IN THIS ISSUE
- Principal’s Message: Gratitude, Financial Assistance, Holiday Gift Card Donations, Outdoor Ed, 4th Graders’ Week, ROPES info session, End of 1st Trimester, Reminders, Weekly Menu
- PTA: Nov. 15 PTA Meeting, Book Fair, White Oaks and Brittan Acres Holiday Shopping Helpers,
- DEIB: Native American Heritage Month
- Plus SCEF, District, and Community news
Mon-Fri 11/13-11/17: 5th Grade Outdoor Ed
Tue 11/14: ROPES info session, 6 p.m. via Zoom
Wed 11/15: PTA meeting, 7 p.m. via Zoom
Thu 11/16: SCSD Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
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.
Thu 12/14: SCSD Board meeting, 6:30 p.m.
Thu 12/21: minimum day
The next Eagle Eye newsletter comes out Nov. 26. Have a great Fall Break!
Dear Arroyo families,
November is a perfect time to reflect on all the things we have to be grateful for. The Arroyo community is definitely at the top of my list. I’m consistently impressed with the thoughtfulness, curiosity, and kindness of our students; the support of our parents; and the dedication and talent of our staff. I hope you can take some time as a family to think about all that you are grateful for, and I sincerely hope that Arroyo is a part of that list. If there is anything more we can do to support your child and family, please reach out to me.
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 School program, we are pleased to be able to offer assistance and support to families as needed. Some of these services and offerings include 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 the fundraising efforts of the PTA and private donations. 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. I shared this earlier in the year, so if you have already completed it there is no need to do so again.
If you’d like to contribute to Arroyo families in need, please consider donating a gift card during the holiday season. Gift cards in denominations of $25 are preferred and can be to any local grocery store, Target, Amazon, etc. Please drop off donations in the Arroyo office to the attention of Mindy Shelton. It’s helpful to label the amount of the gift card. Supporting our Central Arroyo PTA is another great way to support families in our community.
We’re so excited to send our 5th Graders to Outdoor Education at Jones Gulch this week! They’re in for a great week of hiking, singing, exploring, learning, and growing their independence while away from home. 5th Grade parents, please be sure you have read the emails with final reminders for Monday morning and complete the health screening before coming to campus that day.
While our 4th Graders have the campus to themselves this week, they will be working on their Alien Adaptation PBL, completing end-of-trimester assessments, and enjoying an author visit from Chris Grabenstein. Their attendance is critical this week. Please try to avoid having your child miss school, but if they have to for some reason, please reach out to their teacher and to Tracey Olazar ([email protected]) in advance so teachers can plan accordingly.
4th Grade families, mark your calendars for ROPES Information Night: Nov. 14 at 6 p.m. ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. ROPES provides students in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade an opportunity to participate in an academic ritual by way of real-life learning experiences. Participating students will choose a self-directed project that incorporates the future-ready learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership. To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the virtual ROPES orientation this Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. Zoom link here. For more information, please visit the ROPES page on the SCSD site.
This Friday marks the end of our first trimester. 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 wrap up their first round of the exploratory wheel on Friday. New classes will begin on Nov. 27. Students who were taking Art will move on to Makerspace, students in Makerspace will have Multimedia, and students in Multimedia will rotate to Art. More information about those classes as well as teacher contact information can be found here.
Here are a few other reminders for the coming weeks:
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/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!
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 this Friday, Nov. 17. See below for details.
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day is normally Nov. 14. Arroyo will celebrate this another time due to Outdoor Ed. Stay tuned for more information later in the school year.
There will be no school the week of Nov. 20-24. Enjoy the Fall Break and have a wonderful Thanksgiving! See the PTA section below for more information on our Book Fair, happening the week of Nov. 27.
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.
This Wednesday: PTA Meeting on Zoom
Please join us for our next PTA meeting, this Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. over Zoom (passcode: 844515). Hear updates from the principals, find out what events are being planned, and learn how you can get involved. Find the agenda here.
Volunteer at the Book Fair!
