December 5, 2021 News

Principal's News

There are two weeks left before our winter break.
2-15 ASB/Leadership Toy Drive
8 and 9 Winter Concert recording for 7th and 8th grade musicians
15 and 16 are minimum days with a 1:00 p.m. dismissal
17 No school
3 No school for students and teachers participate in professional learning
4 Students return to school
To Everyone in our Tierra Linda Instrumental Music Community,
Welcome back from a well-deserved break! We hope everyone is recharged and refreshed for the final few weeks of this calendar year.
At Back-to-School Night, we discussed the possibility of our concert logistics changing. The first significant change will happen next week for our Winter Concert Series. After much brainstorming and consideration, we will not be hosting live events for Orchestra & Band this month. Instead, we will be committing our Block Days on Wednesday & Thursday (December 8th & 9th) to producing high-quality, professional-level recordings of the repertoire we've been working on in our 7th and 8th Grade ensembles. Due to the proximity to Outdoor Ed, our 6th Grade ensembles will be tackling their recordings on a date that is still to be determined.
What this means for STUDENTS:
Please be prepared to wear your appropriate Orchestra (black & white) or Band (all black) concert attire. Ms. Tetreault and Mr. Kneebone will be discussing this again in class, and you can always refer to your course syllabus for more details.
What this means for PARENTS:
Thank you for your flexibility and understanding. Please trust that these decisions do not get made in a vacuum - much time and thought went into covering all bases and taking all variables into account. You CAN, however, look forward to an awesome video performance of your student musicians that can be shared with friends and family in time for the holidays.
Thank You!
-Your Music Directors & TL Administrators

TL ASB/Leadership Toy Drive

The ASB/Leadership Class is collecting new, unwrapped toys for One Life Counseling and St Francis Center. The Toy Drive will run from December 2nd to December 15th. The barrel is in front of the Tierra Linda office.

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Honey Bear Trees are here!
Honey Bear Trees is back this season and offering a 15% SCEF donation for every tree and wreath purchase! Visit the San Carlos or Redwood City location and don’t forget to mention SCEF. Details at

The SCEF Read-A-Thon
The 2nd annual Read-A-Thon starts in January 2022. Register by Dec 15th and enter drawings to win WARRIORS TICKETS, or gift cards to Diddam’s, Tutti Frutti, Tea Hut, Reading Bug, Gelataio, Crepe Stop, or Patxi’s Pizza. AND parents can win, too--a gift card to TOWN! Visit to register and learn more!

Ways to ways to donate before year-end
- Appreciated Stock
A gift of appreciated stock (that you have held for more than 1 year) is better than selling the stock and donating the proceeds. If you itemize, you may take a charitable deduction for the total donation amount while avoiding capital gains taxes. Learn more here.
- Workplace Giving
Many employers will match your donation to SCEF and some are offering end-of-year matching at 2:1.
- Give Every Month Program
Start now and spread your contributions across the school year.

Every little bit helps SCEF meet our fundraising goal of $3.2M to meet our mission of supporting every child, every day, in every classroom.

Did you know that California is expanding Transitional Kindergarten (TK) making all 4 year olds eligible by the 2025-26 school year ?

For the upcoming 2022-23 school year, students who turn 5 between September 2 and February 1, 2023 can register for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Previously, only students who turned 5 by December 2nd qualified. Additionally, knowing some families will need afternoon care for their TK student, plans for an enriching, extended-day program are in the works for these littlest students, so stay tuned! Visit our Transitional Kindergarten page to learn more about the SCSD TK program.

Here are some important Key Dates coming up for New Student Registration:
- Monday, January 10 - Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night for New Families from 6:30-7:30 pm - Zoom Link
- Tuesday, January 11 - PowerSchool Priority Registration Opens for All New Students at 12:00 pm
- Wednesday, January 26 - Schools hold Virtual Elementary School Tours for Incoming TK/Kindergarten Families from 4:00-4:30 pm
- Friday, February 11 - PowerSchool Priority Registration Deadline, 4:00 pm

San Carlos Little League is open for Registration for the 2022 season!

We’re excited to announce that registration for the 2022 Little League season is officially OPEN for all divisions, from T-Ball (born before September 1, 2018) and Seniors (born after August 31, 2005).

To help us plan, we are asking families to register their players and for coaches to sign up to volunteer by December 17. Unlike previous years, we will be conducting player evaluations in the January time-frame for Farm to Majors divisions.

Please go to to start the process. If you have any questions, please reach out to Danielle Van Wert at [email protected].com.

Parent Education Opportunities

Parent Venture Series -
Hunt, Gather, Parent: A Conversation with Michaeleen Doucleff & Ned Johnson
National bestselling authors Michaeleen Doucleff and Ned Johnson discuss how parents can raise happy, helpful, and well-adjusted children and teens.

Wednesday, December 8
5:30pm – 6:30pm
Live Event (Webinar)

The oldest cultures in the world have mastered the art of raising happy, well-adjusted children. What can we learn from them? Filled with practical takeaways that parents can implement immediately, this discussion describes a way of raising confident, generous children, that moms and dads all over the world have turned to for centuries.
Presentation is sponsored by Sequoia Union High School District, Sequoia Healthcare District, Peninsula Health Care District, and The Parent Venture.

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) at the right if you are able, if not, please use the language written below. 
- 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 or during school breaks.

For additional information, visit our COVID-19. Resources page and Review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan.

New Location & Additional Days for Curative Van

Please take advantage of the 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)
- Mondays 11:00 am-5:00 pm
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 am-3:00 pm
- Thursdays 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
- Fridays 11:00 am-5:00 pm
Sign-up for testing at Central here

Tierra Linda Middle School ( back parking lot)
- Wednesday & Friday 11:00am-5:00 pm
- Saturday 8:00 am-3:00 pm
Sign-up for testing at Tierra Linda here

Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here