Dec. 16, Weekly News

Principal's News

This is our final week before our Winter Break.  We hope all families have time to relax, refresh and celebrate the holiday season.  See you back at TL on January 7, 2020.

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 -

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

Important Dates for December

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



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! 



We need volunteer help after the New Year to keep our kids from going “HANGRY”!   You can assist once a week, once a month, or just when your schedule allows. Please consider clicking HERE to see which slots are still open! 



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

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

Starlight Gala - March 14
Save the Date for the SCEF Starlight Gala and Auction--March 14, 2020 at Sharon Heights Golf & Country Club. Tickets go on sale on Thursday, January 9th at 10 am.

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 ( and stock donations ( on our website or contact with questions.

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!

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:
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

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 or by phone at 650-590-5926. Thank You!

Winter Enrichment Class Registration Now Open

KidzToPros has begun their registration for after school Winter Vendor Enrichment Classes which will begin the week of January 13. Registration is open! Visit

Help Us Reimagine Sam Trans

Please take 7 minutes to participate in this survey for SamTrans. Reimagine SamTrans will evaluate each SamTrans bus route, as well as the entire bus system, in light of changing travel patterns and needs. They will look at every element of the SamTrans system, from customer experience, to route design, to how often the buses run, to efficient and effective operations practices, and more.

Last Chance for San Carlos Youth Softball Registration

Don't miss out! Teams will be forming in the next few weeks for our 2020 Spring Softball Rec program. San Carlos Youth Softball is a great way for girls to have some fun, develop skills and build friendships. Tryouts for 8U and up will be on Sunday, Jan 12th (and makeups on Sunday, Jan 19th).

Our program is for girls ages 4+ (as of January 2020) at all skill levels. Refer a friend new to SCYSA and both of you can get $25 off your registration! Be sure to sign up -

Questions? More information online at or email