CMS Newsletter

Week January 10, 2021

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NEW!!! Monday January 11, 2021 RENT/MORTGAGE Support

NAACP & BeyGOOD Housing Support Grant Application


Principal's Message

Hello Everyone,

Our CMS learning community is still grappling with the events that transpired at our nation's Capitol last week. This event is undoubtedly historical and it is imperative to acknowledge that many within our community, both adults and children, are experiencing fear, anxiety, and unrest. As a CMS staff we remain committed to providing a safe and welcoming learning environment where all students feel safe, comfort and supported.

Whenever events like these occur, as educators we ask ourselves the following questions:

  • How are my students feeling about what occurred?

  • How and in what ways can I create a space for them to talk about this?

  • How will I show them that CMS and my classroom is a safe space to learn and grow?

  • How will we answer their questions?

Here are some strategies and resources we utilize to support our students in the classroom.

  • Whole Groups Discussion

  • Writing: We have students that better process their thoughts through writing.

  • Create and engage in ongoing writing journals.

  • Encourage students to both identify and think about ways to apply civic virtues (such as equality, freedom, liberty, respect for individual rights, diversity, equity, justice, and deliberation) when interacting with classmates, families, and within our community.

You might also ask yourself what you can do at your home to support these conversations with your student. Here are some ideas from educators at CMS and across the Portland Metro Area:

  • Find a quiet moment.

  • Find out what they know."What have you heard about this?" And then listen. Listen. Listen. And listen more.

  • Share your feelings with your student.

  • Tell the truth. Lay out the facts at a level they can understand. You do not need to give graphic details.

  • Above all, reassure and validate their feelings of uncertainty. This will make them feel safe, heard, supported and loved and it will ensure that they can talk to you about difficult topics in the future.

  • Limit social media.

  • Try to monitor your children's exposure to the news/media. And when they do watch the news join in alongside them.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your student’s community teacher if you have questions or need support at this time. During these times we are not able to support each other within the confines of our school building, but our CMS community is still here to support each other during these difficult times.

Kind Regards Always,

Johanna Castillo


In this issue you will find:

  • Principal’s Message
  • NEW Content!!! Counseling Corner
  • NEW!!! Next Learning Packet Pick Up

  • NEW!!! January Community Class Themes

  • NEW!!! Support with School: Northwest Family Services

  • NEW!!! Free COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Technology Update
  • Last Post: Talented and Gifted Program: Recommendations
  • Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families
  • REACH Flu Campaign will launch
  • Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms
  • Community Class December 2020 Monthly Theme
  • REAP Wellness Hour flyer
  • Centennial School District - Dental Sealants - Multnomah County
  • Mondays Meal Service
  • Yearboook 2020-2021
  • CMS Library Corner
  • CMS Regular School Bell Schedule
  • CMS Wednesday School Bell Schedule
  • Purpose: Wednesday Applied Learning
  • Attendance Information
  • CMS Student Email Form: Activated Thursday October 8, 2020
  • Chromebook Device Tech Support for Families
  • Index of Previous CMS Newsletters

NEW Content!!! Counseling Corner

Hello Parents & Guardians!

Welcome back and Happy New Year. During the month of January the community class theme is “Growth”. To kick off the month, this week’s lessons are focused on “growing as a student” and more specifically, getting off to a great start, following winter break.

Two of the week’s lessons are aimed at helping students get off to a successful start as they return to online classes and some different strategies and tips for having a positive experience during distance learning. One of the videos included can be found here, if you would like to see what some of those strategies are.

Another important lesson included this week focuses on the expectations for students during their asynchronous Wednesdays. Our two school counseling interns, Katie and Chelsea, put together a fun little interview video for students to view on this. I would encourage you to ask your student(s) what the expectations are for their Wednesday learning each week!

And of course, all of our students need the support of those around them at home. If you would like more information and ideas on how you can best support your student(s) during distance learning, I encourage you to review this short article, with eight tips for helping the student in your home during online learning.

One final (exciting) announcement….CMS will be awarding prizes to students in the cohort (team) that has the MOST IMPROVED attendance each month, for the rest of the year! Prizes will change throughout the year, but the hope is that students will be motivated to continue attending their classes and a little fun can be added to the process. Encourage your students to keep joining and showing in their classes EVERY day and don’t forget to submit work every Wednesday to be in the running for some great prizes!

