IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Student Leadership Opportunities, Picture Day, Scholarships Available, Volunteer Needs, Street-Crossing Safety, Info from PE and Elective Teachers, Weekly Menu
- PTA: Sept. 20 Meeting, Art in Action Volunteering, Multicultural Family Night, Become a Member, Spirit Store
- DEIB: National Hispanic Heritage Month
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Thu 9/14: SCSD Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Wed 9/20: PTA meeting in library, 7 p.m., followed by downtown social
Fri 9/22: Picture Day
9/25-10/1: SCEF Fall Silent Auction
Mon-Fri 10/2-10/6: Conference Week, 1 p.m. dismissal
Wed 10/4: Multicultural Family Night
Mon 10/9: Indigenous Peoples’ Day, no school
Dear Arroyo families,
In the coming weeks we will be kicking off many of our student leadership opportunities. Our recess equipment managers are already getting started. Over the next week or so each classroom will be selecting two representatives to participate in our Eagle Council. Eagle Council meets weekly during morning recess throughout the year to plan activities around school spirit, school improvement, and community service. Students who aren’t selected as class representatives will have other chances to participate in leadership as Arroyo Ambassadors and Club Leaders, both of which will kick off a bit later this fall.
We have several opportunities coming up for parents/guardians to get involved as well. Our first Central Arroyo PTA meeting of the year will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in our school library. Please join us to get to know other parents and hear about upcoming school events. Our first Arroyo-Central Site Council meeting will take place on Sept. 19 at 3:30. If you are interested in becoming a part of our Site Council, please email me ([email protected]) for more information.
Picture Day at Arroyo will be Friday, Sept. 22. Still Light Studios will photograph all students at Arroyo and will email parents directly with a proof of your child’s photo and ordering information. No advance purchase or registration is required. Makeup photos are scheduled for Oct. 20.
Mark your calendars and plan to join us for our second annual Multicultural Family Night on Oct. 4. This was one of our favorite events at Arroyo last year, and we’re excited to make it an annual tradition. See details in the PTA section below.
So many wonderful events happen here at Arroyo School, and I am aware that sometimes the cost can add up. As part of our Arroyo program we are pleased to be able to offer assistance and support to families as needed. Some of these services and offerings include a school photo package, a yearbook at the end of the year, grocery and toy-store gift cards for the holiday season, and scholarships for special school trips and PTA events. These things are made available through fundraising efforts and private donations, among other sources. The children or families receiving this assistance are kept confidential, and I am the only one who will know. If your family is in need this year, we want to support you. Please complete this form, and I will help to make the requested items available to you.
If you regularly pick up your child from school and can spare about 10 minutes, we could use your help. We are still very much in need of volunteers to help at pickup time (3:10-3:20 p.m., 1:00-1:10 p.m. on Wednesdays). If you can help one day a week, or even just once in a while, please sign up here.
Speaking of pickup time, please help us model responsible and safe behavior for students by using crosswalks and following our school procedures. We have reviewed safety expectations with students, and it is hard on children when their parents and school staff are telling them conflicting things. At school we reinforce the importance of separating people from cars and ask students to enter and exit through the pedestrian gate, not the driveway, and to not walk through the parking lot. We also ask students to use crosswalks and to NOT cross the street right in front of the school on either Arroyo or Chestnut. We have unfortunately had an accident and several near-misses in these areas, as there are many distractions for drivers and they are not expecting to see pedestrians in the street. Please do NOT ask your child to cross the street in those areas, with or without you present. If others are picking up your child, please share this information with them.
Since there wasn’t an opportunity for you to meet our elective and PE teachers at Back to School Night, they have put together slide presentations and/or videos to tell you about what to expect in their classes. Please click here to view their presentations along with their names and contact information.
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.
PTA Meeting: You’re Invited!
Please join us at the first PTA meeting of the school year on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. in the Central-Arroyo Library. Share your input on events and programs, vote on the annual budget, and hear updates from Principals Mindy Shelton and Tom Domer. Check out the agenda, and add future meeting dates to your calendar. We would love to see you there!
