August 30, 2020

Dear Carrillo Families,

This week we will start our full schedule for remote learning. Please see all of the detailed information below. Also, we hope you can join us this Saturday for Family Trivia Night!!

Remote Learning Schedule

Last week, Dr. Garcia sent out communication regarding the remote learning instructional schedule. I also sent a follow-up email that can be viewed here.

The most important thing to note is that the "live" minutes listed on the schedule refer to the teacher's amount of live time, not the amount that will be expected by your student. For example, since much of how we teach is in small group rotations, 60 minutes of live English Language Arts instruction will most likely translate to 15-20 minutes of live instruction per child or possibility every other day. Also, English Language Development (ELD) only applies to students learning English as a second language. Much of the additional live minutes for intervention or 1:1 support will only apply to your child if they require extra support. Thus, students will experience a mix of live lessons, independent work (both online and offline to reduce screen time), and pre-recorded lessons. Since every grade level and classroom dynamic is unique, please pay close attention to the schedule you receive from your teacher. It will all make more sense when you see how the plan translates to their classroom.

We are very lucky to have experienced teachers in all grade levels. They are working hard to create their schedule and instructional model that is age-appropriate, standards-based, and keeps pace with the curriculum. They are also finding ways to address the limitations (and current challenges) of technology. We will give each other grace as we transition to this new schedule. Please initiate any questions and concerns regarding the schedule with your child's teacher since they are the content and instructional experts.


  1. Create a visible schedule for your child and hang it up near their workspace.
  2. Please review the schedule with your child every morning, so they know what to expect. 
  3. Since students will be going from on and offline throughout the day, and meeting with their teacher at specific times, setting a timer (maybe on an old phone) would be a great way to remind your child when it's time to log on.
  4. Give yourself grace. This will be a big adjustment, mistakes will be made, and we will continue to grow!
  5. If your child received a work packet, please do not work ahead and wait for the teacher to use the handouts for their instruction.
  6. Your child will be asked to complete the iReady Diagnostics. Please do not provide any assistance, so we gain an accurate picture of their learning progress.

Specials Schedule (Music, PE, Library, STEM)

Part of the instructional schedule includes “Specials Rotations” for 60 minutes. For Carrillo, we split up this time into two blocks: one 30-minute “Specials Live” lesson and one 30-minute block for “Specials Independent” practice at the end of their day. Students will have a different special class every day, Tuesday-Friday, but each session will be at the same time each day.  


  • The live STEM lesson will be every other week. Students will have access to an independent enrichment menu for STEM for the weeks they do not have the live lesson.
  • TK-Kindergarten is not included in the PE or STEM Lessons (as typical in regular school)
  • Pre-K only has library time (as typical in regular school)

**Please look for the specials time on your child’s schedule

Carrillo Specials Google Classrooms

Many students, especially in the upper grades, will be asked to attend specials by going to the "Specials Google Classroom" for their grade level. Please help your student join their grade levels "Specials Google Classroom." Follow these step by step instructions to join or feel free to watch the "how-to" video below.

  1. Log onto you students smusd cloud (

                        Username: 650 Student ID #             Password: Birthdate (YYYYMMDD)

  1. Click the “Google Classroom/chalkboard” icon
  2. Select the “+” sign in the upper right corner and select “join class”
  3. Type in the class code below that corresponds to your students grade level

            Carrillo Specials Join Codes:

TK/Kinder: 33bydwi

First & Second: ipud62l

Third: h4m3yhb

Fourth: chom6yy


  1. Select the blue “join” button in the upper right corner

How to join Carrillo Specials Google Classroom Video

Your student will now be able to access all Zoom links and independent activities for PE, Music, Library, and STEM from this Specials Google Classroom.

Technical Problems

I sincerely apologize for all of the technical problems your children are experiencing with the learning platform. It is nothing that the teachers are doing wrong, but instead system-wide issues with Zoom. Our Director of Technology sent an email on Friday that addresses this issue. If you missed it, please click below.

Technology Update 8.28.2020.docx 

Return to School Plans

Our District is currently refining plans for our return to in-person instruction. The School Board will be meeting in a special session on September 4 at 10 am to review the plans, and we hope to have Board approval of those plans by September 15. I will be sharing more information about the plan as soon as it is available.

PTO Website

Please visit, and possibly bookmark, our PTO website You can also sign up for their weekly eblasts, which is a great way to stay up to date with all of the Carrillo events. We are so fortunate to have such a fantastic group of people who work hard to make our school the best possible!

Meal Service

Our District is offering FREE “Grab & Go” breakfast and lunch meal combos, for children served under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program for the 2020-21 School year.  Parents and Guardians are allowed to pick up meals for their children but must identify their child with a student ID number or lunch card. Carrillo’s meal service is from 11 am-1 pm Monday through Friday. Please click on this attachment for the complete meal schedule. 

Information meal program (1).JPG 

Our District is also delivering meals via bus. Please click below for the locations and times.


Family Trivia Night

Our PTO would typically put on a family movie night and other family events that bring our community together. We are limited in what we can offer this year, but we don't want to stop the fun!

This Saturday, we are hosting a virtual Family Trivia Night via Zoom at 5 pm. This event is free, but we ask that you sign up ahead of time to receive the link. Here is the link to the sign-up page. There will be multiple rounds and many prizes, compliments of our PTO.

PTO Giving Month

Please see the attached letter from our PTO President, Candice Lai, regarding our Giving Month campaign.

PTO Giving Month Letter to Parents 2020-2021 (1).pdf 

Student Council and Carrillo Ambassadors

Both programs are currently suspended until we are able to return to in-person learning. We will inform our 4th and 5th-grade students and families when we are ready to restart these programs. Most likely, they will begin at the beginning of next semester. 

Upcoming School and PTO Dates:

September 2020

3rd- TK Materials Pick Up- 2 pm-2:30pm

5th Back To School Family Trivia Night

7th Labor Day – No School

11th PTO Executive Board Meeting (3pm)

11th Red/White/Blue Spirit Day

15th- 16th Tin Leaf Dine Out 3pm-8pm

18th- Preschool- Wear Red

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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