October 3, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

I have a lot of information for you this week so please see below. I appreciate your time in reading this newsletter!

Dineout this Week at Luna Grill

Skip cooking this Wednesday, October 6, by eating at Luna Grill in Bressi Ranch between 4 pm-9 pm. Mention Carrillo and a portion of your check will go back to Carrillo programs.

Pledge Drive: Schoolwide Superhero Dress Up Day This Friday!

I’m happy to announce that we have raised over $25k for Carrillo programs. As promised, students have now earned a Superhero Dress Up day! Since we will all be together for a Flag Salute this Friday (10/8), we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to have students and staff wear their superhero gear. You can have your child wear a full superhero outfit, a superhero t-shirt, a homemade superhero mask, or anything else your creative child decides to wear. Just no toy weapons, please.

There are two more weeks left to donate to the Pledge Drive. If we hit our goal, we will have a PJDJ day! Click the link below if you would like to donate.


Needed! Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Food and Diaper Drive Chairperson

Please let me know if you are interested in partnering with Mrs. Odenwalder and me as the chair or co-chairperson for the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Food and Diaper Drive. The drive will take place from October 16-November 19. The chairperson coordinates the dropoff days, helps with quality control of the donations and boxing, helps tally the number of items for each grade level, helps with marketing/advertising, plans the Marines breakfast and welcome concert, and is a liaison between the school and the Marines. This is the primary philanthropic activity for Carrillo and one of the most significant performances of the year. Please email me if you are interested in helping! Thanks!

School Safety Reminders

I want to remind everyone that our policy is that students only bring the necessary supplies for learning to school each day. Please do not allow your child to bring toys, stuffed animals, trading cards (like Pokemon), or other non-school-related items. When students have these items at school, it causes a distraction from teaching and learning. Students play with these items at inappropriate times, and they tend to lose their valuable items often, which causes stress and concern. It's best to leave the toys at home to ensure students focus on learning at school.

Students can have a cell phone, but students cannot use their devices at school (including at recess and lunch). If students need their device for after-school activities, they are allowed to have one in their backpack, but we should never see a student using a cell phone unless it is medically necessary. Since phones are so expensive, please have your child leave it at home unless it is absolutely necessary for them to have them.

Most importantly, students should not be bringing weapons (real or fake) or other dangerous items to school (lighters, matches, etc.). Any student that brings these items to school will have serious consequences. Parents- please have a conversation with your children about what should be brought to school and what should be left at home.

It's also a good practice to regularly look through your child's backpack to ensure that only appropriate items are being brought to school. It also provides you an opportunity to keep up with classroom assignments and upcoming school events. For instance, if you look through your child's backpack this weekend, you'll probably find an ordering form for school pictures.

I appreciate your support in keeping our school safe and our community focused on learning.

Garden Club

If you are interested in helping to maintain our school garden, please get in touch with Brooke Yellen, an awesome parent that has taken over the management and coordination of the Kid's Garden. Although weekly maintenance and beautification of the garden are funded through our PTO, there is always work to be done, and volunteers are needed. Especially if you or your spouse has woodworking skills, Brooke can use your help! Please get in touch with Brooke at [email protected] if you are interested in helping out.

Carrillo Elementary Fall Bash:

Save the Date! When? Sat. October 16th, 2-6 pm.

Free Admission!

Food trucks, DJ, Pumpkin patch, face painting, games. Rock wall, Inflatable obstacle course, giant slide & more! Wristbands for unlimited use of inflatables & rock wall will be available for sale starting October 4th on the PTO website. Sponsorship opportunities are still available; see attached for details.

Fall Bash Donation Letter 2021.pdf 

Also, volunteers are needed! Interested in helping out before or at the event? Please contact Kelly Hill and Drea Colores at [email protected] and [email protected] for more details.  Want to help donate supplies needed for the event?  See Fall Bash Amazon Wish List attached.  https://smile.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/dl/invite/1szqqH3?ref_=wl_share .

4th and 5th Grade Announcement- Math Olympiad!

If you have a 4th or 5th grader who wants an extra math challenge to compete with students around the county, please consider this free enrichment opportunity. Please click here for more information and to sign up.

Free Online Tutoring and Writing Support for 4th and 5th Graders

Again this year, we are able to offer PAPER to our 4th-12th grade students. PAPER is a free online tutoring service that supports our students 24 hours a day.

Student access to PAPER is currently available. All a student needs to do is log on to Clever.

October 11-15th- School Climate Survey for 4th and 5th

The San Marcos Unified School District would like to have all students in 4th-12th take a survey to get their feedback on our school climate. We will administer the survey during school hours. Please see the attachment for more information. If you would like your child to opt-out, please complete the bottom portion of the attachment and return it to your child's teacher. However, if you don't mind having your child take the survey, there is nothing you need to do. A hard copy of the attachment will be going home this week.

School Climate Survey Letter - English & Spanish.docx (1).pdf 

Parent-Teacher Conference Week

Parent-teacher conference week is October 11-October 15. There is a modified bell schedule with Monday as a non-student day and Tuesday-Friday an early dismissal for TK-5th. Please mark your calendars for these modified-release times and lookout for more information from your child’s teacher. Here is the Conference Week Letter for more information regarding lunch, recess, and KOC.

All parent-teacher conferences will take place virtually this year. Your child's teacher will be sending home sign-up and log-in information for either Zoom or Google Meet.

Important Dates at a Glance

  • October 6: Dine Out at Luna Grill in Bressi Ranch from 4-9
  • October 8: Superhero Dress Up Day
  • October 8- Flag Salute and Awards: New Character Trait Focus: “Growth Mindset”
  • Parent-Teacher Conference Week
    • October 11- No School for students.
    • October 12-15- Minimum Day Schedule (K-5 will release at 1:25 pm)
  • October 16- Fall Bash and Marine Corps Canned Food and Diaper Drive Kickoff
  • October 29- students may wear school-appropriate costumes to school (nothing too scary/violent, no toy weapons, etc.)

Remind.com- Please click below if you'd like to receive grade-level reminders through remind.com

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Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

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