• CMS Update



    Dates:     Nov. 29-Dec. 3

    To:           Parents/Guardians

    From:       Mr. Poo




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    Principal's Notes


    Hello CMS Families,


    Here is some information for this week.


    PTSA Jamba Juice BOGO

    The PTSA will be running a Jamba Juice Buy One Get One Free Fundraiser beginning Monday, November 11th to Friday, December 10th. Each card is pre-loaded with 6x BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) for any smoothie. To order your cards please use the following form: PTSA Order Form.

    BOGO Flyer


    Silicon Valley Leadership Group Young Leadership Forum

    CMS has been selected to participate in this year's Silicon Valley's Young Leaders Forum on December 6th, 7th, and 8th from 1:00 pm-2:30 pm. This year’s forum will feature and connect your students to female professionals in diverse leadership roles in science and technology, as well as a STEM activity led by NASA! This year's focus is on a young women's forum. We have limited space for 20 young women.


    This Year’s Speakers Include:

    • Jeanette Epps, NASA Astronaut 

    • Ali Guarneros-Luna, NASA  Engineer

    • Clorama Dorvilias, CEO of Debias VR, Product Manager at Oculus VR (Meta)

    • Miriam Haart, Engineering Student at Stanford, Netflix star

    Mentors: On Wednesday, December 8th, students will meet their mentors - women in diverse leadership roles in science and technology - who will share their stories of success and support them as they conduct their STEM activity. All mentors and students will be participating virtually.

    STEM Activity:  This year, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group will be partnering with NASA! Students will be supported by their mentors as they are guided through an exciting hands-on STEM activity. 

    Media Release, On-Campus Photography, Social Media:  All students participating need to have a media release on file, the meeting will be recorded and there will be an option to upload media using hashtags.

    If you are interested please email Dr. Tarumoto at victoria.tarumoto@sesd.org by November 30, 2021.
    Season 3 Sports

    GIRLS Soccer

    (Meet out on the Soccer field)


    When: Monday, December 13th-16th

    Time:  3:30pm-5:30pm for:

    ***Tryouts happen in the first week (Make sure to be there every day).***

    More Information: 

    ***If YOU make the team YOU will have practice: Monday-Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 daily. ***

    The season goes until February 3rd. If the team makes the playoffs they will play one more week. 


    GIRLS SOCCER LINK:        https://forms.gle/j65rbmLPQe5vg9rb6


    BOYS Basketball 

    (Meet in the BIG Gym)


    When: Monday, December 6th-9th

    Time:  3:30pm-4:30pm

    What to expect….

    • This is optional but recommended if you really want to get ahead of the tryouts and make the team. 

    • Make sure to have a few masks. You will be wearing the mask the whole time. Mask breaks will be given! 

    • Bring water or a water bottle to fill up at the fountain. 

    • Something like your PE clothes to move around in. No jeans. 


    When: Monday, December 13th-16th

    Time:  3:30pm-5:30pm for:

    ***Tryouts happen in the first week (Make sure to be there every day).***

    More Information: 

    ***If YOU make the team YOU will have practice: Monday-Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 daily. ***

    The season goes until February 3rd. If the team makes the playoffs they will play one more week. 


    BOYS Basketball LINK:      https://forms.gle/zaF7hcQFBceV71UQ6





    Starting Arts and Columbia Middle School presents:

    Meet the Creeps

    Deadline to register for this year's school play is quickly approaching. Please
    register by December 3rd to receive important information about the first day!
    The goal is to rehearse and perform in person, but if the cast needs to quarantine for any amount of time, we will hold virtual rehearsals during the quarantine time period. If we get to the performances and are not allowed to have an audience, we will record/live stream the show for the community.
    General Information:
    Start Date:
    December 7, 2021
    Rehearsal Days/Times:
    Tuesdays AND Thursdays, 3:30pm-5:30pm
    Mandatory Tech Rehearsals:
    March 7-9, 2022 (3-4 hours after school)
    Mandatory Performance Dates:
    March 10 and 11, 2022
    Enroll Online at
    All registration information must be submitted online using the link above.
    Everyone registered is in the show! Auditions will be held at the first two rehearsals to determine who will play which role. You do not need to prepare anything for the audition. All audition materials will be provided/taught.





    Technology Agreement:
    Thank you to those who have already signed the technology agreement. If you have not done so please fill out the information here https://permission.click/QP1Nz/us

    PTSA Membership Drive

    This month all CMS advisories are participating in a PTSA membership drive. Your student may ask you to support our school by signing up for the PTSA; this will also help their Advisory class as the class with the newest amount of memberships will win an Ice Cream Party for their Advisory. To join the PTSA, please fill out the following form and have your student return it to the front office.

    PTSA Membership Form or you may sign up online  Totem CMS PTSA




    Would you please follow CMS on the Official CMS Facebook page: https://m.facebook.com/Columbia-Middle-School-104662511979806/ 



    Late Start Care (Wednesdays & Thursdays)

    Late Start Care began last week, but if you are still interested in having your students join, please call the front office to add them to the waiting list. Please know that parents/guardians should only use late Start Care if you need to drop your student off earlier than 8:15 am.


    Air Quality Index (AQI)

    We will be monitoring the AQI to determine if we will need to move students into an indoor lunch setting, which with COVID, will make this take more challenging. However, we will follow all safety protocols, and students would be distanced 6ft from one another while they ate. Please know that this would only occur if the AQI level moved into the "unhealthy" level, in which case we would use our gym, multi classrooms, and the library to provide enough space for students to eat indoors safely.


    All CMS students were assigned a school-issued Chromebook for the year. Students are responsible for the general care of their Chromebooks. The Chromebooks are designed for school use and should be treated with care. Here are a few recommended precautions:

    • ●  Treat your Chromebook as you would any valuable electronic device.

    • ●  When not being used, store the Chromebooks in a secure place, out of sight.

    • ●  Don't touch the screen, and be gentle with the keyboard, trackpad, and ports.

    • ●  Don't add stickers or markings to the Chromebook.

    • ●  Don't eat or drink near the Chromebook.

    • ●  Avoid extreme heat or cold.

    • ●  Do not lend your Chromebook to anyone.

    • ●  Report any damage to your teacher.


    Parents, we will be sending out a form via Permission Click for you to confirm that your child has received a Chromebook and that you understand



    The Kids Learning After School Program has started, and we will begin accepting students off the waitlist starting this week.   If you are interested in KLAS, please reach out to Ms. Angelina Molina-KLAS, Coordinator at angelina.molina@sesd.org.


    Ruvna Screener

    Daily screening required for all students:


    • Parents/Guardians will automatically receive an email and a text message with a screener link at 7:00 am (and again at 7:30 am if you haven't responded.)  


    • You will be asked if your student:
      • is experiencing any of the COVID-19 symptoms
      • have been diagnosed with COVID-19
      • has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past t days.
      • E to complete the screener each day.
      • If your student fails the screener or is displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please keep them at home.


    To view the entire COVID protocol, please click on the following:





    Amazon Smile

    The PTSA is asking for your support in supporting CMS by using Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a portion (5%) of the price of eligible purchases to CMS PTSA. 
    Purchases must be made through Amazon Smile. Amazon Smile does not affect your purchases in any way, and it helps out the school.

    Here's how to sign up for AmazonSmile:

    1. Visit smile.amazon.com

    2. Sign in with your Amazon account

    3. Choose a charitable organization  to receive donations or search for your choice

    4. Search Columbia Middle School PTA

    5. Select Us

    6. Start Shopping




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