September 29, 2019

September 29, 2019
Dear Carrillo Families,

Growth Mindset

The character trait for this month is “Growth Mindset,” a term coined by Dr. Carol Dweck. A growth mindset, or malleable intelligence, is the belief that intelligence can continue to grow. Unfortunately, many of us have a fixed mindset. We say things like, "I have always been good at writing but bad at math.” One is probably more interested in writing and practices it often, which leads to better results. One isn’t naturally “good” at writing, but you can be with hard work.

On the contrary, those with growth mindsets see themselves as always getting smarter through hard work. They see failure as great learning experiences and go out of their way to find challenging work to stretch their thinking, thus becoming more intelligent. I love when I hear students say something like, "I do not know all of my sight words yet, but I keep working on them every day." A child with a growth mindset will rarely give up; they will seek difficult tasks, and recover quickly from setbacks. The good news is that mindsets can change by focusing on hard work and effort instead of natural intelligence. One way teachers and parents can help develop growth mindsets are by changing the way we praise children and communicate about areas of weakness. For example, if your child is excelling in an academic area, instead of saying “I’m so proud of you, you are so smart,” you can develop their growth mindset by saying “I’m so proud of you that you worked so hard.” If a child is struggling in an academic area, instead of saying “I have always been bad at that subject too,” you can say, “every time you make a mistake, your brain grows. If you keep trying, there isn’t anything you cannot learn.” If you would like to read more about the growth mindset and how to support your child, please visit

Conference Week is Coming Soon!

We will be having a modified school week to provide time for teachers to conference with parents regarding student goal setting. There will be no school on Monday, October 14th and an early release on Tuesday-Friday (1:25 pm).

KOC will accept (early) those students who are already scheduled for afternoon care on each of those days and at no additional cost. Also, the cafeteria will serve breakfasts and lunches during this conference week.

Conference Schedule
Math Olympiad for 4th and 5th Grade

The Math Olympiad was a major success last year and we are excited to offer it again this year. The sign-up form was sent home with students earlier this month. If you need an extra copy, please see the attachment Math Olympiad 2019.docx. Please complete the form and send it back by October 11.

Volunteer Sign-In

If you visit the campus for any reason, please bring your ID every time. Our sign-in software requires an ID scan for every visit.


Today is the last day to sign-up for the Carrillo Classic Golf Tournament at Twin Oaks Golf Course at 1 pm. This event is a great way to simultaneously connect with other Carrillo members, have a day of golf, and help fund the PTO programs for our kids. Price includes Round of Golf, Dinner, putting contest, $100 JC golf value pack and awards ceremony. Please click on this link for more information:

Fall Bash

Save the date for the Carrillo 2019 Fall Bash taking place on October 19th from 2 pm-6 pm at Carrillo. The Carrillo Fall Bash is a Family Event brought to you by the Carrillo PTO. Kids are encouraged to wear their costumes and trick o’ treat with their school friends. There will also be music, games, inflatables, local vendors, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, and more! Entry to the event is free and includes Pumpkin Craft, Slime-Making and Trick O’ Treating. You can also purchase individual tickets for rides and activities or a $20 Unlimited Bracelet (included with Platinum Pledge Drive donation).

Attendance Reminders

If your child needs to miss school, please call our attendance line at (760) 290-2929 to inform our attendance clerk of the absence. Failure to provide a reason for the absence within 72 hours of your child missing school will result in an unverified absence/truancy. Informing the teacher or any other office staff members other than Mary Ann White will not be sufficient. We will be updating the homepage on the website to make this attendance line easier to access.

Parking Lot Update

Thank you, parents, for your help with the parking lot. Due to more compliance with our parking lot regulations, the lot is running a lot smoother! Hopefully, you have noticed a difference as well.

Other Important Dates:

October 14- No School (Parent/ Teacher Conferences) **AK Karate is offering a camp. Please contact them for more details:

October 15-18- Parent/Teacher Conference Week- Early Release Every Day

October 16- Chuck E. Cheese Dine Out

Remind Links:


Kindergarten and TK:






Thank you,

Gary Pope, Principal