Carlton Avenue Times

December 5, 2022

Important Dates

12/5 Games Club 3-5 @ lunch recess

12/5 Fourth Grade Field trip

12/6 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

12/7 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

12/8 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

12/8 HSC's Basket Bingo Night 5-7:00 pm

12/9 Running Club

12/12 Games Club 1-2 @ lunch recess

12/12 USD Board Meeting

12/13 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

12/13 Second Grade Sing-A-Along

12/14 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

12/15 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

12/16 Carlton Band Concerts-various times during school day and 6:30 pm for parents

12/16 Spirit Day - Pajama Day

12/19 - 1/2 December Break - No School

School Break December 19 - January 2

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

This week, Carlton students will be participating in the Hour of Code which is always during the Computer Science Education week. This is a worldwide event to spark interest in computer science and coding. Students in TK-5th grade will program mini robots in the Makerspace or do some programming on a coding app. Families are invited to enjoy some coding at home as well by trying a coding activity on the Hour of Code website.

On this Thursday, I look forward to seeing staff members and families at HSC's Basket Bingo from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in the cafeteria and front lawn, under the twinkling lights. Bring your own picnic dinner and blankets. Families are sure to have fun playing bingo, entering raffles for themed baskets, and meeting other Carlton families.

Mary Katayama,


Orientation and Tours for 2023-24 Incoming Families

We will be providing an orientation and campus tour for families that are interested in sending their children to Carlton next school year. For more information, read the Carlton Orientation and Campus Tour Information. To sign up for a Carlton Orientation and Tour, please click on one of the following dates:

  • Tuesday, December 13, 2022 @ 9:00am
  • Wednesday, January 11, 2023 @ 10:30 am
  • Friday, February 10, 2023 @ 9:00 am (Note: This will be a multi-grade presentation and meeting)
  • Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about our upcoming orientation/campus tours.

    Independent Study for Extended Absences

    Students should attend school on a daily basis during the school year. However, there are circumstances in which students need to miss school for an extended period of time. Independent Study is for students who plan to be away from school for a minimum of 5 days but no more than 14 days. The students will complete the assigned work and then turn it in when they return to school. Once the teachers check their work, then the students' absences will be excused. To request an Independent Study, fill out this Independent Study Request form. You will need to notify the office team and teacher at least two weeks in advance in order to process your request.
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    2022 Carlton Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Donation Drive

    Carlton's Student Council is asking families to support our donation drive for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley. The grade level that collects the most donations will earn a special reward. But the most important reward is knowing that people in our community will have the food they need. Below are the donation links for each grade level. The donation drive will run from November 28th to December 15th (1:00 pm deadline). We will announce the winning grade level on the intercom at the end of the day on Friday, December 16th. Our school has raised $823 so far! Thank you for your support!

    Girls on The Run at Carlton

    Girls on the Run is a social-emotional program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that teaches critical life skills, such as developing healthy friendships, managing emotions, standing up for yourself and others, how to set goals, and make intentional decisions. This program will be offered at Carlton from February 27 to May 13 which will conclude with participation in a 5k race. If you would like to register your 3rd-5th grade child, go to Practices will be on Wednesday immediately after school until 2:30 and Friday immediately after school until 4pm.

    Do you know someone who would like to make a difference as a coach, along with other Carlton parents this spring? One more coach is needed for our site. If you would like more information there is a virtual information night on December 14th at 6:30pm. At the virtual information night, you can learn more about Girls on the Run and how the volunteer coaches make an impact on the lives of girls in our community. Click here to register today.

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    Yard Duty Subs and Volunteers Needed

    If you are interested in working at Carlton as a volunteer yard duty supervisor, even once or twice a week, please contact our office as soon as possible. (408)356-1141 No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity to support our students as they eat and play during lunch recess. 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. We are also in need of substitute Crossing Guards before and after school. Thank you!

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    Support our School By Completing A School Meals Form

    Completing a school meals/funding form is crucial to school funding. For every student who applies and qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, the school receives additional money from state and federal grants. This includes increased funding for school programs, technology, counseling services, and equipment for school kitchens.

    Families who qualify for free or reduced may also be eligible for free or reduced cost internet, free or reduced cost childcare, and more! Your application helps your child and many others.

    Applying online is the fastest way to submit an application form. All online applications are secure, private and processed within 24 hours.

    Project Cornerstone - December Book

    This month the ABC volunteers will be reading the book The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson. The author reminds the reader about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our schools by sharing the story of a child with a different cultural background. Here are the December slides and a link to the story.

    Yearbook Announcement

    Hello Carlton Community,

    We would like to get started on the yearbook early this year and would love some of your favorite images from Halloween:

    We are still taking images for the following event(s):

    - Walkathon

    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


    The Yearbook Committee

    Volunteers Needed for Lunch Time Activities

    CHSC would like to offer all students in grades 1-5 enriching activities during lunchtime. Would you be willing to help? In addition to Running Club and Garden Club, CHSC would like to offer two other activity options during the week. On Mondays(formerly on Thursdays), we would like to offer an opportunity to play board and card games at the Game Club. On Thursdays, we would like to offer an Art Club (formerly on Mondays). We are thinking about starting with origami, Japanese paper folding art.

    This opportunity is not limited to parents and guardians. We encourage grandparents to become involved as well. More information can be provided once you sign up.

    Volunteers are needed from 11:50 - 1:00. Please use the links below to sign up.

    Monday: Game Club

    Tuesday: Garden Club

    Wednesday & Friday: Running Club

    Thursday: Art Club

    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 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.