The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School August 26, 2020

Wednesday Update

Dear El Carmelo Families,

Our students are settling into distance learning. It has been a joy to pop into their Zoom sessions and see them engaged and learning. Our first graders were writing up a storm about their small moments! Our fifth graders were commenting on each other's posts via Schoology during morning meeting. Each morning our teachers lead their students in activities that connect and build a classroom community of learners. Teachers, aides, and students are making distance learning happen successfully!

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.

Back to School Night

Please join me via Zoom, at 5:30 PM. Our entire school will come together to meet our dedicated and thoughtful faculty. You will learn the ways the educational foundation, Partners in Education (Pie), supports El Carmelo. Our PTA will share their plans for this year and how you can get involved. We are looking forward to seeing you!

Here are the link and password:

Meeting ID: 991 3048 6805

Passcode: Dragons

Grades 1-3: will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 5:45-6:45 PM.

Grades 4 & 5: will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 6:50-7:50 PM.

Kindergarten Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6:00 PM.

On both nights, teachers will share with you information about the content that will be taught this year. Each teacher will email you the zoom link for their session.

Early Release

All PAUSD Elementary Sites have an early release day 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 and instead, Block 3 will be 10:50 am - 12:00 pm.

Is your child ready for SPECTRA Art? Read the articles below for more details.

Looking for ways to support El Carmelo? PiE is a great way to demonstrate your support! Take a look at the attachments below.

School Lunch

Lunch is available to all families. For more information, see below. Lunch application forms are attached.

Be Well,


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

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 24, 2020, to avoid being charged for meals.

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!