10/28/19 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message



October 28, 2019


Come to school wearing your Halloween costume on Thursday, October 31st. Students are encouraged to come to school wearing costumes.

A few rules to follow as students will still be attending classes:

  • Masks may not be worn at school
  • No Weapons or Props of any kind
  • Costumes that severely limit a student's mobility are also not to be worn to school
  • Make-up or hairspray must be applied prior to coming to school (Do not bring to school)
  • We do know that these rules may disappoint some students, as they will not be able to wear a complete costume, we do apologize for this.  Our main concern is safety.

Please consider limiting the amount of CANDY brought to school before, and after Halloween.

This year, in lieu of Second Step, we will have a field day on Halloween.  Students will be able to choose one or more activity to participate in throughout the period. Students that participate will receive raffle tickets and be able to win prizes. I have included the festivities below:


  1. Costume contest on the stage in the quad
  2. Knockout/basketball on basketball courts
  3. Chalk drawing near front gate by bike racks
  4. “Tag” games on blacktop
  5. Capture the flag on the field
  6. Lanyards and friendship bracelets in the South Atrium


Parents/guardians - This might be a great time for you to come to school and jon in the fun.  We always encourage parents to come to school as often as possible because we believe in a strong home/school relationship.  Come in costume so your child does not know who you are - that is a joke - the same costume rules will apply to adults as well. Please sign in at the main office.  I hope to see you there. 


Zero Period will be cancelled on Friday November 1st as many of our students will be out late Trick or Treating. 


On behalf of STEMentors SV and Foothill College, we are happy to invite your students to participate in the 2ndAnnual STEMentors Possible Self STEM Expo, Saturday, November 9, 2019 at Foothill College, on the Sunnyvale Campus. We hope you could do a favor by passing this flyer (and attachments) to students and their families.

During this daylong, conference style event, students will take part in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) related sessions in topics from AI, to Robotics to Zoology. The purpose of this event is to expose low income, under-served, and under-represented students to careers that they may not know about or have never considered. (We want to concentrate on our Black and Brown students, who are chronically absent from the STEAM occupations… yet all students are happily welcome).

The day is intended to provide students with a small taste of the many options that are available, and leave them with questions that they can further explore with and through STEMentors SV, or on their own beyond this event. 

Please feel free to contact us anytime, for inquiries.


Tom Domer



School District News



7th/8th Grade Basketball Tryouts - Nov 4 and 5 



SCSD's 7th/8th Grade Boys' & Girls' Basketball season is starting soon. Visit SCSD Winter Sports to fill out an interest form and complete your Athletic Clearance Form.
In order to adequately staff the tryouts and minimize the need for refunds, we ask that all players submit an interest form by clicking on the REGISTER button for your student's grade. No payment will be taken until after tryouts. The league schedule will be released on November 14th and the season runs November 18 thru January 24.
Monday, Nov 4 | @Tierra Linda
7th Grade | 5:15 - 6:15 PM
8th Grade | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
Tuesday, Nov 5 | @Central
7th Grade | 4:00 - 5:00 PM
8th Grade | 5:15 - 6:15 PM



New Student Registration - November 1


The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period. 
New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).
Visit our website for more information - https://tinyurl.com/SCSD-Enrollment



Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night - November 18


Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.


  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents - Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District

Visit our website for more information - https://tinyurl.com/SCSD-Enrollment




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



Donate to the the PTA Before Nov. 1 Deadline!  Every Donation Makes a Difference


Thank You to the many CMS/Arroyo families who have already donated to help us toward our PTA budget needs! We are so grateful for your support.

We are getting close to our goal but still need to raise $3,000 for our PTA budget. As a result, we may be in the position of having to make budget cuts to our programs and events. On the list of programs that rely exclusively on PTA funding and are at risk:

  • Art in Action
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Library Funds to purchase books,
  • Garden, Day of Service, and Teacher Grants
  • 8th Grade Graduation Activities

Again, if you have already contributed to the PTA, thank you so much! If not (per PTA bylaws for fundraising), the deadline is Friday, November 1st.

We are asking for $250 per family, but please give what you can to support your school! Click here to donate NOW.

