Carrillo Community Update

February 19 - 25

Good Evening Cougar Families!

I hope you had a nice weekend and are ready for a short, but exciting Rodeo Week. On Monday, we will raffle off the Kindness Basket to one of the students that completed the kindness BINGO card. It was wonderful to see so many students participating in the various activities all week. A big thank you to Mr. Brandt for reading on Monday, to Ms. Troup for organizing Tuesdays activity, and to Ms. Dal Pra for the rock painting on Wednesday. The students that created windchimes on Friday, were incredible and I loved working with them.

This week we also announced the news that Carrillo K-5 was awarded the Magnet Schools of America School of Excellence Merit Award. This is their highest tier award and recognizes school that have worked to chose the achievement gap, while providing academic excellence rooted in a unique curriculum. This award recognizes the dedication to excellence that each staff member exhibits and the commitment to hard work on behalf of our students and their families. Thank you for being part of what continues to make Carrillo excellent!

Sincerely, Ms. BIttel

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, February 21 - Culture Night and Vaccine Clinic (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • February 23 and 24 - Rodeo Break
  • Monday, March 6 - Benchmark Testing Window Opens (Schedule to follow)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - Kinder Kick-Off (5-6:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 9 - Track Meet @ Cholla

Morning Drop Off

Carrillo Parents we need you help with morning drop off. The earliest students can be dropped of is 7:35. We do not have student supervision until that time.

If you are just dropping your student off, we need all families to use 17th Street for drop off. Main Avenue is a major road and is not safe for students to use as drop off.

Thank you for helping us keep our Cougars and our community safe.

Culture Night

Please join us THIS Tuesday, February 21 from 5:00 - 7:00 for Carrillo's Culture Night. This will be a night of performances and activities. As an added bonus, Ms. Stroup is treating the class with the greatest percentage of students participating to a donut party. We hope to see you all there!

Kind Campus Update - Kindness in Action with Everyday Practices Spread Kindness in Your Community

People tend to underestimate the impact that acts of kindness may have on others, leading them to engage in prosocial actions less often in everyday life. However, research actually shows that one act of kindness can create a ripple effect that goes on to impact and inspire entire communities, which is great motivation for modeling kind behavior. Dr. Haesung Jung describes kind and helpful behaviors as “quite contagious” and explains that “we need a social environment where prosocial behavior is positively reinforced in order for people to imitate that behavior more.” Thank or acknowledge your kind student by having them write Kind Notes to deliver to someone at school (such as a counselor, custodian, or crossing guard), or to a group in your community (nurses, animal shelter employees, etc.). Discuss how receiving Kind Notes will make the recipient(s) feel and how it might inspire kind behavior in the community. How does this impact us all?

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.

Yearbook Cover Contest

It's again time for the yearbook cover contest. Student may submit their entries up until March 3rd. See the flier below for details.
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AASA Parent Infor 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)

From TUSD's Social Emotional Learning Department

Greetings TUSD Community!

The Tucson Unified School District in partnership with Pima County Prevention Coalition is excited to offer an engaging in-person workshop for parents and families on March 2nd, 2023, from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Catalina Family Resource Center. This empowering parenting session will help identify symptoms of distress and provide specific strategies for parent/child connection and resilience; and will provide families with strategies to communicate with their child(ren) about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration. You can also register here:

In Partnership,

Julie Shivanonda | Director

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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.