3/1/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


March 1, 2021



Calling for all 8th Grade Baby Photos!

Please submit your baby photos for the yearbook. Submissions must be received by March 26th.  Go to the Herff Jones eshare site and submit photos directly. The code is mustangs21 (all lower case)


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.


Covid Update

We are excited because we have entered the Red Tier for new infection rates of Covid.  Students and teachers may begin coming back to school for some in person. I cannot emphasize enough how happy this makes us.  

As discussed, we will be returning in a phased in approach in order for students to fully learn and practice our safety protocols.  Below is an outline of our return to school timeline.  Please keep in mind this is highly variable depending on the direction new infection rates head.  We are updating our Phase 4 plan to best respond to current health conditions.  Updated Phase 4 schedule will be coming out in the next 2-3 weeks.

The Week of March 1-5th:

  • Parent Survey and video of Phase 3 Orientation and Phase 3 model
  • Return survey by March 2 requesting at home or in-person for Phase 3

The Week of March 8-12th:

  • Parent Information Video and Presentation during PTA Meeting  
  • Student Information video and meet with Mr. Domer in Advisory

The Week of March 15-19th:

  • Orientation Week including a new bell schedule - Students come to school to meet their Advisory Teachers in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday to learn ingress and egress points and practice safety protocols.  Students will tour campus and learn about our outdoor classrooms.  Students who remain in online learning will have an online Orientation one day for 90 minutes this week.

The Week on March 22nd-26th:

  • This will be week 2 of Phase 3 and includes a new bell schedule.  Students will come to campus every Monday for in person learning experiences including building relationships, nurturing social and emotional wellness, safety procedures and a whole lot of fun!  Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory every Monday.

The Week of March 29th- April 2nd:

Spring Break 

The Week of April 5th -9th: 

  • Week 3 of Phase 3 continues. Monday in person learning. Tuesday - Friday online learning. Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory on Monday.

The Week of April 12-16

  • Week 1 of Phase 4, tentative, depends on health conditions. Phase 4 schedule to come. This will consist of a hybrid learning model where students will be learning in person and online.  More details to come soon.  If we are not in Phase 4, then Phase 3 in-person on Monday continues with Tuesday- Friday online learning.  Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory on Monday or content area classes online.

April - June  

  • Phase 4 continues depending on health conditions. 

**As mentioned, these dates are tentative and can change based on several factors, however, we are doing our best to project and plan by providing this timeline.  Let’s keep moving forward and stay safe!

Book an Appointment with Mr. Domer

Thomas Domer 


Central Middle School


School District 

COVID19 Testing to Keep Our Kids on Campus

Please take advantage of the no cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.  

Please sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in person learning possible. As a reminder, if a student or or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus. 

Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:

Central Middle School - Thursdays, 1:00-7:00 pRegister Here

Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here 

Remember to Order Lunch Meal Kits


We have weekly meal boxes available for pick up each Monday (including delivery to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto.)  Each box includes five meals - an assortment of hot and cold entrees and a variety of fruits, veggies, and milk. Simply order online and safely pick-up your box for the week. Order.lunchisserved.com                                                                    

To order your student’s Weekly Lunch Box, please log onto LunchIsServed and place your order. You must place your order by 9am on Sunday before the following week.


Check Out Our Parent Education Offerings

Remember to check out our Pandemic Care & Support website for parent education events and resources, mental health support, and more! You can also add the SCSD Parent Education Calendar to your phone. 



Honorary Service Awards 


We want to recognize parents and staff who have made a significant contribution to our school community. It has been an extraordinary year and everyone is working hard! Submit your nomination for the 2021 Honorary Service Awards to meganmiller5@gmail.com.


Free Family Art Night

Led by Nathalie Fabri Artist (see her work at www.fabrikations.com)

he whole family is invited to create Op Art- Optical illusion art. There will be a simpler project for kids and something slightly more involved for adults, if you wish... You can choose your difficulty level.. Or do more than one!  Once you’ve completed your art there will be the opportunity to participate in small break out rooms to chat and share your creations. 
Supplies needed: white paper, pencil, ruler and black marker or sharpie. 
Topic: Arroyo Central Family Art Night 7-8:15 pm
Time: Mar 5, 2021 06:45 PM Pacific Time

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Interested in Getting Involved in Central Arroyo's PTA Next Year?


It's a wonderful way to stay connected to Central/Arroyo teachers and staff, our kids' experience while at school, our school's needs, and even advocate across the district. We're currently filling our roster of open seats, starting Fall 2021. You can get involved in many ways - a few minutes per week, month or year! Please contact Kirsten Kell to learn more.


PTA Meeting  - Join Us Wednesday March 10th at 7pm via Zoom! Join us for our next PTA meeting to hear updates and participate in discussions. This is an opportunity to stay informed, and get involved. 

When: March 10, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific Time 

Register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.






San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

We read together and succeeded together! 1644 students registered for the Read-A-Thon and 419,075 minutes read were logged. That’s a lot of hours of our kids not on screens! The Read-A-Thon has raised $139,491 which will benefit all students throughout our district. The fundraising from this event is unique in that over half of the funds raised were from our extended families and friends! What a great way for us all to come together.

Our virtual cooking and baking classes are getting rave reviews. Baking with Caitlynn is coming up in March and April, and it looks delicious! Check out the menu of classes here: https://scefkids.org/upcoming-events/On 3/14, Caitlynn is offering classes in cream puffs and churros, and on 3/21, whoopie pies and hand pies are on the menu! These classes can be purchased together or separately.

SCEF is proud to do our part in the efforts to provide a safe return to SCSD campuses. The contributions from our generous donors have helped fun air purifiers in every classroom at every school, plus additional PPE for teachers and staff. Our long-standing support of smaller class sizes in elementary schools is helping by getting students back to campus in fewer cohorts. Your donations are providing social emotional programs and positions that benefit all students as they transition to on-campus learning, as well as professional development and Edtech applications to support online learning, and Principal Flex Funds for individual school site needs.

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Community Partners


Sunday San Carlos Famers Market is Back

The Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the San Carlos Farmers Market back to our location at Bayport and Varian in the Industrial Arts District on March 7. The market will be open 9:00 am-1:00 pm pm every Sunday.  

Please come out and support the vendors that have long supported our market. More vendors will be added every week.  
And don't forget that San Carlos Bikes will be there to watch over your bicycles while you shop!  

COVID rules will apply, such as masks required for all, social distancing, and no sampling. No pets, please.
With awesome support from the City of San Carlos, let's celebrate the return of the San Carlos Farmers' Market together!

We hope to see you there!


El Parent Project

¿Desea construir mejores relaciones con sus hijos? El Parent Project® es un curso de12 semanas,que le da a los padres, abuelos y guardianes las herramientas para construir familias unidas y saludables. ¡Todas las clases son gratuitas! La duración y la ubicación de las clases se han modificado debido a COVID-19. www.smchealth.org/ParentProject


Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) Poster Contest Entries Due March 5th

CFSC is launching an inaugural annual poster art contest that is open to everyone in the community. 

The theme for this year is racial justice. For those interested, the intent is to design a poster that commemorates one's hopes and dreams for racial justice, a world in which all are respected, valued, and able to thrive. We would love for you to share the details of the art poster contest with your children. If they don't understand the racial justice theme, what a great opportunity to spark discussion.

To learn more about the poster art contest and on how you, your family and others in the San Carlos community can participate, please visit this website.   Poster entry deadline is Friday March 5th.


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy