2/3/20 CMS Newsletter

February 3, 2020 

Dear CMS Families,

It’s National School Counselors Week! Here is what the students at CMS will be hearing this week during morning announcements from our school counselor, Ms. Jobak:

Tuesday: Ms. Jobak is part of a group of over 100,000 school counselors in America who are all doing their best to help build better humans. Today at lunch she is offering Qigong meditation in the north atrium. After you finish your lunch come on in and raise your energy.

Wednesday: Even though Ms. Jobak  is the only school counselor working at both Arroyo and CMS this year she will make time to help any student who needs support. All you have to do is reach out. At both recesses today she will be offering mindful coloring in the north atrium. 

Thursday: School Counselors help with friend issues, family problems, school stress, anxiety, depression, low self esteem and much more. If you’d like support, reach out to Ms. Jobak. You can even email her at jjobak@scsdk8.org

Friday: Ms. Jobak thanks all of you for celebrating National School Counselors Week. Remember to be your own best friend and always practice using your empathy skills. Please reach out to Ms. Jobak at anytime if you would like support. We’ll be having music at lunch in the quad to wrap up this week.


Candy Grams

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, ASB will be selling Candy Grams this week. Each Candy Gram will cost $1.00 and include a message and full sized candy bar (a choice of Dove Milk Chocolate, Twix, Skittles, or Starbursts). Each student may purchase a maximum of 10 Candy Grams. In order to purchase, students will need to bring a completed order form and cash to the sales booth on one of the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 5th from 1:20pm-1:40pm, South Atrium
  • Thursday, February 6th @ lunch, North Atrium
  • Friday, February 7th @ lunch, North Atrium

Parents are welcome to purchase Candy Grams by visiting the sales booth on Wednesday or turning in their order form and exact change to the front office. No sales will be accepted after Friday, February 7th.

Candy Gram Order Form


Central’s Got Talent

Auditions for the annual CMS Talent Show are almost here. Students can sign up for a time slot in the South Atrium this week (February 3rd - 7th). Auditions will be held the week of February 10th to 14th at lunch and after school. The Talent Show will be held March 12th during Second Step.

CMS Spirit Wear

Did you miss out on your chance to purchase CMS Spirit Wear? Well, you’re in luck! Select items have been placed back online for sale. You can place an order by visiting the CMA/Arroyo PTA Store at https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com/ptaez/. There are limited items and sizes, so be sure to order while items are still in stock. 

8th Grade DC/NYC Trip

There are still spots available on this year's Washington, DC / New York City trip. The deadline to enroll is February 26, 2020. For more information and to sign up now, visit www.efexploreamerica.com/2257458xu.

The DC/NY trip is not school sponsored or affiliated with the San Carlos School District, but led by an individual through EF Explore America. If you have any questions about this trip, please contact Jennifer Williams at jenniferawilliams09@gmail.com



School District News


Attend a Superintendent Budget Workshop at your PTA Meeting in Feb


Calling All Parents - Please join us for a special Superintendent budget workshop at your next PTA meeting to learn more about our current budget, how the Measure N Parcel Tax impacts our budget, and provide input about priorities as we develop our budget for next year.

February PTA Meetings

  • Feb 12 - 7:00 pm - Arroyo/CMS
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Arundel
  • Feb 12 - 8:30 am - Brittan Acres
  • Feb 11 - 8:30 am - Heather
  • Feb 10 - 7:00 pm - Mariposa/TL
  • Feb 12 - 8:45 am - White Oaks



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 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.

The early voting period starts on February 3, with four Vote Centers opening in San Mateo, Redwood City, South San Francisco and East Palo Alto. The last day to register to vote is Tuesday, February 18.

Learn more about Measure N at



PTA News


8th Grade Baby Pictures for Yearbook  - Deadline February 28th - With Link!


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.


Looking for an Easy Volunteer Job You Can Do from Home?


We are looking for our next PE Laundry Coordinator. The Coordinator oversees the weekly pick up and drop off of laundry, using SignUp.com. Our current Coordinator, Rose Carney will show you how to work with SignUp (easy!) and how to set up signups for next year!





Last Call for Online Auction Bids!

Tuesday, February 4th is last day to participate in SCEF’s online auction. Visit https://scefkids2020.ggo.bid to bid on teacher outings, summer camps, and VIP experiences. Be sure to check out the CENTRAL specific items before they are gone!

Meet the Candidates

Educate your vote at the Candidate Forum for CA Senate District 13. Co-sponsored by SCEF, this event is a great way to meet the candidates running for Jerry Hill’s Senate seat and learn about the people that will help shape our children’s education experience.

  • Thursday, February 13
  • 7:00-8:30 pm
  • Redwood City Central Library, 1044 Middlefield Road



Community Partners


Healthy Cities Tutoring

Perfect Pairings Wine Pairing Dinner for Healthy Cities Tutoring


Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for the 6th annual Perfect Pairings wine pairing benefit dinner on Friday, February 28 from 5:30 - 9:00pm at Domenico Winery, 1697 Industrial Road in San Carlos. The Perfect Pairings benefit will be a festive celebration with delicious food and wine pairings, special friends and inspiring stories. 

Our community of supporters will enjoy passed appetizers and prosecco followed by a delicious 3-course sit-down dinner prepared by Chef Gino Gramegna and perfectly paired wines from Domenico while helping to make a difference in the lives of children. 

Please purchase your tickets by Feb.18 at Perfect Pairings - http://www.healthycities.site/perfect-pairings-2020/

Contact Nancy Bardsley - nancy@healthycitiestutoring.org - with questions. Thank you!

Workshop "How to Support your Student in Math?"

Is your student struggling with math? Want to learn how to help them with tips and insights from seasoned math teachers? Join Healthy Cities Tutoring for our Math Tips workshop. Want to tutor? Arrive early to hear about volunteer tutoring opportunities.  

Tuesday, February 11 / Arroyo/Central Middle School Library

  • 6:30-6:55 pm Orientation "How to become a tutor?" 
  • 7:00-8:30 pm Workshop "How to Support Your Student in Math" 

Presented by Sheila Sevilla, Kirsty Mooney & Hillary Wiessinger
Open to Healthy Cities Tutors, Parents and Para-Educators
Click here to RSVP

Additional workshop on Thursday, March 19, 2019. Visit our website 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.