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out if your family is in need of additional resources during this time of year. And, if you have any questions or concerns about your child, please reach out to their grade level counselor for support! (7th grade) (8th grade)

NEW!!! Wednesday January 27, 2021: 7th & 8th Grade Next Learning Packet Pick Up

Next Learning Packet Pick Up

Wednesday January 27, 2021

  • 9:00 am-11:30 am A-L (last name)
  • 1:00 am-3:30 pm M-Z (last name)

Pick up is located on the on the WEST end of the school in the parking lot closest to 176th Pl. Please enter the parking lot closest to the cafeteria and school gyms.

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NEW!!! Support with School: Northwest Family Services

Northwest is continuing to offer the Stay On Track Group ( SOT) this Winter beginning January 7th, 2021. We will continue to host a weekly, hour session specifically for our identifying female Middle School students.

Every Tuesday we meet from 3:00pm- 4:00pm, and we have discussions on life skills. Such as: homework help, drug prevention, positive coping skills. We formed it in an engaging way for our students, all while using research evidence based curriculum. We will have guest speakers, have arts and crafts, and after 10 sessions, we will have a fun virtual winter party! It is a small, intimate group, no more than 12 students. This way it can stay small and we all are able to have valuable conversations. This group is such a great opportunity for students to still “social” interact with students their own age, while learning real life skills.

I have attached our flyer if you’d like to share it in your newsletter, with other co-workers, or with families that you believe will benefit from this program. If students are interested in registering, please send them my way and I can help with the registration process.

Stay On Track English Flyer

Stay On Track Spanish Flyer

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Last Post: Talented and Gifted Program: Recommendations

Hello CMS Parents.

It is time to consider students for our Talented and Gifted program. If you believe that your child exhibits characteristics of a gifted student, you may complete the attached Google Form to nominate them. Once we receive the form we will determine if further assessment is needed.

Characteristics of intellectually gifted students include:

- interest in solving problems

- asking many complex questions

- a keen sense of observation

- learning new information easily and rapidly

- curiosity and interest in many things

- humor

Characteristics of academically talented students include:

- display of unexpected depth of knowledge in one or more areas

- enjoyment of learning within one or more areas

- demonstrations of task commitment/passion within one or more areas

- persistent pursuit of interests

- enjoyment of the challenge of difficult problems, assignments, issues, and materials

Please complete the digital nomination form by January 8th.

English TAG Student Nomination Form

Spanish TAG Student Nomination Form

Russian TAG Student Nomination Form

Taking Care of Ourselves and Other: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families

Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families. Created by Multnomah County students, parents, and public health communicators, this new toolkit uniquely empowers youth and families to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.

It includes tips on dealing with peer pressure, conversation starters for family members who may not be following COVID-19 precautions, information on where and how to get tested, mental and physical health resources as well as strategies for safer socializing and general prevention guidelines.

REACH Flu Campaign will launch

Starting Wednesday December 2nd, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the PCC Cascade Campus Parking Lot 1 (map her link is external), (fliers below), the REACH Flu Campaign will launch. Call to schedule your appointment at 503-988-8939. This collaborative effort is in partnership with Portland Community College and Multnomah County Communicable Disease Services.

These are weekly Drive-Thru (walk-up or bike) FREE flu vaccine/COVID-19 testing events. NO Insurance is required. They will take place every Wednesday from 11:00 A.M-6:00 P.M. and will run from December 2nd through March 31st.

Call to schedule your appointment at 503-988-8939.

For more information about the Coronavirus and the Multnomah County response visit :

· Flyer: Flu Shots & COVID

· Flyer: Flu Shots

Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms

Flyer for Educator & Parent Wellness Rooms

Lines for Life through its Helpers Helping Helpers programming has launched a variety of “wellness room” spaces on Zoom for folks to attend freely and seek support, share resources, and overall sit together in community during the pandemic. This is a statewide and FREE resource that is meant to support – please spread the word!

Some Wellness Rooms are also available in Spanish.

Parents Wellness Room: Tuesdays at 3 pm.

Parent Wellness Room: Thursdays at 3 pm.

Centennial School District - Dental Sealants - Multnomah County

Greetings Parents/Guardians,

Multnomah County’s School and Community Oral Health Program is offering Free sealants and dental screenings at a satellite location near you. A dental screening is a quick look inside your child’s mouth to check the overall health of their teeth, and sealants will be placed if needed.

This service is available for students in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grades.

What questions do you have? Please call us at 503-988-3905.

To use this FREE service please fill out the electronic permission slip at this link:


Saludos Patres/Tutores,

El programa de salud oral escolar y comunitaria del condado de Multnomah ofrece selladores y exámenes dentales gratuitos en ubicación cercana a usted. Una revisión dental es un vistazo rápido dentro de la boca de su hijo/a para revisar la salud general de los dientes y se les aplicará los selladores.

Este servicio está disponible para estudiantes de segundo, tercero, cuarto, sexto, séptimo y octavo grado.

¿Necesitas ayuda? ¿Tiene preguntas? Llámenos al 503-988-3905

Para usar este servicio gratis, complete este permiso electrónico:


Приветствую родителей / опекунов,

Бесплатные зубные защитные покрытия и стоматологический осмотр предлагаются в ближайшем к вам центре. Стоматологический осмотр - это быстрый осмотр рта вашего ребенка, чтобы проверить общее состояние зубов, и при необходимости нанести зубные защитные покрытия.

Нужна помощь? Есть вопросы? Позвоните нам по


Чтобы воспользоваться этой БЕСПЛАТНОЙ услугой, заполните электронный бланк разрешения по этой ссылке:

Mondays Meal Service

Meals are served on Mondays from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm at the following locations.

Centennial High School

Parklane Elem

Patrick Lynch Elem

Powell Butte Elem

Meadows Elem

Bus routes.

Routes are listed on the District website.

Yearbook 2020-2021

This school year creating a yearbook will not be easy. We must be creative and ensure to have a 2020-2021 CMS yearbook that is reflective of our new way of school, at least for now. This is a year to remember. Please send me pictures of your students attending school from home to include in the yearbook. You can email me at

CMS Library Corner

We've got new ebooks and audiobooks you can check out right now, no library card needed!

Go to, choose Centennial School District 28 as your school, and get reading today!

Need more information to get started? Check out our short getting started video.

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Getting started with Sora 1

CMS 2020-2021 Regular Bell Schedule

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CMS Wednesdays 2020-2021 Bell Schedule & Attendance

There are no live class meetings on Wednesdays. This schedule is available for students to follow and login to google classroom to complete assignments.

There is attendance being taken on Wednesdays for all CLASSES 1-6 (no community).

Students must show up on google classroom and submit an assignment for every class in order to be counted present. Some teams and teachers have students log into an activity log or attendance log. Please ensure to ask your student what they are doing on Wednesday for EVERY CLASS.

Wednesday Late Start

Please ensure that students login to all of their classes indicated in the Wednesday Bell Schedule, above. They must login to google classroom and complete an assignment or follow teacher directions for that day to be counted present.
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Applied Learning: Wednesdays

Here are a list of activities your child will potentially be doing on Wednesdays:

-Formative Assessments

-Specialized Small Group Instruction

-PE Journals

-Finishing up a project from class.

-Extension of the work they do Monday/Tuesday or Thursday/Friday

-Independent work

-Paddlet Messages

-Student Discussion with peers or with teacher


-Silent Sustained Reading

Whatever they do engage in doing, please ensure that your child enters google classroom and communicates with teacher via an attendance form, submitting an assignment, or communication. This is applicable for every class periods 1-6.

IMPORTANT Attendance Information

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If you do not want to receive attendance calls at the end of the day as indicated below your, please have your student follow the attendance procedure mentioned above under Wednesday Bell Schedule, Attendance and Late Start by 4pm for EVERY CLASS, periods 1-6.


Beginning, Monday, September 28th, you will receive a call informing you that your student has an unexcused absence if they did not participate in class activities or have interaction with their teacher, an educational assistant or paraprofessional during the school day. Interaction can include:

  • Participating in a video class, communication from the student to the teacher via chat, text message, a communication app or email;
  • A phone call between the teacher, educational assistants or paraprofessionals and the student, or, for younger students, with the parent or guardian of the student; or
  • Posting completed coursework on a given day.

Please ensure that your student follows the information above on WEDNESDAY Schedule, attendance and late start.

Centennial Middle School Email Permission Form

Email for students will be turned on sometimes this week and if you would like your student to have this essential communication tool, please fill out this form and submit. Submit the FORM which is the second link in this section, not the first. The first link provides information about student emails.

THESE HAVE ALREADY BEEN ACTIVATED FOR STUDENTS. If your student does not have these activated this form MUST be completed. Click on the URL two links below.


Hello CMS Families,

Please consider filling out this form for your student, if you have not done so already. This will allow students to access their school email and it will facilitate communication between teachers and students.




Please fill out permission form below (IMPORTANT):

English (Agree/Disagree From):

Spanish (De acuerdo/en desacuerdo de Documento) :

Russian (Согласен / Не согласен с):

Chromebook Devise Tech Support

Please go to this website to receive Chromebook Tech Support when Needed.

CSD Technology Support for Students and Families