Carrillo Community Update

February 5 - 11

Good Evening Cougar Families!

I hope you all had a restful weekend and found time to enjoy some good books! Love of Reading Month began on Monday and we have already had some engaging guest readers on campus sharing their love of books with our young Cougars. If you, or a community member you know would like to read to a classroom or a few few classrooms, please reach our to Ms. Stroup by email or phone ( or 225-1264) Additionally the PTO Read-A-Thon fundraiser is underway. Please call the office if you need another pledge sheet. This fundraiser aligns with the Carrillo goal of 20 minutes of reading each night to help students expand their vocabulary and continually improve their reading skills.

I know you are all aware of the technology issues that TUSD encountered last week. I want to reassure families, that we have hotspots setup around campus to support students and teachers with lessons and interventions. Students are still engaged with rigorous learning activities and the Carrillo staff has been very flexible and has come together to ensure that students are still challenged.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, February 6 - Counselor Appreciation Week Begins
  • Tuesday, February 7 - PTO Meeting (6:00 pm)
  • Thursday, February 9 - 1/2 Day for Conferences (11:45 dismissal)
  • Friday, February 10 - 1/2 Day for Conferences (11:45 dismissal)
  • Monday, February 13th - Kindness Week begins
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Culture Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • February 23 and 24 - Rodeo Break


Just a reminder that we will have early dismissal this week on both Thursday and Friday for Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Students will dismiss at 11:45am on Thursday the 9th and Friday the 10th..

Thursday and Friday are learning days and it is important that your student attend these days. Our daily goal, like our individual student goal, is 95% attendance.
Thanks you for helping us and your student meet that goal!


While many schools participate in Love of Reading Week during February, at Carrillo we like to celebrate a full month of reading! If you would like to volunteer to come in a read to a class or classes, please contact Ms. Stroup ( or 225-1264) so that she can get you on our reading calendar.

Not sure what to read? We will have a selection of books for you available for you to choose from.


Tuesday, February 7th is the last day to turn in Track and Field applications and registration packets. This includes student physicals. Thank you.


This week is Counselor Appreciation Week. The Carrillo Faculty and Staff want to thank Mr. Christopher (our school counselor) and Ms. Mathews (our school phycologist) for all the many things they do each and every day to support the emotional well-being of our students. If you or your student would like to leave a note of gratitude for either (or both)_ of these amazing people, we will have collection boxes set up in the office. Their boxes will be delivered to them on Thursday the 9th.

Kind Campus Update - Micro-moments of Connection

Humans experience the world as social creatures and rely on each other to survive and thrive. Knowing we’re part of a larger community gives us a sense of belonging that in turn provides motivation to actively participate in behavior and activities that benefit the group, and therefore ourselves. It’s easy to feel disconnected in our daily lives. One way we can feel more connected to our community is to focus on the small, yet meaningful, positive interactions that we have nearly every day. Training our brains to focus on what psychologist Barbara Frederickson calls “micromoments” of connection changes the way our brain works and helps us feel deeply embedded in our families, schools, neighborhoods, and communities. Frederickson explains that micro-moments develop an awareness of your surroundings, and even your sense of self. These micro-moments—such as sharing a smile or expressing concern—improve emotional resilience, boost the immune system, and reduce susceptibility to depression and anxiety. Bringing attention to our daily micro-moments helps us receive kindness from others, practice kindness toward ourselves, and share kindness every day. Consider making the sharing of these connections part of dinner, or car-ride conversations to help students feel more connected to their community.

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)

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.

COVID Pool Testing

As you may remember, TUSD has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide an optional and completely free COVID pooled testing program.

To opt-in, please fill out the consent form with your permission to have your child participate in the weekly COVID-19 pooled testing at our school. If you completed this form last year, you do not need to complete it again. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone.

  1. First, click here (
  2. Then, enter this access code: TUSD-CARRILLO1 (all CAPS)
  3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!

Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete the process once for each child. Please note this consent is for the entire school year (Including Summer programs in June) and includes participation in the pool test and any follow-up rapid antigen test to provide “quick tests” for any individual in a positive pool.

Request from Our Neighbors

Parents, our neighbors to the south and west have reached out with two requests.

  1. If we can make sure that we are not blocking any driveways while waiting for students.
  2. If we can make sure that we are driving slowly through the neighborhood.

Thank you!

Presidio Museum Walking Tour - Turquoise Trail Walking Tour

Join one of our community partners, the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on...

Saturday, February 11, 10 am-12:30 pm

COST: $25 for non-members, $20 for members

Led by tour guide Mauro Trejo, this tour takes attendees on a walk along the 2.5-mile Turquoise Trail through Downtown Tucson to see historic buildings and hear stories that make Tucson’s history special.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.