9/30/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

Principal's Message

This year we have been stressing the importance of goal setting with our students.  We provided a great assembly for our students on goal setting - “Write them down.” Now we are getting ready for our Student Led Conferences.  We would like our students to focus on their goals for this year and to demonstrate to you how they are accomplishing these goals through their work in school.  We want them to be proud of the work they are doing. But we also want to make the connection between hard work in school and accomplishing what you want.  

I shared the article below with my teachers and I thought that parents might find it useful as well. It has some lesson plans that I have encouraged our teachers to use and there are also some templates and worksheets that you may be able to use at home as well.  There are also some videos that I would like to show to our students during CMS Press. 

There are two things that I really like about this article.  One is that it stresses that goal setting is a skill, which can be learned with practice.  It also states that parents are the best teachers of learning these skills. Parents can model productive behaviors by setting goals themselves and talking about it with their family.  

The other thing I like is that it focuses on the Growth Mindset in goal setting.  There is a strong connection with goal setting and self belief and self confidence.  When students set goals for themselves, they are more likely to believe in themselves regardless of whether they accomplish the goal or not.  Failure is an important teacher as well. But the “wins” are also vitally important. When our kids set goals that they end up accomplishing, it reinforces a sense of self confidence and an “I can do this” attitude.   

There is a substantial amount of great information in this article. If you have the time, please read it. 

Goal Setting for Students, Kids and Teens

For conference week, please remember that Monday and Tuesday are full school days but Wednesday through the following Wednesday (October 2-9) will be minimum days with a 1:15 dismissal to allow time for conferences. Please contact your student’s teachers if you need a copy of the conference schedule. 


Tom Domer



School District News


Walk to School Day Oct 2nd

Walk to School Day

Please join students, staff and community leaders in choosing to leave your cars at home and walk, bike, skate board or scooter to and from school on Wednesday, October 2.  We will be recording all modes of travel and handing out colorful shoelaces to students who made active choices. 

If all of our students substituted walking for driving for just 1 mile a day, 1,216kg of CO2 would never be released into the air.  That's the equivalent of planting 8 trees in just one day! 


Join the SCSD School Board!

School Board

The San Carlos School District School Board will have a vacancy due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election.  Therefore, there will not be an election but instead a Candidate Appointment process.  The School Board will be approving the appointment process at their September 12 meeting.

Interested candidates may attend any of the Candidate Information Sessions in the District Office Board Room - 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B, San Carlos to be held on:

  • Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm 

Please check the website for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cathy Eitel, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent.


Fall Intramural Sports


We are excited for our 2019-20 Intramural Sports program! Our Fall Intramural Basketball Season provides San Carlos students in grades 5-8 an opportunity to participate in organized sports activities after school on Fridays.  We have designed a 10-week program that is open to players of all levels - those who have played competitively at a high level and those who have never played an organized sport.  While there will be no cuts and playing time will be shared evenly, we will have 2-4 divisions (based on signups in each grade and preferences indicated on the form).  Coaches will manage practices and games to match up players so that each player is appropriately challenged.  We anticipate that this program will provide a fun introduction to middle school and will prepare students for the upcoming Art David Athletic League (ADAL) season!

Coaches from our ADAL teams will also be leading this program.  Registration opened September 16th and the cost will be $195, which covers a coach, scorekeepers, referees, insurance, equipment, scheduling, and administration of the program.  The season will span over the months of October and November, beginning October 4 and ending December 13, consisting of 10 events.

Please complete an Interest Form so we can plan for the correct configuration of the teams.  On Thursday, September 26th we review the Interest Form and send out an email with more detailed season information such as times, locations, registration, grade divisions, etc.



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.



Mustang Roundup


Stampede & Soar Color Run Next Sunday 10/6, 9-11am

Stampede and Soar

Registered Stampede & Soar participants must pick their Color Run T-Shirt and registration information at Road Runner Sports on Friday, October 4 OR Saturday, October 5 from 4:00pm-7:00pm ONLY. Road Runner Sports is offering participants a DISCOUNT of $10 off purchases of 30+ or 25% off entire purchase for VIP members.

