February 27th Weekly News

Principal's News

28 Students return from break
4 End of Trimester 2
7 Trimester 3 begins
7 TL Community Event - Jazz Band @ 6pm (See attached flyer)
13 SCEF Gala (See information below)
THANK YOU-Westminster Woods and @TL Day Trips for 7th and 8th Grade
Words cannot express our gratitude to Ms. Nida for planning a coordinating a memorable trip to Westminster Woods.  In addition the following teachers attended: Ms. Nida, Mr. Ninaltowski, Ms. Fenech (Mein), Ms. Smith, Mr. Furst, and Ms. Painter.  This was my first year attending this trip. I was able to experience students being brave by jumping from platforms and zip lining through the redwood trees and encouraging each other.  They worked through challenges like getting their team across a (fake) lava trail by swinging on a rope. Students were out of their comfort zone, eating different types of food, sleeping in bunk beds, and getting to know others outside their friend circle.  Students took the stage during skit night to make others smile and laugh . They trudged through the forest and completed a solo hike at night, where we discovered some creatures that glow in the dark under a black light.  We also want to thank our school community and all those that donated for scholarships and our PTA, which offered part and full scholarships.  At the beginning of the week, I shared a google photo folder.  Teachers will continue to post photos this week, so check back to see our students at Westminster Woods. The most popular question of the week, "Ms. Ugrin, can we have Gaga Ball at TL?"  Stay tuned students...
Day trips at TL were also a hit for seventh and eighth graders who stayed home during the week.  Special thank you to the teachers who planned the week (Mr. Morris) and facilitated many different types of activities out in nature, including skits: Ms. Frink, Ms. Drace, Mr. Morris, Mr. Klein, Mr. Gutgsell, Ms. Elmasu, Mr. De and Ms. Gulati.  Students enjoyed having time to get to know each other and work through challenges while hiking on trails in our community.  These two programs were important for building an inclusive community.
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.

San Carlos Leo's Club back at TL

Is your child interested in doing community service? The San Carlos Leos, the youth group with the San Carlos Lions Club 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. Have your child stop by the office for more information.

Join us for an evening of LIVE JAZZ at Tierra Linda Middle School!

This free event is open to the public. The Tierra Linda Jazz Band and A Touch of Brass Big Band from San Jose will be performing LIVE on Monday, March 7 at 6:00pm at the TL Middle School Quad, 750 Dartmouth Ave.

BYO Picnic Dinner (tables available). Snacks will be on sale, courtesy of the San Carlos Chicken's Ball. See attached flyer.

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The annual Starlight Gala is in TWO weeks
Sunday, March 13th at 5pm–REGISTER NOW

Hear from Chad Carvey, the “Principal Auctioneer” of our family-friendly virtual celebration and fundraiser benefiting all San Carlos public schools. You can participate from the comfort of your own home. All registered guests participating in the event will have the chance to win a 4-night Mayan vacation.

- Register by March 7th to secure your goody bag and TOWN cocktail. Check out the Virtual Gala program to learn more.

- Starlight Raffle: Only 250 tickets will be sold. Your chance to win a live auction package for the cost of a raffle ticket!

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 - March 4 Deadline

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). The form was mailed to you on Monday, February 14.

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]om 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 Is Coming - 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.


Camp Galileo for Pre-K – Rising 10th Graders

Camp Galileo engages kids in hands-on, STEAM-based learning that captures their imaginations and builds lasting skills. Supported by an inclusive environment and the boundless talent of the best staff around, kids get inspired to turn their big ideas into reality—and have the fun-filled summer of their lives.

Every week brings a new adventure, with activities tailored by age and wrapped up in a whimsical theme:

AMUSEMENT PARK ADVENTURE: Step right up to a playful park of your own design.

CASTLES AND QUESTS: Embark on an epic journey to medieval times.

DINOSAUR DIG: Unearth an adventure of prehistoric proportions.

Camp Galileo comes to Mariposa Upper Elementary June 13th to July 29th, 2022. Spaces fill fast—sign up now! Enroll by February 28 to save $50/week. Optional extended care from 8 – 9am and 3 – 6pm. Learn more at www.galileo-camps.com.

Parent Education Opportunities

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