February 3, 2019

February 3, 2019
Principal’s Newsletter
Carrillo Elementary School

February 3, 2019

Dear Carrillo Families,

Thank you to all of the Carrillo families that attended the Special Someone Dance last night. We didn’t let the rain get in the way of a great time! It was so fun to see all of our students dressed up and enjoying special time with their loved ones and friends. Special thanks to Blair Mettee and Kristin Jenkins for your hard work in planning the event and ensuring everyone had a fun time. Thank you to all of the volunteers that helped out as well!

I appreciate everyone that was able to stop by the cafeteria on Friday for the Football Breakfast and coffee connection. I appreciate the opportunity to meet more of our parents in a casual setting and hopefully those who were in attendance were able to connect as well. Our goal is for all of our parents to feel welcome and engaged with our school so everyone feels comfortable asking questions, sharing your perspective and helping us improve our school to best serve all students. From now on, we will use the cafeteria as a meeting place for parents on non-Flag Salute Friday’s. Please feel free to use this time to arrange a meeting of classroom parents, arrange play dates, or just a place to sit down and have a cup of coffee before heading to work.

Carrillo’s Starz2B Program Presents: Alice in Wonderland!!
Friday: 6:30 pm, Saturday: 6:30 pm, Sunday: 1 pm in the Multipurpose Room.
Space is limited so please arrive early to get your seats!
STAR Grams for the Alice in Wonderland cast will be sold on Friday 2/8 after school in the front pick up area. All STAR Grams purchased on Friday will be distributed during show #3 on Sunday 2/10.
STAR Grams can be purchased for 50 cents each. Cash ONLY please.
STAR Grams will also be sold during each show.
TK/Kindergarten Registration Begins February 8
Packets are available online and in the front office
Imagination Machine
February 8: 9 am and 10 am
GATE Testing for 3rd-Grade begins the week of February 12
Qualified students were given notices of their specific testing date. If you have any questions, please email Jodi Kinard (jodi.kinard@smusd.org) or Lisa Mariano (lisa.mariano@smusd.org).
ELAC Meeting
Our ELAC (English Language Advisory Committee) meeting will be held at 6pm on Tuesday, February 12th in Room 6. To join us, please enter through the Kindergarten gate. At our meeting we will discuss the upcoming ELPAC testing (English Language Proficiency Assessment for California) that will begin during the week of February 25th. This language assessment is given only to students who are designated as English Learners and measures the growth of our student’s English Proficiency. We will be sharing ways to prepare your student for this important test.
President’s Weekend
No school Friday, 2/15 and Monday 2/18
Text Messaging Opt-In Campaign
You probably saw the message from the District stating the following:
SMUSD Families,
SchoolMessenger “Communicate” is the notification system that SMUSD now uses for parent communication (we formerly used BlackBoard Connect). This platform allows communication across various devices and platforms, including text messaging. In order to use the text messaging option, parents must first opt-in. To opt-in you need to send a text message of “Y” or “Yes” to our district’s sort code number, 67587. A flyer with more details is attached to this email and available through Peachjar.

Please consider opting-in for these messages. Although remind.com has been working relatively well, at times it “hits a snag” and is not a reliable form of communication during an emergency. There is also some uncertainty over whether or not the text-messaging feature will continue to work for Verizon customers. Please opt-in through our SchoolMessenger system in case we need to switch over at some point or if I need to communicate during an emergency. SchoolMessanger is the same system that allows me to send these emails you are reading now.

Childhood Cancer Fundraising
Like many schools across the country, Carrillo has been touched by childhood cancer. Some of you may remember the kindergarten fundraiser held a couple of years ago to benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation - the largest private supporter of pediatric cancer research. The family of 2nd grader Micah Bernstein is participating in a head-shaving event benefiting St. Baldrick's and invites any interested Carrillo families to show their support through a tax-deductible donation, attending the March 9 event, or joining team Micah's Minions and helping to raise money to fund better and safer treatments for childhood cancer. Participation is open to kids and adults, and head-shaving is optional, but you'll have lots of company if you decide to do it! You can donate to Micah's fundraising at https://www.stbaldricks.org/participants/scienceface2019 or join the team athttps://www.stbaldricks.org/register/participant/1829/2019/team/122219. If you have any questions, contact Jeff or Kate Bernstein at school@jsbernstein.com.

Carrillo Elementary’s Annual Invention Convention
Thursday, February 14th in the Cafeteria. Please email Carolynn Yates (carolynn.yates@smusd.org) if you have any questions.

5th-Grade Spelling Bee
March 1, 2019, from 9 am- 10:30 am in the cafeteria (parents welcome)

We are inviting all 5th-graders to sign up for the Carrillo Spelling Bee. Participation is 100% voluntary. You can signup in the classroom or by emailing carrillospellingclub@gmail.com. Please include the name of your student and his/her teacher. The last day to signup is Thursday, February 14th

Please look on the Carrillo website under Programs/Spelling Bee for information to help you perform at your best. This is where you will find the format of the bee, what the rules are, study tips, and extra word lists. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our Spelling Bee Coordinator at carrillospellingclub@gmail.com.

*Semi-finals: Friday, February 22 @ 10 am or 11:10 am (parents welcome)
*Final Bee: March 1 @ 9am

If the participation is low, the semi-finals will not be held, and all participants will go directly to the finals.
After School Popsicle Sales ($1 each)
This Friday, February 8th and Friday February 22nd

Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal