In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- The Arroyo Dance
- PTA News
- SCEF News
- March Nursing Notes
- Makerspace Donations Needed
- Guitar Class at Arroyo
- Arroyo Singers Coming this Spring
- Spotlight on Camps
- Spring Break Camp
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
This week I would like to revisit the topic of homework. The School Site Council has been working together on a homework survey to find out from you how we are doing with the implementation of the new SCSD Homework Policy. We are also planning on hosting some focus groups in early April with randomly selected parents and students to help us dig in a little deeper with our questions. This feedback about the SCSD Homework Policy implementation is important for us to review as we consider our own practices at Arroyo. We also want to share your feedback with the district so that the board can consider it when they revisit the SCSD Homework Policy at the end of the school year. Please watch for the Homework Survey that will be sent to you later this week. By way of reminder (this was shared in an Eagle Eye Principal’s message back in October), the SCSD Homework Policy supports the following practices for our 4th and 5th graders:
- Students (with the assistance of their teacher) are encouraged to create personalized ‘at-home learning’ goals, which complement and deepen their in class learning experiences
- Students are encouraged to work independently or collaboratively on activities that enhance an assigned piece of writing, experiment, or project
- Students are expected to engage in daily reading, which is considered key to each child’s long-term success as a learner
- Students are expected to engage in near-daily Math practice and/or problem solving, as assigned by the teacher or further extended by the student (which might include online programs such as Khan Academy, Front Row, Xtra Math, etc.)
Here are a few more announcements:
- We are currently encouraging our students to complete a Math Problem of the Month (POM). This month’s POM is called Fractured Numbers. Last week students turned in Level A and this week they will turn in Level B and the following week they will turn in Level C. This is a voluntary challenge, which we will celebrate at the end of the month.
- And speaking of math, if you missed the Math Night for 5th grade parents, here is a link to our presentation about the math pathways at Central Middle School.
- Just some helpful reminders: All cell phones must be put away when students enter Arroyo School campus. In addition to this, we have now banned all putty, slime, gak, etc. because it is making a big mess. Please help us with these rules. Thanks!
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
4th Grade Instrument Selection Night: Tuesday, March 21 – 3:30-7:00 pm
Any 4th grader who might play an instrument next year in band or orchestra is required to attend our “Instrument Selection Night” tomorrow night. Last week, we had a special presentation on 5th grade electives and the various instruments a student could play in the 5th grade. At the end of this presentation, each student was given a packet of information about the process and various instrument choices. Please look over this information before Tuesday! The process may take a few hours, but it is an invaluable experience for students to make a solid decision for their new musical experience next year!
- BAND Instrument Selection will be held in the Central Middle School GYM.
- ORCHESTRA Instrument Selection will be held in the Orchestra Room.
Students must choose between band, orchestra, or a non-music elective by the end of the selection night. If a student does not attend or choose an instrument, they will automatically be enrolled in the non-music elective for the fall. If a student does not complete selection night on Tuesday, they are not guaranteed all of the instrument options – many of the music instrument sections will be full and unavailable.
If you have any questions, please email the music teachers!
The Arroyo Dance
The first ever Arroyo Dance is coming! Sign up with your student here. 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!
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.
Did you enjoy the Stampede & Soar this year? DId you see some areas for improvement? Please join the committee that is forming now to decide what the event will be like next year. Get your voice heard! If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
Honorary Service Awards – Who is your super hero?
Since 1935, Central Middle School has recognized parents, teachers, staff, community leaders, and organizations for their outstanding service to our schools with the Honorary Service Award. Now we are one combined PTA – Arroyo and Central so this year’s awards will be the first time we are included. We all know special people who enrich our children’s lives, provide outstanding service to Arroyo, or have made a significant contribution over the years. Please help us to honor them for their outstanding service with your nomination for an Honorary Service Award. Please email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, March 31st.
Visit this link to see previous award recipients.
We Need You to Represent our PTA on the Chickens’ Ball Steering Committee!
We need one member to join Danika Stanley in representing our PTA on the Chickens’ Ball Steering Committee. Steering meets for about an hour on the first Monday of every month. The next Steering meeting is on May 8 at 7:00, at the home of Danika Stanley, 281 Fairmont (at the corner of Pearl). Steering takes a summer break and resumes monthly meetings in September when the planning for the April, 2018, Chickens’ Ball ramps up. If you are interested in this position, please contact PTA president, Megan Miller, email@example.com. For more information contact Danika Stanley, Steering Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org
SCEF Bash At The Canyon
Don’t miss your chance to Party! Eat, Drink, Dance at the community event of the Spring: SCEF Bash at the Canyon, on Saturday, April 22nd.
Tickets are going fast. Get yours now at: www.scefkids.org/bashtickets
March Nursing Notes
Concussions! What is a concussion and why is it important to be able to identify the signs and symptoms? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sno_0Jd8GuA
The following are concussion signs and or symptoms:
- Can’t recall events prior to or after a hit or fall.
- Appears dazed or stunned.
- Forgets an instruction, is confused about an assignment or position, or is unsure of the game, score, or opponent.
- Moves clumsily.
- Answers questions slowly.
- Loses consciousness (even briefly).
- Shows mood, behavior, or personality changes.
- Headache or “pressure” in head.
- Nausea or vomiting.
- Balance problems or dizziness, or double or blurry vision.
- Bothered by light or noise.
- Feeling sluggish, hazy, foggy, or groggy.
- Confusion, or concentration or memory problems.
- Just not “feeling right,” or “feeling down”.
Children and teens who show or report one or more of the signs and symptoms listed above or simply say they just “don’t feel right” after a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or body, may have a concussion or more serious brain injury. Signs and symptoms generally show up soon after the injury. However, you may not know how serious the injury is at first and some symptoms may not show up for hours or days. For example, in the first few minutes your child or teen might be a little confused or a bit dazed, but an hour later your child might not be able to remember how he or she got hurt.
You should continue to check for signs of concussion right after the injury and a few days after the injury. If your child or teen’s concussion signs or symptoms get worse, you should take him or her to the emergency department right away.
The CDC HEADS UP Concussion and Helmet Safety app will help you learn how to spot a possible concussion and what to do if you think your child or teen has a concussion or other serious brain injury. The application also includes a 3D helmet fit feature that teaches about proper helmet fit, safety and care. (https://www.cdc.gov/headsup/resources/app.html)
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!
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 smartesancarlos.com
Spotlight on Camps
Watch your child gain confidence and creativity in a summer camp with San Carlos Children’s Theater. Camp themes include Musical Theater, Technical Theater and a two-week mini production, The Jungle Book. Kids 6-15 discover exciting new skills on and off the stage as they work with theater professionals in a creative, safe environment. Full and half-day sessions available June through August. Check summer camp details online at www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com or in the SC Parks & Rec Guide.
Spring Break Camp
SMART-E’s Spring Break Camp is coming soon, 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 for details: Camp, Camp & Care, and daily registration available.