March 16, 2020 Weekly News

March 16th, 2020


I hope everybody is healthy and safe.  On Friday morning, Dr. Harmeier sent out a message that announced SCSD's transition to distance learning starting Monday, March 16th. Tierra Linda Middle School will be open to staff and certain limited services only. We are asking for your support in helping enforce social distancing protocols (such as these recommended by the WHO) for the good of our community.  We must contain the virus’s spread as much as possible. The sacrifices we will all make are effectively negated if students or families are gathering socially. Our community needs us all to work together to reduce the burden on our healthcare system and flatten the curve of COVID-19. With this in mind, our TL campus, black top, field and playground are now closed to the public.


Starting Monday, March 16 teachers are working on Distance Learning preparations for your students’ continued education at home.  There will be a SCSD Distance Learning Portal link on the district and CMS/TL website that will have information on lessons, assignments and expectations.  Please be patient as we are in the process of planning. There will be an email update with links when this is ready. There is no need to reach out to teachers directly, as we will be posting lessons through the Distance Learning Portal.


We will be making every effort to provide the best education possible for our students  given the circumstances. We will have a process in place for taking attendance and ordering lunch in addition to regular lessons.  Additionally, we will provide resources and tips on how to structure your child’s day in order to stay engaged and productive.  


If your child has a technology need fill out this Device Survey. Devices will be available for check out sometime this week and we will notify you when they are ready for pick up.   If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Even though our students are not on campus, we are still hard at work and here to help. Please stay healthy; the health and wellness of our community is our primary concern.



Kristen Ugrin

Measure X Parcel Tax Information

Measure N has bumped up to 71.83% yes votes as of March 13! Ballots are still being counted - the next semi-final results update will be on March 17 at 4:30 pm. Thank you again to our San Carlos community! 💙

You can check updates here -


March PTA Meeting Canceled

Our March PTA Meeting, previously scheduled for Monday, March 16 and PTA-hosted staff luncheon on March 26 will be canceled due to local health department guidance to limit non-essential group gatherings.  
One of the original topics on the meeting agenda was the 2020-2021 Tierra Linda Mariposa PTA Executive Board slate.  Please click HERE to see the proposed slate from our PTA nominating committee.  Other agenda items from the March meeting along with the vote for next year's officers will be incorporated at our next PTA meeting currently scheduled for Monday, April 13th at 7pm.
Help During CoronaVirus 
Many of the families in our Tierra Linda/Mariposa community are struggling in the wake of these trying times.  Many of you have reached out to us, seeking ways to help.  Please know that the PTA is working to determine the best way we can lend a hand to those in our community who need it.  We are hoping to roll out a coordinated effort by the latter part of next week a coordinated effort.  Please stay tuned to how you can help!


March 25 Staff Lunch is cancelled 


Carlmont High School Transition News - Please see the latest on the Carlmont Website as most events are cancelled or postponed.

  • All 8th graders that were at school on 03/13/2020 went home with their course selection sheet. This is due back to TL by March 24. More details on how to return it will come soon.
  • If you are interested in learning more about Carlmont High School for your child, please click HERE for the Carlmont Corner which details the transition opportunities/process for your child. 
  • Please feel free to contact your Carlmont 8th Grade Transition Team Member, Hazel Stabinsky at hazelbsta[email protected] should you have any additional questions. 


Performing Arts, Cheer or Dance

If you have children interested in Performing Arts, Cheer or Dance, there is important information included in the Carlmont Corner regarding auditions and tryouts.    


Boys Basketball Opportunity

Also, the Carlmont Boys Basketball program is having a skills clinic in March for middle schoolers. It is a fundraiser for the program, but also an opportunity for middle schoolers to meet the Carlmont coaches and gain skills.  Click HERE to learn more.  

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Fund-A-Need--YOUR help is needed!
Our 2020 Fund-A-Need supports STEM programs, Chromebook replacement and a shade structure at SCC. Your FAN gift will be magnified by a Dollar for Dollar match up to $65,000. There will also be prize drawings for gifts above $1,000. Visit for more details.

Post-Gala Auction Sale
Visit the SCEF Gala event page ( for access to our post-auction website. Bid on new and post-auction items including SF Giants tickets and gift cards to the Alpine Inn in Portola Valley and the new Taurus Steakhouse on Laurel Street.

Healthy Cities Tutoring Cancelled

Social Emotional Learning and New Tutor Orientation scheduled for March - Postponed

Ability Awareness Week - Cancelled or Postponed

Walk Audits Have been Postponed

Youth Center Spring Fling Dance March 20 Cancelled

Thank you to those of you have signed up to participate in a walk audit.

Chicken's Ball Variety Show Fundraiser Cancelled

We love our community and everyone who supports the Chickens’ Ball. For the safety of the performers, volunteers, musicians, technicians, and our wonderful audiences we have been directed to cancel all public performances of the 2020 Chickens’ Ball The Night They Invented Champagne.

We will need your support more than ever! Please consider a donation to the Chickens’ Ball to support the music and art programs in San Carlos public schools -

We hope you will consider converting your admission ticket to a donation to the music and art programs at the San Carlos schools. Your donation would be tax-deductible. All people who purchased tickets via Eventbrite will be contacted by email. 

Census 2020

Every 10 years, the federal government is required to count all residents in the United States through a national census. The 2020 Census gets underway in April and it is vitally important that every resident in the county be counted to secure federal funding for our schools & communities! The Census determines how the Federal government distributes nearly $700 billion a year to states and counties.

Every residence will receive an invitation in the mail to complete the Census Questionnaire by April 1, 2020. Make sure someone in your household is responsible for filling out the form. It can be completed online, by phone or by mail in different languages.

Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information -

Riley's Run

This year’s Riley Run will be on Sunday, April 19 at 4:00 pm on the upper playground of Brittan Acres. Riley was a friend and classmate of many San Carlos students and we gather every year to honor him. We have a 5K walk/run around San Carlos and all proceeds from the $25 registration fee go to his two favorite charities – Camp Taylor and Children’s Heart Foundation. Riley would have been a junior in high school this year.

Please join us on this special day. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]. The deadline to register and to receive a shirt is March 19 but there is no deadline to simply participate.

Galileo Summer Camp

Camp Galileo is hosting camp at your nearby school in San Carlos this summer! From now through April 12th, Galileo will donate $25 to the school or school's PTA for every family that enrolls at Camp Galileo. Galileo engages every kid with the perfect mix of hands-on learning and big summer fun. Supported by the boundless energy of the best staff around, campers from pre-K through 10th grade unlock their inner innovator, learning to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges. New families, enter promotion code 2020SCHOOLREWARDS to get $50 off and a $25 donation to your school. Returning families, we'll automatically donate $25 when you make a purchase (no need to enter a code). Be sure to enter YOUR SCHOOLS NAME during checkout in the camper info section. Stack your savings- combinable with our March Spring Sale, Bring A Buddy and multi-week discounts Scholarships available. Learn more at or 800-854-3684.

Rock Band Summer Camp

At Rock Band Camp, campers are immersed in live music and performance, experiencing what it’s like to be in a rock band with fellow bandmates. Campers together form a band of approximately 5 musicians, choose songs and attend daily rehearsals under the guidance of their assigned counselor, participate in music workshops, and perform in a live showcase for family and friends at the end of the week.

Sign up to learn either guitar, ukulele, bass, drums, keyboard, strings, woodwinds, brass, or vocals. Campers should bring a lunch, and are welcome to either bring their own instrument or choose from a selection of provided instruments. Bands will be formed based on experience (all skill levels welcome), age, or friend requests.

Locations: Central Middle School, San Carlos
Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-3pm (with band showcase on Friday afternoon). After Care provided until 6pm daily at an additional cost.
Ages: 5-14
Price: $550