8/16/2021 CMS Newsletter

Monday, August 16, 2021

Principal's Message

Welcome to the first week of school.  It has been wonderful seeing our 8th grade WEB leaders on campus getting ready to welcome our incoming 6th grade students. The positive energy is palpable.  I love the welcoming atmosphere created by the WEB program to kick off the new school year.  I know I do not have to say how excited we all are to have our students back on campus.  

Central teachers and staff are working hard at a Restorative Restart to this year. This means that we are not planning business as usual.  We understand that our students and their families are going to need support in ways that we have not experienced in the past.  Our students are going to need to learn how to operate within the school setting again.  They are also going to need an increased amount of social emotional support.  We plan on prioritizing practices that contribute to the development of the whole child.  

By acknowledging the challenges educators will face, we are able to address student need head on.  Some of the Restorative Practices we are implementing are as follows:  We plan on creating dedicated time and space for relationship building and reengagement.  We will conduct regular wellness checks and monitor students’ needs.  This will include mental health support but also as many opportunities as possible to simply have fun.  We also plan on continuing the work we have done around positive restorative discipline practices which includes breathing new life into our PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support) program.   We also plan on assessing student learning by reviewing data on engagement and academic progress.  

Needless to say, we have a lot of work ahead of us.  I will continue to share what we are doing at Central to help rebuild our school community.   The challenges we face are many, however, we are eager to do the work.  We have an extremely talented group of educators who are very much looking forward to seeing our students in person at school.     

One quick reminder.  Picture Day is the Tuesday after Labor Day (9/7/21).  Please remember to send your child/children looking their best.

Check out this video from Ms. Jade, School Psychologist & Ms. Jobak, School Counselor as they welcome students and parents/guardians to the 2021/2022 school year and offer some breathing techniques to help calm us down. Mental Health-August 2021 - YouTube 

Tom Domer, Principal

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PTA News

Central Day- Today! 

Parents, Families and PTA Friends - welcome to a great 2021/22 CMS year! We hope to see you at Central Day on campus today, Monday, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm. Come back to campus between 5 and 7 for pick up games (bring a ball or play corn hole, ring toss, giant bubbles) and the Kona Ice truck will be there selling shave ice. 

Central always wants our community involved, and here are some simple ways you can start:

Join the Central Arroyo PTA Today!

Join the Central Arroyo PTA!    Your one-time PTA Partner donation of $250 this Fall directly benefits Central and Arroyo schools and students by providing: 

  • Teacher Grants and Supplies
  • Art in Action, Garden
  • Library Books
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Healthy Cities Tutoring
  • School Assemblies
  • And much, much more!

Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Central Arroyo students and teachers! DONATE TODAY!

PTA Open Positions

The PTA is looking to fill a few more volunteer roles for this year. There are a number of positions we are hoping to fill immediately as well as many more opportunities throughout the year.  We can't do it without you! Sign up here to volunteer.

Central Website

For more information, check out our school website Central Middle School and our welcome letter from the PTA President PTA Welcome – PTA – Central Middle School 

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District News

Happy First Day of School! #SCSDFirstDay

Welcome back to school San Carlos Families!

We want to see your back to school photos on our social media pages! To have your photos featured, please email them to communications@scsdk8.net and then follow/like us on our pages to see your pics.




Don't forget to use our SCSD hashtags:



Help Reduce Car Traffic At Our Schools - Students Can Take SamTrans To and From School

Learn more about the options for students to take the SamTrans from your neighborhood to school and back! Visit the SamTrans site for fares and information, and to see the schedules and maps for these San Carlos buses:

Check out the SCSD website for information on Safe Routes to School, and options for students to walk or roll to campus this year.

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Community Partners

Afterschool Care Enrichment (ACE) Program Is Now Enrolling Before and After School Care Program at Arroyo and Mariposa!

Afterschool Care Enrichment was selected by the San Carlos School District as the Upper Elementary School care provider at Arroyo and Mariposa. ACE was founded by Eve Daskalakis who has served families in the San Carlos Childcare community since 2008.

ACE is an innovative California State licensed childcare program that focuses on enrichment and youth development to challenge our upper elementary students each day. ACE will offer both Morning and Afternoon Programming.

Morning Programming Including Breakfast:

Monday-Friday from 7:30am-the start of the school day

Afternoon Programming:

Monday-Friday from End of school day-6:00pm

Each day includes a Healthy afternoon snack, our Homework Lab with staff assisted support, STEAM activities and Active Outdoor Enrichment Programming

Mariposa 21-22 Registration Link

Arroyo 21-22 Registration Link

Please visit the ACE website for detailed program information and to register your child, or feel free to reach out to Eve Daskalakis directly via email or phone (650) 931-4007.

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Thank you to our generous donors!

Your donations to SCEF last year will allow us to grant over $3.1 million to support every San Carlos public school student in the upcoming 2021-22 school year. For more information about SCEF and what we do, please visit: https://www.scefkids.org/.

Devil’s Canyon Back-to-School Night

All San Carlos School District and San Carlos Charter families, educators and staff are invited to stop by Devil’s Canyon Brewing Co. on Friday, August 27th for a no-host family back-to-school night during their weekly Beer Friday. This is an all-ages event and food trucks will be available.

Be a GEM: Give Every Month

Did you know that you can make your donation by setting up an ongoing, automated, recurring gift? When you Give Every Month, your support of SCEF is spread across the entire year. Learn more and join this campaign (at any dollar amount) at: https://scefkids.org/gem/.

Like our Facebook page for more upcoming details and all SCEF news: https://www.facebook.com/SCEFkids

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High School Happenings


Sequoia High School

Sequoia High School website:  http://www.sequoiahs.org

Carlmont High School

Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org