Carrillo Community Update

November 6 - November 12

Good Evening Cougar Families! Last week we enjoyed our annual Halloween Costume Parade and Trick or Treat Trail. It was wonderful to see so much excitement over the holiday, followed by a quick return to daily routines.

There are few big events this week we hope to see you at.

Halloween Highlights


There is still time for you to participate in the TUSD Annual Family Engagement Survey. We'd love to get your feedback. The survey is short and takes only a few minutes. The survey is open until November 18th and our goal is 80% complete. Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal!


Come out to Carrillo this Tuesday Night between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm to participate in Fitness Night. A variety of Carrillo partners and our own SWAT Team will hosting activities to support physical and mental health and well-being.


Want to see what magnet options are available for middle school? Check out the TUSD Magnet Fair this Wednesday from 5:30 - 7:30. Come on by to visit the Carrillo table while you are there. For more details visit


Metacognition: Committing to the practice of kindness means incorporating kindness into your everyday life and engaging in the awareness and skill-building that leads to kind actions. A powerful way to bring awareness to your kindness practice is through metacognition: the concept of thinking about our thinking. It’s a practice of understanding our thought process in the moment so that we can be prepared to respond with kindness. Learning to perceive our thoughts as something separate from ourselves helps us develop the self-awareness necessary “to examine and understand who we are relative to the world around us.”1 Reflecting on our learning process builds metacognition, and weekly reflection about our thinking reshapes our brain’s structure, helping us become more adaptable, open-minded, and kind. Also, research shows that our metacognitive skills increase as we age, especially between ages 12 and 15.² This process can lead to kinder communication as we practice putting distance between our thoughts and our communication by being able to observe them and developing an awareness of our behavior.

References: 1. Price-Mitchell, M. (2015, Apr 7). Metacognition: Nurturing Self-Awareness in the Classroom. Edutopia. 2. Stel, M. van der (2011). “Development of metacognitive skills in young adolescents: a bumpy ride to the high road.” elonging which ultimately affects if and how students speak up when they have a need.2


Join Ben’s Bells in celebrating their 20th anniversary by recognizing the 250+ murals that have been installed in the Tucson, Phoenix, Connecticut, and surrounding areas. Here is how to enter:

  1. Find a Ben’s Bells mural. This could be the iconic ‘be kind’ flower, a kindness tree, or a custom mural.
  2. Take a photo of the mural. Bonus: We love to see happy people with our murals!
  3. Submit your information and photos below.
  4. The person who submits the most photos by November 15th will WIN A 20TH ANNIVERSARY ORNAMENT!

HINT - Carrillo has a mural on campus!

Entries can be submitted at the following link (


Carrillo is proud to announce that we will be participating in National Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 14th. More details will be coming home this week. We are inviting the community to join us in wearing purple and reenacting the historic moment in 1960 when Ruby Bridges integrated William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans. For more information please visit the Ruby Bridges Foundation


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.


Dr. Trujillo visited Carrillo last week and filmed his weekly address here. Here's a link to that video in case you missed it


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.


Swing on by the Carrillo library to check out the new series Mr. Brandt has added! Have a request? Leave that with him for our next order!


Looking for Carrillo spirit gear? Look no further, here is the link to the Big Frog Web Store.


  • Tuesday, November 8 - Health and Fitness Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, November 9 - TUSD Magnet Fair at the Children's Museum (5:30 - 7:30 pm)
  • Friday November 11 - NO SCHOOL for Veteran's Day
  • November 14 - Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Middle School Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, November 17 - Peter Piper Pizza Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)

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.