5/10/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

May 10, 2021



SBAC State Testing

Hello CMS,

This is a reminder that Central will begin SBAC State testing this coming Monday.  Please make sure your child/children are well rested, well nourished and on time.   Students will come to school on their assigned in-person days and report as usual to their 3rd period teachers.  Our bell schedule will remain the same.  They will test first thing in the morning.  The schedule is linked below.  

May 10-14th - English testing 

May 17-21 - math testing

SBAC assessments give us a good indication of how our students are doing in learning the California State Standards.  This is particularly important in a year when we must determine how much learning loss may have occurred.  They also help us target our learning goals for individual student needs.  In addition, these assessments let us know how our schools are doing in educating our students.  The results of these assessments helps inform our instruction and planning for the year ahead.  

SBAC Testing Schedule 

Thank you,

Tom Domer 


Candy Lei Sales for 8th Grade Graduates

Graduation time is quickly approaching for Central’s  eighth grade class.     Looking for a great gift to help them celebrate?   Purchase a candy lei for your graduate to wear!  

Each purchase of a candy lei will help support safe and sober graduation activities for the class of 2022 at Sequoia High School.    Details are listed in the flyer below:

Candy Leis for Sale


School District


PowerSchool Registration / Intent to Return Confirmation Process for 2021-22

We are happy to announce that the San Carlos School District is planning for a full return to school next year, 5 full-days of on-campus instruction with minimum days on Wednesdays! We are working hard to ensure that next year is an enriching experience for all students as we return to campus for full-time learning.

Each spring, we ask families for assistance in confirming their enrollment for the next school year by completing the PowerSchool registration process online. Your timely completion of this process will assist us in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for the 2021-2022 school year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow the District in planning for staffing needs more effectively.

In May, you will receive an email from [email protected] that will provide you with specific directions on how to complete the registration process online, including a link to access the InfoSnap portal, as well as a special ID number for your student, referred to as the “Infosnap Code."

If you are not planning to return to our district next year, please notify your school office as soon as possible.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.


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

  • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10:00 am-4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 1:00-7:00pm

Register Here  

Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here 


Free BMX Bike Show May 19th at 2pm

Join the virtual celebration of bicycle fun with a show from the amazing team from Perfection on Wheels! This is a "live" show being filmed exclusively for San Carlos students and their families.  

Join us via ZOOM to see the spectacular stunts the pros can perform and learn about ways to stay safe while cycling.

RSVP here: http://evite.me/PMKZjehUGE to get log in details.


Legarza Summer Camps

Legarza Basketball, All-Sports, and Volleyball programs give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their personal best in sport and life. Our program is tailored to help your young athlete succeed on and off the court in a safe, professional and encouraging environment of learning and fun. 

Summer programs are now enrolling at www.legarzasports.org. We will be offering morning, afternoon, and all day programs weekly from June through August. 

We are also currently offering $100 scholarships to families needing additional financial support to attend our summer programs. Those interested in receiving a scholarship can contact [email protected].


Nursing Notes - COVID-19 Protocol Reminder for all Families

Please keep your child and all siblings home if anyone in your household is sick.

Please remember to contact your school site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Our district nurses are here to help support you in understanding quarantine lengths and ways for getting your student back to school as quickly as possible within the county health guidelines. 




Please take the PTA Survey

Please complete the survey with your opinions on how the PTA can best support our students and school community financially and with volunteers. 




Join Us For Our Final PTA Meeting of the Year

When: May 12th, 2021, 7:00pm Pacific Time

6:30pm - PTA business will include approving the budget for the next school year

7:00pm - Join us to welcome our incoming PTA members and appreciate our outgoing members. Also, we will be recognizing parents and staff who have made a significant contribution to our school community. It has been an extraordinary year and everyone is working hard! 

  • 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)

Make it Happen in May and wear GREEN to your Wednesday Zoom classes!

As we approach the end of the school year, and SCEF’s fiscal year, we are asking for your support to meet our fundraising goal of $3 million. We strive to ‘Make It Happen in May’ by asking donors to make or finalize their annual fund contributions during the month of May so that we can provide the School Board with a solid estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year. 

SCEF is pleased to announce that Premia Capital/Prince St. Partners have created a $100,000 matching pool for all Make It Happen In May 2021 gifts. All gifts to SCEF made before May 31st will be matched by these SCEF Sponsors. 

Please consider making your annual donation now. This is especially important if you donate via your employer’s workplace giving program, as it often takes 8 to 10 weeks for these donations to make their way to us. The suggested per student ask is $1,500 and our Leadership Circle begins at $3,500. However, donations of any level will make a difference for students next year. 

Join us as we Celebrate our Community and Build for the Future!  Our 2020-21 fundraising calendar ends on June 30, 2021. You can make a donation today at https://scefkids.org/donate/. Stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact [email protected] for more information.




Community News


Community Foundation of San Carlos Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month


In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos has a list of resources as well as events being offered throughout the month of May!  

There is also a special spotlight on AAPI members in our community sharing their incredible stories. So proud to see many AAPI community members showing representation to our growing AAPI community and amplifying our voices!

Save the Date - May 28th 
Devil's Canyon is dedicating May 28th to honor AAPI Heritage Month. There will be music by a Cali/Island style reggae band and food trucks to support local AAPI businesses! More info can be found on the Community Foundation website. Social distancing and mask rules apply. 



San Mateo County Office of Education


The Big Five Art Contest (All K-12 Students and Classrooms)
Due May 21, 2021

The San Mateo County Office of Education is hosting a contest for students to help design the look of two main characters in books on The Big Five, San Mateo County’s five immediate action emergency responses. The winning entries will be put into The Big Five books and will be shared with schools county-wide! Learn more.



Rediscover Summer Fun- Camp Galileo for PreK -Rising 8th Graders


Galileo's award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.

Limited enrollment—sign up now! 
Save $25 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three. 
Optional extended care. 

Dates: June 14 - July 30, 2021
Location: Brittan Acres Elementary School
Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com

Steve & Kate's Summer Camp


At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids take chances and take charge, shaping their day, their way. More choices and fewer expectations creates more possibilities, more self-trust, and less self-doubt. 

Campers will choose an interest-based, pod-like group, called a Squad. At camp, children will gather with their fellow enthusiasts to immerse themselves in activities, or pursue projects with an emphasis that speaks to their tastes. Squad specialties include sewing, building, performing arts, coding and gaming, sports & recreation, or a mix of everything! Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor classes, socially distanced indoor and outdoor recreation, performances, fan-favorites like Gameshow, gaga, and wacky or wet inflatables, and a circuit of rotating activities featuring arcade games, clay, sewing, and more. 

We’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included daily, and there’s no risk if your plans change. At the end of the summer, if you have any leftover purchased Day Passes, we’ll refund them in full, automatically. 

Dates: June 14 - July 30 - Summer 2021 
Ages: Ages 4-12 
Location: Arundel Elementary School

Learn more at https://steveandkatescamp.com/san-carlos/


Parenting Series:  Teen Substance Abuse Prevention


How to Talk to Your Teen
May 5 • 6:30 - 7:30 PM
This presentation will include an introduction to motivational interviewing and offer concrete examples of how these skills can be used to improve communication with your teen.
We will also discuss active listening, and how using active listening with your teen can improve communication within the family unit.

"Normal" Adolescent Development
May 12 • 6:30 - 7:30 PM
This presentation includes a brief explanation of adolescent brain development, including the changes adolescent brains go through during the formative teen years. We will also
discuss issues that can interfere with brain development during this time.

Basics of Substance Use: When Should
I Worry, How to Identify Signs

May 19 • 6:30 - 7:30 pm
This presentation provides basic information about various substances and examples of how to recognize substance use in teens. We will also offer some tips for discussing substance use with your teens, as well as an explanation of harm reduction and why we find it to be the most effective method of working with substance use.

Trauma: How to Define it, Impacts on Teens
and Intersection with Substance Use

May 26 • 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
This presentation includes information about different types of trauma, how to recognize trauma, and how trauma can affect adolescents. We will also discuss how trauma intersects with substance use, and how substances can hinder our ability to heal from trauma.

Register Here - bit.ly/TSAseries21


San Carlos Youth Advisory - Mental Health & Wellness Workshop for Youth - May18th


Free Mental Health & Wellness Workshops for Youth

May is Mental Health Month. The San Carlos Youth Advisory Council is hosting a free mental health workshop for middle school and high school-age students. The workshop will be virtual and led by
counselors from One Life Counseling Center. Registration is required. 

Mental Health and Wellness Workshop for Youth – May 18, 4:00 pm and 5:00 pm
For more information and to register, visit cityofsancarlos.org/yac.



Hip Hop Concert to Promote Healthy No Vape Choices

Vape companies are using hip hop music to target youth. Let's use hip hop to empower youth to take a break from the vape! Take a Break from the Vape, a hip hop concert and PSA awards ceremony, takes place on May 20th from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm with an after party from 6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Register for the concert here.  You will receive a Zoom link for the concert and awards ceremony after you register.                                                                                                                                R

Registering for this event automatically enters you into a drawing to win a $50 Target gift card! You must be present (via Zoom) to win.                                                                                                                                                     



SamTrans Survey on School Routes

SamTrans is proposing changes to their bus routes and they need YOUR feedback, especially regarding Route 61 and Route 95 which serve San Carlos. Please take a moment to fill out their survey. This is your chance to be heard! You can also learn more about Reimagine SamTrans by visiting their website and/or joining a regional meeting.                                                                                                                                                  


High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy