September 3, 2018

September 3, 2018

Principal’s Newsletter

Carrillo Elementary School

September 3, 2018

Dear Carrillo Families,

The Annual PTO Pledge Drive, Carrillo Elementary’s annual giving campaign, is now in full swing! We are just about at 20% of our goal, but we still need your help to get to our goal of $75,000. The money raised helps the PTO provide essential programs and services to the school such as STEM Lab, Running Club, reading & math aide support, assemblies and all sort of wonderful family events. All donations are tax deductible so please click here or go to to make your pledge or get more info!

Speaking of family events, this weekend - Saturday, September 8th - will be our first ever Carrillo Movie Night featuring “Toy Story”! Come join your fellow Carrillo families to enjoy a beautiful night under the stars on our campus. There will be open seating in the grassy area of the track, so remember to bring your chairs and blankets from home.  Admission is FREE, and there will be food and snacks for purchase. Notorious Burgers will be there and will give back 20% of sales to the school. Pizza, soda, candy, frozen treats, and popcorn will be available for purchase at the snack bar, with all proceeds going back to Carrillo. Doors open at 6pm and the movie starts at dusk (~7:30). My family and I are looking forward to it, and I hope I’ll see you there!!

One other event to put on your calendar.....if you are a golfer, don’t miss the Carrillo Classic Golf Tournament on October 6th at 1pm at Twin Oaks Golf Course. Twin Oaks Golf Course in San Marcos

It is a four-person scramble format, and the cost is $115 per person, which includes: one round of golf, putting contest, on-course contests, dinner, awards ceremony and a JC Golf value pack. Opportunity drawing with great prizes to be held the day of the event. Proceeds from this event will help support programs and events that benefit all students at Carrillo! Special thanks to our title sponsor Broker Clark for helping make this event possible! Click here to register or go to

Restorative Practices Training This Week

This week, there will be many substitutes on campus due to a restorative practices training I scheduled for the whole staff to attend. Tomorrow, all TK-2nd-grade teachers will be in attendance and Wednesday, 9/5; all 3rd-5th-grade teachers will be participating. Luckily, we have great substitutes that are loyal to Carrillo Elementary who have all signed up to help. However, please give your children a “heads up” that they will have a guest teacher this week.

The restorative practices training will be held at Carrillo and facilitated by Anthony Ceja, the lead trainer for restorative practices at the San Diego County Office of Education. Although scheduling many substitute teachers over two days is not ideal, these dates are the only times I could secure to take advantage of this free training and to allow practical implementation. Our office staff, custodial crew, cafeteria staff, campus supervisors and instructional aides will receive the training alongside the teachers.

Through my reflections on the behavior incident data from last year as well as my interviews with students, staff, and parents, I believe restorative practices can accelerate our efforts to connect students to a school-wide community, build a sense of empathy for others, and lessening the instances of repeat behavior infractions by focusing on the effect of student actions rather than the prescriptive consequences.

Restorative practices are designed to help students build community and relationships within a classroom as well as the school as a whole. It also provides a framework for responding to behavior issues when they occur. As opposed to simply "prescribing consequences" when a “wrong” has been committed, such as push out on the playground, restorative practices involve the offending students as well as the victims in a learning process regarding how one's behavior has an effect on others. Consequences may be issued but students are taught to take ownership over their behavior, express their feelings, reflect on their decisions, and are included in the response process. Although many of our teachers and I already take this approach, the purpose of training is to create consistency school-wide as well as equip all staff members with advanced tools for change. Research has shown that this emphasis on community and the involvement of students in the behavior response, lessens behavior incidents on campus, especially physical altercations. So far, I have introduced the restorative process at our first meeting in August and provided a book to all staff members. The response from students, staff, and students have been positive, and I am looking forward to the training. I would love to include your input in the process as well. If you have time, please read the attachment and send me your thoughts. I have a few extra books if anyone would like one as well.

Lastly, please remind your children that the Running Club starts tomorrow. Students can run before school and at recess and start earning prizes!

Upcoming Dates

Tuesday, September 4

➢     First Day of Running Club

Thursday, September 6

➢     Preschool, TK, and Kindergarten Back-To-School Night

○     AM- 4:30-5:15

○     PM- 5:30-6:15

Friday, September 7

➢     1:30 pm PTO Meeting

Saturday, September 8

➢     6pm- Family Movie Night

Friday, September 21

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Gary Pope