September 27, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

Thank you for another great week of online learning. We know this has taken a huge adjustment for everyone, parents, students, teachers, and staff members, and I greatly appreciate your efforts in working together with perseverance and compassion. Please continue to look out for information from your child’s teacher regarding schedule adjustments and required work.

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 to make a donation.

Garden Committee-

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that have committed to ensuring our community garden is well kept and maintained. I am amazed by how much time and effort you are spending to make sure our garden is ready for the students to return. Also, a big thank you to the anonymous donor who provided a large amount of mulch and plants to make the garden look it’s best! I can’t wait for the children to see it as well.

Box Tops

Return to School Planning

As you know, we are vigorously preparing for our students to return to in-person learning. I have received numerous questions that I would like to address for everyone below-

  1. What are the school start and end times?

We are waiting for the instruction times to be determined by the District. As the site principal, I cannot select these times independently because they need to be coordinated with middle and high school schedules. We are hoping to have these times solidified this week.

  1. When will my child be back on campus?

At this time, we are aiming for mid-October to begin welcoming students back on campus. Currently, I plan to have TK-1st grade on campus first. Then, other classes will be phased in by grade level span. Student return to campus is also something that I can not determine in isolation from the District as it requires coordination between school sites. I am hoping to have a definite start date for all grade levels soon.

  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 on the same AB cohort. To accomplish this goal, we are predominantly dividing each classroom by alphabetic 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 on 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.

  1. I signed up for LEVS/Remote All Year but would like my child to move to in-person learning. Or, I signed up for in-person learning but would like my child to move into LEVS and not return to in-person learning. Can I change my selection?

Please complete this form by October 2nd to indicate a change of preference for your child:

Form Link: School Options Informational Survey

I am hoping we will be able to accommodate all requests. However, movement between school models will be determined based on space and availability.

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:


28 (tomorrow) English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting @ 5 pm

Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 972 7369 0167

Passcode: wrTQSZdV


2nd- TK materials pickup @ 1-1:30pm

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

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

7th- My Yard Live Dine Out @ 5 pm- 8 pm

9th- 2nd-Grade Pickup @ 10:30 am - 11:30 am

9th- 4th-Grade Pickup @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

9th- PTO Executive Board Meeting

24th- Virtual Family Bingo Night RSVP here

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


TK and Kindergarten-

1st-grade -

2nd-grade -

3rd-grade -

4th-grade -

5th-grade -


Thank you,


Gary Pope, Principal

Office- 760 290-2904

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