IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: SCSD Focus on Educators, Lunchtime Club Volunteers Needed, Shoe Guidance, Eagle Council Drive, Halloween Spirit Week, Weekly Menu
- PTA: Read-a-thon Campus Coordinator Needed, Halloween and Día de Los Muertos Volunteering, Book Fair Dates, Yearbook Ordering
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Through Fri 10/27: Eagle Council Samaritan House drive
Fri 10/27: Halloween Spirit Week starts
Tue 10/31: Halloween Parade and Carnival
Wed 11/1: Día de Los Muertos Celebration, 5th Grade Outdoor Ed naturalist visit
Mon 11/6: SCEF Day (wear green!)
Thu 11/9: Diwali Celebration
Fri 11/10: Veterans’ Day, no school
Mon-Fri 11/13-11/17: 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
Fri 11/17: Author visit, end of 1st Trimester
Mon-Fri 11/20-11/24: Fall Break
Mon-Fri 11/27-12/1: Book Fair
Wed 11/29: Book Fair Family Night, 5-7 p.m.
Dear Arroyo families,
In our next installment of the Strategic Plan video series, we’re shining a spotlight on our incredible educators. They’re the driving force behind the excellence that defines SCSD. Here’s a sneak peek at what makes our educators stand out:
Collaborative: Our educators work as a team to plan, deliver, and fine-tune standards-based instruction. Teamwork is the key to success!
Innovative Inspiration: They’re not just teachers; they’re inspirers of the joy of learning. With innovative, relevant experiences, they ignite that passion in every student.
Culturally Inclusive: Our educators use culturally responsive practices to ensure every student’s unique needs are met. Diversity is celebrated here!
Holistic Approach: It’s not just academics; it’s about the whole child. Our educators plan and adapt instruction to support social, emotional, and academic growth.
Community Connection: They partner with parents, caregivers, and the community to create a well-rounded education for our children. It takes a village!
Lifelong Learners: Our educators are committed to their own growth. They embrace ongoing learning, feedback, and reflection to lead by example.
Enjoy this week’s video as we celebrate and support our amazing educators as they lead the way in making SCSD extraordinary! Stay tuned for more insights into our strategic plan.
Arroyo students need you! We are still in need of additional volunteers to help supervise clubs during lunch (12:00-12:40). You can read more about the role of our club supervisors here. Please reach out ([email protected]) by Monday if you can help or would like more information. Also, if you can spare an hour or two on Monday (Oct. 23) to help hang our club posters, please let me know.
Please be sure to send your child to school in sneakers or sturdy, closed-toe shoes that are appropriate for active play. We have had several injuries lately due to students wearing Crocs. While they may be comfortable for students, they are not sturdy or stable enough for school. Please also be sure to label all jackets, sweatshirts, water bottles, lunch containers, etc. with your child’s name. Our Lost and Found is overflowing with items that do not have student names on them. Feel free to come by the office to take a look if your child is missing anything.
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). We’ll have collection bins in the office through Oct. 27.
Our Eagles are getting very excited for Halloween and a number of other fun events we have coming up. Our staff, PTA, and Eagle Council are working together to create a fun-filled week of activities to celebrate Halloween and Día de los Muertos. Here’s a handy table to help you keep track of everything going on:
On Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 31), we’ll have a school-wide costume parade after lunch, followed by carnival games and activities planned by our PTA, along with Arroyo’s favorite Halloween activity, a Haunted House! PE and electives will also happen that afternoon. We need parent volunteers to help make this possible. Please see the PTA section below for more information and to sign up. Parents are invited to join us for the parade, which will be on the blacktop at 12:50 p.m. Volunteer clearance is not required to watch the parade but is required for those staying to help with the activities. We’ll have photographers capturing the highlights to share with parents who aren’t able to attend.
On the 31st, students may wear their costumes to school or change during lunch. Here are some guidelines to follow:
Costumes should be appropriate for 4th and 5th Grade students. Please refrain from “horror” costumes, as not all students are comfortable with these.
No weapons of any kind will be allowed. Please do not bring plastic guns, swords, or other weapons.
Halloween masks should be worn only for the party, not during class time or on the playground at lunch. This would be unsafe and distract from learning.
Students should be able to walk safely around campus in their costumes.
Leave props at home for the big Halloween event. We cannot be responsible for lost items.
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.
Love Books and Reading? We Need You!
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.
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. We especially need help with Haunted House setup on Monday and cleanup on Tuesday. Other opportunities include:
- Donning your best fortuneteller costume and telling the future
- Donating decorations for treat bags
Help With Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is Wednesday, Nov. 1, and we are celebrating with some traditional treats including pan de muerto and agua fresca. Students can also take home temporary calavera tattoos if they wish. We’re looking for volunteers to donate tattoos and help us serve drinks and treats after school that day for a short time! Please sign up here if you’re available.
Save the Dates for the Book Fair
The Central-Arroyo Book Fair will be the week after Thanksgiving, Nov. 27-Dec. 1. Students can shop during the day; parents, guardians, and siblings are invited to Family Night on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m. Look for volunteer sign-ups and more details in the coming weeks. See you at the fair!
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!
School Community Events Abound
October has been full of community building at every school! These activities are powered by school PTAs’ enthusiastic volunteers and funded with your donations to SCEF. We need your help to ensure that these PTA programs and educator positions are maintained in San Carlos public schools. Visit scefkids.org/ways-to-give for all the ways to support.
Halloween Candy Buyback
For the 13th year running, you can drop extra candy Nov. 1-6 at the Arroyo office. Candy will be donated to Operation Gratitude and sent to our troops, and Drs. Chang, Amin, and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF.
SCEF Night at the Golden State Warriors, Nov. 24
Bring your family (and extended family!) for a great night out during the Thanksgiving break. Get no-fee game tickets as well as special package offers like the Child High-Five, where kids can see the Warriors in the tunnel before the game, and the Child Anthem, when kids get to be on the court with the Warriors during the national anthem!
Oliver Ranch, Nov. 5
Join fellow parents on Sunday, Nov. 5, for a rare opportunity to experience unique artwork by world-renowned artists at Oliver Ranch, an exclusive 100-acre art preserve in Sonoma County. See details and reserve your spot!
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 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).
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.