There is still time to REGISTER to RUN or VOLUNTEER and join in the fun!

Coffee and snacks available for purchase at the Color Run (cash sales) and the opportunity to support the PTA to become a Parent Partner (credit cards accepted).

Thank you to our Platinum, Gold and Silver Stampede & Soar Sponsors!


Parent Partners - Every Donation Makes a Difference


Thank you to those who've supported the Central Arroyo PTA! Without our Parent Partners, many of the wonderful programs would not be possible for our children. All funds directly benefit Arroyo and CMS programs including supports teacher grants and supplies, Art in Action, Library Books, Healthy Cities Tutoring and SO MUCH MORE! Your one-time family donation of $250  will help us reach our $85,000 goal by our deadline of October 31st. Thank you in advance for any support you can give. Every single dollar makes a difference for our students and teachers. DONATE TODAY!

PTA Partnership also includes your annual PTA membership. When you join the Central Arroyo PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento. 


Volunteers Needed for Stampede & Soar!

Volunteers Needed

Get involved to help set up the event, register the runners at Road Runner, sell snacks or clean at the end. Volunteering is a fun and easy way to connect with our school community.  Sign up solo or recruit a friend, grandparent, or older student to VOLUNTEER with you!


Calling All Readers!  A Blizzard of Books is Coming!

Book Fair

The Central/Arroyo Book Fair is October 7th-11th, and we need your help to make it a success! Please consider volunteering by signing up for one of the shifts using this link: : https://signup.com/go/zNxkiWS
Students will be visiting the Book Fair throughout the week with their classrooms. The Book Fair will also be open before and after school. Please tell your student to swing by.  Parents are also welcome to check it out before or after their parent-teacher Conference. 
Blizzard of Books Family Night will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm.  Bring the whole family to this arctic adventure and rediscover how cool it is to read!  Free pizza will be provided by the PTA and an icy treat will be available for purchase.  
Parents are also invited to join us for last some minute shopping at Bagels and Books on Friday, October 11th from 8:00-9:00 am.
Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central Arroyo PTA and the Library. If you have any questions please contact Kristy Ettinger (kristy.ettinger@gmail.com), Julie Ledford (juliej74@gmail.com) or Stephanie Brill (slbrill@gmail.com).






Thank You

A big thank you to the following local businesses owned by San Carlos School District parents who have already committed their SCEF support for this school year.

  • Absolute Electrical
  • GDA Commercial
  • CB Showers
  • Pope Peninsula Periodontal
  • Mindful Bodies
  • John McAfee-State Farm Insurance
  • Hummingbird Music
  • Jett Ed
  • Harvest Furniture
  • NorthWall Builders

If you own a business and would like to reach San Carlos families AND make your annual donation for your family please take a look at our business partners programs here - https://www.scefkids.org/take-action/businesses/




Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child.  Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support.  Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school.  Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem.  Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School.

Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.



Chickens' Ball and You!


Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. Become your school’s representatives on our Steering Committee. If you’re new to the district or don’t know what this is, here is 3 minute video to introduce you to San Carlos’s time honored tradition, The Chickens’ Ball - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mHS5-pJwiTyPSzILC3KzchqGDj_FsEvi/view

  • Steering Committee - next meeting is October 6. Meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show
  • Auditions - October 24 (6:00pm) & October 26 (10:00am), 2019 at Heather School
  • Show Dates - March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee), 2020 at Central Middle School

Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball. For more information, contact Julie Engberg at julie@chickensball.org



High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Sign ups for Sequoia HS Shadow Program will begin on 9/11. Sign up here.

8th grade students will be able to shadow Sequoia students on most Mondays between September 23, 2019 and January 27, 2020.


Carlmont High School

8th graders and their families can learn all about Carlmont HS through Group or Individual Shadowing, Info Nights, Forums and Newsletters. To learn more, click HERE.


Summit Public High School

8th graders and their families can learn about the Summit Public School experience HERE.


Design Tech High School

8th graders and their families can learn about the Design Tech Charter High School experience HERE.