October 2, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

Due to this information's importance, I decided to send my newsletter a few days early this weekend.

We are excited to announce that our District has finalized our return to school dates. Acting Superintendent Dr. Campbell sent an email yesterday regarding the plans. Here is a link to that message in case you missed it.

Our phasing back to school plan will be as follows:

October 12-16 was initially scheduled for minimum days and conference week but that schedule is postponed.  Please expect a typical remote learning schedule this week except for October 14-16 for PreK, TK, K, and 1st.

Week of October 19- PreK, TK, Kindergarten, and 1st-Grade will begin in-person instruction.

TK-1st will be attending school for a half-day, Tuesday-Friday. All students will be assigned to AM or PM cohorts. We will be sending these assignments to you this week, as well as the specific bell schedule. We are hoping to send a specific PreK schedule soon too.

October 28-30- 2nd and 3rd-grade only- PreK, TK, Kinder, and 1st-grade only- Teachers will participate in on-site prep days and training in anticipation of our students returning to campus. Instead of "live," synchronous instruction, teachers will assign independent work and digital assignments for all three days.  

Week of November 2- 2nd and 3rd grade will begin in-person instruction on the AB, two full-days per week hybrid model. Students will be assigned to either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. We will be sending these assignments and their specific bell schedule as soon as they are finalized.

November 4-6- 4th and 5th-grade only- Teachers will participate in on-site prep days and training to anticipate our students returning to campus. Instead of "live," synchronous instruction, teachers will assign independent work and digital assignments for all three days.  

Week of November 9- 4th and 5th-grade will begin in-person instruction on the AB, two full days per week hybrid model. Students will be assigned to either Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday. We will be sending these assignments and their specific bell schedule as soon as they are finalized.

Mrs. Keeton and I will soon present a comprehensive return-to-school plan that will include procedures for masks and screening protocols and all other safety procedures.

Additional reminders that I wrote in my newsletter last week:

  1. How are students going to be split up in the two cohorts?

2nd-5th Grade Cohorts (AB)- Our priority is to ensure all siblings in elementary, middle, and high school are in the same AB cohort. To accomplish this goal, we are predominantly dividing each classroom by alphabetical order. We are initiating this process by placing students with last names that start with A-L in cohort “A” that will come to school on Tuesday and Thursday. Students with last names that begin with M-Z will be placed in cohort “B” to go to school on Wednesday and Friday. However, not all class rosters divide equally along those lines, so student movement from one cohort to another is highly probable, especially if your child does not have any siblings in different schools. Other priorities in this process include ensuring that students who qualify for special education are guaranteed to receive services efficiently. Students are grouped effectively to maximize instructional time and individualized needs. Our intervention staff must be used efficiently, and so on. Overall, we are “fine-tuning” these cohorts with an instructional lens to maximize our limited, in-person learning time to the greatest extent possible. We will be communicating these cohorts as soon as possible to allow time for parents to adjust their schedules for transportation and childcare purposes.

TK-1st Grade Cohorts (AM/PM)- will also be designed to ensure siblings within the grade span will be together. For example, if you have twins, or a kinder and a 1st grader, you will have your children in the same cohort. However, we will not be dividing these cohorts alphabetically because their 2nd-5th grade siblings will have a different schedule anyway. Like the AB cohorts, special education services and effective academic instruction will drive student placement. Again, we are hoping to have this information for you as soon as possible!

  1. Can I request my child to be in the same cohort as their friends? Can I request a cohort to accommodate my work schedule or carpool?

At this point, it is challenging for us to accommodate these requests for both the AM/PM and AB cohort schedule. As mentioned above, many factors are going into these cohorts, and too many movement requests can significantly disrupt the process. Our primary goal is to ensure all students make adequate academic growth. In a typical school year, we use flexible groupings, reading rotations, intervention "push-in" support, and small group instruction in our delivery model to ensure every student receives "just right" teaching at the correct level of difficulty. Much of that is a challenge when we have half of the students attending school at one time. We must restrict students' movement within the classroom (students can't regroup at a table or on the carpet), and we must maximize every instructional minute. If we are strategic in our cohort design, I am confident we can produce an instructional model that overcomes these challenges. However, every adjustment we make to accommodate non-academic needs causes a domino effect with siblings or instructional groupings. As a parent of a 2nd and 3rd grader, I certainly empathize with the difficulty we are all facing with this hybrid schedule and hope that everyone can make an adjustment in their context to make this work. 

  1. Will KOC or after school care be provided?

The District is still working on this to ensure the program is compliant with state health guidelines.

PTO Giving Month

Please support our PTO during Giving Month.  PTO is vital as it provides funding for school supplies, teacher salaries, special programs, teacher appreciation, and more.  Without parent donations, we are at risk of losing many of the PTO-funded programs, which help make Carrillo so special. Go to the PTO website at https://www.myvlink.org/carrillopto/ to make a donation.

Marine Corps Food and Diaper Drive

Carrillo's annual Food and Diaper Drive that benefits our local Camp Pendleton Marines will kick off on Monday, October 5th! This year, we will drive through collection of canned goods, non-perishable food, diapers, and wipes on material pick up days. Please bring your donations when you come to pick up materials for your child. As things evolve, we will continue to keep you informed of additional collection times. This year the Marines will be collecting the donations on Friday, November 13th.

This campaign is such an important tradition at Carrillo. For nearly two decades, our community has been coming together to collect items that supply a free pantry at Camp Pendleton for young Marines and their families. We are grateful for this opportunity to come together to help others during this difficult time! #CarrilloStrong

Upcoming School and PTO Dates:

October

5th- 3rd-grade materials pickup at 11 am - 12 pm

5th- 5th-grade materials pickup at 12 pm - 1 pm 

7th- My Yard Live Dine Out 5 pm- 8 pm

9th- 2nd-Grade materials pickup @10:30-11:30

9th- 4th-Grade materials pickup @11:30-12:30

9th- PTO Executive Board Meeting

24th- Virtual Family Bingo Night RSVP here

30th- Drive-Thru Trick O’Treat  CarrilloTrickOTreat.jpg 

Remind.com

Please click on the appropriate link below if you would like to sign up for updates and quick reminders.

Preschool- https://www.remind.com/join/ga36hh

TK and Kindergarten- https://www.remind.com/join/bkca8h

1st-grade - https://www.remind.com/join/car1s

2nd-grade - https://www.remind.com/join/4gd2ch4

3rd-grade - https://www.remind.com/join/e69837g

4th-grade - https://www.remind.com/join/e8kha3

5th-grade - https://www.remind.com/join/hg298b

 

Thank you,

 

Gary Pope, Principal

gary.pope@smusd.org

Office- 760 290-2904