February 14th - News For The week

Principal's News

14 Westminster Woods trip for 7th and 8th grade - arrive at 7:45 a.m. or 8:05 via school bus
     7th and 8th grade walking day trips
     7:00 p.m. PTA Meeting
21-25 No School, Presidents Week
4 End of Trimester 2

California Healthy Kids Survey for Parents/Caregivers

The annual Tierra Linda LCAP School Climate survey for families is now available. We’re eager to hear your feedback! Each school has a unique survey address. You can find the (insert School) survey at this address:  https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wed/ts/9icu. Please fill out one survey per student, per family.    

The survey is an essential part of our school and district improvement process. We use results annually to measure progress and set goals aligned to our Strategic Plan and Local Control Accountability Plan. All Families, teachers and staff, and students in grades 3-8, will all be completing surveys. Results will be shared with principals, school staff, parent leadership groups, and the Board of Trustees. 

As always, your responses remain anonymous and confidential. This year, we are using the California School Climate, Health, and Learning Survey to assist with managing the survey process to ensure data privacy and security. 

Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey. 


Kristen Ugrin


We would like to recognize two TL students, Theodore Mui and Jackson Mao.  Their robotics team, the Brilliant Beavers won the Best Robot Design Award in the Northern California FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics qualifier tournament this weekend. There were 48 teams participating from the Bay Area. They are one of 5 teams advancing to the Championship Tournament in late February. In case you are curious about his team's work, please refer to their team website: bit.ly/brilliantbeavers.  The team consists of 6 kids from our San Carlos, Menlo Park, and Atherton area.
We are proud to announce our San Carlos School District STEM Science Fair Winners:
Blue Ribbon, Tessa Cuchelker- How Well Does Your Sunscreen Protect You?
Blue Ribbon, Shreya Chandrasekar -Rise of the Idli Batter: Forays Into Fermentation
Red Ribbon, Benjamin Mangiafico - Traffic Unclogged
Red Ribbon, Stanley Tang-A More Productive Keyboard

Warm Sock Drive

The Tierra Leadership class along with The San Carlos Leos will be collecting warm socks for the homeless.
New or gently used sock are needed. The collection box is in front of the office.
Is your child interested in doing community service? The San Carlos Leos, the youth group with the San Carlos Lions Club will be holding an informational meeting February 16th, from 1:30-2:00  at the Tierra Linda Mutli -Use Room. The Leos do community service projects to help the homeless, the environment and the community such as food drives, clothing drives, clean up projects and holiday cheer. 


We hope you can join us on February 14th 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 annual Starlight Gala is just a month away – Sunday, March 13th at 5:00pm
This virtual celebration of, and fundraiser for, San Carlos public schools is an event not to be missed! There are many ways to participate:
- Starlight Raffle: winning ticket gets choice of select Live auction items.
- Gala event Tickets: registration is now open. Register early to order your TOWN cocktail.
- Fund the Future of Libraries: Generous sponsors and donors have joined together to match your donation to support school libraries $1:$1
- Silent Auction and Teacher Outings Auction: An amazing collection of items for you to bid on in the week surrounding the gala. Teacher Outings are a selection of FUN outings for your kids created and hosted by their teachers–bid early and bid often!

Not sure what the Starlight Gala is all about? Visit the SCEF website for more information or read our Gala Primer fundraiser summary for ALL you need to know.

Intent to Return Confirmation Process for 2022-23 - Feb 14

Each year, we ask families for assistance in completing an Intent to Return Form regarding your child's enrollment for the next school year (2022-23).

On Monday, February 14 this form will be emailed to you. Your timely completion of this form will assist SCSD in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for next year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow District staff to plan more effectively.

Please fill out one form for each child by March 4, 2022.

After completing this form, you will receive an email from [email protected] in mid-March that will provide you with specific directions on how to complete the registration process online including a link to access the InfoSnap portal, as well as a special ID number for your student, referred to as the “Infosnap Code."

If your plans change at any time and you are not planning to return next year, please notify your school office as soon as possible.

Thank you for your assistance with this important process.

Ability Awareness Week starts March 7-11!

The mission of Ability Awareness week throughout the San Carlos School District is to promote understanding, acceptance and appreciation of individual learning and ability differences through fun, experiential activities. The Special Education District Advisory Council (SEDAC) strives to instill in our children that everyone is different and can do different things. It is common to say what a person HAS, but we choose to educate and focus on what a person IS. We emphasize abilities not limitations.

Students will be engaging in various activities throughout the week giving them a chance to experience what it is like to complete a basic task while having a learning or developmental difference. Students will all have a set of common experiences through activities already taking place on campus to spark discussion, increased understanding and compassion.

Healthy Cities Tutoring

February New Tutor Orientation and Training

We can't wait to get started and are looking forward to training and answering your questions about tutoring with HCT!

Please note the appropriate time for you to log-on:
7:00 - 7:35 pm - New Tutor Orientation: If you have not tutored with us, this session covers everything you need to know to get started with a student!

7:45 - 8:30 pm - Tutor Tips + Tutor Training: Interactive training with strategies for how to teach math to students from K to 8th grade, tips to help your student become a better reader and writer, and more. Chance to ask questions to follow the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting - https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84693815415?pwd=VFRNWFRLa3JhbVdPT1dtcVI0S2hJQT09
Meeting ID: 846 9381 5415
Passcode: 361034

San Carlos Park & Recreation - Youth Center Ski Week Extended Hours

Looking for something to do during Ski Week? Come visit the Youth Center Drop-In program and join us for a variety of games and activities. Drop-In is a free, supervised program for youth ages 10-17. The Youth Center will be closed on February 21, but open from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm February 22 – 25. For more information on the Drop-In program, visit www.cityofsancarlos.org/scyc.

SamTrans Art Takes a Bus Ride Contest-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.

Community Foundation of San Carlos - Celebrated Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos has curated a list of events, activities and resources offered throughout February 2022 and beyond.

Parent Education Opportunities

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).

Now More Than Ever: Why Family Engagement Is Essential for Student and School Success. Special event! Why is it important for schools to engage families? Karen Mapp, EdD, Harvard Graduate School of Education, will discuss the powerful impact of family–school partnerships on students, parents, teachers, and schools. (February 17, Online).

- Parent Venture Series Events -

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 positive COVID case, please call your school office or if it is after business hours, contact J. Smith at 650-590-5922.

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. 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