Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
In this Eagle Eye edition I’d like to focus on safety. This is a huge priority for me, both as an educator and as a mother. I want to first start by saying that we have worked hard to focus on safety from the start of school, without detracting from the freedom, joy, and wonder that we want our children to experience. My goal is for all of our children to feel safe to be the incredible human beings that they are!
Here are some of the ways that we have focused on safety at our school:
- All gates to the school are locked at the start of school
- All visitors must check in through the office and receive a visitor badge or sticker (if it’s a large meeting)
- If a stranger is found loitering around a school fence, yard supervisors are instructed to inform the principal while also kindly inquiring why the person is there and assessing if this is cause for concern
- Students are required to wear helmets when bike riding or scooter-ing to school
- Students are instructed to cross the streets only at intersections, not mid block
- We have Safety Patrol kids assisting with vehicle drop off practices in the parking lot
- We have monthly drills with CMS to practice the ‘Big Five’ safety protocols for our schools, which include: Evacuation; Drop, Cover and Hold On; Shelter in Place; Lockdown/ Barricade; and Secure Campus
- We have focused a lot of resources on social-emotional learning strategies to build student skills
- We have started to implement Digital Citizenship curriculum to support online safety practices
- We have invited our school resource officer, Wally Rosales, to come speak with the students about safety, including bike/scooter safety, cyber safety, stranger safety, etc.
Although we have these various pieces in place, there are a few areas that we can definitely improve, with your help. One area in particular is how we enter and exit the school. I have included a Walking/Riding Map to indicate how we would like to have our walkers and riders enter and exit the school. The yellow arrows indicate the appropriate walking paths and the green boxes indicate where bikes and scooters can be stored. Please note: We do not want anyone to walk on the Arroyo sidewalk where cars enter and exit the parking lot. This is a very important change! In addition to this, if you drop off/ pick up your children across the street, please make sure they cross the street where there is a crossing guard. We have noticed a lot of unsafe jaywalking to cross the street mid-block.
Safety is a commitment that we all share to create the type of community that we want our children to experience. It is definitely a balance between having preventative structures and practices in place to protect our children, while also maintaining an environment that feels welcoming, nurturing and inclusive. I really appreciate your support and assistance in helping to keep our students safe!
We want your feedback? The Arroyo parent survey will close this Friday. Don’t forget to share your feedback with us as to what you think is working well and what you think need additional attention. Arroyo is a new school and we want your help shaping its creation! The survey can be found here.
A separate survey has been created for our students who will complete it in class this week. Results from both surveys will be shared at a Principal’s Coffee in December so stay tuned for that day/time.
Thank you to our Book Fair Chairs – Cynthia Wiggin, Kathy McGrath, and Sara Mancini for delivering a tremendously successful joint CMS/Arroyo book fair. All the students enjoyed the fair and the book selection and we raised more money than we expected. Thank you to Libby DeMeo for organizing a joint family night. Thank you to all the parents who donated drinks and treats for our Principal’s Coffee last week. Thank you to the Staff Appreciation committee leads, Kirsten Haithcox and Kerry Roark, for not only the teacher luncheon last week during the book fair, but for creating Arroyo book bags, Arroyo clipboards, and various other treats to appreciate our terrific staff.
Have you seen the garden lately? Check out all the plants and flowers that are growing and thank the Nino-Sears family when you see them for designing, building, creating the curriculum for, and running our wonderful Arroyo Garden.
Do you want to volunteer at Arroyo, but have limited days or times that work? We can find an opportunity for you! Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested.
This past month our Staff Appreciation committee joined forces with Central and had a “Book Fair Preview Day” luncheon. Lunch and sweet treats were provided for the Arroyo and Central teachers and school staff. They enjoyed lunch in the library while checking out all of the wonderful books.
A huge thank you to all who supported this event–your generosity was very appreciated!! Your participation makes a big difference in letting the teachers and staff know how lucky we all feel to have such an incredible team at Arroyo.
