4/5/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


April 5, 2021



Important Links:


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 




PTA Meeting - Join Us Wednesday April 14th at 9:30am 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: April 14, 2021, 9:30am Pacific Time

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


Interested in Getting Involved in Central Arroyo's PTA 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)

Coming soon! 
The new family-friendly SCEF Virtual Gala is on Sunday April 25, 5pm-6pm. Please SAVE THE DATE!  
It will be a fast and fun event including a dynamic LIVE Auction and a Fund-a-Need segment with a special prize for the “Last Auction Hero.” 

Everyone attending the Live Virtual Event will have a chance to win 3-Nights at a Fairmont Hotel/Resort! Sign into the Virtual Gala by 5pm to be eligible--you must be present when the Lucky Door Prize ticket is drawn. Enter the Starlight Raffle for a Chance and a Choice: winner chooses one of a selection of Silent and Live Auction Packages. Only 300 tickets will be sold. $100/1 ticket; $250/3 tickets; $500/6 tickets. For details go to (https://scefkids.org/starlight-raffle/

To register, please go to www.scefkids.org/events*

*Leadership Circle level donors, please use the registration link provided in the email sent to you from Jackie King, VP Leadership Circle. 

We are looking forward to an amazing event. Please mark your calendar and join the fun while helping our schools!
Can’t attend the virtual event? You will still be able to bid on online auction items from April 22 to April 30 at scefkids.org/events.


Community News


City of San Carlos - Earth Day Photo Competition

To celebrate Earth Day this year the City of San Carlos is hosting a photo competition with four different categories: Energy, Transportation, Waste, and Water.

To participate, share a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #CityofGoodLiving or #SanCarlosEarthDay, or email a photo to alokar@cityofsancarlos.org showing how you are celebrating Earth Day. Along with the photo include a description explaining how you are reducing your impact for one of the four categories. Share your photo by April 21 and the best submission for each category will win a $25 gift certificate The Reading Bug! Winners for each category will be chosen based on creativity and positive environmental impact and announced on Earth Day.

Learn more at: cityofsancarlos.org/earthday


Sequoia 9th Grade Freshman Orientation



Tuesday - April 27, 2021

  • English 6:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Spanish 7:15pm - 8:15pm

The entire Sequoia family is delighted to welcome you-- our incoming students and parents-- to our annual Incoming Student Welcome Event on April 27, 2021.  In this live webinar, Principal Sean Priest will kick the night off with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with current Sequoia students who can give you the inside scoop on what to expect during this important transition and first year. Expert members of our PTSA, Education Foundation and Boosters Club will also be there to welcome you to the school and answer all your questions. Please join us for this informational event that will answer key questions about classes, signing up for sports, and clubs and activities on campus. 

We will forward the zoom link in early April. Parents and students are welcome to submit questions in advance to info@shsef.org


Carlmont High School Choir Program

Want to know more about Carlmont High School’s Choir program? 

Here are some informational videos about singing at Carlmont and details about its award-winning choir program, from Ms. Genevieve Tep — Carlmont’s Choir Director, and also California's 2021 Choir Director of the Year!

Carlmont’s extensive program features 5 choirs and 3 a cappella groups — with approximately 150+ students involved — and performs multiple concerts per year. During the pandemic, we’ve kept the music going through innovative online concerts. Check out our website to get an idea of what we’ve been up to - https://sites.google.com/a/seq.org/carlmontchoirs/home  !



Join Carlmont Instrumental Music!

Here's some information about the Carlmont Instrumental Music program:

For incoming 9th graders — if you sign up for band or orchestra as your 7th class, (“alternate elective”), you will be placed into instrumental music at Carlmont. 
Though your schedule may read “7th period alternate,” you will be in a music class. If you are auditioning for an advanced ensemble, placement will be determined after auditions.

Carlmont Instrumental Music has kept the music going through the pandemic with innovative and creative online performances. 

To hear our Winter Online Concert, click here.

Play On!


Community Foundation of San Carlos

2021 Art Contest Winners Announced - Theme: Racial Justice

Thank you to everyone who participated to this year’s contest. The winner selection was not easy as the entries were all so compelling. All submissions are posted here for public viewing and recognition. Posters will be printed for display around our community.  Congratulations winners!



High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy