Important Welcome Back Message


Dear Central Parents and Guardians, 

I hope you are having a great summer and doing the things that bring your hearts joy. I can’t wait to see all the students and hear about all their summer stories and adventures. It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone back to another great year here at CMS. We are excited to have our students, and staff back to our hallways, and classrooms filling them with enthusiasm and energy for learning. 

I am also very happy to introduce our new assistant principal, Ms. Bassant Abdelrahman. Ms. Abdelrahman is eager to work with you and the entire school community to support the academic, social, emotional and developmental growth of our students. Please take a moment to say hello to her when you see her on campus. 

​​As we plan our return, the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff, families, and the community at large has been at the forefront of all the decision making. Our custodians and maintenance staff have been diligently working to maintain and clean our buildings following all the latest cleaning protocols. To ensure a safe, and successful year we at CMS, along with all of SCSD, will follow the latest health guidelines from the California department of Public Health and the San Mateo County Health Guidelines, which are directed by CDPH. 

We have been updating and refining the curriculum, and our teachers have been getting ready for a full in person instruction in the 2020-2021 school year. We are fortunate to have, hands down, the greatest teachers who spend a great amount of time preparing their classrooms, planning curriculum, and creating activities and projects that focus on the whole child and ensure that our students are engaged, learning and thriving.

To get this year off with a good start, our phenomenal PTA has planned a great event for our students, and families. On Monday 8/16 6:00-7:00 PM Arroyo/Central PTA Welcome Week. Come by campus for Central Day from 1:30-2:00 pm for a chance to see the school, meet others from your class, join some outdoor activities and sign up for volunteer opportunities. Stay from 6:00-7:00 for a BYO picnic dinner.

Back-to-School Night will be in person on September 1st, 2021 from 6:00-7:35 PM. Parents and guardians will have the opportunity to walk through their students' schedules. Please work with your child to complete the schedule (linked below). Remember to bring a mask. 

Calendars and Bell Schedule

Central’s Bell Schedule for 2021-22

2021-22 SCSD Calendar

Back-to-School Night Schedule


COVID Protocols for Fall 2021

Students will be encouraged to wear a mask when entering school grounds so we can ensure they are ready to enter their classrooms.  If students come without a mask, we will be able to provide one for them.  Students will be required to wear masks when indoors.  Masks are optional outdoors and lunch tables are spread out to allow for more room for students to eat and play safely.  

You will notice a sign at the school gates with a "students only" reminder.  The CDPH Guidance directs schools to limit nonessential visitors. By asking parents, caregivers, and siblings to stay off the yard, we are able to provide a safe space for all of our students. Our "students only" routine also allows supervisors and teachers to see all children and encourages the independence we foster in our middle school program.

Hand washing will continue to be a focus of our daily routine. In addition, we will have hand sanitizer available for students entering the blacktop area and their classroom but also encourage families to get into the routine of washing their hands prior to entering the school campus. 

Continue to keep your children home if they show any signs of illness.  More information will be coming soon about the district’s procedures this year for health monitoring, contract tracing, and quarantines.

Independent Study Program

As you may have read in Superintendent Frentress’ email on July 30th, California Assembly Bill 130 authorizes districts to provide Independent Study for a student whose health would be put at risk by in-person instruction, as determined by the parent or guardian. 

The program will differ significantly from the Connections program we offered last year in that synchronous instruction will be limited, as the legislation requires just 40 minutes twice a week for grades 4-8.  If you are interested in this program or would like to inquire more about it, please contact me via email at 

This year, as we recover from the disruptions of the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we continue to implement our Strategic Plan. In particular, we’ll be focusing on: 

  • Meeting each child’s individual needs both social-emotionally and academically
  • Using Habits of Mind, the 5C’s, and innovative practices to engage students so that we can accelerate learning 
  • Helping students develop a sense of ownership for their learning and encouraging independence, goal setting, and a growth mindset.
  • Supporting parents as partners in their child’s educational journey

Below is a list of some important information to help us kick off the school year. 


School Information, Procedures & Reminders:

Daily Bell Schedule

School starts at 8:40 every day with dismissal at 3:15 every day but Wednesday which has an early release at 1:15.  Zero period begins at 7:45 every morning. Our daily bell schedule can be found here.  

School Supplies

The San Carlos School District and the CMS/Arroyo PTA continue to be committed to providing the necessary school supplies for each student in order to ensure that all students have equal access to educational opportunities. There is no need to fill backpacks with all new school supplies, but we do ask students to have a binder with binder paper and a few pens and pencils.  As always, parents can also help provide classroom supplies and field trip funds by supporting SCEF and our Arroyo/CMS PTA.  

Please send a backpack, a water bottle and a nutritious snack and lunch. Please also remember that sneakers or sturdy, closed-toe shoes are important for active play each day.  Including an extra face mask in your child’s backpack is a good idea as well in case the one they are wearing gets dirty throughout the day.  We will have extra masks available but students may prefer a specific type.  


If your child is going to be out for any reason, it is critical that you contact our school secretary, Vickie Gamez, and not just your child’s teacher.  You can email Vickie Gamez  at or call the school office at 650-508-7321 and press one for the attendance line to leave a message.  We need to know the exact reason that your child is out and honesty is critically important for the sake of our entire community.  If your child is exhibiting any symptoms at all, has been in contact with someone with Covid, or has travelled, Vickie can walk you through the protocols needed for quarantine and/or a safe return to school. 

PTA Membership

We have one PTA that serves both CMS and Arroyo and we welcome your partnership. Your PTA membership, volunteer hours, and donations support teacher grants, library, Art-in-Action, Garden and other programs and events. We couldn’t do it without our parent partners. Thank you!  Watch the PTA newsletter for information about how to join our PTA.

New Families Buddy Program

If you are a new family to SCSD and would like to be connected with a buddy family, please fill out this short Google Form. Veteran parents can answer questions large and small, from favorite activities to best extracurriculars to First Day of School prep.

Cell Phone Policy: Supporting our culture of social development

As part of our culture, we expect students to be fully present in the moment, be aware of their environment and each other, even to happily cross the playground to speak with one another. To promote these behaviors, cell phones must be turned off and be out of sight in backpacks once students arrive on campus. If a student needs to reach you or you need to reach them, we will use the school phones: (650) 508-7321. Please create a contact for Central on your own cell phones, so you recognize us if we call you, thank you!

Central supports the Wait Until 8th Campaign.  We encourage you to hold off in getting your child a cell phone.  If your child must have one for safety reasons we encourage you to consider a basic phone or two-way calling watch instead of a smartphone. 

Reinforcing Expected Behaviors Home and School

Central employs the PBIS (Positive, Behavior, Intervention and Support) system of behavior expectations. We teach our students that our culture promotes behaviors that are Responsible (aware that our choices affect others), Respectful (considerate of others’ perspectives),  Safe (aware of our surroundings, making safe choices) and Supportive (providing encouragement and emotional support). Please consider using this language when you work with your students at home this year, thank you!

I look forward to welcoming you and sharing more about the year ahead during Back to School Night on Wednesday, September 1st.  I am very much looking forward to a wonderful year ahead of us. 


Tom Domer 


Dates to Remember



Event Details

Monday, Aug 16

10:00-12:00 pm

WEB Day for 6th graders and WEB Leaders in Central’s Quad.

Monday, Aug 16 

1:00-2:30 pm

Central Day 1-2:30 at Central (class assignments,  walk your schedule fun!)

Come for an optional picnic from 6-7 pm.

Wednesday, Aug. 18

8:40 am-1:15 pm

First Day of School  

Wednesday, Sept. 1st

6:00-7:35 pm

Back to School Night in person, (Parents Only)

Friday, September 3

8:40 am-1:15 pm

Minimum Day

Monday, September 6

All Day

No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 7th

All Day

Picture Day at Central 

October 4-8

8:40 am-1:15 pm

Minimum Days for Parent-Teacher Conferences