Week at a Glance
Hello Central Families,
I hope you all had a safe, relaxing and rejuvenating Thanksgiving holiday. I think we all really needed the break. The good news is that winter break is only three weeks away. Having said that, we have a great deal to get done in the next three weeks. Depending on health guidelines, we will be looking to bring students back to campus to begin our Phase 2 and Phase 3 of reopening schools.
I will be holding a Reopening Parent Information Session on December 1st from 6:30 to 7:30 PM through Zoom. The link is listed below.
We will be discussing:
- Safety Protocols
- Ingress and Egress
- Behavior Expectations
- Phase 2 and Phase 3 Definitions.
- Q and A
I look forward to seeing you there.
New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year
Each year, the SCSD welcomes our newest families into the district with a Kindergarten Information Night, introducing them to our community partners and reviewing the process for registering for Kindergarten.
This year, we will post a virtual "Meet the San Carlos School District" presentation for families on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The presentation will include a welcome from SCEF, PTA, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Extended Day Programs, Preschool Programs, and district Wellness Programs as well as an overview of the registration process.
On Wednesday, January 20, 2021 the Powerschool Registration Form opens for new students to begin their registration. All registration paperwork will be completed online and parents will be asked to upload their documents into the system. More details will be available on our SCSD website in January. The deadline for priority registration is February 26, 2021.
See our Key Dates for Registration page for more information.
The Gratitude Festival - Thank you!
Thank you to everyone who supported our Gratitude Festival. We filled the whole Central office with food for Samaritan House. They were expecting to pick up two bins from us but were able to fill five or 6. Thank you for your generosity. We know that there are many people in need right now.
The San Carlos Lions is continuing its Holiday Toy, Book & Gift Drive to benefit the families served by One Life Counseling Center. One Life provides a bi-weekly food distribution to Peninsula families who need some additional assistance during difficult times. Drop off bins will be out in front of the office and elsewhere around town.
The San Carlos PTA Coordinating Council is continuing to collect grocery e-gift cards to support our fellow San Carlos District families who are experiencing food insecurity this holiday season. Click here to donate a Safeway e-gift card to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your gift! (Please note it is not considered a charitable donation but will be given directly to an SCSD family in need).
A big shout out to our generous PTA business sponsors Chang Orthodontics, Andrews Orthodontics, Alana Corso-Dwell, Wendy Wood Design, Stay True Books and Kirsten Kell- Marriage & Family Therapy. Stop by the photo backdrop in front of the schools and take a selfie with what you are grateful for this season and upload to the school website.
San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF)
As we enter into our fundraising season, we wanted to thank you for your continued support. There are so many BIG and little ways to contribute to SCEF and the work it takes to keep our local public schools funded and vibrant. Here are some great ways to support SCEF:
Please remember to thank our local merchants and restaurants who are SCEF supporters. We count on many local business sponsors each year to reach our goal. See our shopping guide here.
Honey Bear Christmas Trees
Honey Bear Trees is again coming to our area this Christmas season and offering SCEF a donation for every tree purchased when you mention SCEF. There is more information available here.
Support SCEF as you Shop on Amazon
SmileAmazon is a great way to support SCEF while doing all your online shopping. Visit the Smile Amazon and choose “San Carlos Education Foundation,” and Amazon will donate a portion of each purchase to SCEF. It’s super easy and works on both desktop and mobile purchases.
Gift Appreciated Stock
By donating stock that has appreciated for more than a year, you are actually giving 20 percent more than if you sold the stock and then made a cash donation. The reason is simple: avoiding capital gains taxes, see more information from here.
Tide High School - 8th Grade Parent Night December 10th
TIDE would like to invite all 8th-grade families to our virtual 8th Grade Parent Night via zoom.
Kindly please pass this information along to all 8th-grade parents and students. Thank you very much.
Please see attached flyer.
8th Grade Parent Night
December 10th, 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
Zoom Link = https://tinyurl.com/TIDE8thGradeParentNightDec
The Zoom link is case sensitive.
San Carlos Housing 2040 Workshop - November 30th
Those of us living in the Bay Area are well aware of the cost of housing. In San Carlos, the median cost for a detached single family home is $2,025,000, and with the standard 20% down payment, the annual income required to afford this median priced home would be $471,636. The average rent for a one-bedroom is $3,730 and $4,635 for a two-bedroom apartment.
As the cost of housing has risen throughout the Bay Area, increasing numbers of people are finding it difficult to pay rent or make monthly mortgage payments. San Carlos is not immune to the crisis and has experienced an unprecedented surge in the growth of home prices and rental rates. San Carlos is committed to addressing the housing needs of everyone in our community to ensure that the City is more inclusive for people of all incomes, and having more housing choices that suit all stages of life.
To address the underpinnings of these housing challenges, the City is embarking on updating the Housing Element, which is a policy document that will guide housing decisions for the next 8 years. The City is inviting all community members to come together virtually and have a meaningful exchange, share ideas, and express concerns.
Register at https://sancarlos2040.eventbrite.com for the virtual workshop scheduled for November 30 from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. The Eventbrite link will have more information on how to participate.
High School Happenings
Sequoia High School
Carlmont High School
Design Tech High School