The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School September 2, 2020

Wednesday Update

Dear El Carmelo Families,

Thank you ALL for attending Back to School Night for grades 1-5. This time with parents is always special. We appreciate your partnership as we navigate teaching and learning during a pandemic together. Please review with your child, and complete the Elementary Student Use of Technology form below. Should you have additional questions, your child's teacher will be happy to discuss them with you.

Kindergarten Back to School Night

Kindergarten Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6:00 PM. Each teacher will email you the zoom link for their session.

Friday Minimum Day

All PAUSD Elementary Sites have a minimum day, ending at noon on Friday, September 4, 2020. The TK, Young 5's, and kindergarten schedules will remain as-is. Students, in grades 1-5, will not have a lunch block, instead, block 3 will be 10:50 am - 12:00 pm.

English Learner Advisory Committee Meeting

All parents of English Learners, please join our English Learner Specialists Shirley Jou, and Tracy Thorson, via Zoom on Tuesday, September 8th at 2:30 PM. This event will include information for parents about testing, instruction, and ways to support your child's English language development this year.

Zoom link:

Meeting ID: 950 3741 8141

Passcode: Dragons

Be Well,


Supporting your child’s mental health

How parents can help their children navigate their feelings during school reopenings.

Video Cameras On During Instruction

To monitor student engagement, your child must keep his or her camera on during instruction. Please remind your child that the video is on the entire time when teachers give this direction. Depending on the grade level, teachers will provide the option of turning videos off during independent work time.

Students who are not visible or answering to their names being called when attendance is taken will be marked absent. Students should be visible and available to respond to the teacher during the entire block.



Thank You PiE!

Did you know that PiE funds our music program at El Carmelo? Take a look at music teacher Jesse Denny's video below to learn more about our primary music program in grades 1-3.

Spectra Art

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PiE Funded SPECTRA Art

El Carmelo is fortunate to have donations to Partners in Education, (PiE) that fund our classroom instructional aides, who work with children individually and in small groups guided by the classroom teacher.

PiE provides funding for our full-time, five days a week, CASSY counselor, Emily Tahamont, who provides social and emotional classroom lessons and school-based counseling with our students.

Thank you for recognizing the importance of music and dance in creating a well-rounded educational experience for our students. As a result of your thoughtful donation to PiE, all El Carmelo students receive music instruction each week. Our primary students in grades K-2 receive dance in the spring!

Our students also receive SPECTRA Art instruction as a result of your generous donations to PiE! This type of enrichment is unheard of in most California public schools.

Take a look at what SPECTRA Art will include during distance learning in two informative brochures below.

Get Involved at El Carmelo through PiE!

School Lunch

Lunch Application Forms

Lunch is available to all families. If you receive SNAP benefits or other support and have not received a letter from Food Services informing you that you qualify for free or reduced-price meals, please submit an application for the 2020-2021 school year before the benefit expires on September 23, 2020. For more information, see below.

Many families are experiencing reduced income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in free or reduced lunch, applications are below. More information can be found here.

Families that received free or reduced lunch during the 2019-2020 school year need to reapply by September 23, 2020, to avoid being charged for meals. Submit an online application here.

Lunch Pick-up

PAUSD Food Services continues to offer lunch to ALL FAMILIES who participate in the school lunch program including paid, free, or reduced lunch. Parents will need your child's Student ID number and your lunch account will be charged accordingly.

The “drive-through”/"walk-through"/"bike-through" lunch pick-up for students occurs:

  • Monday: 10:45 am-1:00 pm
  • Tuesday through Friday: 10:30 am-12:10 pm

Locations: JLS, Greene, and Gunn

  • JLS, 480 East Meadow Dr.
  • Green, 750 North California Ave.
  • Gunn, 780 Arastradero Rd.


If you are walking or biking, please keep at least six feet between each group.

Please do not come if you are sick.

El Carmelo Elementary School

An inclusive & rigorous school in the heart of Palo Alto. Thoughtful educators partner with involved parents. We are the Dragons! We learn, play & grow!