IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: SCSD Learner Profile Series, Unity Day, Earthquake Drill, Eagle Council Drive, Picture Retake Day, Weekly Menu
- PTA: Read-a-thon Campus Coordinator Needed, PTA Meeting, Halloween Volunteering, Yearbook Ordering
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Mon-Fri 10/16-10/27: Eagle Council Samaritan House drive
Wed 10/18: PTA meeting in library, 8:45-10:15 a.m.
Wed 10/18: Unity Day (wear orange!)
Thu 10/19: Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill
Fri 10/20: Picture retake day
Tue 10/31: Halloween Parade and Carnival
Wed 11/1: Día de Los Muertos Celebration
Mon 11/6: SCEF Day (wear green!)
Fri 11/10: Veterans’ Day, no school
Mon-Fri 11/13-17: 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
Dear Arroyo families,
This week as we continue our journey through the SCSD Strategic Plan and learner profile, we spotlight our focus on developing Self-Aware Learners. At SCSD, we understand that education is not just about acquiring knowledge; it's about nurturing individuals who are confident in their abilities, open to reflection, and flexible in the face of changing circumstances. Our Self-Aware Learners are at the forefront of this transformative journey.
Reflective: With a reflective mindset, our learners delve into their academic and social-emotional experiences, using feedback as a springboard for growth. They set goals for themselves and actively pursue them.
Self-Awareness: Our learners possess a keen understanding of themselves, their actions, and the impact they have on both themselves and the world around them. Self-awareness is their compass for personal and social growth.
Adaptability: In a rapidly changing world, adaptability is a cornerstone of success. SCSD learners excel in embracing new situations and challenges with flexibility and resilience.
Enjoy this week’s video exploring how these remarkable traits of Self-Aware Learners are shaping not only their individual paths but also the collective future of our educational community.
Unity Day is this Wednesday, Oct. 18, and we celebrate by wearing orange to unite for kindness, courage, and inclusion, to prevent students from being bullied. This color is described as warm and inviting and is commonly associated with safety, visibility, and protection. All are invited to celebrate by wearing orange.
This Thursday, Oct. 19, Arroyo will participate in the Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill along with millions of other schools in California and around the world. Arroyo and Central will be holding a drill at 10:45 a.m. and will practice our earthquake (drop, cover, and hold on) and evacuation procedures. We will also be discussing our other emergency protocols so that students know what to do in an emergency. I’ll be sharing more about that (and our procedures for parents) in a separate email later this week. Please watch for that, read it carefully, and save it for future reference.
We encourage you to “Drop! Cover! Hold on!” at home, too. When an earthquake strikes, you have only a few seconds to get to safety, so practicing can make all the difference. Some tips to get prepared for earthquakes at home:
Do a “hazard hunt” for items that might fall during earthquakes and secure them.
Create a personal or family disaster plan.
Organize or refresh your emergency supply kits.
Identify and correct any issues in your home’s structure.
Eagle Council is hosting their first community service drive of the year, collecting hygiene items for Samaritan House as a part of the Project Wee Care program. Please consider donating hygiene items (masks, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, body lotion, hand soap, laundry soap, dishwashing soap) Oct. 16-27. We’ll have collection bins in the office.
This Friday is our makeup picture day. You should have already received an email from Still Light Studios with your child’s proofs and ordering information. If your child missed picture day or you would like to have their photos retaken, please send them to school prepared for that on Friday.
Breakfast and Lunch This Week
Please take time to review the menu for next week with your child. If they do not see a breakfast and/or lunch option that they will eat, then please plan to help them pack their own lunch from home (or a hearty snack on Wednesday), and please send your child with a snack for morning recess regardless.
Help Boost the Read-a-thon at Arroyo
Do you love books and reading? The PTA is looking for a Read-a-thon Campus Coordinator to partner with our wonderful SCEF Reps, Melissa Schmidt and Chez Rueda, to support and promote the SCEF Read-a-thon at Arroyo. The event is Jan. 17-31, and planning starts in early November. Help us develop the traditions around this event! Please email Trinity Murphy to learn more.
PTA Meeting: Join Us This Wednesday!
Please join us for our second PTA meeting of the year on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 8:45 a.m. in the library. These meetings are attended by Principals Mindy Shelton and Tom Domer and are a great way to stay informed. Also, please mark your calendars for upcoming meetings and check out the agenda to see what will be discussed.
Calling All Halloween Volunteers!
We are planning a spook-tacular Halloween party on Tuesday, Oct. 31, for our Arroyo Eagles! Sign up here to help make this fun event a success. Opportunities include:
- Building a haunted house maze or spooking kids inside it
- Working at a carnival station
- Photographing the festivities
- Donning your best fortuneteller costume and telling the future
- Donating candy or prizes
Save 10% on Your Student’s Yearbook
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. Go to treering.com/validate and enter passcode 1014628525232886.
BECOME A MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND CONNECT!
Thank you to SCEF Business Sponsors
Our San Carlos schools are supported by parents and the broader community. We are grateful to the following generous business sponsors who have renewed their support this fall: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Black Mountain Properties, CA Water Services, Devil’s Canyon Brewing, Lyngso Garden Materials, TOWN, Peninsula Chemical Co., Sakura Teppanyaki & Sushi, and Wendy Wood Design. Special welcome to our new sponsors: Happy Healthy Teeth Pediatric Dentist, Paris Baguette, Recology, and Sares Regis. Learn about how your business can benefit from our business sponsorship program.
Save the date for the SCEF Gala at Hiller Aviation Museum
Time to Enroll in the TK Extended Learning Program for 2024-25
TKELP is dedicated to enriching our littlest learners’ lives after school. We provide a fun, safe, and welcoming place for our TK students to spend time each day. Through daily physical activity, Legarza sports, JamaRoo Kids Dance, and STEAM enrichment, TKers will explore, invent, and discover new ways to create. We provide a developmentally appropriate space with enriching activities where students can thrive. Visit the TKELP website to learn more about our program and meet our staff.
The program is available to TK students at all four SCSD elementary schools, and students are given priority into the ACE enrichment program for Kindergarten.
Please Fill Out This Form to Benefit Your School
With the introduction of universal meals for all California schoolchildren, you may feel that it is not necessary to fill out the EZ Meal Application. But completing this form every year helps your school receive more funding to support your child’s learning environment, which in turn benefits your family, school, and community. The application is used to calculate school funding levels from the state and federal level, so a few minutes of your time may add to the resources available to our school district.
In addition, families that qualify for assistance may be eligible for additional benefits. Please visit our EZMeal Application page for more information. Thank you for helping to support your school!
ACE Is Now Enrolling for 2024-25
Afterschool Care Enrichment, also known as ACE, offers a flexible, innovative, state-licensed child care program focused on enrichment and youth development to challenge our Lower and Upper Elementary students. Each day includes a healthy afternoon snack, our Homework Lab with staff-assisted support, STEAM activities, and active outdoor enrichment programming. ACE will offer both morning and full-time or part-time afternoon programming for the 2024-25 school year. Please visit acesancarlos.com or call 650-931-4007 if you have questions.
San Carlos United Soccer Club Tryouts
San Carlos United will be holding tryouts for boys and girls born between 2006 and 2016 starting in November for the spring 2024 season. If interested, please register at sancarlosunited.org, and a manager from the team will reach out to coordinate. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!
Poetry Slam Entries Due Nov. 3
In celebration of United Against Hate Week (Nov. 12-18), the Community Foundation of San Carlos and Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. are throwing the third annual Stand United Against Hate Poetry Slam.
For the past two years, brave folks (as young as 8 years old) from all over the Bay Area have brought their whole selves onto the stage and shared stories of what it means to stand united against hate.
Save the Date for the Poetry Slam
- When: Friday, Nov. 17, 5-6 p.m.
- Where: Devil’s Canyon, 935 Washington St., San Carlos
- Why: Come out and use your voice to tell your story on how you stand up against hate and how we can become more united and build inclusive and equitable communities for all. All ages welcome.
- How: Deadline for poetry submission is Friday, Nov. 3 via this link.
- Prize: The top three winners will donate their prizes to a 501(c)(3) nonprofit of their choice that is focused on justice and equity.
Stand in solidarity with United Against Hate Week and download a “San Carlos Stands United Against Hate” poster!
For 4th Graders: California State Parks Adventure Pass
All 4th Graders in California can now get a free California State Parks Adventure Pass that will give them the opportunity to explore 19 select state parks free for a year. This pass is valid for the one-year period during which the child is a 4th Grader or 4th Grade equivalent, from Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of that year. Learn more.
Parent Education Opportunities
How can we teach our kids to strive toward excellence without crushing them? In her new book, Never Enough, best-selling author Jennifer Breheny Wallace investigates the deep roots of toxic achievement culture (Oct. 18).
Too many youth are struggling with mental health. Mental health experts Dr. Steve Adelsheim and Dr. Shashank Joshi, Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, present Youth Mental Health: Prevention Strategies, Resources, and Support (Oct. 19).
NEW! How can we increase learning and joy while offering kids much-needed support? In Whole Child, Whole Life: 10 Ways to Help Kids Live, Learn & Thrive, Stephanie Malia Krauss offers a guidebook for parents everywhere (Oct. 25).
NEW! In a three-part series, My Body to Love, Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Preeti Mankar Deb presents short films (6 minutes) that profile youths coming into their sexuality. Join us for Arjun’s Story (film and discussion) on Oct. 26.