In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- PTA News
- SCEF News
- Fun, Free Parenting Workshop – Wednesday
- Healthy Cities News
- Rock Band Summer Camp
- Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp
- Summer Adventures Camp
- Summer 2017 Camps
- Theater Fun for Ages 5-10
- Learn Technical Theater
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on the ‘Soft Skills’ of Learning
At Arroyo we have been placing a lot of focus on what some might consider the ‘soft skills’ of learning. As a district we deeply recognize that the world is rapidly changing and that success in the 21st Century requires us to think differently and to transform the way in which we educate our students. This is why we have been creating new learning opportunities that place a greater focus on Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Creativity & Innovation, Citizenship/ Stewardship and Ownership. Here is a description of each of these habits:
Habits of Mind for 21st Century Learners
- Communication – To share ideas clearly and constructively, consider other ideas and perspectives, and seek mutual understanding.
- Collaboration – To work together constructively, reflect on different perspectives, build on the ideas of others, and take responsibility for my team and myself.
- Critical Thinking & Problem Solving – To be curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who ask thoughtful questions to deepen understanding, and ignite work worth doing.
- Creativity & Innovation – To share ideas courageously, pursue new paths of thinking, refine prototypes, and design innovative solutions.
- Citizenship/Stewardship – To take care of myself, other people, and the environment, so that we can make a positive impact as guardians of our school, local, and global community.
- Ownership – To be engaged and focused on my learning. To persevere, self-reflect, and recognize that mistakes and revisions are a part of learning and lead to quality work.
Assessing the 5Cs
As we enter into the state and district ‘testing season’ I want to take a moment to also reflect on these critical skills, which I believe are some of the most important skills that we teach! Although the district does not yet have a comprehensive way to assess all of these skills, we do utilize rubrics for teachers and students to reflect upon and monitor growth. Here are examples of the 5Cs learner outcomes for the 4th and 5th grade students. And here are the rubrics that students utilize to reflect on their growth as learners in the areas of CItizenship, Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, Critical Thinking. We also place a lot of focus upon Ownership, which is threaded throughout each of the 5Cs.
I will dig in a little deeper into each of these essential skills throughout the remainder of the school year. At Arroyo School we are committed to supporting all students in developing these habits so they are able to thrive in a changing world and be contributors to and within our community.
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
Arroyo Spirit Wear – Limited time only!
The Arroyo School spring spirit wear sale is here! Order your Arroyo gear online at https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com. (Please note this link is best used in browsers other than Safari). The sale will take place now through April 28th. Questions? Please contact Jen Pedrotti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15 for Pizza at Paxti’s. A percent of the proceeds from all food purchased that day will go to the Central Arroyo PTA. Meet there for lunch with a friend or business associate, order it to go or have it delivered, watch the Giants beat the Dodgers over dinner! Come support the PTA!
This Thursday, April 27th is the PTA Honorary Service Awards. Come and see Arroyo and Central parents be recognized for their contributions to our school. The awards will begin at 5:30 in the CMS quad.
On the same night, the PTA will offer a free pizza dinner to all CMS and Arroyo families who attend the CMS open house. The pizza is available at 5:00 pm – first come, first served! Check out the 6th grade classrooms.
We need your help planning events and programs for next year. If you are able to join one of our great volunteer teams to lead events such as the Halloween Party, the Stampede & Soar, the Arroyo Dance, etc, please contact Megan Miller at email@example.com. Grab a few friends and join us!
1) SCEF ONLINE AUCTION IS NOW OPEN THROUGH APRIL 27th! – Get your tickets to popular parent parties, summer getaways, event and sports tickets and more! Go to: scefkids.org/onlineauction and start bidding. Don’t miss out!
2) PARTICIPATE IN OUR NEW RAFFLE – For $50 you get the chance to win two (2) FRONT ROW Loge tickets (face value is $500 each) to see HAMILTON on July 29, 2017 at 8pm and a one-night stay at the San Francisco Marriott. Winner will be drawn a the SCEF Music in the Park concert on May 19, 2017. For more information go to http://scefkids.org/scefraffle2017. To purchase a ticket, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
3) SAN CARLOS NIGHT AT THE GIANTS – June 9th is San Carlos night at AT&T park. Watch the SF Giants take on the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are available now at the San Carlos Youth Center. $50 per ticket, cash or check only. All proceeds benefit San Carlos Parks and Rec and SCEF.
4) DONATE TO THE SCEF ANNUAL FUND – Your donation makes a difference every day, for every child, in every classroom. We are over 60% to our goal of $2.5 million. Every donation counts! Go to https://scefkids.org/donate-today/ to donate. Thank you!
Fun, Free Parenting Workshop – Wednesday, April 26
Conscious Parenting workshop provides practical life skills and transformational tools to empower you to break free from limiting situations so you can…
- Form deeper and more authentic connections with your children,
- Reduce stress and anxiety to create greater joy and harmony in your family, and
- Understand your child’s development and how to best support their growth
Healthy Cities News
On Tuesday, May 2, Healthy Cities Tutoring is going to participate in a national 24 online giving day – Give Local America Day. It’s your chance to make a difference right here in San Carlos. We hope you will join in the spirit of giving on this “Give Where You Live” day and make a donation to Healthy Cities Tutoring on May 2!
Due to the generosity of a long-time supporter, every donation to Healthy Cities Tutoring will be matched. Your donation will do double the good and will help us to match even more children with a tutor!
So, mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 2 and go the Healthy Cities website to make a donation on that day that is meaningful to you. Thank you!
Rock Band Summer Camp with Hummingbird Music
Explore the world of music this summer! Hummingbird Music School, in partnership with SMART-E, is offering Rock Band Summer Camp at Arroyo through the month of July. Campers will together form a band, attend daily instrument lessons and band rehearsals, participate in music workshops, and perform with their band in a live showcase at the end of the week! Sign up to learn either guitar, bass, drums, keyboard, horns/woodwinds, or vocals. More info at http://hummingbirdmusicschool.com/summer-camp/
Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp
Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp is THE place for girls and boys to learn the art and science of building and coding robots. Using LEGO and Java, your child will tackle new projects, use creativity and problem-solving, and learn engineering, programming, math, and physics. We offer affordable half day, full day, and extended care. Camps are conveniently located all across the Bay Area including one right at Arroyo School from June 26 through August 11. Learn more and enroll at wizbots.com/camp.
Summer 2017 Camps
SUMMER 2017 CAMPS: As you make your summer camp plans, check out the SMART-E website (smartesancarlos.com) for a listing of our summer camp partners (Wizbots, Hummingbird Music Rock Band Camp, Learning Tech, Silicon Valley Tennis Academy, Camp Galileo, Legarza Sports, Murphy Music Camps, EDMO. Some vendors give SCSD families and educators a discount. Some conditions apply.
Learn Technical Theater
Watch your child become a tech star in this summer’s cool hands-on technical theater camp “StageCraft,” with San Carlos Children’s Theater. In just 2 weeks, campers ages 10-15 learn how to run light and sound equipment, design/build sets, and create special effects for live theater. Kids gain real show experience in the final days working as stage crew for the mini-musical “The Jungle Book Kids.” Camp runs July 24-Aug. 4 in San Carlos. Details: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Addiction Prevention Parent Education
- Getting Connected with Your Teen: Sex Ed
- Kamparama Summer Camp
- Susan Jackson Piano Instruction
- Bravissimo Dance Studio Summer Camps
- Ryan Greco Memorial Art Contest at Hometown Days
- Force North Soccer Tryouts