May 2, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week we look forward to extending our most sincere gratitude to our AMAZING Carrillo teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week. This past year, educators have faced what is likely to be the most challenging year of their careers. Teachers have been asked to switch between multiple instructional formats (several times), take a crash course in educational technology, teach with uncomfortable masks and other safety protocols in place.  Teachers have had to adapt, re-think, and overcome more difficulties than they likely faced in all their years combined. Despite these challenges, our teachers have kept the students at the center of all their efforts, working to connect, engage, encourage, and inspire students every day. Teachers have kept smiling and supporting students while hiding their exhaustion from hours of prepping materials, conducting trial and error of new programs, and worrying whether their efforts are reaching each child. I’m so excited we get to celebrate their efforts to make this year a successful year of learning and overcoming such extraordinary obstacles. Teachers, you are superheroes, and the Carrillo Community appreciates YOU! 

Expansion to In-Person Model 

This week, we also welcome our 2nd-5th graders on campus for four days of instruction. Our custodial crew worked through the weekend, adding furniture to classrooms and ensuring 3ft spacing between all students within the classrooms. Mrs. Keeton has created modified lunch, recess, and specials schedules, all of which are now ready to implement upon students' return!


To accommodate twice as many students on campus for lunches and maintain a 6ft distance while students eat, we have rearranged the lunch schedule so that half of a grade level will eat first while the other half plays first. We have added 5 minutes in-between so students can wash their hands before switching. Parents- please continue to stress the importance of adequately washing hands frequently on campus and when directed. Hand hygiene is one of the most important actions we take to keep everyone safe on campus. 

Parking Lot

The expansion of our in-person model for 2nd-5th will significantly impact our parking lot. Twice as many students will be dropped off between 8:15-8:45 and picked up at 2:25 than we are accustomed to this year. Please expect some delays during pickup and drop-off beginning the week of May 4 as we evaluate our current procedures and think through possible changes. Thank you for your patience and understanding as our community adjusts. 

LumiSight Symptom Screening 

We will continue to have all parents complete the LumiSight symptom screening every school day. We will have extra staff in the drop-off area to check the clearance screenshots and give students stickers for quick admittance. If your child walks to school, please direct them to find a staff member with an iPad who can quickly look up the LumiSight clearance. 


2nd-5th graders will continue to bring their Chromebooks to school each day under the expanded model. However, due to Covid mitigation procedures, and the variety of different Chromebook models in the hands of students, we cannot charge their devices at school overnight. It would be very helpful if families ensure the Chromebooks are plugged in at home each evening to attend school with a full battery each day. 

“Are you Returning?” Survey 

Per Interim Superintendent Dr. Campbell in last week’s community update email, “We will return to a five day a week schedule for our schools in the 21/22 school year.” 

With that in mind, we ask that you, our Carrillo parents and guardians, complete this survey as soon as possible to indicate whether your children are returning to Carrillo next year. Your participation in this survey allows us to understand better how many students we should expect in each grade level and prepare an adequate number of classrooms for their return. The survey helps teachers have a more concrete idea of where they will be teaching to prepare for the upcoming school year and avoids last-minute grade level changes. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience. 

Here is the link- Are You Returning Survey

KOC Interest Survey 

The San Marcos Unified School District is seeking to gauge potential interest from our community for our Kids on Campus (KOC) fee-based childcare program for the 2021-22 school year. As the instructional model for the 2021-22 school year is being developed with the intention to offer 5 days of school in person, your responses to this survey will assist us in determining the need for childcare around that model. This will allow us to begin determining facilities available, capacity, and logistics for childcare offerings on a site-by-site basis.

If you would be interested in using KOC childcare next year, please take a moment to complete the survey, which will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, May 7th.

Click here to take the survey

School Site Council Interest Form

The School Site Council is an elected group of parents and staff who serve as an advisory group to the Principal. The meetings are held once a month at times/dates selected by the committee. The primary function of this group is to provide information and advice on the Single Plan for Student Achievement, the School Safety Plan, as well as review budgetary information.  This committee does not deal with fundraising or other areas covered by the PTO. We have 2 open spots for parents for next school year. The commitment would be for the 21/22 and 22/23 school years.

If you are interested in serving a two-year term on the Carrillo School Site Council, please complete the survey by clicking the link below. 

SSC Interest Form

We need all responses by Wednesday, May 12th.

5th-Grade Events  

5th-Grade Promotion: Please mark your calendars for Monday morning, June 7, for an in-person and live-streamed 5th-grade promotion. We are still finalizing the details, but here are some general guidelines for what to expect-

  1. We will separate the promotion into three different ceremonies (two classes at a time). 
  2. Each child will be limited to two family members each. 
  3. Family members will need to pre-register/RSVP, wear masks, complete a symptom screening and maintain 6ft social distance throughout the event. 
  4. After the ceremony, we will release audience members by row to limit congregating on campus. 

We will provide more information as soon as all of the details are finalized.

5th-Grade Tour:

Unfortunately, we are unable to take the 5th-grade field trip to SEMS for the yearly tour and presentation due to the COVID restrictions . Instead, the middle schools will be preparing a video introduction for all incoming 6th-grade students.

State Testing Update 

In a typical year, students in grades 3-5 take the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) around this time. These are standardized exams in reading, mathematics, and science (science is 5th only) that California mandates at least 95% of students participate in taking. Results are tied to the California Dashboard and official school ratings. However, the State of California has allowed for flexibility this year in allowing local districts to use other forms of local standardized testing. Thus, the San Marcos Unified School District has decided to use the 3rd iReady Diagnostic for testing purposes and not have students participate in the CAASPP this year. The iReady system expects us to administer three diagnostic tests throughout the year, one at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year, to adequately measure student growth. Therefore, students were already going to take this test regardless. The only piece that changes is that students will not need to take the CAASPP test in addition to the third iReady exam. I think this is good news because it allows our teachers more time for instruction. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 

Upcoming Dates:  

Monday, May 3- ELAC Meeting: 3pm – 4pm

ELAC Zoom meeting link-

Meeting ID: 98628037676, 

Password: C2Q4Rd3I)                                               

Join by phone  (US) +1 312-626-6799                        

May 4- “May the 4th Be With You” Star Wars Dress Up Days (feel free to have your child wear something Star Wars related) 

May 4-7- Teacher Appreciation Week

May 4- First Day of 2nd-5th Grade Four Days Per Week 

May 25- PTO Meeting @ 3pm via Zoom

May 31- Memorial Day, No School 

June 7- 5th-grade Promotion 

June 9- Last Day of School/Minimum Day 


Thank you,


Gary Pope

Office- 760 290-2904

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