In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- Band and Orchestra Instrument Selection Night
- Free Lunchtime Soccer
- Sexual Health Education Workshop March 28
- SMART-E Enrichment Classes
- Register for Spring Sports Now
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
As we welcome half of our pioneer 4th graders back to school, it seem appropriate to focus our attention on collaboration, since the success of the Sutter’s Fort field trip was largely due to the collaboration modeled by the adults (THANK YOU PARENTS!!!) and practiced by the students (WELL DONE!). We definitely learned about the hardships that weather played in the lives of our pioneer ancestors. I think we are all very happy to be back in our warm and cozy lives in 2018!
Focusing on Collaboration
This week we focus on Collaboration, which is an essential skill for our students to develop now and continue to strengthen throughout their lives. The way that we define collaboration for our students is: To work together constructively, reflect on different perspectives, build on the ideas of others, and take responsibility for my team and myself. This means that our students need to practice various ways truly listen for understanding, offer and receive thoughtful feedback, and actively contribute to the thinking and doing that is a part of an active learning environment. This also means that as educators we need to provide opportunities for students to practice these skills, which do not occur if students are only passively listening to and learning from the teacher. Rather, students need to have many opportunities to be actively engaged in learning tasks and approaches that can at times appear messy and noisy. And, it probably goes without saying, that this is the most challenging ‘C’ to teach and develop in a classroom full of children! We do this through a variety of approaches:
- General classroom collaboration routines that are embedded into daily classroom practice, such as through establishing group norms, practicing brainstorming, problem solving, task management, and conflict management, and frequently engaging in small group problem solving opportunities (such as through design challenges, science experiments, math word problems and performance tasks).
- Use of collaborative tech tools that seamlessly allow students to work together on a shared document or presentation, such as through the Google suite of tools.
- Common Sense Media lessons, such a Digital Passport, that teach our students how to collaborate respectfully online while using very powerful social media tools.
- Design Thinking strategies that are learned and practiced in Design class and Makerspace.
- Project Based Learning that relies on all of the collaboration skills practiced throughout the day to solve the ‘driving question’ and produce meaningful, polished work.
These practices lead to the development of strong collaborative skills for our students, which will help to deepen their ability to think, communicate, problem solve and contribute to all aspects of their future lives!
Resource Links about Collaboration:
- Collaboration Strategies for Home and School
- Why Teaching Collaboration Matters
- NEA Guide to the Four ‘Cs’
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- March 24: SCEF Starlight Gala
- March 29-30: Sutter’s Fort Field trip (Murray, Geiges, Sevilla)
- April 9-13: Spring Break, no school
- May 4: Arroyo Family Dance
Band and Orchestra Instrument Selection Night – Tuesday 3/20
Fourth grade 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.
Free Lunchtime Soccer Program Starts March 19
SCSD is partnering with San Carlos United Soccer to host free soccer activities during lunchtime once a week at our schools. These activities will take place as part of our regularly scheduled lunch recess and all students are welcome to participate. Please contact SCU Coach Mario Rossetti email@example.com or your school principal if you have any questions. Thanks so much to SCU for donating their time so our kids can play!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or at the Emerald Starlight Gala.
More information and full list of Lucky-On-Live prizes can be found here:
Thank You SCEF Online Auction 2018 Donors and Participants
Many thanks to our teachers, staff and small business owners for their donation of time and items for the recently concluded online auction. Thank You also to all the wonderful participants who made the auction a success!
Avoid May Madness…Don’t Delay, Donate Today!
SCEF is almost halfway to our goal of raising $2,500,000 for San Carlos public school students. Please visit scefkids.org/donate to make a tax-deductible gift supporting our kids. Remember, corporate matching gifts are a great way to extend your donation. See the Double The Donation box at top of our donation page for more information.
Sexual Health Education Workshop March 28
Please join us for a parent education event with Health Connected on Wednesday, March 28 from 6:30pm-8:30pm in the SCSD Board Room. The event is free, but we request that you RSVP here: http://evite.me/haFKWZxRWd
This will be an adult-only, interactive, workshop-style event with Health Connected to find out more about the sexual health programs taught in school in 5th-8th grades. We will learn about the California Healthy Youth Act, which guides important content, lessons and activities, the approach of Health Connected and associated curriculum, and ways to engage your student in conversations at home. This is an opportunity to gain more understanding of the rationale behind sexual health and relationships education, as well as an opportunity to have your questions answered.
SMART-E Spring Enrichment Classes
SPRING 2018 SMART-E ENRICHMENT CLASSES begin NEXT week, March 26-30, and continue through the week of May 14th. Classes vary this session, so please check the class description for exact dates. There is still space available for some classes. Call the SMART-E Business Office at 590.5966 if you have questions, or the SMART-E website, www.smartesancarlos.com.
Register for Spring Sports Now
Please use the DISTRICT LINK https://www.scsdsports.org to register for upcoming Spring Sports. There is a section for each season and a separate page with information regarding each sport. You must register prior to tryouts. We will be posting tryout dates soon. Call 415-334-3333 or email email@example.com with any questions.
Fun Summer Camp: Arts & Crafts and Yoga
July 30 – August 3, 2018. Week long summer camp with creative art projects and yoga. 9 am – 1pm. Ages 5-10. Location: White Oaks Elementary school. This camp offers a fun, positive, and supportive environment. Taught by certified Children’s Yoga Instructor.
- $225 residents $245 non-residents
For more questions please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Summer Auditions Coming Up
Spend an exciting summer on stage with San Carlos Children’s Theater! Registration is now open for SCCT summer musical auditions. No prior experience is needed. SCCT strives to cast all actors who are able to meet rehearsal and performance calendar requirements. Audition Dates: HONK JR (Ages 8-14) May 3 & 4. SISTER ACT (High School) April 18 & 19. Pre-registration is required to audition. Get complete details at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.
PTA’s Longest Running Fundraiser – San Carlos Chickens Ball Variety Show
Since 1940, the community of San Carlos has entertained audiences with skits, singing, dancing, and a dazzling finale all to support 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 Monday-Thursday 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Community posts are not sponsored by SCSD. Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Riley Run 2018 – Time to Register!
- Rock the Block: Family Fun Run and Fitness After-Party
- Spring Break Art Camp & Classes is April 9 – 13 at Create Mix and Mingle!
- Register today for Summer at Stanford with Camp Cardinal!
- KAMPARAMA SUMMER CAMP–June 18th-August 17th
- Fun-Filled Spring Holiday Camp by After School!