The Hidden Gem
El Carmelo Elementary School September 2, 2020
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.
Meeting ID: 950 3741 8141
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!
PiE Funded SPECTRA Art
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!
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.
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.
PLEASE DO NOT GET OUT OF THE CAR, FOR YOUR SAFETY AND THE SAFETY OF THE FOOD SERVICE STAFF.
If you are walking or biking, please keep at least six feet between each group.
Please do not come if you are sick.