January 16th - Weekly News


16 - Native Plants Rock Painting, See Below to sign up
17- No School in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. 
24-7th Grade Unity Day
25-8th Grade Unity Day
26-6th Grade Unity Day

Westminster Woods

If your child is interested in attending, please request the paperwork from Ms. Nida, [email protected]. Scholarships are available. The dates for the trip are Feb. 14-18.  

San Carlos Education Foundation, SCEF

Budgeting to support the causes you care about is a great way to start 2022!
Sign up for our Give Every Month Program. By starting now and spreading your contributions across the school year, you are able to plan for and give generously.

Our 2nd annual Read-A-Thon continues this week–keep reading and logging minutes!
There are so many great resources to continue to engage in reading for all ages at: www.scefkids.org/read2022

HUGE Thank Yous to our Read-A-Thon Sponsors:
We are grateful to the following business sponsors whose support helps make the Read-A-Thon possible: Sereno (Presenting Sponsor), Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Black Mountain Properties, CB Showers, Lyngso Garden Materials, Chang Orthodontics, County Consumer Plumbing, Premia, Prince St. Properties, Presidio Bay Ventures, Peninsula Chemical Company, Tavarez Orthodontics, CA Water Service, Hummingbird Music School, Roberts Market, Northwall Builders, John McAfee- State Farm Insurance, and Wendy Wood Design. To learn how your business can support SCEF, visit scefkids.org/business

- Jan 10-21 SCEF Read-a-Thon

Covid Vaccination Boosters for 12+

The Belmont Redwood Shores School District has invited all SCSD families to participate in their upcoming vaccination/booster events. They are excited to once again partner with Safeway/Albertsons to provide COVID vaccination (Pfizer) boosters for those eligible aged 12 and older on:

Monday, January 17 (10am-4pm) at Ralston Middle School for Booster Age 12-15
- You may schedule your appointment by clicking here

Tuesday, January 18 (3-7 pm) at Sandpiper School for Boster Age 12-15
- You may schedule your appointment by clicking here

Monday, January 24 (3-7pm) at Ralston Middle School for Booster Age 12-15
- You may schedule your appointment by clicking here. The second dose clinic for 5-11 year olds who attended the clinic on January 3 will also be on Monday, January 24 from 3-7 pm.

Curative-Covid 19 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 begin your regular weekly testing. Note, if you cannot load the calendar, there aren't appointments available for the next day. Appointments are released at 4:00 p.m. the day before. 

Central Middle School (parking lot) (Note: this location is Closed until Monday, January 24)
- 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 (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 still 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. We need judges especially for TUESDAY and WEDNESDAY!
- 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

Please join us for a Mental Health Forum for Parents and Caregivers on January 24 from 7:00-8:00 pm, where we will hear from two mental health professionals on high-level themes they are seeing, and ask any questions you may have about supporting your students, and yourselves, mentally and emotionally. Please register here.

San Carlos Week of the Family - Jan 15-23

The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized and run by community volunteers whose goal is to strengthen family relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family and community interaction. Celebrating twenty two years, the Week of the Family committee and its volunteers are proud to contribute to the quality of life and the family-orientated community of The City of Good Living.

Please join the hundreds of families that have enjoyed Week of the Family by participating in one or more of the mostly free activities offered. You’re sure to find something entertaining and fun for your entire family. Learn more.

The goals of the San Carlos Week of the Family are to:
- Strengthen family relationships
- Provide families in our community the tools that help families
- Promote family life
- Honor and pay tribute to families
- Encourage families serving families
- Have lots of fun

Some events require free reservations or purchased tickets. Links are on the Events page in the event descriptions.  Click Here to get a PDF of all events.
Native Plant Species Rock Paintining, Jan. 16
Come learn about the plants and animals you can find around San Carlos by participating in the Splash of Color native wildlife rock painting event Sunday from 2-4pm through the Week of the Family! Art is a great way to use your creativity to spread awareness about important issues, so stop by to have fun and protect what you love.

Hosted by the Splash of Color Team: two seniors from Design Tech High School who are painting an upcoming mural in San Carlos and are passionate about environmental advocacy. Sign up by filling out this brief form.

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

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)
- 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.