With the Stand Up for Public Education Rally, the upcoming Hometown Days and the amazing opportunity our 7th graders have spending the week in Yosemite, I have been thinking a lot about the importance of school and community collaboration. First, I would like to thank everybody who showed up for the rally on Wednesday. It was so powerful seeing all the families out on the streets with their signs standing up to support our schools.
We all recognize the link between the development and learning of a child and a strong, supportive family. It also make sense that when families support their schools, our children benefit greatly.
Having said that, with the high cost of living in our area, the increase in single family households, and the underfunding of schools, it seems that building community is becoming more and more difficult. Social media also seems to be having an adverse effect on our connectedness. I see an increase in families that aren’t very connected within the community and the impact that has on the children in these families.
What I most appreciate about working in San Carlos is the commitment and dedication that so many of our community members show to our schools. I am continually impressed by the support we receive from parents, the city of San Carlos, local businesses, the Sequoia Healthcare District, the Youth Center, and especially Healthy Cities Tutoring and SCEF.
Our teachers benefit from this support as well. When our teachers feel supported by the community, there is a boost in morale, heightened engagement in their work, and a feeling that the hard work that they are doing nets real benefits. I love that so many of our teachers are also community members and have children in our schools. My wish is that this will continue despite all the obstacles in our way.
Let’s all continue to work together. I am an educator, so it stands to reason that I feel education is essential. But I do believe that our schools are our best hope for the future.
CMS Arroyo PTA
Staff Appreciation Week - May 13-May 17
We still have a number of open slots for next week. Please help by signing up for a slot and forward to your friends.
Thank you to our amazing Staff Appreciation team: Marianne Jett, Susan Raymond, Angie Jones & Lisa Miller
We are celebrating our wonderful Central & Arroyo Staff the week of 5/13. We have lots of fun stuff planned...menu for week is attached. The events are all the same at each campus, but with separate sign ups for drop off and headcount purposes :).
Please sign up to help and/or forward to friends:
- Central: https://signup.com/go/QqcTdUQ
- Arroyo: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/2793411/true#/invitation
Purchase a Graduation Candy Lei Today!
Need a fun graduation present? Want to show your school spirit? Purchase an 8th grade graduation candy lei today!
All proceeds benefit Sequoia High School Class of 2020, Safe and Sober Graduation Activities
Ribbon choices: purple/white, green/white or blue/white
Order online: https://SequoiaPTSA.myschoolcentral.com
Deadline: Order by Thursday, May 30, 2019
Pickup: June 1-2, CMS, Clifford and North Star parking lots, time tbd
Questions: email email@example.com
Bike Rodeo -May 16
The Silicon Valley Bike Coalition will be presenting a bike rodeo where students in the Wheels Quest class will bring their bikes and go through a series of stations. We need about 3-4 parents to help from 2:00pm and 3:15pm on May 16. Please contact Patti Blumen if you are able to help.
Make It Happen in May - SCEF Day is Wednesday May 8th!
While SCEF’s fiscal year ends in June, we are on a campaign to reach our fundraising goal by May 31st in hopes of minimizing budget reductions. If the School Board has the estimated SCEF Grant for the 2019-20 school year in June, they can consider this estimate in their final budget deliberations.
- Check out our SCEF Day flyer with more information at:
- To understand how your donation to SCEF makes a difference to your child’s education, watch our video at:
- Go to http://www.scefkids.org/donate to make your donation or add to your gift this year. Gifts of any size are appreciated and will make a real difference for our kids. If you are going to donate via payroll deduction with your employer please act now as it can take up to 8 weeks for funds to be received by SCEF.
Thank You to Our Community!
A heartfelt thank you to our generous community for helping make SCEF Day an important part of our fundraising campaign, and Revel @ Devil’s a HUGE success. And, thank you for your advocacy for public schools.
SCEF Concert at Hometown Days
Kick off Hometown Days with a free family concert and dinner at Burton Park. The concert featuring our middle schools’ music programs (and award winning jazz musicians) starts at 5pm. There will be a couple of food trucks, or you can bring your own food. Come enjoy the festivities!
June 14, 2019 is San Carlos Night at Oracle Park!
Join parents and community members for the 2019 San Carlos Night at SF Giants.
Hear our students sing the National Anthem before the game & watch the Giants take on the Milwaukee Brewers (gametime is 7:15 P.M.). Stay after the game for FIREWORKS!!!
Tickets available at San Carlos Youth Center from April 8. Cash or Check only.
Purchase your spot for your child to sing the National Anthem at San Carlos Night at the Giants here: https://scefkids2019.ggo.bid
See last year’s video: https://www.scefkids.org/2018-scef-anthem-performance/
Thursday Evening Parent Support Group
Our final evening for the 2018/2019 school year. The event is held on May 16 at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
We continue our topic of raising children in the Silicon Valley environment. How do we deal with the pressure for the latest gadgets, perfectionism. or great achievements. The discussion will also cover summer plans along with self-care for children and parents. The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District. Please join us for our final event for this school year!
To RSVP go to this link and purchase your free ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-support-group-san-carlos-school-district-tickets-53717537601
San Carlos Hometown Days - Youth Dance
- Saturday, May 18, 2019
- 7:00-9:00 p.m.
- Youth Center at Burton Park
- Casual dress and open to 5th-8th graders.
- Purchase your $10 ticket in advance at the front desk of the Youth Center.
Chaperoned by San Carlos Youth Center Staff.
San Carlos Hometown Days - New Hours
- Friday, May 17 5:00-8:00 pm - SCEF Celebrates Music Concert in the Park
- Saturday 10:00 a.m.-9:00 pm
- Sunday 10:00 a.m.-5:00 pm
Art, Shopping, Music, Games, Attractions and Food ALL DAY!
Tryouts for San Carlos United Soccer Club Are Coming Up!
Open tryouts for San Carlos United Soccer Club are coming up for players born between 2002 - 2012! Players who attend tryouts will be evaluated by our coaching staff and considered for San Carlos United competitive teams starting Fall 2019. Register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org
Open tryout window dates:
- U8 - U14 (Players born between 2012 & 2006): May 3 - May 23, 2019
- U15-U19 (Players born between 2005 - 2002): May 10 - May 30, 2019
High School Happenings
Sequoia High School
There is a summer program available for anyone interested in playing football. It will be held at Sequoia High School from June 17th thru July 26th. Contact Rob Poulos (email: FastFootballLLC@gmail.com or cell: 925-577-7696) for details and to register.
Sequoia High School website: http://www.sequoiahs.org
Carlmont High School
Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org
Summit/Everest High School
Summit / Everest High School Website: summitps.org
Design Tech High School
Design Tech High School Website: http://www.designtechhighschool.org/