IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: SCSD Focus on The Community, SCEF Day, Thanks to Volunteers, Halloween Photos, Volunteer Needs, East Palo Alto Outreach, Reminders, Weekly Menu
- PTA: Nov. 15 PTA Meeting, Volunteer Opportunities: Staff Appreciation, Diwali, Book Fair, White Oaks and Brittan Acres Holiday Shopping Helpers, Volunteer Appreciation, Read-a-thon Campus Coordinator Needed
- DEIB: Native American Heritage Month
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Wed 11/8: SCEF Day (wear green!)
Wed 11/8: Staff Appreciation Lunch items due
Thu 11/9: Diwali Celebration
Fri 11/10: Veterans’ Day, no school
Mon-Fri 11/13-11/17: 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
Wed 11/15: PTA meeting, 7 p.m. via Zoom
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 final installment of the SCSD Strategic Plan videos, we’re shining a spotlight on our incredible San Carlos community. At the heart of our vision for a brighter future lies a strong and vibrant community. We want to invite you to be part of the conversation and the action.
Our local businesses, community-based organizations, high schools, and city agencies come together as volunteers, collaborators, supporters, and partners in our District.
The community actively engages with our schools, fostering academic, career, real-world, and project-based learning opportunities.
Advocacy and funding from our community ensure responsive programming and equitable resources for all learners.
Our community values and acts as an ambassador for our District, recognizing its vital role in the education of our children.
Collaboration and communication are key — we work together on decisions that affect both our community and the District.
Enjoy this week’s video highlighting the crucial role our Community plays in supporting our learners through collaborative school and district-level partnerships. They are at the forefront of integrated curriculum and project-based learning, advocating for responsive programming and ensuring equitable resources for all.
This is really a PERFECT week to highlight our community because this Wednesday we celebrate SCEF Day. The San Carlos Education Foundation truly highlights the ways our community supports our students. Your donations to SCEF make events like our Halloween carnival and Multicultural Family Night possible, and also support some of our core programs at Arroyo. Funds from SCEF support our library, counselor, music program, and makerspace, and have helped to provide high-quality professional development in project-based learning (PBL) for our staff that leads to the outstanding, engaging projects your child has been able to participate in. Please consider donating to SCEF in whatever ways you can to keep programs like these thriving in San Carlos. This Wednesday, please encourage your child to wear green in support of SCEF.
It’s also a great time to celebrate our community because last week really highlighted the many ways the community shows up in support of students. It was wonderful to see so many family members on campus for our Halloween parade. A HUGE thank you to everyone who volunteered for our Halloween and Día de Los Muertos events, especially our event chairs Lida Naydack, Natalie Beane, Evelyn Johnsen, Laura Kauffman, and Esther Wang.
We captured a lot of great photos last week. We have uploaded them into Google albums to share with you. Please enjoy going through them and feel free to download any photos you’d like or add photos of your own. We ask that you not post photos to social media without permission from everyone in the photo.
The celebration continues this Thursday as Arroyo celebrates Diwali. Students will be learning about Diwali in class and participating in a chalk rangoli activity during recess and lunch. See the PTA section below to volunteer. Also see below for information about our upcoming Book Fair, a great opportunity to shop for the holidays and stock up on books before the SCEF Read-a-thon.
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m., join SCSD for an outreach event with our families in East Palo Alto. We will take time to review our Strategic Plan, explain what/why the LCAP is, and empower families to be a part of our ongoing planning and community building. All caregivers are encouraged to attend (adults only, please). Please click HERE to RSVP that you will be attending. We look forward to seeing you!
Here are a few other reminders for the coming weeks:
Sunday, Nov. 5: Daylight saving time ends. Be sure to turn your clocks back!
Friday, Nov. 10: No school for Veterans’ Day. Thank you to everyone who has served our country!
Monday, Nov. 13: 5th Graders leave for Outdoor Education.
Tuesday, Nov. 14: Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. Arroyo will celebrate this another time due to Outdoor Ed.
Friday, Nov. 17
- 4th Grade author visit by Chris Grabenstein. Order your autographed book here by Nov. 10.
- 5th Graders return from Outdoor Ed (typically around 1:00)
- End of Trimester 1. Teachers will be completing our standards-based report cards after Fall Break. They will be sent home sometime around Dec. 6. Watch for more information coming soon.
- 4th Graders complete their first round of the exploratory wheel and will rotate to new classes after Fall Break. More information is coming soon.
- In celebration of United Against Hate Week (Nov. 12-18), the Community Foundation of San Carlos and Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. are throwing their 3rd annual Stand United Against Hate Poetry Slam! See below for details.
Monday-Friday, Nov. 20-24: School closed for Fall Break.
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.
Nov. 15: PTA Meeting at 7 p.m. on Zoom
Our next PTA meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. over Zoom. Hear updates from the principals, find out what events are being planned, and learn how you can get involved. Find the agenda and Zoom link on our website.
Staff Appreciation Lunch This Week
Our next Staff Appreciation Lunch will be this Wednesday, Nov. 8. The PTA will be treating our wonderful staff to a pizza lunch and could use your help with some of the extras. Please sign up here to help show the staff our gratitude! Bring items to the Arroyo office no later than 11 a.m. Wednesday. A big thank you from the PTA Staff Appreciation Team!
Volunteers Needed Thursday for Diwali
Join us in celebrating Diwali at Arroyo this year! Students will be creating rangoli with sidewalk chalk during lunch and recess on Thursday, Nov. 9. We also need volunteers to help create rangoli templates and inspiration, decorate the library, and donate chalk to make this celebration happen. Sign up here. Thanks for your support!
How to Get Ready for the Book Fair
- Set up an eWallet for your student. Students can go cash-free at the fair by using this secure digital payment account. Set it up online starting Nov. 6.
