Carlton Avenue Times

January 23, 2023

Important Dates

1/22 Lunar New Year's

1/23 - 1/27 Great Kindness Challenge

1/23 Games Club 1-2 @ lunch recess

1/24 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/25 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

1/26 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

1/27 Spirit Day - Twin/Triplet Dress Alike Day

1/27 Coffee with Ms. Katayama @ 8:20am

1/27 Running Club

1/30 Professional Development Day - No School

1/31 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

2/13 - 2/19 CHSC Silent Auction

2/14 Valentine's Day

2/17 Spirit Day - Book Character Day

2/20-2/24 February Break

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

Next week, Carlton will be participating in the Great Kindness Challenge. Last year, over 36,000 schools in 115 countries took part in the kindness challenge. At school, students will work to do as many acts of kindness as possible listed on the Great Kindness Challenge school checklist. Student Council will also be hosting a Kindness Table for students to write a kind message or a kindness challenge for other Carlton students. If your family would like to participate in the Great Kindness Challenge, below are links to the Family Kindness Challenge Checklist in multiple languages. You can work as a family to complete as many acts of kindness as possible on the checklist. Of course, you don't have to limit yourselves to things on the checklist. Kind acts bring joy to everyone involved!

Family Kindness Challenge Checklist (English version)

Family Kindness Challenge Checklist (Spanish version)

Family Kindness Challenge Checklist (Mandarin version)

Family Kindness Challenge Checklist (French version)

When we all engage in acts of kindness, children learn that being kind is important to everyone in our community. Below is a video about the Family Kindness Challenge!

Thanks for spreading kindness!

Mary Katayama


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The Great Kindness Challenge - Family Edition


Coffee with Ms. Katayama

On Friday, January 27th all parents/guardians are invited to attend a meeting with the principal, at 8:20am. Come and have some coffee and learn about the school plans, upcoming events, and strategies to support your child. This event will be held in the staff room behind the office.
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Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long

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

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!

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

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!
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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 @

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

Yearbook Announcement

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

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.