March 1, 2021 Weekly News

5           Last day of Trimester 2
8-12      Ability Awareness Week
8           PTA Meeting
15-19    On-campus orientations
29-31    Spring Break 
1-2     Spring Break

Principal's News
We have a lot of great news to share this week!
First, I would like to congratulate 8th grader, Nicholas O.  He qualified and competed in the Math Counts regional competition last week.  We are so proud of all of his hard work! Also, a huge shout out to Mr. De, math teacher and Math Counts coach for leading and preparing our TL team for this competition. 
Next, I would like to highlight our timberwolves who participated in the 25th annual STEM fair.  Our three participants took home either 1st or 2nd place ribbons.  You can see the STEM fair awards night slides on the district website.
San Mateo County went into the red tier last Tuesday.  This means that TL can begin on-campus orientations the week of March 15.  6th graders will come back one afternoon on either March 15 or 16th.  7th and 8th graders will come back one afternoon on either March 18th or 19th. Please review the Phase 3 Details and Survey video and fill out the  Phase 3 Participation Form that was sent out on Friday, February 26.  
We are launching our 2nd Annual March Madness Book Tournament in English classes. This year's theme is social justice and all of the books are available at the San Carlos library. Please check out English teacher's Google Classroom for more information.  Thank you for supporting your student with this event!
Lastly, Ms. Ugrin is back! She returns to TL on Monday, March 1. 
TL Reopening Plan

We are excited because we have entered the Red Tier for new infection rates of Covid.  Students and teachers may begin coming back to school for some in person. I cannot empathize enough with how happy this makes us. 


As discussed, we will be returning in a phased-in approach in order for students to fully learn and practice our safety protocols.  Below is an outline of our return to school timeline.  Please keep in mind this is highly variable depending on the direction new infection rates head.  We are updating our Phase 4 plan to best respond to current health conditions.  The updated Phase 4 schedule will be coming out in the next 2-3 weeks.


The Week of March 1-5th:

Parent Survey and video of Phase 3 Orientation and Phase 3 model

Return survey by March 2 requesting at home or in-person for Phase 3


The Week of March 8-12th:

Parent Information Video and Presentation during PTA Meeting  

Student Information video and slides in Pack

Parents notified of student schedule (A or B group)


The Week of March 15-19th:

Orientation Week including a new bell schedule - Students come to school to meet their Advisory Teachers in the afternoon on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday to learn ingress and egress points and practice safety protocols.  Students will tour the campus to understand new safety protocols. Students who remain in online learning will have an online Orientation one day for 90 minutes this week.


The Week on March 22nd-26th:

This will be week 2 of Phase 3 and includes a new bell schedule.  Students will come to campus every Monday for in-person learning experiences including building relationships, nurturing social and emotional wellness, safety procedures, and a whole lot of fun!  Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory every Monday.


The Week of March 29th- April 2nd:

Spring Break


The Week of April 5th -9th: 

Week 3 of Phase 3 continues. Monday in-person learning. Tuesday - Friday online learning. Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory on Monday.


The Week of April 12-16

Week 1 of Phase 4, tentative, depends on health conditions. Phase 4 schedule to come. This will consist of a hybrid learning model where students will be learning in-person and online.  More details to come soon.  If we are not in Phase 4, then Phase 3 in-person on Monday continues with Tuesday- Friday online learning.  Students opting for online learning will have an online Pack/Advisory on Monday or content area classes online.


April - June  

Phase 4 continues depending on health conditions. 


**As mentioned, these dates are tentative and can change based on several factors, however, we are doing our best to project and plan by providing this timeline.  Let’s keep moving forward and stay safe!


ROPES Awards in The Den

Please come to the Tierra Linda M/U room ( The Wolf Den) to pick up your Rope & Certificate

PTA News

Don’t Miss Out on the TL Yearbook!

Don’t miss your chance to order a yearbook to commemorate a unique year. Click HERE to see what options are available.

And, if you haven't done so already, be sure to upload TWO current pictures (8th-grade parents -- add a baby picture for a total of 3). THEN use the "description" field in one of the photos to write your message or favorite quote for your child to cherish forever. Due date for picture submission is March 19th! with school code TL2021

We want every student represented this year!

Attention 8th Grade Parents - Carlmont Transition Team News

Click HERE to register for the upcoming Parent/Student Forums for Carlmont High School.  This event is a condensed version of what was presented for the Parent Information Night (late September) as well as the group/individual shadow sessions that your 8th grader may have already participated in.  

This informal, virtual event will allow you to ask questions of the admin/staff and current Carlmont Student Ambassadors.  The remaining session March 4.  Registration is required.  

Please click HERE for additional Incoming Carlmont Freshman Parent Information.  More questions?  Contact Hazel Stabinsky, 8th Grade Transition Team Member, at   

March PTA Meeting - Join Us!

We welcome all to join us for our upcoming PTA meeting on Monday, March 8th at 7:00pm via Zoom. Mtg ID: 875 7277 5855 / Passcode: 463127. You can find the agenda  HERE. Looking forward to connecting with our parent community!


Student and Community Testing to Keep our Kids On Campus

"Please take advantage of the no cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.
Please sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in person learning possible. As a reminder, if a student or or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus.
Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:
Central Middle School - Thursdays, 1:00-7:00 pm Register Here
Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here "


We read together and succeeded together! 1644 students registered for the Read-A-Thon and 419,075 minutes read were logged. That’s a lot of hours of our kids not on screens! The Read-A-Thon has raised $139,491 which will benefit all students throughout our district. The fundraising from this event is unique in that over half of the funds raised were from our extended families and friends! What a great way for us all to come together.

Our virtual cooking and baking classes are getting rave reviews. Baking with Caitlynn is coming up in March and April, and it looks delicious! Check out the menu of classes here: On 3/14, Caitlynn is offering classes in cream puffs and churros, and on 3/21, whoopie pies and hand pies are on the menu! These classes can be purchased together or separately.

SCEF is proud to do our part in the efforts to provide a safe return to SCSD campuses. The contributions from our generous donors have helped fun air purifiers in every classroom at every school, plus additional PPE for teachers and staff. Our long-standing support of smaller class sizes in elementary schools is helping by getting students back to campus in fewer cohorts. Your donations are providing social emotional programs and positions that benefit all students as they transition to on-campus learning, as well as professional development and Edtech applications to support online learning, and Principal Flex Funds for individual school site needs.

Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) Poster Contest Entries Due Mar 5

CFSC is launching an Inaugural Annual Poster Art Contest that is open to everyone in the community.

The theme for this year is racial justice. For those interested, the intent is to design a poster that commemorates one's hopes and dreams for racial justice, a world in which all are respected, valued, and able to thrive. We would love for you to share the details of the art poster contest with your children. If they don't understand the racial justice theme, what a great opportunity to spark discussion. 🤗

To learn more about the poster art contest and on how you, your family and others in the San Carlos community can participate, please visit this website. Poster entry deadline is Friday, March 5.

Poetry, Art and Music Competition

As a part of our Affordable Housing Month in May 2021, the Housing Leadership Council and Poet Laureate Aileen Cassinetto are hosting a poetry, art, and music competition for eligible students (grade 12 and below) in San Mateo County! Students can submit their poem, or musical/art piece to by the April 30th deadline! All submissions should be inspired by or touch upon the notion of home in the area. Check out our flyer and submission details below.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement Contest

Hosted by AACI and in partnership with NBC Bay Area, Growing Up Asian in America (GUAA) is an annual art contest, including video and essay, that reaches thousands of Bay Area students, grades Kindergarten to 12. Founded 26 years ago, GUAA encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.
This year’s theme is: This is My Time: Exploring the challenges and dreams of a post-pandemic world. Here are the prize offerings:
One (1) $1,000 Grand Prize winner
Nine (9) $500 Best in Class winners
Entries are due on Friday, April 2, 2021 by 5pm. and rules and submission instructions are included in the guidelines. To conserve resources, AACI is going paperless. We ask each individual organization please print in-house or e-mail the PDF guidelines (attached to this email or on our website:
We appreciate your assistance in outreaching to students and look forward to receiving their entries. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at
Check out Parent Education Offerings

Remember to Order Lunch Meal Kits

We have weekly meal boxes available for pick up each Monday (including delivery to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Each box includes five meals - an assortment of hot and cold entrees and a variety of fruits, veggies, and milk. Simply order online and safely pick-up your box for the week.
To order your student’s Weekly Lunch Box, please log onto LunchIsServed and place your order. You must place your order by 9am on Sunday before the following week.

El Parent Project

¿Desea construir mejores relaciones con sus hijos? El Parent Project® es un curso de12 semanas,que le da a los padres, abuelos y guardianes las herramientas para construir familias unidas y saludables. ¡Todas las clases son gratuitas! La duración y la ubicación de las clases se han modificado debido a COVID-19.

Sunday San Carlos Farmers Market is Back!

The Chamber of Commerce is excited to bring the San Carlos Farmers Market back to our location at Bayport and Varian in the Industrial Arts District on March 7. The market will be open 9:00 am-1:00 pm every Sunday.

Please come out and support the vendors that have long supported our market. More vendors will be added every week.
And don't forget that San Carlos Bikes will be there to watch over your bicycles while you shop!

COVID rules will apply, such as masks required for all, social distancing, and no sampling. No pets, please.
With awesome support from the City of San Carlos, let's celebrate the return of the San Carlos Farmers' Market together!

We hope to see you there!

Check out Parent Education Offerings

Remember to check out our Pandemic Care & Support website for parent education events and resources, mental health support, and more! You can also add the SCSD Parent Education Calendar to your phone.