12/7/20 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

Week at a Glance

Hello Central Families,

If you happen to walk by Central’s campus, take a look inside to see what we have been working on in preparation for the reopening of school.  A few projects that I would like to highlight this week is our outdoor learning labs.  All of our schools have been working with an incredible organization called Each Green Corner which is helping us build outdoor learning spaces on each campus.  The areas that we are building will serve as more than just outdoor classrooms.  The goal is to use these spaces to teach environmental literacy and sustainability.  

We first want to create several traditional school gardens (raised beds and in-ground planting space, class set of supplies, informal circle seating, handwashing/work trough sink) but in miniature form throughout the entire school.  Arroyo already has one large garden, but we are working on taking this concept to make several smaller gardens throughout both campuses.  We do not have a great deal of space, so we plan on utilizing as much unused spaces as possible.  

These outdoor classrooms will have flexible whiteboards, bench seating oriented toward the whiteboard, work tables, teacher demo table, handwashing/work trough sink.  These spaces are designed to be as practical as possible for teaching and learning. 

We also want to teach about food production and demonstrate some compassion. Food Forests (year-round “forest” environments of fruit trees and shrubs, with center area for outdoor class space) will be created in several areas around campus.  Fruit trees will be planted in our preexisting bioswales and planter boxes. This also serves the purpose of greening the campus.  The goal is to teach our students that food production can either contribute to global warming or be a factor in mitigating the warming of the plant.  Our Food Forests can help us teach how food choices can be a positive way to take action, not only in what we choose to eat, but also how we choose to produce food.  The best outcome of Central/Aroyo’s Food Forests is that the food we produce will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank.  

Please come by campus to see what we have been up to while you have been away.  We have been hard at work preparing PPE and readying the campus for students. We have also been working on creating lasting change for a positive future.  

Tom Domer 


School District

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Each year, the SCSD welcomes our newest families into the district with a Kindergarten Information Night, introducing them to our community partners and reviewing the process for registering for Kindergarten. 

This year, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Welcome Night / Meet the San Carlos School District at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The presentation will include a welcome from SCEF, PTA, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Extended Day Programs, Preschool Programs, and district Wellness Programs as well as an overview of the registration process.

On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 the Powerschool Registration Form opens for new students to begin their registration. All registration paperwork will be completed online and parents will be asked to upload their documents into the system. More details will be available on our SCSD website in January. The deadline for priority registration is February 26, 2021.

See our Key Dates for Registration page for more information.


Parent Education:  Mental Health 101 - When Should Parents Worry

On Monday, December 7, 2020, 5:00-6:15pm, Live Event (Webinar) with Shashank Joshi, MD discussing how parents can support the mental health of children and teens, especially during the pandemic. With rates of anxiety and depression on the rise, many parents wonder: Should I be worried? Info & Tickets: https://mentalhealth2020phcd.eventbrite.com


Parent Education:  How to Give Advice Your Child (Might) Listen To

On Friday, December 11, 2020, 12:00–1:00pm, Live Event (Meeting) join Eran Magen, PhD, Center for Supportive Relationships to focus on parent-child communication and managing relationships with your child or teen. Info & Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/parent-forum-5-english-how-to-give-advice-your-child-might-listen-to-registration-128812681197




PTA Meeting -  Wednesday, December 9th 9:30am via Zoom

Please join us for our monthly PTA meeting Dec 9, 2020 09:30am


Fundraising Update

We did it! We met our fundraising goal this year thanks to everyone's generosity. Our teachers and students are so fortunate to have such a supportive community. An extra big shout out to our PTA sponsors Wendy Wood DesignChang OrthodonticsAlana Corso of DwellCounty Consumer Plumbing Service and Repair GroupStay True Books, and Kirsten Kell, Marriage and Family Therapist who help make our PTA activities that much more special.


PTA Coordinating Council Gifts

The San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council is continuing to collect grocery e-gift cards to support our fellow San Carlos District families who are experiencing food insecurity this holiday season.  Click here to donate a Safeway e-gift card to sancarlosptacc@gmail.com.  Thank you for your gift!  (Please note it is not considered a charitable donation but will be given directly to an SCSD family in need).  

If you are finding yourself in need of support this holiday season, please let us know.  We want to be able to help.  You can reach out to me directly, contact our PTACC support coordinator (sancarlosptacc@gmail.com) or fill out this Google Form to request assistance.  


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San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Early bird gets the Gift Card!  The SCEF Read-A-Thon is Coming.
SCEF's  first ever Read-A-Thon will encourage students to read as much as they can from January 25 to February 5, 2021; and help raise much needed funds for our schools. Prizes for individuals & classes. Sign up for this district-wide event by December 17 and be entered to win a gift card to The Reading Bug, Crepe Stop, or Boba Guys! 
IT'S FREE! SIGN UP NOW: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/SCEF2021/addme      
Michelin Star Cooking & Cocktails: "The Epicure & The Alchemist” 
Join us on Saturday, Dec. 12th, 6:00-8:00pm for a cooking and cocktail preparation event. This virtual event (adults only) features Chef Patrick Newton from Michelin star kitchens Atelier Crenn and Keiko å Nob Hill, and Kenny Jones, bartender from The Alchemist. Sign up now: https://paybee.io/@scef2020-21@5

Thank you for your continued support. 
There are so many BIG and little ways to contribute to SCEF and the work it takes to keep our local public schools funded and vibrant. Here are some great ways to support SCEF:

Gift Appreciated Stock
By donating stock that has appreciated for more than a year, you are actually giving 20 percent more than if you sold the stock and then made a cash donation. The reason is simple: avoiding capital gains taxes. SCEF benefits by directly receiving your stock gift, which is then sold for zero tax consequences due to SCEF’s non-profit tax status. There are also some specific 2020 tax treatments that you can read about here: https://scefkids.org/2020-charitable-contributions/

Support SCEF as you Shop on Amazon
SmileAmazon is a great way to support SCEF while doing all your online shopping. Visit https://smile.amazon.com/gp/chpf/change/ and choose “San Carlos Education Foundation,” and Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase to SCEF. It’s super easy and works on both desktop and mobile purchases. 

Shop Local
Please remember to thank our local merchants and restaurants who are SCEF supporters. We count on many local business sponsors each year to reach our goal. See our shopping guide at https://scefkids.org/take-action/families/shop-local/


Community Partners


Tide High School - 8th Grade Parent Night December 10th

TIDE would like to invite all 8th-grade families to our virtual 8th Grade Parent Night via zoom.

8th Grade Parent Night 
December 10th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Zoom Link = https://tinyurl.com/TIDE8thGradeParentNightDec  
The Zoom link is case sensitive.


FREE Subscription to Headspace 

Thanks to the San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services, the app Headspace is now available for FREE to all San Mateo County residents: www.headspace.com/san-mateo-county  You may preview flyers in Spanish and English on this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1h0brdr7GUMwMdBl9U4RJpJ-8g1iipHSW?usp=sharing


Eco-Friendly Holiday Show 

Join Rethink Waste team on Friday, December 11 at 5:00pm or an exciting hour of waste-related, kid-friendly holiday cheer! RethinkWaste’s Holiday Show will include a eco-friendly guide to gift giving and wrapping, our take on some classic holiday carols, and a chance to test your waste knowledge in a rousing game of trivia (played via Kahoot!) Bring your holiday cheer and a snack if you wish, all ages are welcome! Register today: https://bit.ly/rethinkgifting


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy