Carlton Avenue Times

March 27 2023

Important Dates

3/27 Games Club 1-2nd grade @ lunch recess (may cancel if it rains)

3/28 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

3/28 Fourth Grade Bike Rodeo

3/29 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

3/30 USD Digital Safety Presentation at UMS at 6:30pm

3/31 Running Club (may cancel if it rains)

3/31 Coffee with Mrs. Katayama at 8:20 am

4/1 USD Health and Wellness Fair and Creativity Showcase

4/3-4/7 - 5th Grade students at Science camp

4/3 Games Club 3-5th grade @ lunch recess

4/4 Gardening Club@ lunch recess (may cancel if it rains)

4/4 Chef's Night Out - Chipotle

4/5 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club (may cancel if it rains)

4/6 Carlton HSC meeting

4/7 Running Club (may cancel if it rains)

4/10-4/14 Spring break - no school

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

March has certainly been an exciting month. It has been wonderful to see students challenging themselves to play a new sport, like basketball, or play a new instrument such as a ukelele. Through these challenges, students have learned from their mistakes, persevered when they faced difficulties, and eventually developed their skills and techniques. These experiences will definitely help build their character and prepare them for the future.

March was also an exciting month for the staff. Our staff enjoyed delicious sandwiches and salads on Treat Day sponsored by First Grade families. They also provided yogurt, snacks, and coffee pods to enjoy in the upcoming weeks. Thank you, First Grade families!

Mary Katayama


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Copy Room Training for Volunteers

Would you like to learn how to use the various features on the copy machine in the copy room? Would you like to learn how to use the Riso copier or the die cut machine? Come to the training on March 31st or April 4th at 8:20am. Fill out the Copy Room Training Sign Up form to reserve your spot at the training. Be sure to bring your ID to the office so you can get your name badge. The training will be held in the Copy Room.

Crossing Guard needed

We are looking for volunteers to serve as temporary crossing guards until we can hire a new crossing guard. We need a crossing guard near the parking lot entrance on Carlton Avenue at 8:00-8:15 and 1:10 - 1:25 (2:40-2:55 on other weeks.) Please sign up for as many shifts as possible. Please come by the office to pick up the written directions, vest, and stop sign. Here is the sign up sheet. If you are interested in applying for the position, please call (408)356-1141. Thank you for supporting our school!
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Yard Duty Supervisors Needed

Lunchtime yard duty supervisors are still needed! If you can work 1 day or 5 days, please consider applying for this position. No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity to help keep our students safe and be a part of the school staff. We also need subs who work only when one of our regular yard duty supervisors is absent.

Lunch Hours

11:10 -12:00 Kindergarten (rooms 1-3)

11:30 - 1:20 TK/Kinder (room 4 and 9)

11:55 to 12:45 Third grade

12:00-12:50 First and Second Grade

12:15 - 12:55 Fourth and Fifth grade

Please fill out this Yard Duty Volunteer form if interested in volunteering or subbing. Thank you!

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2023-2024 USD LCAP Education Partner Survey

Union School District is dedicated to student success. Ongoing feedback among our educational partners is key to ensuring that our students thrive. USD is in the process of updating the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP), and your participation and perspective is critical in this decision-making process. The LCAP is a three-year plan 2021-2024 that describes the goals, actions, services, and expenditures to support positive student outcomes that address required state and local priorities. The LCAP provides an opportunity for a District to share their stories of how, what, and why programs and services are selected to meet their local needs. Click to submit an LCAP Survey Response

Coffee with Mrs. Katayama

Everyone is invited to join Mrs. Katayama for coffee in the staff room at 8:20 am on Friday, March 31st, to learn strategies to teach children to communicate politely and respectfully at home. Teaching students how to communicate effectively is part of Carlton's 2022-23 Comprehensive School Safety Plan. Mrs. Katayama will also answer questions about upcoming events and class placement too. We hope you can attend.

Yearbook Announcement

Hello Carlton Community!

Yearbook Cover Contest Results

This year the Yearbook Committee sponsored a contest for students to design a picture for the front cover of the yearbook. Teachers voted for their top choice without knowing who submitted the creative drawings.

The Runners-Up (in Alphabetical Order by Teacher) are:

  • Abigail A., Curtis C., Zoey E., Angelica K. (Ms. Friedman)
  • Emiko B.(Mrs. Lamour)
  • Nicholas H. & Oliver W. (Mr. Phillips)
  • Terri K.(Ms. Sharma)

Their submissions will be placed on the back cover.

The first place winner is:

  • Avery B. (Ms. Gee)
Avery's drawing will be placed on the cover of this year's yearbook! Congratulations, Avery!

We want to thank all the students who participated in the yearbook cover contest.

Submit Your Pictures!

Please upload your images to from On Campus School Activities, such as:

- Running Club,

- Games Club,

- Gardening Club,

- Project Cornerstone, and

- March Madness.

Please read these instructions on how to upload your images before uploading:

Thank you for understanding that, although we make every effort to include as many submitted images as possible, we are only able to include a limited number due to space restrictions. We appreciate your help in filling our pages with beautiful images!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Yearbooks Available to Pre-order Now!

We are now taking pre-orders for this year's yearbook. ORDER your yearbook today. The deadline to order is Friday, April 21, 2023.

Please note: NO extra yearbooks will be ordered, so you must order online to secure your copy!

Sincerely, the Yearbook Committee

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Project Cornerstone: March Book

In March, our Project Cornerstone volunteers will be focusing on the book entitled Long Shot by Chris Paul. The's month's lesson will focus on using a growth mindset to explore, discover, and pursue students' sparks (interests, dreams, passions). Students will identify people who can support them. They will also discuss how to be a spark champion for others and use teamwork. Students will learn how to set short-term goals and work towards their goals with persistence, perseverance, and determination. Here is the link to the slides and story.

Before and After School Programs at Carlton

There are several classes offered before and after school at Carlton. Students can learn to play an instrument in a band on Monday mornings, play chess on Tuesday afternoons, and create works of art on Wednesdays after school. These are fee-based programs and they are not sponsored by the district. For more information, please go to the Carlton website. On our website, you can also learn about other after-school classes offered in our community.
USD Parent Education Information

Click above to access information about upcoming parent education opportunities.

Carlton 2022-23 Bell Schedule

Use this link, if you would like to print out the bell schedule.

USD Extended Care

On-site before and after-school care information for Carlton families.

About Us

At Carlton Elementary School, students in grades TK - 5 are excited to learn. Through hands-on, collaborative STEAM and social studies projects, school wide programs, and differentiated instruction in language arts and math, students develop an innovator's mindset, social-emotional awareness, and a love for learning. Every student. Every day.