1/13/20 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope everybody had a great break and has come back to school ready to take on what the new year has to offer. 

Over the years, parents have expressed to me how difficult it is to navigate all the different websites and online resources our teachers use to help our students learn.  Parents at home sometimes find it difficult to know exactly where to go to help their child.  

In the same vein, our teachers spend a great deal of time creating online learning opportunities for their students in order to make class assignments, homework and learning targets accessible for parents at home.  The goal is to have seamless communication between home and school.  

In order to make this easier for everybody, I have created the link below that contains any website and/or information you may need from school. The goal is to make accessing school materials easier for you all.  I will keep this link on my newsletters throughout the year and will add it to our website.  

If there is any other form of information you need, please let me know and I will add it to this document.  I hope you find this useful.  

CMS Class Resources - One Stop Shop


CMS Yearbook Early Bird Special (Last Chance)

Don't miss your chance to get the best price on a 2020 CMS Yearbook and a FREE name plate for your student. On January 18th, the price will increase and name plates will not be available. 

To buy a yearbook, visit www.cmsyearbook.com and follow the link to the Herff-Jones sales site. 

Questions? Email Yearbook Advisor Mr. Lamb - nlamb@scsdk8.org.


Upcoming 7th Grade Author Event - 1/24

We are very excited to have author Scott Reintgen visit CMS to present his new fantasy novel - Ashlords to our 7th graders on Friday, January 24.  Scott is a former English teacher and the author of the Nyxia dystopian novel series.  He will be in the Bay Area as part of YANOVCON: a young adult literary conference sponsored by our local libraries. Information about this free local youth conference can be found at this link: YANOVCON conference

Scott's new novel, Ashlords, has been described as Red Rising meets The Scorpio Races.  This epic fantasy follows three phoenix horse riders--skilled at alchemy--who must compete at The Races--the modern spectacle that has replaced warfare within their empire.


Students and staff can pre-order signed copies of Scott's novel through local bookseller Books, Inc at the following link.

Ashlords Book Order Form

Tom Domer


Tom Domer



School District News


Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School District is committed to providing an innovative and engaging learning experience that fosters the development of the whole child and maintains the high quality of local TK-8 schools. Exceptional teachers, small class sizes, challenging instructional programs, dedicated parent volunteers, and outstanding science, art, and music programs have prepared generations of local San Carlos children to succeed in high school, college, and careers. SCSD’s goal is to continue that tradition.

SCSD uses local revenue to supplement limited State funding. Measure N is a temporary $334.60 parcel tax, lasting only eight years. Its proceeds could be used to retain exceptional teachers and protect core programs. 

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.) 


PTA News


PTA Meeting  - Join Us Wednesday, January 15th at 8:45am 

Join us for our first PTA meeting of 2020 to hear updates and participate in discussions. This is an opportunity to stay informed, get involved and have your voice heard on important topics, such as funding, advocacy and parcel tax. We’ll meet on Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 8:45am in the CMS/Arroyo library. We’d love to see you there!


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/


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! 






SCEF Gala Tickets On-Sale NOW
It’s the party of the year – do you have your ticket yet? Join us at Sharon Heights Country Club on Saturday, March 14 for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live auction bidding. It’s for the kids! https://www.scefkids.org/starlightgalatickets/

Help us stock the SCEF Gala Stellar Cellar!
Last year’s Stellar Cellar auction item was valued at $7900 and raised $5000 – lucky winners! Share your love of fine wines and support our schools by donating a bottle valued at $100 or more.
Have access to other auction items? An unforgettable experience, vacation home, concert or sports tickets? Please contact Christopher Kashap at events@scefkids.org to arrange for a donation.  



Community Partners


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.


Upcoming Parent Education Opportunities 

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

Raising a Resilient Learner
Adina Glickman, MSW, Founder of the Stanford Resilience Project
Thursday, January 16, 2020, 10:00 - 11:30am
Sequoia Union High School District Office, Birch Room
480 James Avenue, Redwood City
Info & Ticket information - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/suhsd-raising-a-resilient-learner-tickets-85744043743

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


Healthy Cities Tutor Training for New & Existing Tutors & Interested Parents 

Join us on Wednesday, January 15 from 6:30-8:15 pm for our Tutor Tips workshop taught by SCSD Teachers Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan. 

Maybe you want help figuring out how to reach a reluctant learner? Maybe you wonder how to approach a particular subject? We will cover questions working with students over a wide range of grade levels. During the workshop, you will practice math games to work on with your students to build basic facts, strategies to help the reluctant writer, and many more tips for effective tutoring or homework sessions. We guarantee you will leave with a fresh approach and a few fun games to play. The first 30 minutes will be a short orientation session for those who are interested in becoming a tutor and working with a student one hour each week, followed by our Tutor Tips presentation from 7:00-8:15 pm at the Central Middle School/Arroyo Library at 757 Cedar Street, San Carlos. Follow the green A-frame signs. 

Please RSVP via Evite here or visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.



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


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.