The Book Fair is the week after Fall Break this year. Don’t let it sneak up on you! Get ready now by taking these steps:
- Create an eWallet for your child. Students can go cash-free at the fair by using this secure digital payment account. Set it up online today!
- Sign up to volunteer. It’s fun to work the fair and see the kids excited to shop. There are still plenty of time slots; check the schedule of class visits to find the right time for you to help out. Thanks!
Save the Date: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 5-7 p.m., is Family Night! 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!
BECOME A MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND CONNECT!
Celebrating SCEF and Gratitude
SCEF’s grants are possible only because of the generosity of our donors: parents, community members, and businesses. SCEF is simply the vehicle through which people express their desire for quality public schools. Our supporters are being celebrated at all of our school sites by recognizing SCEF DAY. Thanks to all for your donations! Learn more at scefkids.org.
Easy Ways to Support Your School: Sports Basement and Honey Bear Trees
Here are great opportunities to prepare for winter sports, buy gifts for the holiday season, AND benefit SCEF.
- Starting Sunday, Nov. 19, Honey Bear Trees will give 15% back to our schools when you buy a tree or wreath (and mention SCEF). Print this flier and take it when you shop at 1579 El Camino Real.
- Sports Basement’s SnowFest is Saturday, Nov. 18, noon-5 p.m., at their Redwood City store. This event is their winter-season kickoff, and SCEF is the beneficiary of their beer and store sales that day. Get your shopping done early on this festive day, and stop by the SCEF table!
Giving Tuesday is Nov. 28!
Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. Check your employer’s Workplace Giving program, as many offer special matches and grants to honor this day, and SCEF would greatly appreciate being the recipient of these gifts.
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:
Help Shape the Future of San Carlos School District
Take Our School Facilities Improvement Survey
Your input is important to us. Tell us what you think! Take our short survey to share your priorities on the following facility improvements:
PROVIDING clean and safe classrooms, and a quality learning environment for all students and staff.
REPAIRING aging/deteriorating classrooms, restrooms, and leaky roofs.
IMPROVING fire safety, school security systems, and accessibility for students with disabilities.
UPGRADING infrastructure such as heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical systems, and gas lines.
UPDATING science, technology, engineering, arts, and math classrooms.
PROVIDING Transitional Kindergarten to all 4-year-olds by 2025 — required by new state law.
Click on the button below to begin!
This Tuesday: ROPES Parent and Student Information Session
We are excited to announce our ROPES program for 2023-24! ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. ROPES provides students in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade an opportunity to participate in an academic ritual by way of real-life learning experiences.
Participating students will choose a self-directed project that incorporates the future-ready learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership. Students have an opportunity to choose from six Challenge Project Categories:
- Creativity / Appreciation of the Arts
- Innovation / Invention
- Adventure / Personal Challenge
- Cooperative Games
- Service / Advocacy
- Personal Reflections
To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents new to ROPES should attend the ROPES orientation this Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6- 7 p.m. via Zoom. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the district website following the session.
This Wednesday: Community Outreach Event in East Palo Alto
This 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!
One Easy 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.
Thanks for considering becoming a volunteer. Please reach out with any questions: Janelle at Healthy Cities Tutoring, 650-508-7323.
This Friday: 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
Stand in solidarity with United Against Hate Week and download a “San Carlos Stands United Against Hate” poster!
Parent Education Opportunities
NEW! Join us for Finally Seen: A Conversation with Author Kelly Yang, a timely discussion with the New York Times bestselling, award-winning YA author of the Finally Seen and the Front Desk series. (Nov. 14).
NEW! By Kindergarten, most kids believe that “fat” is bad. What are parents supposed to do? We welcome journalist Virginia Sole-Smith, the New York Times bestselling author of Fat Talk: Parenting in the Age of Diet Culture (Nov. 15).
NEW! Did you know that children’s dental health can affect their physical health and development? Dr. Bonnie Jue, associate professor at UCSF Dental School and director of Sonrisas Dental Health, offers Oral Health Matters! (Nov. 16).