September 1, 2019

September 1, 2019
Dear Carrillo Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying their three-day weekend. There will be no school on Monday, September 2, for the Labor Day Holiday.

I am happy to report that we are off to a great start to the new year. Students are responding well to our behavior expectations and acting as good community members. If you ever have any concerns about playground/outside behavior, please email Assistant Principal Amanda Keeton ( or me (, so we can intervene early in a restorative way.


Running Club Begins Tuesday, September 3

Back to School Night for Kindergarten and TK is this Thursday, September 5

TK @ 5 pm
Kinder @ 5:30 pm
*Please arrive early and go directly to your child’s room. Back to School Night is for parents only, and there will not be supervision for children at school. Please do not allow your children on the playground or anywhere else on campus unsupervised.


This Friday, September 6. Students will be getting their pictures taken during the school day. You will receive ordering information from Sumner photography following the picture day.

Family Movie Night is a FREE family event sponsored by our PTO. It is taking place this Saturday, September 7. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Food, drinks, and treats will be available for purchase. Please bring a low back chair and blankets to enjoy “Small Foot.”

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.

Volunteer/Visitor Check-In

All visitors on campus must bring a driver's license/ID to sign in. We are required by the District to have all visitors sign into the Identa-kid system, which does a basic background check to ensure our students' safety. This system requires a driver's license/ID scan to process, and there is no workaround.

Lexia Core5 Update

We are excited to announce that the District will continue to provide Lexia Core5 as one of our individualized reading computer programs. For those of you unfamiliar with the program, it is an engaging, differentiated reading program specifically tailored to your student's needs. It addresses six different areas of reading including phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.

At the beginning of each school year, the program is reset and students complete the placement activities to determine their appropriate, individualized starting level. Students will complete this at school next week. Their teacher will monitor his or her progress through the program and allow for time in class to work on the activities. It is important that students do this program on their own. Too much help/support from home can cause the students to be doing activities that are too difficult for them.

If your students are looking for some extra practice at home, feel free to encourage them to log onto their Clever account and play Lexia. If you have any questions about the program feel free to email our Literacy Teacher on Special Assignment: or reach out to your child's teacher. We look forward to seeing their growth on the program!

Parking Lot Reminders:

As you have likely noticed, we experience congestion daily when cars are trying to leave the parking lot. This backup is due to several cars turning right on Paseo Escuela and u-turning in the neighborhood to enter our school by going straight. It is a controlled light to turn left out of the school and designed for only a small number of cars that should be leaving that neighborhood during that time. When many cars are going straight from the neighborhood, it blocks all of the vehicles from making the left to exit the school parking lot which backs it up for everyone. Please do not turn into the neighborhood and wait your turn on Poinsettia instead. THANKS!

After school Procedures:

Please make sure you and your family have a plan in place for meeting your student(s) after school. Your children will be escorted to the front of the school through the main gate. You can pick your child up via vehicle (pick-up lane) or park in the overflow lot to walk and meet your child in front of the school. There are designated large blue numbers painted on the concrete out front for grades K-5. Plan to meet your student on the designated grade level number. Siblings can wait together in one of the designated spots.

Important Dismissal Procedures:

Thank you for a great first week of dismissal. We appreciate everyone's patience as we manage the first few weeks. Below are a few reminders that will assist with dismissal:

- Please do not park in the center staff lot.

- For safety, please make sure your child is loading the car from the passenger side of the vehicle.

- To help the efficiency of pick-up, please do not exit your car to look for your child.

- New! Drive-Up Signs Last week, a sign template with your child's name and grade went home. Please place this sign on your car's dashboard at pick up. A few families have already been doing this and it makes it so easy to identify who you need and get the students quickly to their car. It will be especially helpful once we enter the rainy season.

Pledge Drive

We have hit $10,000 in The Annual PTO Pledge Drive, this is Carrillo Elementary’s annual giving campaign and we still have a ways to get to our goal of $55,000! This fundraiser is 100% of the funds back to Carrillo!! Once we hit our first goal of $25,000, Mr. Pope will spray paint his hair BLUE!!! This year, we are offering many levels for everyone and even a monthly payment option. We have also included all of the Family Events and Spirit wear in the top tier levels. 2019-2020 school year will mark the 20th year that Carrillo Elementary first opened its doors to education and with that we have pair this fundraiser with a decorative tile that your family can create to be a part of the school’s 20th Celebration Wall for many years to come!!

