December 2, Weekly News

Superintendent's News PARCEL TAX UPDATE

Dear San Carlos Parents and Neighbors,

San Carlos School District provides the highest quality education for our children, keeps our community strong and strengthens our property values.

In order to continue to provide an excellent, well rounded education, we have been seeking community input on the need to renew and increase Measure P. This local parcel tax supports students’ in grades K-8 and maintains high-quality educational programs, including math, reading, and writing, and hands-on science instruction; attracts and retains qualified and experienced teachers; and supports art, music, libraries, and a well-rounded education.

Without Measure P, some existing local school funding will expire and disappear from SCSD school budgets. This will require SCSD to make drastic cuts to academic programs, increase class sizes, and maintain only basics.

Your time and participation were critical as the San Carlos School District Board set fiscal priorities. Accordingly, at its November 21st meeting, the San Carlos School District Board unanimously voted to place a parcel tax measure (renewal of Measure P with an $88 per/parcel increase for 8 years) on the March 3, 2020 ballot.

Thank you for your interest. Please feel free to contact me if you have any additional comments or questions. We are always listening.

Michelle Harmeier
[email protected]
(650) 590-5935

Important Dates for December

4th    Tobacco Prevention Parent Information at TL, 6:00 p.m.
5th     School Site Council Meeting at Mariposa, 3:15 p.m.
7th     No power at TL due to Solar Project
10th   Band Winter Concert, grades 5-8
11th   Orchestra/Choir Winter Concert, grades 5-8
16th   Winter Art Show, 6:00 p.m.
19th   Minimum Day 1:25 p.m. dismissal
20th   No School

Parent Information Night on Dec. 4 About Vaping Unit Taught in Science Class

On December 4 from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. in the Learning Commons, there will be a Parent Education Night about vaping, tobacco use and prevention.  The vaping epidemic is wide-spread in our community and impacting children as young as 10 years old. Starting this year in January, sixth grade students will participate in a Tobacco Prevention Unit.  The topics covered will be: Addiction, Tobacco Products, E-cigarettes, Vape pens and Positive Youth Development.  Ms. Morrison and Ms. Gulati will use the Tobacco Prevention Toolkit to teach this during science class.  Our plan is to start a unit with sixth graders January 13 - 27 and then a unit for seventh graders in February or March. 

We hope you can join us to learn more about the dangers of teens and vaping.

Parent Education Using a Positive Strength-Based Approach to Parenting Dec. 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting with Charlie Appelstein
WHEN: Wednesday, December 11, 2019 6:30pm-8:00pm


Back by popular demand, Charlie Appelstein, M.S.W. will be sharing his humor and practical strategies to create family environments that are focused on strength-building rather than flaw-fixing. These exceptionally positive and inspiring strategies focus on guiding all children (and especially those with emotional or behavioral challenges) with an approach that focuses on how to help your kids develop positive mindsets; how to create self-management tools in your home; relationship-based limit setting; and the effect of positive emotions on the brain. You're guaranteed to come away with a smile on your face, fresh ideas in your pocket, and a new hope in your heart for dealing with your most challenging parenting situations.

This event is made possible thanks to funding from our SCSD PTA Coordinating Council.


Shop and Dine While Making Money for our School -With the holiday season upon us, there are many ways our schools can benefit from all your buying power!  Click HERE to get more information on eScrip & HERE to change your Amazon smile account charitable organization to Tierra Linda Middle School PTA and start making that money work for our school! 

Holiday Book Fair Gift Certificates -Not sure what to get your child, teachers and staff this holiday season? Why not give a TL/Mariposa book fair gift certificate and support the PTA at the same time!  The certificate(s) can be redeemed for books and other cool gifts at our book fair to be held this coming April. We’ll keep track of all Gift Certificates purchased and remind students and teachers of the amount they have to spend. 

To purchase gift certificates, simply print & fill out this form and return it with your check made out to “TLM PTA” before Thursday, December 19, 2019.  Please feel free to contact the TLM Book Fair team if you have any questions at [email protected]. Please note: Gift Certificates can only be redeemed at the TLM April book fair and any left over amount at the end of book fair will be donated to our library.

San Carlos Education Foundation

Honey Bear Trees supports San Carlos public schools by donating 15% of tree, wreath and garland sales to SCEF. Find detailed info online and don’t forget to download the flyer to take with you!

Sports Basement is committed to our community. Sign up to be a Basementeer and select San Carlos Education Foundation as your charity. You get 10% off every item, every time you shop, and 10% of profits go to SCEF.

When you are out and about in San Carlos shopping this holiday season, please take a moment to thank our amazing local businesses for supporting SCEF and our schools.

Free Emergency Preparedness Class Dec. 6

On Dec 6 the Sequoia Healthcare District will host a FREE one-to-two hour class covers the basics of what to do before, during, and after a major emergency -

Sequoia Healthcare District Newsletter

Check out the latest newsletter from Sequoia Healthcare District to learn more about how you can prevent youth vaping. Included are links to resources and parents education events -

San Carlos Little League Registration

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2020 San Carlos Little League season is open. Established in 1953, San Carlos Little League provides a positive youth baseball experience to children of all abilities in the San Carlos community, by developing the qualities of leadership, citizenship, discipline, character and teamwork. The program is for children ages 4 through 14. Registration will be open through December 20.

San Carlos Youth Softball Registration

For registration and information please visit If you have any questions please contact Jon Ackerhalt, [email protected].
Sign Up for San Carlos Youth Softball

Interested in playing softball this spring? San Carlos Youth Softball is a great way for girls to have some fun, develop skills and build friendships. The 2020 spring rec program is now open for registration.

Our program is for girls ages 4+ (as of January 2020) at all skill levels. Teams are formed in January so please sign up soon! Refer a friend new to SCYSA and both of you can get $25 off your registration!

Questions? More information online at or email [email protected].