In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- PTA News
- LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meets This Week
- SCEF News
- Walk & Roll to School Day – May 9
- Healthy Cities Volunteer Reception- May 15
- SAMTRAMS Summer Youth Passes
Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
This week is teacher appreciation week! The actual day is Tuesday, but the whole week is a time to celebrate our teaching staff. Please find ways to let our teachers know how much your appreciate them! We will also move into our statewide SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) testing, which evaluates our students’ mastery of the Common Core grade level standards. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a unique set of standards that were backwards planned from the high school exit standards to be ‘college and career ready’ all the way down to kindergarten. So, as you look at the standards (ELA standards, Math Standards), you notice that they continue to build in a very organized, clear, and consistent way all the way up through high school.
One thing that is important to know about the SBAC test is that it is administered on the computer (we have been testing on computers for the last few years now). Gone are the days of bubbling scantron sheets! This shift to using computers for this test allows us to look a little deeper into what students know and can do. For example, although there are multiple choice questions on this assessment, these questions require more focus and attention from the students (beyond just choosing an answer) because they are asked to highlight, drag and drop, and manipulate or compute before they choose their answer. In other words, it’s harder to just guess and bubble in random answers. In addition to this, the test is adaptive, which means that as students answer correctly the test will get more difficult. This is done to really try to pinpoint student strengths and areas of challenge. The SBAC also includes performance tasks in both math and language arts. Both require students to demonstrate their critical thinking skills, supported by evidence, to respond to the specific task. All in all, our students will be working hard over the next three weeks!
Here are some ways that you can help your children prepare for the assessment period:
- Make sure that they get enough sleep!
- Give them a healthy breakfast and pack extra snacks (protein snacks can help them stay more focused!)
- Encourage a Growth Mindset and remind your child that when the test gets challenging it means they are working hard and doing well!
- Have fun family time in the evenings and encourage outdoor play in the afternoons
- Practice mindfulness to help calm nerves and center selves (ask your child about this)
- Remind your child that they are so much more than the results of a test…let them know that you love them for the wonderful, multi-faceted young people that they are. No test can ever measure what makes them the incredibly special, unique individuals whom we all love so much.
Upcoming Dates to Keep in Mind:
- May 7-25: SBAC Testing window
- May 8: Teacher Appreciation Day!
- May 12th: Arroyo Garden Seedling Sale
- May 16th: SCEF DAY please show your support!
- May 19th: Hometown Days Parade (watch our 5th graders play in the CMS band!
- May 30: Open House (5:00-6:15pm @ Arroyo)
- June 8: Student Talent Show (6:00pm in Mustang Hall)
- June 14: Last Day of School
Project Wee Care
Arroyo School is collaborating with Project Wee Care, a program under Samaritan House of San Mateo this month of May!
We need your help collecting baby items: diapers, baby food, formula, and wipes. Drop any donation item into one of 3 blue Samaritan House barrels on campus (inside the school office, learning commons, and library) by Friday, May 18.
Project Wee Care will come by on Monday, May 21 to take these barrels away to distribute to families in need!
Arroyo Parent Child Dance
We had a great turnout Friday for the Arroyo Dance – Night of the Stars — with close to 200 attendees. A big thank you to those volunteers who jumped in to help with setup, staffing and post-event clean up and a huge thank you to Erica Pompen and Joyce Romeo for making the dance possible!
LCAP Parent Advisory Committee Meets This Week
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 serves in an advisory role to inform the development of the next three-year LCAP, and we hope you will engage in the process.
PAC meetings are coming up 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.
- May 10, 2018 from 9:30-10:30 am (Note: This is a new date.)
- May 15, 2018 from 1:00-2:00 pm
How To Get Involved
- Review resources from the California PTA
- 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!
Get ready for our next party!
Revel at Devils, featuring live music by Tainted love is on May 12! Don’t miss this fun party. Tickets on sale now at: www.scefkids.org/events
We need volunteers to help make the event a success. Sign up here http://signup.com/go/AFVwPkF.
San Carlos night at SF Giants
Join SCEF and your neighbors for San Carlos Night at SF Giants on Saturday June 2, 2018, at 7pm vs. Philadelphia Phillies. Tickets are $50 each (cash or check only) and available at San Carlos Parks & Recreation office, 2nd floor of City Hall from 10a-4p Monday through Friday. You can also buy your tickets at Revel @ Devils on May 12th or at SCEF Celebrates Music on May 18th. All proceeds benefit SCEF and San Carlos Parks & Rec.
A few spots remain for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants on June 2. Must be available for the May 16th rehearsal.
To purchase Anthem spots go to: https://ggo.mobi/r/index.php?sl=scefkids2018&s=&cat=reset&strt=50
Avoid May Madness
Visit www.scefkids.org/donate to make a gift today to ensure key programs are available next school year. If your employer offers matching gifts, please take the time to apply now. It can take up to 10 weeks for these donations to make it to SCEF. Thank you.
This is your chance to win 2 Hamilton Tickets and a one night stay in San Francisco for $50! The winning ticket will be drawn and winner announced on Friday May 18, 2018 at SCEF’s Music In The Park. Only 350 tickets will be sold. You need not be present to win. Learn how at: www.scefkids.org/hamilton.
Walk and Roll to School Day – Wednesday, 5/9
Wednesday, May 9th is National Bike to School Day. On this day students and staff will be showing their support for active transportation by choosing to walk, pedal, or scoot their way to class. Prizes will be available for those who commute to school in any means other than a single occupancy vehicle.
For more information on safety and preferred routes see link: https://tinyurl.com/ycrvjlwl
Healthy Cities Volunteer Recognition Reception May 15
Please join us on Tuesday, May 15 at 6:00 pm for the 22nd annual Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Recognition Reception. We will be honoring the four hundred volunteers who have been providing one-on-one tutoring and mentoring for over 460 students at 12 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City this school year.
All are welcome! Tutors, students, parents, teacher, principals and the whole community are invited to honor and celebrate our dedicated volunteers. Highlights of the evening include:
- Guest speakers from our tutoring community.
- Milestone anniversary recognition of 5, 10, 15 and 20 years of service will be presented to 27 of our dedicated tutors.
- For the first time in our history, six high school seniors will be awarded scholarships in recognition of their years of service as Healthy Cities tutors and reflecting their long term commitment to community service.
We hope you can join us as we celebrate volunteerism in our community! To RSVP, Click Here.
San Carlos Adult Community Center, 601 Chestnut Street
- Tuesday, May 15th at 6pm
- Refreshments immediately following.
Community Partner News
SAMTRAMS Summer Youth Passes
Summer is almost here! The 2018 SamTrans Summer Youth Pass goes on sale May 21 and we’re reaching out to schools and other partners to help us spread the word about this heavily discounted pass. The pass is only $40 and is good for unlimited rides on any SamTrans route for kids 18 years and younger from June 1 through Aug. 31, a significant savings compared to purchasing a Monthly Youth Pass for $27 every month.
The Summer Youth Pass allows kids to be independent with safe and affordable transportation all summer long. Details about this year’s Summer Youth Pass are online at www.samtrans.com/syp. SYP passes will be sold online starting May 21.