In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- Arroyo Dance
- PTA News
- SCEF News
- Lunch Taste Testers
- Safety in SCSD
- Ability Awareness Week
- The Ride Blind Racing Movie & Speaker
- 5Cs and PBL
- Art Creative Therapy Donations Needed
- Makerspace Donations Needed
- Pirate Laughs and Food Drive
- Call or Diapers/Baby Clothes
- Guitar Class at Arroyo
- Arroyo Singers
- Wizbots Summer Camp
- Legarza After School Basketball
- 5th-8th Grade Basketball Training
- Spring Break Camp
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
This week we celebrate Ability Awareness Week. It is also the end of our 2nd trimester. This combination of events provides a great time to reflect on how our children are growing and developing as students and well rounded human beings. A way to help frame this reflection is to consider how your child’s mindset impacts their learning. So what do I mean by this?
Dr. Carol Dweck, a Stanford Professor and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, discovered an idea that although very simple, has had a profound impact on teaching and learning. The idea, which I think many of you may have heard about, is that we can have 2 different mindsets…a fixed mindset or a growth mindset. And actually, these mindsets can vary from one area of our lives to the next, depending on the messages that we tell ourselves or that we say to others, including our children.
According to Dweck, when someone has a fixed mindset, it is based on the belief that our core talent, abilities, character, and overall intelligence is fixed from the start. However, people who have a growth mindset believe that learning anything is malleable and through effort, persistence, and resilience anyone can learn, improve, and achieve.
So, how do we inadvertently create fixed mindset thinking within ourselves and our children? When we focus on the grade or end result instead of the learning process, or when we praise our kids for how ‘smart’ they are instead of how much effort they have made we can support the development of a fixed mindset. Sometimes we might make simple comments about ourselves like, “I’m not good at ______, so that’s why my child is not good at ______.” This can also foster a fixed mindset belief in our children.
How can we promote a growth mindset for our children? When you speak with your child about their learning, especially within areas of struggle, use the word ‘yet’. Here’s an example, “Oh I see that you are still working on _________, you’re not there yet, but with practice I know you can get there!” By emphasizing the effort and persistence, as well as your belief that your child can and will eventually achieve that learning target, you are supporting the development of a growth mindset.
Here is a link to an article that I found, which provides helpful tips and strategies to help foster a growth mindset in our children: https://www.mindsetworks.com/parents/growth-mindset-parenting The good news is that you can promote growth mindset thinking at any time. The reporting period is just one of the many times that you can reflect on the learning process from a growth mindset approach.
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
The Arroyo Dance
The first ever Arroyo Dance is coming! Sign up with your student here: https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com.
Tickets are $30 per parent/child couple and $10 per additional Arroyo student. We will have live music, a DJ, treats, portraits to take home, a dance off, and a selfie station. All Arroyo students are welcome regardless of gender. Come dance the night away!
Our Used Book Fair was a huge success! Thank you to the student book fair committee for your leadership and to Viki Young and Adrienne Heist for your coaching and guidance. We were able to raise $330, which the committee decided to donate to the library!
If you have clean and dry national newspapers, please bring them to the Arroyo Garden. We need them now to prepare for our seedling sale coming on May 13th.
We are looking for parents who are interested in helping lead the PTA programs and events at Arroyo next year. There are roles for everyone – with just a little time to those who can give more than a little. We need you all! If you have any questions about options, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lucky on Live!
Just added to Lucky on Live Raffle:
Buy one raffle ticket for $100 and you could win 2 VIP tickets in Row 7 of SAP Center to see Bruno Mars live on July 21! Or, you could win a dream kitchen or bath remodel, Hamilton tickets and other exciting items. See the full list of our Lucky On Live prizes at: http://scefkids.org/lol2017/ Email: email@example.com to buy your tickets now!
Lunch Taste Testers
SCSD is in the process of interviewing lunch vendors and we need TASTE TESTERS to come evaluate sample meals on FRIDAY, MARCH 17, 2017 from 3:30-4:30pm at the District Office Board Room. Please fill out this simple form if you would like to sign up to be a taste tester https://goo.gl/forms/WtRYVNhfcYDCE5XU2.
Taste testers can be students or parents, so please invite your friends to fill out the form and join the fun! Questions, please contact Mindy Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650-597-1035
Safety in SCSD
Many of you have commented on the latest SCSD Wellness Journal about SAFETY in SCSD. In case you missed Superintendent Baker’s email about it, here is the link so you can learn more about some of the safety efforts going on in our schools and community. Thank you to Sequoia Healthcare District for publishing this useful resource!
Ability Awareness Week is This Week – March 13-17!
Our mission is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities. Each classroom across the District will engage in at least one activity that gives students a chance to experience what it is like to complete a basic task while having a learning or developmental difference. Thank you Legarza, Music for Minors, Animal Assisted Happiness, and Gatepath’s Family Resource Center! Ask your child what they learned!
The Ride Blind Racing Movie and Motivational Speaker Bobby McMullen
As part of Ability Awareness Week we invite ALL to to this family event sponsored by the PTA Coordinating Council. In spite of challenges that would take most people out, Bobby lives life full-on. This blind mountain biker is a passionate extreme sport competitor – a tenacious adrenaline junkie who competes alongside (often in front of) fully able racers.
