5/24/21 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message


May 24, 2021



Last week we sent out our elective class offerings and the sign up sheet.  Please take some time to discuss elective class choices and submit the form.  If you have an incoming 6th grader and are interested in the elective wheel, please be patient on hearing about our wheel classes.  I am still looking for a Spanish teacher so I cannot say for sure what the wheel classes will be at this time.  I will communicate specifics as soon as possible.


ASB is hosting the Central Celebration for the last two weeks of school. Students are encouraged to dress up for spirit days and participate in activities during Flex. Click here for more details.

All preordered 8th grade class shirts and spirit wear will be distributed this week. If you would like to order any additional spirit wear, please visit this order form to see what's available. This includes CMS masks for $7.00 each. Email Jennifer Williams at [email protected] with any spirit wear questions. 


8th Grade Activities / Reminders

Save these dates!

  • 5/26 – Cornhole Tournament FINALS.  Come cheer on the finalists. – 2:00 pm blacktop
  • 6/2 – Mustang Hunt and Mr. Softee – 2:00 pm blacktop (more details coming soon)
  • 6/7 – Pick up of yearbook, graduation tickets
  • 6/9 – Graduation at 11:00 am (more details coming soon)
  • 6/10 – Breakfast/slide show (more details coming soon)

Don’t forget to register for graduation tickets. You cannot attend without a ticket. Please mark your student’s attendance along with the guests on this link:



6th and 7th grade parent volunteers needed!

We need a group of non-8th grade parents to help us at the gate on 6/9 around 10:00 am for about 90 minutes. Can you volunteer so that 8th grade parents can attend and enjoy the ceremony? If so, please send an e-mail to David at [email protected]


Here is our final May Mental Health Awareness Podcast where we answer lots of mental health questions in rapid fire style.

Also, here's the link to the padlet with all the podcasts and links to resources we've mentioned.


Last Chance to Order 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 Lei


School District


2021-2022 School Year Calendar

The calendar for the 2021-2022 school year was approved at the Board meeting on Thursday, May 20. The SCSD Calendar is the official calendar for the school year for all schools (except San Carlos Charter), and includes all start and end dates, official holidays, and in-service teacher workdays.

Please visit our Calendar page to download a copy.


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 


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. 





We Need You Next Year!

Next year's Central parent volunteer opportunities!

Sign up today! https://signup.com/go/YhBKzpa

Questions? Contact Kirsten Kell to learn more.   




San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)


We have just one full week left of our Make It Happen in May campaign!

Help us meet our $3 million goal. Please consider making or finalizing your annual fund contributions to the San Carlos Education Foundation by May 31, 2021 to help us prepare for a robust 2021-22 school year! While our fundraising year officially ends on June 30th, we strive to "Make It Happen in May" so that SCEF can provide our school leadership with a reliable estimated grant amount to aid in their budget planning for next school year. We have so much to be excited about for next school year, and so much to celebrate! SCEF's successful fundraising allows for: New StemScopes science curriculum, Principals' Flex Funds (for site specific items), technology, smaller class sizes, Social Emotional Learning programs and counselors and middle school Don't Delay!  Donate today at https://scefkids.org/donate/.

NOW is your chance to double your donation! SCEF Business Sponsors Premia Capital & Prince St. Partners have funded a matching pool of $100,000 for all donations made before May 31st. Please consider making a gift today to take advantage of this generous offer. If your employer matches, remember to donate via workplace giving. It is especially important to make your gift now if you donate via your employer's workplace giving program. It often takes up to 8 weeks for these donations to make their way to SCEF. Stock donations and Donor-Advised Fund gifts are welcome too. Contact [email protected] for more information, or to let us know your gift is being processed.

Set It and Forget It
Want to be sure to donate to SCEF, but don't want to do it all at once? Consider setting up a recurring gift to SCEF. See how easy it is to meet our annual ask of $1500 per student. For example, one child at $125/mo x 12 months gets you to the "ask", or $250/mo for two! As always, whatever amount works for your family is appreciated!  Go to www.scefkids.org/donate to set-up your monthly contribution. Thank you!



Community News


San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2021



San Carlos United is holding Open Tryouts for our Fall 2021 teams now through mid-June. Tryouts are for boys and girls born between 2003 - 2013.

Please register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout.

We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!                                                                                                  



Celebrate our Volunteer Tutors!

You're invited to the annual Healthy Cities Tutoring Volunteer Recognition Reception (virtual event via zoom), May 26, 4:30 - 5:00 pm

This heartwarming event recognizes our tutors for their amazing contributions over the years and those who have tutored this past year. Hear from tutors, students and community members and meet some of our high school scholarship winners. This is a short, fun event that is completely virtual (via zoom) and celebrates our volunteer tutors and their dedication to the students in our community. 

  • Email [email protected] to RSVP and learn more. 
  • Event date: Wednesday, May 26, 4:30 - 5:00 pm.                                                                                                                                   



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 Carlos-Belmont After School is proud to be providing a summer camp program, Kamparama, on all four elementary school campuses in San Carlos this summer. Enrollment is limited due to CDC guidelines but openings are still currently available.
Children from 4½ to 11 years old are welcome to join in the weekly activities that include arts and crafts, outdoor games, water slides weekly and themes to tie it all together.

Kamparama opens at 8:00 am each day and will end at 5:00 pm.  Drop offs and pickups are any hours between those times.  

We will be preparing healthy and delicious lunches and snacks daily for the kids, one less job for busy parents. We'll also have a visit from the ice cream truck each week, just to sweeten the day!

Kamparama will provide a fun, safe environment for kids this summer just as it has for 40 years.  We invite you to check out our web site for more information and/or to register.  

Kamparama 2021 Summer Camp - www.afterschoolkids.net 





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].



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


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



High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Carlmont High School

Design Tech High School

Tide Academy