August 26, 2018

August 26, 2018

Principal’s Newsletter

Carrillo Elementary School

August 26, 2018

Dear Carrillo Families,

We had an excellent first week at Carrillo. Thank you for your attendance at Back-To-School Night and your involvement in our school. We spent a lot of time building community and relationships that will enable students to feel safe to take academic risks, enjoy school, and connect with others. It would be wonderful if you reinforced the Carrillo Expectations (“Be Respectful, Make Good Choices, and Solve Problems”) with your child at home as well as help instill the Carrillo Way (“do the right thing, because it's the right thing to do, even when no one is looking.” This simple message can apply to the household as much as the school, and it is our vision that students internalize this positive behavior support.  

At the Friday Flag Salute, in addition to some fun activities, I introduced the character trait of the month; “Self-Control” which means “controlling your actions, feelings, and thoughts by aligning them to your goals,” ( For instance, if one's goal is to move up in Lexia, spending 20 minutes on the program before playing video games would help ensure progress toward their goal, rather than wasting time on the game. It would be great if you spent time discussing goal setting and self-control at home. Please see for more information as we will be using this website as a springboard to instruction. At the end of September, each class will choose students to be recognized as a “Citizen of the Month” for embodying self-control. All “Citizens of the Month” will be announced at the Friday Flag Salute on September 28. Character Lab is a non-profit organization designed Angela Duckworth (author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance) Christopher H. Browne, and David Levin (founder of KIPP schools). Our goal this year is to explore this organization and other character education resources to design a program that best meets the needs of our students. I would love your feedback and engagement in this process. Feel free to attend PTO meetings, School Site Council meetings, Coffee Chats, or simply email me directly.

Pledge Drive

On Friday we kicked off our Annual PTO Pledge Drive! The Pledge Drive is Carrillo Elementary School’s annual giving campaign. The funds raised during this campaign help pay for teacher and staff salaries, school and classroom supplies, reading and math intervention and enrichment programs that benefit ALL our students. Our goal this year is to raise $75,000 and gain 100% participation from the families at this school. 100% of your contribution goes to the Carrillo PTO, which is a 501(c)3 corporation, which means your donation is tax deductible! Also, we’re offering some great benefits including admission to Carrillo events and a chance to win some great prizes like an Apple Watch, a Sony PlayStation 4, a parking spot in the Main/Staff lot and lunch with yours truly. The more you give, the more benefits you get.

As an additional incentive to encourage you to donate sooner rather than later, we are offering a FREE Carrillo Elementary aluminum coffee mug for the first 50 who pledge. Also, your children will get some benefits too including a popsicle (frozen fruit bar) party for each class that achieves 100% participation and the possibility of extra recess!

The Pledge Drive is our biggest fundraiser of the year so please give as much as you are able, and share with friends and relatives who may want to help our Carrillo family!

Here’s the link:

(You can also go to

Carrillo after school enrichment camps are filling up quickly!

Ready Set Cook is now full, and Golf has only 3 spots left. Many other camps are already over half full. Registration is available online now through 9/7/18 at 9pm. To register your student for an after-school enrichment camp, go to, then go to the Shop/Donate drop down menu and select your camps. Extra camp flyers are available in the front office.  If the camp you are looking for is not listed, then it's already full. If you have any questions, you can email Kelly Tompkins at

Closed Campus:

The district-wide closed campus policy will go into effect on Monday, August 27th. All visitors will be required to check-in at the front office and receive a visitor’s sticker.

Upcoming Dates

Friday, August 31 (This Friday!!)

➢     Picture Day

Monday, September 3

➢     Labor Day, No School

Tuesday, September 4

➢     First Day of Running Club

Thursday, September 6

➢     Preschool, TK, and Kindergarten Back-To-School Night

○     AM- 4:30-5:15

○     PM- 5:30-6:15

Friday, September 7

➢     1:30 pm PTO Meeting

Saturday, September 8

➢     6pm- Family Movie Night links:








Thanks again for a great first week of school!

Gary Pope