May 4, 2020 Weekly News

Principal's News

SCEF DAY is May 6th 


This week our school calendar includes SCEF Day. Traditionally, this is a day when we wear green and wave flags to bring attention to the work of the San Carlos Education Foundation.   


Founded in 1982, the Foundation and its board of parent volunteers work each year to raise funds to support key positions and programs not possible with state funding alone. Their mission is to support equity across the district and benefit every child, every day in every classroom.


The role of SCEF is more important this year than ever before. The Coronavirus has and will continue to negatively impact school funding next year. The whole-child programs you have come to expect would not be possible without SCEF and SCEF would not be possible with you.


Wednesday May 6, is SCEF Day. Since we won’t be on campus, please consider brightening your front door/yard and celebrating our schools with green decorations! Color a “flat ed” and place it in your window to show your support. 


The SCEF board wants me to let you know that, due to the budget challenges in our district, they are asking donors who are able to make donations, of any amount, to consider giving by May 31, 2020. This will provide the school board with the most up-to-date information as they develop budgets for next school year. Learn more at


Thank you for consideration, your patience and partnership this year as we navigate distance learning. 


School Spirit Friday, May 8 at 7:00 p.m.

This Friday, May 8, get ready for some school spirit. More details to come. We home students can sit outside and clap and howl like Timberwolves to show appreciation for essential workers, including TL Staff. This week is Staff Appreciation Week. Thank you for all your support.

Stay safe and healthy until we are together again,


Kristen Ugrin



This week we honor our teachers and staff virtually for their tireless dedication to our students!  As if traditional schooling wasn’t challenging enough, our amazing team at Tierra Linda has worked diligently to pivot to distance learning to educate our kids during the shelter-in-place.  The PTA will be celebrating our hard-working staff this week and we encourage you to send your own messages of gratitude to your teachers/staff.   THANK YOU TO THE ENTIRE TEAM AT TIERRA LINDA! 


PTA MEETING - Monday, May 11

We will be holding a PTA meeting via zoom NEXT Monday, Monday, May 11 - 7pm.  Please click HERE for the agenda.  


Our district superintendent, Dr. Michelle Harmeier, will be joining our meeting to discuss the harsh financial impacts that COVID-19 has had on our school district.   She will be at the top of the agenda, so we encourage you to stay informed by joining the call if your schedule allows.  Click HERE for the zoom meeting link. Zoom Meeting ID: 884 7343 4243 and Password: 383114


In light of the rapidly changing information as a result of COVID-19, we have added a meeting on June 8 at 7pm in the hopes that we can share updates about the plan moving forward for the Fall.  Stay tuned as details unfold.   



For the most up to date information, click HERE for the Carlmont Corner.  Click HERE for a message from the Carlmont Academic Foundation.  

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

SCEF is grateful to the teachers, educators, administrators and support staff who nimbly responded to the impact of Covid-19 on our schools. We salute you on this Teacher Appreciation Week!

Make it Happen in May
SCEF is working to raise the final $600,000 needed to reach our $2.8M goal. Your continued support makes it possible to provide our schools with grants that will help fund educator positions and programs that benefit every child in every classroom. Reaching the goal in May allows us to assure our school district and school board that our grant will be in place for next school year before they finalize the budget in mid-June.

DONATE by going online now: If you donate through workplace giving please let us know ([email protected]) as it can take 8 to 10 weeks for us to receive word of your donation.

Have your own SCEF Day! Brighten up your front door/yard and celebrate our schools with bright green decorations! Color a “flat Ed” place it in your window. Take a picture of your decoration celebration and email to [email protected]

Enrollment Confirmation for 2020-21

Each spring, we ask families for assistance in completing an Intent to Attend Form regarding your child's enrollment for the next 2020-2021 school year. Please look for an email from the school your child will attend next year. If your child is currently in 3rd or 5th grade, they should have received an email from their new upper elementary or middle school. The email will contain the link for your school's form.

Your timely completion of this form will assist SCSD in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for the 2020-2021 school year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow the District in planning for staffing needs more effectively.

Please fill out one form for each child by Monday, May 4 (deadline extended). Use this link for Tierra Linda:

After completing this form, you will receive an email from [email protected] in early May that will provide you with specific directions on how to complete the registration process online including a link to access the InfoSnap portal, as well as a special ID number for your student, referred to as the “Infosnap Code."

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.

San Carlos Youth Advisory Diaper Drive

Looking to help out during COVID-19? The San Carlos Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is organizing a Diaper Drive to help local families in need. We are in need of the following supplies: diapers and wipes in original packaging, all sizes welcome. You can donate one of two ways:

1. ONLINE VIA AMAZON: Visit - Our Amazon Wish List is stocked with different diaper and wipe options. All items ship Prime directly to our donation center - please select One Life Counseling (1033 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070) as the shipping location.

2. IN PERSON: Contact-free drop-off will be available from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th. A drop off bin will be located at the front of the San Carlos Youth Center (1001 Chestnut Street).

For more information, visit: If you have questions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso [email protected] or Lora Simakova [email protected].

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom

Looking for a way to connect your child with their friends? Come join the San Carlos Youth Center staff for some after school fun during our drop-in program via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities all designated to connect your child with their peers! Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email.

If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso at [email protected].

Emergency Childcare Essential Workforce Survey

Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care. You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.

Link to the Survey:

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email [email protected]

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information -