Principal's Newsletter 2

August 19, 2018

Dear Carrillo Families,

I’m happy to announce that we are only two days away from opening the 2018-19 school year! The staff has reconnected and are anxiously awaiting your children’s arrival this Tuesday, August 21. As a staff, we have taken time these last two days to consider our core values and beliefs as educators and what we hope to achieve for all students. We have collectively defined our core vision which is to create a community of passionate, lifelong learners with a strong sense of citizenship. We will begin our school year by building relationships with each other and connecting ourselves to the classroom and school culture, and an understanding of how our actions and decisions affect those around us. Students and staff will collectively live the Carrillo Way: “Do the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do, even when no one is looking.” By teaching a well-rounded curriculum with high academic expectations, providing a nurturing environment where mistakes are celebrated and allowing opportunities to explore passions, students are taught to believe in themselves as learners, think critically, use creativity, and build upon their strengths. We strive to create a fun, engaging school culture in which students are motivated and inspired to learn, solve problems, make good choices, and be responsible. 

During this first week of school, I will be inviting students to Back to School Assemblies before their lunchtimes where I will introduce myself, the teachers, our supervision staff, our cafeteria staff, school social worker and many others that make up our school community. We will discuss how to live the Carrillo Way, how to care for the school and earn citizenship awards and why it's important to take care of your community. We will also have an all-school flag salute this Friday where I will introduce our character focus for the month, Self-Control, and kick off the school year together. I believe we have the best kids and families at Carrillo (something I brag about a lot), and I am confident this is going to be a great year.

Below are a few reminders from my previous newsletter.

Parking Lot Reminders:

  • The main lot will be used for staff only.
  • Visitor Parking: side lot or in the overflow lot.
  • KOC Lot: KOC parents, part-time staff members, volunteers, and health office
  • DO NOT drive straight towards the KOC lot during drop off and pick up times. (8:05-8:45 and 3:10-3:45). The times that cars should go straight include AM Kinder/Preschool Pick-up (11:50-12:10) and KOC pickups before 3:10. Everyone else needs to go through the loop to avoid a collision and prevent gridlock in the parking lot.
  • Do not park and leave your car along the pick up lane or fire lane at any time. If you would like to escort your child to your car during pick-up or drop off times, please park in the overflow lot and walk along the sidewalk to the front of the school. The overflow lot is accessible by making an immediate right after entering the parking lot.
  • When dropping off and picking up through the loop, please pull all the way forward. There will be signs and staff members there to assist you.

Closed Campus:

During the first week of school parents will be allowed to walk their children on campus before school from 8:15-8:40 a.m. to help them. The district-wide secure campus policy will go into effect the second week of school on Monday, August 27th

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 1-5. Plan to meet your student on the designated grade level number. Siblings can wait together in one of the designated spots. PM Kindergarten students will need to be picked up inside the Kinder gate, from their classroom by an adult/sibling the first week of school. Beginning week 2, PM Kinders can meet parents outside of the kindergarten gate where they will be waiting with their teachers. TK students will wait inside the main front gate with their teacher.

Class Placements:

  • No classroom changes will be made during the first two weeks of school. If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss your child’s placement, please sign up in the front office and we will schedule a meeting after the first two weeks of school
Thank you,

Gary Pope, Principal


August 12, 2018

Dear Carrillo Families,

This is your Principal, Gary Pope, excited to welcome you to the start of the 2018-19 school year.

As Colts, we will begin the year by building relationships with one another and forming a solid foundation for our school community. By developing positive relationships, we strive for all students to feel safe, connected, and supported on campus. Part of what makes Carrillo unique is our large enrollment yet “family-like” atmosphere. Parents, teachers, students, staff, and administration all come together to form a community of learners that strive to ensure every child is prepared to meet the challenges of the 21st-century learning and work environment. Students are challenged through high expectations and a rigorous curriculum. Also, we believe that students should have opportunities to pursue their passions, think critically, and be creative.

Much of what we can achieve at Carrillo is due to our amazing Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). The PTO raises funds that support our intervention programs, STEM lab, art,classroom materials, engaging assemblies, lunch activities, family nights, instructional technology, and so much more!  We are extremely lucky to have many dedicated individuals who work very hard to make Carrillo the best it can be for all students. I highly recommend all parents consider connecting with the PTO by visiting the PTO homepage or email Carrillopto@gmail.com for more information. There are many fun events planned for this year, and it is a great way to stay informed and get involved.

