IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Hometown Days Parade Thanks, State Testing, Celebration of Learning, Eagle Council Community Service Drive, Year-End Events
- PTA: Honorary Service Awards and Pizza Dinner
- Volunteers Needed for Honorary Service Awards, Art Show, AANHPI and Pride Months
- Hometown Days Parade Gratitude
- PTA Social June 7
- Plus SCEF and Community News
Through Wed 5/24: Eagle Council Samaritan House hygiene-item drive
Tue 5/23: PTA Pizza Dinner and Honorary Service Awards, 5:15 p.m.
Tue 5/23: Celebration of Learning and Art Show, 6 p.m.
Fri 5/26: Minimum day
Mon 5/20: Memorial Day, no school
Fri 6/9: Arroyo Talent Show
Mon 6/12: Field Day
Thu 6/15: Last day of school, minimum day
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Hometown Days Parade yesterday, and especially to Nicole Ketterman and Michelle Nayfack for coordinating Arroyo’s first-ever walking group in the parade. It was so much fun to show our Eagle pride and celebrate the San Carlos community! Congratulations to the students who marched with our SCSD band as well. It’s always great to show off our phenomenal music program.
We have just four action-packed weeks left in this school year! Our 4th graders are done with state testing except for those who have make-up tests to complete. 5th graders will finish up this week with the California Science Test (CAST). Please continue to avoid unnecessary absences before 10 a.m. and make sure students arrive at school on time. Getting a good night's sleep and having a healthy breakfast are also important in helping students do their best. Encourage students to do their best but not to worry if there are questions that feel too hard. Students are not permitted to have electronic devices (cellphones, smartwatches, etc.) in the classroom during testing windows.
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 23, from 6:00-6:45 p.m. for our Celebration of Learning. Families are invited to visit their children’s classrooms to celebrate all that our students have accomplished this year. Students can’t wait to share their work with you. Be sure to stop by our Art in Action Art Show in the Learning Commons from 6:00-7:00. We would love for you to join us in the Central quad earlier that evening at 5:15 for a pizza dinner and our PTA Honorary Service Awards.
Eagle Council is hosting our final community service drive of the year with Samaritan House, and they have decided to make it a grade-level competition to see whether 4th or 5th graders bring in more donations. We are collecting hygiene items (masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand soap, dishwashing soap, laundry soap, shampoo, body lotion). Donations can be dropped off in the blue bins inside the office, and be sure to put them in the bin labeled with the right grade level. Donations will be accepted through Wednesday, May 24.
We have a number of other end-of year events happening, and I want to make sure they are on your calendar:
Friday, May 26: minimum day with dismissal at 12:50
Monday, May 29: Memorial Day holiday (no school)
Friday, June 9: Talent Show (10:30-12:00), parents of performers are invited to attend
Monday, June 12: Field Day, volunteer information coming soon
Thursday, June 15: Last day of school, minimum day with dismissal at 12:50 and a special clap-out for our 5th graders around 12:30.
I hope to see you Tuesday evening!
You’re Invited: Honorary Service Awards
Tuesday, May 23 • 5:15 p.m.
Please join us at the Honorary Service Awards on Tuesday in the Central Middle School Quad. This year we are recognizing Esther Wang, Alana Corso, Julie Jobak, and Jennifer Otanez. Help us celebrate these community leaders with an award presentation and a pizza & salad dinner. To reduce waste, please bring your own water bottle. The event will be followed by the Celebration of Learning.
We are still in need of a few student and parent volunteers to help at the dinner. Volunteering will not interfere with attending the Celebration of Learning. Please check out the sign-up for ways you can help.
Arroyo Art Show Needs Volunteers
The Arroyo Art Show will be this Tuesday, May 23, in the Learning Commons during the Celebration of Learning. We need help getting ready for the show Monday and Tuesday, and taking things down Wednesday. Please check the sign-up to see which slots work for you. Thank you for your continued support of Art in Action!
Hometown Days Parade Gratitude!
A big shout-out to Nicole Ketterman and Michelle Nayfack for organizing Arroyo’s first appearance in the San Carlos Hometown Days Parade. Thank you for helping us bring Arroyo’s school spirit to the streets of San Carlos.
