Carrillo Community Update

March 12 - 18

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Thank you for a wonderful third quarter! With a short week, we have a lot going on on campus this week so it is important your students are here every day.

Tuesday the 14th is Spring Picture Day! Ordering information went home last week. Please reach out to the office if you need another flier. Only students that are ordering pictures will take their spring pictures.

I want to give a shout out to 4th grade for their performance last week. They opened the 2023 Carrillo Spring Musical Series with an amazing performance of "Zombies: the Musical!" Thank you Ms. Herrera for your musical direction of this show!

Another shout out goes to our Cougar Track Team. Several students placed in the Regional meet last Thursday and will compete in the All-City Track Meet on April 1st! Keep up your workouts over Spring Break to stay in shape!

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, March 14 - Spring Picture Day
  • Friday, March 17 - Grading Day - No classes for students

  • Monday, March 27 - 4th Quarter begins!
  • Thursday, March 30 - Q4 Professional Learning Thursday - No classes for students
  • Tuesday, April 4 - PTO Meeting
  • Friday, April 7 - Spring Holiday
  • Saturday, April 15 - Make A Difference Day (postponed due to Track Meet)

3rd Quarter Benchmark Schedule

Thank you for continuing to make sure your student is here for benchmark testing. This is the last measure we have to make sure that students are on track to pass the AASA exam in

March 10: Math Grades 2 and 4

March 14: Math Grades 3 and 5

Third Quarter Spirit Week

Student Council challenges you to show off your school spirit each day!
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Kind Campus Update - Reflecting on Kindness

Research indicates that consciously reflecting on the positive aspects of one’s life increases well-being — especially when compared with reflecting on complaints and hassles. Studies have demonstrated that intentionally reflecting on what we’re grateful for increases optimism, positive mood, sleep quality, and a sense of connectedness with others. Focusing on gratitude is a productive way to counteract our natural human negativity bias, and it’s much easier to be kind when we feel grateful for our daily lives.

Discussion at home: Have students reflect on their kindness practice each day for a week. Potential prompts include: What does kindness mean to you? Why do you think kindness is important in your community? What is most difficult about kindness? Can you describe a time when you witnessed an act of kindness? Can you describe a time when someone was kind to you, and it made a difference in your day? Visiting the reasons behind our kindness practice will help to keep motivation strong, and answers can be revisited when looking for inspiration.

Evelyn Jay Excellence in Education Award

The Educational Enrichment Foundation needs your help! They are seeking nominations for the Evelyn Jay Excellence in Education Award. Tell us about current K-3 teachers or librarians who successfully develop reading skills in K-3 students. The nominee employs inspiring, innovative, and creative techniques to educate students. School librarians, literacy specialists, and resource teachers are eligible for nomination.

The deadline to submit nominations is April 2, 2023, midnight (12:00 am). Nomination forms are located on the Educational Enrichment Foundation (EEF) website in the TUSD Employee Resource Tab or by clicking here.

Register for the 2023-24 School Year

Thank you for your patience over the last couple of weeks as TUSD has rebuilt access to registration systems.

  • ParentVUE and StudentVUE are now available for you to access and view student progress, communicate with teachers, and complete On-Line Registration (OLR).

When you login please use the “Login with SSO” button. This authenticates the user and ensures safe access to the platform.

Will we again be recognizing the first class to 100% registration, so thank you for logging into ParentVue to complete your students' registration for next year.

As of last Friday, Ms. Morales class was in the lead with several classes close behind.

AASA Parent Info Guide

Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment is rapidly approaching and it is extremely important that all students are on campus (unless they are sick) so that they are prepared for this annual assessment. Please take a look at the attached parent guide about the assessments. We have not finalized out testing schedule, but will have it to families within the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact Ms. DeLorenzo (

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From the Office of Curriculum and Instruction

It is time once again for our annual School Quality Survey. We hope that you will take a few minutes to provide us with your thoughts by completing this electronic survey. Please fill out a separate survey for each one of your children who attend a TUSD school. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to continuing to serve you and all our TUSD Families. Thank you!

TUSD 2023 School Quality Survey of Parents, Survey Monkey Web Links by Language (Arabic version) (English version) (Kinyarwanda version) (Spanish version) (Swahili version) (Vietnamese version)

Afternoon Pick Up Request

We know that the 17th Street area can get a bit tight at pickup. Thank you for driving slowly, watching the road carefully and when possible heading out of the neighborhood along 11th Avenue. The streets behind Carrillo are narrow and recently we've had a few fender-benders and a family almost hit. Thank you for helping us keep our Cougars and our community safe.

Absence Reporting

When students are absent, a parent or guardian should call the school on the day of the absence. If the school has not received an explanation of the absence, we will call home to attempt to verify the reason for the absence. All absences must be cleared within one week, or they will automatically be recorded as unexcused and may be considered truancies. The attendance office direct line is (520) 225-1202. This line is open 24 hours a day to report student absences. Thank you for your help!


If your student is signed up for tutoring, thank you for helping to ensure that your student attends regularly to receive those targeted interventions.

Health Office Updates

The Health Office wants to remind you that student who are sick need to stay home. This includes cold, flu, strep throat, COVID, etc. Thank you for keeping for student home when they are sick. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ms. Alvarado at 225-1217.

Free Tutoring Opportunity

The AmeriCorps STEMM program and the Center for the Recruitment and Retention of Math Teachers is offering FREE online math tutoring to K-12 students. Call 520.621.6866 or email with question. Please also visit their website to see schedule of tutors and topics avalable.

Carrillo Online Spirit Store

Looking for Carrillo spirit gear? Look no further, here is the link to the Big Frog Web Store.

Stay in Touch!

Stay current on our events by visiting our Facebook Page as well as school website. If you have any questions, comments, suggestions, or concerns please reach out. It is our mission to provide all students with a first rate education in a kind and respectful environment.

Mission Statement

Carrillo K-5 Communication and Creative Arts Magnet School engages children's minds, bodies, and senses using multiple modes of learning, thought, and self-expression.

Vision Statement

At Carrillo K-5 Communication and Creative Arts Magnet School, students become 21st Century leaders in a diverse world, through the development of a strong academic core, communication skills and creative arts abilities.