12/14/20 CMS Newsletter

Week at a Glance

Hello Central Families,

Happy Holidays!!  I know I am not alone in my desire to usher 2020 out and the hope that comes with ringing in a new year.  There is so much I look forward to in 2021, but nothing more than seeing students coming to school with smiles on their faces. I would imagine that parents feel the same.  I do not know when this is going to happen, but I do know that it IS going to happen.  My New Year’s wish is to have students back on campus as soon as it is safe to do so.  

I hope that everybody has a safe holiday break and that you are able to have some fun with your family.   

In anticipation for a much needed two week break, we have a fun week planned for our students. Please click the link below to see the activities: 




The Yearbook Needs Your Winter Week photos!

  • Wearing your Ugly Sweater? Take a selfie and submit it!
  • Got your PJs or Fuzzy Socks on? Take a pic and submit!
  • Go to the Herff Jones eshare site and submit photos directly. The code is mustangs21 (all lower case)
  • http://www.hjeshare.com/eShare/?code=mustangs21

You can also download the Herff Jones eshare app from the app store for Android and iPhone. This allows you to upload photos directly from your phone.

Happy New Year! 

Tom Domer 





San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Important Charitable Giving Tax Information for End of the Year Giving
Two important features of the 2020 CARES Act are the Increased Deduction Limits and Universal Deduction Provision. To be eligible, your gift must be made on/before December 31, 2020. For more information about these and other charitable giving benefits, please read our blog post at www.scefkids.org/news. To make a donation and benefit from these new tax rules and support our schools, go to www.scefkids.org/donate

Shop Local
Need to pick up gifts for the amazing teachers, family and friends in your life? So many great options to choose from--gift cards and goodies from local restaurants, shops and service providers. Shop local and thank our local merchants and restaurants. 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/

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   

Workplace Giving
Long-time SCEF supporter Maggie Demkin discovered what an enormous impact workplace giving can make when she rallied fellow San Carlos employees around her company’s matching program and helped raise an incredible $90,000! Hear about Maggie’s efforts in her own words at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEP0OlEPppA. Find out if your company offers corporate matching or other workplace giving benefits via your employers website or at https://scefkids.org/donate/.



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.



Save the Date - Next PTA Meeting -  Wednesday, January 13, 2021 7pm via Zoom

Save the date for our monthly PTA meeting January 13, 2021 7pm. Details will be sent at a later date.



Community Partners

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



San Carlos Parks & Recreation 


Youth Arts Competition
Creations and Connections (Ages 10-18): San Carlos YAC is holding an Arts Competition for San Carlos youth ages 10-18 years. The theme for this year is "Peace, Love and Community." Youth can submit artwork under any of the following categories: Poetry/Short Story, Dance Choreography, Film Production, Music, Photography, and Fine Art. Submissions will be displayed at the Youth Center or at a virtual awards ceremony on February 19. To be considered, students must complete the art submission application by January 15. For more information and to apply, visit: cityofsancarlos.org/yac.

Messages of Support drop-off at the Youth Center
Throughout the month of December, the Youth Advisory Council is collecting cards and messages of support for COVID patients and frontline healthcare workers at Sequoia Hospital. Cards can be dropped off Monday-Friday from 1:00 - 5:00 pm at the San Carlos Youth Center (1001 Chestnut Street).




San Carlos Little League 

SCLL invites you to "Meet" a Major Leaguer, Daniel Descalso

Register for an online meet-and-greet with Daniel Descalso. Daniel grew up playing San Carlos Little League and attended St. Charles and St. Francis High School. The St. Louis Cardinals drafted him in the third round of the 2007 Major League Baseball (MLB) draft from the University of California, Davis, and he made his MLB debut for the Cardinals in 2010. He later played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies, Arizona Diamondbacks and most recently the Chicago Cubs. He is now a free agent, so hopefully one of our local Bay Area teams will pick him up. His father, George, a former SCLL coach and Board Member, will also join Daniel for the Q&A. Come prepared with some questions you have always wanted to ask a Major Leaguer or a father of a Major Leaguer. This Zoom will take place on Wednesday, December 16 from 7:00-8:00 pm.

Please register here to secure your spot.


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy