WOW!!! Our Eagles truly soared through the Read-a-thon, and I could not be more proud of them! 92% of our students signed up to participate (AMAZING!), and as of Thursday night we logged over 252,000 minutes — more than double what we read last year and the goal we set for this year. Stay tuned for pictures of me with purple hair this week! They’ve earned it!
This week is National School Counseling Week, and I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight our mental health team at Arroyo. In addition to the individual work they do, this team of professionals serves as our Care Team and meets with me weekly to coordinate services, discuss students needing additional support, and brainstorm ways to meet the needs of our community.
Julie Jobak, our school counselor, supports both Arroyo and Central. Julie participates in our weekly assemblies, teaches lessons in classrooms, supports students who are struggling with friendships, academics, and mental health, and does a host of other things. She’s also a great resource for parents, guardians, and teachers seeking ways to best support our students. Julie helps to coordinate events like the Great Kindness Challenge and other special activities on campus and does so much more for all of us!
Deb Cadenasso, our mental health associate, provides school-based therapy to our students most in need of mental health support.
Jade McMahan, our school psychologist, provides additional support and coordinates assessments for students in need of Special Education services, on top of running our lunchtime Friday dance parties.
Adrienne Aguilar, our district behaviorist, provides additional support on campus.
Having such a strong and well-rounded team of mental health providers on campus is another example of the focus that our district puts on the whole child. This team is also made possible by your support of SCEF and the Healthy Schools Initiative grant we receive from the Sequoia Healthcare District.
This Wednesday Arroyo will celebrate Lunar New Year with a lion dance assembly and dragon parade. Thanks to Esther Wang for coordinating the event and Peng Hilton and Evelyn Johnson, who made the dragon. It should be another fun celebration. We’ll also continue talking about Black History Month and celebrating the contributions made by Black Americans. Be sure to save the date of Feb. 28 for our Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day.
Don’t forget to sign up for this Friday’s family Glow Party. It’s a fun night for the whole family, and free because of your generous donations to SCEF and their partnership with the PTA. You won’t want to miss it! We’re still in need of volunteers. See the PTA section below for details, and remember that all students must have an adult with them in order to attend.
Our 4th Graders on Feb. 13 will get to enjoy an author visit from Kazu Kibuishi 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 this Wednesday, Feb. 7. We’re also working on scheduling an author visit for our 5th Graders. Watch for details soon.
Please also take note of the following upcoming events:
Feb. 8: Check out the SCEF Auction for teacher outings, summer camps, and more. Highlights include your child’s chance to be a principal for the day or attend a special event with their teacher. For Taylor Swift fans, there’s a special Swiftie Experience: Eagle Version.
Feb. 12-16: 5th Graders will be participating in Puberty Talk. 5th Grade families have been notified about this program in a separate email.
Feb. 14, Valentine’s Day: Students are encouraged to wear valentine colors (red, pink, purple, etc.). Please see teacher newsletters for class-specific information and a list of students in the class. If your child is bringing valentines, they must bring one for each classmate.
Feb. 19-23, Midwinter Break: Please make every effort to schedule your vacation plans around the break so your child is not missing any school.
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.
Eagles are encouraged to wear red to mark the Lunar New Year this year THIS 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 and volunteers at the event from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Please sign up here to help!
Last call: Register now for Let’s Glow Arroyo! This not-to-be-missed event is THIS Friday, Feb. 9, 7-9 p.m. in Mustang Hall. There will be snacks, glow games, a selfie station, dancing, and more for Arroyo students and an adult guest. Register to attend here and snag one of the last volunteer spots here (we could still use help with setup). Make sure to dust off your neon or white clothes so you’ll glow under the lights. See you there!
Save the date for our next PTA meeting: This month we’re gathering on a Tuesday to avoid Valentine’s Day: Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Find the agenda and Zoom link here.
SCSD Classroom Repair Measure
March election ballots will be in the mail this week. Be on the lookout for Measure H, which directly affects San Carlos School District schools. Read more about Measure H.
Tech Crew Spots Open
Willy Wonka KIDS — a San Carlos Children’s Theater musical for all 4th and 5th Graders in the school district — is coming, and we have nine openings for Tech Crew. Tech Crew participants will learn all technical aspects of running a theater production and will be a key part of team making the musical happen! Dates: April 13-20. Ages 10 to 17. Learn more and register here!
SAVE THE DATE Arroyo and Central’s annual STAMPEDE & SOARCOLOR RUNis April 21!
BECOME A MEMBER, VOLUNTEER, AND CONNECT!
San Carlos Education Foundation News
Thank you to all for your support of our participants. Our learners read a ton, had fun, and supported their school. We will announce totals next week.
Call for Auction Items
The SCEF Gala & Auction is coming, live and in-person, with Live Auction and Online Auction open to all. Your auction donations help SCEF raise essential funds for our schools. To donate an auction item (wines and spirits, vacation homes, concert tickets, Warriors/49ers/Giants, professional services), please fill out this online auction donation form.
This Thursday: Summer Camps and Teacher Outings Auction Starts
This annual auction, which opens this Thursday, Feb. 8, is a favorite way to include your child in our fundraising partnership with our educators and local summer programs. Check out the fantastically creative offerings for this year!
Attend a Golden State Warriors Game
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:
Feb. 7 Special Event: Museum of San Carlos History
This Wednesday, Feb. 7, 1-4 p.m. embark on a journey through time in San Carlos! The journey is FREE! Students, accompanied by an adult, are invited to join us at the Museum of San Carlos History for a special weekday afternoon event. Discover our 94070 past through captivating exhibits and artifacts. (Parents or grandparents who grew up in San Carlos make visiting the museum even more interesting!) Bonus: Everyone who comes for a tour on this day will receive a special gift certificate. Find the museum at 533 Laurel St. (yes, the little building next to the fire station). Email [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.
Parent Education Opportunities
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).