Carlton Avenue Times

October 30, 2022

Important Dates

10/31 Halloween parade

1/31 Games Club 3rd-5th @ lunch recess

11/1 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

11/2 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

11/3 After School Math Club

11/3 Odyssey of the Mind K-2

11/3 CHSC Board meeting @ 7:00 pm

11/4 5th Grade Vision Check

11/4 Picture make-up day

11/4 Running Club

11/7 -11/9 Parent/Teacher conferences

11/7 Games Club 1st-2nd grades @ lunch recess

11/8 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

11/9 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

11/10 Professional Development Day - No School for Students

11/11 Veteran's Day - No School

11/14 - 11/18 Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/21-11/25 November break

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

Strong communication between parents and teachers is vital for students to succeed. Parent/Teacher conferences are starting next week. Please be sure to sign up for a conference time. This is a great opportunity to discuss your child's progress and discover how you can best support your child's learning at home. If you prefer to have a translator at the conference, please let your child's teacher know. If you have specific concerns or questions, it would be helpful to email your child's teacher in advance.

Students will be dismissed early during parent/teacher conferences. From November 7th to November 9th and November 14th to November 18th, 1st through 5th-grade students will be dismissed at 1:15 pm. Students in Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten will be dismissed at 1:05 pm. Students attending Extended Care will be picked up at these earlier dismissal times. If your child attends a different after-school care program, please let them know about the earlier dismissal times during parent/teacher conference days.

November 10th is a USD Professional Development Day. There is no school for students on that day. There is also no school on November 11th because it is Veteran's Day.

Please contact our office team if you have any questions.

Mary Katayama,


ID Badges are Necessary to View Halloween Parade(s)

TK/Kindergarten Halloween parade

Date: October 31st

Time: 8:30am

Location: Primary Playground

Gate opens: 8:20am

1st-5th Grade Halloween Parade

Date: October 31st

Time: 9:15am

Location: Intermediate Playground

Gate opens: 9:00am

All parents/guardians must exit campus as soon as they drop off their children on Monday morning, and re-enter the FRONT GATE if they want to watch one of the parades. (All other gates will be closed once school begins.)

All adult guests who want to view the parades must have a sticker badge with their name and photo to enter campus.

How to get a sticker ID badge:

ID sticker badges can be obtained by bringing a driver's license, ID, or passport to the office.

If You Have Not Signed-in in the Office This School Year

You can come by the office anytime after 7:30 am on Monday, bring your ID, and receive a sticker badge.

If You Have Already Signed-in in the Office this School Year (to volunteer or see a performance)

You can pick up a pre-printed badge in front of our school office in the morning.

If you have any COVID or flu symptoms, please stay home. Thank you!

Come to the Coffee Social Before the Halloween Parade

Carlton HSC is hosting a Coffee Social on Monday, October 31st in the morning before the Halloween parades. Come to the front of the school, near the flag pole, after you drop off your child to get some coffee and meet other Carlton parents.

Child-Friendly Halloween Costumes

School parades should be child-friendly and enjoyable for everyone who attends the parades. Therefore, frightening or culturally insensitive costumes should not be worn in the parade. For example, an inflatable sumo costume may be disrespectful to people from Japan. Also, scary, bloody masks may cause fear and anxiety in our younger students. Therefore, these types of costumes or masks should not be brought to school. In addition, weapon-like props are not allowed at school. Students can wear costumes without the scary masks or they can make a fun, creative costume to wear at school at save their spooky costume for trick-or-treating.

If your child does not want to participate in the Halloween parade or activities, please contact your child's teacher. If your child's costume is uncomfortable or her/his shoes are slippery, please have your child wear clothing underneath to make it easy to change, and bring shoes that are safe to wear on the playground or grass. Thank you for helping all students have a positive experience at school on Halloween.

School Photo Make-Up Day is November 4th

On Friday, November 4th, we will have a school photo make-up day. If your child was absent on Picture Day or if you are planning to purchase your child's photo but you would like your child to retake the photo, please fill out this form. Filling out this form will help us know which students need to take a photo on November 4th. Your. child's photo will be emailed to you and then you can decide if you want to purchase the photo. Photos are sent directly to parents' homes. Every child should be photographed. if you have any questions, contact

Odyssey of the Mind for K-2nd grade Students

Does your child enjoy science, technology, art, and/or thinking "outside the box"? Odyssey of the MInd is a unique program that inspires children to work together to come up with creative solutions to interesting problems. Here is a link to get more information.
[K - 2] Odyssey of the Mind sessions will start on November 3rd at Carlton. It teaches students how to develop and use their natural creativity to become problem solvers. Sessions will be from 5PM - 6PM on Thursdays. Please signup your child by visiting this link:

Dates and times of sessions are here:

If you have questions, please reach out to Smitha Tuppada at 919-607-6502.

