The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School November 4, 2020

PARTNERS IN EDUCATION (PiE)

Dear El Carmelo Families,


Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is an incredible partner of our school. Funding from PiE allows me to provide much more staff than our budget would otherwise allow. Because of donations to PiE, we can have our vital classroom aides and counseling program. PiE’s funding provides specialized art and music programs that enhance the academics for each student. The difference in the school with PiE’s support is remarkable. It would be a very different place without this additional funding.


If you have already donated to PiE this year, I appreciate your support. If you have not, I ask you to please consider donating now. If you donate or pledge by November 16th, your donation may be matched by a Challenge Grant.


A donation, in any amount that is meaningful for your family, makes a difference to our community and our school.


You can find out all the ways to contribute to PiE at https://papie.org/donate/.


Thank you for being a wonderful member of the El Carmelo community.


Be well,

Danaé

PARENT TRANSPORTATION SURVEY

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Team has created a survey for all PAUSD parents. Please take a few minutes to complete the Parent Transportation Survey to help the SRTS Team create more opportunities for safe walking, biking, and scooting in our community.

CHILDCARE ON CAMPUS

Childcare for PM Kindergarten

Right at School is providing childcare for students in PM Kindergarten right here in the El Carmelo MP Room starting Monday, November 9, 2020. Please contact Richard Fuentes for more information at richard.fuentes@rightatschool.com.

CHILDCARE FOR GRADES 1-5 IS AVAILABLE BEFORE & AFTER SCHOOL

Right at School is providing childcare for students in grades 1-5 right here in the El Carmelo MP Room before and after school. Please contact Richard Fuentes for more information at richard.fuentes@rightatschool.com.
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PARENTING AND SUPPORTING YOUTH DURING COVID-19: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6TH

CASSY is offering two webinars that focus on supporting youth during COVID-19. Sign up to learn concrete strategies for how parents and caregivers can best support themselves along with their families.

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FOURTH & FIFTH GRADE TRANSITION TO HYBRID AND DISTANCE LEARNING

Some of our fourth and fifth-grade students transition to Hybrid Learning, and some may have a new teacher in Distance Learning. With this transition, our teachers are connecting with their new students, and El Carmelo Dragons are making new friends.


Each morning as I drive to work listening to NPR, and drive home listening to NPR I am reminded of the significant work we do in partnership with families each day. We are educating citizens of a fragile democracy. The diversity within our school community is reflective of the world our children will lead. Learning how to manage emotions, disappointment, and seeing the humanity in each other is an important part of our daily work.


As a community, we experienced abrupt school closure last March. Even more, surprising, was Zoom, Schoology, synchronous and asynchronous lessons. In August, we started school in Distance Learning, and once we felt like we were in a good rhythm, had another decision to make, Hybrid Learning or Distance Learning. We have done this all while navigating Covid-19, wearing masks, social distancing, washing hands and, making choices about socializing safely. Transitions and change will continue to occur this school year. The article below may be useful for you in supporting your child through our shared experience. Our school community will continue to work through this together.


Enjoy,

Danaé

SUPPORTING KIDS THROUGH TRANSITION

LEARNING MODEL UPDATES

Distance Learning Families

The P.E., Music, and Library schedules are being finalized. Teachers will be providing you with updated schedules as soon as they are available. You may also be relieved to know that lunch begins at 11:50 AM in the Distance Learning Model.

Hybrid Learning Families

Teachers will be contacting you about what your child should bring to school. They will be providing you with updated schedules for your child's at-home days as soon as they are available.


To keep all students and staff on campus safe, please complete the health screener for your child each morning by 8:00 AM.

VIDEOS FOR YOUR CHILDREN

Masked Heroes - Public Service Announcement | Cincinnati Children's
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PTA Sponsored Halloween Activities

Take a look at the Halloween decorations from El Carmelo families here!


Thank you, Sarah Hudson and PTA for keeping El Carmelo traditions alive virtually!

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!