April 30th, Weekly News

May-Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Week of May 1: 8th grade CAASPP Testing Begins Math

5 Principals’ Roundtable Coffee @ 9:00 a.m. TL Learning Commons

Week of May 8: 6th and 7th grade CAASPP Testing Begins

Week of May 8: Staff Appreciation 

8 TL/MPA PTA Meeting

23 Celebration of Learning @ 6:00 p.m.

26 Minimum Day, dismissal at 1:00 p.m.

29 Memorial Day, no school

Principal’s News

We are having our first of several Parent/Caregiver Roundtables on Friday, May 5 at 9:00 a.m. in the TL Learning Commons.  We want to connect with parents/caregivers and have conversations, answer questions, and share more about what is happening in middle school.  We plan to tour our campus as well.  It is our plan to give more information about what it looks like to be a student at Tierra Linda and what we can do to make it a more inclusive and safe environment for all students.  We will share our data from our recent CHKS, California Healthy Kids Survey and talk about our strengths and challenges.  Please fill out this google form if you are attending or if you have a topic or question that you would like to discuss to help our planning and future agendas. Here is an article about using Roundtables and some shared goals a school community identified.


CAASPP Testing in May

Students will be taking the CAASPP standardized testing in May. 8th graders start the week of May 1 and 6th and 7th graders start the week of May 8.  Students only take one subject at a time and will test for about one period in a day unless they are participating in make-up testing.  Please support your child by:

  • Encouraging them to get plenty of sleep
  • Eating breakfast every morning and staying hydrated
  • Leaving their smart watches at home. These will be collected during testing for security purposes. There is no technology other than the computer device allowed.


On Saturday, April 29, volunteers came together to pack 10,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger through an organization called Joining Hands to Lend a Hand.  TL music students came to play and encourage volunteers.  Thank you to all those who attended this service event!


Water Bottles Here, There and Everywhere

As the weather starts getting warmer and the need to hydrate becomes even more important, bringing a water bottle does too.Are you missing some? There many water bottles in our lost and found. Please have your child check if one of them is theirs.

Be to school on time

When students are not ready for instruction when the school day begins, learning is interrupted, as well as that of their classmates. Important information is given during the beginning of each class, this information is lost to students who are tardy.


May Dates Added to TL Lunch Help Sign-up!

Our food service team and our kids continue to be so grateful for all the amazing help our volunteers continue to provide with lunch distribution! Now we need to fill the May calendar with two helpers per day as well, starting with one more helper tomorrow, May 1. Please sign up here to help - it's quick and easy, and you get a chance to see your middle schooler in the wild as they grab their lunch. Thank you! 

Book Fair


Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the book fair. You made this event such a success. We hope our Timberwolves found some great new reads!


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week


To show our gratitude for our amazing teachers and staff at Tierra Linda, we will be celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week, May 8th-May 12th. We have a breakfast, lunch, and treats planned throughout the week to show how much we appreciate the incredible work and dedication of our TL teachers and staff. 


PTA Executive Board 2023-24


At the May PTA meeting, voting for the executive board will be a part of the agenda. Please see the slate below for proposed officers.




President - Corbie Kiernan 

Executive Vice President - Kylene Shen

Treasurer - Jessica Flores

Secretary - Natalie Carbone

Fundraising - Julia Mendelson

Historian - Michele Lago



San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Revel@Devil’s is THIS weekend
Join us on Saturday, May 6th at the Revel at Devils! Adults only. Check out our raffle --your chance to win a trip to Mexico, Taylor Swift concert and more. Need not be present to win. To buy event tickets or raffle ticket go to: scefkids.org/events

Make It Happen In May
May brings an opportunity to support the San Carlos Education Foundation as you help support our schools with a donation. San Carlos is proud of its public schools and the annual “Make It Happen in May” campaign is our effort to end the school year with a fundraising bang. Your donations are a key component in maintaining positions and programs next school year.

Please make a donation of any size NOW–visit our website for all the ways to give:
- Workplace Giving - Donate on your company’s portal and get matched. Does your employer support nonprofit organizations with matching donations? Check here.
- Give Every Month - Many families utilize this option to spread their annual gift over months, year over year.

The support of our families and community is imperative to maintain the quality and variety of what our schools can offer in support of our goal of educating the Whole Child.

Please make YOUR donation TODAY.

Parent Education Opportunities

NEW! How can you cultivate more mindfulness in your family? Join Karen Allen, mindful educator at Mission Be, for Cultivating Mindfulness: How to Bring Gratitude and Positive Practices into Your Home (this event is in Spanish) (May 3).

Navigating boundaries around technology can be overwhelming. Join Devorah Heitner, PhD, author and children's digital media expert, for Screenwise Kids: Navigating Boundaries, Friendships, and Social Media (May 4).

NEW! What do teens believe about cannabis and vaping? Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, professor of adolescent medicine, Stanford School of Medicine, presents Teen Misconceptions about Cannabis and Vaping: What’s True and What’s Not (May 9).

Our children are experiencing the changing climate. Anya Kamenetz, author, journalist, and senior advisor at the Aspen Institute, will offer strategies for How - And Why - to Talk to Kids About Climate Change (May 11).

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

Mental Health Q+A

Have questions about supporting your student? Unsure what's developmentally appropriate vs. when it's time to get help? Come chat with Kiersten and Ilana, SCSD Mental Health and Wellness Leads! 
Thursday, May 18 7-8pm, Arroyo Commons; RSVP and submit topics here: bit.ly/40KCM3a

San Carlos United Soccer Tryouts Being May 8th

San Carlos United will be holding tryouts for boys and girls born between 2006 and 2015 starting the week of May 8th for the Fall 2023 season. If interested, please register online: http://www.sancarlosunited.org and a manager from the team will reach out to coordinate. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!

Celebrate AANHPI Month

The Community Foundation of San Carlos is throwing a community-wide celebration in honor of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI). The event will take place on Sat, May 13th at the San Carlos Youth Center from 2 pm to 5 pm PT. The event will feature live music, cultural performances, and a variety of craft vendors.

To attend the event, please register via this link.

San Mateo County Office of Education Notices

Community Transportation Benefits Program
Qualifying San Mateo County residents aged 18 or older can now receive $100 in transit credit on their Credit Card or $100 tool credit on their FasTrak account. Multiple members of the same household can apply. Learn more.

NPR Podcast Challenge (Students in Grades 5-12)
Submit entries by April 28. Students can create a podcast about any topic they wish to explore. Their podcast can be in many different formats: an interview, narrative story, or even investigative reporting. Students can create their podcast by themselves or with their entire class. Maximum podcast length is eight minutes; longer entries will be disqualified. Entries must be submitted by an educator or a student leader who is 18 years old or older. Learn more.

San Mateo Decoted Youth Poetry Event - New! - May 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m.
Interested in songwriting or rapping? Start with learning the basis of poetry! Youth ages 14 to 21 are invited to develop and practice emotional awareness while learning how to create, write, and perform their spoken word poetry, TikToks, and raps. Learn more.