Nov. 16 Weekly News

Dear TL Families:
Thank you so much for your support during the beginning of this unusual and challenging school
year. I want to take a moment to acknowledge your commitment and dedication and the time
you are investing during Distance Learning. Your contributions last year to the nonprofit San
Carlos Education Foundation are being put to work this year in many ways at Tierra Linda Middle School and have provided tools and training to address the current moment.
Grants made by SCEF from your donations will help school name purchase new Chromebooks
for students and supplement technology support staff, allow us to hire school counselors and
provide social emotional programs and middle school electives including band, orchestra, and
art. SCEF also provides me with a a Principal SCEF Flex Fund to invest in school site needs that includes outdoor learning spaces and gardens. In addition, because of the out-pouring of support last spring, SCEF is providing funds for classroom air purifiers, additional PPE, teacher professional development in distance learning and training in equity and social justice. Our San Carlos public schools maintain a high-quality education because of your investment of time and financial support.
Wednesday November 18th is SCEF day. We encourage students to wear GREEN for
their Wednesday Zoom meetings and visit or click this link to check
out all the fun and educational activities SCEF has planned for the week. If you haven't already done so, I hope you will consider making a donation to SCEF. Support
from parents like you is critical to help sustain and enhance the education we provide to our
students. To make a donation, or learn more, please visit.
Trimester 2 Begins on 11/16/2020
We are in the process of planning for Phase 2, bringing urgent learners on campus and Phase 3 bringing all students on campus for one 90 minute session per week.  We will have our first session of Phase 3 with the following schedule:
Dec. 7 - 6th grade A
Dec. 8 - 6th grade B
Dec. 14 - 7th grade A & 8th grade A
Dec. 15 - 7th grade B & 8th grade B
Students will come to school and meet with their Pack Advisory teacher and about 12-15 other students from their Pack class.  They will not switch classes or attend their period 1-7 classes.  A/B groups may change when we begin meeting weekly in January.  These are designed for in-person learning experiences.  We are unable to provide these sessions virtually.  There will be a Parent Information Night virtually prior to review the process for students entering/exiting campus and expectations while on campus that follow the Four Pillars: face coverings, physical distancing, limiting group gatherings and health and hygiene.
As we focus on all the moving parts of planning for Phase 2 & 3, we are unable to make any changes to any student schedules for periods 1-7 for Trimester 2.  

Inclusion Counts Parent/Guardian Listening Sessions

The San Carlos Elementary School District is partnering with Inclusion Counts to assess our current state of diversity, equity and racial-justice. In order to ensure our priorities, goals and actions related to anti-racism in our community are reflective of our diverse community voices, we’re taking time to hear from members of our community - staff, students and families.

On Tuesday, November 17 we invite parents to participate in a Community Listening Session/ Group Interview with our consultants at Inclusion Counts. During this session, you will be asked to share about your experience at San Carlos Elementary School District - and, if applicable, how you/ your family has been affected by racism, bias or intolerance.

More information and session times can be found here.
Thank you,
Kristen Ugrin

Tierra Linda Food Drive Continues!

The Tierra Linda ASB/Leadership along with the San Carlos Leos Club will be collecting food until November 20th. The food collected will go to Caring Cupboard and Second Harvest. The blue collection barrel is located in front of the office for easy drop off.

Holiday Toy, Book & Gift Drive

T.L. Leadership & The San Carlos Leos Club are collecting for
One Life Counseling 

These Donations are Needed

▪ Art Supplies (lots & lots & lots of art supplies!!!) ▪ Coloring books & crayons
▪ Construction paper & glue▪ Zipper pencil cases▪ Stickers & more stickers
▪ Highlighters, Markers & colored pencils▪ Stuffed Animals▪ Toys with wheels (vroooom)▪ Books (new & gently used)▪ Gift Cards for ‘tweens & teens ▪ Puzzle books ▪ Board Games▪ Soccer balls and other sports equipment ▪ Zipper Cosmetic bags

▪ Dopp kits * Necklaces (every little girl enjoys some bling & dressing up)
▪ Kitchen dish towels (for the household to enjoy) ▪ Ornament (non-breakable)▪ Dog & cat toys

Donations accepted through Monday, December 7th.


6th Grade Families - Pack Party on November 18th @ 7pm!

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 18th for an interactive and fun opportunity for 6th graders to hang out virtually outside of the classroom. The Pack Party will feature a custom show by BMX star Matt Wihelm. Here is the ZOOM link to join the main session and students will go into breakout rooms with their Pack class from there. Students should use their SCSD login for Zoom in order to make the transition to breakout rooms go quickly. Grab a snack and enjoy the show!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 983 2145 0934

Passcode: 268367


If you are interested in exploring Carlmont High School for your 8th grader and have not done so already, please review this updated information from the Carlmont 8th Grade Transition team:  

Parent Information Night Please visit our webpage to see the pre-recorded videos that provide in depth information about the Carlmont academic program, electives, core curriculum as well as a campus tour. 

Shadowing Events The deadline to sign up for group shadow sessions is TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1. Group sessions will be virtual and hosted by Carlmont student ambassadors, with a moderator from our 8th Grade Transition team. Individual sessions are FULL at this time, but you may request to be put on the waitlist if you are interested. Sessions are filling up quickly, so please click HERE for more information or to register now.  

