Training on remote tutoring and new tutor orientation on Sept. 15

Healthy Cities tutoring provided tutors for almost 500 students at 14 schools in San Carlos and Redwood City during the 2019-20 school year. Additional tutors are needed again this year to meet the need. Due to the pandemic we will switch from in person tutoring to online tutoring.

Volunteers range in age from 14-96 and no prior tutoring experience is needed – just an interest in helping a child for 45 minutes once a week and the technical capability to connect online.  Scheduling is flexible, before, during or after school. Training will be provided.


  • What will be covered?
    • short orientation for new applicants
    • majority of the time will focus on how to make an online tutoring session successful
  • Where: in the comfort of your own home
  • When: Tuesday, September 15
  • Time: Two identical sessions offered: 10:00-11:00 am and 7:00-8:00 pm (rsvp below)

 We need more tutors like YOU! Hope you can join us on september 15! 

If you can’t make the September 15 training, no worries! We will record the session and have scheduled an additional training for October 21 (details to follow later).


Click here if you would like to attend the morning session



Click here if you would like to attend the evening session

Brown bag lunch and learn with JR Bae – 5/13 at noon

There will be another Brown Bag Lunch ‘n Learn session on “How To Use Zoom” on Wednesday 5/13 at noon. You can see the invitation and rsvp here.

Healthy Cities Tutoring is inviting you to a virtual Zoom meeting. You can participate without downloading Zoom by just entering the meeting URL in your web browser or by calling the phone number below to listen to the meeting.

Are you wondering how remote tutoring works via Zoom? 

Would you like to learn how to share screens or even a whiteboard with your student during your tutoring session?

If you answered YES! to any of these questions, please join JR for a virtual Brown Bag Lunch and Learn where we will discuss tips and tools to use Zoom to tutor during distance learning.

If you have specific questions, feel free to email them to by Tuesday, 5/12, and we will do our best to answer them on the call or provide an email reply after.

How to Join our Zoom Meeting – Online 
Please download your free “Zoom Client for Meetings” here:

Then enter this URL into your browser to join our Meeting:

Meeting ID: 846 109 3586

To listen by phone – dial +1 669-900-6833 US -San Jose, then enter Meeting ID #.

If possible, downloading Zoom on your phone, Ipad, or computer prior to our meeting is most beneficial. 

Stay tuned.

Brown bag lunch and learn with Cynthia – 4/29 at noon

Wednesday, 4/29, please join us for a Virtual Brown Bag Lunch and Learn 

Do you want to connect with your student? Are you wondering how remote tutoring works? 

Would you like simple tips on how to stay in touch or how to do a remote tutoring session?

If you answered YES, please join Cynthia for a Brown Bag Lunch and Learn
Wednesday, April 29th, 2020 from 12:00pm-12:30pm on Zoom
Please be sure to add Zoom to your phone, Ipad, or laptop prior to our meeting.

COVID-19 updates


It is now certain that students in the San Carlos School District will not be able to return to classrooms this school year.


From Superintendent Harmeier for the San Carlos School District:

San Mateo County, along with six other Bay Area jurisdictions extended its stay at home order to May 3 for all residents and businesses. The two-page press release is here, and the full order, which specifies essential activity, can be found here.

State Expectations Unclear for This School Year 2019-2020

At noon today, Governor Newsom held a press conference stating his expectation that California’s public schools may not reopen to students for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, which is June 11 for SCSD. Though some media is reporting otherwise, this is not a formal executive order. The school districts will wait for orders from their partners in public health or other executive order with which they must comply. You can read San Mateo County Superintendent, Nancy Magee’s latest statement here.


Redwood City Schools will not resume school on location at their sites for the remainder of the school year. Read the message from Superintendent Baker here.


HCT sessions are suspended in San Carlos schools – Coronavirus

Effective 3/12/2020, all tutoring sessions are suspended until April 10 in San Carlos per direction of the San Carlos School District Superintendent, Dr. Michelle Harmeier.


HCT sessions are suspended in RWC schools – Coronavirus

Hello Healthy Cities Tutors and Parents of Redwood City students receiving tutoring,

This evening Redwood City School Superintendent, John Baker, announced all non-essential school activities are cancelled for the next 4 weeks. They have requested we suspend tutoring sessions during this time. We will provide more information as it becomes available and notify you when tutoring can resume. This includes tutoring that occurs both on school campuses and in the local public library.

