8/23/2021 CMS Newsletter

Monday, August 23, 2021

Principal's Message

What an amazing start to what I know is going to be an outstanding year.  I never thought I would be so happy welcoming students back to school during our first week.  I also know that our families feel the same.  The joy and excitement around coming back to school put a huge smile on all of our faces.  I know that students around the world were excited about returning to school but I believe our students were particularly thrilled because they are coming to a school filled with such caring and talented educators.  It  is going to be a great year. 


Back by popular demand. Week at a Glance 

Last year we provided a weekly log of assignments and due dates for families to help keep things organized.  Families found this to be extremely helpful.  Teachers will be putting this together again this year.  This week there might not be very many assignments, but things will pick-up in the next few weeks. 

Back-to-School Night

We will be holding our BTSN on Wednesday, Sept 1st from 6:00-7:48 p.m.  Teachers will be welcoming in person in their classrooms.  You will follow your child’s schedule similar to the way we have done it in the past.  Please take a moment to review your child’s schedule with him/her.  I am looking forward to seeing you all then. 

BTSN Schedule

Curative Covid Testing

Curative will continue to administer Covid test in Central’s parking lot.  Their hours have changed slightly.  Please see the schedule below:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday:  9:00 - 3:00
  • Thursday:  1:00 - 7:00
  • Friday;  11:00 - 5:00

Thomas Domer 


Central Middle School

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PTA News

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

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!

Attend the PTA Meetings

Get important updates from our PTA Board, Ms. Shelton and Mr. Domer.  

PTA Meeting Dates 21-22

Meeting Date



Wed 9/15/21


Central/Arroyo Library

Wed 10/13/21


Virtual via Zoom

Wed 11/10/21


Central/Arroyo Library

Wed 1/12/22


Virtual via Zoom

Wed 2/9/22


Central/Arroyo Library

Wed 3/9/22


Virtual via Zoom

Wed 4/13/22


Central/Arroyo Library

Wed 5/11/22


Virtual via Zoom


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.

Here are some open positions needed ASAP 

  • Book Fair Committee - Before and after school hours, October 1st to 8th. Dates already reserved with scholastic. Help our coordinator bring back this event in person!
  • Stampede & Soar Volunteers - Our Stampede & Soar team needs your help! We are looking for volunteers to help plan our Fall Stampede & Soar community event. This is our only business sponsor opportunity of the year and a fun-filled community event! It's a great chance to get involved. Volunteer here!

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School District News

New Hours for Curative Van

Please take advantage of the no-cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.

Click on the link to sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:

Central Middle School (parking lot, under solar structure)

  • Tuesdays/Wednesdays 9:00 am-3:00 pm
  • Thursdays 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
  • Fridays 11:00 am-5:00 pm (effective August 17, 2021)

Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here

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

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)

This year’s SCEF grant will support social emotional programs and counselors, PE teachers, technology associates and devices for students, supplies and materials to implement new science curriculum, teachers for smaller class sizes grades K-3, music programs for all grade levels, libraries, middle school electives and a Principal’s Fund at every school. Learn more about how your donations benefit all students at every school at https://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. Visit the SCEF booth outside the Washington St. entrance to get your nametag and color sticker indicating your school(s) assignment. See you on the 27th!

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