4/8/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

April 8th, 2019

Welcome back from spring break.  I hope everybody took advantage of the time away from school to spend quality time with your family.  I have written a great deal about the importance of education in our children’s lives, but time spent with family is equally important.  Parents are the first and most important educators in a child’s life. So make sure to teach your children everything you know, even if it seems like they are not listening.  

Having said that, we have a lot going on at school for the remainder of the year.  We hope to see your around campus as the spring trimester is in full swing. Please mark your calendars for the important events listed below.


Wednesday April 10th 6:00 p.m. @ Central Library LCAP Parent Feedback Meeting Every year we invite parents to provide feedback on our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that guides our services and supports for students at Central and across the district. We'd like to invite you to share your thoughts and ideas about current and future programs. Come at 6:00pm  and stay for the PTA meeting at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, May 29 (6:45 pm) @ Central Middle School CENTRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE                                                                                                            

Visit classrooms throughout Central Middle School to see what Central Students are doing throughout the year.

Monday, August 19 (8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m) 6th GRADE WEB ORIENTATION & NEW PARENT ORIENTATION WEB                                                                                    (Where Everybody Belongs) is a middle school orientation and transition program to welcome our 6th graders to Central. Parents are invited to a separate parent orientation meeting with administration from 8:30-9:30 am.

Monday, August 19 (4:00-6:00 pm) CENTRAL DAY                                              Students will have the opportunity to tour our school as well as receive other important information prior to the start of school. We look forward to celebrating all the exciting things the end of the year brings. If you have any questions regarding the transition activities, please do not hesitate to ask.


Congratulations - Pick Up Your Pen and Write:

Anybody who has seen the musical Hamilton knows how easy it is to get the songs stuck in your head.  Many of our 8th grade students had the opportunity to see Hamilton last month and have done more than just sung along, they have picked up their pens and wrote. This class has won an astonishing amount of awards.  Hit the link below to read for yourself what we have accomplished.

Pick Up Your Pen and Write


April 12th is the National GLSEN Day of Silence (DOS). Our students who wish to will be signing up through a google form sent to their school email address. We want every student to be valued and treated with respect, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. We believe that all students deserve a safe and affirming school environment where they can learn and grow. Announcements and events will be happening throughout the week to honor the Day of Silence. If you have any questions please email Ms. Jobak at jjobak@scsdk8.org


Spring Clean!  Join Your Fellow Classmates + Friends in Tidying Up Our Campuses, and Prepping for our Seedling Sale!

In preparation of the ever popular Arroyo Garden Seedling sale, as well as the start of Spring, we need all-hands-on-deck in beautifying our campuses!   

Pick a 90-minute slot below, and come-out to prep seedlings, garden, spruce up the areas, and more!

When:  Sunday, Apr 14th,  9:30am -to- 12:30pm   (two, 90 minute working slots)

Where:   Meet at the Arroyo Garden

Sign-Up here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4fa8a922a64-spring1

Please bring a water bottle, and wear sunblock and a hat!

Questions? contact Karen Rhodes @ karenblesiusrhodes@gmail.com or Leslie Doohan @ kdoohan@hotmail.com



Mustang Roundup


CMS Arroyo PTA


Do you know someone that runs a PTA program or committee, makes sure school events go off without a hitch, or tackles the big projects? Have you noticed someone whose contributions are often behind the scenes, but add up in a very big way?

Every year the PTA presents Honorary Service Awards to individuals who provide significant contributions and outstanding service at CMS and Arroyo. Please take the time to nominate the people around you whose special contributions go above and beyond. They deserve a big thanks from us!

Send your nominations to angiejones1999@gmail.com or use the online submission form. This year’s recipients will be recognized at the Open House event on May 29.



CMS Arroyo PTA is collecting books for our used book fair. Donated books should be appropriate for rising 4th graders to 8th graders (no board books or Harlequin romances, please!) Book collection bins will be located in the CMS office and in the library from April 8th- April 19th. 

Contact Christen or Jigna with questions.

LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2018 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process. 

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend: 

  • March 26: 9:30- 10:30AM 
  • April 19: 9:30- 10:30AM 
  • May 8: 9:30- 10:30AM 

What You Can Do to Get Involved 

  • Annually completing the SCSD Strategic Plan Survey. Thank you to all of the families that completed the survey to help inform progress in SCSD's goal areas 
  • Get to Know the SCSD LCAP Goals. View the 2018-19 SCSD LCAP here 
  • Review resources from the California PTA here
  • Attend a School Site Council meeting at your school 
  • Reach out to your school principal 

SCSD Athletics

Please use the DISTRICT LINK https://www.scsdsports.org for information on SCSD Athletics. Call 415-334-3333 or email scsdsports@legarzasports.org with any questions.





