CMS Newsletter

Week November 2, 2020

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In this issue you will find:

  • NEW! Check Out Books from CMS Library
  • NEW! The Rockwood Library Makerspace
  • NEW! This Month In Community Class
  • NEW! Yearboook 2020-2021
  • Clothing Closet November 03 & 04, 2020
  • Student Council Applications: Due Friday 06, 2020
  • EBT Pandemic Benefits
  • Destiny Discovery: Library Resource
  • CMS Library Corner
  • Elective Schedules
  • CMS Regular School Bell Schedule
  • CMS Wednesday School Bell Schedule
  • Purpose: Wednesday Applied Learning
  • Attendance Information
  • Counseling Corner
  • CMS Student Email Form: Activated Thursday October 8, 2020
  • Chromebook Device Tech Support for Families
  • YEARBOOKS are here!
  • Student Belongings: Last Year Student Lockers
  • TRIO Message
  • NWFS Message
  • Index of Previous CMS Newsletters

NEW!!! CMS Family Meeting: November

This month our CMS Family Meeting will take place on November 18, 2020. This will take place a week before the end of our or 1st trimester. See you all there.

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The Rockwood Library Makerspace

The Rockwood Library Makerspace has a limited number of grab and go maker kits for youth in grades 6-12 (or ages 11-18 if they are not in school) while supplies last. Each kit contains one STEM project that can be done on their own but is also appropriate to share with a younger child.

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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

Clothing Closet November 03 & 04, 2020

  • You must sign up with your student counselors, please call the main office or email your counselor directly.
  • 7th grade counselor Chris O'Connor (
  • 8th grade counselor Tiffany Shaffer ( )
  • Families will have 20 minutes to complete their shopping.
  • Only families scheduled will be allowed to shop.
  • If more than 1 member of a family is shopping - you will be signed up for two slots for that time period - we can only have one family or 2 individuals from different families in the area at once
  • All members of the family over 2 yrs are required to wear a mask the entire time they are shopping
  • Clothing Closet will be under tents on the south side of the CHS campus on the sidewalk leading to the Health Center.
  • Our counselors can shop on behalf of a family.
  • A hand sanitizing station will be set up .
  • Depending on demand we will evaluate future openings.

Student Council Applications: DUE FRIDAY 06, 2020

Student Council Applications are due on November 6th. All four parts of the application have to be complete in order to be included on the ballot. The join code for the elections google classroom is attached.

EBT Pandemic Benefits

Oregon Department of Human Services (ODHS) was approved to provide Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to students in September. Similar to the spring, benefits are provided to children who receive free or reduced price school meals through the National School Lunch Program that are not attending school in-person.

The amount of September P-EBT benefits is based on the school districts start date. All that are eligible will receive at least $100 and some will receive more benefits based on when school began. Find out more about the benefits you’ll receive based on your school district:

The initial $100 benefits were distributed on September 28th. If a child qualifies for any additional benefits beyond $100, this will be provided through a second deposit. Eligible students who receive Oregon SNAP benefits, or were mailed an Oregon EBT card with P-EBT benefits in the past, received these September P-EBT benefits on their existing Oregon EBT card. If you lost your EBT card, you can request a new card by calling a local ODHS office or calling the EBT replacement line 1-855-328-6715. New Oregon EBT cards will be mailed in October.

Call the P-EBT hotline for help addressing any issues: 503-945-6481

For more information:

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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

Elective Schedules

Please review this with your students.

First identify what category your student falls in.

a) Do they have PE every day 1st/4th period for 7th grade or 3rd/6th period for 8th grade?

b) Do they have PE A day and Music Careers B day?

c) Do they have Choir/Band/Support Class on A day and PE on B day?

Then review the schedule they should follow for elective live meetings.

I understand there has been some confusion with ELECTIVE Live Meetings and please know that students will not and are not being held responsible for any missed live meetings. This is NEW to all of us and missed classes will happen.

Important: Students should be active in google classroom, turn in assignments, fill out activity logs an/or attendance logs and communicate with their teacher.

Here is a two page ELECTIVE OVERVIEW

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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

Update NEW!

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.

Counseling Corner

Throughout all of the unusual events unfolding this year, students, parents/guardians, and CMS staff are resilient as ever. In our Community Classes, a class dedicated to bringing a sense of belonging to the school and our student’s environments, we are able to provide a more individualized type of social-emotional learning. October’s theme for the class is Kindness, Acceptance, and Empathy. Throughout each week, your student will be taught strategies to analyze their roles and values to help establish a healthy self-image while promoting the identities of peers simultaneously. Many topics including self-care, friendships, and inclusion will be discussed this month.

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

2019-2020 Yearbook

Our 2019-2020 Yearbooks have arrived.

We will start distributing yearbooks starting Wednesday September 30, 2020 @ CMS.

Please do not come before Wednesday to pick up your yearbook.

2019-2020 Student Belongings (from student lockers)


We still have a significant amount of student belongings at school. Please come and retrieve these as soon as you can.


  • Call our front office about wanting to pick up student belongings. Please ONLY call the day you are planning to pick these up.
  • Provide student full name and the team they were in last year (if possible not required).
  • Provide Locker # form last year, if possible.
  • Office staff will explain pick up procedures via phone.

These items will be donated to local non-profit organizations if they are not retrieved by November 15, 2020.

If you have any questions please call us at our school's main number: (503)762-3206

TRIO Educational Talent Search makes college dreams a reality for Centennial Middle School students. Find out how to apply here!

Please review this video for an amazing opportunity. VIDEO

Northwest Family Services

Dear Centennial Middle School community,

Northwest Family Services is excited to announce a new series of free online workshops for parents and teens available this school year. These workshops are for any parent and their teenage child/ren in Multnomah County, and are offered monthly in both English and Spanish. Workshop topics include teen alcohol and cannabis use, the new vaping epidemic, and empowering families through increased communication. Dates, times, and registration information can be found on the attached fliers and at

We hope you will help us connect to interested families by sharing this information.

Thank you,

Terence Kennedy

Youth Alcohol and Drug Counselor


More Opportunities:

This 2020-2021 academic year, we are offering four Multifamily Workshops for parents and teens each month about vaping, cannabis, alcohol and family empowerment, every Tuesday night from 6:00pm-8:00pm via Microsoft teams. These workshops are available in both English and Spanish. I’m attaching the Multifamily workshops calendar and also proving the links to the online registration form.

Description of Multifamily Workshops:

  • Alcohol/ Cannabis and Youth - health effects of alcohol and cannabis, trends, laws, and advertisement tactics that can affect young people
  • Vaping and your Health — Nicotine and Cannabis facts, trends, and interventions
  • Family Empowerment — Teen brain development, connecting, and exploring values and goals together as a family

Families can register online or by calling me

English link

Spanish link

NEW Multifamily Workshops for Parents and Teens:

November 2020

Cannabis and Youth 11/10/2020 6-8pm Online

Alcohol and Youth 11/17/2020 6-8pm

Family Empowerment 11/24/2020 6-8pm

December 2020

Vaping and your Health 12/1/2020 6-8pm Online

Cannabis and Youth 12/8/2020 6-8pm

Alcohol and Youth 12/15/2020 6-8pm

Family Empowerment 12/22/2020 6-8pm