August 18, 2019

August 18, 2019
August 18, 2019
Dear Carrillo Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! I hope you all are refreshed from the summer and excited to start the school year. I am very grateful for the opportunity to serve as your principal at this excellent school. Carrillo Elementary School turns 20 years old this year, a milestone we are eager to celebrate throughout the year.

We are looking forward to connecting with all members of our community as we work together toward our shared vision: to create a community of passionate lifelong learners with a strong sense of citizenship. With student growth and achievement at the center of all we do, we are excited to open our doors and begin a great school year.

During this first week of school, I will be inviting students to Back to School Assemblies where I will introduce our supervision staff, our cafeteria staff, school social worker and many other members of our school community. We will discuss the Carrillo Way, “Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do, even when no one is looking,” as well as how to care for the school, earn citizenship awards and why it's important to take care of your community. We will also have an all-school flag salute this Friday where I will introduce our character focus for the month, Self-Control, and kick off the school year together. We have the best kids and families, and I am excited to reconnect as a community of learners.

Parent Communication

For those that are new to Carrillo, please look out for these newsletters which are sent at the beginning of every week. One of our goals is clear, consistent parent communication. Through parent surveys, I have learned that receiving emails is the most preferred method of communication, so it is something I am committed to each week. Although I strive to ensure you have all of the information you need regarding schoolwide events, this is not an exhaustive list of everything you need to know. Please look out for specific classroom communication from your child's teacher. Also, please review our parent handbook (located on the website) for a full picture of all school policies and procedures. The school website, PTO website, PTO Facebook page, and our school twitter account are also relevant sources of school information. Finally, I have created "classes" to send quick, informal reminders. Please use the following links to receive the texts. Since may be making changes to their text messaging feature, please download the app to ensure you receive all of the messages. Finally, please feel free to email me directly if you have any questions, concerns, or see a discrepancy in dates or information. As you will see shortly, we have A LOT going on at Carrillo, and sometimes we don't get every calendar updated when events are rescheduled. I always appreciate parent input!!

Remind Links:


Kindergarten and TK:






Character Education

We will continue to implement and enhance our new character education program that emphasized one character trait per month. The character traits include self-control, gratitude, growth mindset, grit, purpose, social intelligence, empathy, and curiosity. Although we pull from multiple sources, we mainly use to guide our work and design our character education lessons. Please check out the website!

Class Placements

As you know, we created a new way of providing class placement information this year. Yesterday we prioritized the placement notifications for TK-1 since those grades were coming in for their meet and greet. Grades 2-5 should have received an email by the end of the day. With any new system, there are some kinks to work through, and I appreciate everyone's patience. Please email me if you still haven't received your child's placement information. We did not post the list on our website nor the cafeteria doors because your child's safety and privacy are our top priorities. One may consider a class roster a confidential student record and making this information public could be regarded as a violation of federal student privacy laws. Even more important than creating a legal liability is the safety of our kids. Your child's enrollment in our school, classroom room number and teacher information is private and will remain private under our watch!

No classroom changes will be made during the first two weeks of school. If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s placement, please sign up in the front office, and we will schedule a meeting after the first two weeks of school.

Open Campus for Day 1...then Closed for the school year

During the first day of school, parents will be allowed to walk their children on campus from 8:15-8:40 a.m. After the first day of school, the district-wide secure campus policy will go into effect which means you can no longer walk on campus without signing into the front office.

Parking Lot Reminders:

The main lot is for staff only. Please do not park here because it disrupts the flow of before/after school traffic. We also have part-time employees that need a space to park throughout the day. 
Visitor Parking: side lot or in the overflow lot.
KOC Lot: KOC parents, part-time staff members, volunteers, and health office
DO NOT drive straight towards the KOC lot during drop off and pick up times. (8:05-8:45 and 3:10-3:45). The times that cars should go straight include TK/Preschool Pick-up (11:50-12:10) and KOC pickups before 3:10. Everyone else needs to go through the loop to avoid a collision and prevent gridlock in the parking lot.
Please review the attached parking lot map and let me know if you have any questions.

Parking Lot 

After School:

Please make sure you and your family have a plan in place for meeting your student(s) after school. Your children will be escorted to the front of the school through the main gate. You can pick your child up via vehicle (pick-up lane) or park in the overflow lot to walk and meet your child in front of the school. There are designated large blue numbers painted on the concrete out front for grades K-5. Plan to meet your student on the designated grade level number. Siblings can wait together in one of the designated spots.

Back Gate:

We will allow students to enter campus through the back gate between 8:15 am - 8:45 am. We will also open the back gate at the end of the day.

Back to School Night

1st-3rd grades (except Mr. Retzer)- Wednesday, 8/21 5:30-6:30

4th and 5th grades- Thursday, 8/22 5:30-6:30

**Mr. Retzer’s Back to School Night will be on Thursday at 4:45 pm.

Book Fair

The Book Fair will take place in the library from August 20th-28th. The fair is open for sales before and after school and during both Back to School nights.

