In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- PTA News
- SCEF News
- LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
- 5th Grade Sports
- 2018-19 Smart-E
- Healthy Cities Tutoring
- Community Partner News
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Critical Thinking
Last week I shared information about the ‘5Cs’ as an overview. This week I would like to delve into Critical Thinking, which I believe is one of the most powerful ‘Cs’ that we teach and develop in our students. The reason that it is so important is that it relies on the other ‘Cs’ (Communication, Creativity, Collaboration and also Citizenship/ Stewardship) in order to be really effective. Critical thinking requires students to have ownership of their learning, which includes monitoring what they have mastered and what they have not yet mastered, while receiving guidance and feedback as they learn and grow at their optimal pace. This is done through a variety of approaches:
- Core content delivered in differentiated and/or personalized ways, such as through Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, and small group/differentiated math instruction;
- Development of core competencies such as interpersonal skills (through SEL lessons), oral and written communication skills, effective collaboration skills, and creative problem-solving skills (through design challenges, makerspace projects, or extended problem solving, such as Math Problem of the Month);
- Project Based Learning that is designed to delve deeply into an inquiry question and utilize the skills that have been learned during ‘content delivery’ and through ‘core competency work’.
These practices lead to what is called ‘Deeper Learning’, which is defined by the Alliance for Excellent Educations as “the delivery of rich core content to students in innovative ways that allow them to learn and then apply what they have learned.”
As we look to the future for our children, the job market will increasingly require workers to have strong problem solving and critical thinking skills that cannot be automated by a computer or robot. Additionally, our children will be faced with problems that require collaborative and innovative ways to solve them. It is our goal to develop these critical thinking and creative problem solving skills so that our students are prepared not only for college and career, but also for an engaged and responsible civic life.
Resources about Critical Thinking/ Deeper Learning
- Great website to describe Deeper Learning: http://deeperlearning4all.org/about-deeper-learning
- White paper about Deeper Learning: http://www.hewlett.org/library/deeper-learning-for-every-student-every-day/
- Getting Smart released an great infographic about Deeper Learning, “Deeper Learning Making Every Student & Teacher a Superhero, Every Day”
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- March 12-16: Ability Awareness Week
- 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)
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
Upcoming Events & Next Year – Parent Child Dance on May 4th and the Talent Show (year end). Hope to see you all there! 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 email@example.com.
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! Contact us for questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
The SCEF Marketplace is now open!
Visit https://scefkids2018.ggo.mobi for great deals with Fixed/Buy-It-Now prices. Available items include:
- Sing National Anthem at SF Giants game (6/2/18)
- Summer Camps
- Family Outings
- Also, preview our popular Parent Parties!
Our very popular Lucky-On-Live tickets are available now!
For only $100 per ticket ($500 for six) you get the chance to win 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: http://scefkids.org/lol2018
SCEF Sponsor Appreciation
Our business sponsors show extraordinary commitment to keeping our San Carlos public schools strong for all our students. SCEF is grateful for their support.
- Diamond Sponsor and exclusive Real Estate Sponsor of SCEF: Bob Bredel
- Platinum Sponsors: Wells Fargo Bank, Windy Hill Property Ventures
- Gold Sponsors: Absolute Electrical-Mobile Bidding Sponsor, Bolar Painting, County Consumer Plumbing*, Egan Plumbing*, Lyngso Garden Materials, PG&E, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Tavarez Orthodontics, LT & Associates
*Joining us NEW this year-THANK YOU for the support.
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee
Annually, our school district develops an improvement plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We are committed to engaging parents as an essential voice in our goal-setting process. Representatives from each school formed the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC will serve in an advisory role to inform the development of the next three-year LCAP, and we hope you will engage in the process.
The PAC is scheduled to meet on the following dates in the SCSD District Office Board Room, 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9 in San Carlos. All meetings are open to the school community.
- March 23, 2018 from 10:30-11:30 am
- April 24, 2018 from 6:30-7:30 pm
- May 15, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm
How To Get Involved
- Get to know our goals. View the simplified 2017-2018 LCAP here or the full text here.
- Review resources from the California PTA here
- Attend a Site Council meeting at your school
- Reach out to your school principal
- Attend a PAC meeting
- Attend a School Board meeting. Once we gather input and finalize our plan, we will share our LCAP at public hearing in June.
- Annually, complete our strategic plan survey. Thank you to the families who completed this year’s survey!
5th Grade Spring Sports Starting Soon!
Registration: MUST pre-register online before attending tryouts or first practice. Spots are limited for certain teams.
Sports Offered: Track & Field (co-ed), Boys Volleyball (TLC/CMS Combo team), Boys Soccer (TLC/CMS Combo team), Girls Soccer, Tennis (5th-8th grade co-ed) & 5th Grade Basketball
Tryouts/Practices: Start mid/end of March (dates/times still TBD)
Visit www.scsdsports.org to register and for more information
2018-2019 SMART-E Registration and Enrollment Discussion
The SMART-E Program is proposing modifications to their registration process, enrollment capacity and fee structure for care services in the 2018-2019 school year. The community is invited to attend the SCSD School Board meeting on March 8, 2018 at 6:45 pm (District Office Board Room at 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B) to hear the continuing discussion regarding plans for the 2018-2019 school year.
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 email@example.com or call (650) 508-7327.
Community Partner News
Smart-E Spring Enrichment Classes
Enrollment for SMART-E Spring 2018 ENRICHMENT CLASSES is open. Classes begin the week of March 26 and generally go through the week of May 14, 2018. Most classes are 7 weeks and have various ‘skip days’ due to holidays and availability. Please check the dates carefully for each class. Don’t miss out on classes like Legos, Mine Craft, Choir and Cooking! To view the class catalogue go to www.smartesancarlos.com. Questions? Call the SMART-E Business Office at 650.590.5966.
Ability Awareness Week Movie Night: WONDER
Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. in Heather MUR. Cost: FREE. 113 minutes. Rated PG. Ages 8+. Food will be available for purchase in the concession area starting at 6:00 p.m.. Most items are $1. Please note: While this is not a drop-off event, feel free to coordinate with other families to share child care. *Proceeds from concession sales help support movie licensing fees and other school events. Volunteer here www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0A45AAA823A31-movie
Thank you HEATHER PTA from SEDAC!
Laugh with Snow White
Hear the tale of Snow White as it’s never been told before as San Carlos Children’s Theater presents “The Snow White Variety Show” 3/9-3/18. All the fun of every TV show genre is jam-packed into this wild TV show spoof! The audience becomes the live studio audience on a silly fairytale talk show where the 7 dwarfs tell a unique version of the famous Snow White story while the TV show’s wacky “Fairytale Players” bring it to life with hilarious new twists! Tix: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com
Rock Band Summer Camp with Hummingbird Music School is returning this summer!
EXPLORE THE WORLD OF MUSIC AT ROCK BAND CAMP. Campers are immersed in live music and performance, experiencing what it’s like to be in a rock band with fellow musicians and bandmates. Campers together form a band, attend daily band rehearsals, participate in music workshops, and perform with their band in a live showcase at the end of the week. All levels welcome! Sessions: July 16-20 and July 30-August 3 at Arroyo School in partnership with SMART-E. http://hummingbirdmusicschool.com/summer-camp
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Spring Vacation Camp
- Skyhawks Summer Sports Camps
- Science Action Club: Bug Safari
- 2018 Peninsula Young Writers Summer Workshops–Enroll now!
- Robotics Workshop
- Writing Classes for Elementary and Middle School Students
- Voter’s Choice