April 3, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

I hope everyone is well and staying safe during this unprecedented time. I wanted to send you a quick note before we head off to Spring Break to ensure you all know what to expect when we return. As you are aware from District communication, our school is now closed the week after Spring Break and “until further notice.” Although I have personally not given up all hope for return, we are now prepared to teach the remainder of the curriculum through distance learning. Tuesday, April 14th, marks the first day of this distance learning. All students are required to attend school virtually via Google Classroom from 8:30- 11:30 Tuesday - Friday. Please help us establish this expectation at home so that we can see ALL students engaged in this learning every week.

As a staff, we are looking at this as the first day of a new school year. Since distance learning requires a shift in how students will receive their instruction, new procedures, routines, and expectations must be implemented and explained to the students. Similar to how we teach students to line up for class, attend to the bell schedule, raise their hands to share, treat each other respectfully on the playground, etc. we will be training students on how to log in effectively, where they receive their assignments, how to ask questions, how to turn in their completed work, how to behave appropriately in google hangout conferences and so on. I have asked teachers to “start slow to go fast,” meaning fewer curricular materials the first week and more of a focus on procedures and routines. By taking the time to establish work habits and expected behaviors, students will be able to self-navigate their learning with less prompting and support from you as the parent so that everyone can create a consistent routine at home. Please help your children learn these new procedures and expectations with the goal of allowing your children to perform their daily routine with less support from you over time. We know that many of you are working from home and we hope to create a daily routine that will benefit all. To help familiarize yourself with all of the resources that students will engage in, the District has created this resource page on the District website. https://www.smusd.org/cms/One.aspx?portalId=157433&pageId=26311114.

I also ask for your patience and grace for teachers during this transition period. Teachers are being asked to shift their entire instructional delivery model. None of our teachers signed up to be online teachers, but all have taken on this new challenge and will be giving their best to support their students. Similar to how we teach students to have grit, learn from mistakes, maintain a growth mindset, and not fear failure since it leads to success, we are asking a lot of our teachers in this transition, and the road may/will be bumpy. It’s important to remember that we are all in this together and trying our best to provide the best online educational experience for your children.

As outlined in Dr. Garcia’s message this week, “school hours” will be as follows:

All students should be logged onto their device and ready to engage in learning by 8:30 am, have a break between 10-10:30 am, and a second block between 10:30-11:30 am. Teachers will use a combination of pre-recorded lessons, live chats, educational videos, and other forms of media to create their blocks of instruction in ELA and mathematics. Students will also be required to complete assignments independently and navigate learning modules during this time. All instructional plans will be adjusted based on the student’s age and development level, but the times of instruction will remain the same for all students, Kinder-5th grade.


  • Preschool instructional hours will be 1.5 hours per day (3 days per week). The targeted days for preschool will be T, Th, F from 10-11:30 am, but that may change.
  • TK hours may also be adjusted based on what’s best for the students and their families

*Please look out for specific information from your Pre-k and TK teachers. 

In addition to the 8:30-11:30 instructional time, teachers will have “office hours” that will be communicated individually by the teacher and based on their availability. Please note, similar to you, many of our teachers have young children and other family members to care for during this time as well. As a result, the times of these office hours will be different between teachers and may not be a consistent block of time. I know our teachers will respond to emails and questions as quickly as possible and, over time, create more efficient routines for supporting students remotely.

In addition to our core instruction in ELA and math, students will have access to PE, music, STEM, and library lessons. Much of that is already set up and will be communicated in-depth during the first two weeks of instruction. Our school social worker Mrs. Marbery, and other social workers in the District have also put together a list of social-emotional and wellness activities which can be accessed through the following attachment:

Social-Emotional and Wellness Activities English.pdf 

Breakfast and Lunch Distribution

The Child Nutrition Services Department will be continuing their food distribution Monday through Friday between 11-1, including every day throughout Spring Break, at the following schools: San Elijo Middle School, San Marcos High School, Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary, La Mirada Academy, San Marcos Elementary, San Marcos Middle School, Mission Hills High School, and Richland Elementary. Please note, Carrillo is no longer serving food.


Please continue to communicate with me if you need a device. As you can see from my above description, one device per student in your home will be essential.

Spring Break

April 6th-10th is Spring Break. Here are some optional activities to enjoy during next week: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fMdIcg4VxJKtiNJzeq2keJHtH4OD03dvMAWZTMBOapY/edit?usp=sharing

We look forward to engaging you in our new distance learning model starting April 14th.


Remind Links:

Preschool: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillopr

Kindergarten and TK: https://www.remind.com/join/carrilloki

1st-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillotk

2nd-grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillot

3rd-grade: https://www.remind.com/join/4e8cc7

4th-grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillo2n

5th-grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillo3r


Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

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