Book Fair Info:

eWallet is back! 
Parents can load their student's Scholastic account with book fair funds, eliminating the need to carry money to school. eWallet can be accessed from the Book Fair home page.

Classroom Donation bins are back!
We need volunteers to make this work!
Please click on the link below if you or your middle/high school children are interested in helping out.

Dine Outs
 - Why cook on back to school night?? Our PTO has organized dine outs at Rubio's in Bressi Ranch (8/21) and Luna Grill in Bressi Ranch (8/22) to earn extra money for the school. Flyers will be provided to students and must be presented for both restaurants.

BoxTops - Please continue to collect box tops for our school. There is now an app that can be downloaded to scan the purchase. More information to follow!

Upcoming Assemblies

Flag Salute - August 23

Imagination Machine - September 13

In this assembly, actors bring student’s writing to life! All students will have an opportunity to submit a story. If , the stories will be acted out when the presenters return in February.
Joel’s Visionary Arts Assembly - September 18

Joel Anderson is an author, artist and international speaker with autism. Our students will build a better understanding and acceptance of children with autism and special needs as well as how to be a good friend. As opposed to making autism or "ability" awareness a one time a year event, we would like to build true empathy, compassion, and awareness, and this assembly will start the conversation. Our aim is that every child feels connected to our community and I am optimistic that it will include those with significant social difficulties as well. Please see the flyer attached for more information and to order his book (optional). 
Medieval Trio Tales Book Order form Joel's Vision Arts

**All New Friendship Project-

The Friendship Project is a once per month after-school program designed to help kids improve social skills. Our mission is to create a bully-free environment at Carrillo Elementary by creating long-lasting friendships. We are looking for kids who need a little extra help socially. We are also looking for kids who excel in making friends. All the kids will learn tools for empathy, compassion and how to have a good time with all different types of personalities. If you are interested, please contact Wendy,

Enrichment Camps

Carrillo after school enrichment camp registration for session 1 will be available online starting the first day of school and will be open through Friday, September 6th at 9pm. Yellow camp flyers will be sent home with the students on the first day of school with all the registration information and camp details. A camp schedule can also be found on the Carrillo PTO website under documents/after school enrichment/session 1 schedule 2019-2020. We have some exciting new camps we are offering this year and some old favorites. We have scheduled a classic board game camp, clay & paint, track & field, flag football, ready set cook, tinkering club, Seussical the musical, colt tv, slime time, dodgeball, golf, level up with Mrs. Lynch, basketball, soccer, coding, Monart drawing, tennis and self-defense beginner/advanced. We are also offering a 4 day a week Kindergarten program that will be from 2:10-3:10 4 days a week. This is a 4 day a week commitment only. No single day camps being offered for Kindergartners. For the kindergartners, we have multi-sport, Monart drawing, clay/paint/craft and soccer/basketball. To register your student for after school enrichment camps you will need to go on-line to, then go to the Shop/Donate drop-down menu and select your camps. Limited space is available in all these camps so mark your calendars for registration day, August 20th as these camps will fill up quickly! If you have any questions you can email Kelly Tompkins

After school care

If you are still in need of after school care, I believe the following organizations are offering care and transportation. However, I am unaware of their current availability or specific program information.

Boys and Girls Club (Bressi Ranch)
NC Martial Arts
AK Karate

School pictures will take place on September 6. Makeup pictures will be on September 23.

Boston Trip: (5th-Grade Only)

Mr. Love and Mr. Palmer from San Elijo Middle School are planning a Boston Trip for 5th-graders and their families. They will have an informational meeting on August 27 @ 6:30 pm in the Carrillo Multipurpose Room. Please click on the following attachments for more information.

Boston 5th Grade Flyer - August 27 2019

Boston - kick off letter

Important Dates:

August 19th- Pre-k Meet and Greet

AM Prek @ 1:30 pm

PM Prek @ 2:00 pm

August 20th- The first day of school!

Class times

TK- 8:15 am - 11:50

AM Prek - 8:25 am - 11:25

Kinder- 8:45 am - 2:10 pm (earliest drop off at 8:30 am)

1st- 5th- 8:45 am - 3:10 pm (earliest drop off at 8:15 am)

August 20 Book Fair Begins

August 21- Back-to-school-night for grades 1-3 @ 5:30-6:30 pm *except for Mr. Retzer who is holding his on 8/22 @4:45PM

**Rubios Dine-out in Bressi Ranch! 30% Back to school programs

August 22- Back-to-school-night for grades 4-5 @5:30- 6:30 pm

**Luna Grill Dine-out in Bressi Ranch! 20% Back to school programs

August 23rd

8:45 am- All School Flag Salute- Character Trait: “Self-Control”

September 2nd 
No School- Labor Day

September 5th TK and Kinder Back to School Night

Transitional Kindergarten- 5:00 pm

Kindergarten- 5:30 pm

Pre-K Back to School Night


September 6- School Pictures

September 7 Family Movie Night- Gates open at 5:30 pm and movie will be “Small Foot”

Thank you and let's have a great year!!

Gary Pope, Principal