Carrillo Community Update

December 18 - 24

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Last week we completed the bulk of our benchmark exams. We are so proud of how hard our Cougars worked and how seriously they took their exams. Thank you for sending them well rested!

Normally this week is a week filled with family events on campus. Unfortunately, with COVID cases on the rise, we have had to cancel any event that couldn't be moved outdoors in order to ensure the health and well-being of our community. All our winter performances will be recorded and the links posted on Facebook, ParentLink, and ClassDojo for you to enjoy. We will miss all our parents on campus for these events before the holidays, but your and our Cougars safety is our first priority. We hope to see everyone back on campus once COVID levels drop. Masks are encouraged this week to help prevent the spread of COVID, RSV, and Influenza A, all of which are high in Pima County at present.

As we finish our final week of the semester, the Carrillo staff and faculty wish you all a very happy holidays and a joyous New Year!

86th Annual Las Posadas

Last Friday we celebrated our 86th Annual Las Posadas. Thank you to everyone who supported the event! We could not run this event without the support of the staff and community who donated time and materials to this long standing event. Thank you!

Our Cougars did a beautiful job and we appreciate everyone's flexibility as we had to make modifications to the dining in order to ensure community safety. Despite the reduction in performances and the extensive outdoor seating, the event was beautiful! We are already making plans for the 87th Annual Las Posadas next December!

Santa Claus Is NOT Coming to Carrillo

PTO is has made the difficult decision to cancel their Santa Comes to Carrillo event on Wednesday, December 21st. Thank you to everyone who volunteered to help.

Carlos Cougar will be visiting classes in Santa's place on Thursday the 22nd to send students off to the holidays with a small treat.

Spirit Week

Calling All Cougars! Show off you school spirit by participating in our 2nd Quarter Spirit Week!
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Kind Campus Update - Mindful Listening

Careful listening is difficult, but we can develop mindful listening skills with simple practice. Mindful listening asks us to be in the present moment and focus on what the other person is saying rather than being quick to offer our own take or letting our minds wander to something else. Dr. Elizabeth Dorrance Hall recommends “showing interest and support through maintaining eye contact, nodding, smiling, and encouraging [the speaker] to express their thoughts” as well as “giv[ing] others the space to share without interrupting, advising, or correcting them.1” One study found that “high-quality (i.e., empathic, attentive, and nonjudgmental) listening reduces speakers’ social anxiety and leads them to delve deeper into greater self-awareness,2” leading to more open-minded conversations. Focusing on how we listen contributes to healthier and more constructive communication and is a valuable part of our kindness practice.

Have students pair up with the goal of mindful listening. Each student talks for two minutes about their day or an important experience while their partner listens without interruption or judgment. At the end of the two minutes, the listening partner describes what they heard. Switch roles and repeat. Have students reflect on the importance of listening respectfully to their friends, family, and peers.

References: 1. Hall, E.D. (2017, Mar 31). Mindful Listening: Using empathy to listen instead of offering advice. Psychology Today. 2. Itzchakov, G. (2018). “The Listener Sets the Tone: High-Quality Listening Increases Attitude Clarity and Behavior-Intention Consequences.” Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Vol 44, Issue 5.

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!

Carrillo Track

Carrillo will have a track team next quarter. Be on the lookout for a letter form Ms. De Lorenzo who will coach this year along with Mr. Christopher. Track will be Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Students can sign up for just track and stay just those days if they would like. If you need Child Care Mondays and Fridays as well (or need child care until 4:15), we ask that you still sign up for Extended Day. Thank you.

Presidio Museum Walking Tour - Turquoise Trail Walking Tour

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

Tuesday, December 27, 10 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, January 14, 10 am-12:30 pm
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.

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.

Carrillo Online Spirit Store

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

Upcoming Events

  • Friday, December 23 - No Classes for Teacher Grading Day and Winter Break Begins
  • Monday, January 9 - Third Quarter Begins
  • Tuesday, January 10 - GATE Testing for Grades 1, 2, & 3

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.