Dec. 9 Weekly News

Principal's News

Please help with our traffic issues when driving to pick up your child from school.  Arriving too early and blocking the driveway makes it difficult for pick up from Charter.  When picking up from Tierra Linda - arrive after 3:05 p.m.on Monday, Tuesday and Friday and after 1:25 p.m. on Wednesday.  Students can wait at the front of school for a ride home and traffic is clear by 3:15 p.m. on most days.  Thank you for your cooperation.

At Tierra Linda, we continue to focus on behavior expectations.  This past week we held assemblies to review the behavior expectations at break and lunch and the changes that are necessary on rainy days.  Students can eat in the Wolf Den/Learning Commons or in classrooms when it is raining.  We are struggling with keeping our campus clean and continue to stress the importance of sorting trash in the appropriate bins.  Whenever possible, please try to cut down on single use plastic when packing school lunches.  Tierra Linda has an Environment Club that meets at lunch to work on ways to reduce the amount of trash we produce at TL.  

PARCEL TAX UPDATE

To protect quality education for our elementary and middle school students, the San Carlos School Board placed a measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot that would renew and increase our existing local school parcel tax. Without Measure P, some existing local school funding, about $2.2M will expire and disappear from SCSD school budgets. Our K-8 schools will have to make drastic cuts to academic programs, increase class sizes, and maintain only basics.

Our greatest needs for community-supported INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAM SUPPORT include:
• Attracting and retaining qualified and experienced teachers
• Maintaining small class sizes
• Maintaining programs that support bringing all students up to the highest level possible in core subjects like math, reading, and writing
• Maintaining math, hands-on science, technology, and engineering programs
• Providing art, music, libraries, and a well-rounded education

Our school district makes every effort to use resources wisely. We have tightened our belt, improved efficiencies, and made cuts to limit impacting class size. We have also conducted a full assessment of all of our local school instructional program needs - including the need to retain our best teachers and maintain core academics for children in grades K-8. It is clear we need additional local revenue to fund our core priorities.

To learn more about the Parcel Tax, visit our website - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/2019-2020-Parcel-Tax-Information

Please feel free to contact Dr. Harmeier if you have any additional comments or questions - Michelle Harmeier, Superintendent - mharmeier@scsdk8.org - (650) 590-5935

Important Dates for December

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
23rd - Jan. 6 No School Winter Break

TLM PTA News

SPECIAL PTA MEETING - Join us on Friday, December 13 @ 8:35am in the TL Library for a brief meeting to discuss the upcoming parcel tax ballot measure.  We hope to see you there! Click HERE for the agenda.  

 

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 tlmptabookfair@gmail.com.

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.

 

SHOP & DINE WHILE MAKING MONEY FOR OUR SCHOOLS!

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! 

San Carlos Education Foundation

Help us meet December 2019 fundraising goals!

Take advantage of the TAX BENEFITS of charitable giving before the end of the year! Explore corporate matching - https://doublethedonation.com/scef and stock donations - https://www.scefkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/SCEF_stockgift_web_090816.pdf on our website or contact info@scefkids.org with questions.

Not sure WHY you should give to SCEF? http://www.scefkids.org/2019video

When you are out and about in San Carlos shopping this holiday season, please take a moment to thank our amazing LOCAL BUSINESSES - https://www.scefkids.org/take-action/families/shop-local/ for supporting SCEF and our schools.

Honey Bear Trees supports San Carlos public schools by donating 15% of tree, wreath and garland sales to SCEF. Find detailed info online - https://www.scefkids.org/honey-bear-trees-supports-scef/ and don’t forget to download the flyer to take with you! https://www.scefkids.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/2019-SCEF-HONEY-BEAR-TREES.pdf or just mention you are with SCEF.

Sequoia High School IB Information Meeting Jan. 14

Is your 8th grader attending Sequoia High School next year? Do you want to learn more about Sequoia's honors IB Program? Please attend Sequoia's 8th Grade IB Info Meeting on January 14th from 6:00 pm at Sequoia High School in Carrington Hall. This meeting will be held in English. Thank you. See link: https://tinyurl.com/wb4d2wo
Si su estudiante del octavo grado asistirá a Sequoia High School el próximo año ¿Quiere que sea exitoso en la preparatoria y que asista a la universidad? Para que su estudiante sea exitoso en la preparatoria y aprenda sobre el programa de honores de IB, por favor asista a la reunión del Octava Grado sobre Información del programa IB el martes,14 de enero 2020 en el Centro de Medios/ Biblioteca  de la escuela Sequoia a las 6.00 pm. Esta reunión es muy importante para usted y será ofrecida en español. LOS ESPERAMOS  https://tinyurl.com/wb4d2wo

ROPES Presentations, Judges Needed

We are looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences) presentations in February. ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in a deeper but fun way.

There are 3 opportunities to judge:
Monday, Feb 3, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tuesday, Feb 4, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Wednesday, Feb 5, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening.
We hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event.

If you are able to judge on any/all of those days, please contact Veronica Rickson either via email at ROPES@scsdk8.org or by phone at 650-590-5926. Thank You!

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

RSVP: http://evite.me/5HBJJnbwsd

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.

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 - https://issuu.com/seqhd/docs/2019_hsi_fall_scsd