Our next PTA meeting will be on Wednesday, November 13th at 7PM in the Central/Arroyo Library. At this meeting, we will determine if we have enough donations to fund our operating budget. If we don’t, we will identify cuts that we need to make this year. We welcome everyone to join us and provide your input. 

If you have any questions, please send them to cms_pta@scsdk8.org.



October CMS Staff Lunch


We are providing lunch for our awesome staff on Wed October 30th. Please sign up to bring something




PTA Reflections Contest 2019-20:  Look Within


Don't ignore your inner artist! It's time to start working on your Reflections project for this year's PTA Reflections theme, Look Within. Enter your artwork and reflect about its meaning to you in one of six categories:  

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

All entries will be recognized for their artistic achievement--participation itself is a meaningful contribution to the Central community!  First-place finishers in each category enter the district competition. District winners move on to the state level, and winners ultimately compete at the national level. Click here to review the Official Rules on the PTA Reflections page of the Central website.

Due on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 to Ms. Gamez in the office.



The Central Yearbook and Mr. Lamb Need Your Help!


We have 3 volunteer opportunities available - please contact Mr. Nick Lamb at nlamb@scsdk8.org if you are interested or have any questions.

1) After School Sports Photography

For every sport, a team photo is needed and a few good action shots as well! We need a parent volunteer who would coordinate with Legarza to ensure all coaches take a team photo and reach out to parents for help with some good action shots from as many different of our teams as possible.

2) Event photographer

Our yearbook will need photos from school events such as Children's Theater productions, Stampede & Soar color run, and the Swing Dance competition. This parent volunteer could take the photos themselves and/or gather all photos taken from other parents at the events.

3) 8th Grade End of Year Slideshow 

This job involves asking parents to forward school related photos from the last 4 years, organizing them by year, and putting them to music. The slideshow is shown to the 8th graders at the end of year breakfast. We also ask parents to send in baby pictures for the yearbook. 







Candy Buy-Back

Support Our Troops - Support Your School 

  • Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office 
  • When? Nov 1st – Nov 6th 
  • Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF
  • All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude

Thank you to local dentists, Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping. Check out our flyer at http://scefkids.org/halloween



Faculty and Friends' Got Talent!

Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/

Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy,  Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers. 

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos




Community Partners



Free Rainbarrel Installation Workshop - Nov 2


Join us for a FREE rain barrel workshop sponsored by Flows To Bay, the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program. The workshop will be on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos. Help us install a new system for TL, and learn the skills needed to install your own rain barrel system at home! All ages are welcome to participate in the learning and the FUN! RSVP: https://www.flowstobay.org/nov2



Children's Business Fair Workshops

Children’s Business Fair - Calling all young entrepreneurs! We are providing the opportunity for children to launch and showcase their very own startup business. Kids develop a brand, create a product or service, build a marketing strategy, and then open a pop-up booth for customers at our Night of Holiday Lights on Dec 6! Workshops are on Nov 7, Nov 25 & Dec 2. Space is limited! To register your child (grades 5-8th), email Mary Martinez at mcmoreno@smcgov.org. Questions, call the Youth Center at 650-802-4122.



Welcome Home San Carlos - Nov 7

The San Carlos Community is invited to join a different conversation on housing in the City of Good Living. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative, aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to listen to the community, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of those who live and work in San Carlos.

We are launching a series of engagements to talk about our community’s hopes for the future, focusing specifically on housing and identifying key priorities. A major focus is to connect with community members who are less likely to participate in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. Our first community conversation is scheduled for Thursday, November 7 at the Hiller Museum and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and child care will be provided. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us!

TO RSVP please go to: welcomehomesancarlos.eventbrite.com
For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome





High School Happenings


Sequoia High School


Sequoia 8th Grade Parent Information Night coming up! Mark your calendars for Wed 11/6, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, beginning in Carrington Hall on Sequoia's campus. The Info Night includes opening remarks from Sequoia Principal Sean Priest, and an opportunity to visit classrooms and hear from student panels over four optional sessions. No RSVP required. For more information, click here. A great introduction to the Sequoia experience!

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.