In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- PTA News
- Healthy Cities News
- Coding, Robotics & Making Camps – LearningTech.org
- Multi-Sport Summer Camp
- Camp Edmo
Hello 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. The way that we define critical thinking for our students is: To be curious, motivated, self-reflective learners who ask thoughtful questions to deepen understanding, and ignite work worth doing. This means that critical thinking also 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 also means that as educators we need to deliver rigorous core content in very engaging and innovative ways. 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 (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.” To dig a little deeper into this, the Hewlett Foundation has identified six Deeper Learning competencies:
1) Master core academic content.
2) Think critically and solve complex problems.
3) Work collaboratively.
4) Communicate effectively.
5) Learn how to learn.
6) Develop academic mindsets- a belief in one’s ability to grow and continue to learn.
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.
Assessing Critical Thinking:
Once again, here are examples of the 5Cs learner outcomes for the 4th and 5th grade students. And here is the rubric that students utilize to reflect on their growth as learners in the areas of Critical Thinking. Another way to assess critical thinking is through a performance tasks, which are embedded in the SBAC tests or with performance-based assessments that require multi-step reasoning and writing to express thinking.
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”
- Open House is May 25th (which is also a minimum day)! We will provide a light dinner of pizza and salad from 6:30-7:15 and then get started with classroom visits at 7:15-8:00pm. We realize this is on the later side but we are accommodating (and feeding!) the families who also have Open House at WOs and BA (their Open House timing is earlier on May 25). We hope that this will allow our incoming 4th grade families to join us as well. We look forward to seeing you!
- School Site Council meeting is May 2 @ 3:30. We will be discussing all of the Home Work survey and focus group data and making recommendations for next year.
- Homework Survey Results presentations are scheduled on Weds., May 3rd @ 6:30 pm and Thursday, May 4th @ 8:45 am in the Learning Commons. Please consider joining me for one of these meetings. Please note, we will not be gathering more information at this meeting…it will be a presentation of findings and recommended next steps.
- Next week is Teacher Appreciation Week. Please consider ways to let your child’s teachers know how much you appreciate them!
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
1) DONATE TO THE SCEF ANNUAL FUND – Your donation makes a difference every day, for every child, in every classroom. We are over 60% to our goal of $2.5 million and have $1 million left to raise. Help us reach our fundraising goal so we can continue to sustain core, 21st century educational programs for all our students. Make your donation today! Go to: https://scefkids.org/donate-today/
2) STAND UP FOR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ON MAY 10 – SCEF, along with other local public school Ed foundations is participating in the “Stand Up for Public Schools” day. Donate to SCEF on May 10 and show your support for quality public school education. Donate at: https://scefkids.org/donate-today/
3) SAN CARLOS NIGHT AT THE GIANTS – June 9th is San Carlos night at AT&T park. Watch the SF Giants take on the Minnesota Twins. Tickets are available now at the San Carlos Youth Center. $50 per ticket, cash or check only. All proceeds benefit San Carlos Parks and Rec and SCEF.
4) Volunteer for SCEF – We are looking for a few good volunteers to fill our board of directors and other lead volunteer roles for next school year. Current vacancies on the board include Treasurer, VP-Volunteer Appreciation, Co-VP Marketing, and Co-VP Business Giving. We also have some non-board openings including Auction Donation Lead and Parent Party Coordinator. If you are interested in learning more about these opportunities, please contact Kathy@scefkids.org.
Mark your calendars for Monday, May 15 for Pizza at Paxti’s. A percent of the proceeds from all food purchased that day will go to the Central Arroyo PTA. Meet there for lunch with a friend or business associate, order it to go or have it delivered, watch the Giants beat the Dodgers over dinner! Come support the PTA!
We need your help planning events and programs for next year. If you are able to join one of our great volunteer teams to lead events such as the Halloween Party, the Stampede & Soar, the Arroyo Dance, etc, please contact Megan Miller at email@example.com. Grab a few friends and join us!
Participate in our rewards programs and a percentage of your purchases will automatically be donated to the Central Arroyo PTA – at no cost to you!
Healthy Cities News
On Tuesday, May 2, Healthy Cities Tutoring is going to participate in a national 24 online giving day – Give Local America Day. It’s your chance to make a difference right here in San Carlos. We hope you will join in the spirit of giving on this “Give Where You Live” day and make a donation to Healthy Cities Tutoring on May 2!
Due to the generosity of a long-time supporter, every donation to Healthy Cities Tutoring will be matched. Your donation will do double the good and will help us to match even more children with a tutor! So, mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 2 and go the Healthy Cities website to make a donation on that day that is meaningful to you. Thank you!
Coding, Robotics & Making – Learningtech.org Camps in July!
Sign up for Learningtech.org’s high tech STEAM (Science/Tech/Engineering/Arts/Math) camps. Grades 1 – 9, located at Arroyo school. Extended care available. Come explore Coding/Robotics, Maker Space, Block based coding , python with Raspberry Pi and Blinky Tapes, Special projects and more!
To register, go to www.learningtech.org/workshops/. Discounts available for San Carlos school families!
Call 650-598-0105 with questions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Multi-Sport Madness Summer Camp
Our multi-sport camp is a great way for children to have fun, be active, and learn new sports! This camp welcomes children of all skill levels ages 8-12 years. Participants will enjoy a variety of sports throughout the day including basketball, soccer, dodgeball, and capture the flag! Each week we will go on a field trip which involves staying active and having fun! Register online at www.cityofsancarlos.com/register
Questions? Contact Molly Crossfield: email@example.com
Camp EDMO: Ingenious Fun For Pre-K-8th Graders. Coming to Heather Elementary in Summer 2017!
First Time Families Save $40 off total – Use Code: FIRSTFAM4017
Kids discover awesome stuff about the world and themselves at CAMP EDMO. Weekly themes feature activities, designed in partnership with museums, universities, and industry professionals that are scientifically proven to build Curiosity, Courage & Kindness. Mix and match weekly science, art, maker, tech, and nature themes for maximum Social Emotional Learning and 21st Century skills.
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Adult Soccer Registration Now Open
- Become a Mentor in Your Community
- Peninsula Young Writers Summer Workshops 2017
- Free Practice Amps
- Susan Jackson Piano Instruction