January 9th -Weekly News

Principal's News

10 PTA Meeting
17 No School to observe Martin Luther King Jr
24 Unity Day 7th grade
25 Unity Day 8th grade
26 Unity Day 6th grade
This week we will be cancelling after school activities and sports including basketball and choir. 


January PTA Meeting

We hope you can join us on January 10th at 7:00pm via zoom. PTA meetings are a great opportunity to hear directly from principals and connect with our parent community. HERE is zoom meeting link and HERE is the agenda. Meeting ID: 841 9130 8616 / Passcode 254093 (Note, we are using the same mtg ID and passcode all year.)

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The SCEF Read-A-Thon, January 10-21
Include your extended family in your child’s reading adventures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZg2kUPirq0

Congratulations to the following who won prizes for early registration:
Jackson Thomas Vigdal, Calvin Riccio, Samhita Swaminathan, Camden Nguyen, Drew Sullivan, Natalie Okamoto, Raffaella Bilyak, Nisha Mehta, Lydia Becker, Brandon Inouye

More chances to win!
Read a book, recommend a book: Post a 30- to 60-second video of your book recommendation HERE and you could win prizes from Tutti Frutti, Tea Hut, Gelataio, the Reading Bug, Crepe Stop, and more! Post up to 3 videos. Open to all students registered in the Read-A-Thon.

Register TODAY! 4 steps to get started:
REGISTER your child at www.scefkids.org/read2022
SHARE the 99Pledges donation page with family and friends*
ENCOURAGE your child to READ!
LOG reading and listening minutes January 10-21st
* Fundraising isn’t required to participate

Curative Testing

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 register for an appointments. More appointments have been added and usually they are released at 4:00 p.m. the day before.  

Central Middle School (parking lot)
- Mondays 11:00 am-6:00 pm
- Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:00 am-4:00 pm
- Thursdays 12:00 pm-7:00 pm
- Fridays 11:00 am-6:00 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

ROPES Judges Needed!

We are looking for parents and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences). ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in deeper but fun way.

There are 3 opportunities to judge:
- Tuesday, Feb 8: 4pm – 6:30 pm
- Wednesday, Feb 9: 2pm-5pm
- Thursday, Feb 10: 6pm - 8:30 pm

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening.
I hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you are able to judge on any of those times, please complete this ROPES Judging Sign Up - 2022 Form

Mental Health Forum for Parents and Caregivers

San Carlos School District is gauging interest for hosting a mental health forum(s), where parents and caregivers can ask questions of mental health professionals, to get support and resources. Please fill out this form if you are interested in attending, and feel free to reach out to Ilana, SCSD Health and Wellness Director, to discuss this more ([email protected])

Tutor Training for Healthy Cities Tutoring

Interested in helping a child succeed in school? Have a free hour to volunteer each week? Attend HCT's Tutor Orientation and Training on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 from 6:30pm-8pm to learn how simple it is to apply and help a local student with reading, writing, math, and study skills.

For more information visit www.healthycitiestutoring.org. Register and if the training is moved online we will notify you in advance. Training will be held at San Carlos Library, 610 Elm St, San Carlos, CA, 94070, Upstairs Community Room

Parent Education Opportunities

Parent Venture Series - https://www.parentventure.org/events

Redistricting Public Hearing #1: Sequoia Healthcare District Town Hall
The Sequoia Healthcare District hosts a Town Hall meeting on redistricting (rezoning) with new district lines following the 2020 Census. Wed, January 12, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. Register here.

Smoking on Snapchat? Talking about Vapes, E-Cigs, and Tobacco with Teens
What should parents know about teenage trends in vaping, tobacco, e-cigarettes, and social media? Join Erin Vogel, PhD, USC, to learn more. Wed, January 19, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Register here.

Valedictorians at the Gate with Author Becky Munsterer Sabky
Offering prescriptive, actionable advice for students and their parents, Becky Sabky illuminates the pathway to finding the ideal college. Wed, January 26, 2022, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Register 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) (***EDITORS - Please use the image at the right if you are able, if not, please use the language written below. Do not insert both)
- 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.