10/5/20 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


Week at a Glance


Please make sure to review our modified bell schedule for conference week.  Conference slots filled up fast. If you were unable to get a conference time, please reach out to teachers and we will schedule a time for you to meet during Office Hours. 

CMS DL Bell Schedule
Conference Week Bell Schedule  


This Book is Anti-Racist  

Superintendent Harmeier shared this conversation with the author Tiffany Jewell with Instructional Leaders this week and I found it very interesting.   I thought I would share it in my newsletter because it is such an important conversation but can be difficult to know how to talk to children about it.   The novel begins with the premise that we need to begin this work by working on our inner selves.  I also like how the term “anti racist” is defined because it is very non-accusatory.  

If you are interested in a way to broach the topic of racism in the world with your children, this novel might be a good start.  It is a graphic novel so it is very accessible to children.  Jewell says, “I really want educators to know that you have to address injustice. Like, you can’t push racism aside. That our kids see it. They know it exists. And so we can cultivate a community where we’re discussing it and diving into it and understanding it courageously.” Parents are the most important educators so if you are interested, take some time to read the article linked above. 



Parents - if your child is late to class or having internet issues, please include Vickie Gamez in the email you send to teachers so that we can make attendance correctly.   All corrections must be reported by Monday, noon time, for any corrections from the previous week or it cannot be changed due to the state reports.  If we marked attendance incorrectly, please let us know before Monday at noon so that we can correct it. 



Support Central by Joining Team Kid!


Thank you to the families who have contributed to our PTA so far this year.  Currently we are at 30% of our fundraising goal.  Please help us reach our budget by donating today.  

Now, more than ever, our schools need your support. Distance Learning has presented new and unique challenges for our students and staff. Join TeamKid  today by supporting the Central Arroyo PTA and SCEF.  Your generous donations will be used to fund PTA programs like teacher stipends, principal funds, critical cleaning supplies, Art in Action, garden, student assemblies, 8th grade graduation, parent education, disability awareness and support, student supplies, Healthy Cities tutoring and much, much more. SCEF donations will support grants for excellence in teaching, technology, mental health, electives and music as we plan for 2021-22.

Thank you for supporting TeamKid in our efforts to enhance and enrich your student’s education and provide tools for our teachers to create meaningful learning opportunities for their students. Join the TeamKid movement by making your PTA donation this fall and planning your SCEF donation at a time that works best for your family.  Find out more HERE


Central / Arroyo Virtual Book Fair is HERE!


Calling all readers... the Central/Arroyo Scholastic Virtual "Time Travel" Book Fair is finally here!!! The Book Fair is completely online, so shopping will be super easy!!  

Just click HERE to browse your favorite titles. There are over 5,000 titles to choose from, over 1,000 titles for $5 and under and several Spanish & Bilingual titles.  

Check out these fun videos to see what's new and exciting for all your readers at home!

Check out these cool digital flyers to see some additional fun picks! 

Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central/Arroyo PTA and the Library. If you have any questions please contact Kristy EttingerJulie Ledford or Stephanie Brill.  

Happy shopping!  Don't be afraid to teleport into the world of reading and escape into a new book! Time is a-ticking... 


PTA Reflections 


Reflections Program 2020-1 Information

The National PTA’s Reflections art program has helped students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, increase confidence and find a love for learning that will help them become more successful in school and in life. 

Reflections was established in 1969 by National PTA board member Mary Lou Anderson.  Each year, over 300,000 students in Pre-K through Grade 12 create original works of art in response to a student-selected theme.  The theme for the 2020-2021 program year is 

 "I Matter Because.... "    " Yo Importo Proque... "  

 Reflections 2020-21 Call for Entries 

Students may submit an entry in any and/or all of the six arts areas listed below in one of the grade divisions Primary: Preschool, Kindergarten – Grade 2, Intermediate: Grade 3-5, Middle School: Grade 6-8, High School: Grade 9-12, Special Artist: All grades

Only original works of art created by the individual student are accepted. Students may enter up to two works of art. The six arts areas are as follows:

Student Participation

Participation in Reflections is open to all students who are in attendance at a PTA/PTSA school where the program is sponsored. Students submit their Reflections entries to their school PTA/PTSA by November 2nd

Reflections Theme Search 2022-2023
The Reflections Theme Search is determined by the National PTA Reflections Theme Search Contest which is selected two years in advance.  Each State PTA Reflections Committee submits 5 themes to represent their state to the National PTA Reflections Theme selection
Opens on September 1st and closes on November 1st to California State PTA.  Students may submit as multiple ideas however each idea must have it's own entry form.  It may be submitted via postal mail (entry form is attached) or online starting September 1st visit

Online Theme Search:  http://capta.org/programs-events/reflections/theme-search/






Nurturing a Lifelong Love of Music

SCEF is thrilled to announce that the School Board approved an amendment to the budget to provide Music for Minors to K-4. Music for Minors is a local nonprofit and leading provider of comprehensive, sequential standards-based music education. The mission of Music for Minors is to nurture in children a lifelong love of music. Without the generous and overwhelming support of our donors, we could not support our kids, teachers and schools in these important and meaningful ways.  

Your contributions continue to make a real difference for our students during this challenging school year. Thank you!



Community Partners


SCSD Pandemic Care & Support Parent Website 

We hope you will check out our new SCSD Pandemic Care & Support website that specifically addresses resources for our school community during the Pandemic. 

We've created a Parent Education Calendar and will keep that updated with new events. Note: we will be adding new events to this calendar regularly, so you may wish to link the calendar to your own. 

The site also houses pages for Counseling & Mental Health where you will find links to make appointments with your school counselors, along with information such as the Green Folder which details an action plan to help during a mental health crisis. We added a page about Meals & Groceries just to make sure everyone knows how to order weekly meal boxes and get support from the PTA if you need groceries. 

Finally, you'll find our newly-released guidelines for families about the process we are following if a student is ill. Each time those processes are revised, we will let you know. 



San Carlos Children's Theater - Auditions October 13th 

Join the Virtual School Musical

The show must go on! Auditions for this year's VIRTUAL middle school musical -- GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY -- will be held October 13th on Zoom. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount! All 6th-8th graders from Central, Tierra Linda and Charter are invited to join the cast of this funny, toe-tapping musical about a young Broadway producer facing problems with his leading lady and the bank! No theater experience is required to audition and everyone who auditions will be cast. With all rehearsals held in the privacy of your own home, this is the perfect opportunity to try a musical for the first time! Online rehearsals begin October 20. Virtual performances will be presented January 29 & 30. 

Get complete show details and register to audition at www.sancarloschildrenstheater.com/broadway/




High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

OCTOBER 6, 2020
Carlmont 8th Grade 
Parent Info Night

  • Links to Tour and Presentations will be available on the Carlmont website, 8th Grade Transition page, beginning October 6th. 
  • We welcome all 8th grade parents to watch these presentations that will provide a broad overview of the academic program at Carlmont. The video will have an introduction from Carlmont Principal Ralph Crame, brief information about elective and athletic programs, and insight into our counseling and guidance department. Also included will be more in depth presentations on course offerings in Math, Science, English and Social Studies.

NO RSVP Required

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