Arroyo Eagle Eye - April 8, 2019

Monday, April 8, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Welcome back. We hope you had a restful break! We are into the last few months of school and of course, we’re looking at next year already. We look forward to end of the year activities to celebrate our students’ successes including a Talent Show, Mix it Up day, and Field Day. More information will be coming out about this soon.

As we prepare for the end of the year we look towards the events that will happen to support our students in their transition to the next school year. 4th graders will participate in a welcome activity in May with our 3rd graders. They will serve as mentors and buddies, sharing their experiences here and giving tips for next year.

As 5th graders prepare to embark on their journey to Central, we have a comprehensive plan for both parents and students. Please see the list of dates below for parent coffees, student assemblies, and our joint Open House dates.

Wednesday April 10th 6:00 p.m. @ Central Library LCAP Parent Feedback Meeting Every year we invite parents to provide feedback on our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that guides our services and supports for students at Arroyo and across the district. We'd like to invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about current and future programs. Come at Six and stay for the PTA meeting at 7! Tuesday,

Tuesday, April 16 (6:30 pm) @ TL Learning Commons MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH PATHWAYS NIGHT - You received an email on Friday before break that invited you to parent’s night regarding Math Pathways for middle school. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. You can find the link here.

Friday, April 26th (2:20 pm) @ Central/Arroyo Library 5th GRADE STUDENT ASSEMBLY WITH CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION @ ARROYO                                                         Student assembly to meet Tom Domer, Central Principal, Mindy Shelton, Central Assistant Principal, and Julie Jobak, School Counselor to learn about our school, ask questions and get excited!

Tuesday, May 7 (6:30 pm) or Thursday, May 9 (8:45 am) @ Central/Arroyo Library 5th GRADE PARENT CHAT WITH CENTRAL ADMINISTRATION                                  Opportunity to meet Tom Domer, Central Principal and Mindy Shelton, Central Assistant Principal, to learn about Central and ask questions in a relaxed setting. Note: We will be holding both a morning and a night time meeting in order to accommodate busy schedules.

Wednesday, May 29 (6:45 pm) @ Central Middle School CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE                                                                                                                       Visit classrooms throughout Central Middle School to see what Central Students are doing throughout the year.

Date T.B.D. (late May/early June) 5th & 6th GRADE SCAVENGER HUNT                         5th grade students will visit Central and get paired up with 6th graders for a scavenger hunt/tour of the school.

Monday, August 19 (8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m) 6th GRADE WEB ORIENTATION & NEW PARENT ORIENTATION WEB                                                                                    (Where Everybody Belongs) is a middle school orientation and transition program to welcome our 6th graders to Central. Parents are invited to a separate parent orientation meeting with administration from 8:30-9:30 am.

Monday, August 19 (4:00-6:00 pm) CENTRAL DAY                                              Students will have the opportunity to tour our school as well as receive other important information prior to the start of school. We look forward to celebrating all the exciting things the end of the year brings. If you have any questions regarding the transition activities, please do not hesitate to ask.

Warm Regards,

Alex Friel & Jean Dehner Interim, Principals

PTA News


Join Your Fellow Classmates + Friends in Tidying Up Our Campuses, and Prepping for our Seedling Sale!

In preparation of the ever popular Arroyo Garden Seedling sale, as well as the start of Spring, we need all-hands-on-deck in beautifying our campuses!   

Pick a 90-minute slot below, and come-out to prep seedlings, garden, spruce up the areas, and more!

When:  Sunday, Apr 14th,  9:30am -to- 12:30pm   (two, 90 minute working slots)
Where:   Meet at the Arroyo Garden
Sign-Up here:
Please bring a water bottle, and wear sunblock and a hat!
Questions?  contact Karen Rhodes or Leslie Doohan


Mix It Up Day is coming to Arroyo on Friday, April 19! All staff and students are invited to wear tropical clothes and bring a beach blanket/towel to an extended lunch period where they will listen and dance to music, and participate in fun activities with new and old friends.

During the week leading up to this special event, Students will continue to earn tickets for positive, kind, respectful, responsible behavior from Staff, just like they have every day this school year. Each classroom will collect these reward tickets and count them up on Friday, April 19. The winning classroom with the most  tickets at the end of the week will earn a special gift!

Thank you to students Marissa Chuang, Claire Dickman, Kate Dutton, and Juliette Ramirez for conceptualizing and coordinating this fun and relaxing event for all of our Eagles.

We are looking for about 16+ parent volunteers to help us with this special event (11:30-1:30). Please sign up here to help!


Do you know someone that runs a PTA program or committee, makes sure school events go off without a hitch, or tackles the big projects? Have you noticed someone whose contributions are often behind the scenes, but add up in a very big way?

Every year the PTA presents Honorary Service Awards to individuals who provide significant contributions and outstanding service at CMS and Arroyo. Please take the time to nominate the people around you whose special contributions go above and beyond. They deserve a big thanks from us!

Send your nominations to or use the online submission form. This year’s recipients will be recognized at the Open House event on May 29.


Arroyo is looking for gently used books for 3rd - 6th grade readers.  Book boxes will be accepting donation on April 9th - April 19th.  Donate in the classrooms or the front office.

Used Book Fair Hours
Thursday April 25th, 11:30 - 12:10 and 3:10 - 3:45 in the Library
Friday April 26th, 11:55 - 12:35 and 3:10 - 3:45 in the Library
Saturday April 27th, 10:00 - 2:00 at the Arroyo Quad lunch tables

The used book fair is run by the Arroyo students.  If a student would like to join the team contact Christen Hanson or Jigna Sangani.


Some of our Arroyo students would like to put on a talent show this year and are looking for parent support. Like our student-led clubs, the talent show team will meet 1-2 times per week at lunch recess during April and May. If you are available to help guide these enthusiastic young show producers, please contact Principal Dehner at

District News


All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process.

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend:

-April 19: 9:30- 10:30AM
-May 8: 9:30- 10:30AM

What You Can Do to Get Involved
Annually completing the SCSD Strategic Plan Survey. Thank you to all of the families that completed the survey to help inform progress in SCSD's goal areas.

Get to Know the SCSD LCAP Goals. View the 2018-19 SCSD LCAP here.

Review resources from the California PTA here.

Attend a School Site Council meeting at your school.

Reach out to your school principal.

Attend a PAC Meeting Attend a School Board Meeting; the SCSD Board will hold a Public Hearing on the LCAP on June 6.



Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants.

Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!! Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check only.

Purchase your spot for your child to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here:

See last year’s video


On May 4, 2019, join us at for the annual community event at Devil’s Canyon and enjoy live music by the Best of the 80s: Tainted Love! Ticket price is $75 per person and $35 per teacher/staff. Price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table. Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator too!

Go to:


SCEF is proud to support the award-winning middle school music programs in our San Carlos middle schools. Thank you to Joe Murphy, Nick Garcia, Tabitha Tetreault, Colyn Fischer and local music teachers for introducing 4th graders to the variety of instruments available as they consider taking band or orchestra in 5th grade. Read about instrument selection day here

Community Partner News


April 9, 2019 - Tutor Tips workshop on Social Emotional Learning

How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.

6:15-6:50 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?"
7:00-8:15 pm Workshop "Social Emotional Learning"
Location:  Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

Presented by:  Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Please RSVP via our Evite at
Visit: Healthy Cities Tutoring or


The last week of our topic on conflict, and the night we talk about this month's book: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Please join us even if you cannot fit reading a book into your schedule! There will be plenty to learn. The group is held each week at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District.

To RSVP go to this link and purchase your free ticket: