January 27, 2019

January 27, 2019
Principal’s Newsletter
Carrillo Elementary School

January 27, 2019

Dear Carrillo Families,

Great Kindness Challenge
This week, our Carrillo Ambassadors will be leading students in a variety of activities to promote kindness. In addition to a kindness checklist, we will have spirit days every day.

Monday- Crazy for Kindness! (Crazy Sock Day)
Tuesday- Hats off to Kindness! (Wear a fun hat)
Wednesday- Dream of Kindness! (Wear pajamas)
Thursday- Team Kindness! (Wear sports clothes)
Friday- Be a Kindness Superhero! (Wear Superhero attire)

Enrichment Camp Signups
Carrillo after school enrichment camp registration for session 3 is available online starting today and will be open through Friday, February 1st at 9 pm. Yellow camp flyers were sent home with the students last week with all registration information and camp details. We are offering Chess, Soccer, Yoga, Slime Time, Track & Field, Flag Football, Ready Set Cook, MakerSpace, Dodgeball, Clay & Paint, Self Defense Beginner & Advanced, Golf, Basketball, Into to Dance, Kickball, Coding, MonArt Drawing, and Tennis. For TK and Kinder students, we are offering Basketball and Soccer. Unfortunately, due to low Kinder enrollment, we were not able to offer additional camps at this time. To register your student for after-school enrichment camps, you will need to go online to www.carrillopto.com, then go to the Shop/Donate drop down menu and select your camps. Sign up today as camps fill up quickly! If you have any questions, you can email Kelly Tompkins at carrilloprograms@gmail.com
5th-Grade Panoramic Photo- This Thursday!
Fifth graders will be taking a panoramic class picture on Thursday, January 31. Fifth-grade promotion shirts will be distributed on this day to wear in the picture. Please keep these shirts throughout the year, as there are several class events where they will be worn.
Football Friday Breakfast
Friday, February 1 from 7:45 am- 8:40am. Parents are invited to come to a special, Superbowl themed breakfast with their children in the Cafeteria before school. The cost is $3.00 for Adults/Non-Students. Please bring cash to pay the adult price because we are unable to charge your child’s meal card for your meal.
Parent Coffee Connection
This Friday, in conjunction with the Football Breakfast, we are welcoming all parents to stay on campus in the cafeteria/multipurpose room to connect with other parents and staff members. The coffee truck will be outside as well as a large container of coffee for all to enjoy. This event is similar to a “Coffee with the Principal,” however, I will not be giving a formal presentation nor are you required to stay for any duration of time. You are welcome to come to the MPR anytime between 7:45-9:30 am to connect with other parents, Mrs. Keeton and I, or with your room parents. All staff members are welcome to attend as well, but most will be leaving before 8:45 am to get their day started with the students. As a School Site Council, we are looking for ways for more parents to connect and hope that your schedule will permit you to hang out on Friday and connect over coffee.
PTO Meeting- Friday, February 1 @ 1:30 in the cafeteria
Special Someone Dance- Saturday, February 2, from 5pm-8pm.
Come enjoy a special night with someone important in your life.
Fathers, Daughters, Mothers, Sons, Grandparents
DJ Entertainment, Photographer, Craft, Rush Coffee cart, Pizza & Snacks.
Buy your tickets, flowers, pizza, and photography packages now!
https://www.myvlink.org/carrillopto/event.php?ID=32813
We need volunteers! Please consider signing up to volunteer for the Special Someone Dance and use this link https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090a44afaf23a3ff2-special
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. SchoolMessenger 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.
Permission Slips for the invention convention went home last Friday. This month, students are studying technology in the Benchmark core curriculum, considering how we use technology, where inventions come from and how technology has developed to solve problems in our society. Students are invited to think of obstacles in their lives or the lives of others and use their creativity and imagination to come up with a new invention (it just needs to be an idea/model/design, not a functioning new invention). Participation is optional. Please see the permission slip for more information.

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 dates in February ($1 each)
- February 8th, 22nd

Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal