9/24/18 CMS Newsletter

Principal's Message

As many of you are aware, the principal at Arroyo resigned unexpectedly last week. In order to maintain consistent administrative support, Mindy Shelton is covering the Arroyo campus. This is only a temporary situation. A more permanent solution will be coming within the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, please direct any communication you may have to me.

This week we are celebrating many important days and programs to continue the efforts of making CMS a supportive and safe campus where everyone is respected and acts responsibly. These include Start With Hello WeekAlly WeekCharacter Day, and Go Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Students are encouraged to participate in the following activities:


  • Start With Hello: Students will receive a name tag to wear all day
  • Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Students will receive a yellow ribbon to wear for the entire week


  • Ally Week Photo Booth: Students can create a sign about being an ally


  • Character Day: During Second Step, students will watch and participate in a meaningful discussion on two seperate videos inspiring our adaptable minds and how important initiative is


  • Go Gold Day: Students wear gold or yellow and their ribbons in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness month
  • Ally Week Photo Booth: Students can create a sign about being an ally

Thank you in advance for helping make this week a special one!

Tom Domer



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 this 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.


Has your child ever wanted to be published?

Here’s their chance! Central Middle School is launching a literary journal, Mustang Musings, which will be accepting submissions of poems, short stories, original artwork and photography. If your child would like to submit a piece, they can email it directly to their English teacher by Friday, October 12th. If they have any questions, they can ask their English teacher or email Christine Chang at cchang21@scsdk8.org. Thank you!


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.


Fall Fundraiser!

Thank you to all of the families who have donated to our Fall Fundraiser thus far!  We are more than half way to our goal!  

Did you know that 40% of the PTA budget is allocated to teachers to purchase supplies and materials for their classroom? Carlie Peck, 6th grade science teacher, used a portion of her funds towards science lab materials.  During the Spaghetti Tower Lab,  students attempted to engineer the tallest tower possible using only 20 spaghetti noodles and 1 meter of masking tape to support 1 large marshmallow. PTA funds purchased the spaghetti and marshmallows. During the M&Ms Color Lab, students practiced collecting and graphing data with a random sample of regular or crispy M&Ms all purchased with PTA funds.

If you have not had a chance to donate, please do so here.  

Thank you for your support!

-Central Arroyo PTA


Stampede & Soar  Last Chance for Lowest Price!

Join the Arroyo Eagles and Central Mustangs on October 28 as they Stampede & Soar through the City of Good Living! Price goes up Friday, September 28.  Register online now! Run/walk 1.5-3 miles through 4 color stations. DJ and food for purchase following. All students and family members welcome!


Need Volunteers for Teacher Lunch

Help us take care of our amazing Central Staff. Teachers will be previewing the book fair on 9/28 and the PTA will be providing lunch. Sign up is here.


REMINDER:  23rd Annual 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. 


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.





Healthy Cities

Healthy Cities 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