1/20/20 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


Hello CMS families,

We have a lot going on this time of year and there is a great deal that I want to share with you.  But for right now, I would like to share this article written by Angela Duckworth about how to help teenagers think about their own well-being.  I read everything Angela Duckwoth writes because I benefitted so much from incorporating her work around grit into the way we work with our students here at CMS.  If you remember, Ms. Duckworth developed the Grit Scale. 

In this article she mentions how difficult it is to try to help teenagers because they are experts at pretending not to listen - she calls it “Shouting into the wind.” I often tell parents that our kids are actually listening to us even if it does not seem like it.  Kids say to me on a daily basis, “I know Mr. Domer, my mom/dad says the exact same thing.” So they are listening. The trick is getting them to incorporate our great advice into their daily routines.  

This article is worth the time to read because it suggest other ways to get kids to make better decisions.  One of the first things she suggests is to place students in leadership or mentoring roles. I love this because it dovetails so perfectly with the work we do around WEB (Where Everybody Belongs).  We are able to give so many of our students leadership opportunities by placing them as mentors to our incoming 6th grade students. This is a very short article, I hope you have the time to read it.  

How to Help Teenagers Prioritize Their Well-Being 

Tom Domer




School District News


Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School District strives for teaching and learning excellence in every educational setting. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs are essential to student achievement and have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. 

Our current, long-standing parcel tax is about to expire and Measure N is a continuation of that funding stream. The proceeds of this $334.60 parcel tax, could be used to replace the reduced or non-existent state funding and maintain the high quality of education at all SCSD schools. Teaching and learning benefit by maintaining these programs. #WeAreSCSD

Learn more about Measure N at - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/2020-Parcel-Tax-Information


6th Grade Basketball Tryouts

There will be two tryout dates and we encourage all players to attend both days. Tryouts will be held January 21 at CMS from 4:00-5:00 pm, and January 22 at Tierra Linda from 5:15-6:15pm. Please fill out an INTEREST FORM to be placed on the tryout list and receive communication about the season. (This is important so we can adequately prepare for the tryouts and send any updates that might be needed.) 


ROPES Presentations are Feb 3-5

If your 4th grade, 6th grade, or 8th grade student is doing a ROPES project this year, they should have received an email about how to turn in their project, and how to sign up for a presentation time on Feb 3rd, 4th, or 5th. This year, all items will be turned in electronically: written report, self-assessment, time log, and one-minute pitch video. 

All information and directions are posted on the ROPES page. If your student needs assistance filming their one-minute pitch, we have scheduled two drop-in sessions: Jan 22 and Jan 29 from 2-3:30pm at the Central Middle School Library with teacher Nick Lamb.



Welcome New SCSD Nurses

SCSD is proud to welcome three new nurses to our district nursing team. They bring a wealth of experience and dedication to our students and you will see them around campus as they help with day-to-day nursing activities, as well as ongoing health care and education programs. Please welcome Nurse Catie Monday-Friday, Nurse Terri Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and Nurse Bernadette Tuesdays and Thursdays. Special thanks goes out to the Sequoia Healthcare District for funding for our school nurses. 


PTA News


Become a PTA Member Today! 

If you haven’t yet joined the CMS/Arroyo PTA, you can still sign up for membership. Individual Memberships are $10 and Family Membership are $20.

As a PTA Member, you not only support our CMS/Arroyo teachers, staff and programs but are also part of decision-making discussions and support the voice of the PTA and public schools in advocacy programs at the state level. Your support goes a long way. Join us this year and sign up as a member today: https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com/ptaez/



8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook  - Deadline February 28th

We are starting to collect 8th grade baby pictures for the 2019-2020 CMS Yearbook. Infant to toddler, any photo works! The easiest way to submit is to place a high-quality, digital copy of the photo in this folder.  Or, you can email your photo to amylkodl@gmail.com. If you only have a hard copy, visit the front office and we can scan it for you.  Deadline: February 28, 2020.



CMS 2019/2020 Yearbooks

Have you purchased your child's Central 2019/2020 yearbook yet? Can't remember if you ordered it earlier in the year? Check out our custom yearbook site - you can look up your student and verify if you have/haven't purchased. Custom nameplates available! 