Please let us know if you would like to be a part of the Staff Appreciation committee. Every month we find creative ways to honor our wonderful school staff. We provide luncheons, coffee carts, breakfast, special treats as well as celebrate the staff during teacher appreciation week. We send a note out for volunteers to help on a monthly basis but you do not have to sign up every month–it is very flexible! You can sign up when it works for your schedule. Our request for sign-ups typically involve contributing food or drinks to an event or possibly helping with set-up or clean-up. Food can be dropped off the night before an event or before school in the morning. This is a great way to contribute for many parents as there is much flexibility! Please sign up using this link to join our committee. http://signup.com/go/6Kp1YJ
Arroyo School Spelling Bee
Calling all super spellers! Arroyo School is participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee! All Arroyo 4th and 5th graders are invited to take part of this optional event and there is no need to sign up! If you think your student might be interested, please encourage them to study the words from their grade level.
- 4th Graders: The first round will take place on Thursday, November 17th during lunch and will consist of a written test of 15 words randomly chosen from the 2017 4th Grade Word List and 2 tie-breaker words.
- 5th Graders: The first round will take place on Friday, November 18th during lunch and will consist of a written test of 15 words randomly chosen from the 2017 5th Grade Word List and 2 tie-breaker words.
- The highest scorers for each grade level will compete in the Arroyo spoken final round on Thursday, December 8th @ 5-6:30 PM in the Learning Commons. Students who progress to this round should prepare by studying the complete 450-Word List.
Project Cornerstone November
This month, our Project Cornerstone lesson addresses the serious topic of relational bullying: subtle mistreatment including “under the radar” actions like spreading rumors, intimidating and humiliating, excluding and ignoring. We are reading the book My Secret Bully by Trudy Ludwig. My Secret Bully is a story of how a girl named Katie bullies her close friend Monica making her feel unwelcome and isolated from her friends. Monica’s mom notices Monica’s sudden stomachaches and asks if something is going on at school. Her mom listens to Monica, which leaves Monica feeling loved, understood and accepted. With the support and advice of her mother, Monica learns to reclaim her personal power.
After reading the book, classes will discuss the story, whether anyone has experienced anything similar, and what to do if it happens. We will also discuss positive self-talk, messages you say to yourself to keep you strong, qualities to look for in a friend and ways to be a good friend to others.
Please ask your children about the story and about their ideas. For more resources on this important topic, please visit the Counselor’s Corner on our school web site. Thank you so much for your support and for helping create a positive environment for our children.
A Heartfelt Thank You from SCEF!
Many thanks to everyone who participated in our first SCEF day of the year and a big shout out to all our wonderful volunteers! We are off to a great start because of your support.
If you haven’t already donated to our Annual Fund, please donate today at http://www.scefkids.org/donate.
Hearing and Vision Screening Starts Today
Hearing and vision screening is mandated by the state of California in grades K, 2, 5, and 8. Our district nurses will be conducting these screenings at Arroyo starting today, Monday, November 14. These services are funded by the district general fund and by the generous support of the Sequoia Healthcare’s Healthy Schools Initiative grant.
You will receive a letter in the mail with the results only if your child needs further evaluation. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Parent Education Event Tonight
San Carlos School District, Belmont Redwood Shores School District and Carlmont High School in partnership with StarVista presents “Navigating the Tides of Childhood and Adolescence”
Monday, November 14, 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Performing Arts Center, Carlmont High School
Register here: http://www.StarVistaNTT.eventbrite.com. Admission is free but priority will be given to registered attendees should the event reach capacity.
Join us for a panel discussion for parents and community members on the unprecedented challenges facing children and adolescents today.
Discussion topics include:
- Preparing children and adolescents for adulthood
- A teen’s reflections on childhood and what was helpful from adults and the community in becoming a healthy and happy young adult
- Strategies and techniques to help parents and schools support their children’s skills and abilities to self-advocate and problem solve
- Strategies to nurture healthy children, to promote resiliency and empathy and to provide resources for children and families
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
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