Carlton Avenue Times

January 17, 2023

Important Dates

1/17 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/17 Substitute Teaching Informational meeting

1/18 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

1/18 Chef's Night Out @Pizza My Heart 4:00-9:00 pm

1/19 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

1/20 Running Club

1/23 - 1/27 Great Kindness Challenge

1/23 Games Club 1-2 @ lunch recess

1/24 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/25 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

1/26 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

1/27 Spirit Day - Twin/Triplet Dress Alike Day

1/27 Running Club

1/30 Professional Development Day - No School

1/31 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

We are extremely proud to receive the 2023 California Distinguished School Award from the California Department of Education. Carlton is one of 356 elementary schools in the state that were selected based on analysis of data reported through the 2022 Dashboard, including assessment results, chronic absenteeism, suspension rates, and socioeconomic data.

Representatives from our school will be attending an award ceremony in February in Anaheim, California.

This outstanding achievement is a testament to the excellent instruction and learning experiences provided by our teachers. I want to thank our teachers and our entire staff for all of their hard work and commitment to meeting the needs of our students. I also want to recognize the important role that our parent/guardians have played in helping their children learn and supporting our school. Congratulations to the entire Carlton community!

Mary Katayama


Please join us on January 17th at 8:15 am in the Carlton staff room for an informative meeting about how you can support our school community by substitute teaching. The process for signing up is easy and the rewards are huge.

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Orientation for 2023-24 Incoming Families

  • On Wednesday, January 18th we will be hosting a TK/Kinder Orientation via Zoom at 6:00 pm. Pre-register for this orientation by using the Registration Link. Please help us spread the word to your friends and neighbors about our upcoming orientation. (If you have attended one of the previous orientations/tours, you do not need to attend this one.)
  • Chef's Night Out at Pizza My Heart on January 18th

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    Carlton Avenue School Birthday Book Club

    Leave a piece of history by donating a book to the Carlton Avenue School Library

    The Birthday Book Club is a year round fundraiser for the Carlton Avenue School Library. Your donations allow us to provide a more expansive and vibrant collection of books for our students.

    Enrollment Periods

    January-June Birthday sign up deadline is 02/03

    *Jan birthdays will be received in February

    *June birthdays will receive books in May

    Unbirthday option: missed registration for the July-December birthdays? No problem, sign up now thru 02/03

    *Belated birthday books will be received in the late winter/spring.

    Please click on the links below:

    For more info Birthday Book Club Form

    To sign up

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    Promoting Good Attendance All Winter Long

    Click above to read tips about maintaining good attendance all winter long.

    Yard Duty Supervisors and Crossing Guard Needed

    If you are interested in working at Carlton as a lunchtime yard duty supervisor and crossing guard, please contact our office. (408)356-1141. You can work 5 days a week or several days a week. No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. This is a great opportunity to support our students as they eat and play during lunch recess. We also need subs who work only when one of our regular yard duty supervisors is absent.

    Lunch Hours

    11:10 -12:00 Kindergarten (rooms 1-3)

    11:30 - 1:20 TK/Kinder (room 4 and 9)

    11:55 to 12:45 Third grade

    12:00-12:50 First and Second Grade

    12:15 - 12:55 Fourth and Fifth grade

    Please fill out this Yard Duty Volunteer form if interested in volunteering or subbing. We are also in need of substitute Crossing Guards before and after school. Thank you!

    Girls on the Run Coach Needed

    Girls on the Run is an afterschool program for 3rd-5th graders that empowers them and builds their confidence while they train for a 5k race. Coaches use a curriculum to teach lessons about social emotional skills and healthy life choices. Girls on the Run will be offered at Carlton starting the week of February 27th.

    They are still looking for one more volunteer coach to help run the program. If you are interested please contact Sarah @

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    March Madness T-shirts - Limited Time Only

    Coming this March, Carlton will have its annual John Watson Memorial Basketball tournament for interested 1st-5th graders. More details will be coming, but this knock-out-style tournament allows students to play basketball games during recess and lunchtime. March Madness T-shirts are available to purchase for this event for $9 each in the online store:

    The deadline for purchase is Friday, February 10th. No extra shirts will be ordered, so the only way to secure yours is to order it today in the online store!

    Yearbook Announcement

    Hello Carlton Community,

    We would like to get started on the yearbook early this year and would love some of your favorite images from Basket Bingo:

    We would also like to start collecting images from On Campus School Activities, such as:

    - Running Club,

    - Spirit Days

    - Clay,

    - Art Vistas,

    - Project Cornerstone,

    - Gardening Club,

    - Game Club, etc.

    Please read these instructions on how to upload your images before uploading:

    Thank you for understanding that although we make every effort to include as many submitted images as possible, we are only able to include a limited number due to space restrictions. We appreciate your help in filling our pages with beautiful images!

    If you have any questions, please contact us at

    Sincerely, the Yearbook Committee

    Before and After School Programs at Carlton

    There are several classes offered before and after school at Carlton. Students can learn to play an instrument in a band on Monday mornings, play chess on Tuesday afternoons, and create works of art on Wednesdays after school. These are fee-based programs and they are not sponsored by the district. For more information, please go to the Carlton website. On our website, you can also learn about other after-school classes offered in our community.
    USD Parent Education Information

    Click above to access information about upcoming parent education opportunities.

    Carlton 2022-23 Bell Schedule

    Use this link, if you would like to print out the bell schedule.

    USD Extended Care

    On-site before and after-school care information for Carlton families.

    About Us

    At Carlton Elementary School, students in grades TK - 5 are excited to learn. Through hands-on, collaborative STEAM and social studies projects, school wide programs, and differentiated instruction in language arts and math, students develop an innovator's mindset, social-emotional awareness, and a love for learning. Every student. Every day.