November 13, Weekly News

Principal’s News


28-Nov 10 SCEF Read-a-Thon


17             Basketball season begins for 7th and 8th grade

21-25        No School Thanksgiving Break

28             Classes resume

28-30        Report card email sent out


Ms. Gulati arrived safely in the Galapagos Islands. She is on a fellowship with National Geographic. We hope to live stream with her this week.

Ms. Gulati New Friends

Monday, November 14 is the first day of Trimester 2.  Sixth grade students were given their class for second period, PE opposite.  It is on their original schedule.  Staff will be available on Monday to help sixth graders find their new class.  Our 8th grade WEB Leaders met with sixth graders during Advisory and continue to support the transition to middle school.


Attendance matters.  Please try not to pull your child out of school to travel.  Students should not miss more than six days in a school year.  When students frequently come to school late or have high absence rates, it has an impact on learning, behavior, and building relationships. 


8th Grade High School Transition for Sequoia Union High School District. The enrollment window opens on November 15 and includes address verification. This process is online. All students attend the high school which is in the boundary of where they live and not related to where they went to middle school. The deadline to request a transfer to a high school through Open Enrollment is February 1, 2023.If you have not received information about registering your child for high school, please contact Carlmont Registrar Irma Abelt at [email protected].

Carlmont Registration Info.

8th Grade Transition, Carlmont


PTA Meeting, November 14th at 7 p.m.

Join us tomorrow for the last PTA meeting of 2022. Agenda can be found here, zoom link here.


Meeting ID: 873 0852 7295

Passcode: 840037

District News

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, we want to express our gratitude to the San Carlos community. Without the spirited volunteers, enthusiastic educators, and generous donors, SCEF could not do what we do year after year. We are grateful for YOU!

Honey Bear Trees are comin’ to town…
The annual tradition of scouting the Honey Bear lot for the perfect Christmas tree continues! Visit them in San Carlos and don’t forget to bring the flyer and mention SCEF, they donate 15% back! Download flyer here.

Our local merchants are ready for the holiday season!
We are grateful to the businesses who have demonstrated their steadfast commitment to San Carlos public schools. Support our business partners by shopping with them.

Does your employer offer a Workplace Giving program?
Many employers will match your donation to SCEF and some are offering end-of-year matching at 2:1. Some companies also give their employees cash to donate to a charity of their choice–consider SCEF!

SCEF Day is coming November 30th, make your plan to give.

Every little bit helps SCEF meet our fundraising goal of $3.7M to meet our mission of supporting every child, every day, in every classroom.

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

Parents, 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:
- 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.

Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Expansion, Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night & New Student Registration for 2023-24

Transitional Kindergarten Eligibility Expansion
For the upcoming 2023-24 school year, students who turn 5 on or between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024 are eligible to register for Transitional Kindergarten (TK). Previously, only students who turned 5 by February 2 qualified. Visit our Transitional Kindergarten page to learn more about our TK program.

Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night for New Families
Do you have friends or neighbors who have an incoming TK or Kindergarten student? If they are NEW to the district, please encourage them to join us for our Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night! Designed to provide families with information about the San Carlos School District, its community partners and programs, and to provide an overview of how to register for school - Monday, January 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm for a virtual presentation via Zoom (link to be provided in end of Dec/Jan on our Key Dates page)

San Carlos School District New Student Registration is about to begin! Mark your calendar for these important Key Dates:
- Monday, January 9 - Virtual TK/Kindergarten Welcome Night for New Families - 6:30-7:30 pm
- Tuesday, January 10 - New Student Priority Registration Opens in PowerSchool at 12:00 pm
- Wednesday, February 1 - Schools hold Virtual Elementary School Tours for Incoming TK/Kindergarten Families - 4:00-4:30 pm
- Friday, February 10 - New Student Priority Registration Deadline - 4:00 pm

Current TK-7th Grade Families Please Note:
Students currently registered in SCSD do not need to re-register, they will automatically matriculate into the next grade level or feeder school through 8th grade. In February, a Google survey will be sent out to all current families regarding plans for fall and in April, parents will fill out their Back-to-School Forms for 2023-24.
see the power of community building and we hope you join us this year to do the same! Deadline for poetry submission is Tues, Nov 1 via this link or refer to the attached flyer for more info.

Growing Mindful Adult Education Class

Join Jaclyn Grayson and Ashley McManus, parents in our community and founders of Growing Mindful, in an interactive workshop, all about building resilience through mindfulness into your home with tangible, realistic strategies.

The session is Thursday, December 1 from 7:00-8:00 pm at the District Office or via Zoom. Register here, and reach out with any questions ([email protected]rg)! If you cannot attend, you can receive a summary of this content afterwards in both English and Spanish. La sesión será en inglés, pero estaremos traduciendo el resumen al Español.

Parent Education Opportunities

College admission is a barrel of laughs, right? Join experts Gabrielle McColgan, Michael Elgarico, and Patrick Wilson for an inside-track chat about the college admission process, What's So Funny About College Admission? (November 17, Online).

How can parents help their teens and tweens get more sleep? Join Lisa L. Lewis, MS, author of The Sleep-Deprived Teen, for Why Teen and Tween Sleep Matters, and How Parents and Schools Can Help (November 30, Online).

NEW! What are teens actually doing on their smartphones? Harvard researchers Emily Weinstein, PhD, and Carrie James, PhD, discuss their new book, Behind Their Screens: What Teens Are Facing (and Adults Are Missing) (December 2, Online).

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

Care Solace for Mental Health & Substance Abuse Service Referrals

Care Solace is a free, confidential service that connects students, families, and staff from the San Carlos School District to mental health or substance abuse services. Click the link or call (888) 515-0595 to get started.

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.