CMS Newsletter

Week February 22, 2021

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In this issue you will find:

  • NEW!!! Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • NEW!!! CMS is launching Sources of Strength & Snowdays Challenge
  • NEW!!! Counseling Corner
  • NEW!!! Learn more about Latino Network
  • NEW!!! NWFS Family Support
  • Support with School: Northwest Family Services

  • Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms

  • 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!!! Fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)

The CMS Student Council will continue the annual tradition of organizing a fundraiser for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). As a school, we have raised close to $24,000 through the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. To meet the needs of schools who are not meeting in-person, the LLS has completely revamped the program. Instead of collecting loose change, students will be encouraged to set up a virtual fundraising page. Rather than offering an incentive to the class that collects the most, students can earn individual incentives. The fundraiser will run from March 1st through March 19th.

Our community teachers will:

1. Set up a classroom page

2. Show the campaign kickoff video on Monday, March 1st.

3. Post the attached documents to your community class google classroom.

4. Encourage students to participate in the fundraiser just as you have done in the past.

If you have any questions please reach out to me directly or inquire with your student's community teacher.

Snowdays Outdoor Challenge 2021

NEW!!! CMS is Launching Sources of Strength & Snowdays Challenge

Dear families:

CMS is launching the Sources of Strength suicide prevention program!

We have moved the Peer Leader training to March 31st! If your student is nominated, a staff member will reach out to you with more information! Sources of Strength is a nationwide suicide prevention program designed to build socioecological protective influences around youth and to reduce the likelihood that vulnerable youth/young adults will become suicidal. Take a look at the slideshow or the Sources of Strength website for more information. Or, feel free to reach out to one of the program contacts, listed below!

Lead Program Contacts for CMS:

Jolene Dunlap

Chris O’Connor

Tiffany Shaffer

Snowdays Challenge Update:

Snowdays Foundation is once again partnering with CMS to serve our students and encourage healthy outdoor exploration. In place of our annual snowboarding trips, this year they are offering a 12 week challenge for students to participate in for a chance to win the individual grand prize or a team prize for our school. Each participant gets a backpack loaded with gifts from Snowdays. Here is the challenge info sheet and slideshow to share with students. The link to the application form is on the last slide. If your student is interested, please have them fill out the form as soon as possible. There are still 25 spots available! Reach out to Ms.Dunlap ( with any questions!

Snowdays Outdoor Challenge 2021


NEW!!! Counseling Corner

Hello CMS Families!

February is in full swing and las week has brought some snow along with it! The community class theme for the month of February is “Courage”. The past few weeks students learned about what courage is, what it looks like in action, and how each of us is courageous simply by being ourselves. Perhaps ask your student(s) which lesson they enjoyed most and why!

Each school year in the spring, we incorporate lessons that support mental health awareness. For our 8th grade families specifically, we want to let you know that over the next two weeks our community partner, Trillium Family Services, will be rotating through each of our 8th grade social studies classes and will be engaging students in conversations centered around suicide awareness and prevention. This includes discussing with students what warning signs, risk factors, and protective factors look like. If you have any questions regarding this or what suggestions for how to discuss this topic with your student(s), please do not hesitate to reach out to our 8th grade school counselor, Tiffany Shaffer.

And as always, please 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!!! Learn more about Latino Network

NEW!!! NWFS Family Support

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 (English) and Zoom (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

Maritza Leon Gutierrez (503) 593-0014

English link

Spanish link

February 2021

Vaping and your Health 2/2/2021 6-8pm Online

Cannabis and Youth 2/9/2021 6-8pm

Alcohol and Youth 2/16/2021 6-8pm

Family Empowerment 2/23/2021 6-8pm

March 2021

Vaping and your Health 3/2/2021 6-8pm Online

Cannabis and Youth 3/9/2021 6-8pm

Alcohol and Youth 3/16/2021 6-8pm

Family Empowerment 3/23/2021 6-8pm

Meeting with the CMS Principal

If you would like to set up a meeting with me please go to the link below and choose a time and date that is convenient for you. Sometimes you are needing to reach out and just don't know how to, this is a very convenient and easy tool to use. This tool will set up a meeting in your calendar and mine; it will also automatically set up a meeting via zoom but if you prefer a phone meeting just add a note or email me. I do speak Spanish and I can also set up a meeting with an interpreter of any language if needed. Please don't hesitate to reach out!

Calendar Link

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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