In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- Get Us Moving San Mateo County – Transportation Survey
- Sexual Health Education Workshop March 28
- Community Partner News
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Creativity & Innovation
This week I would like to focus my message on Creativity & Innovation, which really is the spark that ignites true passion for learning and creating. The way that we define Creativity & Innovation for our students is: To share ideas courageously, pursue new paths of thinking, refine prototypes, and design innovative solutions. In order for our students do this, they need to routinely practice new approaches to thinking, problem solving, and collaboration, while fully accepting ownership of their product or solution. This also means that as educators we need to do things differently, where we become the facilitators of the learning experience, guiding the process and allowing students to develop their agency as creative problem solvers and innovators. We do this through a variety of approaches:
- Providing students with meaningful challenges or problems that do not have one specific solution, but ample opportunities to iterate and rework their ideas.
- Placing an emphasis on approaches that develop a ‘growth mindset’ towards learning, such as using failure as a learning tool and emphasizing that a specific goal or solution has not been achieved ‘yet’ but is attainable .
- Utilizing Design Thinking strategies that are learned and practiced in Design class and Makerspace.
- Engaging in Project Based Learning that requires creativity and innovation to solve the ‘driving question’.
These practices lead to the development of strong creativity and innovation skills for our students, which leads to passionate, engaged learners who continue to question and create because they are empowered to do so.
Resources about Creativity and Innovation:
- Growth Mindset
- Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity
- Creativity strategies for home and school
- NEA Guide to the Four ‘Cs’
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- March 29-30: Sutter’s Fort Field trip (Murray, Geiges, Sevilla)
- April 9-13: Spring Break, no school
- May 4: Arroyo Family Dance
Thank you for making our Emerald Starlight Gala a success!
Thank you to everyone who joined us at the Emerald Starlight Gala. We are grateful to Bob Bredel, our Diamond Gala and Exclusive Real Estate Sponsor and all of our business supporters for helping make the event possible. Thank you to everyone who joined us and for their enthusiastic high bidding for our kids!
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.
Getting Us Moving San Mateo County – Transportation Survey
Please take 5 minutes to fill out the survey linked below by Get Us Moving San Mateo County. The purpose of this survey is to better inform local government agencies how to prioritize funds for investment in transportation related projects. As a District, we work closely with various government entities to promote alternative forms of transportation like walking, biking and bussing through our Safe Route to School Program.
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.
Community Partner News
Calling all Elementary School Singers!
Come be a part of the 3rd installment of this 8-week, after school enrichment course on Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 at Tierra Linda Middle School (3/27, 4/3, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1, 5/8, 5/15, 5/22). Come join Mrs. Murphy and her 1st through 5th graders in this exciting new Elementary School Choir! Kids will enjoy learning fun music, harmonies, light choreography and vocal well-being with this award-winning choir director and vocalist. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity!
The San Carlos Chickens’ Ball Variety Show PTA’s Longest Running Fundraiser
Do you enjoy live performances full of elaborate costumes, exciting song and dance, and funny skits? Ready to see your friends on stage? Since 1940, the community of San Carlos has entertained audiences 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.
Camp Galileo and Summer Quest – June 18- August 3, 2018
CREATE SOMETHING EXTRAORDINARY THIS SUMMER. Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest location will be back at Arundel School, in partnership with SMART-E & SCSD. Camp G campers will engineer inventions like aerodynamic water rockets, slingshot cars; craft extraordinary works of art like glowing neon signs &magical, multicolor monsters. 5th-8th graders will dive deep into Robot Pet, Virtual Reality, Go-Kart Builders & more. To enroll and for financial aid info: www.galileo-camps.com.
After-School Comedy Class
Watch your child’s confidence and smile grow this spring in the hilarious San Carlos Children’s Theater class MAKE ‘EM LAUGH! Students ages 10-14 combine teamwork and imagination to develop comedy scenes without a script. They quickly learn how easy and fun it is to make an audience laugh using simple improvisation and slapstick! Classes held Mondays April 16 – May 21. Get details at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com
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!
- Local Field Trips the Week of Spring Break!
- Rock the Block: Family Fun Run and Fitness After-Party
- Kidizens Young Mayors Summer Camps 2018 – Register Today!
- KAMPARAMA SUMMER CAMP–June 18th-August 17th.
- Time to sign up for After School’s Spring Holiday camp!