9/17/18 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

The opening days of school conjure up images of backpacks stuffed with notebooks and unsharpened pencils, bulletin boards freshly decorated by teachers, and students showing off new clothes to old friends.

But even in these early days of the new school year, some students already are heading toward academic trouble: They’re missing too many days of school. Across the country, as many as 7.5 million students miss nearly a month of school every year—absences that can correlate with poor performance at every grade level.

San Carlos school district is continuing to recognize the month of  September as Attendance Awareness Month, part of a nationwide movement intended to convey the message that every school day counts.

-Good attendance helps children do well in school and eventually in the workplace. Good attendance matters for school success, starting as early as prekindergarten and throughout elementary school. By middle and high school, poor attendance is a leading indicator of dropout. Developing the habit of attendance prepares students for success on the job and in life.

-Excused and unexcused absences easily add up to too much time lost in the classroom.

Students are at risk academically if they miss 10 percent of the school year, or about 18 days. Once too many absences have occurred, they can affect learning, regardless of whether absences are excused or unexcused.

This trend starts as early as kindergarten and continues through high school, contributing to achievement gaps and ultimately to dropout rates. Fortunately, in San Carlos school district, parents and teachers work well to support attendance. We would like to continue the trend of improved attendance.


ASB is hosting a Pajama Spirit Day this Friday. Please encourage all students to take advantage of this great chance to show their school spirit!


School Site Council 

This Thursday 9/20/18 is our first School Site Council Meeting (9/20/18 at 3:30pm). We need one more parent representative. If you are interested, please let Mr. Domer know by email tdomer@scsdk8.org. Any parent is welcome and encouraged to attend at any time.


8th Grade DC/NY Trip

8th grade parents are invited to attend an information meeting about the 8th grade Washington, D.C. and NYC trip on Wednesday, September 26th at 6pm in room 204. Can't attend but want to know more? Email Jennifer Williams at dcny2019@gmail.com. Ready to sign up? Enroll today at www.efexploreamerica.com/2101599md.

The DC/NY trip is not school sponsored or affiliated with the San Carlos School District, but led by an individual through EF Explore America. If you have any questions about this trip, please contact Jennifer Williams at dcny2019@gmail.com.


The Central Arroyo PTA utilizes a web store called PTAEZ to purchase other items and collect payments for events and programs throughout the year.

We have expanded the offerings on PTAEZ to make it easier for parents to make all the purchases that they want for the year even before school starts. Please follow these steps to pay for the following items:

  • Central Arroyo PTA Membership
  • Stampede & Soar Run registration and donations

To access PTAEZ CLICK HERE or visit https://centralarroyopta.myschoolcentral.com

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  1. Sign up for a PTAEZ account if you don’t have one from last year. This is your account and all purchases for your child will be linked to you.
  2. Click on the button for the item you would like to purchase.
  3. Enter in the required information for the purchase, select “add to cart.”
  4. Once you are done shopping, check out via your shopping cart and pay via PayPal or credit card.

If you are having trouble or have questions, please email David Binetti at dbinetti@gmail.com


Volunteers Needed for Hot Lunch

Want a chance to see the kids during the lunch hour? Be a Hot Lunch Volunteer! Shifts are one hour, starting at 12:00pm, on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Work monthly or more often. If interested, contact Jen Pedrotti at jenniferpedrotti74@gmail.com



Mustang Roundup

Arroyo CMS PTA 

Sign Up for Your PTA Membership

Central Arroyo PTA membership is available for just $20 per family or $10 per individual. 

Becoming a member offers the opportunity to contribute to important discussions that impact your children’s experience at school; meet other parents and build community; and partner with the CMS/Arroyo school community to ensure a safe, welcoming, and fun learning environment.

Joining the PTA is an easy way to show your support for the school and does not require a large time commitment – there is no obligation to attend meetings or volunteer for events. If you are interested in becoming more involved, you can always attend the monthly meetings or choose from the many volunteer opportunities available throughout the year.

Sign up for your PTA membership here.


It's Time to Register for the Stampede & Soar Color Run

Join the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs on October 28 as they Stampede & Soar through the City of Good Living! This year’s fun run will be a color run celebrating community and team building. Family members are invited to get in on the action or cheer on our runners as they race the rainbow! Registration available online.  Register now before the price increases on September 28.


Do You Own a Business?

Consider sponsoring the Stampede & Soar!  Promote your business on Stampede & Soar t-shirts and banners. More information available online.


Need for Substitute Teachers and Instructional Assistants

We need substitute teachers and instructional assistants (para-educators). These are incredibly impactful positions that keep our classrooms positive and productive.

Substitute Teachers:
Whether you have a teaching credential, or not, we want you on board. Substitute teaching requires that you have your Bachelor’s degree. If you do, we are happy to walk you through the process of obtaining your 30-Day Emergency Teaching Permit.

Do you enjoy working one on one with a student or assisting in a classroom? Substituting as a para-educator does not require experience, and there is great flexibility. Assignments vary from a few hours to full days, and you can pick the types of assignments that you prefer.

For details and an outline of the application process for either position on EdJoin.org at: https://www.edjoin.org/Home/Jobs?districtID=726&catID=0


23rd Annual San Carlos School District Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Fair

2019 STEM Fair Informational Meeting 
& Demonstration of the Optical Cello

September 26th, Central Middle School Library, 7:00-8:30pm 

  • Fifth through eighth grade students interested in exploring science or engineering by creating a  project for this year’s fair should attend.
  • Our community scientists will be on hand to answer questions and help guide the students.
  • Parents are welcome to attend and participate.  Attendance at the informational meeting is not required to enter the STEM Fair
  • For more information contact Bob at bdubrow@scsdk8.org with questions. 


The Enhanced Forest Book Fair is Coming! Save the Date for October 1st-5th

We need your help to make the Book Fair a success! Please consider volunteering by signing up for one of the shifts at the following link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0545ADA72CA5FF2-book

Central students will be visiting the Book Fair throughout the week of October 1st- 5th with their English classes. The Book Fair will also be open before and after school. Additionally, Central students will have the opportunity to visit during their lunch period.

Enchanted Family Book Night will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd. Bring the whole family to the enchanted forest of books and discover your story. In addition, there will be delicious cuisine available.

Parents are also invited to join us for last some minute shopping at Bagels and Books on Friday, October 5th from 8:00-9:00 am.

Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central Arroyo PTA. If you have any questions please contact Kristy EttingerJulie Ledford or Stephanie Brill.  


Directory Burst – The Online School Directory is Now Available!

The PTA is pleased to announce that the 2018-19 CMS Online Directory is ready! If you provided an email address in InfoSnap, and agreed to have your information shared in the CMS directory, you can access the school information through Directory Burst. We will also be providing a printed version of the directory to all CMS families in early October.

For families who utilized the CMS online directory last year, no action is required. Your account has automatically been updated and you have full access to the 2018-19 information.

For families who are new to CMS (or have a different email from last year), follow these steps to access the 2018-19 online directory:

1. Look for an email invitation from Directory Burst that contains a link to our CMS directory. (Please check your Spam folder if you do not see the Directory Burst invitation.)

2. When you click the link, you will be prompted to create a password. This protects our directory data, so that only members of our CMS community have access.

3. Once you have logged in, select the CMS Directory to view all students and/or staff by name or by grade.

For returning families who did not utilize Directory Burst last year and no longer have the original invitation, please send an email that includes your child’s name and grade to Linda Kleinschmidt (mustangdirectory@gmail.com) and a new invitation will be sent to the email addresses you provided for the directory.

A Directory Burst app is available for your smart phone in the Apple and GooglePlay app stores. It is a great way to access the school directory when you are on the go.

NOTE: If you requested in InfoSnap that your information not be shared with the CMS PTA, then your child WILL NOT be listed in Directory Burst or the printed directory. If you would like to be listed, please send your information to Linda Kleinschmidt (mustangdirectory@gmail.com) before September 21st.


San Carlos Day of Service

September 23rd is the San Carlos Day of Service.  Central Middle School has several projects to help clean and beautify the campus, that need both adult and kid volunteer help on this day.  Activities include planting, weeding, decluttering, and more.  Please sign up at  http://signup.com/go/SbseUZa  Thank you!!


SCSD Athletics

Please use the DISTRICT LINK https://www.scsdsports.org for information on SCSD Athletics. Call 415-334-3333 or email scsdsports@legarzasports.org with any questions.




An Evening at Town

An Evening at TOWN is SOLD OUT! But you can still participate in this year's Evening at TOWN Raffle and win one of three exciting prizes!

The grand prize is a pair of diamond hoop earrings, second prize is an Apple Watch and third prize is Miniature Golf family outing in San Francisco. Only 150 tickets will be sold.  To see the earrings and learn how to purchase raffle tickets, please go to: https://www.scefkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/TOWN2018-Raffle.pdf


SCEF Upcoming Events & Parent Parties

Join friends, parents and neighbors at one of our parent parties & events benefitting SCEF. Purchase tickets here: https://scefkids.ejoinme.org/ParentParties2018

San Carlos Homes Architecture & Design Tour - Sept. 23

  • Join architect Una Kinsella and interior designer Surrina Plemons on an immersive tour of three homes recently remodeled by Kinsella and Plemons.
  • Entry includes a day of creative discussion, ideas and inspiration, color, features and finishes, food, drink, company, and aesthetic enjoyment.

Garden of Epicurean Delights - Oct. 13

  • Spend a night high atop La Mesa, with delectable delicacies delighting the palate, vistas of San Francisco twinkling in the distance. 
  • Entry includes a gourmand's artisanal extravanganza of homemade charcuterie, cheeses and breads, as well as personalized drinks appropriate for the evening.

Rockin' Halloween Bash at Club Fox - Oct. 26 

  • Once again, we pull out all the stops for THE Costume Ball of the YEAR!!! Get your groove on with hopping music that will have you dancing the night away.

Dance Party at The Lariat - Nov. 2

  • Get down and dance to the hot sounds of San Francisco spinmaster, "DJ ManCub"
  • Entry includes a night of non-stop dancing, drinks, pizza & snacks, sweets, and deep grooves

For information about other SCEF Events, visit: www.scefkids.org/events


Are You Interested in Volunteering with SCEF?

We have jobs large and small to help plan and coordinate events, and to support these teams.

  • Revel at Devil's: A community event at Devil’s Canyon brewery, featuring live music and food trucks
  • Starlight Gala Auction Team: Our dinner, dance and live auction held at Sharon Heights Country Club
  • Music in the Park: The concert at Burton Park that kicks off Homedown Days and features musicians and singers from San Carlos schools

Are You new to San Carlos?

To learn more about the San Carlos Education Foundation, please visit: www.scefkids.org


Healthy Cities

Healthy Cities Orientation and Training is Coming!

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training is Coming!

BE A TUTOR! Please join us and learn the basics to become a volunteer tutor with Healthy Cities Tutoring. 

WHEN: Wednesday, October 17
TIME: 8:30-10:30 am OR 6:30-8:30 pm. (Attend whichever session is most convenient for you.)
LOCATION: White Oaks School MUR, 1901 White Oak Way

Volunteers are asked to tutor 45 minutes once a week at any of our SCSD schools. No prior tutoring experience is needed and the tutoring time is flexible - either before, during or after school. Tutoring sessions generally take place at the school site.

There are always more students in need than there are tutors, so your help is greatly appreciated. We welcome high school students, parents, grandparents or any of our caring community members to join our team of volunteers supporting over 300 children in our schools. 

We hope to see you on Oct. 17! Please contact Cris Adair with any questions, call (650) 508-7327, or visit our website for more information and to complete an application. Thank you!


High School Happenings

Sequoia High School


Find out what’s happening at Sequoia!

We have numerous websites, groups, social media options and publications at our school for you to explore and enjoy. Here are just a few good sources to get you started*:


Sequoia High School:




https://www.facebook.com/ shsef/

Sequoia PTSA:


Subscribe to the Sentinel Newsletter: http://www.sequoiaptsa.org/?page_id=116

Communications Resource List for parents: http://bit.ly/2pCGWdf

Sequoia Visual and Performing Arts Boosters:



Sequoia Sports


Sequoia Spirit & Sports Boosters:


Sequoia Media Center:


The Raven Report:


Seq Life:

Get the app on iTunes: http://apple.co/2oP18IN

SAFE Afterschool Program:



Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat:




Carlmont High School

Hello and Welcome Incoming Carlmont Scot Families!


Please find our September Carlmont Corner attached .  Mark your calendars for Monday, October 8 as the first day to sign up for Individual and Group Shadowing and Tuesday, October 16 for Parent Information Night, Campus Tours will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Quad – the Presentation will being at 7:00 p.m. in the Stogner Gym.  Parent Information Night is for  8th Grade parents only, it provides a broad overview of the academic program at Carlmont. After campus tours, a brief introduction from Carlmont Principal Ralph Crame, follow by the presentation from elective and athletic programs, parents will then be dismissed to nearby classrooms to hear from Carlmont teachers on the four core curriculum areas:  Math, Science, English and Social Studies.


•    Carlmont High School website: http://carlmonths.org/ 
•    Sequoia Union High School District website: http://www.seq.org/ 

•    Central, Charter, & Tierra Linda: Chris Cook chris@brycecookgroup.com      
•    Nesbit, Ralston & Non-Feeder: Carol Castro carolcastro@comcast.net  
•    For non-feeder school ONLY: email CarlmontInfo@gmail.com to join mailing list

Summit/Everest High School

For more information go to summitps.org


Design Tech High School