May 14th, Weekly News


May-Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Week of May 15: 6th, 7th, 8th Grade CAASPP Testing Continues

18 School Site Council Meeting @ 3:30 p.m. in TL Conference Room

18 Advanced Art Show, 7th and 8th Grade, 6:00 -7:00 p.m.

22 TL/MPA PTA Meeting

23 Celebration of Learning (Formerly Open House) @ 6:00 p.m.

24 Music Concert - Band and Orchestra 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade

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

29 Memorial Day, no school


2 Principal/Parent/Caregiver Roundtable Coffee @ 9:00 a.m.

12 8th Grade Great America Field Trip

14 8th Grade Promotion at 4:00 p.m. and Student Celebration/Dance at 8:00 p.m.

15 Last Day of School, 1:00 p.m. Dismissal and 8th Grade Brunch @ 11:15 a.m.

Principal’s News

On May 5, we kicked off our first Principal Roundtable.  We had 24 parents participate who have students in grades 6th-8th. We appreciate the support, participation and engagement! We plan to continue this monthly and our second meeting will be on Friday, June 2. Our purpose is to build community, help with connecting to parents/caregivers, and look at ways to improve TL’s culture, climate, and sense of belonging for students, families, and staff.  At this next meeting we will continue our work, set a purpose for the group, and review data and the comments and feedback from the first meeting. If you missed the first meeting, see the slides attached to this news.


Students Time to Shine

May 18 is our Advanced Art Show for 7th and 8th grade students. On May 23 we will have Celebration of Learning at TL at 6:00 p.m. Classrooms will be open for families to visit. Students will be sharing their learning from the year. On May 24 is our 6th-8th grade Music Concert. We will work with the times and take a break for Celebration of Learning at Heather and Arundel, avoiding performances from 6:15-7:15 p.m.


Wellness, Mental Health, and Advisory

Each week students meet in Advisory. At the SCSD Board Meeting on Thursday, May 11 our two members of our Wellness Team presented all the work we are doing in SCSD to support students.  This is part of our Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, MTSS for academics and behavior. In middle school, we have weekly meetings during Advisory.  Attached to this week's news is a sample of the curriculum for the next few weeks in May.  Please note that teachers create and innovate to make this their own. It is not just sitting in a space clicking through slides.  Some teachers change the way they check in or sit in a circle. We have lowered our class size so each Advisory has 18-24 students and all teachers, even those without a classroom, have an Advisory class.


Time to Celebrate

At TL, we have more to celebrate.  For the first time in music history…there are 8 students in 8th grade who will be in Advanced Ensemble at Carlmont for the 2023-24 school year as Freshman!  Wow! Congratulations to: Shreya, Izzy, Soren, Maya, Varun, Ben, Piper, and David.  We look forward to celebrating the end of 8th grade.  Also want to acknowledge Ms. Tetreault and Mr. Kneebone for the guidance, collaboration, and teamwork with our Band, Orchestra, and Jazz Band.


Speech and Debate Program at TL wins a Kent Award! The J. Russell Kent Awards, sponsored by the San Mateo County School Boards Association, are designed to spotlight outstanding programs in our San Mateo County public schools. The award program provides an opportunity for districts to share their unique and innovative programs with other educational groups and to learn about other countywide efforts. 


Congratulations to our Speech and Debate Team and Mr. De for winning State Championships.  Here’s a recap from Mr. De: Alina, Talia, Calvin, and Neilson have closed out Parliamentary Debate at the State Tournament. This is truly a historic achievement for our school. For multiple students at Tierra Linda to win State Championships is absolutely incredible and I cannot be any more proud of them. Alina and Talia knocking out last year's State Champion Parli team in the semifinal round is something that I will never forget. 


This year they fought hard, learned from past experiences, and listened to everything I said. Together we evolved as a team. We never took shortcuts. I'm so glad that they have become fond of this activity, and I hope this is only the beginning of their long journey in debate.