For more information, contact 8th Grade Transition Team Member, Hazel Stabinsky at

Sequoia High School

Each year, Sequoia opens its arms to welcome a new crop of prospective students to the campus for an informational evening. This "8th grade Information Night" provides students and their parents the opportunity to hear from academic department chairs and see curricular and extracurricular programs in action during 10-minute workshop sessions.

Given the restrictive parameters of 2020, we have worked to replicate this experience virtually, and have created THIS INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION. Please note: If viewing in Google Slides, enter PRESENT MODE for best experience. An embedded version of the presentation can also be found at


SCEF San Carlos Education Foundation, SCEF

Our fall SCEF Day is this Wednesday, November 18 and represents the beginning of SCEF’s annual fundraising campaign. We encourage everyone to celebrate SCEF day by wearing GREEN on their Wednesday school Zoom meetings! Bring the fun to your SCEF Day Zoom calls by downloading and coloring your own SCEF moustache and using this festive SCEF Virtual Background. Share the love on social media and decorate at home with SCEF Coloring Sheets or some fun sidewalk chalk art! Be sure to share your creativity online with the hashtag #SCEFday! Visit to check out these and more fun and educational activities SCEF has planned for the week.

This flyer is a summary of our robust planning for both fundraising and grant-making for the 2020-21 school year.

Holiday Cooking Camp with Caroline & Paloma!
Let your kids cook for YOU! Sign-up your kids to cook 3 weeknight dinners AND prepare 3 side dishes for your Thanksgiving meal! Side dishes include Cranberry Relish (Monday), Butternut Squash Soup (Tuesday), and Pumpkin Pie (Wednesday). Recipes for weeknight dinners and side dishes are provided a week in advance with links to Instacart so you can shop quickly and easily for any missing ingredients! Class includes Digital Cookbook with all the recipes for you to print at home in advance of the classes. Tickets on sale now at
Mon-Wed, Nov 23-25, 4:30-6:30pm - Ages 6-18 - $125 ticket price counts toward your annual SCEF giving!

Honey Bear Christmas Trees
Honey Bear Trees is again coming to our area this Christmas season and offering SCEF a donation for every tree purchased when you mention SCEF. More information available here -

Healthy Cities Tutoring

Join our community of volunteers who range in age from 14-96 and provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to students for 30-45 minutes per week to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. This year with distance learning we are seeking volunteers willing to be trained in tutoring a student remotely once a week. We expect the need to grow this year and hope you or someone you know will get involved in this rewarding volunteer experience.

If you are interested in learning more, please mark your calendar for our annual new tutor orientation & training which will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00-8:15pm - RSVP here. For more information to become a Healthy Cities tutor, visit and click VOLUNTEER to complete the online application or email

Parent Education Event

The new podcast discussion series starts this week. Watch the podcasts and RSVP before attending each session. Check out the full schedule of parent education events here.

Tuesday, Nov 17, 12:00-1:00 pm: Failing Toward Resiliency
Wednesday, Nov 18, 7:00-8:00 pm: Your Child's Brain: How to Supercharge for Resiliency & Optimism
Thursday, Nov 19, 12:00-1:00 pm: Helping Children Process Grief & Disappointment

San Carlos Housing 2040 Workshop

Those of us living in the Bay Area are well aware of the cost of housing. As the cost of housing has risen throughout the Bay Area, increasing numbers of people are finding it difficult to pay rent or make monthly mortgage payments. San Carlos is not immune to the crisis and has experienced an unprecedented surge in the growth of home prices and rental rates. San Carlos is committed to addressing the housing needs of everyone in our community to ensure that the City is more inclusive for people of all incomes, and having more housing choices that suit all stages of life.

To address the underpinnings of these housing challenges, the City is embarking on updating the Housing Element, which is a policy document that will guide housing decisions for the next 8 years. The City is inviting all community members to come together virtually and have a meaningful exchange, share ideas, and express concerns.

Register at for the virtual workshop scheduled for November 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Eventbrite link will have more information on how to participate.
Bay Area Health Officers are asking the public to fight the flu by getting the annual vaccination for influenza right now - read more here.

San Carlos Park and Recreation

Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble 5K

San Carlos Parks and Recreation, in partnership with the Parks and Recreation Foundation, is hosting a Virtual 5K Gobble Wobble Fun Run! Participants are encouraged to get outside the week of Thanksgiving and walk, jog, run or bike/scooter a 5K route. Once registered, participants will be given three suggested routes around town, but can choose their own route as well.

Participants will receive a San Carlos Gobble Wobble t-shirt, running bib, and medal. Finishing times and photos can be emailed to no later than Sunday, November 29th to be included in our results update on Facebook.

Registration limited, register early to guarantee t-shirt size by Thanksgiving, see more information here.

San Carlos Youth Advisory

Interested in a San Carlos Skate Park? Members of the San Carlos Youth Advisory Council are looking into the possibility of creating a skate park in San Carlos. Right now, we are focusing on a pilot project, which we will observe over a 6-month period. We would love to get your opinion on the matter.

If you or anyone you know is interested in seeing this project come to life, please fill out our survey form:

San Carlos United Soccer Tryouts

San Carlos United is holding tryouts for boys & girls born in 2003-2014

San Carlos United is delighted to announce that all existing teams will be holding open practices as tryouts this fall for boys & girls born between 2003 - 2014. Additionally, we will be holding tryouts to form our new boys & girls 2013-14 teams.

Please register online - and you will be contacted by the respective age group regarding a tryout. **These tryouts are intended for those NOT currently playing competitive soccer.

We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!