November 28, Weekly News

Principal's News


28 Classes resume

30 Westminster Woods Parent/Caregiver Meeting on Zoom at 6:30 p.m.


5  Jazz Band Winter Concert @ 6:00 p.m.

14 Winter Concert, Band and Orchestra, tentative time 5:30 p.m.

21 Minimum Day, 1:00 p.m. dismissal

22 Minimum Day, 1:00 p.m. dismissal

23-Jan. 9 Winter Break


10 Classes Resume


We all wish your family and friends a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.  Students have the week of November 21st off.  We look forward to welcoming students back on November 28 and hearing about Ms. Gulati’s trip to the Galapagos Islands and Peru.


7th Grade Westminster Woods Information Night

We will have a Zoom meeting on November 30 at 6:30 p.m. to share more details about Westminster Woods. The trip is from February 13 - 17.  If you are undecided about your child attending, please wait to turn in the form and payment. Scholarships are available. If you did not receive a form, ask your 7th grader to ask a teacher for it. 


Winter Concerts in December

We are having winter music concerts in December. Jazz Band performs on Dec. 5 and our Orchestra and Band will perform on Dec.14 The schedule for Dec. 14 will come out soon from Ms. Tetreault and Mr. Kneebone. We hope you can join us in the TL gym.


8th Grade High School Transition for Sequoia Union High School District. The enrollment window opened on November 15 and includes address verification. You should have received an OLR, Official Letter of Registration, in an email and through the mail. 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 (transfer requests) ends on February 1, 2023.If you have not received information about registering your child for high school, please look at the following links: or

Carlmont Registration Info.

8th Grade Transition, Carlmont

Troop 301- Scouting

Are you in 6-12th grade? Do you love hiking, camping, & exploring nature? If so, Scouting might be right for you!
Troop 301 is a youth-led Scouts BSA troop that gives 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 a full moon. We go cycling and kayaking and have a variety of fun, outdoor adventures chosen by the Scouts. Our summer programs provide unique experiences for our Scouts to explore nature and to advance along their scouting journey.
We meet weekly at Tierra Linda Learning Commons at 7:30pm to learn outdoor skills and develop leadership skills in a fun environment. If this sounds interesting, please mark your calendars for Monday, November 28th at 7:30 pm for an Open House event at Tierra Linda Learning Commons to experience what our troop can offer. Check out our website at: or email us with questions at [email protected].

San Carlos/ Tierra Linda Leos Club Food Drive

T.L. /S.C. Leos will be collecting food for families in need from 12/2-12/15
Barrel is located in the Tierra Linda Office
Help members of the San Carlos Community have meals for the winter months
Great items are soups, pasta, canned good - No glass please

District News

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

SCEF Day is THIS Wednesday, November 30th
Thank you to those who have invested in our schools to ensure a well rounded education for every student. If you are still looking to make your plan to give, there are so many ways to contribute–Workplace Giving, Donor Advised Funds, Give Every Month, Donations of Appreciated Stock, and more!

Honey Bear Trees is here!
The annual tradition of scouting the Honey Bear lot for your Christmas tree or finding a wreath continues! Visit them in San Carlos and don’t forget to bring the flyer and mention SCEF, they donate 15% back!

Giving gifts for those in your life who love the outdoors? Sports Basement has their Basementeer Program that gives back 10% to the charity of your choice. Register and assign SCEF as your charity of choice, and shop year-round. Last year they gave over $10,000 to SCEF!

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.

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.

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 wil 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.

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.

ROPES - 4th, 6th and 8th grade

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, please visit our ROPES website. Students can register here by Friday December 2 at 5pm.

Healthy Cities Tutoring is Recruiting Volunteers

Become a Healthy Cities Tutor and join our community of volunteers to provide one-on-one tutoring and mentoring to a public school student to improve their academic performance, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Tutoring sessions are held in-person, once a week for 45 minutes to an hour, on school campus or at a public library.

For 25 years Healthy Cities Tutoring has provided tutoring services to thousands of students in need. Following two years of pandemic, students are falling further and further behind in school. We need volunteers more than ever!!

We hope you or someone you know will get involved in this rewarding volunteer experience. No tutoring experience required, we can provide training. 8th grade and high school students are welcome to tutor with us. Students can receive community service hours, and use the experience for resume building and college applications. Adult tutors are always welcome!

It only takes one hour a week to make a positive impact on a child’s life.

Please check out our website for the volunteer application or contact Janelle Gibson, HCT Program Coordinator at 415-793-1064 or [email protected]rg

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.

San Carlos Little League (SCLL) registration is now open!

Hey baseball parents, San Carlos Little League (SCLL) registration is now open!
SCLL was established in 1953 and provides a positive youth baseball experience
to children of all abilities in the San Carlos community. We focus on developing
the qualities of leadership, citizenship, discipline, character, and teamwork.

The 2023 Little League season kicks off the weekend of Saturday, March 11th
and runs approximately through the school year. We offer several divisions of
play based on Little League Baseball Age Charts and evaluations in the upper
divisions (AA up).

Learn more and sign-up by visiting

Carlmont Choirs HOLIDAY SING ALONG - Dec 2

Saturday, December 3, 2pm-3pm, Carlmont Choirs HOLIDAY SING ALONG returns after three long years! A great event for the whole family - from youngsters to 8th graders considering attending Carlmont High School. Guests are given the lyrics to well known holiday classics and sing along with the Carlmont Choirs. There is even a visit from the Sugar Plum Fairy and kids can take photos with Santa! This is a one hour event designed for families with kids, so get your tickets online and plan on joining us for an afternoon of family fun and music at Carlmont High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $5 and are available online now -

Parent Education Opportunities

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).

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).

NEW! We all want our children to form healthy relationships, but talking about it can be hard. Vanessa Kellam, Health Connected, presents Relationship Resilience: Preparing Young People for Healthy Relationships (December 7, Online).

NEW! How can we help our kids tame their inner voice? Bestselling author and psychologist Ethan Kross, PhD, joins us to discuss his book, Chatter: The Voice in Our Head, Why It Matters, and How to Harness It (December 8, Online).

December's Parent Forum (English) features Eran Magen, PhD, founder, Parenting for Humans, in Sustainable Parenting: Realistic Self-Care for Parents. The Parent Forums are an initiative of the Sequoia Healthcare District (December 9, 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 Referals

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.