Carrillo Community Update

March 5 - 11

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Last week was a return to a normal week, and boy oh boy was it a wonderful week! Students were busy working and preparing for the 3rd Quarter Benchmark Exams that take place this week. On top of that, we had more snow 3rd Grade held their Desert Showcase.

Students in Ms. Maldonado and Ms. Lujan's classes sang songs and presented a Reader's Theatre story to parents, followed by refreshments and an opportunity for students to show off their research, poetry, power points, and portfolios related to the desert and desert animals. If you have a third grader, you knwo how impressive their showcase was! Here are a few photos from the event.

Upcoming Events

  • 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
  • Monday, March 27 - 4th Quarter begins!

3rd Quarter Benchmark Schedule

Thank you for making sure your student is here for benchmark testing. This is the last measure we have to make sure that students are on track to pass the AASA exam in

March 7: ELA Grades 4 and 5

March 8: ELA Grades 2 and 3

March 10: Math Grades 2 and 4

March 14: Math Grades 3 and 5

PTO Fundraiser

Thank to everyone who participated in the PTO Read-A-Thon! Through your efforts, PTO was able to raise over $4,000 to support Carrillo students and teachers. Thank you again for your incredible support.

First Place: Ms. Barraza's Class

Honorable Mention: Ms. Tautimer and Ms. Peralta's Classes

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.

Kind Campus Update - Friendship

Question of the Month: What are the benefits of showing gratitude? How do we show thanks for the kindness we receive and for the good things in our lives?

Our friendships are a valuable part of our kind community, and reflecting on what our friends bring to our lives is a great way to practice gratitude. Whether by realizing how much we enjoy our time with friends, or by appreciating those who have made the effort to support us when we need it, we know that strong friendships help us to connect and grow. Psychology professor Louis Cozolino notes that, “Of all the experiences we need to survive and thrive, it is the experience of relating to others that is the most meaningful and important...How we bond and stay attached to others is at the core of our resilience, self-esteem, and physical health.” Having strong social relationships can be beneficial to an individual’s health and can actually increase longevity. Dr. Elisha Goldstein suggests using kindness, empathy, and awareness to strengthen our relationships, because when we’re kind to others it helps them to feel understood and connected which can have a ripple effect.

Ask your student: Who have you turned to when needing connection, support, or a good laugh? Encourage them to send a note of thanks to their kind friends today!

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!

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)

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.