In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- PTA News
- Legarza Update
- Healthy Cities Celebrates Volunteers
- Theater Camp
- Run Theater Lights & Sound
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Communication
Over the past couple of weeks I have been sharing a lot about 5Cs. I started with Critical Thinking and it’s connection to the Common Core Standards. This week I would like to focus on Communication, which works in tandem with Critical Thinking and is one of the ways that we can evaluate how our students are developing as deep thinkers and problem solvers. The way that we define communication for our students is: To share ideas clearly and constructively, consider other ideas and perspectives, and seek mutual understanding. This means that our students need to practice various ways to get and give feedback, grapple with ideas, debate & discuss, and routinely capture their ideas in writing. This also means that as educators we need to provide many opportunities for students to express their thinking through talking and writing. This is done through a variety of approaches:
- General classroom communication routines that are embedded into daily classroom practice, such as Think-Pair-Share, Academic Conversations, small group and whole class discussion time.
- Specific communication routines that are built into core content such as peer feedback and editing during Writers Workshop, book club discussions during Readers Workshop, and Number Talks or small group discussions built into Math.
- Second Step and Project Cornerstone lessons that support our students ability to talk and listen to each other in clear, respectful and deliberate ways.
- Project Based Learning that encourages deep levels of communication to grapple with ways to respond to the ‘driving question’ and utilize the communication skills that have been practiced throughout the day.
These practices lead to the development of strong academic and social communication skills for our students, which will help to deepen their ability to think and express themselves more clearly.
Here are examples of the 5Cs learner outcomes for the 4th and 5th grade students. And here is the 4-5 Communication rubric (download to view properly) that students use. Other ways to assess communication are through through oral presentations/demonstrations, as well as written performance tasks, such as those embedded in the SBAC tests or the district on-demand writing assessment.
Resources about Communication:
- Conversation tips and strategies for kids: https://www.edutopia.org/blog/teaching-your-students-conversation-allen-mendler
- Teachers College Reading and Writing Project: http://readingandwritingproject.org/
NEA Guide to the Four ‘Cs’: http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/A-Guide-to-Four-Cs.pdf
- May 15th: Arroyo Family Night Out @ Paxti’s
- May 20th: Hometown Days Parade (watch our students play in the CMS band!)
- May 24th: PTA Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event – 7:00pm
- May 25th: Arroyo Open House (also a minimum day). Dinner, garden tours 6:30-7:15; classroom visits 7:15-8:00pm.
- June 2nd: Arroyo Talent Show
- June 13 & 14 minimum days- Please plan accordingly!
- POM: Wheel Shop Answer Key!
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
DONATE TO THE SCEF ANNUAL FUND – While some improvements have been made, funding for California public schools is inadequate to meet the needs of our students. According to the Quality Counts 2016 Report comparing states, California earned a “D” in school funding and ranks 41st out of the 50 states when it comes to school finance and overall state grade.
For many years, SCEF has raised the funds that bridge the gap between shrinking state funding and the true cost of providing an outstanding educational experience for our children, including Library and Literacy programs, Performing Arts, Health & Wellness, Field Trips, Middle School Electives, School Site Principal Funds, Technology (computers, applications, infrastructure, tech associates) and more.
With your support, SCEF has grown each year and supported our schools so that they remain among the best and highest achieving in the entire state of California.
Please donate what you can to our Annual Fund. Our suggested donation is $1,200 per student, but all gifts–large or small–will help us reach our goal. Donate nowhttps://scefkids.org/donate-today/.
Bianchini’s Shopping Day – May 18th – Support SCEF by shopping at Bianchini’s Market. Visit the SCEF tent between 12-5pm for more information.
SCEF Celebrates Music – May 19th – Kick off Hometown Days listening to our award-winning student musicians.For more information, go to: http://www.sancarloshometowndays.com/scef-concert/
SCEF 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.
SCEF Celebrates Music with Concert in the Park, Friday May, 19
San Carlos Hometown Days would like to thank the San Carlos Education Foundation for supporting our schools! Let’s celebrate music with a concert in the park to begin a weekend full of fun! See you at the permanent stage at Burton Park Friday, May 19, 2017 from 5:00-7:30 p.m.
Local food trucks (Jubilee Creamery, Hungry Kong, El Super Taco) will be on hand so bring an appetite! You can also bring a picnic. Come sit out on chairs or blankets and enjoy the talents of your kids!
Your transactions this year have brought terrific earnings (almost $5K so far) from eScrip and Amazon – directly benefitting the Central Arroyo PTA! These rewards helped fund programs such as Art-In-Action, the Halloween Party, and more. Please help us continue to earn for our school – now and over summer break! Remember: there is no cost to register, it’s simple and safe, and any of the below links can be shared with friends/family!
** Special Note: Be sure to BOOKMARK these sites below! Amazon has an updated Arroyo Central website now in production! **
- Amazon: **Website Address Change** Be sure to use this new site, and bookmark our unique Amazon-CMS Arroyo shopping address: Central/Arroyo Amazon
- Schoola: Donate your clothing! Our PTA will receive 40% of the proceeds from selling your gently used women’s and children’s clothes. Request a bag to be mailed to you (postage paid FREE) Request a bag
- eScrip Grocery & Dining: Participating stores and restaurants contribute a percentage of purchases to our PTA! Go to: http://www.escrip.com/, enter Central Middle School PTA, then input credit and debit card information, phone numbers!
eScrip Online Mall: Apple.com, Hotels.com, Nordstrom, Barnes & Noble, and more will earn for our PTA! Once enrolled in eScrip, click on Online Mall, or click here: https://shopping.escrip.com.
For more information, please visit our page: http://arroyoschool.org/parents/ways-you-can-help
Family Night Out – Today is PIZZA DAY!!! Eat today/tonight at Paxti’s and a percent of the proceeds from all food purchased 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 Dodger over dinner! Come support the PTA!
Staff Appreciation – A big thank you to Kristen Haithcox and Kerry Roark and everyone who contributed to appreciating our Arroyo teachers. It was a terrific Staff Appreciation week.
Volunteer Recognition Event – We love our volunteers and you deserve to be celebrated, too. We appreciate all of our volunteers – thank you for dedicating your time to benefit our children, whether one hour or many hours, you are very special to us. Join us at the PTA meeting on Wednesday, May 24th at 7pm in the Library for this recognition.
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!
Legarza May Update
Throughout the month of May, Arroyo’s Legarza PE coaches will proceed to Unit 3: Kicking and Footwork. Legarza coaches will be teaching Arroyo’s students how to:
|Skill Development||Child Development|
|1. Kick and control a ball||1. Identify the key elements for increasing accuracy in kicking/controlling a bar|
|2. Dribble and trap balls with one’s feet||2. Identify the key differences between dribbling a ball with one’s feet vs. one’s hands|
|3. Differentiate and move within general and personal space||3. Describe how changing speed/direction allows one person to move away from another|
|4. Develop the skills to master a loft kick and a power kick||4. Identify the body’s normal reactions to moderate to vigorous physical activity|
These skills will be reinforced with fun and engaging games, including Ultimate Kickball, Spaceship Tag, and Soccer. We will be rounding off every PE class with a Health Huddle. Our May Health Huddles teach how to limit screen time to 2 hours or less per day, promote brain health, and set summer health goals. In addition, they teach students about sun safety, and the importance of:
- Feeding the brain (eating breakfast, maintaining a balanced diet, etc.)
- Moving the brain (playing board games, reading books, hiking, etc.),
- Protecting the brain (wearing a helmet, avoiding drugs, avoiding smoking, etc.)
Healthy Cities Tutoring Celebrates Volunteers!
On Wednesday, May 17 Healthy Cities Tutoring will honor the 350 volunteers who have provided one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for students in our schools this year.
The event will be at 6:00 pm at San Carlos City Hall in Council Chambers, 600 Elm Street. Tutors, students, families, teachers, principals and members of the whole community are invited to share in honoring the volunteers who support our kids.
Speakers include Mayor, Bob Grassilli, School Board President, Nicole Bergeron, Principal Steven Kaufman and parents and students who have been part of the program. Hope you can join us! To RSVP email here.
Theater Camp for Ages 5-10
Watch your child gain confidence and creativity in Musical Theater Camp with San Carlos Children’s Theater! Kids 5-10 discover exciting new skills on and off the stage as they work with theater professionals in a fun, safe environment. Our special half-day camp runs June 19-30 from 9 am-12 pm, leaving plenty of afternoon time for other summer activities. Each camp week wraps up with a presentation for friends/family! Get details online at www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com.
Run Theater Lights & Sound
Kids 10-15 learn how to run theater lights, sound, and special effects in this summer’s StageCraft Camp with San Carlos Children’s Theater! Campers receive hands-on training programming equipment, designing/building sets, and creating cool theater effects. During the last few days, campers get real-show experience working as stage crew on the mini musical “The Jungle Book KIDS.” Camp runs July 24-Aug. 4. Read complete details: www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- 14th Annual Ryan Phua Memorial Kids’ Ride
- San Carlos AYSO – Fall 2017 Registration