February 12th, Weekly News

February is Black History Month

13 PTA Meeting on Zoom at 7:00 p.m.

13-17 7th Grade Westminster Woods Trip and Day Adventures

14 & 17 Technovation 5:00 -7:00 p.m.for TL Girls who signed

20-24 Mid-Winter Break, no school


3 End of Trimester 2


Principal’s News

TUPE Tobacco Use Prevention Education Team

On Monday, February 6 a team of 10 students grades 6-8 and Mr. Negro went to a training at the San Mateo County Office of Education.  It is important to engage students to learn and get involved in helping with preventing the use of tobacco and drug products and setting up a support team at TL.  

We currently have a Brief Intervention option available for students seeking support for tobacco/vape use.  Additionally, all students will have a two week class in science that is based on the Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit.  There is a focus on healthy alternatives to drug use: music, sports, reading, art, and other creative outlets.  Vaping and drug use amongst teens is on the rise because it is easily accessible and easy to use.  For more information, please refer to the resources in the above link. 


TL Speech and Debate Team Competes at Stanford

Our TL Speech and Debate team competed at Stanford over the weekend. We have a Speech and Debate elective. A team of students participated in the competition along with their teacher, Mr. De.

SCSD Athletics - Tryouts for Tennis and Track & Field

We are excited for our 2023 Spring Sports season. Registration for several spring sports is now active - Tennis, Track & Field, Soccer and Volleyball. For more information, emails and details, fill out this Interest Form.
Here is the link to register. For more information, look at the Legarza link for SCSD sports: https://www.scsdsports.org


Please join us for our February PTA meeting, Monday February 13th at 7:00pm. Agenda can be found here. Zoom link and details below. Hope to see you there!

Zoom link
Meeting ID: 873 0852 7295
Passcode: 840037

Do you have an hour or two to spare to help our PTA? We are looking to recruit and form our nominating committee immediately. In this role, you will help recruit new members for the open seats on next year’s PTA executive committee and present a slate for nomination at our next PTA meeting. If you are interested or have any questions please email [email protected].

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

SCEF Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auction ends Monday February 13th!
Monday, February 13th is the last day of the San Carlos Education Foundation annual Teacher Outing and Summer Camp Auction. We appreciate the school staff and teachers who have donated their time to organize events/opportunities for students to raise funds for our schools. Also available are Warriors tickets and the chance for your student to sing the National Anthem at the May 15th ‘San Carlos Night at the Giants’. Please visit https://scefkids2023.ggo.bid/ to see the teacher outings available at your school and a selection of Summer Camp opportunities.
- Staggered closing times on February 13th: Elementary Schools - 9pm; Upper Elementary - 9:15pm; Middle Schools & Charter - 9:30pm; Summer Camps - 9:30pm

Have questions? Need bidding Help? Contact [email protected]

Starlight Gala Raffle Tickets are now available
For the cost of a raffle ticket (1 for $125; 3 for $325 or 6 for $600) you could win one of our fabulous Live or Silent Auction packages. This year raffle prizes include Taylor Swift tickets, BottleRock tickets, dinner for four at Chez Panisse, Mexico vacation, Harley Farms hayloft dinner for two or private tour & wine tasting for 10 adults during kidding season, and more. To see the full list of eligible prizes or order tickets visit https://www.scefkids.org/starlight-raffle

Remember: This year, your donation to SCEF also supports your PTA and their ability to fund teacher grants, assemblies, supplies and materials, library books and more.

Black History Month

Each February, Black History Month serves as both a celebration and a powerful reminder that Black history is American history.

In celebration and reflection of Black History Month, the Community Foundation of San Carlos (CFSC) has curated a list of resources to honor and recognize the achievements of Black Americans as well as a list of Black-owned businesses and organizations to support. Refer to the link.

If you are interested to learn more about CFSC, please reach out!

Showcasing Youth Voices: Black History Month and Women’s History Month

(TK-12th Grade Students)

The San Mateo County Youth Commission (SMCYC) is showcasing youth voices from around the county on its Instagram page (@smcyouthcom)! This month, SMCYC is sharing student reflections on Black History Month. Students can submit an original poem, photo, drawing, painting, sculpture, or short video along with text to describe their work. Learn more.

Submissions Due February 14 (for Black History Month) and February 28 (for Women’s History Month)

Sequoia High School
Freshmen/In-Coming Student WELCOME EVENT

The entire Sequoia family is delighted to welcome you-- our incoming students and parents-- to our annual Incoming Student Welcome Event on April 26, 2023. Principal Sean Priest will kick the night off with a short presentation followed by a question and answer session with current Sequoia students who can give you the inside scoop on what to expect during this important transition and first year. Members of our PTSA, Education Foundation and Boosters Club will also be there to welcome you to the school and answer all your questions.

Wednesday - April 26, 2023
English and Spanish 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Sequoia High School GYM 1

Please join us for this informational event that will answer key questions about classes, signing up for sports, and clubs and activities on campus. Parents and students are welcome to submit questions in advance to info@shsef.org

Parent Education Opportunities

What should parents know about the emerging cannabis industry? Lynn Silver, MD, MPH, Senior Advisor at the Public Health Institute (PHI), presents Health Impacts and Legalities of Cannabis Use in Youth (February 15, Online).

February is Heart Health Month! Join Sequoia Healthcare District for a Town Hall meeting, Understanding Heart Health, featuring cardiologist Henry Huang, MD, and Liz Lazar-Johnson, founder of Via Heart Health (February 16, Online).

Upcoming Parent Forum features Eran Magen, PhD, Parenting for Humans, in How to Be Your Child's Favorite Conversation Partner (English) (February 17, Online).

NEW! What can today’s parents gain from Mister Rogers’ learning science? We welcome authors Gregg Behr and Ryan Rydzewski for When You Wonder, You're Learning: Mr. Rogers' Enduring Lessons for Kids (February 21, Online).

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

Downtown Specific Plan Community Workshop - Feb 15

The San Carlos community is invited to participate in the second Downtown Specific Plan Community Workshop on Wednesday, February 15, 2023 from 7:00-8:30 PM. Register for the interactive virtual workshop by clicking here. This workshop will center on concepts around Placemaking and the Public Realm such as:

- Street Concepts for Laurel Street
- Public Gathering Spaces
- Pedestrian Paseos/Walkways
- Alley Enhancements

To learn more about these draft concepts and to share input, community members are invited to visit www.sancarlosdowntownplan.com. The City of San Carlos wants to hear from its residents, property owners, and business operators – a good plan involves everyone!