March 8th Weekly News

8           First day of Trimester 3
8-12      Ability Awareness Week
8           PTA Meeting
15-19    On-campus orientations
22         Phase 3 Begins
23         Nightmare on Puberty Street Assembly (7th/8th graders)
29-31    Spring Break 
1-2     Spring Break

Principal's News
In preparation for orientation week, we will have a Fever Free Trial Run on Friday, March 12. Please complete Fever Free for your student by 8:30 am.  We must have all students complete this health screening each day before arriving on campus.  Please reach out to Cori Carpenter if you need a thermometer.  Reach out to Meagan Vizier if you need help with the Fever Free app. 
Please join the PTA meeting on Monday night for more information about orientation week and phase 3. 
This week in pack, students will learn more about safety protocols and procedures for returning to school.  They will watch a video created by Mr. Scatena in addition to pack teachers presenting information about which gate to go through, where to line up, mask-wearing, and social distancing.  
We are also celebrating ability awareness week. Please see below for district-wide spirit days in honor of this event. 

PTA News

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!

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!


Each school year, every grade at TLM usually hosts a luncheon for the school staff.

6th & 7th grade will be hosting a boxed lunch, treat or some other "Thank You" in March.

Ways to contribute (Deadline is Monday, March 15th)

Paypal -

Venmo - @Lagille-Rodriguez

Cash or Check payable to Lagille Rodriguez - 516 Vista Ave, San Carlos

Questions?  Please contact Lagille Rodriguez or Hazel Stabinsky

March TLM Staff Thank You

Ability Awareness Week Spirit Days

  • Monday: Hats on for Inclusion. Wear a hat to school or on your zoom.
  • Tuesday: Be comfortable, be you! Wear pajamas to school and zoom. 
  • Wednesday: Be a hero for Inclusion! Dress as a superhero or a personal hero.
  • Thursday: Be unique! Wear mismatched, funky, or your favorite colors.
  • Friday: It’s Kaleidoscope Day! Wear tie-dye or bright colors. Visualize a kaleidoscope reflecting the idea of different colors, patterns, and shapes working together to make a beautiful picture.
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 weeks.


The Week of March 8-12th:

Presentation during PTA Meeting 

Student Information video and slides in Pack

Parents notified of student schedule (A or B group)

Friday, March 12- Fever Free App Trial Run


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


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

SCEF Update

For the seventh year running, Oracle has generously supported SCEF with a $30,000 computational thinking and technology grant. Thank you, Oracle, for helping us provide STEM programs and devices for K-8 San Carlos public schools!

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: For the seventh year running, Oracle has generously supported SCEF with a $30,000 computational thinking and technology grant. Thank you, Oracle, for helping us provide STEM programs and devices for K-8 San Carlos public schools!

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.

Save the Date: April 25th is the Virtual SCEF Gala

San Carlos Climate Action Survey

"The City of San Carlos is developing a new plan to address climate change in San Carlos called the Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Plan (CMAP). The CMAP will include strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
If you were unable to attend our most recent Climate Action Workshop on February 9, consider taking a moment to fill out our online survey before March 19. Your feedback on preliminary strategies to meet climate goals will help provide direction to our project team to focus its efforts.
Take the Climate Action Survey
For more information on the CMAP watch the most recent Climate Action Workshop recording or visit"

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."

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

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 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!"


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.

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.


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."

Attention 8th Grade Parents - Carlmont Transition Team News

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