January 15, Weekly News

 January 15, 2023



16  No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

23  TLM PTA Meeting on Zoom  

24 and 27 Technovation for TL Girls from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.


Social Emotional Learning - CASEL Framework 

Our for professional learning on Jan. 9 was designing learning for students with a focus on SEL-Social Emotional Learning. We continue to collaborate and look for ways to build relationships with students to they feel a sense of connection and belonging. 

In our Advisory class and throughout the school day, we have been focused on the CASEL framework and the following SEL skills: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsibility.  We also strongly believe in student voice and agency, so our Leadership group had an opportunity to share and weigh in on what these skills look like and why they are important. We will have students contribute to helping us with the SCSD Strategic Plan. We are teaching behavior expectations called PAWS: Practice Safety, Act Responsibly, Work Ethically, and Show Respect and started the year with a reset.  Students are asked to talk about and discuss the reasons for expectations and offer suggestions for keeping the learning environment safe and engaging. We are teaching expectations in all settings at TL and giving positive recognition for students when they are following expectations. 

Health and Wellness and Physical Fitness

We are embracing the rainy weather and students are learning line dances in PE.  Ask your child what are some of their favorite moves or songs and see if they can show you the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, or The Wobble. 

Homework Center at the San Carlos Youth Center

Does your child need homework help or tutoring? The San Carlos Youth Center at Burton Park has free tutoring and homework help every day.  Mr. Watts, TL math teacher,  is there to help with math three days a week:

Monday and Tuesday 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. for homework help

Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. for tutoring

No need to sign up and students can drop by the SC Youth Center for help during these times.

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].


Please join us for our first PTA meeting of the year, Monday, January 23rd from 7-8 p.m. We are looking forward to reconnecting with our Tierra Linda community. Here is the agenda. Zoom meeting information below:

Zoom link 

Meeting ID: 873 0852 7295

Passcode: 840037

8th Grade Promotion Committee Needed
Calling all 8th grade parents! A core planning team is needed to work with TL administration and student council to help plan and execute 8th Grade Promotion activities in June. Please reach out to Michele Lago  if you are interested in joining the committee. Other volunteer opportunities to assist this committee will become available as we get closer to the end of year. Thank you for bringing your creative energy and time to the celebration of our 8th graders!

Sign-up to Help with TL Lunch

Thank you to everyone who has volunteered. 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

Looking for an easy and fun way to help your school?
One of the ways the San Carlos Education Foundation meets its fundraising goal is through online auctions and special events. Do you have ideas about exciting new auction items? Do you like to plan events? Are you curious about SCEF Parent Parties? We need your help!

We have some exciting events lined up and some great opportunities to be a little involved or a lot involved - it's up to you! Either way, we invite you to join us as we brainstorm about new and interesting auction items and discuss the year’s event schedule, including how to host parent parties.

Join us and bring a friend! Thursday, January 19th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, SCEF Office 828 Chestnut Street (just to the left of Mustang Hall). Please RSVP here: http://evite.me/kZbvNS9fCv

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.

Mark your calendar for these important Key Dates:
- 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 - Jan 13 & Bike Safety Fair - Jan 22

San Carlos Week of The Family kicks off on Friday, January 13. Please take a look at all of the events the city has planned and consider participating. It’s a great way to spend some time together as a family. Whether or not you choose to attend any of the planned activities, we hope you’ll set aside a little extra time to spend as a family throughout that week.

Bike Safety Fair
Week of the Family Bike Day is Sun, Jan 22. Come out from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm to Central Middle School blacktop for a fun, LEGO-themed bike safety event geared toward teaching K-8 youth safe riding skills, rules of the road and basic bike maintenance as well as pre-ride safety checks. Includes a riding practice course with learning stations, riding with our bike sherriffs, earning prizes through learning, and donuts. A professional bike mechanic will be on site for minor repairs. Please pre-register here. Then from 1:00 - 4:00 pm at the San Carlos Library, bring bikes in need of repair to BikeMobile's hands-on Bike Repair Clinic, where bikes are fixed while participants are taught how to repair, care for and maintain them. All ages welcome, first-come, first-served.

Parent Education Opportunities

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).

NEW! Ross W. Greene, PhD, renowned child psychologist and NYT bestselling author, explains how to cultivate better parent-child relationships in Raising Human Beings: Creating a Collaborative Partnership with Your Child or Teen (January 31, Online).

NEW! On February 9, we host Judge LaDoris Hazzard Cordell, the first female African American judge in Northern California, for a conversation on her debut book, Her Honor: My Life on the Bench... (February 9, Online). Don't miss it!

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