Carlton Avenue Times

January 30, 2023

USD Professional Development Day on Monday, January 30th - No School for Students

Important Dates

1/30 Professional Development Day - No School

1/31 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

2/1 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

2/2 100th day of School

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

2/3 Running Club

2/6 Games Club 3-5th grade @ lunch recess

2/7 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

2/8 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

2/9After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

2/10 Running Club

2/13 - 2/19 CHSC Silent Auction

2/13 USD Board meeting @ 6:00pm

2/13 Games Club 1-2nd grade @ lunch recess

2/14 Valentine's Day

2/14 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

2/15 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

2/16 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

2/17 Running Club

2/17 Spirit Day - Book Character Day

2/20-2/24 February Break

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

This Wednesday (February 1st) is the first day to register for the 2023-24 school year. If you have a child entering TK or Kindergarten next year, you will need to register your child using the link on the district website. Space is limited so parents are encouraged to register early. Please help us spread the word to other families that live near you. If your child is currently attending our school, you do NOT need to register your child.

February will most likely continue to be cold and rainy. Many families have been driving to school due to the chilly weather. However, this is causing a serious backup during morning drop-off. We want all students to arrive on time and have a stress-free start to their school day.

Please consider putting on some gloves and hats and walking to school! Walking is great for the body and the brain! And learning to deal with a little discomfort or changes in the weather builds resiliency!

If you must drive, please be sure to pull up as far as possible in the drop-off lane so more cars can enter the lane. In addition, please do not allow your child to exit your car when you are double parked. This is not safe for children and it creates a traffic jam. Lastly, there is no sidewalk in the back of our school along Adonis Way. It is also a very narrow road. For your child's safety, please do not drop off your child along this street. Please use the drop-off lane or park your car and have your child enter from a labeled gate (A-F).

Thank you for your cooperation!

Mary Katayama


Project Cornerstone February Book of the Month

In February, our Project Cornerstone volunteers will be focusing on the book entitled, Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis. Students will learn how to name, notice, and understand their feelings and discuss how they have the power to choose how they respond to their emotions. Here is the information about this month's lesson and a link to the story read aloud by the author.

Character Trait of the Month of February is To Be Caring

At Carlton, we focus on one positive character trait each month. This month we will focus on being caring. People who are caring not only recognize how others feel but also feel empathy for others. They often go out of their way to help others. We can help children to be more caring by bringing their attention to those who may need some help and brainstorm together what they could do to assist that person. For example, point out when a person is carrying many bags and ask how he/she can help that person. Another way to help children develop this character trait is by encouraging them to express their gratitude through actions and words. They can also become a caring individual by apologizing if they hurt someone and working to help them feel better. Does your child apologize all on her/his own when he/she hurts others or does he/she need to be prompted?

School age children can be extremely caring. But it does take intentional conversations, modeling, and opportunities to care for others. Children also need to understand that being caring is an expectation and it is important to your family. These steps will help pave the way for your child to become a caring, thoughtful person throughout his/her life.

John Watson Memorial Basketball Tournament

Every year Carlton hosts a basketball tournament in memory of a former parent volunteer who loved to coach basketball. All children in 1st-5th grade are invited to sign up. He/she needs to tell his/her teacher if he/she wants to participate. There are no tryouts and no experience is required. Since students will have varying levels of experience, the referees will not blow their whistles every time students travel or double dribble, especially during the 1st-2nd grade games. The purpose of the tournament is to have fun and encourage students to play basketball. Games are about 15-20 minutes long. If a team wins then the team will get to play another game. Since many children are unfamiliar with playing basketball, some students will be nervous and make many errors. For this reason, it would be helpful to have fewer adult spectators. All spectators are expected to be patient, encouraging, and positive. More details will be shared in mid-February.

March Madness T-shirts - Limited Time Only

Coming this March, Carlton will have its annual John Watson Memorial Basketball tournament for interested 1st-5th graders. More details will be coming, but this knock-out-style tournament allows students to play basketball games during recess and lunchtime. March Madness T-shirts are available to purchase for this event for $9 each in the online store:

The deadline for purchase is Friday, February 10th. No extra shirts will be ordered, so the only way to secure yours is to order it today in the online store!

Yard Duty Supervisors and Crossing Guard Needed

If you are interested in working at Carlton as a lunchtime yard duty supervisor and crossing guard, please contact our office. (408)356-1141. You can work 5 days a week or several days a week. 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!

Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long

Click above to read tips about maintaining good attendance all winter long.

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One More Coach Needed for Girls on the Run

Have you ever dreamed of being a coach? Well, you are in luck. Girls on the Run is looking for one more coach in order to maximize the number of girls that can participate in Girls on the Run at Carlton. No experience is necessary. If you are interested please contact Sarah @

Yearbook Announcement

Hello Carlton Community,

We would love some of your favorite images from class field trips and performances:

We would also like to start collecting images from On Campus School Activities, such as:

- Running Club,

- Spirit Days (e.g. Twin Day coming up on January 27, 2023),

- Clay,

- Art Vistas,

- Project Cornerstone,

- Gardening Club,

- Game Club, etc.

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!


You will be receiving an email from "My Yearbook Photo" early this week so you can upload your 5th grader's baby photo. Please keep an eye out! Submissions are due no later than Friday, February 10, 2023. Thank you for your support and help.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Sincerely, the Yearbook Committee

Carlton Avenue School Birthday Book Club

Leave a piece of history by donating a book to the Carlton Avenue School Library

The Birthday Book Club is a year round fundraiser for the Carlton Avenue School Library. Your donations allow us to provide a more expansive and vibrant collection of books for our students.

Enrollment Periods

January-June Birthday sign up deadline is 02/03

*Jan birthdays will be received in February

*June birthdays will receive books in May

Unbirthday option: missed registration for the July-December birthdays? No problem, sign up now thru 02/03

*Belated birthday books will be received in the late winter/spring.

Please click on the links below:

For more info Birthday Book Club Form

To sign up

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.