- Thursday, March 16 // 6 – 8:00 p.m.
- Location CHANGE // Brittan Acres Elementary School MUR, 2000 Belle Ave, San Carlos
- Film // 55 minutes // Q & A
The 5Cs and PBL
What are some of the skills that are necessary to support student learning and success beyond school? To be prepared for the fast changing world, our students need to learn essential skills alongside academic content to be prepared to thrive in the 21st century. In our district, these skills are known as the 5Cs: Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, Criticial Thinking, and Citizenship (see Habits of Mind). Communication is much more than listening, speaking and writing. While we all can agree that written language and discussion are not “new ways” for students to demonstrate their knowledge, the way students communicate and how we teach these skills has changed. Our 21st Century world will require using communication for a range of purposes, utilizing different media and technology, articulating thoughts clearly and effectively, and speaking to a global population. While the goal seems big, the journey is exciting and begins with our youngest learners. To learn more about Project Based Learning, the 5Cs and how this supports student learning in our District, please join us on Wednesday March 15th for a Parent Education Event! SCSD Board Room, 6PM-7PM.
Art Creative Therapy Donations Needed
We are launching a pilot program for an art therapy class. We are in need of a number of donated supplies to help get the program off to a great start. We could use the following supplies:
- colorful socks for puppets (you know, those socks that find themselves single after all they have been through, we will bring them back to life)
- styrofoam plates
- scraps of material, ribbon, lace, buttons, sequins
Any of these supplies can be dropped off at the Arroyo Office for the Art Therapy class. Thanks for the help!
Makerspace Donations Needed
The Arroyo Makerspace is in need of a few materials that hold our projects together! Various forms of tape, duct tape and electrical tape work best, as well as hot glue, wood glue, regular white school glue, and the ever popular glitter glue. Donations can be dropped off in the Arroyo school office. Thank you so much for your support!
Pirate Laughs and Food Drives
Silly sailors, zombie pirates, and hypnotizing mermaids fill the zany San Carlos Children’s Theater comedy THE FEARSOME PIRATE FRANK, March 17-19. Based in Shakespearean England but with plenty of pop culture twists, this 90-minute show is great fun for children of all ages. Get ticket Info: http://www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.
NOTE: Donate 2 or more non-perishable food items at any performance and earn a chance to win prizes. Donations will benefit Second Harvest Food Bank, San Mateo County.
Call for Diapers/Baby Clothes
5th grade Girl Scout troop #62069 is earning its Bronze Award by helping an organization called There with Care, which helps families with severely ill children have more comfortable hospital stays. Our troop is doing a drive to collect bottles, diapers (size 3, 4, & 5), toys, and new baby clothes (size 0-2T). Please no pull-ups. Please help families in our community. Donations may be brought to the Arroyo office. The drive runs through Fri., March 10.
Guitar Class at Arroyo
In partnership with SMART-E, Hummingbird Music School is offering an after school Guitar Class for all students at Arroyo and Central. Students will learn correct hand position and posture; finger picking and strumming technique; how to read notes, tablature, chord boxes and simple rhythms; and how to play popular songs. Classes will be held on Tuesdays at 3:15-4:00pm, beginning the week of March 20. For more information and to register, visit our website at http://hummingbirdmusicschool.com/after-school/
Arroyo Singers Coming This Spring
Do you want to sing more? Sing well? Sing correctly? The Arroyo Singers will provide you the opportunity to learn proper vocal techniques and skills and apply them to a variety of material. We’ll have fun singing everything from pop to jazz to Broadway! You’ll make new friends, develop your voice and increase your self-confidence in a positive, safe and supportive learning environment.Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30pm, in Mustang Hall, 3.20-5.23 Sign up at http://smartesancarlos.com
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 http://wizbots.com/camp.
Legarza Basketball After School Classes
Legarza Basketball After School classes are back starting March 22nd!
We offer a fast-paced fun hour of basketball with our energetic and knowledgeable coaches shortly after early release Wednesday’s at your child’s school!
Join us at Arundel, Arroyo, Brittan Acres, Heather & White Oaks
Duration: 9-classes (March 22-May 31 (off 4/12 & 4/19)
Cost: $155 (10% of proceeds go back to SCSD!)
Sign up today at http://legarzasports.org or call 415-334-3333 for more information.
5th-8th Grade Basketball Training
Is your middle school child looking to improve their fundamental skills on the court? Join us on Sundays for Legarza Basketball Middle School skills training!
We are offering 6 action packed weeks of basketball drills and clinics with our top Legarza Directors!
Training starts March 19 and runs through April 30 (off 4/19) All sessions will be held on Sundays at Tierra Linda Middle School from 5:00-6:00pm. Register today! Call 415-334-3333 or visit legarzasports.org. http://legarzasports.org
Spring is in the Air and so is Spring Break Camp
Make plans now for SMART-E’s Spring Break Camp , Tuesday – Friday, Ap 11-14, held at White Oaks. Come experience “Time Travel” SMART-E style … hold on for fun activities in Sports, Art & Crafts, Make & Build and You Chooz! Check out the SMART-E website (http://www.smartesancarlos.com) for details: Camp, Camp & Care, and daily registration.