Last week was a fantastic week at Arroyo! It was wonderful to see our Eagles celebrating and showing school spirit all week during our Great Kindness Challenge, Read-a-thon, and Week of the Family! Forts & Flashlights Day is always a special one at Arroyo, and I had the best time visiting classes to read a fun book about what Arroyo might be like If I Built a School. Spirit was high throughout the week, and I enjoyed seeing the creative outfits and hearing from some families about how they embraced our screen-free challenge. We also enjoyed our EarthCapades assembly on Thursday, learning about pedestrian and bicycle safety while watching some amazing juggling moves. (Click the links above to see photos of the week.)
The PTA-SCEF Read-a-thon continues through Wednesday. Please encourage your child to read and log their minutes in the online minute tracker. I’m very proud that over 90% of Arroyo students have signed up to participate, but I’m a little nervous that our Eagles are going to beat the reading challenge I gave them of reading over 100,000 minutes! Looks like there is likely to be purple hair in my future!
There is more fun to come as we move into February, with our celebrations of Black History Month, Lunar New Year, and Valentine’s Day, as well as our Arroyo family Glow Party. Keep reading for details both here and in the PTA section below.
This Thursday kicks off Black History Month. Throughout the month we will be celebrating the contributions of Black Americans. See the DEIB section below for resources you can use as a family to carry on those conversations at home. One of these leaders, Ruby Bridges, rose to fame as a 6-year-old when she became the first African American to integrate an elementary school in the South in November 1960. Today, Ruby is 69 years old, and every November, school communities across the country walk to school together to honor her bravery. Because of Outdoor Ed, Arroyo decided to push our Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day to Wednesday, Feb. 28, in honor of Black History Month (save the date)!
Be sure to sign up for our upcoming family Glow Party, coming up on Feb. 9. It’s a fun night for the whole family. You won’t want to miss it! We’re still in need of volunteers for both the Glow Party and our Lunar New Year celebration. See the PTA section below for details and links.
Our 4th Graders will get to enjoy an author visit from Kazu Kibuishi, author of the popular Amulet series. While the author assembly will be for our 4th Grade classes only, all families are welcome to preorder signed copies of the books from our local Reading Bug bookstore. Be sure to order by Feb. 7. We’re also working on scheduling an author visit for our 5th Graders. Watch for details coming soon.
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.
We’re excited to bring Lunar New Year activities to Arroyo again this year on Wednesday, Feb. 7! Students will learn about the holiday at school, attend a lion dance assembly, participate in a dragon parade, and receive a red envelope in honor of the Year of the Dragon. We are still in need of donations of red envelopes, a helper for decorating the library, and volunteers at the event, including a photographer. Please sign up here to help!
Have you registered for Arroyo’s favorite party: Let’s Glow Arroyo? Great! Since you’ll already be there (students and adult pairs attend together), sign up for a quick volunteer shift here. We still need parents to help with the activities, snacks, setup and takedown. The shifts are short and put you right in the middle of the fun! Still need to register? Sign up ASAP to guarantee a swag bag for your student. Can’t wait to see you there!
Hey, Arroyo readers! We hope you have your registration and pledges signed up for the PTA-SCEF Read-a-thon, because we are in the final stretch! Now through this Wednesday, Jan. 31, enter all your minutes in the online reading log, and let’s see if we can beat last year’s reading total of 100,000 minutes! If we do, Principal Shelton will dye her hair … PURPLE! It’s not too late to join or get those friends and family members signed up for pledges!
SAVE THE DATE Arroyo and Central’s annual STAMPEDE & SOARCOLOR RUNis April 21!
Last Chance to Register for This Year’s Musical
This is the last week to register to be in Willy Wonka KIDS, a San Carlos Children’s Theater musical for all 4th and 5th Graders in the school district. Rehearsals will be in the Arroyo Learning Commons on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school starting Tuesday, Feb. 13. Tech rehearsals and performances will be at Mustang Hall. Learn more and register here!
BECOME A MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND CONNECT!
San Carlos Education Foundation News
Participate in the PTA-SCEF Read-a-thon
The Read-a-thon ends this Wednesday, Jan. 31. Over 2,200 students have signed up! Students can win prizes for reading and sending pledge requests. Just think: If every student received $100 in pledges/donations, we would raise over $260,000 for key programs, staff, and our PTAs!
SCEF Night at the Warriors is Wednesday, March 20. Come see the Warriors play the Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. at Chase Center. Buy tickets and a Kids Anthem VIP Experience HERE. No Ticketmaster fees!
School District News
ROPES Volunteers Needed!
The Rite of Passage Experiences (ROPES) program is an optional enrichment activity for students in SCSD. 4th, 6th, and 8th Graders choose a self-directed project that incorporates the 21st-century learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership. The students present their projects to a panel of community members to receive their rope, to be worn at 8th grade graduation.
We’re searching for parents, staff, and members of the community to be panelists for ROPES presentations March 26, 27, and 28. Join us and become a member of our panelist group today! Sign up here.
Select one or more times to volunteer (all in-person):
Tuesday, March 26, 4-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27, 2:30-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28, 6-8:30 p.m.
The Zoom training session for all (new and seasoned) panelists will be Wednesday, March 13, 7-7:45 p.m. Training will be recorded and available on our website. Questions? Email [email protected].
Focus on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
February Is Black History Month
Black History Month is a time to celebrate the achievements of Black Americans and recognize their central role in U.S. history. Also known as African American History Month, the event grew out of “Negro History Week,” the brainchild of noted historian Carter G. Woodson and other prominent African Americans. Since 1976, every U.S. president has officially designated the month of February as Black History Month. Click here for more on how Black History Month began.
Here are ideas for diving deeper into Black history with your family:
Celebrate Lunar New Year at the San Carlos Library
2024 is the Year of the Dragon! Celebrate Lunar New Year at the San Carlos Library on Saturday, Feb. 3, with free activities for all ages, including a lion dance, cultural performances, martial arts demonstrations, bilingual story time, red envelope distribution, crafts, and other hands-on activities — plus food trucks! Find details here.
Fashion Show: We invite everyone to wear your Lunar New Year clothes to participate
Cultural crafts including paper lantern making, paper cutting, bilingual story time, and mahjong
Parent Education Opportunities
What do students need to succeed in college? Louis Newman, PhD, former dean of academic advising at Stanford, will discuss his new book, Thinking Critically in College: Essential Tools for Student Success (Jan. 30).
NEW! How can we educate our teens to make safe and healthy choices? Stanford professor Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, founder of REACH Lab, presents Safety First: Empowering Teenagers to Prevent and Reduce Drug Use (Jan. 31).
NEW! We’re delighted to host Sameer Hinduja, PhD, cyberbullying and safe social media expert, for Cyberbullying, AI, and Social Media: The Role of Parents, Youth, and the Community (Feb. 1). Don't miss this important talk!
NEW! What should families know about “the money talk”? We welcome Lori R. Sackler, CIMA, CFP, author of The M Word: The Money Talk Every Family Needs to Have About Wealth and Their Financial Future (2nd Edition) (Feb. 2).
NEW! How can you help your kids make connections? Phyllis Fagell, licensed clinical counselor and author Middle School Superpowers, presents Super Belonging: Helping Kids Connect and Find Their Place in the Pack (Feb. 6).
We’re proud to join a consortium of Silicon Valley nonprofits to launch the all-new Neurodiversity Speaker Series. The series begins with Barbara Pape, EdM, in A Strength-Based Approach to Learner Variability and Neurodiversity (Feb. 7).