remarks from School Board President Sarah Cassanego, Mayor Adam Rak, and me. Throughout the day we will be celebrating with a special snack for students at recess and a chalk mural project. We’d love the support of parent volunteers, and there are several time slots. Please sign up here if you can help.
I am so grateful to everyone who has completed the Arroyo Intent to Return Form for 2023-24 and completed the online consent form for your child to complete the California Healthy Kids Survey. This survey helps us gather important feedback about how we’re doing on our school-wide goals of ensuring that Arroyo is a place where all students feel safe and feel a strong sense of belonging. So far about 82% of Arroyo families have opted in. The more students who have permission to complete the survey, the more accurate and useful the data will be. We really want to hear from all of our Eagles! If you haven’t completed the form yet, we ask that you do so by the end of the day on Monday, March 6. Thank you!
You will also be receiving an invitation to complete the parent version of the survey this week. Thank you in advance for carving out a bit of time to complete the survey. I truly value your feedback. I share the results with staff and with our Site Council, and use the feedback to help create our annual site plan goals for Arroyo. My goal is to continue to improve our program as we strive to make Arroyo the best possible learning environment for your 4th and 5th graders.
I want to wish all of our 4th grade ROPEs participants good luck in the week ahead as they present their projects! We have 37 projects from Arroyo, with over 55 students participating. Amazing! I’ll be judging on Tuesday and can’t wait to highlight our ROPEs participants for all of you in a future newsletter and our weekly school assembly. I also want to congratulate our 5th graders who participated in our annual STEM Fair. We highlighted our 2 First Place, 2 Second Place, and Honorable Mention projects at our assembly last week, and I’m incredibly proud of the work that our student participants did.
Arroyo has several events coming up that we hope you’ll participate in. Join us on Wednesday, March 29, for our first (hopefully annual) Multicultural Family Night. Then join us on Sunday, April 2, for our annual Stampede & Soar Color Run. Please see the PTA section below for more details, links to sign up, and opportunities to volunteer. SCEF also has its annual virtual gala coming up. This is an important fundraising event for our community and also a lot of fun from the comfort of your own home. See below for additional information.
Eagle Council is conducting another community service drive for Samaritan House. We will be collecting healthy snacks like nuts, granola, protein bars, healthy snack crackers, trail mix, dried fruit, etc. Please consider sending food for those in need in our community. Students may bring food to the office or their classrooms by Wednesday, March 15.
It’s hard to believe we have reached the end of our 2nd trimester. 4th graders will rotate their exploratory wheel classes this week. Students who were 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.
4th grade families should have received information about the elective selection process that begins this week. Students will have a chance to learn about their options at an assembly on Monday morning and at our Instrument Selection Night on Wednesday. We hope to see all of our 4th graders there. 5th grade elective selection for next year will begin a bit later in the spring.
I hope to see you tomorrow morning, and at our other upcoming events. Have a wonderful week.
SCEF’s Salute to Educators:
40th Anniversary Celebration
Sunday, March 19 • 6-7 p.m., preshow 5:30
A night of celebration and appreciation honoring our teachers, principals, and staff!
Join master of ceremonies Chad Carvey, the Principal Auctioneer, for SCEF’s 40th anniversary online celebration with Virtual Live Auction, Fund A Need, Last Auction Hero, and Online Auction.
It will be dynamic, entertaining, online, and on time ... and your whole family is invited: kids, grandparents, and friends encouraged. No babysitters needed. No fancy outfits required. And open to ALL — unlimited tickets available!
Tickets are $25 per household. (Or, if you are new to the San Carlos School District, we have added a special $4 ticket for new families.) Tickets and TOWN cocktails will be delivered to your door. Register now.
On Sale Now: Starlight Gala Raffle Tickets
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 dinner for four at French Laundry, 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.
Silent Auction Highlights: Opens Friday
Bidding opens THIS Friday, March 10, closes March 21:
- Taylor Swift tickets
- BottleRock tickets
- Lake Wildwood vacation home: 5-night stay (sleeps 10)
- Harley Farms goat dairy tour: goat, cheese, and wine tour for 10
- SF Giants: exclusive Gotham Club passes and lower box seats for 4
- An estate plan from San Carlos Estate Planning Law Firm Falk, Barrot & Associates LLP
- Holistic health and Life coaching
- Hayloft dinner at Harley Farms: 2 tickets
- Stan Lee autographed Marvel Comics photograph
- Black Panther poster autographed by Chadwick Boseman and Stan Lee
Tomorrow: Distinguished School Celebration
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. Please join us on the blacktop after the bell.
Students will also be working on a chalk mural project throughout the school day. We’d love to have some parent volunteers to support the process. There are several time slots. If you’re able, please sign up here.
March 8: PTA Meeting at 8:45 a.m.
Please join us at the PTA meeting this 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. View the agenda here.
Multicultural Family Night:
RSVP + Volunteer Sign-up
Wednesday, March 29 • 6-8 p.m.
Eagle families, we are excited to announce Arroyo’s first Multicultural Family Night on March 29! We will celebrate with amazing food, games, arts and crafts, fashion, and performances from around the world. We will share more details soon, but expect a fun Bollywood performance, fantastic food trucks, and more. Please RSVP to attend.
To make it a memorable night, we need your help! Please sign up to bring a dish or volunteer if you can. Opportunities include:
Providing a favorite cultural appetizer or dessert (store-bought or homemade)
Hosting a craft station with a cultural craft of your choice (or we can provide a craft such as origami or tissue paper flowers)
Playing a musical instrument from another country and allowing attendees to try it
Sharing a cultural outfit for a fashion display
Being a DJ for a karaoke booth. If you have a karaoke machine we can borrow, please reach out to Esther Wang.
Teaching mahjong, lotería, or another cultural game
Creating a cozy cultural book nook with the help of our librarian
Last Chance to Guarantee a T-shirt: Register for Stampede & Soar!
Sunday, April 2 • 9-11 a.m.
Make sure to register your student no later than this Friday, March 10, to guarantee a T-shirt for this fun event! Your child will be sprayed with (nontoxic) color during the run, so the T-shirt is half the fun! The run is followed by games, music, and treats on the Arroyo/Central campus. Registration is $5 per student.
We were able to lower the registration cost from last year’s $25 due to the PTA’s combined fundraising with SCEF. If you haven’t donated to SCEF this year, please do. Any amount helps to support all that PTA and SCEF do, including these community-building events.
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.).
Tonight: Healthy Cities Tutoring Perfect Pairings Benefit
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.
Camp Galileo Is Back!
Looking for an exceptional, affordable camp option? Camp Galileo is returning to Arundel Elementary this summer, Monday through Friday, June 26-Aug. 4. At Camp Galileo, K-10th graders enjoy creative STEAM-inspired projects and get active outside. Our dynamic staff helps kids turn ideas into reality, collaborate with peers, and play hard outdoors. Inspired by popular demand, this summer we're offering:
- 6 unique weeks of camp for K-4th graders
- 4 unique weeks for 5th-8th graders, so your kids can spend an even bigger chunk of the summer with us
Register now for our best pricing of the season, and to avoid the waitlist.
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
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).
NEW! Kids don’t come with instruction manuals. Join Deborah Farmer Kris, parenting expert and education journalist, for Growing All the Time: Four Insights From Child Development That Made Me a Better Parent (March 15, online).
NEW! As part of our series with the San Mateo County Office of Education, we’re honored to host cyberbullying expert Sameer Hinduja, PhD, for Cyberbullying and Social Media: The Role of Parents, Youth, and Community (March 16, 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.
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