Not only is it important for us to build community among our students, but we love including parents and other caregivers in the community as well. It was wonderful to see so many parents at our first PTA meeting of the year. I’m grateful to our PTA officers (led by Alana Corso and Trinity Murphy), committee chairs, room parents, and other volunteers who lead this effort and hope that you’ll all join us in getting involved in whatever ways you are able.
One of the best opportunities to join with other members of our community is our Multicultural Family Night, coming up on Oct. 4. Please see the PTA section below to RSVP for the event and sign up to volunteer. I hope to see you there! The PTA section also includes a number of other ways to get involved at Arroyo. Please be sure to take a look.
Remember that our student-led goal-setting conferences are coming up Oct. 2-6. We will have minimum days with dismissal at 1:00 p.m. throughout that week to allow teachers time to meet with individual students and their families. If you missed my email about this last week, you can refer to this document for more information.
Focus on Attendance
As we pass our one-month mark and settle into the school year, it’s a good time to remember that school attendance is critical for student success. We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But we also know that when students miss too much school — regardless of the reason — it can cause them to fall behind academically. Research shows:
Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as prekindergarten and throughout elementary school. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.
Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are considered chronically absent and at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.
Absences can add up quickly. A child is chronically absent if they miss just two days every month. At Arroyo, we already have a number of absences due to families taking vacations during the first month of school. These days, combined later with absences for other reasons, do add up. We also know that it can be hard to determine when your child should stay home due to illness. This chart provides a useful guide for that.
We don’t want your child to fall behind in school and get discouraged. Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.
Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:
Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.
Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.
Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.
Avoid scheduling vacations or doctor appointments when school is in session.
Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.
Develop backup plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.
Let us know how we can best support you and your children so that they can show up for school on time every day. We want your child to be successful in school! If your child is struggling to come to school, please reach out for support right away.
Please take time to review the menu for the week before Monday. 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.
Arroyo’s second annual Multicultural Family Night is coming up next week! It will have food trucks (Alebrijes Oaxacan Kitchen, Momolicious), games, arts and crafts, and live performances, including Mexican folk dancing (pictured).
We still need lots of volunteers to make it a great event! 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
Playing and teaching mahjong, lotería, or another cultural game
An Easy Way to Show Your Support: Become a PTA Member for $10
We were thrilled to see such a big turnout at our first PTA meeting last week, especially all the new faces. Welcome! Aside from volunteering and attending meetings, an important way to contribute to our community is to become a PTA member.
Please help us pass our membership goal by joining the PTA today! An individual membership costs just $10, and we’re encouraging all parents to become members. Consider getting membership for the whole family!
Your PTA membership lends your voice to advocacy efforts on behalf of children and educators at the local, state, and national levels. Check out the Membership and Fundraising page to join — and make a big difference!
Now is the time to order an Arroyo yearbook for your child. Regular price is $18.79. Order before Oct. 31 for a 10% discount. Yearbooks are distributed the last week of school.
Yearbook Class Reps Needed
Can you help create an amazing yearbook for students, staff, and families? Several classrooms are in need of a Yearbook Representative. In this role, you’ll photograph and collect images of classroom activities throughout the school year and then in the spring create a collage for a class page in the yearbook. If you need help, the yearbook editors, Kristi Martinez and Paulo Dutra, will be there every step of the way! Classrooms needing a rep:
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.
We are still looking for a classroom coordinator for Mrs. Sevilla’s class. This person makes sure docents and helpers are signed up for every lesson and help with the art show in May. Please email Rasa Virbicke and Brooke Sibley if you can help.
Sign up for an art lesson in your child’s class below:
Will You be a Winner? The First Online Auction and Raffle of the School Year are THIS Week!
Great prizes are being raffled and auctioned in partnership with SCEF’s Evening at TOWN.
Fall Silent Auction The fall Silent Auction opens THIS MONDAY, Sept. 25, and closes Oct. 2. We have curated another auction full of fabulous experiences, memorabilia, dining opportunities and more. Once open, you will be able to browse and bid from our event page at scefkids.org/events.
