Sept. 20, 2020 Weekly News

Principal's News

Dear TL Families:
Upcoming Events:
Conference Week is Oct. 5-9
Our instructional schedule will stay the same.  Students will not meet in their Pack class at 8:35 this week.  This will be time for parent/guardian/teacher conferences.  Middle school conferences will be run differently this year due to distance learning. We are unable to hold conferences for every student.  If your child's teachers feel a conference is needed, the team will notify parents/guardians and schedule a time to meet. If you would like to meet and check in with your child's teacher(s), please email the teacher(s) directly.  Teachers are available to meet before or during conference week to check in if you have questions or concerns.  
School Site Council, Tierra Linda and Mariposa
This year Tierra Linda has two spots open for parent/guardian representatives on School Site Council.  Our School Site Council meets 4 times a year and the first meeting is Oct. 1 at 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.  If you are interested in joining, please email [email protected] and give a brief summary of your interest and volunteer experience (none required).
School Site Council is a vehicle to give feedback and input into our mission, vision, and goals at Tierra Linda. It's a required group made up of parents/guardians, teachers, staff and administrators.

Duties of the SSC

The SSC of Tierra Linda and Mariposa School, hereinafter referred to as the SSC, shall carry out the following duties:


  • Annually (and at each semester, trimester, etc.) evaluate the progress made toward school goals (LCAP) to raise the academic achievement, Social Emotional Learning and behavior of all students.


  • Create, review, implement Safety Plan and connect with Big 5 Emergency Response.


  • School Campus and outdoor learning environment


  • Carry out all other duties assigned to the SSC by the district governing board and by state law
Here's an agenda to give you an idea of the work we do and what we discuss when we meet:

Distance Learning Acceptable Use Agreement

Take the time to read over the Acceptable Use Agreement and discuss it with your child.  It is attached below this posting. This is a document parents, guardians and students review every year and sign off on.  This has been modified to meet our needs as we are online learning.  Thank you for helping to keep our students safe.
Kristen Ugrin, Principal


Order your Mariposa and Tierra Linda 2020 limited edition spirit wear t-shirt now! Orders must be received by October 1st.

TL/MPA T-Shirt

Our Timberwolves and Monarchs have been working hard to adjust to Distance Learning. Let's mark this unusual year with a special piece of spirit wear, designed by Loren H, 2019/20 graduate, it's a fun look at the reality of school this year. Click here to purchase your t-shirt for only $12! 
Joining Together for Student Success! Team Kid
Sponsor the PTA and have your family name or business printed on the back of this awesome t-shirt! Check out our fundraising page to learn more about our campaign this year, Team Kid, and how you can support the important work our PTA does for teachers, staff and students! All donations are appreciated.
  • Join Team Kid level donation is $125 per child: includes spirit wear t-shirt for your child  and PTA membership. 
  • Family Sponsor level is $250 per family: includes your family name on t-shirt, t-shirts for your family, PTA membership and other recognition.
  • Silver Sponsor ($500) or Gold Sponsor ($750+): includes several unique benefits as thanks for those families and local businesses who become TL Wolfpack and Mariposa Monarch sponsors at the higher levels. Learn more about these special sponsorship levels here
Donations in any amount are appreciated and help us meet our fundraising goal! You can purchase 2020 Spirit Wear t-shirts (only available for a limited time!) and PTA memberships separately by clicking here
To ensure you are on the t-shirt, please sponsor by September 25! Learn more and donate.
Thank you for your support of the Tierra Linda and Mariposa PTA!
Proposition 15 - Schools & Community First
The San Carlos School District unanimously approved a resolution in support of Prop 15 Schools and Communities First on the ballot in November. The District would receive an estimated $1,896,397 and the City of San Carlos $4,112,000 in additional funding if the initiative passes. According to the measure's sponsors, The California Schools & Local Communities Funding Act would raise an estimated $12 billion annually statewide for schools and local communities including $830 million for San Mateo County.

For details, go to the California PTA's website.

San Carlos Education Foundation SCEFSCEF

WHY is community support of our schools so important?

School districts in California are funded one of two ways. State-funded or “Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)” districts, like ours, receive the majority of their revenue from the state of California based on student enrollment because their property tax revenue is insufficient to fund the minimum per student allocation set by the state. Community-funded districts (formerly known as “Basic Aid) derive all their funding from local property taxes because they are able to meet the state-set per pupil funding threshold through their property taxes alone.

While San Carlos is surrounded by some community-funded districts, the vast majority of school districts in California are state-funded, like SCSD. A shift in how California schools are funded resulted after the passage of Proposition 13 in 1978, prior to which, school funding was much more robust throughout the state, as districts could count on property taxes to meet their funding needs. How does this impact us today? Following Prop. 13, California now consistently ranks near the bottom in education funding in the U.S., particularly in the Bay Area where cost-of-living is so high.

SCSD currently receives about 75% of what it takes to educate our students from the state of California, leaving a 25% gap to fill. Thanks to support through SCEF donations, parcel taxes and the like, our San Carlos community bridges this funding gap to ensure our district has the resources to provide our children with the well-rounded quality education they deserve.

To learn more about California school funding:

We are beginning to work on SCEF’s 2019-20 Annual Report and would like to include photographs of kids working in their home "classrooms." If you would like to submit a photo for consideration, please send it in the highest resolution to: [email protected]. We will select a few to publish in the annual report and use in marketing throughout the year.

Legarza Golf Program

With the school year underway, Legarza has been coming up with creative ways to keep students active.
Our in person programs at Laureola Park have been a huge hit for younger students K-5th. With Middle School Athletics not taking place for the time being, we wanted to find ways to include our 6-8th graders.

We partnered with Mariners Point Golf Center in Foster City to offer a middle school golf experience, similar to our Fall offerings in the past. Join Legarza for a fun, co-ed, semi-competative program kicking off next Monday, September 21. We are hoping you can join us! Go to the Legarza website to sign-up!

San Carlos Children's Theater

Join the Virtual School Musical

The show must go on! Auditions for this year's VIRTUAL middle school musical -- GIVE MY REGARDS TO BROADWAY -- will be held October 13th on Zoom. Register now to take advantage of the Early Bird Discount! All 6th-8th graders from Central, Tierra Linda and Charter are invited to join the cast of this funny, toe-tapping musical about a young Broadway producer facing problems with his leading lady and the bank! No theater experience is required to audition and everyone who auditions will be cast. With all rehearsals held in the privacy of your own home, this is the perfect opportunity to try a musical for the first time! Online rehearsals begin October 20. Virtual performances will be presented January 29 & 30.

Get complete show details and register to audition at