IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Back to School Night Slides, Rebuilding School Stamina, Counselor Support, Recognizing Success, Volunteer Needs, Weekly Menu, Coffee With the Principal
- PTA: Become a Member, How to Get Involved, Each Green Corner Work Day, Spirit Store
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Mon 9/4: Labor Day, no school
Fri 9/8: Principal’s Coffee, 8:45-9:45 a.m.
Sat 9/9: Each Green Corner Living Campus
Monthly Work Day, 9 a.m.-noon
Wed 9/20: PTA meeting in library, 7 p.m., followed by downtown social
Fri 9/22: Picture Day
Mon-Fri 10/2-10/6: Conference Week, 1 p.m. dismissal
Wed 10/4: Multicultural Family Night
Dear Arroyo families,
I loved seeing so many of you on campus for Back to School Night on Wednesday! If you weren’t able to attend, please take some time to watch my welcome video and/or review the slides I shared. Classroom sessions were not recorded, but teachers will be sharing their slide presentations, if they haven’t already. Our elective and PE teachers also have information to share with you, and I will be sending that out later this week. As you heard in our presentations, the Central Arroyo PTA and the San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) are also key partners in our success at Arroyo. Your support for these community partners is vital and much appreciated. Together we soar!
You may have found that these first few weeks of full-time learning and playing have been tiring for your child; we’ve been feeling that, too, as educators! Please take this weekend as a family to rest and recharge while continuing to get your child reset to an earlier bedtime. Meltdowns can be very common this time of year as we rebuild our stamina after the summer break. Listening with empathy and sharing times when you have felt the same way can help to reassure your child that they are not alone and show them that you are listening and care about them.
If you find your child in need of some extra support, please reach out so we can help! Our school counselor, Julie Jobak, is at Arroyo on Mondays and Thursdays. She’s available to meet with students (and parents as needed) to help with things like managing big emotions, resolving conflicts, reducing stress or anxiety, etc. You can reach out to Ms. Jobak directly at [email protected]. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with her (for you or your child) you can use this link to book time on her calendar: You’re also welcome to reach out to your child’s teacher or to me if your child is having a hard time so we can help support as well.
Our Arroyo Eagles are amazing! I am consistently impressed with the kindness, thoughtfulness, and curiosity I see every day around our campus. Our students are really embracing our values of being Responsible, Respectful, and Safe! As a staff, we like to acknowledge students who are demonstrating these values with Soar Cards. Each week at our Monday morning assembly (Tuesday this week!) we recognize students who have received a Soar Card and also acknowledge the countless students who exhibit these values even when they aren’t recognized.
We also want to honor students who are doing great things outside of school and have two ways you as parents can help with that. You’ll also find this information on the Student Recognition page of our website if you’d like to refer back to it later.
If your child is being Responsible, Respectful, and Safe at home, you’re welcome to submit a Soar Card for them by filling out our virtual Soar Card form here.
If your child has done something special out in the community – won an award or competition, published a piece of writing, displayed an art project, got selected for a special honor, has a special cultural celebration to share with our school, etc. – we'd love to hear about it and share your celebration with our community during our weekly assemblies. Please use our Arroyo Spotlight form to share the details.
Thank you for carving out time for your child to interview you or another family member as part of our family identity project. Next week, students will be using those interview responses to draft a family profile article. I can’t wait to hear them share their stories and build a stronger community as a result. As the author bell hooks wrote, “Beloved community is formed not by the eradication of difference but by its affirmation, by each of us claiming the identities and cultural legacies that shape who we are and how we live in the world.” We are striving to create that “beloved community” at Arroyo for each child and family.
We are still very much in need of some parent volunteers to help during lunch and before and after school. Thank you also to the parents who have already signed up to help! We still need a parent to help serve lunch on Wednesdays from 11:45-12:15. We also need help supervising drop-off on the Chestnut side of campus from 8:20-8:35 most days, and help in the parking lot during dismissal from 3:10-3:20 on Tuesdays and Fridays, and 1:00-1:10 on Wednesdays. We will also need volunteers to supervise our lunchtime clubs a bit later in the year. Please fill out this form ASAP if you can help with any of that.
Reminder: Please take time to review the menu for the week before Tuesday. If your child does not see a breakfast and/or lunch option that they will eat, then please plan on helping them pack their own lunch from home (or a hearty snack on Wednesdays), and please send your child with a snack for morning recess regardless.
Finally, please join me and other Arroyo parents and caregivers for a coffee chat this Friday, Sept. 8, at 8:45 a.m. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other adults in our community and get any questions you have about Arroyo answered.
Enjoy the rest of this long weekend!
Become a PTA Member Today
The Central Arroyo PTA focuses on advocating for our students, supporting our teachers and staff, and building a strong school community. Your PTA membership lends your voice to advocacy efforts on behalf of children and educators at the local, state, and national levels. Our goal is for all parents to become individual members. Check out the Membership and Fundraising page to learn how to make a difference.
Volunteer: Our Community Is Stronger Together
Various volunteer roles are available for school-wide activities and in the classroom. We hope to fill these roles immediately: Each Green Corner Site Leader and Coordinator (see below), and some classrooms still need Room Parents, Yearbook Representatives, and Art in Action Docents and Coordinators. Find all of the sign-ups the Arroyo website’s Volunteer Opportunities page. A reminder that volunteers need to sign a new SCSD Volunteer Agreement every year.
Sept. 9: Arroyo & Central Living Campus Monthly Work Day
Help care for Each Green Corner’s Living Campus Garden at Arroyo and Central. A lot of impressive volunteer work has already gone into the garden. Join the effort on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to noon. It’s going to be a fun and rewarding day! Register here and email questions to [email protected].
The PTA is still seeking parent volunteers to collaborate with Each Green Corner. There are two ways to get involved:
ECG Site Leader: You will be in charge of attending, leading, and supervising monthly Living Campus Work Days. You will plan Work Day tasks with EGC’s Volunteer Manager and others. This position has an estimated monthly time commitment of 8-10 hours.
ECG Coordinator: You will support the Site Leader.
If interested, please sign up online.
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.
SCEF Event Season Is Here!
TOWN Dinner, Auction, and Raffle
Our popular Evening at TOWN dinner is sold out. Please email [email protected] if you’d like to be added to the waitlist. You can still participate in the Evening at TOWN online auction and raffle. This is your chance to win a private dinner for 20 in the TOWN Boardroom or a gift card to TOWN or Alpine Inn. Raffle tickets are available now. The online auction takes place Sept. 25-Oct. 1, with more details coming soon!
Sept. 9 Car Show
The Industrial Arts Horsepower Car Show returns to San Carlos on Saturday, Sept. 9! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the San Carlos Education Foundation. There will be cars, carnival games, a kids zone, food trucks and more! Presented by the Industrial Arts Business Association.
Oct. 20 Golden State Warriors Game
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, grab one of the 10 remaining spots for the child VIP high-five experience. Restrictions apply.
Here’s to a great school year! Learn about the many Ways to Give and plan your donation today.
Piano Class at Arroyo
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 Sept. 14. Learn 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.