Yard Duty Supervisors NEEDED

If you are interested in working at Carlton as a yard duty supervisor, even once or twice a week, please contact our office as soon as possible. (408)356-1141 No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. This is a paid position. This is a great opportunity to support our students as they eat and play during lunch recess.

Lunch Hours

11:55 to 12:55 First - Fifth grade

11:10 -12:00 Kindergarten (rooms 1-3)

12:30 - 1:20 TK/Kinder (room 4 and 9)

We are also looking for volunteers that can serve as substitutes or come when available. Please fill out this Yard Duty Volunteer form if interested in volunteering. Thank you!

Carlton HSC Board Meeting is on November 3rd at 7:00pm

Please click above to get the Zoom link for the meeting.

Project Cornerstone - November Book

Next month the ABC volunteers will be reading the book René Has Two Last Names by René Colato Laínez. The author tells the story of René, who moves from El Salvador to the United States. René has two last names which represent his mother and father’s families. His classmates make fun of him for having a long last name.

When we learn about other cultures it creates an understanding of others. When we explain our culture to others it promotes understanding of our differences. To learn more about this lesson and discuss this story with your child use the Rene has Two Names slides.

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Board Games Needed

Do you have some board games at home that your children no longer play with? If you have all the pieces necessary to play the game and you would like to donate the game to our school, we would love to have more games for our Games Club on Mondays. We are looking for games that can be played in 10-15 minutes and are easy to learn how to play. The Games Club is open to students during lunch recess on Mondays. If you would like to volunteer for the Games Club, please sign up below, or contact our office.

Volunteers Needed for Lunch Time Activities

CHSC would like to offer all students in grades 1-5 enriching activities during lunchtime. Would you be willing to help? In addition to Running Club and Garden Club, CHSC would like to offer two other activity options during the week. On Mondays(formerly on Thursdays), we would like to offer an opportunity to play board and card games at the Game Club. On Thursdays, we would like to offer an Art Club (formerly on Mondays). We are thinking about starting with origami, Japanese paper folding art.

This opportunity is not limited to parents and guardians. We encourage grandparents to become involved as well. More information can be provided once you sign up.

Volunteers are needed from 11:50 - 1:00. Please use the links below to sign up.

Monday: Game Club

Tuesday: Garden Club

Wednesday & Friday: Running Club

Thursday: Art Club

Yearbook Announcement

Hello Carlton Community,

We would like to get started on the yearbook early this year and would love some of your favorite images from the Walkathon:

Please read these instructions on how to upload your images before uploading:

Thank you for understanding that, although we make every effort to include as many submitted images as possible, we are only able to include a limited number due to space restrictions. We appreciate your help in filling our pages with beautiful images!

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Sincerely, the Yearbook Committee

Is Your Emergency Information Updated?

Please update the emergency contact information or confirm that all information is correct. Please look for an email from or in your junk/spam mail - mass mailings tend to find their way into this part of the inbox. Thank you for your cooperation!

Before and After School Programs at Carlton

There are several classes offered before and after school at Carlton. Students can learn to play an instrument in a band on Monday mornings, play chess on Tuesday afternoons, and create art on Wednesdays after school. These are fee-based programs and they are not sponsored by the district. For more information, please go to the Carlton website. On our website, you can also learn about other after-school classes offered in our community.
USD Parent Education Information

Click above to access information about upcoming parent education opportunities.

Carlton Classrooms/Teachers Map

View this map to see where teachers/classrooms are located.

Carlton 2022-23 Bell Schedule

Use this link, if you would like to print out the bell schedule.

USD Extended Care

On-site before and after-school care information for Carlton families.

About Us

At Carlton Elementary School, students in grades TK - 5 are excited to learn. Through hands-on, collaborative STEAM and social studies projects, school wide programs, and differentiated instruction in language arts and math, students develop an innovator's mindset, social-emotional awareness, and a love for learning. Every student. Every day.