IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Building a Sense of Belonging, Back to School Night, Arrival Reminder, Weekly Menu, Volunteer Needs, Teacher Contacts, Makerspace Donations, Phone and Watch Policy
- PTA: Volunteering, Membership, Meeting Schedule, Spirit Store, Staff Appreciation
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Wed 8/30: Back to School Night (adults only), 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fri 9/1: Minimum day, dismissal at 1 p.m.
Mon 9/4: Labor Day, no school
Fri 9/8: Principal’s Coffee, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Wed 9/20: PTA meeting in library, 7 p.m., followed by downtown social
Fri 9/22: Picture Day
Wed 10/4: Multicultural Family Night
Dear Arroyo families,
The first week of school is always my favorite week of the year, and this year was no different! From seeing so many of you connecting with old friends and making new ones at our Arroyo Day Welcome Event on Monday, to welcoming our 4th and 5th Graders and their excited energy on Wednesday, to witnessing all of the ways that our talented teachers and staff are already working to build an amazing community this year — I am so grateful!
This year, we are particularly focusing on building community and a strong sense of belonging by sharing our personal identities with one another. Classes are digging into this in different ways, asking students to share aspects of themselves — including their interests, cultures, and hobbies — so that they can find commonalities with others and get to know each other on different levels. These conversations not only help build community in the classroom and help students find new friends and connections, but they are also so important because being seen, accepted, and included for who you are is a key component of belonging. We want this for each and every student at Arroyo.
As part of this effort, we are asking all students to interview a family member about their family’s culture and heritage, so that they can write a short family profile article to share with their classmates. Students will be bringing home directions and a scaffold for the interview. You can assist by helping your child select a family member to interview, making time for the interview, and empowering your child to use the scaffold to select questions and write down the family member’s responses. Each child will also create an illustration to accompany the article, and this could include family photos. This is another way you might be able to assist. Thank you in advance for your help!
Finally, a reminder that Back to School Night for Arroyo is this Wednesday, Aug. 30, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Parents and guardians will spend the evening in your child’s homeroom classroom. We’ll begin with a video presentation of some school-wide announcements, and then teachers will spend the bulk of the time sharing information about their class. If you have any COVID symptoms on Wednesday, please test before coming to our event, not only to keep our community safe, but to help ensure the health of our teachers so that they can be present in class every day to teach your children. Please note that Back to School Night is for ADULTS only.
Please also note that this Friday, Sept. 1, is a minimum day with dismissal at 1:00.
I look forward to seeing many of you on Wednesday evening!
Announcements & Reminders for the Week of Aug. 28
Thank you for your patience and positivity this week! Just a reminder that our gates open and supervision begins at 8:20 a.m. Please do not drop students in our car line or send walkers to school before 8:20. If your child walks in, ask them how long they had to wait before being able to play. That will give you a sense whether they should adjust their timing.
Breakfast, Lunch, and Snack
Regardless of whether your child is bringing lunch from home or getting a school meal, please be sure to pack a snack for them to eat at recess daily. You may want to pack an extra snack on Wednesdays for our second recess, which is also when school lunches will be served. Note that school lunches do not include a snack during morning recess, so please be sure to send that from home, or have your child pick up a breakfast to keep for snack time.
Please review the school meal menu below with your child. These are the ONLY meals that will be available for students at school. If your child does not see a breakfast and/or lunch option that they will eat, then please plan to help your child pack their own lunch from home (or a hearty snack on Wednesdays).
Volunteers Still Needed
Thank you so much to those who have replied! We are finalizing our volunteer schedule and need more volunteers to assist with before- and after-school campus supervision in order to assist our staff in covering our car line and our side entrance. Even if you can only help for one morning or afternoon a week for 15-20 minutes, you would make a difference! Please complete this form if you can help! We especially need people in the afternoons from 3:05-3:20.
We are also in need of parents to help during lunchtime (12:00-12:40 every day but Wednesday). We’ll need parents to help supervise activities like our student-led clubs but also have an immediate need for volunteer food servers to help distribute meals to make the lines go faster. Please complete the volunteer form if you’re able to help. I will be following up this week with those who have filled it out. Thank you!
All volunteers on campus will need to be cleared through the school district by filling out an Arroyo volunteer agreement form. This simple form notes important volunteer expectations and needs to be completed each year at each school site you will be volunteering for. You will receive an email from me when you are cleared to volunteer at Arroyo. Thanks for your patience as we complete the process, and thank you in advance for volunteering! If you think there is any possibility you will want to volunteer this year, please take a quick moment to complete the form now.
Communication with Elective and PE teachers
Our elective and PE classes got off to a great start this week. While your child’s homeroom teacher is your first point of contact for most things at school, we encourage you to contact elective and PE teachers directly if you have questions or need to check in with them about your child. Contact information for all staff members can be found on our Arroyo website. I’ll be sharing more information about our elective and PE program soon.
4th Grade Elective Teachers: Staci Kavanagh (Art), Kirsty Mooney (Makerspace), Chris Davidson (Multimedia)
5th Grade Elective Teachers: Sarah Green (Band), Colyn Fischer (Orchestra), Kirsty Mooney (Innovation & Design)
4th Grade PE Teachers: Christi McGuirk, Derek Nazar
5th Grade PE Teachers: Christi McGuirk and Chris Davidson
Donated Materials Needed for Makerspace
Our Makerspace and Innovation & Design electives are in need of some materials you may have lying around at home. For these electives, the students will begin tinkering by taking things apart. They will deconstruct objects and then redesign new objects from the materials. We need old electronics parts that you are willing to discard, such as computer keyboards, computer accessories, and mechanical toys. Please have your child bring it to school ASAP. There will be a collection bin in the office. Thank you!
A Reminder About Cellphones and Smartwatches
As mentioned in previous messages, cellphones and smartwatches are not permitted to be used on campus. Students should keep them off and in their backpacks during the school day. If a student needs to reach you or you need to reach them, we will use the school phones: 650-632-8300. Please create a contact for Arroyo on your own cellphones so you recognize us if we call you. Thank you!
You Can Support the Central Arroyo PTA in Many Ways
Become a PTA member and donate to SCEF: As a member of the Central Arroyo PTA, you are a voice for our kids and part of the largest child advocacy program in the world. Visit our Membership and Fundraising page to become a member and learn how your SCEF contribution makes a difference.
Get involved: There are a number of volunteer positions we are hoping to fill immediately, as well as many more opportunities throughout the year. Check out this sign-up sheet for details.
Attend the PTA Meetings: Be a part of the decision-making. Share what is important to you and get updates from our PTA Board, Mrs. Shelton, and Mr. Domer.
PTA Meeting Schedule: All Are Invited!
Spirit Wear Now for Sale
Visit the Central Arroyo PTA webstore to get your 2023 spirit wear! Hats, T-shirts, hoodies, and more will be for sale through Sept. 22. Orders will be distributed in mid-October. Contact Sarah Kinahan if you have questions or need help with your order.
Help Show Arroyo Staff the Love
The Staff Appreciation Team provided salads and sandwiches for the first day of school (pictured). We are busy planning for the rest of the school year and can use YOUR help:
- Look for the monthly sign-up in the newsletter to bring drinks, sweets, or goodies for our staff on specific days.
- Buy gift cards ahead of time to help supply monthly lunches to our staff. Sign up here and hand them to Tracey in the office.
Thank You to Our Generous Donors!
Your donations last school year to the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) will allow us to grant over $3.2 million to support every San Carlos public school student in the 2023-24 school year. Watch our video to learn why we have a nonprofit, parent-led education foundation in San Carlos. Thank you to everyone who contributed to SCEF last year.
SCEF event ticket sales are kicking off this week with two fan favorites:
Evening at TOWN on Oct. 1
The annual Evening at TOWN is being held Sunday, Oct. 1. It’s a lovely evening of dinner, drinks, and an online auction — all benefiting San Carlos public schools. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, Aug. 30. Get yours while they last!
Golden State Warriors Tickets for Oct. 20
You can attend the highly anticipated preseason basketball game vs. the San Antonio Spurs (and see first-round draft pick and French phenom Victor Wembanyama) on Friday, Oct. 20. A portion of the proceeds benefit SCEF. For a special experience, we have secured 20 spots for the child VIP high-five experience. Space is limited and restrictions apply.
Here’s to a great school year! Learn about the many Ways to Give and plan your donation today.
All Families Asked to Submit EZMeal Application
Each year we ask that all families fill out the EZ Meal Application to benefit your family, school, and community, even if you do not believe you will qualify based on your income. Completing this form helps your school receive more funding to support your child’s learning environment. The application is used to calculate school funding levels from the state and federal level. Please visit SCSD’s Free and Reduced-Price EZMealApp page for more information.
Health & Wellness Letter
Welcome back, San Carlos families! I am Korah Guilar, the Interim Director of Wellness while Illana Yakubovich is out on maternity leave. I wanted to share a little intro about myself and also a parent back-to-school jitters/socialization document that I find helpful.
If you or your family should need any support, please reach out to me at [email protected], and check out our resources on the SCSD Health & Wellness page. Wishing you all a great year!
Piano Class at Arroyo with Hummingbird Music School
Does your child want to learn how to play piano in a fun group environment? Hummingbird Music School’s super popular after-school piano class runs 3:15-4:05 p.m. on Thursdays in Room 14. Classes begin in September! Read more and register online.
Parent Education Opportunities
To kick off the 2023-24 season, we welcome Michelle Icard, author of the new book 8 Setbacks That Can Make a Child a Success: What to Do and What to Say to Turn “Failures” Into Character-Building Moments (Sept. 14).
This September's Parent Forum (English) discussion group features Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans, in How to Support Your Upset Child or Teen (Sept. 15). The first Foro de padres (español) will convene on Sept. 19.