3/8/21 CMS Newsletter

March 8, 2021



After much anticipation, next week, students will be returning to campus for orientation.  Students will meet with their advisory teachers and half of their advisory classmates.  We sent the orientation bell schedule home on Friday.  Your student will be assigned an A or B grouping which will determine when he/she comes to school.  This will be emailed home this week with your students orientation meeting time.  

If you have any questions about specific meeting times, please reach out to your student’s advisory teacher.  Advisory teachers will also review our phase 3 and orientation schedules with their students.  

Please make sure to look for emails from the school as we begin to bring students back to school as timely information will be communicated through email.  

Students who are not coming to campus in person will do the orientation online.  

As you know, students will be required to complete the Fever Free health screening before coming on campus next week. Fever Free is fairly simple to use but a little practice is always good. We would love for everyone to try it out before next week to get comfortable with it. This Friday (3/12/21) will be Fever Free trial day. Please plan to complete the screening by 8:30 am. This is a habit we need to begin to build.  Advisory teachers will be able to check which students have completed Fever Free. 

For in person learning, students who do not complete Fever Free will not be allowed to enter campus and will have to return home. Once Fever Free has been submitted, students can return to campus. 

If you have any trouble with Fever Free, please reach out to support@feverfree.ai.  

Parent Information on the reopening plan will be presented during this week’s PTA meeting.  Please come join us for a presentation by Mr. Domer on our phased in opening plan.  

Phase Four Information 

Starting on April 12 or when we are in the “Orange” tier whichever is later, up to half of the student body will be invited to be on campus at a time.  Phase Four schedules will be sent out within the next two weeks.  The number of students invited to campus is based on the capacity of the classroom and social distancing requirement of six feet. 

Please remember, students who choose to return to campus for in-person instruction do so with the understanding that the following guidelines and expectations must be followed:

  • Students must wear face coverings at all times while on campus
  • Social distancing must be maintained at all times
  • Students must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering school
  • Before arrival to campus, students must complete a daily health screening form Fever Free 

Parent Volunteers

Thank you to those parents who have volunteered to help when students are back at school.  We’ll be reaching out soon with details about the schedule and responsibilities.  If you have volunteered and have not heard back from us, please be patient.  We have been busy getting our elementary school volunteers up and running.  If you are interested in helping out, please email tomdomer@scsdk8.org

We are all looking forward to seeing our student in person very soon.  Please take care and stay safe.

Thomas Domer 


Central Middle School 



School District


Student and Community 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. 



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 an update from Mr. Domer and discuss campus reopening plans. 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.



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.




San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

For the seventh year running, Oracle has generously supported SCEF with a $30,000 computational thinking and technology grant.  Thank you, Oracle, for helping us provide STEM programs and devices for K-8 San Carlos public schools!

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.

Save the Date: April 25th is the Virtual SCEF Gala



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


San Carlos Climate Action Survey

The City of San Carlos is developing a new plan to address climate change in San Carlos called the Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan (CMAP). The CMAP will include strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change. 

If you were unable to attend our most recent Climate Action Workshop on February 9, consider taking a moment to fill out our online survey before March 19. Your feedback on preliminary strategies to meet climate goals will help provide direction to our project team to focus its efforts. 

Take the Climate Action Survey

For more information on the CMAP watch the most recent Climate Action Workshop recording or visit www.cityofsancarlos.org/climate.


Asian Americans for Community Involvement Contest

Hosted by AACI and in partnership with NBC Bay Area, Growing Up Asian in America (GUAA) is an annual art contest, including video and essay, that reaches thousands of Bay Area students, grades Kindergarten to 12. Founded 26 years ago, GUAA encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

This year’s theme is: This is My Time: Exploring the challenges and dreams of a post-pandemic world. Here are the prize offerings:
One (1) $1,000 Grand Prize winner
Nine (9) $500 Best in Class winners
Entries are due on Friday, April 2, 2021 by 5pm. and rules and submission instructions are included in the guidelines. To conserve resources, AACI is going paperless. We ask each individual organization please print in-house or e-mail the PDF guidelines (on our website: www.aaci.org/guaa.)

We appreciate your assistance in outreaching to students and look forward to receiving their entries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at guaa@aaci.org.


Poetry, Art, and Music Competition

As a part of our Affordable Housing Month in May 2021, the Housing Leadership Council and Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto are hosting a poetry, art, and music competition for eligible students (grade 12 and below) in San Mateo County! Students can submit their poem, or musical/art piece to vle@hlcsmc.org by the April 30th deadline!  All submissions should be inspired by or touch upon the notion of home in the area. Check out our flyer and submission details below.


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy