In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- Learningtech Camp
- Multi-Sport Camp
- Adult Soccer League
- Camp Edmo
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Collaboration
This week I would like to focus my message on Collaboration, which is an essential skill for our students to develop now and continue to strengthen throughout their lives. The way that we define collaboration for our students is: To work together constructively, reflect on different perspectives, build on the ideas of others, and take responsibility for my team and myself. This means that our students need to practice various ways truly listen for understanding, offer and receive thoughtful feedback, and actively contribute to the thinking and doing that is a part of an active learning environment. This also means that as educators we need to provide opportunities for students to practice these skills, which do not occur if students are only passively listening to and learning from the teacher. Rather, students need to have many opportunities to be actively engaged in learning tasks and approaches that can at times appear messy and noisy. And, it probably goes without saying, that this is the most challenging ‘C’ to teach and develop in a classroom full of children! We do this through a variety of approaches:
- General classroom collaboration routines that are embedded into daily classroom practice, such as through establishing group norms, practicing brainstorming, problem solving, task management, and conflict management, and frequently engaging in small group problem solving opportunities (such as through design challenges, science experiments, math word problems and performance tasks).
- Use of collaborative tech tools that seamlessly allow students to work together on a shared document or presentation, such as through the Google suite of tools.
- Common Sense Media lessons, such a Digital Passport, that teach our students how to collaborate respectfully online while using very powerful social media tools.
- Design Thinking strategies that are learned and practiced in Design class and Makerspace.
- Project Based Learning that relies on all of the collaboration skills practiced throughout the day to solve the ‘driving question’ and produce meaningful, polished work.
These practices lead to the development of strong collaborative skills for our students, which will help to deepen their ability to think, communicate, problem solve and contribute to all aspects of their future lives!
And a final thought about collaboration…I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many parents who have collaborated with us through the school year. We could not have done it without you! Your effort, feedback, and support have helped to shape Arroyo School this year and for many years to come.
Resources about Collaboration:
- May 24th: PTA Meeting & Volunteer Recognition Event – 7:00pm
- May 25th: Arroyo Open House (also a minimum day). Dinner 6:30-7:15; garden tours, Art in Action in Learning Commons starting at 6:45; classroom visits 7:15-8:00pm.
- June 2nd: Arroyo Talent Show
- June 13 & 14 minimum days- Please plan accordingly!
Marie Crawford, Arroyo Principal
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.
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/
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.
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.
Coding, Robotics and Making – Learningtech.org
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.org/register
Questions? Contact Molly Crossfield: email@example.com
Adult Soccer League Registration
Gather a team or sign up as a free agent for San Carlos Parks & Recreation Summer adult soccer league! Men’s competitive and recreation is on Wednesday evenings and coed open and 35+ is on Thursday evenings. Season starts on June 7th and is 9 weeks long! Registration deadline is Friday, May 26th! For more information or to register visit www.quickscores.com/cityofsancarlos
Questions? Contact Molly Crossfield: firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.802.4124
Camp Edmo at Heather Elementary this Summer
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:
- Become a Mentor – ConnectSHS
- Susan Jackson Piano
- Peninsula Young Writers Summer Workshops
- Disaster Preparedness Day at the San Mateo Fair