Help Needed With Art in Action
Volunteer to be a docent or a helper for Art in Action! 4th Graders are studying Modern Art, 5th Graders American Art. Docents receive slides and an instructional video on the material. Helpers don’t need to do any prep, just show up ready to assist the day of. Lessons last 80 minutes. Please consider signing up to help out in your child’s class this school year! Click on their class below, and find more info on Arroyo’s Art in Action page.
Become a PTA Member Today
Your PTA membership lends your voice to advocacy efforts on behalf of children and educators at the local, state, and national levels. An individual membership costs just $10, and we’re encouraging all parents to become members. Check out the Membership and Fundraising page to learn how to make a difference.
RSVP and Volunteer for Multicultural Family Night
Wednesday, Oct. 4 • 6-8 p.m. • Mustang Hall
We are excited to announce Arroyo’s second annual Multicultural Family Night on Oct. 4! We will celebrate the evening with food trucks, games, arts and crafts, and live performances, including dancing and a capoeira demo. More details to come!
To make it a memorable night, we need your help! Volunteer opportunities include:
Providing a favorite cultural appetizer and/or dessert (store-bought or homemade)
Helping kids make a cultural craft at an activity station
Help decorate and set up Mustang Hall
Sharing a cultural outfit or item for a display
Being the emcee or the DJ that night! Announcements and playlist provided.
Playing and teaching mahjong, lotería, or another cultural game
Playing a musical instrument from another country and allowing attendees to try it (reach out to [email protected] if you have one)
Creating a handout or map for the event (would love someone with graphic design knowledge)
Please sign up here ASAP to volunteer and please RSVP here to attend.
Get Your Spirit Wear Through Sept. 22
Spirit Wear is only sold once a year! Visit the Central Arroyo PTA webstore to make your order. On sale through Sept. 22 — don’t delay! 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!
Fall Into Fundraising Fun
We are kicking off the school year and welcoming fall with some great opportunities for you to win amazing experiences and fantastic items while supporting your school.
Will you be the lucky winner of the SCEF Raffle? Grand prize is dinner for TWENTY (yes, that’s 20!) in the TOWN boardroom. Order tickets for yourself and your teachers here.
Fall Online Silent Auction
Silent auction opens Sept. 25 and closes Oct. 1. We have curated another auction full of fabulous experiences, memorabilia, and dining opportunities. After Sept. 25, you will be able to browse and bid from our event page. Happy bidding!
Join the Committee that Makes the Magic
Do you love event planning or have contacts that might make great auction items? Want to meet new people in town? Join our SCEF Event Committee. Help us plan our in-person Gala and Revel at Devil's spring dance party. Just three meetings a year! To learn more and sign up, visit our volunteer page.
Save the Date
Save the dates for these popular San Carlos Education Foundation events!
- 4th annual SCEF Read-a-thon: Jan. 17-31
- Summer Camp and Teacher Outing Auction: Feb. 8-15
- Online silent auction, open to everyone: Begins March 25
- SCEF Gala at Hiller Aviation: March 22
- Revel at Devil’s community dance party: May 4
Remember to join your school PTA on your school website and explore the many Ways to Give to plan your donation to SCEF this school year.
Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.
Looking for ideas on how you can share this month with your family?
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.
Celebrate Latinx Heritage Month
In celebration and reflection of Latinx Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) has curated a list of resources as well as a list of Latinx-owned businesses and organizations to support. Refer to this link. If you are interested in learning more about CFSC, please reach out.
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).
TThe Parent Forums are back! Eran Magen, PhD, presents How to Support Your Upset Child or Teen (Sept. 15), and Edwin Fernandez, LCSW, offers Preparando a tu estudiante para el regreso a clases (español) (Sept. 18).
What critical skills do students need to thrive? Ana Homayoun, author and academic adviser, will discuss her new book, Erasing the Finish Line: The New Blueprint for Success Beyond Grades and College Admission (Sept. 20).
How can we help our kids navigate today’s very public digital world? Devorah Heitner, PhD, author and digital media expert, highlights her upcoming book, Growing Up in Public: Coming of Age in a Digital World (Sept. 21).