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    Dates:     June 3rd-June 6th

    To:           Parents/Guardians

    From:       Mr. Poo




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    8th Grade Fieldtrip


    Trimester 3 awards

    8th Grade Awards Night @ 6pm


    Promotion Practice

    Last Day Minimum Day Schedule

    Schools out at 11:17am


    Doors open at noon




    Principal's Notes


    Hello CMS Parent/Guardian Community,



    Here is some information for the last week of school.


    8th Grade Dinner Dance Thank Yous!


    It takes a village, and there are many thank yous for Friday night's 8th Grade Dinner Dance. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who donated drinks, snacks, desserts, and money for the dance. Thank you, PTSA, for your support and the photo booth. Thank you to the 8th-grade parent who donated the balloons. Thank you to the volunteers who were present during the event. Shout out to our principal, Mr. Poo, for DJing. Lastly, thank you to the parents of the Dinner Dance Committee, who met over five months to plan the dance.  


    Last Day of School 


    The last day of the school year will be Thursday, June 6th, 2024, and it will be a modified minimum-day schedule, due to our 8th grade promotion. Please note that the start time for the Zero period is later than a typical Thursday, 8:25 am, as opposed to 7:40 am, and school will end at 11:17 am. A grab-and-go lunch will be available for students on the last day.


    8th Grade families please see their schedule for Promotion day down below.


    Thursday, June 6th






























    8th Grade



    Promotion Practice








    Promo Prep








    8th Grade

    8th-grade families, please note that 8th graders must arrive at 9:30 am, fully dressed for promotion. 

    9:30 ­­­­­­am: Students arrive/line up by section

    10:00am Ceremony Dress Rehearsal

    11:30am: Lunch

    12:00pm: Students return to Gym/Doors open at noon

    12:30pm: Ceremony Begins

    1:30pm:   Ceremony Ends, Students report back to the gym to pick up diplomas.


    Promotion Ceremony Information

    When:  June 6th, 2024 @12:30pm

    Where: Columbia Middle School

    Eligibility: All 8th-grade students are eligible for participation in the Promotion Ceremony. 

    Students may be denied participation in the ceremony if they have engaged in severe behavioral offenses that result in suspension. 

    Dress Code: Students must wear either business casual or semi-formal attire: button-down shirts, dress pants, khakis, dress shoes, jumpsuits, dresses, and nice jeans (no holes).

    Cultural Sashes: Sashes are allowed but must be approved by the school administration before the ceremony. Please send an image of the sash to Mr. Poo.


    Important Information about the Ceremony

    Important things to bear in mind about the ceremony itself:

    • Once the ceremony ends, students will stand and return to the main gym with their teacher escort.
    • Inside the gym, students will begin the checkout process.
      • Students who rent a gown must return it to their assigned check-out teacher.
      • Any student present at the promotion will receive their diploma after completing the checkout process.
      • Based on their last name, students will be assigned an exit (more info next week about which names exit from where).
      • NO FAMILY OR FRIENDS are allowed inside the gym at any time.
      • This year, there will be no professional photographer at the ceremony. We highly recommend taking your photos before the ceremony date, especially if you rented a gown, as there will be no other opportunities.
      • Once students have exited and regrouped with family members, they are free to return to campus or leave to go home (please remember that the tear-down process for seating will have already started).

    Información de la ceremonia de promoción

    Cuándo: 7 de junio de 2023 a las 12:30 p. m.

    Dónde: Escuela Secundaria Columbia


    Elegibilidad: Todos los estudiantes de 8º grado son elegibles para participar en la Ceremonia de Promoción. A los estudiantes se les puede negar la participación en la ceremonia si se han involucrado en ofensas de comportamiento graves que resulten en suspensión.


    Fajas culturales: Se permiten fajas, pero deben ser aprobadas por la administración de la escuela antes de la ceremonia. Envíe una imagen de la banda al Sr. Poo.


    Información importante sobre la ceremonia

    Cosas importantes a tener en cuenta sobre la ceremonia en sí:

    • Una vez que termine la ceremonia, los estudiantes se pararán y regresarán al gimnasio principal con la su maestro acompañado.
    • Dentro del gimnasio, los estudiantes comenzarán el proceso de salida.
    • Los estudiantes que alquilan una bata deben devolverla a su maestro de salida asignado.
    •  Cualquier estudiante presente en la promoción recibirá su diploma después de completar el proceso de salida.
    •  Según su apellido, a los estudiantes se les asignará una salida (más información la próxima semana sobre qué nombres salen de dónde).
    • NO se permiten FAMILIARES O AMIGOS dentro del gimnasio en ningún momento.
    • Este año, no habrá fotógrafo profesional en la ceremonia. Recomendamos encarecidamente tomar sus fotos antes de la fecha de la ceremonia, especialmente si alquiló una toga, ya que no habrá otras oportunidades.
    • Una vez que los estudiantes hayan salido y se hayan reagrupado con miembros de la familia, pueden regresar al campus o irse a casa (recuerde que el proceso de desmontaje de los asientos ya habrá comenzado).