Save the Date: PTA Social June 7
Wednesday, June 7 • 7:30 p.m.
Please join us to hear about what the PTA has planned at Arroyo and Central next school year. More details about the social are in the Evite. Please RSVP and bring a friend. If you can’t make the social but want to know how you can get involved, check out the 2023-24 sign-up!
Celebrating AANHPI Month and Pride with Art in the Library!
We are excited to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and Pride Month in the Arroyo-Central Library this month and next. In addition to the wonderful books our librarian, Katie Hultgren, makes available, we will offer supplies for art projects (origami and rainbow flags) that students can make during their lunch hours the next two Tuesdays (May 23 and 30) and Thursday, June 1, 11:45-1:30 p.m. If you are able to assist students with these projects, please sign up!
Add Your Name to the SCEF Draft Donor Roll
Every single contribution gets us closer to our $3.7 million goal. Your donation will help to maintain positions and programs next year. We increased our goal to streamline fundraising and include funding for your school PTA. Donors have already helped us get 75% of the way there, but we need your help to raise the final 25%. Donate today at secure.scefkids.org/donate.
Take a look at our draft donor roll to review your donation total to SCEF this year (fiscal year ending June 30, 2023). If there is an issue with your family’s entry (we’ve misspelled names before), contact us at [email protected].
Your Dollars at Work: Library, Music Programs, Electives
Libraries are places for reading, gathering, studying, and reflection, and your contribution helps keep libraries open for all students. Your donations also help San Carlos elementary schools provide the Music for Minors program and support middle school electives, including the award-winning band and orchestra classes.
Hoping to pack just a few more weeks of excitement into your kids’ summer break? Book a week or two at Camp Galileo full of traditional summer fun, imagination-sparking STEAM projects and new friends. Stack up the savings with a multi-week discount of $25 per week if you enroll in 2 weeks or more. Promotions this month:
- Through May 24, save $35 off per week with code SUMMERPLANS35.
- May 25-31, save $29 on each week of Camp Galileo during our Memorial Day Sale using code MEMORIALDAY23.
Book at galileo-camps.com. Learn about our scholarship program at galileo-camps.com/scholarship-program.
San Carlos Youth Center Celebrates Mental Health & Wellness Week
The San Carlos Youth Center Staff would like to share these events for ages 10-17 during Mental Health & Wellness Week, May 22-26:
- Monday, May 22: Resource Tabling with San Carlos Youth Advisory Council & Stanford Medicine Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing, 3-6 p.m.
- Tuesday, May 23: Be Sensitive Be Brave High School Workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m., registration required
- Wednesday, May 24: Yoga Health Center Free Youth Class, 4-5 p.m., registration required
- Thursday, May 25: San Mateo County Library “Calm Corner,” 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- Friday, May 26: SPCA Therapy Dogs, 3-5 p.m.
Parent Education Opportunities
What is “immigration grief,” and how does it affect generations of newcomers? Michelle Remond, an immigrant advocate, presents Understanding Immigration Grief: Connecting to Past, Present, and Future Generations (May 23).
Invitamos a todas las familias que hablan español a una noche especial para informarles sobre Información General de Educación Especial, 24 de mayo, 6 p.m. Presentado por Parents Helping Parents (PHP) apoya, educa e inspira familias y la comunidad para construir futuros brillantes para jóvenes y adultos con necesidades especiales. Registro aqui.
Special Education Spanish Parent Information Night (TK-12 families) on May 24 at 6 p.m. Spanish-speaking families are invited to a special information night about special education services in San Mateo County. Families will hear from Parents Helping Parents (PHP), which supports, educates, and inspires families to build bright futures for youth with special needs (May 24).
Green Teams Celebration (K-12 students, families, educators, school staff) on May 25, 4-5:30 p.m. Celebrate and learn about the work of green teams in San Mateo County! There will be food, fun games, and opportunities to see what other green teams are doing and to learn from fellow environmental enthusiasts (May 25).
How can you motivate your child or teen through feedback? In our final English Parent Forum #24 of the season, Eran Magen, PhD, offers advice on Inspiring Through Feedback: Beyond the Compliment Sandwich (May 26).
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