May 7th, Weekly News

May-Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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

Week of May 8: Staff Appreciation 

22 TLM PTA Meeting @7pm

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


Dear TL Families:

All students will be participating in CAASPP testing for the next two weeks. Students should get plenty of sleep, eat breakfast, and move around and take breaks during the day.  Students are taking SBAC in math, ELA, and science (8th grade only). You will receive assessment results in August.

6th and 7th graders should have completed their elective request form.  We are missing about 50 of them.  We will use this information to start planning for next year and building our master schedule. If your child is not returning to TL next year, please notify Cori Carpenter, [email protected].

On Friday, May 5 we met for our first of many Parent-Principal-Caregiver Roundtable.  Attached are the notes. We hope you can make it to the next one in June.


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!

Lunch Help SOS!
Do you have mid-day availability this month to help with lunch distribution? We have an urgent need to fill volunteer slots (starting with one tomorrow, May 8th!) in order to get students through the line efficiently so they have time to eat. All of the help so far this year has been critical to keeping things moving and SO appreciated so if you have some time to spare this month, please sign up here to help. Thank you!


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week is Here!


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. 

May PTA Meeting

Due to our late April PTA meeting, our May PTA meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, MAY 22nd, 7p.m.

Agenda linked here, Zoom link here

Meeting ID: 873 0852 7295

Passcode: 840037

At this meeting, voting for next year’s executive board will take place. Please see the slate below:




President - Corbie Kiernan 

Executive Vice President - Kylene Shen

Treasurer - Jessica Flores

Secretary - Natalie Carbone

Fundraising - Julia Mendelson

Historian - Michele Lago

Membership - OPEN



San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Community Support for our Schools
In San Carlos, our students enjoy instructional programs that go beyond what the base funding that the state provides can do. SCEF grants contribute over 6% of the district’s budget and 90% of your PTA’s budget. Your generous support TODAY will move us closer to the goal of raising $3.7 million for our schools. We are 75% of the way to our annual goal. We've made incredible progress, but we are not done yet and we need your help!

“Making it Happen In May” will help us deliver a reliable grant estimate for 2023-24 so that SCEF contributions can be considered in the final school board final budget deliberations in June. Please help us achieve our goal of $3.7 to support San Carlos public schools and PTA programs by making a donation today!

Never Donated to SCEF? Announcing a Challenge Grant for First-Time Donors
"With our kids ranging from 8th grade through college, our family has been supporting SCEF for many years knowing the positions and programs our dollars help fund give every San Carlos student access to a wonderful foundation of learning and development. From librarians and counselors, to classroom teacher grants, technology, and music programs, San Carlos students experience a well-rounded education made possible through community-raised funds. We hope our gift inspires new families to make a donation to SCEF today so that San Carlos students continue to thrive now and into the future." Jennifer and Greg Holmes

Jennifer and Greg Holmes will match $1 for $1 up to $50,000 any first time donations to SCEF. Take advantage of this extraordinary opportunity make your first-time donation today!


Parent Education Opportunity

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).

In this month's Parent Forum #23 (English), Eran Magen, PhD, founder, Parenting for Humans, presents How to Give Advice Your Children (Might) Listen To (May 12).

NEW! Can a plant-based diet improve your family's health? Join Kaiser Permanente physicians Dr. Kathryn Gopez, Pediatrics, and Dr. Elizabeth Nadiv, Pediatrics, for Plant-Based Nutrition: Building Healthy Habits for Family Eating (May 18).

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


Mental Health Q+A with SCSD Wellness Leads - May 18

Thursday, May 18 7-8pm, Arroyo Commons; RSVP and submit topics here:


SCSD Parent Speaker Event: How to Support your Child to Find Purpose and Contentment - May 9

As parents we want our children to be happy, and we do countless things (some supported by evidence, others not) to ensure our child will be successful - and hence happy. In a world of 8 billion people, and only a few Ivy league schools, it may not be possible for our children to follow a straight path to success - and happiness. Instead, research shows that helping children explore and find a sense of purpose, build an identity and a strong sense of self-efficacy are much more likely to lead to contentment and well-being - as a child, and later as an adult.

All 3-8th grade parents are invited to join us on Tuesday, May 9, 7-8pm at Tierra Linda Middle School in the Learning Commons for a special parent speaker event with Tara Chklovski, an SCSD parent as well as the founder and CEO of Technovation - the world's largest technology entrepreneurship program for girls. Tara regularly speaks to audiences around the world about her lessons learned from helping 400,000 students in 120 countries, especially girls, find a sense of purpose and identity through learning how to solve real world problems with technology and entrepreneurship. She will talk about the 4 stages of interest, the 4 key elements to building self-efficacy and a sense of purpose, and what we can do to enable these mindsets in our own children. Register here.

San Carlos United Soccer Tryouts

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: and a manager from the team will reach out to coordinate. We look forward to seeing you at the San Carlos United tryouts!


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 FastTrak account. Multiple members of the same household can apply. Learn more.