April 18, 2021

Dear Carrillo Families,

Thank you, parents and guardians, for your continued support and partnership this year!

Please Return Your School Desk Tomorrow, Monday 4/19

If you borrowed a desk from us at the beginning of the year to support your child in remote learning, we ask that you please return it on Monday, April 19. Please drop it off along the walkway near the back of the MPR (in the KOC loop). Please see this school map of the Desk Drop Area.GIF  to help you locate where I'd like the desks. I highlighted and circled the drop off area. You can simply pull your car up to the curb and place the desk on the sidewalk area. Please avoid the following times, which are for preschool dropoff and pick-up.

Please do not drop off the desks during these time frames:

8 am - 8:15 am, 10:45 am - 11 am, 12 pm - 12:15 pm, 2:45 pm - 3 pm 

Feel free to stop by any other times aside from the four 15 minutes windows above. 

**LEVS families who are still using the desks every day do not need to return them at this time.  

“Are you Returning?” Survey 

Each year we ask Carrillo families to complete this survey to indicate whether their children are returning to Carrillo next year. Your participation in this survey allows us to understand better how many students we should expect in each grade level and prepare an adequate number of classrooms for their return. The survey helps teachers have a more concrete idea of where they will be teaching to prepare for the upcoming school year and avoids last-minute grade level changes. Please complete the survey at your earliest convenience. 

Here is the link- Are You Returning Survey

Board Meeting This Tuesday (From SMUSD Community Update - April 12, 2021)

As a reminder, the School Board is meeting this week to discuss the expansion of in-person learning. The Board Meeting can be viewed via Zoom at 6:30 pm; please visit our website 72 hours before the meeting for the Zoom link and agenda.

Play Structure

Our brand new play structures are open! Students have been very patiently waiting until we had official approval to open these areas for use, so we are excited that students will finally get to play on them.  Last week, our 5th-graders had an opportunity to use the structure and help teach our younger students the rules of use. This week, we will incorporate the play structures into our daily recess and lunch schedules. Since each classroom is assigned a zone/activity to play, this will be a fun addition to the rotating schedule.

To maintain safety and reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 on campus, students must follow these procedures (in addition to our existing rules of respecting others, making good choices, and solving problems)

1) One cohort at a time.

2) Masks on at all times.

3) Students must wash or sanitize their hands BEFORE and AFTER use.

4) Students may not congregate anywhere on the playground. Hopefully, the playground will be big enough that students won't need to line up anywhere. However, we will make sure students do not congregate on the top and keep the flow of motion continuous while playing.

5) Students should move through the "warrior course" clockwise. They can skip activities, but they should only be going one way. 

Since we can only have one cohort at a time, your child will likely be able to use the structure about once per week.

Flippin Pizza VISTA Dine out

Apr 19, 2021 11:30 AM - Apr 22, 2021 08:00 PM

Please join us for a dine-out at Flippin Pizza in Vista all week for take-out!! 11 am-8 pm at the Vista location. Mention you are with Carrillo!

5th-Grade Parent Information Meeting on Friday, 4/23, at Noon

We will have a Zoom meeting for 5th-grade families to discuss our preliminary plans for 5th-grade promotion, remaining 5th-grade events, as well as answer (or take note of) any questions you may have at this time.

Our meeting will occur via Zoom on Friday, April 23, at noon. I will record the session for anyone unable to attend.  Please see the log-in information below or email me after the event for the recording. 

Gary Pope is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting on April 23 at 12:00 pm. 

Join Zoom Meeting https://smusd-org.zoom.us/j/83192321786

Meeting ID: 831 9232 1786

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The District Needs Substitute Teachers! 

Finding enough available substitutes to cover classes throughout the District has always been a challenge, but the problem has been significantly compounded this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are interested in subbing for San Marcos Unified School District, please contact Ashley Gagnon at ashley.gagnon@smusd.orgfor more information. We can really use your help!

State Testing Update 

In a typical year, students in grades 3-5 take the California Assessment of Student Progress and Performance (CAASPP) around this time. These are standardized exams in reading, mathematics, and science (science is 5th only) that California mandates at least 95% of students participate in taking. Results are tied to the California Dashboard and official school ratings. However, the State of California has allowed for flexibility this year in allowing local districts to use other forms of local standardized testing. Thus, the San Marcos Unified School District has decided to use the 3rd i-Ready Diagnostic for testing purposes and not have students participate in the CAASPP this year. The i-Ready system expects us to administer three diagnostic tests throughout the year, one at the beginning, middle, and end of each school year, to adequately measure student growth. Therefore, students were already going to take this test regardless. The only piece that changes is that students will not need to take the CAASPP test in addition to the third i-Ready exam. I think this is good news because it allows our teachers more time for instruction. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. 

Technology Update/Security Measure: 

Students can change their password from their birthday for security purposes in grades 3 and above. We highly encourage them to do so as we have had some students log in as another student and do inappropriate things with the account. Here is a Quick Guide to help you with the process. 

When they set their password, they MUST also set security questions so that they can change their password in the future.

Please remind your child to set security questions that others will not easily know (you can even use wrong answers for extra security). Parents, please write down their answers and keep them somewhere safe.


Thank you,


Gary Pope


Office- 760 290-2904

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