    Website Update for Juntos Program

    Juntos families, you are now able to review the presentation that Maestro González presented on April 9th, 2024 at Columbia Middle School, as well as other important information. To view this page please click this link: There will also be a Juntos meeting with Fremont High School on Tuesday, May 28th, 2024 at 6pm in the CMS Multi. 



    8th Grade Awards

    Save the date for an evening of celebration and recognition! Join us on Tuesday, June 4th, at 6 PM in the Gym as we honor our valedictorian, applaud our honor roll achievers, recognize the dedication of Strive participants, and celebrate the achievements of our Juntos recipients. Don't miss this opportunity to applaud our students' hard work and success!


    Message from Dr. Tarumoto to 8th Grade families

    It takes a village, and there are many thank yous for Friday night's 8th Grade Dinner Dance. Thank you to all the parents/guardians who donated drinks, snacks, desserts, and money for the dance. Thank you, PTSA, for your support and the photo booth. Thank you to the 8th-grade parent who donated the balloons. Thank you to the volunteers who were present during the event. Shout out to our principal, Mr. Poo, for DJing. Lastly, thank you to the parents of the Dinner Dance Committee, who met over five months to plan the dance.  


    End of the Year Field trips

    Our end of year field trips will take place on the following dates: 

    June 3rd: 8th Grade

    In order for a student to participate in her/his end-of-year grade level field trip, he/she/them must meet the following criteria:      

    • Has no more than five days of suspension during the academic year and no suspensions during 3rd trimester
    • Has no more than 18 total absences for the entire academic year (only absences accompanied by a doctor’s note will not be included in this total). Family vacations and parent excused absences will count towards the 18 allowed absences.
    • Updated: May not have more than 60 tardies for the school year (families have been receiving letters from the school if students have excessive tardies).


    • Field trip payments are non-refundable. If a student has paid but is then disqualified due to not meeting the above criteria, he/she/them will not receive a refund.
    • 8th Grade: Students who are not eligible for the end of the year field trip, but who attend anyway, even if accompanied by a parent or guardian, may be held out of the promotion ceremony.


    6th/7th Grade Elective Choices

    6th and 7th graders will be selecting their elective courses between now and the end of the year. Students must submit their top three choices via the google form that will be shared out with them by their teacher. To review next year's elective selection, please refer to this presentation


    Door Dashing/Food Delivery

    Dear Families,

    If you, as the parent/guardian, would like food delivered to the school, please communicate this on a daily basis to Mona Salas via email at or by calling the front office at 408-522-8247. Any other food deliveries arriving at our office without notification from parents/guardians will be held until the end of the school day without exceptions. If your student requires lunch or breakfast, they are provided with free meals at our cafeteria. We will also be working on developing and communicating a policy for the 2024-2025 school year.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please email Mr. Poo at



    Homework Center

    No homework center this week.



    Music Fundraising


    PTSA Update

    The CMS PTSA Board would like to thank all of our PTSA members and all volunteers that made our school year so wonderful. Check our Facebook for more details on accomplishments for the year.
    Our next PTSA meeting will be September 18th 2024 at the school library. We are looking for a Financial Secretary and for help with fundraising or other event planning for next school year. Feedback or ideas as we plan for next year are welcome too. Email
    Please renew or join the CMS PTSA for next year on Totem. Thank you!

    PTSA SF Giants Fundraiser


    Spring is here, which means time for baseball. Please consider supporting the PTSA by purchasing $10 SF Giants Tickets. You heard right, $10 tickets to selected games on Mon.-Thurs. in June, July, August and September. The Columbia PTSA will receive $5 for each ticket sold. To purchase tickets please use the following qr code. Once you purchase tickets, they will be automatically be linked to your MLB Ballpark account.

    Promo Code: ColumbiaMS



    Become a PTSA Member

    If you would like to become a member, please use the following link:


