Hello Arroyo Parents and Guardians,
I’d like to extend a huge thank you to all of you who were able to attend our first ever Arroyo Back to School Night. We were so happy to see the large turnout for the event. We shared a lot of information about Healthy Cities, SMART-E, SCEF and CMS/Arroyo PTA before everyone went off to visit their child’s homeroom and elective teachers. We had so much to say that we did run out of time to share two very important videos from SCEF and SCSD. You can watch them here. I recommend watching both of them, especially since some of our wonderful students and teachers are in the videos! I wonder how many Arroyo teachers you can identify?
I also would like to share a brief message about attendance. The San Carlos School District is continuing to recognize the month of September as Attendance Awareness Month, part of a nationwide movement intended to convey the message that every school day counts.
- Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as prekindergarten and throughout elementary school. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.
- Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom. Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused. ￼
This trend starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to dropout rates. Fortunately, in the San Carlos school district, parents and teachers work well to support attendance. We would like to continue the trend of improved attendance. Thanks for helping us with this!
Stampede & Soar
There’s only one month to go until the Stampede & Soar! Show your support by registering your children and donating to support Central Arroyo PTA-sponsored programs and initiatives. https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com/
We also need your help to execute our only fundraiser of the year. Please consider volunteering. Sign up here and bring a friend! http://signup.com/go/S59bbA
We would like to extend a special thanks to our very first Stampede & Soar Gold Sponsor, Miller & Associates. http://www.martinsmiller.com.
Healthy Cities Tutoring Training is Coming Soon!
We hope you will join us for the Healthy Cities Tutoring Training and Orientation on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at White Oaks School. Two sessions are being offered: 8:30-10:30 AM and again from 6:30-8:30 PM.
SCSD teachers Candy Richard, Krista Carroll and Julie Jobak will be leading the sessions covering the K-1 learner, the middle elementary school student and the middle schooler. The information will be useful both to parents and potential tutors.
Hope to see you on the 19th. Questions: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 650-508-7327.
Parent Information and Engagement (PIE) Event
Understanding Your Student’s CAASPP Scores
Tuesday, September 20, 2016 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM
District Office Board Room 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B
Please join District staff as we explain how to understand your 4th – 8th grade child’s overall CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress) scores (taken last spring) and the corresponding achievement levels. Staff will share parent resources and also be available to answer general questions.
Remembering Riley Norton
There are events on two upcoming days to honor and remember our friend and classmate.
October 20: Memorial Plaque Ceremony & Evening Lantern Lighting
- Memorial Plaque Ceremony: See a time-lapse video of last year’s handprint memorial, check out Riley-inspired art, hear the Central orchestra, share stories, decorate a lantern for the Evening Lantern Lighting (see below), and be there when a memorial plaque is placed near the Central Riley Tree. The ceremony will be in the quad area of Central after school. Everyone is welcome.
- Evening Lantern Lighting: Light a lantern in your front yard in honor of the second anniversary of Riley’s death. Pick up paper lanterns and battery-powered candles at the Memorial Plaque Ceremony (see above) *or* from 10/17-10/20 on Riley’s front porch: 1082 Lupin Way.
October 30: The Riley Run (4 pm) The Riley Run will be a 5K walk/run community event around San Carlos in memory of our friend and classmate. We will start and end at Brittan Acres Elementary (Tamarack entrance). We welcome everyone in the community to join. Proceeds from the $25 registration fee will be split between Camp Taylor and The Children’s Heart Foundation. Register by sending an email with the number of participants and t-shirt sizes to: email@example.com.
Legarza: Sunday Hoops and October All Sports Camp
Sunday Hoops: Hoops lovers!! Checkout SUNDAYs-only Legarza Basketball @ Tierra Linda. Girls & Boys K-8 participate in Smart Start Pre-League, Developmental & Competitive Leagues. Sign up solo as a free agent…or grab your classmate-teammate friends to form a fun TEAM!! Groups of FOUR or more SAVE $80.00!! Visit http://www.legarzasports.org/upcoming-basketball-leagues for more information. Take a look TODAY as registration ends soon – the HOOPS FUN begins September 18th!!
