January 31, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

We had a wonderful virtual talent show last night filled with outstanding performances by over 50 students! Thank you to everyone who participated and tuned in for the show. We have a VERY talented student body! Special thanks to our music teacher, Mrs. Odenwalder, for her hard work organizing the entire show and for always inspiring our Colts to pursue the visual and performing arts! 

I'd also like to thank everyone for your participation in the Great Kindness Challenge last week. I've seen and heard many acts of kindness from students this week, which shows many students have internalized the message. Together, we will continue to create a safe, welcoming, and inclusive community for all of our children.

Invention Convention

Part of our mission at Carrillo is to inspire students to pursue their interests, passions, and curiosities. Towards that end, we continue to offer an invention convention where students put their creativity and innovator’s mindset to work. Please read the message below from our Invention Convention organizer, Mrs. Yates-

This year's Carrillo Elementary School's Annual Invention Convention is going virtual! That's right! Nothing can stop our Colts from innovating! In fact, there is no better time than now to be a problem solver and contribute positively to our world. If you are interested in being a participant in our 2021 Invention Convention, please click on the link for the whole scoop and to complete the "Intent to Invent" application form. We can't wait to see your invention!

"Imagination is more important than knowledge."- Albert Einstein

Grab 'n Go Meal Distribution Changes

Please note, Carrillo is no longer a distribution site for daily grab and go lunches. Please see below for more information on the new procedure. These changes will NOT affect our procedure for distributing lunches to students that attend school in-person.

Starting on February 1st, CNS will transition to curbside, grab 'n go meal distribution on Mondays and Thursdays only from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM at 8 meal distribution sites:

Joli Ann Elementary

La Mirada Academy

San Marcos Elementary

Richland Elementary

San Elijo Middle School

San Marcos Middle School

Mission Hills High School 

San Marcos High School

The bulk meal bags will contain 3 days' worth of free meals, including breakfast, lunch and supper. Please note that CNS will continue serving hot lunches and the next day's breakfast and supper bags to students on campus Tuesday through Friday. Students who are on campus for in-person learning will continue to have access to hot lunches daily. 

Meal distribution at bus stops will also transition to Mondays and Thursdays only. Sites are listed online at https://www.smusd.org/departments/transportation/gotlunch, including the following school sites and times:

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM    Twin Oaks Elementary School

11:30 AM - 11:50 AM    Knob Hill  Elementary

11:35 AM - 12:00 PM    Paloma Elementary

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM    Discovery Elementary

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM     La Costa Meadows

Return to In-Person Instruction

As a reminder, the San Marcos School Board has approved the following plan for return to in-person instruction.

Grades 2 and 3- Returning to in-person on February 16th

Grades 4 and 5- Returning to in-person on February 23rd

Report Cards and Parent-Teacher Conferences

Semester 1 report cards will be delivered electronically via ParentVUE. You will be able to view your child's report card under "Documents" by February 4. Please note that all grades within each domain represent student progress on the standards taught thus far in the school year.

This year, you will not see a comments section on the report card because the report card delivery coincides with the parent-teacher conference.

Parent-teacher conferences, typically held in October, have been scheduled for February 5th-11th. During this week, students will have virtual minimum days on February 5, 9, 10, and 11 from 8:30 am - 11 am. February 8 is a non-student day. Teachers will set up a virtual conference schedule and communicate with families over the next few weeks.

*This schedule applies to all elementary students (TK-5th grade) throughout San Marcos Unified School District.

**The PreK schedule will be the same (in-person) except Monday, 2/8 is a non-student day (no school)

Upcoming Dates:

**The dine out at Pizza Port in Bressi Ranch has been canceled.

February 1- Virtual Flag Salute

3rd-grade @ 8:30

4th-grade @ 9 am

5th-grade @ 9:30 am

February 5, 9, 10, 11- TK-5th- Virtual Minimum Days, 8:30 am - 11 am. Parent-teacher conference week.

February 8- Non-student day/no-school for parent-teacher conferences

February 12 and 15- No-school (President’s Weekend)

Thank you,

Gary Pope


Office- 760 290-2904

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