In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- Ropes Presentations: Judges Needed
- San Carlos Week of the Family
- Shoe Drive
- Pets in Need Drive
- Healthy Cities
- We the Singers Elementary Choir
- SCSD Musical Opens Jan. 17
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
We are off to a great start with so many exciting learning opportunities taking place for our students. This upcoming week we will begin to take sign ups for some new leadership opportunities that we hope your children will consider. These include being class representatives, green team members, tech support, ballroom helpers, game organizers, school ambassadors to add to some of the already existing opportunities (such as safety patrol, used book fair & talent show organizers…and more!). We will also have another opportunity to also start up new clubs and spruce up/ change existing ones. My hope is that we find and develop something for everyone!
I want to give a shout out to our amazing Arroyo spellers. We hosted our Spelling Bee last week, which was very successful (thank you to Kate Pfaff and her team of volunteers for leading this event). Our students went through all 19 rounds and had to turn to the dictionary for final elimination! We have such great spellers at Arroyo! Our final winners were: Lucia Kitching (1st place), Emma Wang (2nd place), and Brandon Ackerhalt (3rd place). Please congratulate them!
I also want to let you know that we will have an amazing artist, Flo de Bretagne, at our school all next week, painting a mural in the inner courtyard. Please stop by before or after school to see the progress. Right now we have the base coat on the wall, which is making the kids VERY interested in discovering what it will become. Flo will paint a ‘Seeds’ mural for us. You can check out her many ‘Seeds’ painting at her website: https://www.flodebretagne.com/seedstreeoflife. We are grateful for the donation of this beautiful mural and for the exciting and inspirational experience that the real-time painting is providing for our students.
And lastly, our 4th graders who are participating in the ROPES program will be presenting their projects February 5th-7th. Please consider being a judge on one of these evenings. It’s truly an incredible experience to see the 5Cs in action as our students present their amazing projects! Please contact Christina Carrier either via email at ROPES@scsdk8.org or by phone at 650-590-5935 if you are interested in volunteering.
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- January 18: SSC meeting
- January 22-26: Great Kindness Challenge Week
- January 23: 5th grade Math Placement Informational Meeting (6:30pm)
- February 5-7: ROPES presentations
- February 7: PTA meeting (7:00 pm)
- February 12-13: Student-Run Used Book Fair
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
Emerald Starlight Gala Tickets On Sale Now!
Join us on Saturday March 24, 2018 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club for our Emerald Starlight Gala, celebrating 35 years of supporting San Carlos public schools.
Get your tickets before they are all gone! It’s for the kids! Tickets available at www.scefkids.org/events
Seeking Auction Items
Do you have access to vacation homes and getaways, one of a kind experiences, hotel points and airline miles? Learn how you can donate those items for our auction and submit your application here: https://scefkids.ejoinme.org/AuctionDonation
Kindergarten Parent Information Night
Learn about the San Carlos School District and their vision. Hear from teachers about the kindergarten program across the district.
Join us On Thursday, Feb 1, 7PM
At Arroyo School Learning Commons-830 Chestnut St, San Carlos CA 94070
Register at: www.scefkids.org/kinderinfo
ROPES Presentations are Coming and Judges are Needed
We are looking for parents and community member that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences). ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in deeper but fun way.
There are 3 opportunities to judge:
- Monday, February 5th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)
- Tuesday, February 6th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)
- Wednesday, February 7th, 6:00PM – 8:30PM (arrive at 5:30PM)
We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judges panels. Typically we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening.
I hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you are able to judge on any of those times, please contact Christina Carrier either via email at ROPES@scsdk8.org or by phone at 650-590-5935.
San Carlos Week of the Family
Mark your calendars for this very special San Carlos tradition. Join us January 26 – Feb 3, for a variety of family fun events. Everything from Family Game Night, the City-Wide Roshambo Contest, A Guided Family Hike Day to Adult Trivia Night…and much more!
Please visit http://sancarlosweekofthefamily.org for a list of all events.
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee – Call for Participants
Annually, our school district develops an improvement plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We are committed to engaging parents as an essential voice in our goal-setting process. This month, we are gathering representatives from each school site to form the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee. If you are interested in serving as your school site’s representative, please contact your school principal or Interim Assistant Superintendent, Allison Liner. The first meeting of the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee will be held on January 26, 2018. Meetings will include day and evening sessions.
- View the 2017-2018 LCAP here.
- Review resources from the California PTA – Get the facts about the Local Control Accountability Plan and the Local Control Funding Formula.
Shoe Drive for My New Red Shoes – R.O.P.E.S Project
Imagine if you couldn’t play your favorite sport because you only had flip-flops. Or if the only shoes you got were hand-me-downs.
Hi! We’re Arroyo 4th graders Kassidy, Pippa, and Maggie. For our R.O.P.E.S. project we are collecting shoes for My New Red Shoes, a charity that gives shoes to children living in poverty in our community. We need your help! Please bring new shoes. There will be bins by the office. Please bring brand new athletic or sneaker shoes, children size 8 to adult size 12. Please do not bring red or blue shoes! Please bring all shoes by Friday January 26! You can also buy shoes off the My New Red Shoes Amazon wish list, so they’re shipped directly there.
Pets In Need Drive – R.O.P.E.S Project
We (Mollie L. and Parker E.) are doing our ROPES project to benefit Pets In Need because there are dogs that need our help! We are collecting new or gently used dog toys and we hope that you can get stuff to donate. You can donate it in the box at the school office with a poster above it. If you want to donate other things you can go to http://www.petsinneed.org/ and check out more stuff they need!
Parent Education Workshop Wed. January 17
- Topic: Strategies for Students who Struggle with Reading, Writing and/or Math
- Where: Central Middle School Library
- Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
- For: Parents and Healthy Cities Tutors. Topics will include math games to practice basic facts and tips to work with reluctant learners.
- Trainers: SCSD Teachers Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan
Hosted by: Healthy Cities Tutoring
To RSVP for the Parent Education Workshop, please click here: http://evite.me/Aaw1UAjUZK
Healthy Cities Orientation for New Volunteers Wed. January 17
- Topic: Learn the basics on becoming a one-on-one Healthy Cities tutor
- Where: Central Middle School Library
- Time: 6:15-7:00 pm
- For: Volunteers age 14-95 are welcome and needed at all of our schools
Questions: email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-508-7327
We the Singers – An Elementary Choir – Spots Available!
Wee the Singers (in partnership with SMART-E) is still taking applicants for the winter session. If your child is in the 1st through 5th grade and they’d like to enjoy singing in an after-school choir with the award winning director, Sara Murphy, then THIS is the course for them. The course started last week but it’s not too late to join!! The remaining classes are on 1/16, 1/23, 1/30, 2/6, 2/13, 2/27 and 3/6. The cost is $200 + $25 materials fee. Visit www.murphymusiccamps.com to register!
SCSD Musical Opens January 17
Take a mystical journey to ancient China in this month’s SCSD musical MULAN JR., featuring San Carlos students in grades 4-8. Produced by San Carlos Children’s Theater, MULAN JR. is a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor, and the fighting spirit that will charm audiences of all ages. Performances held Jan. 17-21 on the Central Middle School campus. Come support your neighbors and classmates while enjoying time out with the family. Details and tix: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com