All Sports Camp: A day off of school means a chance for your child to have fun, work hard and make new friends at camp. Join us during the school holiday for our K-8th grade All Sports Camp!
- When: Monday, October 10th
- Where: Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Belmont (around the corner from Terra Linda)
- Time: 8:30am-12:00pm and/or 1:00pm-4:30pm. FREE extended care available from 7:30am-5:30pm.
- Price: $65 for ½ day, $130 for full day.
Visit http://www.legarzasports.org to register or call 415-334-3333 for more information.
San Carlos Children’s Theater Tri-School Musical
Performance opportunity for 5th graders: The SCCT Tri -School Musical directors are looking for fun-loving 5th graders to join the ensemble in this year’s stage musical Shrek JR! Everyone who signs up will be cast. It’s a great way to meet new friends from other San Carlos schools and it’s tons of fun! NO acting experience is required and rehearsal time is minimal (1 hr a week). Ensemble rehearsals begin Oct. 4 so sign up soon. Visit http://www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com for details.
What SCEF Funds at Arroyo
Welcome to the 2016-17 school year! Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful parent community, donors and business sponsors, SCEF is thrilled to grant over $2.4 million to the San Carlos school district.
Here at Arroyo, these funds will be used to:
- Provide regular PE lessons for optimal physical fitness
- Have full time library staff
- Provide music lessons through Music for Minors for 4th Grade and band lessons with Ms. Kristin Kunzelman for 5th grade
- Have on site school counselors Ms. Kim Arasato and Ms. Julie Jobak for the social and emotional well being of all our students
All these programs are part of the strategic plan of our San Carlos school district and help our students get the education that is tailored for the 21st century. Please join us again this year as we strive to raise $2.5 million and keep these key programs going for all our students. Here’s wishing all our students, teachers and staff a stellar year in education!
We had a terrific turnout at our first PTA meeting of the year last week. We hope you all will join us at the next association meeting on Wednesday, October 12th at 7pm in the library.
Please join the PTA – we rely on your membership dues in addition to our Stampede & Soar fundraiser to fund our PTA programs and events throughout the year. You can join the PTA here: https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com/
It was great to see so many families at Back to School Night. There was not enough time to thank all of the volunteers who have contributed so far, but the time, effort, and resources that the parent community has contributed so far has been truly remarkable. Many thanks go to:
- Megan Miller for leading the PTA and working closely with Marie Crawford to establish the many events and programs offered at Arroyo
- Beth Rowell for creating the beautiful Arroyo brochure and kicking off our weekly Eagle Eye newsletter so seamlessly
- Veronica Dils for building and maintaining the Arroyo website
- Erica Pompen for ensuring our communication strategy is just right and executing it daily
- Karen Laing for organizing and training our room parents
- Carina Neuman for automating the volunteer sign ups for the entire school
- Justin Sears and Elisa Niño-Sears for designing and building the garden in addition to creating the curriculum
- Molly Johnson and Susan Tolkeim for pulling together our first Arroyo Day
- Christine Rimer and Allison Rak for coming up with a new Arroyo tradition – Family Fiesta Night
- Christina Parsey for getting a cost savings for Art in Action for not just Arroyo, but the entire school district
- Kirsten Haithcox and Kerry Roark for appreciating the Arroyo staff with school spirit gifts and goodies
- Wendy Kelly and Jen Pedrotti for developing our spirit wear
- Kelly Lawrence and Jana Paquette for gathering supplies for our Makerspace
- Michelle Chang for advocating for implementing Project Cornerstone at Arroyo
- Danielle Cole for advocating for implementing Digital Safety training at Arroyo
Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help build the garden, help us with Arroyo Day, staff and bring treats for the Back to School Coffee, staff the Family Fiesta Night. These are just some of the parents who have already worked hard to create the school community we enjoyed at Back to School Night and that our kids are enjoying every day.
A final thank you to all of the parents who have signed up to help in the classroom and at upcoming school events and programs. We appreciate your time and energy!! Go Eagles!
Visit the Arroyo website Community Corner to learn more about the following:
- San Carlos Treasure Hunters
- San Carlos Lumberjacks Fall Baseball Clinics