In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- Arroyo Used Book Fair Donations
- Diaper Drive
- Reminder: Registration is Now Open for 2018-2019 School Year for New Students
- Presidents Week Stage Camp
- Driven to Support Music Education?
- Calling All Fledgling Fashionistas
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
In light of the heartbreaking news regarding inappropriate contact with students at Brittan Acres by a former aide, I wanted to take some time to focus on safety. Our school staff is committed to promoting a safe and supportive school climate. We teach safety lessons in a variety of different ways, through Second Step, Project Cornerstone, Health Huddles (during PE), Puberty Talks (5th grade only), as well as through ongoing schoolwide and classroom meetings. These various approaches support our implementation of the Health Education Content Standards.
Although we cover a lot of specific information, here is a basic overview about the safety topics covered across the curriculum:
- Personal Safety including safety rules such as physical safety, bicycle/scootering/ skateboarding safety, seat belt safety, fire safety, natural disaster safety, and gun safety.
- Touching Safety including safe, unsafe, and unwanted touches, as well as rules about touching private body parts; how to say no to unsafe or unwanted touches, and to tell a trusted adult if someone breaks rules about touching private body parts.
- Assertiveness Lessons including practice/role playing how to ask an adult for help, tell an adult about an unsafe situation, and how to be assertive to get out of unsafe situations.
One way that you can help your children is to remind them of these 3 steps (from Second Step):
1) Recognize: Is it safe? What is the rule?
2) Report: Tell a trusted adult.
3) Refuse: Say words that mean no.
This 3 step plan can form a structure for you to talk to your children about ways to make critical safety decisions when you are not present. Please also reassure them that we do live in a safe community, surrounded by many caring adults. Help them to identify all the wonderful people who care deeply about them so that they know that they have many trusted adults, including their teachers and school staff, who are available to support them any time that they feel unsafe or uncomfortable. We are so lucky to have such a strong, caring and protective community!
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- December 8: Written Spelling Bee at lunchtime (preliminary test)
- December 21-January 5: Winter Break (return to school on January 8)
- January 10: Spelling Bee in Learning Commons (5:30pm)
- January 15: MLK Holiday
- February 12-13: Student-Run Used Book Fair
Buy your tree at Honey Bear Trees & Support SCEF!
Time for some holiday cheer! Buy your trees at Honey Bear Trees and a portion of all sales will be donated to SCEF. Be sure to mention “SCEF” as your charitable recipient.
Honey Bear Trees has 3 lots this year:
- San Mateo Event Center (2495 S. Delaware St),
- Redwood City #1 (955 Woodside Rd)
- Redwood City #2 (651 El Camino Real-VFW Hall).
SCEF thanks Honey Bear Trees for their support.
SCEF Supports Your Library
Strong libraries build strong students. Your donation to SCEF ensures that all students have access to libraries. Last year, over $300,000 of SCEF raised funds was used to keep all our school libraries open and staffed.
We love Ms.Katie Hultgren and are proud to support the library at Arroyo.
Help us support vital programs. Donate now at:www.scefkids.org/donate
Arroyo Used Book Fair Donations
Our Arroyo Used Book Fair student leaders are collecting gently used children’s books (preferably for the upper elementary reading interest levels) beginning this week. Please bring your book donations to the office. The student leaders will take it from there! The Used Book Fair will be held in February, with more information to follow in the new year. Thanks for the support!
Girl Scout Troop 62286 is organizing a diaper and wipe drive to help a non profit organization called There With Care. There With Care helps critically sick kids and
their families. Did you know that sick kids go through diapers 4x faster than healthy kids? We especially need sizes 4, 5, and 6. This is the last week to donate please support these kids they really need your help. We will be collecting the bins in the office December 8th.
Reminder: Registration is Now Open for 2018-2019 School Year for New Students
Registration for all grades is now open (October 9, 2018) for any NEW incoming students. The registration process is centralized at the District office for all schools except the San Carlos Charter Learning Center (please visit their website for their registration procedures). Please do NOT go to individual schools to register. If your child is a current student at one of the schools of the San Carlos School District schools in either transitional kindergarten, kindergarten or grades 1 to 8, you are not required to re-register during this window. For all students currently attending a SCSD school for the 2017-2018 school year, an email with your child’s InfoSnap code and instructions will be sent out later in April 2018 for you to re-register your child online and no action is required at this time. For questions regarding the registration process, please contact the District Registrar at (650)508-7333 or visit http://www.scsdk8.org/enrollment/enrollment-procedures/
Presidents Week Stage Camp
What will your kids be doing during the week-long February Break? How about singing, dancing & acting with San Carlos Children’s Theater? Our full-day Musical Theater camp for ages 6-12 gives kids of all experience levels a chance to shine. Campers engage in exciting theater activities designed to boost creativity, build confidence, & promote teamwork. The fun includes crazy games, stories, singing, dancing, improv and a presentation for families. Details: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.
Driven to Support Music Education?
Carlsen Subaru has selected Music for Minors as a community partner in the Subaru Love Promise event. From now until January 2, 2018, buyers can designate a $250 donation on Music for Minors’ behalf for every new car purchased or leased. Music for Minors provides music education classes to elementary students in kindergarten through 5th grade in all San Carlos schools. To learn more, visit www.mfm.org.
Calling All Fledgling Fashionistas
SMART-E: Start off the New Year with the gift of a Creative Experience for ur creative kids! Students will take a simple garment (top) from concept to completion, with an emphasis on design, individual expression & fun. We’ll cover basic concepts of design & provide age-appropriate hands-on instruction in sketching, measuring, pinning, cutting & construction using hand and machine sewing techniques. Fashion show. Check out: www.designx.company to sign up for Winter Session &/or buy the gift card.
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Do you need a fun camp for your kids during the Winter Holidays?
- Free Holiday Symphony Music
- Golden State Taekwondo – 2 for 1 Offer
- Math Kangaroo 2018 Contest Registration
- Come Sing with the San Francisco Boys Chorus in San Mateo
- Breakfast with Santa