January 8, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

Happy New Year! I hope this email finds you safe and well-rested from the holiday season.

As you likely read in a previous email from our interim superintendent, Dr. Holt, our School Board has made the difficult decision to suspend in-person learning for two weeks after winter break due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in the region. If you did not see that email, I have attached it here: Elementary ltr from Governing Board and Dr. Holt-English.pdf 

At this time, remote learning is expected to run from January 11-22. In-person learning should resume during the week of January 25th. The School Board will be meeting again on January 11th to review this timeline.

Remote Learning Schedule

For the next two weeks, we will be returning to the full-day remote learning schedule that we began during the third week of school (before we started the in-person hybrid schedule). Students will access their learning via google classroom and zoom/google meet. Although we are saddened that we will not see our students in person next week, I’m confident that our knowledge and experience with remote learning, and the preparations we have made this week, will allow for a smooth transition back to remote learning.

The School Hours for our Hybrid Students as follows (LEVS classes will not have any changes)-

**These hours may vary from class to class. Please look for specific information from your child’s teacher. I include the times here to give you an idea of what to expect next week.

PreK (SPED preschool)-

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays- 8:25 am - 9:50 am

TK, Kinder, 1st-5th

Mondays: 8:30 am -10:10 am

Tuesday-Friday: 8:30 am - 2:45 pm (students will have a recess and 45-minute lunch)

**As before, instruction will include a combination of “live” direct instruction by the teacher via zoom or google meet, small group instruction, independent work both online and offline, specials, etc. Again, please lookout for a more detailed schedule from your child’s teacher.

Closed Campus

During these two weeks of remote learning, our office staff will be working remotely. The best way to contact our office staff during this time is via email.

Jennifer Smith, Office Manager: jennifer.smith@smusd.org

Mary Ann White, Attendance Clerk: maryann.white@smusd.org

Materials Pick-Up

Below is our materials pickup schedule. Please drive through the pickup lane during your child’s assigned time to receive their materials. Please display your child’s dashboard sign so our support staff can quickly identify your child's name and classroom and get you what you need. The items will be handed to you or placed in your car while you remain in your vehicle. Please wear a mask as well.  

If you do not see your child’s teacher or grade level, don’t worry. That means they already have what they need for the first week of school. 

If you or anyone in your household is experiencing COVID-related symptoms, or you are under quarantine orders, please do not attend the pickup. If you are ill or cannot attend the pickup times for any other reason, please email me to arrange an alternative.



Grade Level/Teacher

Monday 1/11

10:30-11:30 am

1st Grade LEVS and Sherwood

Monday 1/11

11:30-12:30 pm

2nd Grade (All 4 hybrid classes)

Monday 1/11

1-2 pm

Kinder (Schmeiser, Hamilton, Swonetz)

Monday 1/11

2-3 pm

5th Grade (Lancon)

Tuesday 1/12

1-2 pm

3rd Grade (All 5 hybrid classes)

Wednesday 1/13

10-11 am

Preschool (Both classes)

Wednesday 1/13

1:30-2:30 pm

4th Grade (All 4 hybrid classes)

Meal Service

On Monday, January 11th, Child Nutrition Services will resume the drive-thru/grab and go meal distribution from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Monday-Friday at Carrillo.

Other distribution sites include:

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 

Upcoming Dine Out-

Please join us this Thursday, January 14th, at Aloha Açaí BowlsThe restaurant will be open from 8 am -3 pm. You may also call and place your order the day before. Mention that you are with Carrillo, and they will donate 25% back to our school.

Address: 5671 Palmer Way unit H 

Carlsbad, Ca 92010

If you own a restaurant and are interested in hosting a dine-out, please email our PTO president, Candice Lai, at carrillopto@gmail.com.

PTO Meeting: The next PTO meeting will be Tuesday, January 12th at 3 pm. Here is the link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9865062963?pwd=akkyeGVxTkt5cGN0SUxHb2kzZzJQZz09

School Picture Day has been postponed. We will work with our photography company and set a new date soon.

Parenting in a Pandemic Series

Please enjoy our 5th video in the “Parenting in a Pandemic” series, brought to you by SMUSD school social workers. Supplemental resources are also included and all information is provided in both English and Spanish.  

This short episode is less than 5 minutes and provides ideas to encourage your children to express their feelings through check-ins.  The video includes tips and ideas from a staff member, a parent, and the YouSchool.

Emotional Space - video in English (on our SMUSD parent engagement Youtube Channel) 

Reflection Activity - English

 Tip Sheet - English

Upcoming Dates:

January 18th- No School in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


As always, please feel to contact me if you have any questions. I will continue to update you regarding any changes to the return to school plans. I’m looking forward to returning to our work of teaching and learning and hoping to see the students back in school soon.


Thank you,


Gary Pope


Office- 760 290-2904

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