Carrillo Chronicles

Week of September 18, 2023

Start with Hello week

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Happening this Week

Monday, September 18, 2023
  • National IT Professional Day - We appreciate Mr. Rodriguez, our Campus Instructional Technologist! He makes a big difference in supporting our teachers and how they implement technology in the classroom.
  • Dot Day! Dress up in dot attire. Make your own shirt or dress out of dots! (read more details in Mr. Pizano's newsletter below)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

  • Volunteers needed at 10:00 am to help bag food for the afternoon distribution.
  • 5th grade field trip to the Hobby Center to view "Maria's Magical Music Adventure"
  • Brighter Bites food distribution 3:00 pm in the cafeteria.
  • Karate 3:15 pm - 4:15 pm
  • PTO Meeting 6:00 pm in the cafeteria. Please use the back entrance.

Wednesday, September 20, 2023

  • Wear all GREEN today as part of Start with Hello Week!
  • Happy Birthday Ms. Halley (TA in Ms. Weeks' class)
  • Wednesday's folders sent home: Make sure to check your child's backpack for important school information.

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Friday, September 22, 2023

  • Hispanic Heritage Month dress up day: Jersey Day! Represent famous Hispanic athletes by wearing your favorite jersey.
  • Coffee with the Principal 8:00 am in the cafeteria. Please use the back entrance.

Save the Dates:

  • Monday, September 25, 2023 - Fall Holiday, No School
  • Wednesday, September 27, 2023 - Open House at 5pm
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Was your child recently absent?

If your child was recently absent due to illness, please submit a doctor's note from the doctor's office for the date of absence. Handwritten notes are accepted, but unexcused. You can either submit the hard copy of the doctor's note to your child's teacher, or you can email our attendance clerk Mrs. Paragulla at

Progress Report Cards

On Friday, September 22, 2023, your child will bring home their first progress report for the school year. Please review it and talk to your child about academic expectations. By now, your child should be bringing home homework, daily agenda and a communication
"Wednesday Folder" each week. Only students in 1st - 5th grade receive grades. Students in PK - Kinder receive progress notes. If you do not receive your child's progress report, please contact our school at 713-924-1870. If your child is failing, open house is scheduled for September 27, 2023 at 5pm. That is a great opportunity for parents to talk to the teacher about the student's progress and make adjustments before the report card.

How to Contact Your Child's Teacher

Here is a directory of all Carrillo staff members. Email is the best form of communication. As always, you can call 713-924-1870 to leave your child's teacher a message.

Click here to view Team Carrillo email addresses.

Cafeteria Money

Your child is able to purchase a cookie, chips or an ice cream with their lunch for $2. However, we are noticing some of our students are bringing large cash amounts, and then misplacing or losing it before lunchtime. Perhaps it falls out of their pocket during recess, or they drop it on the floor because they never put it inside their backpack. Either way, we have no control over the cash that students bring to school. We do our best to control and manage situations as best we can. For example, it is extremely difficult to find the owner of a $5 bill that is found on the playground after several classes have already been outside. To avoid this, I recommend that you add money to your child's account online instead. Click here for instructions.

Click here to access the Lunch Menu for the month of September.

School Calendar - September

Click here to access our school calendar for the month of September.

Weekly Counselor's Newsletter

Click here to access our Counselor, Mrs. Cancel's weekly newsletter.

Inside our Library

We recently read the book, The Dot by Peter Reynolds. We will be celebrating creativity, courage and collaboration across school on Monday as we make our mark! Thank you parents for your continued support of our library. Click here to access Mr. Pizanos' newsletter for parents.

Carrillo Uniform Policy

Monday - Thursday is a regular uniform day. Only khaki or navy blue pants. No jeans on these days.
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Carrillo Sweaters and Jackets

For the 2023-2024 school year, sweaters and jackets must be all navy blue or have a Carrillo logo.

Uniform Drive

If you have gently used uniforms that your child has outgrown, please consider donating them. You can drop them off at our school Monday - Friday, anytime from 8 am - 3 pm. Please email for more information.

School Nurse

If your child has health needs in which the school nurse needs to be made aware of, please email Nurse Escalante at We want to make sure all of our students have a great school experience.

YMCA After School Program

The YMCA after school program is offered to Carrillo Elementary students If you are still interested in registering for this, please click on the link here. There is a one time registration fee of $40, and then the monthly fee of $230. Hours are each school day from 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Same day registration is not available. You must register 24 hours in advance. For questions, you can email the program director Sandrell Jackson at

Parent Volunteers Needed!

Parent volunteers are always needed at Carrillo Elementary School. Whether you volunteer to be a door greeter, a field trip chaperone or a book fair helper, all volunteers make a difference.

If you are interested in volunteering at any time during the school year, you must complete the following steps each school year. (So, if you did this last year, you will need to do it again.)

1. Click here to complete a VIPS orientation course.

2. Once completed, you will have a VIPS certificate.

3. Continue to the next steps of completing your English or Spanish application from that same website (This is required for your background check. This may take 24–48 hours.)

4. Once you are APPROVED, you will receive an approval email from regarding your approved status.

5. Please forward this email AND the VIPS certificate (two items!) to, so I can add you to the list of approved volunteers. Without the TWO items, you will not be allowed to volunteer at any school event/activity during the 2023 - 2024 school year.