Carrillo Community Update

January 29 - February 3

Good Evening Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. IT was great to see so many families out to join us for Kindergarten's Star Party this year. Despite the cold and cloudy start to the week, the skies were clear and we had fantastic viewing s of Jupiter, Saturn, the Moon, and other star clusters.

This week kicks of our Carrillo's Love of Reading Month! Ms. Stroup has been scheduling community readers to share their love of books with students. If you would like to participate, please send her an email and she'll get you scheduled. Additionally PTO has a Read-A-Thon fundraiser planned and pledge sheets should be going home this week, if you didn't get yours already. This fundraiser aligns with the Carrillo goal of 20 minutes of reading each night to help students expand their vocabulary and continually improve their reading skills.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, February 1 - Kinder Readiness Day at the Children's Museum (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Monday, February 6 - Counselor Appreciation Week Begins
  • Tuesday, February 7 - PTO Meeting (6:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 9 - 1/2 Day for Conferences (11:45 dismissal)
  • Friday, February 10 - 1/2 Day for Conferences (11:45 dismissal)
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Culture Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • February 23 and 24 - Rodeo Break


While many schools participate in Love of Reading Week during February, at Carrillo we like to celebrate a full month of reading! If you would like to volunteer to come in a read to a class or classes, please contact Ms. Stroup ( so that she can get you on our reading calendar.

Not sure what to read? We will have a selection of books for you available for you to choose from.

Kind Campus Update - “Ripple Effect” Exercise

With your student(s), brainstorm a list of kind acts that you might do or see at home or in the community. Examples include introducing yourself to a new neighbor, helping to put away dishes, or seeing someone pick up a piece of trash. Using your ideas, create “Ripple Effect” poster. Write the kind act in the center of the poster, then draw a circle around it. Think about how that one act of kindness impacts the surrounding community, be it individuals or the overall environment. Draw a line from the kind act in the center to a new spot on the poster, and write down the effect. Effects could include new neighbor smiling at others, family members having more time together, or people appreciating their shared spaces. How might these effects spread? Leave plenty of space and ask other family members for suggestions to add more connections to the kind act, and track how far its impact can go. Watching the growing reach of individual kind acts can influence future words and actions, and serves as a powerful visual reminder of what it means to be part of a kind campus or community.

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)

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.

COVID Pool Testing

As you may remember, TUSD has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide an optional and completely free COVID pooled testing program.

To opt-in, please fill out the consent form with your permission to have your child participate in the weekly COVID-19 pooled testing at our school. If you completed this form last year, you do not need to complete it again. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone.

  1. First, click here (
  2. Then, enter this access code: TUSD-CARRILLO1 (all CAPS)
  3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!

Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete the process once for each child. Please note this consent is for the entire school year (Including Summer programs in June) and includes participation in the pool test and any follow-up rapid antigen test to provide “quick tests” for any individual in a positive pool.

Request from Our Neighbors

Parents, our neighbors to the south and west have reached out with two requests.

  1. If we can make sure that we are not blocking any driveways while waiting for students.
  2. If we can make sure that we are driving slowly through the neighborhood.

Thank you!

Presidio Museum Walking Tour - Turquoise Trail Walking Tour

Join one of our community partners, the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on...

Tuesday, December 27, 10 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, January 14, 10 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 10 am-12:30 pm

COST: $25 for non-members, $20 for members

Led by tour guide Mauro Trejo, this tour takes attendees on a walk along the 2.5-mile Turquoise Trail through Downtown Tucson to see historic buildings and hear stories that make Tucson’s history special.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.