October 30, Weekly News

Principal’s News


28-Nov 10 SCEF Read-a-Thon


11              No School, Veterans Day Observance

11              End of Trimester 1 and Deadline to turn in work

7&8           Basketball Tryouts for 7th and 8th Grade

17             Basketball season begins for 7th and 8th grade

21-25        No School Thanksgiving Break

28             Classes Resume

28-30        Report Cards Email Goes Out 

Order your Tierra Linda Yearbook by October 31 and save 10%!

To purchase your TL yearbook:  https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1016642290962061

If you've ever ordered a TreeRing yearbook before (e.g. from another school), your account should still be active. However, you may need to enter TL's passcode (1016642290962061) and your student's name and grade information.

8th Grade Panoramic Photo November 4th

To pre-order your child's Panoramic photo. Please use this link

You  can pre-order pictures before and after picture day.


End of Trimester 1-November 11

We are 8 weeks into the trimester. The end of Trimester 1 is Friday, November 11.  Students should be checking grades and assignment completion and turn in on Illuminate. Students can check in with teachers and make arrangements to get additional help to complete assignments.  Reports cards will go home the week of November 28.


November Dates Added to TL Lunch Help Sign-up!

A huge thank you to those who helped this month with hot lunch distribution! It continues to make such a huge difference for both our hard-working lunch server and our students, and it would be wonderful if we could fill the November calendar with two helpers per day as well. Please sign up here to help. Thank you!

District News

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

The 3rd annual SCEF Read-A-Thon: Oct 28 - Nov 10
The Read-a-Thon is underway and there are so many great ways to support and celebrate our readers! Check here for events and resources: www.scefkids.org/read2022. We appreciate the support from our presenting sponsor Christie’s/Sereno Real Estate.

Join us at the Reading Bug for the SCEF Read-a-thon Pajama Party Thursday, Nov. 3, 5:30pm
Wear your pajamas & bring your sleeping bags. Storytime with marshmallows. Winners of Scavenger Hunt announced. Storytimes and read-alouds count as reading minutes in your Reading Log!

Participate in our 12th annual Halloween Candy Buy-Back!
Drop extra candy November 1-3, at your school’s office and it will be donated to Operation Gratitude and sent to our troops. Drs. Chang, Amin, and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF.

Thank you to our Business Sponsors renewing again this year! Our San Carlos schools are supported by parents and the broader community. We are grateful to the following generous business sponsors who have renewed their support this school year: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Black Mountain Properties, CA Water Services, County Consumer, Hummingbird Music, Lyngso Garden Materials and Peninsula Chemical Company. Learn about the benefits of our Business Sponsorship Program.

What’s Next for SCSD Schools? Share Your Ideas to Inform Our Strategic Plan Refresh

We are refreshing the SCSD Strategic Plan. Many commitments in the existing plan were ahead of their time and will continue to be part of our learner’s experience: Whole Child education, Project-Based Learning and the 5 C’s. However, much has changed since 2013 and now is the time to consider how to educate future-ready learners. Our process will involve workshops, surveys, stakeholder meetings and a design team.

We need you! The time is now to imagine what our strategic plan will look like. Your input will be invaluable to co-create a roadmap to inform next steps for our learners. We want to hear from you, so we invite you to participate in our upcoming in-person meetings and/or complete a survey.

Complete our new strategic planning survey online before November 30:
To take the survey in English, click for survey link.
Para realizar esta encuesta en Español, haga clic aquí.

Participate in a strategic planning community meeting - join us for a live session, click here to RSVP and select from the following:
- Thursday, November 3 - 8:45 - 10:15 am - Tierra Linda Middle School Multi-Use Room
- NEW Wednesday, November 30 - 6:30 - 8:00 pm - Ravenswood YMCA (550 Bell St., East Palo Alto) **habrá traducción simultánea**
- Tuesday, December 13 - 6:00 - 7:30 pm - Arundel Elementary Elementary Multi-Use Room 

All feedback will be brought back and considered by a Design Team to represent thinking across all interested groups, identify themes, and revise the objectives and directions regarding Teaching and Learning, Social Emotional Learning and Learning Spaces. For more information on our Strategic Plan and process, please visit our website.

ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS Orientation - Nov 3

ROPES is the Rite Of Passage ExperienceS program that is specifically designed as an optional enrichment activity as students complete a cycle of their education. ROPES provides students in 4th, 6th, and 8th grade an opportunity to participate in an academic ritual by way of real-life learning experiences. Participating students will choose a self-directed project that incorporates the 21st century learning skills of initiative, inquiry, creativity, communication, cooperation, and leadership.

To learn more about ROPES projects and guidelines, students and parents should attend the ROPES Orientation on Thursday, Nov 3 from 7:00-8:00pm - Zoom link here. Students and parents in grades 4, 6, and 8 interested should attend. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]g and for more information visit the SCSD website.

Notre Dame de Namur University Wellness Fair - Nov 12

Saturday, November 12, from 1:00pm-3:00pm at the NDNU Campus, Library Lawn.

Network and learn more at our tables that will feature psychological and community resources, wellness education, and job opportunities.

Topics include: Mindfulness | Stress management | Child and teen mental health | Suicide prevention | Grief | Psychotherapies

Partners and Sponsors in attendance: One life Counseling Center | AbilityPath | StarVista Counseling | Center: Suicide prevention | Caminar: Mental Illness | Kara: Grief Support

Register here!

Parent Education Opportunities

NEW! How can we help kids find friendship in the age of digital media? Devorah Heither, PhD, author of Screenwise, offers Friends vs Followers: Friendship Dynamics in the Age of Social Media (November 3, Online).

Visit the Parent Venture Series of Upcoming Events page for more information.
- Parent Venture Series Events -

Come join us at BSA Troop 301! 

Does your child love hiking, camping, and exploring nature?  Do you want your children to be caring, dependable, and self-reliant?  Then Scouting might be right for you! Troop 301 is a youth-led Scout troop that gives both girls and boys of middle school and high school age the opportunity to explore, go on outdoor adventures, and build camaraderie and leadership skills. Our monthly camp outs range from beach camping to backpacking in the Sierras to hiking under the light of the full moon.  We go on bike trips and kayaking, and offer a variety of options for fun and outdoor adventure. We have weekly meetings to teach outdoor skills and citizenship on Monday evenings at the Tierra Linda Learning Commons. Come check us out at our next meeting on November 7th at 7:30pm.  You can find out more us at our website: https://belmont301.mytroop.us/

State-Subsidized Preschool Spaces Now Available at Arundel Elementary

The San Carlos Early Learning Center has space available in our new, part-day, California State Preschool Program (CSPP) class at Arundel from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Student tuition may be covered for families that qualify, based on income.

Visit our San Carlos Early Learning Center website for more information and contact ELC Director Sue Dawley.

Free Covid Vaccine Clinic

Plan now for happy and healthy holidays! SMCOE and San Mateo County Health is hosting a COVID-19 vaccination clinic on November 18, 1:00–4:00 pm at the Medical Therapy Unit Multipurpose Room at 65 Tower Road, San Mateo. Vaccinations are available for children (3 and older) and adults. Learn more English and Spanish.

COVID Reminders & Testing Options

If your child is experiencing symptoms, please keep them home and give them a rapid antigen test. Staying home when sick can lower the risk of spreading infectious diseases to other people and testing remains a key mitigation layer to detect and curb transmission of COVID-19.  If your child tests positive for COVID-19 or your household is in need of additional test kits, please contact your school site as soon as possible.

Testing Resources
- Curative - Central Middle School (parking lot) - Sign-up for testing at Central
- Curative - Tierra Linda Middle School (parking lot) - Sign-up for testing at Tierra Linda
- Other Community-Based Testing Sites in San Mateo County
COVID-19 Testing for Schools and Students - Find up-to-date resources on testing in districts and schools as well as at home.