2/10/20 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

On Friday I attended the Schools for a Sustainable Future Summit at the County Office of Education.  I remain committed to help build a sustainable future and I still believe that schools should be taking an active role in this effort.  Our children are going to inherit the earth and the environment that we leave behind so they have a vested interest in the decisions that we are making today.  

I look forward to harnessing the energy of our youth in the effort to build a more sustainable future, but what has impressed me most is the outpouring of support I have received from our stakeholders and community members.  So many people have reached out to me to offer assistance and great ideas on how we can move this effort forward. I am struck by the sheer amount of human capital we have out there. I would love to help coordinate as many efforts as possible to develop a plan for Central to accomplish two goals. The first being to develop a sustainability plan, the second to educate our youth to believe that they can do something about it.  

There is so much bad news out there regarding climate change.  For me personally, I find myself getting discouraged because the solutions seem so out of my control.  The key is understanding this sense of helplessness. If we continue to focus on the negative things that are happening in the world, we will only discourage ourselves.  For our students, we need to focus on the good things that are happening so that we are modeling how best to tackle complex problems. This is how schools can play an important role.  If our students see our schools working towards positive change, then they will begin to understand their own potential. Framing the discussion around climate solutions instead of the climate crisis helps students wrap their heads around the things that can be done and will help the spring into action.  

I look forward to sharing what I have learned. I also look forward to learning from our community members who are already doing so much to make San Carlos a great place to live.  Please reach out if you would like to add to this conversation.  

Tom Domer



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 - 8:00 pm - White Oaks (Sotheby's on San Carlos Ave.)

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

Are you registered to vote? You can still register online or check the status of your voter registration here - https://www.smcacre.org/register-vote

The early voting period for the March 2020 election started 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 -



Central Track and Field

Come join the Central Track & Field team – it’s lots of fun! Track events include sprints (100, 200, and 400), distance (800 and mile), relays (4x100, 4x200, and 4x400) and field events (long jump, high jump, shot put, and discus). No experience required and no try-outs required. Everyone is welcome. The first practice is Wednesday, February 26th at 1:30 at Burton Park next to the Youth Center (kids bring their lunch and eat it there before practice). Please complete the interest form if you would like to participate this spring. If you have any questions about the season or the sport, please contact Coach Megan at meganmiller5@gmail.com. Go Mustangs!


LCAP Parent Advisory Committee

All school districts in California must create and maintain a three-year growth plan called the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). The LCAP is one portion of the budget development process and requires the district to monitor growth on SCSD's four goal areas. Stakeholder engagement is a key component of the LCAP monitoring process. Representatives from each school will form the 2020 LCAP Parent Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC serves in an advisory role to offer feedback goal development and on progress in each goal area. All parents/guardians are encouraged to engage in this process. 

The LCAP PAC is scheduled to meet on the dates below. All meetings will take place in the SCSD District Office Board Room, located at 1200 Industrial Road, Suite 9, in San Carlos. These are public meetings and any member of the community is encouraged to attend. If you are interested in becoming a part of the PAC, contact your principal.

  • February 13: 9:00- 10:00am
  • March 19: 9:00- 10:00am
  • April 22: 9:00- 10:00am
  • May 7: 9:00- 10:00am



PTA News


PTA Meeting - Join Us this Wednesday at 7pm

Join us for our next PTA meeting 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 Principals’ updates, funding, advocacy and parcel tax. We’ll meet on Wednesday, February 12th at 7pm in the CMS/Arroyo library. We’d love to see you there!

Sign up for Staff Appreciation Lunch

Show the Central Staff some love! We are providing the staff lunch on Thursday 2/12. Please sign up to bring something here.


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!



Dwell Matching Program for First Time SCEF Donors
First time SCEF donors have the chance to double their donation thanks to exclusive real estate sponsor DWELL Realtors! Partners Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Alana Corso, Joyce Romeo and Tatum Clarke will match $1 for $1 any new donations between February 1 and March 31, 2020 up to $50,000! Find out more at scefkids.org/dwellmatch and take advantage of this unique opportunity to double your impact. scefkids.org/donate 

Seeking Auction Items for Starlight Gala
We are finalizing our Gala auction and are looking for the donation of air miles and/or hotel points to round out a Trip to New York package. If you can donate these, other New York related items, fine wines or vacation homes items, please email events@scefkids.org. Thank you!

Online Auction Success
Thank you for participating in the online auction! We are grateful to the teachers & staff who donate their time to raise money for our schools and ever appreciative of our generous and involved community of supporters. Special thanks to Debbie Blucher, Christopher Kashap, Annie Kennedy Ramirez, Scott Cleveland and Kathy Parmer-Lohan for creating and running this wonderful event.


Community Partners


Save the Date for San Carlos Hometown Days 40th Anniversary - May 15, 16, & 17 2020

San Carlos Hometown Days is a unique community event and tradition! This year we are excited to celebrate and continue on after four decades of FUN! For this milestone year, we have a great line up of entertainment, food, beer and wine, games and special attractions, and much more. Don’t miss our Parade on Saturday morning which will be a showcase for our 40th Anniversary celebration! Thank you to all the volunteers who help run this non-profit organization, to our Community Partners, and to our Sponsors. We hope to see you at the event and can’t wait to say to you, “Cheers to 40 Years!”


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.


Upcoming Parent Education Opportunity

The Sequoia Healthcare District is sponsoring the following parent education events this winter. Please consider attending. (All parent education events can be found on this link)

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


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.