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 (game time 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/


Revel at Devil's!

On May 4, 2019, join us at for the annual community event at Devil’s Canyon and enjoy live music by the Best of the 80s: Tainted Love!

Ticket price is $75 per person and $35 per teacher/staff.

Price includes entrance to Devil's Canyon, one drink ticket, as well as dinner from food trucks & dessert table.

Buy your tickets now and pick one up for your favorite educator too!

Go to: www.scefkids.org/reveltickets



Instrument Selection Appreciation

SCEF is proud to support the award-winning middle school music programs in our San Carlos middle schools. Thank you to Joe Murphy, Nick Garcia, Tabitha Tetreault, Colyn Fischer and local music teachers for introducing 4th graders to the variety of instruments available as they consider taking band or orchestra in 5th grade. Read about instrument selection day here: https://www.scefkids.org/instrument-selection-at-our-middle-schools/ 



Healthy Cities


Tutoring News

April 9, 2019 - Tutor Tips workshop on Social Emotional Learning

How do people learn best and in what environments? How do we help students deal with anxiety about not wanting to fail? Or those that have a hard time sitting still or concentrating? We know positive emotions increase learning. We will share examples of how tutors and parents can use social/emotional learning tools and tips to help their students.  Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities in our local schools.  

  • April 9, 2019
  • 6:15-6:50 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?" 
  • 7:00-8:15 pm Workshop "Social Emotional Learning" 
  • Arroyo/Central Middle School Library
  • Presented by Jill Greenberg, MAPP, SEL Consultant & an HCT Tutor
  • Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
  • Please RSVP via our Evite at http://evite.me/Dct15wdvcm
  • Visit: Healthy Cities Tutoring 



Community Partners



Thursday Evening Parent Support Group

The last week of our topic on conflict, and the night we talk about this month's book: How to Talk so Kids Will Listen, & Listen so Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Please join us even if you cannot fit reading a book into your schedule! There will be plenty to learn. The group is held each week at Heather Elementary School Library from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The group is free to parents in the San Carlos School District. 

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 Earth Day Cleanup 2019

Want to make a difference this Earth Day? Roll up your sleeves and join the City of San Carlos on Saturday, April 20 from 9 to 11 a.m. to clean up downtown Laurel Street.
This fourth annual Earth Day event is a great way for community members to be a part of on-going efforts to increase sustainability while keeping our City clean and beautiful. 
For more information or to sign-up by April 5 visit www.cityofsancarlos.org/earthdaysignup





High School Happenings


Sequoia High School



  • Sequoia High School, Gym 1 (Main Gym)
  • Tuesday, April 23, 2019
  • 6:30pm - 8:00pm

The entire Sequoia family is delighted to welcome you-- our incoming students and parents-- to our annual Incoming Student Welcome Event on April 23rd, 2019. Principal Sean Priest will kick the night off with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with current Sequoia students who can give you the inside scoop on what to expect during this important transition and first year. Expert members of our PTSA, Education Foundation and Boosters Club will also be there to welcome you to the school and answer all your questions. Please join us for this fun, casual, informational night this spring so that you can enjoy your summer break, confident that you are ready to enjoy a smooth start at Sequoia in the fall. Small children are welcome. For more information about this event, please email events@shsef.org.

Open House

Thursday, March 28, 2019 -7:00-8:30 PM

Open to Current and Prospective Students

Sequoia Day/Sequoia Stampede

Saturday, April 13, 2019 (9:00 AM)


Also, for more information about Sequoia and all of our programs, please visit our website at http://www.sequoiahs.org/index.html    



Carlmont High School


Attached  please find a flier regarding Carlmont football.


•    Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org/ 
•    Sequoia Union High School District website: http://www.seq.org/ 

•    Central, Charter, & Tierra Linda: Chris Cook chris@brycecookgroup.com      
•    Nesbit, Ralston & Non-Feeder: Carol Castro carolcastro@comcast.net  
•    For non-feeder school ONLY: email CarlmontInfo@gmail.com to join mailing list


Summit/Everest High School

For more information go to summitps.org


Design Tech High School