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The following is an overview of the rich and diverse programs at Arroyo. If you would like to volunteer for these programs, please go to our Volunteer Opportunities page to sign up.

ACE Aftercare

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Afterschool Care Enrichment, also known as ACE, has been selected by the San Carlos School District as the upper elementary school care provider at Arroyo and Mariposa. ACE was founded by Eve Daskalakis, who has served families in the San Carlos child-care community since 2008. ACE is an innovative California state licensed child-care program that focuses on enrichment and youth development to challenge our upper elementary students each day. ACE will provide a familiar family-oriented after-school program where students feel safe, at home, and excited to be a part of each day.



ACE Aftercare Costs


For detailed program information, visit acesancarlos.com or contact Eve Daskalakis at [email protected] or 650-931-4007.



Art in Action

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Parent volunteers lead lively discussions about artwork done by great artists and civilizations to enhance students’ appreciation of art and its history. Students learn art concepts and techniques used in a masterpiece to create their own original art. In the spring, students have the opportunity to showcase a selected artwork in the Open House Art Show. Additional parent volunteers assist with setup, cleanup and supporting students with the creative process. For more information and to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit the Art in Action at Arroyo page.


Social-Emotional Learning

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Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a critical part of our Upper Elementary program. At Arroyo, we truly believe in fostering the whole child and strive to create a culture of inclusion and belonging. Arroyo uses Positive Behavior Interventions & Support (PBIS) to help foster a positive and caring school climate. Arroyo students have access to learning and practicing a variety of social-emotional tools through classroom literature, discussions, and curriculum, including Sown to Grow, Second Step, and Restorative Practices. For more information, visit the Counselor’s Corner page.

Arroyo Garden

Arroyo Garden photoThe Arroyo Garden is a 4,000-square-foot, interactive outdoor learning space that brings 4th and 5th Grade curriculum to life — from science to social studies, to reading and real-world problem-solving. Through their garden work, students develop their leadership skills and deepen their understanding of environmental stewardship. Best of all, the garden space is a fun, quiet place for meeting, reading, reflection and discovery. Find more information on the Arroyo Garden page.

5th Grade Electives

5th Graders at Arroyo choose a year-long elective taught by Central Middle School’s specially credentialed elective teachers, including our Band and Orchestra Directors. Students have the opportunity to try out instruments in the spring of 4th Grade and may select Band or Orchestra as their 5th Grade elective. Students also have a third option, currently Innovation & Design, although this option can change from year to year based on staffing. All electives happen on an A/B schedule opposite PE. SCEF makes music possible at Arroyo!


4th Grade Exploratory Wheel

4th Graders participate in an Exploratory Wheel of classes taught by Central Middle School’s elective teachers. These classes are taught on an A/B schedule opposite PE and rotate each trimester so students get a taste of different opportunities. The classes offered change a bit each year due to staffing. Current 4th Graders will rotate between Art, Makerspace, and Multimedia.


Fitness and Wellness

4th and 5th Graders are provided instruction from Central Middle School’s credentialed PE teachers twice a week opposite their electives. Students will be assigned A Day or B Day for their PE Class.

Student-Led Clubs

Student-led lunchtime clubs are a favorite for Arroyo Eagles! Students create new clubs each year based on their interests. Club ideas are presented to the Principal for approval and need an adult sponsor to be implemented. We hope to be able to offer virtual clubs a bit later in the school year.

School Meals for All logoSchool Breakfast and Lunch Program

Beginning in the 2023-24 school year, meals will be ordered by school sites based on student preference and participation. A variety of options will be available for breakfast and lunch for any student who would like a meal. Parents will no longer place orders. Please visit the San Carlos School District site for more information. 

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Spirit Wear

Want some Arroyo Spirit Gear? Check out our PTA store with some fun Arroyo Eagle items to show your school spirit! Special thanks to Sarah Kinahan and Jenny Goines for getting our Spirit Gear store set up.


Staff Appreciation

Our staff appreciation team treats the Arroyo teachers and staff to lunches and other treats to say thank you for all they do! Look for sign-up requests in the Eagle Eye newsletter for these Wednesday lunches and for Staff Appreciation Week.


Arroyo yearbooks are a great way to capture school year memories! Look for announcements in the Eagle Eye newsletter to place your order.