3/22/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

March 22, 2021



Hello CMS,

After much anticipation and a great deal of planning, we were able to pull off a wonderful, smooth and very fun orientation week.  We are now ready to begin the discussion around our plans for phase four of reopening.  We will be hosting a zoom Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, March 23rd from 6:30-7:30 PM.  

We have implemented a new, more efficient way of gathering parent questions and a way to answer them in a timely fashion.  Please use this link to submit your question to me. Feel free to send questions in advance of the Town Hall and I will review them before the meeting. 

On an ongoing basis, questions will be answered and posted in our new Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQ”) section of our webpage. Please start checking that site regularly as information is being added throughout each week – especially with all the reopening news. You will probably see the answer to your question there faster than I can respond to your email.

Linked here is an outline of our phase four hybrid schedule.  This schedule is designed under our current CDPH guidelines.   I realize that the CDC has modified their guidelines around social distancing, however, San Mateo County Health has not yet done so.  This schedule reflects our current guidelines.

Looking forward to seeing you Tuesday night.  Zoom link to come. 

Note: For the week of March 22, you can find the bell schedule under "Calendar" on the website page; Bell Schedules Phase 3 2020-21.  Note: Please refer to the last tab: called "Phase 3 Bell Schedule"

Tom Domer



The San Carlos School District is a place that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.  This last week has brought out some very serious concerns about the safety of some members of our community. The racist attacks that were perpetrated in Atlanta and San Francisco this week highlight the continued need for our community to come together. The senseless violence contributes to an uncertainty for students, parents and surrounding family members. Mariposa is a community made up of a  diverse group of families, and one that does not tolerate hate speech of any kind. 

We support our Asian American families and see the pain they’ve suffered over this last year.  As educators, we come from a place of education first, and through education, we can rally together to support all students in our community. Increasing our awareness of equity, has been a focus of our school, and over the last year as we look at the events that have occurred over the last year, we find an imperative to teach about these events so students have tools to support others.  I want to share with you some resources that will help with discussing these events with your children. I have shared resources with teachers as well.  Please reach out to me or your child’s teacher if you feel your child needs some additional support.  

Parent Support - Addressing Hate Crimes 

How to Talk to Kids about anti-Asian Racism


A Plea for Support Staff Help  Sometimes your time is the most difficult thing to give.  


From ASB

Please follow the Official Central Instagram account for important information including club, back to school, and spirit day reminders as well as Instagram-only activities. Please also share any important information with your student if they don't have an Instagram, if they do please persuade them to also follow the account.

You can follow the Official CMS page at Central Mustangs or @centralasb



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 




Interested in Getting Involved Next Year?

We will vote at April’s PTA meeting on our slate of nominated officers(listed below) for next school year, 2021-2022.  As you can see there are several executive board positions we still need to fill.  If you are interested or you know a current or incoming parent who would help lead the PTA work of supporting our children’s learning, our teachers and building community please contact Kirsten Kell (school@kkmft.com) to learn more.  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. You can get involved in other ways as well- a few minutes per week, month or year! 

  • President for CMS:  Kirsten Kell
  • Treasurer:  Paulo Dutra
  • Secretary:  April Lasky
  • Communications Director, CMS:  Erica Hayes
  • Chair of SCEF Relations:  Trinity Murphy
  • Executive Vice President/Co-President Arroyo:  Open
  • Communications Director, Arroyo School:  Open
  • Parliamentarian:  Open




San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The power of our community working together has been profoundly demonstrated since last spring. We are extremely grateful for the support our community has provided our schools during this time, and know this partnership is also vital for building an exceptional 2021-2022 school year. We appreciate the support of our local business community, as they navigate these uncharted waters. Thank you to the following sponsors (Gold and above). Alexandria Real Estate Equities, The Partners @ Dwell Realtors, Prince Street Partners/Premia Capital, Oracle,  Dr. Frank Hsu, Black Mountain Properties, CB Showers, Chang Orthodontics, CA Water Service, Peninsula Chemical Company and Lyngso Garden Materials

If you are interested in joining these businesses and becoming a business sponsor please explore your options and the benefits here: https://scefkids.org/take-action/businesses/

Save the Date: Sunday, April 25th @ 5pm is the Virtual SCEF Gala. Silent and Live Auction, Fund-A-Need, prize drawings and more! Stay tuned for more information as the date approaches. All of our upcoming events are always featured here: https://scefkids.org/upcoming-events/


Community News


City of San Carlos: East Side Innovation District Vision Plan - Save the Date!  March 24, 2021 6pm-8pm

You are invited to discuss the future of San Carlos’ East Side! 

The City is embarking on an exciting new vision plan for San Carlos’ East Side.  In the coming decade we anticipate change coming to San Carlos’ East Side. During this transformative era, new land uses, such as biotechnology, life sciences, and high-tech offices will provide the foundation for renewal and improvement of this area. The East Side Innovation District Vision Plan will serve to proactively manage these changes. 

We encourage everyone to participate in this important conversation at the first interactive virtual Community Workshop to ensure the Vision Plan represents the desires and aspirations of our community through good design, improvements in mobility, and other community benefits. 

Thank you again for helping us get the word out for the March 24th workshop and we look forward to seeing you there! 

  • Workshop #1  
  • Wednesday, March 24, 2021 
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm   

Register now: https://SanCarlosInnovation-workshop1.eventbrite.com 

Once registered, the City will provide the Zoom meeting details to make sure you have full access to participate in the conversation. 

For questions and information about this project or the workshop, please email Lisa Porras at lporras@cityofsancarlos.org and continue to follow www.SanCarlosInnovation.org for the latest news, updates and information. 


Outschool Classes

Help students discover new interests in a free Outschool class and raise money for SCEF. Click this link http://outschooler.me/SCEF to get $20 off your first Outschool class (100,000+ live, virtual, small-group classes to choose from!) and SCEF will also earn $5. Feel free to share with friends and family! Please note, $20 off a class and the $5 donation is only valid for students who’ve never taken an Outschool class before.




High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy