Jan. 06, 2020 Weekly News

Principal's News

Welcome to 2020!  I hope you had a relaxing holiday season.  On January 6, teachers and administrators had the opportunity to engage in collaboration and professional learning. At TL and CMS, teachers participated in training from Circle Up, which focuses on making school communities more equitable and inclusive using Restorative Practice.  We are learning to interrupt implicit bias, microagressions and inequities.  
As students and staff return, please note that on January 17 we will be halfway through Trimester 2.  Encourage your child to look at Illuminate and stay up to date on assignments.  Students should reach out to teachers for help and support.  
Seventh graders will go to Westminster Woods Feb. 10-14.  A parent meeting will be held in late January to go over the details and expectations of the trip.  President's Week Break, no school, is Feb. 17-21.
Last fall, TL students participated in the World Climate Strike and created a new club, Tierra Linda Environmental Literacy Club, TLEC, which meets every Tuesday and Thursday at lunch.  TLEC students and their teacher advisor, Ms. Gulati are quickly taking action to make changes around the campus.  TLEC made a presentation to students during lunch and also came to our staff meeting in November to present information and share ideas.  Additionally, right before winter break TLEC met with Mindy Hill, Wellness Director and started a petition to eliminate plastic water bottles from our lunch service.
TLEC News:  Students Submit Environmental Petition-NO MORE WATER BOTTLES
The students from the Environmental and Sustainability Club are concerned about the amount of plastic entering our waste system. They researched the problem and spoke with many other students and faculty on campus and determined that one simple step to improving this problem would be to eliminate single-use water bottles from the school lunch program. As of December 18, 228 people had signed a petition to ban single use water bottles on the campus. Because the campus features several water fountains and water bottle filling stations, fresh water is always available. Therefore we are able to ask Choicelunch to no longer send the extra bottled water.
As of Monday, January 13, bottled water will no longer be available as part of the school lunch program. We encourage everyone to bring their own labeled reusable water bottles each day. 

6th Grade Basketball Information

There will be two tryout dates and we encourage all players to attend both days. Tryouts will be held January 21 at CMS from 4:00-5:00 pm, and January 22 at Tierra Linda from 5:15-6:15pm. Please fill out an INTEREST FORM on the website link below to be placed on the tryout list and receive communication about the season. (This is important so we can adequately prepare for the tryouts and send any updates that might be needed.)



UPCOMING PTA MEETING - Monday, January 13, 2020 @ 8:45am

Join us in the TL Learning Commons for the first meeting of 2020 on Monday, January 13 @ 8:45am.  Click HERE for the agenda.  Hope to see you there!  



Attention 8th Grade Parents!!! The 8th Grade will be hosting January's "New Year's Resolutions Luncheon" for the TLM staff. It will take place on WEDNESDAY, January 15th.Please Sign Up Here to see how you can contribute. Contributions are voluntary and greatly appreciated. If you select one of the monetary donations, payment will be accepted via the following methods:

  1. paypal.me/tlmluncheons
  2. Cash or Check (made payable to Lagille Rodriguez) and dropped off in the Tierra Linda or Mariposa school office. Please place payment in an envelope labeled “Teacher Appreciation”, and include the first and last name of your child. Questions?                   Lagille Rodriguez-tlm[email protected] or Hazel [email protected]


We would LOVE to get some help for hot lunch volunteers in the New Year!  We are running really lean on assistance making it tricky to make sure our kids are fed in a timely & efficient manner.   You can assist once a week, once a month, or just when you have some spare time here and there. Please click  HERE to see if your schedule allows for a shift here to help ease the burden.  Many thanks for considering!  



Missed out on purchasing TL spirit wear right before the break and you’d like to have more cold winter garb or your child?  If you are interested in purchasing spirit wear, there is limited availability of some items (think hoodies, pajamas, drawstring bags, lanyards, etc).  Email [email protected] to check on available inventory/sizes.  

San Carlos Education Foundation

Starlight Gala-March 14

It’s the party of the year--Cocktails, Dinner, Dancing, Live and Silent Auction at the beautiful Sharon Heights Country Club. It's for the kids! Tickets go on sale this week! Log-in on Thursday (Jan 9) starting at 10:00 am to purchase tickets. https://www.scefkids.org/starlightgalatickets/

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 still looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences) presentations next month. 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. Thank you to the many volunteers who have signed up already.

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 [email protected] or by phone at 650-590-5926. Thank You!

Measure N Parcel Tax Information

The San Carlos School Board has placed Measure N on the March 3, 2020 ballot to renew and increase our existing local school parcel tax.

Currently, each San Carlos homeowner pays $246.60 towards the Parcel Tax, which funds teacher salaries and keeping classroom sizes smaller. This tax is set to expire in 2021. The ballot measure is to renew and increase this tax by an additional $88, raising $3,000,000 annually, for 8 years. Taxes raised can ONLY be used locally in our schools and are restricted to:
- 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

This tax is not EXTRA funding but instead is CRUCIAL to operating our district. The funding gap is currently being bridged through local parcel taxes, SCEF, and community partnerships such as the one we have with Sequoia Healthcare District. Additionally, senior citizen homeowners 65 years or older are eligible for an exemption through an application process should they feel it is a financial hardship.

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

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

Join Us for the Annual SCSD Musical, Jan. 23-26

Cutloose January 23-26 at the exciting SCSD musical, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE, featuring district students in grades 4-8! Tickets are now on sale at www.SanCarlosChildrensTheater.com.

True to the original Footloose story about a Chicago teen who discovers that dancing is outlawed in the small town he's just moved to, Getting to Know FOOTLOOSE is a shorter, family-friendly version of the original hit movie. You'll enjoy all the popular dance tunes, including "Let's Hear It for the Boy," the hit Footloose theme, "Holding Out for a Hero," and ‘"Almost Paradise." The annual school district musical is always a sell-out, and everyone loves the exhilerating music and dancing in Footloose, so reserve your seats early.