Redwood City School District staff continues to update the web page that they have created to help you stay informed. Please continue to check it for the latest information and please be on the lookout for emails and/or text messages, as this is how Healthy Cities Tutoring communicates and will continue to do so.

Thank you for patience and understanding.


Dear Healthy Cities Tutors,

There has been lots of news recently about the emergence of a new respiratory illness called the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.

We want to let you know how Healthy Cities Tutoring is managing the evolving impact with our partners at the San Carlos School District and Redwood City School District.

Both districts are relying on the advice and recommendations of the San Mateo County Office of Education, working closely with the San Mateo County government, to determine next steps for schools in San Carlos and Redwood City. Both districts have communicated with their school communities about the precautions they are taking which include enhanced sanitation routines for classrooms and equipment; staff and students who are sick are encouraged to stay home; schools will remind students and staff to wash their hands often, avoid touching their faces with unwashed hands, and cover their sneezes and coughs.

You can learn more about each district’s efforts here:

San Carlos School District
Redwood City School District

  • If you feel you are unwell or experiencing cold, flu or other symptoms, please contact your primary care provider and cancel or postpone your tutoring sessions until such time as you are well. Please keep in touch with your tutee’s family if you have to miss or cancel a session due to illness.
  • We will let you know if there are any changes in the San Carlos or Redwood City school districts that could impact your ability to tutor or be present on the school campus.
  • We know that persons over 60 years old or with compromised immune systems are more vulnerable to the flu, including the COVID-19 virus. If you fall into this category, you may want to consider canceling your tutoring sessions until the outbreak subsides. If that is the case, please notify your student’s parents, their classroom teacher and HCT.
  • Please feel free to reach out to your school site coordinators or a member of the Healthy Cities staff if you have any questions or concerns about your school or your tutoring.

Wishing you good health.

Healthy Cities Staff

Clifford, Connect, Henry Ford, & Kennedy school, please contact Raquel at or Janelle at

Arroyo, Brittan Acres, Central and White Oaks, please contact Bridget at

Arundel, Charter, Mariposa, please contact Emily at

Heather & Tierra Linda, please contact Saskia at

For anything else, contact Karen Molinari at


Free online webinar on reading tutoring

Reading Tutoring Webinar: “How to Do What Matters Most”

When: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 8:30-9:30 pm

Join the Haas Center for a free online webinar on reading tutoring. In accordance with research by the National Institute for Literacy, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the U.S. Department of Education, this workshop highlights essential tools and skills needed for working with Kindergarten through 3rd graders.

The webinar will utilize Connie Juel’s seminal research on literacy acquisition, showcasing the 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction: Phonemic Awareness, Phonics, Reading Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension.

Join early education practitioners, Renee Scott, Early Education Program Director at the Haas Center for Public Service, and Rebecca Silverman, Associate Professor of Education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Education, as they share their expertise on: effective lesson planning engaging in phonics instruction text comprehension instruction motivating reading engagement with children working with bilingual learners.

Please use this link to register.

Just in…. 2018/19 Annual Report

We’re proud to present our Annual Report for 2018/19. It’s a beautie and we can’t  thank Sallie Gasparini enough for donating her talents and time for taking all the photographs and designing the Annual Report. All children and tutors in the photos are participants in our program and gave permission to use their photos.


Workshop “Tutor Tips” on January 15

Wednesday, January 15, 2020: “Tutor Tips
7:00 – 8:15 pm
Central Middle School Library

The workshop will be led by White Oaks School teachers, Melissa Brenner and Tracey Mitchell-Ardwan. They will be able to address questions about working with students across a wide range of grade levels. During the workshop, we will practice math games that you can work on with your students to practice basic facts and strategies to help the reluctant writer and many more aspects of tutoring. We guarantee you will come away with some new ideas. We hope to see you on January 15th!

To RSVP for the Tutor Tips Workshop or New Tutor Orientation, please go here to our Evite.

New Tutor Orientation

Wednesday, January 15th, 2020
6:30 – 6:55 pm
Central Middle School Library

Just before the Tutor Tips session, we will have a short tutor orientation session. The orientation is a chance for us to welcome new tutors, give new and potential tutors more information about our program and answer questions about Healthy Cities Tutoring. Please join us for this if you have not been to one of our prior orientation sessions and tell any one you know who might be interested in becoming a tutor.