In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- PTA News
- Band & Orchestra News for 4th Grade Families
- SCEF News
- SMART-E Spring Break Camp
- Healthy Cities News
- Community Partner News
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Communication
Over the past couple of weeks our district has been sharing a lot of information about the 5Cs in an effort to highlight how we weave these critical core competencies into our daily school practices. Last week I zeroed in on Critical Thinking and this week I would like to focus on Communication, which works in tandem with Critical Thinking and is one of the ways that we can evaluate how our students are developing as deep thinkers and problem solvers. The way that we define communication for our students is: To share ideas clearly and constructively, consider other ideas and perspectives, and seek mutual understanding. This means that our students need to practice various ways to get and give feedback, grapple with ideas, debate & discuss, and routinely capture their ideas in writing. In the classroom, we provide many opportunities for students to express their thinking through talking and writing. This is done through a variety of approaches:
- General classroom communication routines that are embedded into daily classroom practice, such as Think-Pair-Share, Academic Conversations, small group and whole class discussion time.
- Specific communication routines that are built into core content such as peer feedback and editing during Writers Workshop, book club discussions during Readers Workshop, and Number Talks or small group discussions built into Math.
- Second Step and Project Cornerstone lessons that support our students ability to talk and listen to each other in clear, respectful and deliberate ways.
- Project Based Learning that encourages deep levels of communication to grapple with ways to respond to the ‘driving question’ and utilize the communication skills that have been practiced throughout the day.
These practices lead to the development of strong academic and social communication skills for our students, which will help to deepen their ability to think and express themselves more clearly.
Resources about Communication:
- Conversation tips and strategies for kids: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-your-students-conversation-allen-mendler
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: http://readingandwritingproject.org/
- NEA Guide to the Four ‘Cs’: http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/A-Guide-to-Four-Cs.pdf
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- March 12-16: Ability Awareness Week (This week!)
- March 13: ROPES/STEM Recognition Night (starting at 6:00pm in the CMS Gym)
- March 15-16: Sutter’s Fort Field trip (Mooney, Carroll & Scatena)
- March 24: SCEF Starlight Gala
- March 29-30: Sutter’s Fort Field trip (Murray, Geiges, Sevilla)
- April 9-13: Spring Break, no school
PTA Honorary Service Awards
This award is given to recognize an individual for outstanding service to children and youth in your community, going above and beyond what is asked of them. The PTA makes a donation in each award recipient’s name, which provides resources for scholarship and grant programs at the State PTA level. Can you think of someone who fits this description? We want to recognize them at our Honorary Service Awards on May 30th. Please nominate someone by sending their name and a description of their contributions to email@example.com. A committee will select winners from the list of nominees. Thank you for helping us recognize these treasures!
Upcoming Events & Next Year
Parent Child Dance on May 4th and the Talent Show (year end). Hope to see you all there!
Finally, are you interested in any of these fun events for next year? We need your help to keep offering them and our enrichment programs such as the Garden, Art in Action, Project Cornerstone, etc. If you would like to help, please contact Megan Miller or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arroyo AiA Coordinators Needed
Do you have a passion for kids & Art? Arroyo School AiA is seeking 2 people to fill the roles of AiA Coordinators for Arroyo starting in the Fall of 2018.
No artistic skill required! Christina & Jana are moving on after this year, and are ready to train anyone interested!
Band and Orchestra News for 4th Grade Families
Wednesday, March 14 – Band and Orchestra Presentation for all 4th grade students during school. The music teachers will also send home a handout that explains the various instrument choices available to start in 5th grade, and that explains Instrument Selection Night.
Tuesday, March 20 – Band and Orchestra Instrument Selection Night. Students and a parent can come try the instruments from 3:30-7pm. If your child would like to play in the band or orchestra, they must attend this event. Please plan 1-2 hours. More information will be sent home on Wednesday, March 14.
Buy your Lucky On Live Tickets!
Do you want to see Taylor Swift Live in concert, do you need a new bathroom or kitchen? Are you looking for a lovely space to host dinner for 20? For only $100 a ticket, (6 for $500) you could win these or any one of a select group of fabulous LIVE AUCTION items offered at the SCEF Emerald Starlight Gala.
You need not be attending the Gala to win! Only 250 tickets will be sold. Tickets can be purchased by contacting us at: email@example.com or at the Emerald Starlight Gala. More information and full list of Lucky-On-Live prizes can be found here: http://scefkids.org/lol2018
Preview the Emerald Starlight Gala Program
Want to know what exclusive items are being offered at the Live Auction at the Emerald Starlight Gala? Preview the Gala program here: http://scefkids.org/2018GalaProgram
SCEF Sponsor Appreciation
Joining us as Gold Sponsor this year: GDA Commercial
Silver Sponsors: Action Towing, Bianchini’s Market, Brian Shamp Boot Camp, Conoley Electric, Domenico, Jacklyn Kurth Orthodontics, John W. McAfee-State Farm Insurance, JSD Construction, Inc, Lorena & John Baer, Peninsula Infiniti, Wendy Wood Design
News from Healthy Cities Tutoring
How to Support the Reluctant Learner
Please join us for an interesting workshop on how to support the reluctant learner on Thursday, March 15 from 7:00-8:30 pm.
Shannon McGilloway, School-Based Counselor and Mental Health Lead for the San Carlos School District will present this topic in the Central Middle School Library. Parents and Healthy Cities tutors are all welcome to attend.
Click here to RSVP
In addition, we are offering an information session for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Healthy Cities Tutoring. Volunteers of all ages (14-95!) are welcome. This session precedes the workshop and is being held from 6:15-7:00 pm, also at Central Middle School. Hope you or someone you know can join us and help us support more children on our waiting lists. No RVSP is needed.
Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (650) 508-7327.
SMART-E Spring Break Camp
Spring Into Adventure at SMART-E’s SPRING BREAK CAMP, April 10-13, 2018, at White Oaks Elementary. Come experience all sorts of adventures, SMART-E style: into space, over the mountains, under the sea and around the earth. Adventures await in Sports, Arts & Crafts, Make & Build and You Chooz. Camp is for TK-5th graders and is available for Camp Only, Camp & Care and daily registration. Check out www.smartesancarlos.com for more information. See you there!
Community Partner News
Wizbots Robotics & Coding Summer Camps are returning to San Carlos!
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 in a completely hands-on, collaborative way. We offer affordable half day, full day, and extended care. Our fun camps are conveniently located at Arroyo School from June 18 – August 3. Learn more and enroll at wizbots.com/camp.
San Carlos Chickens’ Ball – April 20-29 at Central Middle School
Since 1940, the community of San Carlos has entertained audiences with skits, singing, dancing, and a dazzling finale all to support the San Carlos public schools. Gather your friends for a rousing good time for this year’s show “Time Stands Still: A Revue of Broadway Here and There.”
Show dates: April 20-22, and April 27-29 evening and matinees
To buy tickets and more information www.chickensball.org
Buy tickets in person at Central School April 1-12 Mon-Thur 7:30-8:30pm
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Riley Run 2018 – Time to Register!
- San Carlos AYSO Spring Academy registration is now open!
- Sign up for After School’s fun-filled Spring holiday camp!
- Legends Baseball Summer Camp
- KAMPARAMA SUMMER CAMP June 18th-August 17th
- Susan Jackson Piano Instruction
- FREE performances of SF Shakespeare Festival’s “Romeo and Juliet”
- OBJECT:ART, The Annual Benefit for Art in Action