In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF Bash at The Canyon
- First Annual Arroyo Used Book Fair
- School Accountability Report Card
- Ability Awareness Week is March 13-17
- The Ride Blind Racing Movie and Motivational Speaker Bobby McMullen
- Call for Diapers/Baby Clothes
- Arroyo Singers Coming This Spring
- Makerspace Donations Needed
- 5Cs and PBL
- What’s Happening at Legarza PE
- News from Healthy Cities Tutoring
- Catch Some Pirate Fun
- Spring is in the Air and so is Spring Break Camp
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
We are all working on polishing our persuasive techniques and supporting our opinions with evidence during writing time at Arroyo! This month our 4th and 5th graders will be assessed in their ability to write persuasively to an opinion prompt. We know that the ability to assert an opinion and back it up with convincing evidence is an essential and powerful skill.
Proficient writing includes stating a claim and convincing the reader with well-supported reasons and evidence. At 4th and 5th grades this includes the following:
- Introduce the topic.
- State an opinion and help the reader understand.
- Create an organizational structure that lists reasons and includes multiple paragraphs
- Provide 3 or more reasons with details that support the opinion, and explain why readers should agree, while also providing counter arguments.
- Use linking words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition to, consequently, specifically) to connect opinion and reasons.
- Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion stated
- Use tools to correct spelling and edit before the final draft
- Use quotation marks and commas in dialogue. Punctuate sentences correctly.
Later this month, teachers from all district elementary schools will collaborate about writing instruction. We will examine writing samples, using a rubric to identify areas where students used effective strategies and where they need to continue to grow. While these writing pieces represent data from a single opportunity, they give teachers good feedback about their students’ progress, and next steps to support their students’ communication skills.
And on a related note, please consider supporting our Arroyo Used Book Fair this week (more information listed below). Exposing our children to a wide variety of books and writing styles can be very supportive as they develop their own writer’s voice. We have some really great, gently used books at bargain prices. Come for our Arroyo Lunch Meet Up at 1:10 on Wednesday, pick up a few books at the Used Book Fair in the library, then connect with friends out at the picnic tables. What a fun Wednesday afternoon!
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
SCEF Bash at The Canyon
We have a new, fun filled community event this year: SCEF Bash At The Canyon!
More information and tickets available now at: http://www.scefkids.org/bashtickets.
First Annual Arroyo Used Book Fair
Don’t let your student miss this opportunity to add to his or her reading collection. Come to the student-run Used Book Fair, in the library, Wednesday, March 8th, 1:10-1:45pm; Thursday, March 9th, from 8:00-8:30 am or Thursday, during lunch from 12:00-12:40pm.
All books will be priced between $1-$3. Children may come with a parent or on their own. Students from the Used Book Fair committee will decide where the funds will best be used at Arroyo. Spread the gift of reading!
The School Accountability Report Card Posted
The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is an annual required report to the State Board of Education regarding student achievement, environment, resources, and demographics. To view the SACR for your school in 2015-2016 that was published during the 2016-2017 school year, visit http://arroyoschool.org/our-school. To view all the SACR’s visit the district’s website.
Ability Awareness Week is 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!
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.
- Thursday, March 16, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
- Location CHANGE : Brittan Acres Elementary School MUR, 2000 Belle Ave, San Carlos
- Film // 55 minutes // Q & A
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. 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
What’s Happening in Legarza PE?
Throughout the month of March, Arroyo’s Legarza PE coaches will finish covering Unit 1: Body Movement and Control. The rain set us back a bit in our curriculum, and as a result, Arroyo will continue working through Unit 1 for this month. Legarza coaches will be teaching Arroyo’s students how to:
|Skill Development||Child Development|
|1. Use proper running techniques||1. Develop gross motor and locomotor skills|
|2. Start, stop, and pivot||2. Demonstrate contrasts between slow and fast speeds while using locomotor skills|
|3. Change direction quickly and efficiently||3. Identify/use personal space, general space, and boundaries and discuss why they’re important|
|4. Learn the proper, controlled jumping form||4. Identify the locomotor skills of jumping|
These skills are reinforced with fun and engaging games, including Capture the Flag, Dot Tag, and Fitness Obstacle Courses. We round off every PE class with a Health Huddle. In fact, March is National Nutrition Month! Our March Health Huddles teach students to become more cognizant of the ways food companies advertise to youth. In addition, they teach students what to consider when reading food labels, and what to consider when choosing nutritious snacks and drinks for physical activity. Check out the following link provided by the Sequoia Healthcare District to learn more about food labels: Kids Health: Food Labels.
News from Healthy Cities Tutoring
Healthy Cities Tutoring Workshop: “How to Support Your Student in Math” on Tuesday, March 7.
Please join us on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 for a workshop on helping your student in math. Parents and Healthy Cities tutors are all welcome!
What will be covered? Guidelines on working with students in math (both elementary and middle school), plus resources, tools and strategies for teaching math. The workshop will be led by an SCSD 4th grade teacher and a middle school math teacher.
Where: Central Middle School Library
Time: 7:00-8:30 pm
IN ADDITION, WE ARE OFFERING A TUTOR INFORMATION SESSION for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer with Healthy Cities Tutoring. This session precedes the math training and is being held from 6:15-7:00 pm, also at Central Middle School. Hope you can join us and help us support more children on our waiting lists.
Any questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 508-7327.
Catch Some Pirate Fun
Walk the plank into some zany pirate fun this weekend as San Carlos Children’s Theater presents THE FEARSOME PIRATE FRANK a comedy filled with pirates, zombies & mermaids. Based in Shakespearean Times but with plenty of pop culture twists, the show follows a teen heartthrob and his primadonna co-star as they’re kidnapped by real pirates during a pirate play. The cast quickly goes from stardom to servitude and you’re along for the hilarious ride. Get tickets: http://www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com
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 for details: Camp, Camp & Care, and daily registration.
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Camp EDMO: Ingenious Fun for PreK-8th Graders
- Spring Camp Registration is Open
- After School’s Spring Break Program
- After School’s Kamparama Summer Camp 2017
- Art in Action Gala
- Free Math Trial Class
- Kidizens Summer Camps Registration Now Open