January 8, Weekly News


9    No School-Staff Professional Learning
10  Classes Resume
16  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Observance
23  TLM PTA Meeting on Zoom 
24 & 26   Technovation 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Happy New Year 2023

On Monday, Jan. 9, SCSD staff will have a professional learning day.  The focus is around Project Based Learning for grades 4, 5, and 6. The rest of our middle school team will be collaborating in order to design learning experiences that support the social, emotional, and academic development of all students.  We look forward to welcoming students back to school on Tuesday, Jan. 10 after a restorative and refreshing winter break. 

Global AI-Entrepreneurship Technovation Competition for TL Girls!

Technovation - the world’s largest technology competition for girls invites TL students to participate!

  • Work in teams - Students are guaranteed to have a lot of fun, working in teams on meaningful problems in their communities that help build their sense of purpose and identity. Over the course of 12 weeks (meeting once a week) students will explore and discover what real-world problems they care about and what they can do to tackle them - as a team.
  • Cutting-edge technologies - Secondly, students will learn about exciting new technologies, such as AI, and how they can apply AI-based technologies to help others. No prior technical knowledge is required. 
  • Thirdly, become an entrepreneur! Students will get the unique opportunity to launch an actual startup or business over the course of the program.
  • And finally, they will be able to deepen their sense of purpose and values by tackling a real-world problem that makes the world better.

Technovation alumnae have been featured on BBC and CNN and are incredible changemakers, leaders and entrepreneurs; like 3-time Technovation participant, Gitanjali Rao (Time Kid of the Year). If you are curious, watch the documentary, Codegirl, to learn more about the competition and get inspired :) 

We will be hosting weekly Technovation sessions at the TL/Mariposa library on Tuesday and Friday night (5 PM to 7 PM), starting the week of Jan 24. If you are interested in being part of this global, problem-solving community of girls and parents, please register here and pick which days of the week (either Tuesday or Friday) would work best for your daughter to attend. Please contact Ms. Gulati if you have any questions [email protected].
Westminster Woods for 7th graders Feb. 13-17
The permission slips and paperwork will come home the week of Jan. 16.  If your child would like to go on the trip and has not previously committed, be sure to contact Ms. Nida, [email protected] or Ms. Frink, [email protected], as soon as possible. There are scholarships available.  Students that are not attending will have a special experience at TL during the week that includes field trips to neighboring parks and the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve. 


Sign-up to Help with TL Lunch

Welcome back! Thank you to everyone who volunteered last semester. It makes such a difference to have extra help for our hard-working lunch server and our students.  The January sign up is available and there are a lot of slots available. It would be wonderful if we could continue to have two helpers per day in the new year. Please sign up here to help. Thank you!


San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Welcome Back!
We are incredibly grateful to those of you who donated to SCEF to support a well-rounded education for every student including support for your school’s PTA. Your contributions extend library hours, provide mental health support, additional technology resources and staff support, music at every grade level, teacher grants, assemblies, library books, celebrations, community gatherings and more. To learn more, visit www.scefkids.org

Save the Date: Mark you calendar for these upcoming events:
- Online Auction featuring Teacher Outings and Summer Camps, Feb 6-13
- Virtual Salute to Educators-Online Silent Auction, Live Auction and Fund-A-Need Sunday, Mar 12
- Revel at Devil’s Community Dance Party, May 6

January Reminders - COVID Tests & Lunch Ordering

In an effort to ensure a safe return to school in January, please test your child before sending them to school on Tuesday, January 10. If your child tests positive or you need additional test kits, please contact the office and they will be happy to help. For more information, please refer to the SCSD Health and Safety Plan.

Did you order hot lunch for January? Ordering closes a week before the meals are delivered so place your orders as soon as possible to ensure your child gets the meals they want. If you order, please have a conversation with your child first. Find out whether they like the meals, eat their entire meal, and how often they throw the meal away. Our compost bins are overflowing each day with meals that are opened and then thrown away. We need your help to avoid food waste and ensure our students have the nutrition they need to power through the day’s learning. Please only order meals if your child likes the food and will eat it. Thank you!

It's Time To Register NEW Students for the 2023-24 School Year!

If you have a student who will be NEW to the district next year, be sure to register them for school during our Priority Registration window - January 10 - February 10. Registration is ONLY for students who are not currently attending our schools, students who are in TK-8th grade now do not need to re-register, however, if your child is in one of our SCSD preschool classes, they do need to register as a new student.

All completed registrations received during the priority registration period will receive priority into their home school if space is available. Registrations received after February 10 will be processed on a space-available, first-come, first-served basis. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) page or email us at registration@scsdk8.org if you have any questions.

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, our community partners and programs, as well as an an overview of how to register for school - Monday, January 9 from 6:30-7:30 pm via Zoom. See flyer for more information.

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 (only for students NEW to the district)
- Wednesday, February 1 - Intradistrict Transfer Google Form opens for families wishing to request a transfer to another school within SCSD - 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

San Carlos Week of the Family Starts Jan 13!

The San Carlos Week of the Family is an annual event organized and run by community volunteers with the goal of strengthening relationships by providing a series of activities focusing on family fun and community interaction! The events start on Friday, January 13 and kicks off with Game Night and citywide RoShamBo at Tierra Linda starting at 6:00pm. Join the fun as local board game experts provide both new and old favorites for us to enjoy! Healthy Cities volunteers will run the RoShamBo contest where winners from local schools can play with others for prizes!

The fun continues for the next 2 weeks including community service projects, trivia night, Hiller Museum event, scavenger hunt, Library events, Children’s Theater, bike events, Reading Bug events, pickle ball, bocce ball, history walk, Crab Feed and more!

Check out www.sancarlosweekofthefamily.org for all the details!

Parent Education Opportunities

NEW! In January, we welcome nonprofit Mission Be for two sessions on Cultivating Mindfulness: How to Bring Gratitude and Positive Practices Into Your Home with with founder Carin Winter (English) and Karen Allen(Spanish). January 11.

NEW! What is "radical inclusion" and why does it matter? Vikram K. Jaswal, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia, presents Radical Inclusion: Understanding Visible and Invisible Differences (January 18, Online).

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