• CMS Update



    Dates:     Mar.27-Mar. 31st

    To:           Parents/Guardians

    From:       Mr. Poo




    Mar. 27


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    Mar. 31

    B-Day A-Day





    Sports Calendar

    Iizuka Student Visit

    AVID College Night @ 5:30 in Multi

    Iizuka Student Visit

    Sports Calendar

    Author Visit






    March Student Calendar


    Principal's Notes



    Here is some information for this week.



    Sunnyvale Sister City Association

    This week CMS and SMS will be hosting students from our Sister City, Iizuka, Japan. The students will be at our sites on Tuesday and Wednesday so if you see them around please make sure to welcome them to Sunnyvale.

    Iizuka Students



    Author Visit

    We have scheduled author Varian Johnson to visit CMS on March 30th for 7th and 8th graders. Varian Johnson is the author of several novels for children and young adults, including The Parker Inheritance, which won both Coretta Scott King Author Honor and Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor awards; The Great Greene Heist, an ALA Notable Children's book and Kirkus Reviews Best Book; and the graphic novel Twins, illustrated by Shannon Wright, an NPR Best Book. His latest book, Playing the Cards You're Dealt, has been listed by the Association for Library Service to Children as "notable."

    Parents will also have an opportunity to engage with the author during the district's Read-in Night taking place

    March 30, 2023 - Read - in Night with Varian Johnson

    Join our Annual Read-in night as we honor and celebrate Black History Month.                                           

    Únase a nuestra noche anual de lectura mientras honramos y celebramos el Mes de la Historia Negra.

    • Date/Fecha: March 30, 2023 / 30 Marzo, 2023

    • Time/Hora: 6:00 pm 

    • Location/Lugar: Sunnyvale school district (819 West Iowa ave, Sunnyvale)

    Read-in night - English flier

    Read-in night - Spanish flier


    Parent Corner

    Vaping Resources

    Vaping is an epidemic that impacts all schools and CMS is not immune. Therefore, in order to support our school community, CMS will host a parent education workshop, presented by Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) on Tuesday, April 25th, Time: 6:00pm The workshop will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

    If you have never spoken to your student about the dangers of vaping, I'm adding some resources from the Catch My Breath Organization.

    Parent Tool Kit-English

    Parent Took Kit-Spanish


    Impact of Social Media

    Like many schools nationwide, Columbia Middle School has issues involving students and social media platforms such as Snapchat, Instagram, Discord, and Tik Tok. The problems vary from hate pages, fake accounts, posting of fights, and other inappropriate content, which harms some of our students here at Columbia Middle, which is a concern. Therefore, we are once again asking parents for their support. Any parent that is interested, the Child Mind Institute will be hosting a free live webinar on Tuesday, March 28 at 2:30pm.



    Officer Gomez Youtube Channel

    Parent tips and social media tricks. There is a lot going on with social media and parents have a hard time keeping up. Officer Gomez explains some of the challenges to parents and kids. 


    LCAP Feedback

    If you have a student with an IEP and would like to provide feedback on the Local Control Agency Plan, please stop by the LRC on Friday, March 31st from 3:30 to 4:30pm.


    Family Resource Center

    The Family Resource Center will be open every Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30 pm. What is the Family Resource Center (FRC)? The FRC is a place on campus where parents can receive additional support in accessing PowerSchool, Google Classroom, Email, and looking up resources available in the Sunnyvale area. If you have any questions, please reach out to Roxana Portillo roxana.portillo@sesd.org.


    Multicultural Festival

    Please save the date for our first ever Multicultural Festival which is scheduled for Saturday, April 1st, 2023, from 11am-2pm.  If you would like to help volunteer at this year's event, please join us this Thursday at 5:30pm in the LRC.