-Mr. De


Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

What a great week of letting our amazing teachers and staff know how much we appreciate them and all that they do! A special thank you to SCEF and Healthy Cities Tutoring who provided breakfast for the teachers and staff, and an extra special shout out to our hospitality chair, Lauren Zalabak, who made sure the week of breakfasts, lunches, and treats was perfect. Thank you! 

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

Please help fill the last few open lunch slots in May!
We still have an urgent need to fill volunteer slots this month, especially while our server is out from 5/17-5/24. If you have some time to spare this month, please sign up here to help. Thank you!

District News

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)
Every eligible school in our school district was recognized as a California Distinguished School. Of the many things that contribute to our fantastic schools, we want to acknowledge the generous parent and community support through SCEF. With this additional local fundraising, our schools can provide our students with a balanced and enriching education.

Mental Health & Wellness, and Physical Education
SCEF supports school programs that develop strong minds and bodies. Your contribution helps to ensure that our children have counselors who offer guidance and support. SCEF grants help fund physical education programs which increase student physical health and result in better academic performance.

Technology Staff and Equipment
Your investment in technology ensures that our children have access to the tools they need to succeed. SCEF grants fund technology associates, computer devices and applications to aid learning.

Make it Happen in May
Our campaign to reach our annual fundraising and “Make it Happen In May'' will help us deliver a reliable grant estimate for 2023-24 so that SCEF contributions can be considered in the school board’s final budget deliberations in June. Please help us achieve our goal of $3.7million to support San Carlos public schools and PTA programs by making a donation today!
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Making Room for a New Public Gathering Place in Downtown San Carlos
City Council Supports Permanent Closure of the 700 Block of Laurel Street

On April 24, 2023, the City Council directed staff and the consultant team to move forward with a bold vision to transform the 700 block of Laurel Street into a plaza, thereby paving the way for a more pedestrian friendly downtown. Learn more at
San Carlos Youth Center Celebrates Mental Health & Wellness Week
The San Carlos Youth Center Staff would like to share the upcoming events that will be taking place for youth ages 10-17 during Mental Health & Wellness Week, May 22 - 26:

- Monday, May 22: Resource Tabling with San Carlos Youth Advisory Council & Stanford Medicine Center for Youth Mental Health and Wellbeing | 3:00PM – 6:00PM
- Tuesday, May 23: Be Sensitive Be Brave High School Workshop* | 6:30PM – 8:30PM
- Wednesday, May 24: Yoga Health Center FREE Youth Class* | 4PM – 5PM
- Thursday, May 25: San Mateo County Library "Calm Corner" | 3:30PM – 4:30PM
- Friday, May 26: SPCA Therapy Dogs | 3PM – 5PM
*Pre-Registration Required
Summit Preparatory Charter High School invites you to join us in our Celebration of Learning on Thursday, May 18th
As you may know, we do not offer traditional elective courses at Summit Prep. Instead, we have Expeditions courses where eight times out of the school year (for two weeks at a time), students pause on taking their core classes (math, science, history, english) and dive into exploring their passions.

Matt Darling, Summit Prep's Dean of Expeditions, revamped and led our Expeditions Programs this year. Under his leadership, over 80% of our students have opted into community based courses with the Riekes Center, The Boys and Girls Club, Gladiator's Boxing Gym as well as developed their own course of study (projects on coding, cooking, and construction).

Our Celebration of Learning is a culmination of the work students have done in their Expeditions courses. We excitedly welcome your community to join us in the fun. We will have live music, free food, and a plethora of other activities!

We hope to see you there on Thursday, May 18 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Summit Prep is located at 780 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063.

If there are any questions please reach out to Matt Darling at [email protected].
Parent Education Opportunities
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).

NEW! What is "immigration grief" and how does it impact generations of newcomers? Michelle Remond, immigrant advocate, presents Understanding Immigration Grief: Connecting to Past, Present, and Future Generations (May 23).

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