SCEF Raffle Win a dinner for 20 in the TOWN Boardroom or a gift card for dinner at TOWN or Alpine Inn in the SCEF RAFFLE. What a great place to celebrate a special occasion! Will you be the lucky winner? Get tickets for yourself and your teachers!
A Big Thank You to Our Sponsors — and How to Become One! Thank you to Alexandria Real Estate Equities & Black Mountain Properties for renewing their generous support for our schools. Are you a business owner? Know someone who is? Learn how your business can become a sponsor, benefit our schools, and get exposure to more than 2,100 local households. Learn more here.
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?
SCSD Presents: Supporting Your Students’ Mental & Behavioral Health
Attention, Parents and Guardians! Struggling with bedtime routines? Worried about your child’s anxious thoughts? Not sure how to handle meltdowns?
Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Heather Elementary MUR for an exclusive caregiver session on Supporting Your Students’ Mental & Behavioral Health. Dive deep with a Mental Health Lead and the former Director of Student Services as they reveal essential strategies. To attend, please RSVP HERE.
Discover actionable solutions and foster a supportive environment for your child’s growth. Equip yourself with tools to ensure their well-being and success! Save the date and empower your parenting journey. Your child deserves the best — and so do you!
Join the Chorus of The Little Mermaid Jr.!
All SCSD students in Grades 4-8 are invited to join the district’s winter musical, The Little Mermaid Jr., produced by San Carlos Children’s Theater. No experience is required, and everyone who registers will be cast.
Students in Grade 6-8 will be members of the Main Cast and must audition to be assigned a role. 4th and 5th Graders will be featured in the Chorus, which performs at the start of each show. No auditions are required for the Chorus. Rehearsals begin in October. Performances will be Jan. 19-21.
The winter musical is always tons of fun and a great way to make friends from other SCSD schools! Get details and register before Sept. 26 at SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.
Cub Scout Pack 153 Welcome Meeting
Cub Scout Pack 153 welcomes all K-5 students and their families to come check out the fun of scouting! We’ll be meeting Tuesday, Sept. 26, 6.30-7.30 p.m. at Mahany Hall, 1336 Arroyo Ave. in San Carlos. If you have questions, please contact Cubmaster Nic Henderson. Learn about what we do throughout the year here.
Calendar Contest Entries Due Sept. 29
Each year, HIP (Human Investment Project) Housing hosts a calendar contest for kids, where entrants can draw and color a picture of a home and submit a quote on what home means to them. The calendars are distributed to 3,000+ homes and businesses, and winners will receive gift cards and have an opportunity to present their drawing to their local Town or City Council!
The Community Foundation of San Carlos invites you to take a visible leadership role by joining the 21 Day Equity Challenge, kicking off Oct. 1 and running through the entire month. We have kept the original challenge but have added two new tracks for learning. Choose from:
The original 21 Day Equity Challenge
A 10 Day Equity Challenge for Grades K-8: Great learning opportunity to embark on with your family and friends
A four-part Equity Challenge for High Schoolers (extra-credit option)
Come build community with us by participating in one of the three tracks! Submit your participation via this form and learn more about the challenge online. #21dayequitychallengeSanCarlos
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
How well do you understand e-cigarettes and flavored vapes? Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, Stanford Medicine, presents Teen Misconceptions About E-Cigs, Nicotine, and Flavored Vapes: What Should Parents Know (Sept. 26).
Well-rested students are happier and healthier and do better in school. Lisa L. Lewis, MS, author of The Sleep Deprived Teen, presents Sleep and Well-Being: Sleep-Friendly Changes to Help Teens Thrive (Sept. 27).
NEW! All children need equitable and inclusive learning environments to be successful. Sam Drazin, educator and inclusion advocate, offers Changing Perspectives: Understanding Inclusion, Ableism, and Neurodiversity (Oct. 3).
NEW! What happened to kids’ sports? And how can we make them fun again? Journalist and coach Linda Flanagan will discuss her new book, Take Back the Game: How Money and Mania Are Ruining Kids’ Sports, and Why It Matters (Oct. 4).
NEW! In this special event, David B. Feldman, PhD, professor of counseling psychology at Santa Clara University, will discuss coping strategies in Fostering Youth Mental Health: Building Hope and Resilience in Uncertain Times (Oct. 5).