September 19, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

Please see below for some announcements and reminders for this week, as well as important upcoming events.

Running Club

Running Club starts this week! Students are welcome to come to the Running Club area (the covered tables by the 4th and 5th-grade classrooms) after they drop off their backpacks to participate. Students will receive a lap card before they start running. Every time a student completes a lap, the Running Club volunteer marks it on the card. Students should keep their cards in a safe place in their backpacks to easily access each morning. Once students complete a certain amount of laps, they are awarded a foot charm to add to a Running Club necklace. At this time, we are only offering Running Club before school but hope to add recess soon. Thank you, Mrs. Byrne and the PTO, for providing this fun activity for students!

Volunteers on Campus

The District has approved volunteers on campus that can prove their vaccination status. All volunteers must review and agree to the Carrillo Elementary Volunteer Guidelines and provide proof of their vaccination status. We are only allowing parent volunteers outdoors for Running Club but hope to add more volunteers over time. Students and staff are still settling into the classroom setting, so we would like to start slow.


Leo Carrillo Singers is a FREE commitment offered by the PTO!! Rehearsals are on Monday mornings from 7:30 to 8:15 am. September 27 is our first rehearsal.

This year we only have 72 spots because of COVID capacity issues in the MPR. We will open up spots on certain days, corresponding to grade level.

5th graders will be able to begin signing up on September 21.

2-4th graders will be able to sign up on September 22.

1st graders will be able to sign up if spots are still available on September 23.

Sign-ups for all grades will close on September 24 at 9 pm.

Look for a Remind message or email on the corresponding days to sign your singing students up! We can't wait to sing with your students!! -Mrs. Odenwalder & Mrs. Larochelle

Medication At School Reminder

A few students came to school with cough drops last week. Although students cannot have them in their backpacks, cough drops can be kept for students in the health office as long as we have a parent note. If students need a cough drop, they come to the health office, but they must stay in the office until finished to return.

All other medications need two forms to be completed:

1. parent authorization for medication administration

2. physician's statement completed.

Both of these forms are available in the health office.

Parent-Teacher Conference Week

There will be no school on October 11 and a modified week for October 12-15 (release time for K-5th will be 1:25 pm). Please see the Conference Week Letter for more details.

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.

Student Absences

As a parent myself, I certainly recognize the added stress of our new policy regarding symptom tracking, testing, close contact tracing, and quarantine protocols. Although this does create a hardship on families, I have seen these protocols successfully avoid COVID-19 exposure on campus on numerous occasions. Some individuals that remain at home for the slightest of symptoms have ended up testing positive. By staying home, honestly reporting symptoms, getting tested, and following the protocols, our students, staff, and families remain safe, and students remain in school. I can't thank everyone enough for your commitment to our community by following the guidelines.

Independent Work During Stay at Home Orders

All grade levels from Kinder-5th have created a google classroom or other virtual space to provide students access to curriculum and resources while at home. The goal of the digital work is to provide continued practice in the essential math, reading, and writing standards that are the focus of the week a student is at home. The assignments will address the same standards that the classroom is focused on but may not be the same materials since the materials used in-person are designed for teacher-directed instruction, student-student interaction, and collaboration.

Important Dates at a Glance

  • September 21- English Learner Advisory Council (ELAC) Meeting at 5:30 pm via Google Meet
    • Join with Google Meet

  • September 22- School Site Council Meeting (all parents are welcome) at 5:30 pm via Zoom
    • Join Zoom Meeting

  • October 8- Flag Salute
  • 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 8-16- Book Fair in the Library- The first book fair will run in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences and the Fall Bash so feel free to stop by when you're on campus. Please click below if you'd like to receive grade-level reminders through





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Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

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