    Free of Charge After School Art Class

    The second session begins this week. The art class will be held in the CMS Art Room (Rm. 5). The two sessions will run on the following dates:

    Second Session:
    1. 3/30
    2. 4/6
    3. 4/13 (no class on 4/20)
    4. 4/27

    Columbia Neighborhood Opportunities

    • Tues., 3/28, 3:00 – 5:00 pm; Sunnyvale Community Services (AMD Conference Room) – Information and help with food, emergency financial assistance, rental or housing issues/assistance, applying for public assistance programs and legal assistance.  No appointment necessary. 
    • Wed., 3/29, 5:00 -6:00 pm – COVID-19 Vaccination and Booster Shots with MayView Clinic (Morse Conference Room - No appointment needed! Get your COVID 19 initial and booster shots based on CDC guidelines. Please bring your vaccine card if you are receiving a booster. 
    • Friday, 3/31, 7:00 – 10:00 pm – 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.   
    • Monday - Friday, 3:30 - 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.—12 p.m.; Drop-In Fitness Room - Get active with cardio machines (treadmill, bikes, ellipticals), strength training machines and free weights. Bring water, towel and wear athletic shoes. $1, Residents only. High school students with signed parent consent waiver. Middle school students are free, must attend with a paying parent/guardian.  
    • CMS Parents – CNC wants your input as we look ahead to next 1-3 years. Please complete a short on-line survey by scanning the QR code below
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    In the Community  

    • Sat, 4/1, 8:00 am to noon – (Free) Hazardous Waste Drop-Off, Appointments Required – must be Santa Clara residents and proof of resident required. Visit https://hhw.sccgov.org/home or call 408-299-7300 to make an appointment or for more information.  
    • Sat, 4/1 & Sun, 4/2, 8:30 am -4:30 pm – Extra Dumping Weekend – Sunnyvale residents may dispose of extra garbage at no charge. Must bring proof of Sunnyvale residency, vehicle loads must be covers, uncovered loads will be provided a tarp for $15 fee, limited to one-ton capacity, trailers must not exceed 5x10 feet. For more info. /questions, call 752-8530.  
    • Now to 4/13 – Free In-Person Tax Preparation Service (by appt. only) – Call 408-475-1335 for an appt. on Mondays and Thursdays, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.  Offered by AARP Foundation. Location: Sunnyvale Community Services, 1160 Kern Ave., Sunnyvale.  
    • Find other Free Tax Preparation Sites by Income Tax Assistance (VITA) or Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE) volunteers, https://irs.treasury.gov/freetaxprep/jsp/vita.jsp?zip=94086&lat=37.371859&lng=-122.0212337&radius=5 
    • Recreation Scholarship Program (formerly Fee Waiver Program) – Sunnyvale families with children aged 17 and younger can apply and if approved, each child will have a $500 credit to use towards any recreation activity offered by City of Sunnyvale. Income limits have been increased. Applications available now and the program cycle is Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2023. Applications available on city website or at CNC. 




    PTSA News

    Please consider joining our PTSA, the cost is only $10/member for the year.  To join please go to:  https://jointotem.com/ca/sunnyvale/columbia-middle-school-ptsa


    Updated Tardy Procedure

    Students who are more than 10 minutes late must report to the front office to receive a tardy pass.  If a student is tardy for less than 10 minutes, students can report straight to class; there is no need to go to the front office to receive a pass as this takes up more time, and we want to maximize students’ time in class. In both cases, students will be marked tardy so that we can keep an accurate attendance record. This procedure only applies to the start of the school day, so if you are running more than 10 mins late to drop off your student, please drop them off by the front office.


    Bulldog Beacon School Newspaper

    The Bulldog Beacon online newspaper is produced by the Journalism Elective class at CMS.  This student-led project empowers young journalists to produce and publish their own writing, while teaching them important skills such as collaboration, teamwork, expository writing, opinion writing, and utilizing the writing process.  Students learn about photojournalism, broadcast journalism, copy-editing, interviewing, and other important aspects of the field of journalism.  Please enjoy the work of these aspiring journalists, and check back often for new articles and updates.



    If you are interested in the afterschool KLAS program, please contact Angelina Molina at angelina.molina@sesd.org.


    The Student Handbook is now available

    The 2022-2023 Student Handbook is now available on our website. To view the handbook please go to: https://www.sesd.org/Page/571

    Important Webpages
    Instagram: @cmsbulldogs739
    Upcoming Events
    Mar. 30th: Author's Visit to CMS
    Apr. 1st: Mutlicultural Festival
    Apr. 3rd: State Testing Begins
    Apr.17th: Spring Break