Teacher Outings and Summer Camps Auction
This is certainly a favorite SCEF event for families in our district! On January 27 the online auction for teacher outings and summer camps goes live and wait until you see all the fantastic events our teachers have donated this year! To learn more about Teacher Outings take a read here - www.scefkids.org/news 

Lucky On Live 
Can’t attend the Starlight Gala, but want to participate, and possibly win your choice of one of the BIG auction items? Attending the Gala (tickets still available here but want to up your chances to WIN? New to San Carlos and want to know more? Here is a primer on the LOL raffle - www.scefkids.org/news. To buy Lucky On Live raffle tickets send an email to luckyonlive@scefkids.org.



Community Partners


San Carlos Week of the Family - Jan 17-25

The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized by community volunteers whose goal is to strengthen family relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family and community interaction. Celebrating twenty year, the Week of the Family committee and its volunteers are proud to contribute to the quality of life and the family-orientated community of The City of Good Living. The upcoming Week of the Family runs January 17–25.

Please join the hundreds of families that have enjoyed Week of the Family by participating in one or more of the mostly free activities offered. You’re sure to find something entertaining and fun for your entire family.

The goals of the San Carlos Week of the Family are to:

  • Strengthen family relationships
  • Provide families in our community the tools that help families
  • Promote family life
  • Honor and pay tribute to families
  • Encourage families serving families
  • Have lots of fun

San Carlos families take many forms. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate. We hope to see you there!

Please click here for more information and the 2020 Week of the Family Events.



Join us for the Annual SCSD Musical!  Jan 23-26 

Cutloose January 23-26 at the exciting SCSD musical, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring district students in grades 4-8! Tickets are now on sale at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.

True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and ‘"Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilarating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.


Welcome Home San Carlos Meeting - Feb 1 

Everyone who lives or works in San Carlos is invited to join a second conversation on housing in the City of Good Living scheduled for Saturday morning February 1. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative working on narrowing the gap between jobs created and housing units built. The goal of Welcome Home is to help our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. The City hopes to listen to the conversation, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of San Carlos community members.  

Thank you to those who joined us on November 7, 2019 for our first community meeting where approximately 100 community members, City Councilmembers, and staff gathered at Hiller Aviation Museum for an evening to compare experiences and share their hopes for San Carlos’ future. Community members had dinner and engaged in thoughtful discussions with one another on the issue of housing, while City leaders and staff listened. The summary report from the first meeting can be found on the Welcome Home website.

The second meeting will build on the first conversation and look at ways that we can work together to address our City’s housing needs. A major focus is to continue to connect with community members who have not been regular participants in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. The second community conversation is scheduled for Saturday, February 1, 2020 at the San Carlos Adult Community Center 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 9:30 AM and the program will start at 10 AM. Breakfast will be provided and childcare will be available upon request. 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 


Make Plans to Attend the Chickens' Ball Variety Show and Fundraiser

Congratulations to the San Carlos Chickens’ Ball on celebrating its 80th year of raising funds for our local schools’ visual and performing arts! 

80 years ago, the show raised milk money for San Carlos students. Now, money raised specifically supports art and music supplies in our schools. For example, Mariposa staff and students now have a beautiful mural to brighten the halls because of the money raised at the last Chickens' Ball. Tierra Linda students gained a ceramics class, supplied with clay and glaze. How much can we raise for our students this time? The goal is to raise over $40K to continue to support our programs.The more money we raise, the more we give back to our students. 

Gather your friends and family and come cheer on your community. Tickets are on sale now for our 7 shows! Evening and matinee performances are on March 13-15, March 20-22.  https://www.chickensball.org/buy-tickets



School Garden Leaders Workshop - Mar 21

Welcome to the New Year! We hope to see you at our Spring workshop.

Saturday, March 21
9:00 am-12:00 pm, Arroyo School

Featured topics:

  • Garden activities with young kids
  • Classroom management in the garden
  • Curriculum sample for Middle School
  • Spring garden foods for kids

Come to learn, be inspired and meet other school garden leaders. Let other school garden leaders know about this! Sign up here 


Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities 

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending.

The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives
Dr. William Stixrud & Ned Johnson, Co-Authors
Thursday, January 30, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Menlo-Atherton High School, M-A Performing Arts Center (PAC)
555 Middlefield Road, Atherton
Info & Ticket information - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/m-a-the-self-driven-child-the-science-and-sense-of-giving-your-kids-more-control-over-their-lives-tickets-85192237275

Creating Gender Inclusive Environments for Children and Teens
Joel Baum, Senior Director for Professional Development, Gender Spectrum
Thursday, February 27, 2020, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR)
199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside
Info & Ticket information - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whs-creating-gender-inclusive-environments-for-children-and-teens-tickets-85181928441


High School Happenings

Sequoia High School

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

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.