May 21st, Weekly News

May-Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

22 PTA Meeting on Zoom

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.

9 PTA Honorary Service Awards @ 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


What’s happening in classes?

We have wrapped up the CAASPP testing and students who missed a test will complete them throughout the next few weeks.  In 8th grade science, students are beginning a new project, Self Propelled Car Challenge! This is an Engineering Design Challenge and a way to show Newton’s Third Law of Motion.  Students must build a car according to the design requirements provided. This includes constructing a car from recycled materials. The car must move on its own and travel a minimum of 5 meters.  Students have a size limitation as well and can choose to compete to see if their car is the fastest or goes the farthest. This is due at the end of this week and we will have trials and races. More to come soon.


Schedule for Music Concert, Wednesday, May 24

  • 6th Grade Band/Orchestra: Report at 5:15 p.m. | Perform at 5:30 p.m.
  • Break 6:00-7:15 p.m.
  • 7th Grade Band/Orchestra: Report at 7:15 p.m. | Perform at 7:30 p.m.
  • 8th Grade Band/Orchestra: Report at 8:00 p.m. | Perform at 8:15 p.m.


ASB/Leadership-Student Spirit and Service

Every Thursday, our ASB/Leadership meets with Ms. Smith in Room 6 to plan school spirit and service.  As a thank you and positive recognition for supporting events and PAWS behavior, all students had a treat provided by ASB/Leadership - popsicles or Its It bars. Middle School is so cool!

Treats ASB/Leadership


Details about the State Speech and Debate Contest last weekend. We have more student accomplishments:

Alina Robinson/Talia Simon and Calvin Massey/Neilson Chien  - Co-State Champions, Parliamentary Debate

Annika Pisolkar - 2nd Place, Program Oral Interpretation

Tessa Cuchelkar - 3rd Place, Original Prose and Poetry

Uma Rai - 4th Place, Program Oral Interpretation

Shreya Chandrasekar - 4th Place, Original Prose and Poetry

Tsukina Ohashi - Semifinalist, Spontaneous Argumentation and Semifinalist, Original Oratory

Amy Kim - Semifinalist, Spontaneous Argumentation

Mia Ghosh - Semifinalist, Declamation

Maya Kacholiya - Semifinalist, Declamation


Nominations Welcome for Honorary Service Awards!
Is there a special someone in the Tierra Linda community - maybe a parent, teacher, staff member or administrator - who has gone the extra mile to make a difference for our school? If so, nominate them for an Honorary Service award! You can submit your nomination(s) using this form and we will celebrate all awardees at a celebration coffee on June 9th at 9 a.m. at the Mariposa Picnic tables. All community members are welcome to attend!

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

District News

San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)

Every single contribution gets us closer to our $3.7 million goal. Your donation will help to maintain positions and programs next year. We increased our goal to streamline fundraising and include funding for your school PTA. Donors have already helped us get 75% of the way there, but we need your help to raise the final 25%. Donate today at

Take a look at our draft donor roll ( to review your donation total to SCEF this year (fiscal year ending 6/30/2023). If there is an issue with your family's entry (we've misspelled names before), contact us at [email protected] so we can make any needed corrections.

Your Dollars at Work: Library, Music Programs & Electives
Libraries are places for reading, gathering, studying and reflection, and your contribution helps keep libraries open for all students. Your donations also help San Carlos elementary schools provide Music for Minors program and support middle school electives including the award-winning band and orchestra classes.

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Interested in learning more about our scholarship program? Go to

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

Parent Education Opportunities

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).

Special Education Spanish Parent Information Night (TK-12 Families) - May 24, 6:00 pm
Spanish-speaking families are invited to a special information night about special education services in San Mateo County. Families will hear from Parents Helping Parents (PHP), which supports, educates, and inspires families to build bright futures for youth with special needs. (May 24).

Green Teams Celebration (K-12 Students, Families, Educators, School Staff) - May 25, 4:00-5:30 pm
Celebrate and learn about the work of green teams in San Mateo County! There will be food, fun games, and opportunities to see what other green teams are doing and learn from fellow environmental enthusiasts. (May 25).

How can you motivate your child/teen through feedback? In our final English Parent Forum #24 of the season, Eran Magen, PhD, offers advice on Inspiring Through Feedback: Beyond the Compliment Sandwich (May 26).

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