The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School August 19, 2020

First Week of School

Dear El Carmelo Families,

The first three days of school have been filled with happy faces, making new friends, and learning how to navigate Schoology, Seesaw, and Zoom. Our teachers are enjoying getting to know their new students. I have enjoyed seeing how much they have grown since early June.

THANK YOU for your patience and understanding regarding the connectivity issues and technical challenges that arise. We are learning with you, from you, and from each other, at our site and across the district.

With the exception of a couple of items, this newsletter is all about ways to help you and your child get connected to teaching and learning.

Please read the information below:

  • Student Insurance Information
  • School Lunch
  • Technology Support
  • Back to School Night

Be Well,


Student Insurance Information

School Lunch

Lunch Application Forms

Should you be interested in free or reduced lunch, applications are below. More information can be found here.

Families that received free or reduced lunch during the 2019-2020 school year need to reapply by September 24, 2020, to avoid being charged for meals.

Lunch Pick-up

PAUSD Food Services continues to offer lunch to ALL FAMILIES who participate in the school lunch program including paid, free, or reduced lunch. Parents will need your child's Student ID number and your lunch account will be charged accordingly.

The “drive-through”/"walk-through"/"bike-through" lunch pick-up for students occurs:

  • Monday: 10:45 am-1:00 pm
  • Tuesday through Friday: 10:30 am-12:10 pm

Locations: JLS, Greene, and Gunn

  • JLS, 480 East Meadow Dr.
  • Green, 750 North California Ave.
  • Gunn, 780 Arastradero Rd.


If you are walking or biking, please keep at least six feet between each group.

Please do not come if you are sick.


Technology Rules for Students

Please read the Elementary Student Technology Guidelines document below with your child. Teachers will be asking you and your child to read and sign this document soon.

K-2 Parents, SEESAW FAQ

Preparing Tech Tools for 8:30AM

Have you taken the Schoology Backpack Course?

Enjoy this training on how to use Schoology. The "PAUSD Schoology Backpack," is a course for parents all about Schoology. This is the Learning Management System teachers are using to communicate with students. ALL of the assignments and Zoom links to live instruction can be found here. Students will submit their work using Schoology. Our young learners will access SeeSaw through Schoology. All parents are automatically enrolled.

Having trouble accessing the course? Email: Let’s Talk.

Schoology: Accessing Google Drive Assignments

There are detailed, written instructions, and a video for you to view.

PAUSD ID Portal Login

First time PAUSD ID login
Distance Learning Tech Support

Information for you on creating a Google profile for students and Chromebook & Zoom support.

New Students

Parents of new students will receive their chid's user name and password from their teacher.

Returning Students Who Forgot their User Name or Password

To access a student user name and/or password:

  1. Students, or parents on behalf of their child need to submit an email to
  2. Provide the student’s name and ID number and the name of the school student attends.

Device, Apps & Internet Needs

Any students or families experiencing any difficulty with technology including needing a device, internet, or the device is not working properly, or trouble with apps should submit a request here: Let’s Talk.

Need a wifi hot spot? Email me at and I will submit an IT request for you.

Upcoming Events

Back to School Night

  • Grades 1-5, Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 5:30 PM
  • Kindergarten, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6:00PM

This online event will be held in the evening. Times and Zoom links will be sent by teachers.

El Carmelo Elementary School

An inclusive & rigorous school in the heart of Palo Alto. Thoughtful educators partner with involved parents. We are the Dragons! We learn, play & grow!