January 30th -News Update

Principal's News

February Black History Month
1 Asian Lunar New Year - Year of the Tiger
14-18 Westminster Woods Outdoor Education for 7th and 8th grade students
21-25 Winter Break- President's Week- No School

Bring a Water Bottle

The drinking fountains are closed. Please send your student with a refillable water bottle. It healthier,  safer and better for the environment.

Students need to wear a mask

Send your student with a  mask or a  extra mask.The office passes out 50 masks a day. We understand they break, but packing an extra mask is helpful to keep us all safe.

Unity Days Update

January 24-26 - Unity Days for all students.  
PURPOSE: Unity days align with our overarching goal of recognizing Diversity, bridging Equity, advancing Inclusion, and improving a sense of Belonging which is part of our school goals.
By engaging in various small group activities, debriefs, and reflections throughout the day, each community member: 
Gained more self awareness
Built empathy and understanding
Made new connections with teachers and peers
One of the activities students completed was and Identity Circle where they shared how they identify on the outside (external characteristics) and how they identify on the inside (what others may not know about them).  
Special thank you to our 30 Unity Day Leaders.  They were able to help facilitate activities with students in their group and learn more about their own leadership capacity.

San Carlos Education Foundation, SCEF

Summer Camp Auction THIS Week
Book your summer camps NOW and support your school–Camps, Classes, Activities.
Opens at 10am on Monday, January 31st, and closes at 9pm, Friday, February 4th.
See the offerings here: https://scefkids.org/event/2022-summer-camp-marketplace/

We are proud of our Read-A-Thon participants who read more than 878,904 minutes and asked their family and friends to support our schools. As a result, we are $145,000 closer to reaching our $3.2 million goal by mid-spring.

When SCEF reaches its goal earlier in the year, our district is able to plan appropriately for educator positions and programs into the 2022-23 school year. Thank you for joining us to celebrate literacy and foster a love of reading while raising funds to support our students!

Visit www.scefkids.org/read2022 and check out the participant Honor Role, plus over 80 book recommendation videos by teachers, community leaders, and students.

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 & 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.

Stanford Men’s Basketball Welcomes San Carlos School District on February 6!

Join us at Maples Pavilion as the Cardinal takes on the Washington Huskies. Get to know your fellow SCSD families seating in the same section. All SCSD students in attendance will receive a Stanford t-shirt!

Use promo code SCSD to purchase tickets at the discounted price, starting at just $12. The promo code is active, and families can purchase tickets today.

Parent Education Opportunities

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

NEW! Every child should have the freedom to explore, imagine, and invent. Join us for an inspiring session with Rachelle Doorley, founder of TinkerLab, Spark Imagination with Art: Raising Kids Who Are Curious and Creative (February 3, Online).

Students are taught what "consent" means, but do they have the skills to incorporate consent into everyday life? The “Consent Conversation” is the new “Sex Talk” and just as critical. Join Vanessa Kellam, Family Engagement Manager from Health Connected, for a meaningful conversation about consent and protective behaviors. Consent Reframed: Beyond the Affirmative "Yes" (February 9, Online).

Why is money still considered the "M Word"? How can families learn to talk about financial literacy with their children and teens? In this presentation, Lori Sackler, a nationally recognized financial advisor, offers an insider's look into what she refers to as "The M Word": The Money Talk for the Next Generation (February 16, Online).

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.

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics (Students Ages 5-11)

San Mateo County Health is offering pediatric COVID-19 vaccines at eight sites throughout the county during the month of January. Free and advance appointments are now available, highly encouraged, and may be scheduled through MyTurn. Families may also come without appointments. Learn more.

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 begin your regular weekly testing.

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 (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

District Calendar

Did you know you can subscribe to our school and District calendars? Go to our Events page, check the boxes for the calendars you want to subscribe to, then click on Subscribe on the top right of the page. (Edlio details)

SamTrans Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest

Art Takes a Bus Ride (1st-12th Grade Students)

Due February 25, 2022
The San Mateo County Office of Education is partnering with SamTrans to give students a chance to have their artwork displayed on the side of a SamTrans bus for an entire year. Artwork must illustrate this year’s theme of San Mateo County Reopens. Learn more.