Carrillo Community Update

November 20-26

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Thank you to everyone who supported our inaugural celebration of the Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day. This is event was especially important to the Carrillo Community as a magnet school. One focus of magnet schools is ensuring an integrated experience for students. Research shows that students who attend integrated schools are more likely to achieve higher test scores and grades because racially diverse classroom environments encourages critical thinking in all students as well as supporting students in creating valuable cross-race and cross-cultural relationships and helping students to become more comfortable interacting with diverse people.

Ruby Bridge's Walk to School Day Highlights

On Monday, November 14, Carrillo Student Council began the morning by addressing the Carrillo student body. The Student Council President and Vice President spoke about the significance of the day, and how Ruby Bridges's act of courage in 1960 has opened doors and created equal opportunities for students across the country. Students then processed along the school sidewalk, through the neighborhood to enter the front doors of Carrillo, reenacting Ruby Bridges integration of William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans in 1960. This will be an annual celebration. Thank you to everyone who helped to make the event a success!


There is still time for you to participate in the TUSD Annual Family Engagement Survey. We'd love to get your feedback. The survey is short and takes only a few minutes. The survey is open until November 18th and our goal is 80% complete. Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal!

KIND CAMPUS CHALLENGE - Kindness in Action with Everyday Practices

A great way to practice reflection and gratitude, document acts of kindness, and inspire others is to join the Carrillo Be Kind Challenge! Remind your student to grab aa Kindness Flower from their classroom, to document acts of kindness or thank someone for their kindness. Remind them that their own kind acts, or acts of self-kindness, count as well! Three of these are read each day to motivate students to recognize acts of kindness on a regular basis. Watching the flowers multiple in the hallway is a powerful visual reminder of the impact of kind acts. You can help by asking your student to recount the kind acts they witnessed or participated in each day.

Step Up to Middle School

To all parents/guardians of 5th graders – you are invited to our TUSD STEP UP Middle school EXPO! Our TUSD Secondary Expo will be Thursday, Dec 1 from 5:30 PM – 7:30PM at the Tucson Convention Center. This is your opportunity for you and your child to visit all of our TUSD Middle School booths, meet our middle school principals and learn about the middle school programs. You will be able to register your child that night. Our high schools and CTE programs will also be there, in addition to student performances. Please save this date and plan on attending the TCC – there will also be free parking for you.

Las Posadas Support

The 86th Annual Las Posadas is scheduled for December 16th. We are looking for parent and community volunteers to help us with the event. If you have 30 minutes of time you can donate to the school to support set up, ticket sales, food sales, or clean up we thank you in advance for signing up using the attached link.


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.

New additions to the Carrillo library

Is your cougar looking for a new book for to read over the break? Mr. Brandt just received 5 new books that are making their way to the Carrillo shelves. Encourage your cougar to check one out! Just 20 minutes a day of reading has long lasting impacts on reading skills.

Thanksgiving meals

Our partner, Casa de los Ninos has sent out a calendar of prepared meals for the week of Thanksgiving. Please visit any of the agencies if your family is in need this year. Many are not too far from Carrillo.
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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.


Looking for Carrillo spirit gear? Look no further, here is the link to the Big Frog Web Store.


  • Thursday, November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday, December 1 - Step Up to Middle School (5:30 - 7:30 pm at the TCC)
  • Tuesday, December 6 - Benchmarks Exams begin for 2nd Quarter
  • Tuesday, December 6 - PTO meeting online (6:00pm)
  • Friday, December 16 - 86th Annual Las Posadas (5:00 - 8:00 pm)

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.