The money raised helps the PTO provide essential programs and services to the school such as STEAM Lab, Running Club, Teacher support, Reading & Math Intervention, many enriching Assemblies and a ton of Program Supplies as well as so much more. All donations are tax deductible and many companies offer a match program, please visit to make your pledge or get more info.


Running Club

Carrillo prides itself on having one of the best elementary school running clubs. (Honestly, we've never come across a better one anywhere!) It promotes It is a completely voluntary activity for our students. Not only does it provide daily exercise opportunities, but it also encourages healthy habits and goal setting. And it's a way for kids to improve physical and emotional health while having fun and earning prizes. We're proud that more than half of our students participate each year and run about 20,000 miles each year. Students have the opportunity to run twice each day. Once before school (8:15-8:45), and one during the students' recess times (20 minutes). Each runner has a running card and receives a star for each lap completed. We encourage the students to run, skip, walk – but get out there and have fun for 5 minutes or 25 minutes. For every 20 laps (5 miles), students receive a foot charm to put on their own running club necklace. We also have monthly incentives to earn extra charms and a monthly charm give-away day where students can get a charm for running just one lap. We want everyone to feel like they can participate and have the chance to add to their running necklace throughout the year. This program is so successful because of the parents who volunteer each day. There are 15 available time slots each week, and the job itself is incredibly easy but fun. The time commitment is 20-40 minutes, depending on the time slot. Running Club begins on Tuesday, September 3. As we get the new year going, we are looking for more volunteers to come out and help with this amazing program. If you are interested or want more information, please contact Cristen Mugford (

Carrillo Classic Golf Tournament: October 5

2nd Annual Carrillo Classic Golf Tournament @ Twin Oaks Golf Course. Come join us for a fun day out on the course benefiting Carrillo Elementary PTO. Four-man Scramble format with a shotgun start. Price includes Round of Golf, Dinner, putting contest, $100 JC golf value pack and awards ceremony. Please click on this link for more information:

Upcoming Assemblies

Imagination Machine - September 13

In this assembly, actors bring student writing to life! All students will have an opportunity to submit a story that may be chosen to be performed when the presenters return in February.
Joel’s Visionary Arts Assembly - September 18

Joel Anderson is an author, artist and international speaker with autism. Our students will build a better understanding and acceptance of children with autism and special needs as well as how to be a good friend. As opposed to making autism or "ability" awareness a one time a year event, we would like to build true empathy, compassion, and awareness, and this assembly will start the conversation. Our aim is that every child feels connected to our community and I am optimistic that it will include those with significant social difficulties as well. Please see the flyer attached and the following description of the friendship project we are supporting as well.
**All New Friendship Project-

The Friendship Project is a once per month after-school program designed to help kids improve social skills. Our mission is to create a bully-free environment at Carrillo Elementary by creating long-lasting friendships. We are looking for kids who need a little extra help socially. We are also looking for kids who excel in making friends. All the kids will learn tools for empathy, compassion and how to have a good time with all different types of personalities. If you are interested, please contact Wendy,

Enrichment Camps

Carrillo after school enrichment camp registration for session 1 will be available online starting the first day of school and will be open through Friday, September 6th at 9pm. Yellow camp flyers will be sent home with the students on the first day of school with all the registration information and camp details. A camp schedule can also be found on the Carrillo PTO website under documents/after school enrichment/session 1 schedule 2019-2020. We have some exciting new camps we are offering this year and some old favorites. We have scheduled a classic board game camp, clay & paint, track & field, flag football, ready set cook, tinkering club, Seussical the musical, colt tv, slime time, dodgeball, golf, level up with Mrs. Lynch, basketball, soccer, coding, monart drawing, tennis and self-defense beginner/advanced. We are also offering a 4 day a week Kindergarten program that will be from 2:10-3:10 4 days a week. This is a 4 day a week commitment only. No single day camps being offered for Kindergartners. For kindergartners, we have multi-sport, monart drawing, clay/paint/craft and soccer/basketball. To register your student for after school enrichment camps you will need to go on-line to, then go to the Shop/Donate drop-down menu and select your camps. Limited space is available in all these camps so mark your calendars for registration day, August 20th as these camps will fill up quickly! If you have any questions you can email Kelly Tompkins at

Other Important Dates:

September 10 Pre-K Back to School Night

@ 4pm

September 20- PTO Meeting at 9 am

Remind Links:


Kindergarten and TK:






Thank you,

Gary Pope, Principal