- Sign up to volunteer if you have time. Jobs include setup, cashier, cleanup. See time slots here and check this schedule of class visits to the fair.
- Plan to shop and have dinner at Family Night. On Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m., bring the whole family to shop, grab dinner from the Waffle Roost and Alebrijes Oaxacan Kitchen food trucks, and visit the hot chocolate bar!
Be a Holiday Shopping Helper at White Oaks or Brittan Acres
Calling White Oaks Alumni! We are looking for students to be big kid helpers at the annual White Oaks Holiday Store on Saturday, Dec. 2. You will help White Oaks students shop for gifts, pay, and then find their grown-ups. Please select a time slot on the sign-up sheet.
The Brittan Acres Holiday Boutique committee needs big kid helpers for its annual Holiday Boutique on Saturday, Dec. 9. Students in grade 4 and older can help kids shop, stick to their budget, pay, and wrap their gifts. Sign up here!
A special thank you to our Halloween Committee: Lida Naydek, Laura Kauffman, Evelyn Johnsen, and Natalie Beane. The students had a spooky, fun-filled afternoon!
On Wednesday, the students enjoyed agua fresca and pan de muertos after school. Thank you, Esther Wang, for bringing Día de Los Muertos to Arroyo, and thank you to everyone who gave their time this week.
These events are made possible through PTA volunteer power and your SCEF donations.
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 this month. Help us develop the traditions around this event! Please email Trinity Murphy to learn more.
BECOME A MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND CONNECT!
Celebrating SCEF This Month!
Music! Signs! Banners and people. Each campus will have their own celebration and call to action.
Explore all the ways to give, and make your gift now!
- Annual Fund
- Leadership Circle
- Workplace Giving or Employer Matching
- GEM: Give Every Month
Still have questions? Email us at [email protected] or set up a time for a call or coffee.
Last Call for Halloween Candy Buyback
Drop extra candy by 10 a.m. tomorrow (Monday, Nov. 6) at Arroyo’s front office, and it will be donated to Operation Gratitude and sent to our troops. Drs. Chang, Amin, and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF.
Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
The Ohlone were hunters and gatherers. They found many uses for the resources of the region, such as plants that provided materials for shelter and clothing.
November Is Native American Heritage Month
November is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the significant contributions of Native people. Below are some ways you and your family can observe Native American Heritage Month and Native American Heritage Day (the day after Thanksgiving).
Discover more about the Ramaytush Ohlone, the tribe that is indigenous to the Peninsula, here.
Explore Native Land Digital, an interactive map that allows you to identify which tribes live or lived in regions around the world.
Visit a museum or another local spot to learn more about the local Indigenous people.
Read about the contributions that Native Americans have made and are still making today. Did you know, for example, that lacrosse has roots in the popular Indigenous North American game of stickball?
Share a book about Native American culture.
Interested in learning more about how to talk about Thanksgiving in a more culturally relevant way with your children? Check out these resources:
Diwali Is Nov. 12
Each year between mid-October and mid-November, the festival of Diwali is celebrated across the Indian subcontinent over five days. The name is derived from the Sanskrit term dīpāvali, meaning “row of lights.” Diwali, which for some also coincides with harvest and new year celebrations, is a festival of new beginnings.
In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces with diyas (oil lamps) and rangoli (colorful art circle patterns). During Diwali, people wear their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with diyas and rangoli, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (sweets) and gifts are shared.
If your Eagle is looking to learn more about Diwali at home, here are some ideas:
Community Outreach Event in East Palo Alto
On Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 6:15 p.m., join SCSD for an outreach event with our families in East Palo Alto. We will take time to review our Strategic Plan, explain what the LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan) is, and empower families to be a part of our ongoing planning and community building. All caregivers are encouraged to attend. Adults only, please. RSVP here. We look forward to seeing you!
For All Families: 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!
Healthy Cities Tutoring Needs Your Help
Do you have an hour a week to make a difference? Becoming a Healthy Cities volunteer tutor is an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience that has a positive impact on students, families, schools, and local communities. Last year, Healthy Cities Tutoring placed 398 students with a volunteer tutor in Redwood City and San Carlos. We’ve already placed over 150 this year, but we still have more than 100 students on our waiting list.
Can you sign up now to help us match all students on our waiting list?
- Flexible schedule: 1 hour per week between 3 and 6 p.m. most weekdays
- Tutors of all ages are welcome (adult tutors are in high demand!)
- Training and support provided
- All San Carlos and many Redwood City K-8 schools
- High school student volunteers earn valuable service hours and mentoring experience. HCT will provide references for future job and college applications.
- Tutoring is only during the school year
Please take the next step to becoming a volunteer tutor and visit our website. Click the VOLUNTEER button to complete your Healthy Cities Tutoring application. Becoming a volunteer tutor will make a difference in a child’s life and your life. As one of our tutors said, “This has been such a great experience — I don’t really have just one word to describe it. That one hour a week is the most important hour of the week for me.” We couldn’t agree more, and we hope you will join us!
Thanks for considering becoming a volunteer. Please reach out with any questions: Janelle at Healthy Cities Tutoring, 650-508-7323.
Nov. 17: Community Foundation of San Carlos 3rd Annual Stand United Against Hate Poetry Slam
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.
- 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.
- 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!
Parent Education Opportunities
In this special presentation, renowned brain and trauma expert Bruce Perry, MD, PhD, joins us for What Happened to You? A Conversation on Trauma, Healing, and Resilience. Dr. Perry’s New York Times best-selling book was co-authored with Oprah Winfrey (Nov. 9).
NEW! In a special Parent Forum (English), Eran Magen, PhD, founder of Parenting for Humans, addresses How to Talk With Your Kids About Violence and War (Nov. 10).