Assistant Principal Linda Heinrich has taken a new position at Joli Ann Leichtag Elementary. She worked at Carrillo for four years and has made a tremendous impact on student learning. We will miss her dearly and wish her the best in her new role. Despite heading to a new school, Mrs. Heinrich has worked hard throughout the summer to prepare us for a successful school year. Also, Intervention Specialist Shannon Williams will be providing extra assistance to help the front office until we have someone in place. We are hoping to have this position filled by the end of September.

We are currently in the process of balancing class sizes due to fluctuating enrollment. As a result, class placements will be finalized on August 17. On August 17, we will post your child's teacher assignment on the website as well as on the MPR doors.

I trust the professionalism and commitment of every teacher at our school to deliver high-quality instruction that will meet the needs of each learner. During the first two weeks of school, I will be in classrooms, out at recess, in the lunch areas, ensuring safety in the drop-off and pick-up areas, and connecting with students. As a result, I will not be able to hold parent meetings during this time to discuss classroom changes. Please see the front office if you would like to schedule a meeting for the third week of school.  

With the addition of the solar panels, we were able to learn new ways to improve the function of our parking lots. Please note that we have new parking lot procedures. The main lot will be used for staff only. If you are visiting campus, please park along the side lots or in the overflow lot. Please do not park and leave your car in the bus lane or KOC lot at any time. During drop off and pick up times (8:15-8:45 and 3:10-3:45), it is vital that everyone turns right and goes through the loop as opposed to driving straight into the KOC lot. This allows for a safe and efficient flow of traffic. Also, when dropping off and picking up, please pull all of the way forward. You may be tempted to stop as soon as you see your child. However, we will have staff members there to assist you in locating your child and getting them safely to your vehicle. If we all follow the procedures and work together, we will prevent congestion, ensure safety, and decrease the time it takes to get through the parking lot. Thank you for your help. 

During the first week of school parents will be allowed to walk their children on campus before school from 8:15-8:40 a.m. to help them. The district-wide secure campus policy will go into effect the second week of school on Monday, August 27th. 

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 1-5. Plan to meet your student on the designated grade level number. Siblings can wait together in one of the designated spots. PM Kindergarten students will meet parents outside of the kindergarten gate where they will be waiting with their teachers. TK students will wait inside the main front gate with their teacher.

My goal is to keep you informed and engaged in our school as much as possible. I will send a weekly newsletter every Sunday night (I promise they aren’t usually this long). In addition to these emails, please check the school website, PTO website, and PTO Facebook page for more updates and detailed information. I also use remind.com to send short messages and reminders. For everyone that signed up last year, I bumped all classes up one grade level so you should be enrolled. If you are new to our school or would like to double check you are enrolled, please use the links below.

Preschool: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillopr

TK/Kindergarten: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillotk

1st-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillot

2nd-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/4e8cc7

3rd-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillo2n

4th-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillo3r

5th-Grade: https://www.remind.com/join/carrillo4t

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me by email, gary.pope@smusd.org or by phone (760) 290-2904.

We are excited to see you on Tuesday, August 21st (or the 20th for Prek-1st) and look forward to our school year together. Please mark your calendars for the following dates below.

Upcoming Dates

Monday, August 20                          

  • 1 pm- AM Kinder and AM Preschool Meet and Greet
  • 1:45 pm- TK, PM Kinder and PM Preschool Meet and Greet
  • 3:30 pm- 1st-Grade Meet and Greet

Tuesday, August 21   

  • First Day of School!! Please see below for each grade level
    • ○Breakfast in the MPR @ 8 am
    • ○AM Kindergarten- 8:15-11:50 (10:50 dismissal on Wednesday)
    • ○PM Kindergarten and TK- 11:50-3:25 (2:25 dismissal on Wednesday)
    • ○AM Preschool 8:25-11:25(no school on Wednesday)
    • ○PM Preschool12:10-3:10 (no school on Wednesday)
    • ○1st-5th Grade 8:45-3:10 (2:10 dismissal on Wednesday)

Wednesday, August 22                           

  • ➢Book Fair Begins
  • 5:30-6:30 pm- Back-To-School Night, Grades 3-5

Thursday, August 23                              

  • 5:30-6:30 pm- Back-To-School Night, 1st and 2nd-Grade

Friday, August 24

  • ➢Flag Salute (Grades 1-5)

Friday, August 31

  • ➢Picture Day

Monday, September 3

  • Labor Day, No School

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

 

Thank you,

 

Gary Pope, Principal


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