CMS Newsletter

Week December 7, 2020

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Principal's Message

Hello All,

NEW!! If you would like to request assistance with purchasing essential items and groceries please contact our counseling team.

7th grade: Chris O'Connor

8th Grade Counselor: Tiffany Shaffer

Donations Continue:

Centennial Middle School is launching a campaign to help members of our school community with essential needs. Caring Cougars Campaign will be accepting donations starting this week to December 11, 2020. Donations will be distributed the week of December 14, 2020

Caring Cougars is a CMS campaign to collect gift cards and distribute them to other CMS families who are in need of support purchasing essential items and groceries. Some suggestions include purchasing gift cards from Winco, Grocery Outlet, Safeway, Fred Meyers, Walmart and Target. If you are able to donate to the Caring Cougar campaign, you can drop off a gift card or any monetary donations (we can purchase the gift card for you) to our main office Monday-Friday 9:00 am-3:30 pm.

Giving and caring for others is a Cougar trait and this opportunity will bring joy and love to many families in our community. Please consider donating to this campaign that will directly support many families in our very own Centennial Community.

Sincerely your,

CMS Family

NEW!!! 7th & 8th Grade Next Learning Packet Pick Up

Next Learning Packet Pick Up

Wednesday December 16, 2020

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

If you are unable to make it to these designated times you may come to CMS to pick up learning packets on Thursday December 17th 9:00-3:30 pm. Come to the front of the school where we can support you through our main window.

In this issue you will find:

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

  • Caring Cougars Campaign
  • NEW!!! Talented and Gifted Program: Recommendations
  • NEW!!! Taking Care of Ourselves and Others: A COVID-19 Guide for Youth and Families
  • NEW!!! REACH Flu Campaign will launch
  • NEW!!! Lines for Life Educator Wellness and new Parent Wellness Rooms
  • NEW!!! Counseling Corner
  • NEW!!! Community Class December 2020 Monthly Theme
  • NEW!!! REAP Wellness Hour flyer
  • Centennial School District - Dental Sealants - Multnomah County
  • Mondays Meal Service
  • Yearboook 2020-2021
  • EBT Pandemic Benefits
  • 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
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NEW!!! 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

NEW!!! 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.

NEW!!! 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

NEW!!! 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.

NEW!!! Counseling Corner

Hello Parents/Guardians! This week of community lessons kicked off our December theme of “Kindness and Compassion”. For the first week of December community class focused on Self-Compassion and Self-Kindness.

Lesson one centered around expanding students’ understanding of what self-compassion is and the concept of self-compassion as treating yourself how you might treat a friend. Students were also able to practice a little self-compassion through a mindfulness activity.

Lesson two expanded on this idea of treating yourself like you would a friend. It also included a great three minute video that showed students what self-compassion can look like.

Speaking of self-compassion and self-kindness, this time of year can be challenging in many ways for many people and particularly so this year and now more than ever taking care of ourselves is so important. Here’s an article with some helpful suggestions for how we all can practice self-compassion: How to Practice Self-Compassion.

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

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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

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:

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