4/12/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal’s Message



6th Grade Week-at-a-Glance

7th Grade Week-at-a-Glance

8th Grade Week-at-a-Glance


Hello CMS,

Please take a few moments to complete the survey linked below. Questions ask about your school experience this year. Your input is valued and greatly appreciated.  We use this information to develop goals for the upcoming school year.   

Parent Survey



Phase 4 - This Week!

We are very much looking forward to begin our phase 4 schedule this week. You should have already received an email letting you know if your child’s schedule. These schedules have been explained in your child's history class. Your child  has already filled out their own personal schedules and teachers have made sure that every student understands where they need to be.  Please check the CMS Website for sample bell schedules and important information.  If you have any questions, take some time to read through our FAQ section.  

Needless to say, all the educators at Central are very much looking forward to seeing our students on campus, learning in classrooms and socializing with friends.  

Please remind your child to come to school with an extra mask, filled water bottle, and school supplies (pen, notebook). 

Students should arrive at school between 8:30 and 8:40 for their Fever Free check with their 3rd period teacher; they should find their teacher's sign on the black top or in the courtyard and line up.

I have also included this article about student success.  I found it helpful to read, so I thought I would share. 

How to measure Student Success in a Post COVID World

Tom Domer


8th Grade 

Let's celebrate our amazing 8th grade graduates with a slide show of their special memories from 5th-8th grade.  Please send in your photos using the link below.  We would love to have at least 1-2 photos of every 8th grader. Please upload your photos and be sure to put their name in the comments. Please upload your photos by 4/27/21. Thanks! Kirsten Haithcox




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 this Wednesday April 14th at 9:30am via Zoom!

Join us this Wednesday at our next  PTA meeting to hear updates and participate in discussions.  The slate of PTA Executive Board members will be presented for a vote.  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 ([email protected]) 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 / Debbie Blucher

•Executive Vice President/Co-President Arroyo:  Alana Corso

•Communications Director, Arroyo School:  Open

• Other Volunteer Opportunities 

◦PTA Membership chair

◦Fundraising Chair



◦PTAEZ Online Store Manager

◦Student directory

◦Spirit Wear

◦Welcome week




San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The Gala is NEXT weekend!

The new family-friendly SCEF Virtual Gala is on Sunday April 25, 5pm-6pm. SAVE THE DATE and register NOW!  

This year’s SCEF Gala will be fast and fun with dynamic auctioneer, Chad Carvey, hosting the event. Chad is a former Principal who understands the importance of public education. He hosts a great LIVE Auction and shines in the Fund-A-Need segment featuring his exciting “Last Auction Hero” with a special prize. 

ALL 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. 

Let’s toast together! We are looking forward to a lively and successful event. Please mark your calendar and join the fun while helping our schools!

If you can’t attend the virtual event, you can still bid on items in the online auction from April 22 to April 30. To see online auction items go to www.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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]


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!


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.

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