    CNC News

    @ Columbia Neighborhood Center (CNC, call 408-730-7800 for questions/more information)
    • Tues., 5/28, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. – FREE! The Fun on the Run (FOTR) Program offers a variety of recreation activities for youth, ages 6-12. Parents/guardians must fill out an emergency card on the first day of participation. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Location: Muwékma Park, 1035 Indian Wells Ave. 
    • Tues, 5/28 & Thur., 5/30, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. – Zumba @ CMC Multipurpose Room is a fitness program that involves cardio and Latin – inspired dance. Arrive 10-15 minutes early to your first lass to complete required forms. Childcare is not available. Youth ages 8-13 can participate with parent/guardian and youth ages 14-17 may participate with signed parent/guardian consent form. Donations of $3 welcome but not required.
    • Wed., 5/29, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. – Vaccination Clinic for Children (Ages 3-18) with MayView Clinic. Children can get their required vaccinations for school or childcare. Fees are based on sliding scale.  Walk-Ins only, no appointment. Call CNC for more info./instructions to ensure a successful visit.
    • Drop-In Fitness Room – Regular hours - Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.—12 p.m. - get active with cardio machines (treadmill, bikes, ellipticals), strength training machines and free weights. Bring water, towel and wear athletic shoes. $1, Sunnyvale residents only. High school students with signed parent consent waiver. Middle school students are free, must attend with a paying parent/guardian.
    • Fri., 5/31, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. – FREE! Youth Drop-In Basketball @ CNC Gym - indoor youth drop-in basketball for middle and high school youth. Must have current school ID and signed parent consent form. Bring your own ball. Program will be canceled if no one shows after the first hour. 
    • Yoga Classes @ CNC (staring on 6/12) – Wed. & Fri. – 6:30-7:30 pm in the Multi. explore mindfulness and move your body gently. Engage both your mind and body in a healthy practice to build self-awareness, release stress, and leave you feeling calmer and more connected!  All levels welcome. Class is offered in partnership with The Art of Yoga Project.  Wear loose fitting, comfortable clothes. Bring a yoga mat, towel and water. For adults, 18+, high school students may participate with a signed parent consent and middle school youth can come with a parent/guardian. Suggested donation is $3/class, no one turned away due to fees.
    • Thurs., 6/27, 5;30 – 8:00 pm, Free Family STEM Workshop with Foothill College for 4th – 6th graders and their families. CNC is excited to host a free parent/child workshop on STEM and Artificial Intelligence (AI) in partnership with Foothill College for a 2nd year in a row. The event hopes to introduce families and youth that may not be as familiar with this topic, it will be interactive and hands on, Spanish translation available. Dinner will be provided, and each family will get a goody bag to take home. We don't have child care and hope younger children can stay home so parents can focus on the workshop while they are here. Registration required -
     Summer 2024
    • Free, STEM Summer Camp for Girls in July – Register Now. For girls entering 4th -6th grades in August 2024. Theme – Girlstart Galaxy, discover what it takes to land on the moon, launch a satellite and explore new NASA technologies.  When? One-week camp, July 8-12 or July 15-19 from 9 am to 4 pm. Where? Columbia Middle School. Registration required –
    • Crafts Camp @ CNC, 2 Spots Left.  June 10-14, 9 am to noon, Ages: 5-9. Have fun with a week of crafts using various materials and mediums. Cost: $20 to register + $25 materials cost due the first day of camp. Register at CNC during business hours, cash or check only. Once registered, no refunds or transfers. Must be a Sunnyvale resident.
    • Beads Camp @ CNC, 3 Spots Left.  June 10-14, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m., Ages: 5-12. Make different projects using plastic beads, get creative and enjoy a different project each day. Cost: $20 to register + $25 materials cost due the first day of camp. Register at CNC during business hours, cash or check only. Once registered, no refunds or transfers. Must be a Sunnyvale resident.
    • Fun-on-the-Run (FOTR) Program – offers a variety of recreation activities for youth, ages 6-11. Parents/guardians must fill out an emergency card on the first day of participation.
    FOTR Summer 2024 - June 17 – August 2 
    9:00 am - noon
    Lakewood Park
    Lakewood Park
    2:00 – 5:00 pm
    Columbia Park
    Ponderosa Park
    Columbia Park
    Ponderosa Park
    In the Community 
    • Wednesday, 5/29, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Parenting Program: Early Support Program for Autism – Join parent educator Gina Baldi from Stanford Medicine for a lecture/discussion to how to foster attention and motivation, teaching through sensory social routines and language development. This program is for adults only and not intended for children. Location: Sunnyvale Library, Program Room, 665 W. Olive Ave.
    • Register for Santa Clara County Computer Giveaway. Santa Clara County has teamed up with Compudopt to give away cleaned, repurposed computers via a raffle. Eligibility is for people receiving services from Santa Clara County Social Services, participants in Senior Nutrition Program or current / former foster youth.  The first giveaways will be June 1 and 2nd, and the raffle for those will be about a week before. The registration will remain open, however, as there will be subsequent giveaways. The computers will have Windows 10 Citizenship licenses (with Office applications), and Compudopt will provide tech support. 291 computers will be given away in the first two raffles. Register here:
    Sun, 6/9, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – FREE Eye Clinic. Eye screening, test vision and glaucoma, recycled glasses and other vision services. No medical insurance or ID required. Location: Sunnyvale Community Services, 1160 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale. Registration required – or email for an appt.





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    Upcoming Events
    June 3rd: 8th Grade field trip
    June 4th: 8th Grade Awards Night
    June 6th: Last Day of School (Minimum Day, school ends at 11:17am)
    June 6th: 8th grade promotion