Carrillo Community Update

February 26 - March 4

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Rodeo weekend is such a wonderful Tucson tradition. Whether you made it to the parade, the rodeo, traveled or just stayed in for the long weekend, I hope you enjoyed the 4-day weekend!

This is the last week before our quarterly benchmark testing begins. Thank you for helping to make sure that your students are here to receive all the instruction they need to do well on these exams.

Thank you to everyone who attended Culture Night on Tuesday. We understand there were a lot of events across town last week, but we appreciate the families that were able to come to participate. The student performances were wonderful and it was great to see so many students learning about the various cultures that make Tucson the wonderful place it is. We even had 2 students running tables to share with their peers! What a way to be leaders and use your communication skills Cougars!

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, March 1 - PTO Reading Challenge Pledges and Pledge Sheets Due
  • Thursday, March 2 - 3rd Grade Showcase (3:15 - 5:00 pm)
  • Friday, March 3 - Yearbook Cover Contest Entries Due
  • Monday, March 6 - Benchmark Testing Window Opens (Schedule to follow)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - Kinder Kick-Off (5:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, March 9 - Track Meet @ Cholla
  • Tuesday, March 14 - Spring Picture Day
  • Friday, March 17 - Grading Day

Afternoon Pick Up Request

We know that the 17th Street area can get a bit tight at pickup. Thank you for driving slowly, watching the road carefully and when possible heading out of the neighborhood along 11th Avenue. The streets behind Carrillo are narrow and recently we've had a few fender-benders and a family almost hit. Thank you for helping us keep our Cougars and our community safe.

PTO Fundraiser

There are just a few more days for students to read and collect pledges for PTO's February Reading Challenge. All forms and donations need to be submitted to teachers by 2:00 on Wednesday, March 1. Once pledge sheets have been submitted PTO will order the prizes which should be delivered in mid-March. Thank you for participation!

Kind Campus Update - Kindness and Social Media

Young adults spend an average of one-two hours online daily on multiple social media platforms. And just like in other areas of our life, social media is rife with opportunities for kind—and unkind—behavior. Students can call upon their kindness skills to mitigate the negative effects of social media. In fact, simply limiting screen time to one hour per day total (for all social media platforms) actually improves mental well-being, while more time decreases the positive impacts of connecting online. Be Kind Online: Youth Voices features advice from older adolescents to their younger peers, including tips for developing awareness around social media, ideas for being kind online, and Kindness Dilemmas specific to social media. For younger students who don’t use social media, discuss why limiting screen time is kind, and how, when used responsibly, the internet can help us to stay connected to family/friends and local organizations/resources.

Register for the 2023-24 School Year

Thank you for your patience over the last couple of weeks as TUSD has rebuilt access to registration systems.

  • ParentVUE and StudentVUE are now available for you to access and view student progress, communicate with teachers, and complete On-Line Registration (OLR).

When you login please use the “Login with SSO” button. This authenticates the user and ensures safe access to the platform.

Will we again be recognizing the first class to 100% registration, so thank you for logging into ParentVue to complete your students' registration for next year.

As of Wednesday, February 22, 175 students had registered. Thank you!

Yearbook Cover Contest

It's again time for the yearbook cover contest. Student may submit their entries up until March 3rd. See the flier below for details.
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AASA Parent Info Guide

Arizona's Academic Standards Assessment is rapidly approaching and it is extremely important that all students are on campus (unless they are sick) so that they are prepared for this annual assessment. Please take a look at the attached parent guide about the assessments. We have not finalized out testing schedule, but will have it to families within the next few weeks. If you have questions, please contact Ms. DeLorenzo (

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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)

From TUSD's Social Emotional Learning Department

Greetings TUSD Community!

The Tucson Unified School District in partnership with Pima County Prevention Coalition is excited to offer an engaging in-person workshop for parents and families on March 2nd, 2023, from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Catalina Family Resource Center. This empowering parenting session will help identify symptoms of distress and provide specific strategies for parent/child connection and resilience; and will provide families with strategies to communicate with their child(ren) about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration. You can also register here:

In Partnership,

Julie Shivanonda | Director

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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.

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.