In This Issue
- Principal’s Message
- SCEF News
- PTA News
- Eighth Grade Promotion
- Hometown Days
- Public Speaking, Debates & Personal Finance Camps
- Coding, Robotics & Making
- Middle School Dance
Hello Parents and Guardians,
Focusing on Critical Thinking through Common Core Standards
Last week I shared information about Critical Thinking, and I will stay on this ‘C’ for this week as we 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 high school all the way down to kindergarten. So, as you look at the standards, you notice that they continue to build in a very organized, clear, and consistent way all the way up through high school. And within these rigorous standards, critical thinking is embedded throughout.
English Language Arts/Literacy Standards
The English Language Arts/ Literacy standards were developed to prepare students to be able to read, write, speak, listen, and use language effectively in a variety of content areas so that they have the literacy skills to be successful across multiple disciplines in their future college and career paths. The CCSS include critical-thinking, problem solving and analytical skills within the grade level standards, while also strengthening the ability to closely and attentively read texts and write increasingly sophisticated opinion, narrative, and informative/explanatory writing pieces. Here is a link to the English Language Arts (ELA) standards. We work on some combination of these standards every day through Readers Workshop, Writers Workshop, PBL, Science and Social Studies.
The CCSS Math standards are organized a little differently, but they are also designed to build on the previous grade level standards. In this content area, standards are organized by the eight cross-cutting ‘Mathematical Practices’ as well as by specific math domains that are the same for 4th and 5th grades. Here is a link to the Math standards where you can click on the ‘Mathematical Practices’ for a deeper explanation of each practice, and ‘Standards by Domain’ to drill down to the grade level standards in each domain. The mathematical practices essentially highlight the critical thinking skills that are developed while learning the skills for the mathematical domains. We work on these standards and practices daily by using Math in Focus as our adopted curriculum, while also integrating other tools, games and strategies to reinforce the learning.
Assessing Critical Thinking through Common Core Standards
We can assess critical thinking skills and mastery of CCSS with the SBAC tests, especially through the SBAC performance tasks. Additionally we can utilize performance-based assessments that require multi-step reasoning and writing to express thinking. Lastly, we can authentically assess performances such as during PBL culminating presentations, by using a rubric that evaluates multiple complementary standards and skills. All of these types of assessments can work together to provide a deeper look into how students are progressing in the development of their critical thinking skills and mastery of grade level CCSS.
Resources about Common Core
- Here is a very useful site to learn more about the CCSS: http://www.corestandards.org/
- Council of the Great City School: Three-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core State Standards
- May 13th: Arroyo Garden Seedling Sale
- May 15th: Arroyo Family Night Out @ Paxti’sMay 20th: Hometown Days Parade (watch our students play in the CMS band!)
- 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
- POM: Wheel Shop Answer Key!
Marie Crawford, Principal
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. Every donation counts! Go to https://scefkids.org/donate-today/ to donate. Thank you!
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: 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.
SCEF HONORARY SERVICE AWARDS – We are honored to present this year’s SCEF Honorary Service Award to the following people for their exemplary commitment to SCEF:
The Mark Olbert Service Award to Cris Adair
The Carrie Du Bois Spirit Award to Sallie Gasparini & Jennifer Kaufman
The Cathy & Eric Von Der Porten Stewardship Award to Marianne Jett
The Greg St. Claire Business Award to Bob Bredel
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!
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 Dodger 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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! See details
Eighth Grade Promotion/Breakfast Volunteers
We’re giving our 8th-graders a CMS send-off with a ceremony and dance June 13, and breakfast June 14. What better way to see what’s in store at CMS when your student is about to move on to high school. We especially need help from parents of younger students so that 8th grade parents can enjoy the big day! (The sign-up list for the dance will be sent separately.) Sign up here: CMS Grad SignUp.
37 Years of San Carlos Hometown Days
- Who: Hometown Days is run by a Committee of volunteers.
- What: It is a self-sustaining event that showcases the best of San Carlos.
- When: May 19-21, 2017!
- Where: Burton Park, San Carlos
- Why: As a non-profit organization our goal is simply to provide a fun-filled event so all can participate.
- Wow: San Carlos Hometown Days has been named “Best Family Festival” by Bay Area Parent Magazine!
- Check out our Event Guide and Map at http://www.sancarloshometowndays.com/
Summer Camps: Public Speaking, Debates, Personal Finance
JUNE 19 – 23 (Mon – Fri) – Public Speaking: 9am – 12pm (6-9 years) , Public Speaking & Debate Combo : 1pm – 4pm (10-14 years)
JULY 17 – 21 (Mon – Fri) – Personal Finance: 9am – 12pm (10-16 years), Debates & Public Speaking Combo: 1pm – 4pm (10-14 years)
JULY 24 – 28 (Mon – Fri) – Introduction to Speech Writing: 9am – 12pm (6-9 years),Advanced Debates & Advanced Public Speaking: 1pm – 4pm (10-14 years).
Coding, Robotics & Making – Learningtech.org
San Carlos Summer Camps the weeks of July 10, 17 & 24!
Sign up for Learningtech.org’s high tech STEAM (Science/Tech/Engineering/Arts/Math) camps. Grades 1-9, located at Arroyo school, the weeks of July 10, 17 and 24. Extended care available. Come explore Coding/Robotics, Maker Space, Block based coding, python with Raspberry Pi, Blinky Tapes, Special projects and more!
Kamparama Summer Camp 2017
Are you ready for some old fashion fun, play, exploration and friendships? Look no further!….After School’s Kamparama Summer Camp has it all! Locations this summer: Arundel and Heather schools.
Visit our website for more details and registration information.
All of After School’s camps and holiday programs are open to everyone.
San Carlos Hometown Days Middle School Dance – Saturday, May 20th
Hey 5th-8th Graders! Like to dance? NEW this year to San Carlos Hometown Days is a MIDDLE SCHOOL DANCE at the Youth Center! Saturday, May 20th from 7:00-9:00 p.m. DJ Curtis will rock the house! COST = FREE! Don’t forget to pick up your ticket in advance at the Youth Center!
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- Free class at Bay Area’s Leading Guitar School
- Club Soccer Tryouts
- Soccer Skills Clinics