4/22/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

Spring is a special time in middle school.  Our students begin to look forward to the end of school while at the same time becoming a bit anxious about their next year of school.  Spring and summer have a lot of fun activities instore for them. As the days get longer, energy levels increase. With heightened energy and excitement comes the inevitable downside of increased conflicts and teenage drama.  It can be difficult for adults to manage the high and lows that come with this time of year. When conflicts arise, whether it is a temper tantrum or a struggle with friends, remember that getting through it is an important opportunity for growth.  Middle schoolers very often create very complex social dynamics just so they can learn how to get themselves through it.

One of the most important things you can teach your child is that conflict does not need to be a negative thing. Very often, conflict can lead to positive change. The trick is learning how to manage conflicts is a way that is productive.  Another important lesson for teenages to learn is that when a problem is left unsolved, it most likely will become a bigger issue down the road.

Below are a few things you can do with your adolescent child that may help him or her problem solve a lot better.

  • Do not deny your feelings. Stifling one’s emotion does not make the feelings go away and can lead to a host of negative health effects.  The best thing to do is to name your feelings and make a plan on how to proceed. Talk it out.
  • Try not to make it personal. Deal with the problem not the person. Conflicts usually come from a particular issue so work on solving the problem.
  • Learn to listen. There are always many perspectives.  Be respectful by learning some active listening tools.  Everybody likes a good listener.
  • Do not be afraid to be assertive. It is not a bad thing to make sure your needs are being met.  Being assertive is not being aggressive if done respectfully.
  • Learn to negotiate. Negotiation skills will come in handy in life.
  • Don’t sulk - it does not work.
  • Try not to get defensive.
  • Learn to say sorry. An apology can work miracles in resolving a conflict.

Every one of these bullet points is a skill that we can teach our children.  It is not easy and will require a great deal of work, but you will see the benefits by having a child who is a much better communicator.  Be patient and consistent. Teenagers are masters at pretending not to listen, but they are listening and they are learning more than you think.  

Tom Domer


Hard to believe that 8th Grade Promotion is less than 2 months away! Our Committee Chairs have been busy making plans to prepare for the fun and we need your help! There are opportunities to sign-up to bring items, volunteer your time or make a small donation for the 8th Grade Breakfast. We especially need the help of our 6th and 7th grade parents to help with certain volunteer jobs so our 8th grade families can enjoy the Promotion Ceremony. It is also a tradition for non-8th grade families to chaperone the dance.

Please sign-up for something to help us out to celebrate our kids!

Sign-up here  https://signup.com/go/ZJQTyXf


CMS 8th grade Grad Dance Items Needed to Borrow:

We are also looking to borrow the following items for the 8th Grade Dance: Any holiday or fluorescent lights and extension cords - Air Pumps to help with set up for the dance - looking for high speed pumps approx 3-5 - please label all items so we can return back to you. Drop off to Cheryl diTargiani's home: 137 Vine Street, San Carlos. Need by 5/15. Questions theditars@yahoo.com

Thank you!

Andrea Maxwell & Marie Rosecrans, Promotion Chairs

Krista Morey & Cheryl diTargiani, Dance Chairs

Alana Corso & Wendy Bastis, Breakfast Chairs


The Fitness and Wellness Department has teamed up with Goetz Bros of San Carlos. You can order gym clothes through the new website . Any orders you submit now are for the 2019-2020 school year. You can pick items up from the store or ship to home.

Order using the link below:


Don’t hesitate, the deadline to order is May 16, 2019. This is the only time that clothes can be ordered.

Alternatively, you can buy a pair of plain black athletic shorts (inseam is 6 inches or longer) and a plain grey t-shirt.

If you have any questions, you can contact 

Patti Blumen, pblumen@scsdk8.org

Alain Cardona, acardona@scsdk8.org

Nick Lamb, nlamb@scsdk8.org


CMS Yearbook Sales

Haven't bought your 2019 CMS Yearbook? Act now before it's too late! Yearbooks are available to purchase online until they sell out at www.cmsyearbook.com. You will be forwarded to the Herff-Jones secure site to finalize your order. We are using Herff-Jones email marketing system this year, so if you have received an email to buy a yearbook you can follow that link as well. Final deadline to purchase at the current price is May 11th. If you have any questions email our Yearbook Advisor Nick Lamb at nlamb@scsdk8.org.


On Friday, 4.26.19, CMS is participating in Beyond Differences (https://www.beyonddifferences.org/) National Day, Be Kind Online. Leading up to Friday morning announcements will include information on how social media affects teens and how teens can take steps to be an upstander and have a more positive experience online. At lunch on Friday students will have the opportunity to take a pledge on how they plan to continue to be kind online and have their picture taken with their pledge.


Library News

We are excited to be hosting author Obert Skye on May 1st at an assembly for our 6th grade students.  The hilarious author of The Creature in My Closet series is back with a brand new funny book...Bigger, Badder, Nerdier!  Students may pre-order books to be signed and personalized by the author.  Orders are due by April 26th and the online ordering link is below:

Obert Skye Book Orders

Kids will love Obert's silly presentation and will laugh out loud through out (we promise!)


Mustang Roundup


CMS Arroyo PTA

PTACC...Why You Should Care...Check it out today!

PTACC stands for PTA Coordinating Council. 

The San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council is comprised of PTA Presidents from each school, Principals, SCEF, Charter and SC District Administration working together to collaborate and support the needs of all of the children in our 9 community schools.

PTACC also is an advocacy organization.  During this season with State budget pressures, be sure to check out the PTACC website to find out how you can get involved.

Click here to advocate today.


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.





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!

Even runs from 6-11PM with live music starting at 9 PM.

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


SCEF Spring Raffle

Your chance to win a  7-night stay at a luxury beachfront resort in Mexico and other prizes!  Tickets are $50 each or 6 for $250.  Drawing will be at Revel @ Devil's on May 4th.  You need not be present to win.

Get your tickets at: www.scefkids.org/2019-spring-raffle/



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/


Make It Happen in May

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.

Please make your donation now: www.scefkids.org/donate



Community Partners


Thursday Evening Parent Support Group

Located at Heather Elementary School Library on April 25th, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  The group is sponsored by One Life Counseling Center and free to parents in the San Carlos School District. Our topic of discussion will be based on the book, The Gifts of Imperfection, by Brene Brown. Discussion is focused on parenting with a mind towards the empathetic skills presented in the book. If you do not have time to read the book, join us anyway, and we will give you enough new information to make it worth your time!

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


Now's the Time - Register for San Carlos AYSO Today!

The San Carlos American Youth Soccer Organization’s (AYSO) fall registration is now OPEN until the end of May for ages 3-18.   Visit the AYSO booth at the Laurel Street Farmer’s Market on Sundays if you have any questions. We’ll have gently used cleats out for trade, as well as a bin for any donations!  Log on to www.sancarlosayso.org for details and registration information.


STEAM Fest on the Square - 2019

Save the Date: Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 11-3 at Redwood City Downtown Courthouse Square
 All Bay Area students, families, and friends are invited to the Redwood City Library Foundation’s 4th annual free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) Festival. Attendees will experience a day of hands-on STEAM activities, including projects in construction, robotics, art, coding, forensics, and much more, with a closeup look at the latest energy-efficient automobiles. 



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.

If you are interested in trying out for Sequoia Cheerleading for 2019-2020, please email msmelody200@aol.com for tryout information.

Sequoia Day/Sequoia Stampede

Saturday, April 20, 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