March 14, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

This week we will officially kick off our Read-A-Thon School Fundraiser! A brochure/pamphlet was sent home with your child last week. The campaign will last between March 15 and March 26th and will take the place of all other fundraisers we typically do throughout the year such as the jog-a-thon, book fair, Fall Bash, and golf tournament that were canceled due to COVID restrictions. We are excited to celebrate and encourage reading over the next two weeks and highlight all the joy that comes with making reading a daily exercise. Since every student is on a different reading journey and has their own particular interests, we have encouraged each child to set their own reading goals as opposed to making a set goal for each child. As a result, we will only be accepting flat donations on the fundraising page, as opposed to per minute, chapter, book, etc. Basically, students will be raising money for the school while simultaneously pledging to fulfill their personal reading goals. Students will also have the opportunity to earn prizes which will be handed out via daily classroom visits by Mrs. Odenwalder during the event.

For the fundraising side, we're using an awesome web-based fundraising system called Pledgestar that makes it much easier for you to request pledges from your family and friends, and for them to make secure credit card donations online.

Remember, our Read-A-Thon starts tomorrow, so please register now:

Go to

Click “Not Registered For This Year’s Event”

Enter your name and email address, then click “Submit”

Follow the instructions on-screen to register students

When you finish, the system emails pledge requests to your family and friends and allows them to make secure credit card donations online. You get notified each time a pledge is made, and you can track your pledge progress online.

Tomorrow, Monday, 3/15, we will officially kick off the campaign via virtual pep rallies. Feel free to tune in if you are available. We will also be announcing our monthly character awards, iReady raffle awards, and recognizing our yearbook cover finalists.

Tomorrow’s Schedule:

Kindergarten-1st @8:30 am

2nd-3rd-grade @ 9 am

4th-5th-grade @ 9:30

To maintain excitement and fun throughout the Read-A-Thon campaign, and hopefully introduce students to new genres to expand their reading repertoire, Mrs. McCoy designed a genre dress-up schedule. Below is a quick rundown of the dress-up days. The dress-up days repeat for both A and B cohorts but students in AM/PM cohorts will only dress up one of the days. To kick off the Graphic Novel/Superhero Day, Carrillo Alumni Bryce Keeton created this animated promo video: which we hope you enjoy.




Mon. March 15

Cover Color Day!

Read your favorite book, dress in the same color as the cover!

All (remote)

Tues. March 16

Superhero Day

Read a comic or graphic novel, dress up as a superhero!

Cohort A, PK-1 AM

Weds. March 17

Superhero Day

Cohort B, PK-1 PM

Thurs. March 18

Historical Figure Day

Read a biography, dress up as your favorite celebrity or person from history!

Cohort A, PK-1 AM

Fri. March 19

Historical Figure Day

Cohort B, PK-1 PM

Mon. March 22

Scary Story Day

Read a scary/Halloween story, wear your Halloween costume!

All (remote)

Tues. March 23

Pajama Day

Read a bedtime story, wear your PJs!!

Cohort A, PK-1 AM

Weds. March 24

Pajama Day

Cohort B, PK-1 PM

Thurs. March 25

Literature Parade!

Celebrate Carrillo’s love of reading with a school-wide book-themed parade!

Cohort A, PK-1 AM

Fri. March 26

Literature Parade!

Cohort B, PK-1 PM

Thank you for your support and we look forward to celebrating all things literature over the next two weeks!

Make-Up Picture Day

This Tuesday, March 16th, Gerardy Photography will be on-site between 1-4 for make-up pictures. Since students in Cohorts A and PM will be on campus while they are here, anyone who still needs their picture taken (or retaken) can get it done during class time. Students in LEVS and Cohorts B and AM, are welcome to walk on campus for a retake between 3-4. However, if your child needs to make up their picture and you need to bring them earlier, we will accommodate you. As a reminder, all students must complete the LumiSight pre-screening before coming on campus. 

Purchase your Yearbook Dedications now!

Deadline is March 26



Questions? Email

Mendocino Farms Dine Out

Mar 24, 2021 from 11 am - 9 pm

The Square at Bressi Ranch

2674 Gateway Road

Carlsbad, CA 92009

Add Coupon Code CARRILLO324 at checkout and they will donate 20% of your total purchase to the Carrillo PTO.

Follow Up Check-In Survey

Earlier in the year, our School Social Worker, Martha Vargas, sent out a survey to check in with families. This is a follow-up to that survey to get a pulse check on the community. Please complete the survey if you have a moment. This survey will give us important information to consider as many of our families are now in the hybrid learning environment. Thank you!


Upcoming Dates at a Glance:

March 15-26- School Fundraising Campaign “Read-A-Thon!!”

March 16- Makeup Picture Day between 1-4

March 24- Mendocino Dine out 11-9

March 25/25: Literature Day Parade: Parents will be invited to view via Zoom

March 29-April 2- Spring Break/No-School


Thank you,


Gary Pope

Office- 760 290-2904

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