September 6, 2021 - News

Principal's News

Picture Day is Coming-Sept. 10

School Picture Day is September 10. Pictures will be taken in PE classes. Those students not in PE classes will have an alternate time to take pictures. All SCSD safety procedures will be in place, which include having students remain masked until it is time to take their photo and photos will be in the Learning Commons with all doors open.  If your child is unable to take a photo on Sept. 10, there will be an opportunity to get a photo during the make up picture day. To order online, go to and use the code EVTVJF378


Join the PTA! 

This year, your support of the PTA will help us create the campus environment that all our kids have missed out on last year. We are working hard to focus our efforts on programs and activities that will make a positive difference for the kids in our school and enhance their educational experience. OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $65,000 to help us do this and our ask is $250 per family. Your financial support, at whatever level your family can give, helps ensure we have the funds required to continue to support Classrooms and Teachers, Community Building Events, Art and Special Programs, and Advocacy efforts across our district and throughout the state.

TLMPA T-shirt

Meanwhile, to celebrate our school spirit and “Better Together!” campaign, we will have a TL-Mariposa T-shirt (approved for TL PE wear!). Sponsors will be recognized on the back of the shirt and receive complimentary shirts for their immediate family. Additional sponsor benefits outlined HERE.

Covid Reminders-Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested

Staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID-19 are two of the most effective ways to keep our community safe. Click here to for more information.

Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH) 

- Headache, Fever or Chills, Cough, Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, Fatigue (tiredness), Muscle or body aches, New Loss of taste or smell, Sore throat, Congestion or runny nose, Nausea or vomiting, Diarrhea

- If you have any of the symptoms listed above, call your school office to report an illness, stay home, and take a COVID test.
- If you need to report a COVID case, please call our District Nurse - Page Pollack at 650-632-8300 (Arroyo Office) or Human Resources at 650-590-5922 if the Nurse is unavailable.

For additional information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.
New Hours for Curative Van
CDC Travel Guidelines
Per the CDC recommendations concerning travel, SCSD will be using these guidelines for staff or students that travel domestically and internationally. See this CDPH flyer for additional recommendations on traveling.

For more information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.
New Hours for Curative Van Covid Testing
Please take advantage of the no-cost COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.

Click on the link to sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:
- Central Middle School (parking lot, under solar structure)
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 am-3:00 pm
- Thursdays 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
- Fridays 11:00 am-5:00 pm (effective August 17, 2021)

- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Ah, September! The air feels a little different, and we are firmly into the school year. We want to warmly welcome you back:
Learn more about how your donations benefit all students at every school at

Be a GEM: Give Every Month
Did you know that you can make your donation by setting up an ongoing, automated, recurring gift? When you Give Every Month, your support of SCEF is spread across the entire year. If you sign up NOW your donation will be given over 10 months (Sept-June)--now that makes giving easy! Learn more and join this campaign (at any dollar amount) at:

Give the gift of time - Join us! Volunteer with SCEF
People volunteer for all kinds of reasons, so we have all kinds of ways to get involved! Join the SCEF team and make use of your personal skill set – on our governing board, at your school, or on a committee planning events and seeking sponsorships. We are always welcoming new volunteers - and are currently looking for individuals with experience in social media, videography, events and finance.

Interested in sharing your expertise while supporting our public schools? Please fill out this GoogleForm:

Like our Facebook page and @scefkids on Instagram, too, for more upcoming details and all SCEF news.

City of San Carlos

Planning Commission Virtual Study Session Protected Tree Ordinance
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 7:00 PM
On September 7, 2021 at 7:00 PM, the San Carlos Planning Commission will hold a study session which will allow Staff to gather input from the Planning Commission and the San Carlos community for consideration as part of the new tree removal, trimming, and protection regulations. For more information and how to attend the meeting, as well as future updates, please visit

City Council Virtual Study Session
September 8, 2021 5:30 PM
The City of San Carlos has been working with the community and stakeholders to develop urban design strategies for the City’s east side industrial area from Holly Street to Brittan Avenue, known as the East Side Innovation District. At this City Council Study Session, "10 Big Moves”, or strategies will be presented. These strategies translate the community’s aspirations for the East Side into a holistic design framework that will inform future development and infrastructure improvements for the next 10 to 20 years. Please join us! To learn more and review materials from previous community workshops, please visit


Parent Education Series

Ready for some back-to-school self-care? On September 9, Mission Be offers a new "Mindful Parent" series featuring Madeleine Pizey in Mindful Parenting: Reducing Covid Stress and Anxiety (September 9, Online).

As Olympic athletes pushed mental health to the forefront, we welcome Steve Smith, PhD, clinical and sports psychologist, for a timely discussion on “The Twisties”: Youth Sports, Competition, and Mental Health (September 15, Online).

SPECIAL EVENT! Frank Bruni, author of Where You Go is Not Who You'll Be, joins Alice Kleeman, award-winning former college advisor, in Beyond Being Admitted: Making the Most of the College Experience (September 22, Online).

September is Suicide Prevention Month! San Mateo County Health, Sequoia Healthcare District, StarVista, and The Parent Venture offer resources for youth mental health and suicide prevention. Mark your calendars! (September 28)

How will Covid impact learning and mental health? Anya Kamenetz, NPR education correspondent, will discuss her upcoming book, The Stolen Year: How America's Covid Response Failed Children, and How We Can Fix It (September 29, Online).

Keys: for Parenting is here! Keys is a new communication tool that puts parenting advice at your fingertips—literally, it's a keyboard!—developed by Charlene Margot and Bev Hartman, co-founders of The Parent Venture. Give Keys a try!

Want more great parenting advice? Follow the Parent Education Series on social media (Instagram and Facebook), or subscribe to our free Video Library (YouTube), a popular and trusted resource with over 21,000 views!