Carrillo Community Update

February 12-18

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Last week went quickly! From opening up our brand new outdoor learning space, to SWAT Team facilitating our second semester Fitness Day, to Parent Teacher Conferences, to Love of Reading Readers, to the Black History Month book display in the library there is a lot going on at Carrillo! Below are a few photos from the week.

This week is Kindness week, thank you for encouraging your cougar to participate in as many activities as they would like. Kindness Week will culminate in a drawing for students that choose to patriciate in the week long "Kindness Challenges." For some challenges, teachers will initial once completed, but you can initial any that your student completes at home. We hope you enjoy the activities and focus on kindness outside of the building as well as inside.

Wishing you all a week full of kindness!

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, February 13th - Kindness Week begins (see calendar below for daily activities)
  • Tuesday, February 14th - SWAT team serving smoothies in the morning.
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Culture Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • February 23 and 24 - Rodeo Break
  • Tuesday, March 7 - Kinder Kick-Off (5-6:00 pm)
  • Tuesday, March 7 - PTO Meeting (6:00 - 7:00 pm)


Carrillo will be celebrating Kindness Week this week. On Monday students will receive a 3x3 Kindness Bingo Board. If they complete all 9 Kindness Challenges, they will receive a Carrillo Sticker and be entered into a raffle for a basket at the end of the week.

Each day will also offer students the opportunity to participate in a kindness activity during lunch recess. The activities are optional, but we encourage all students to pick 1 or 2 to join in over the week. Here's what your students have to look forward to.

  • Monday - Mr. Brandy will read stories with the theme of kindness in the MPR
  • Tuesday - Ms. Rebeca will help students make "Chains of Kindness" that show how our kind actions link us to our community
  • Wednesday - Ms. DalPra will help students create "Kindness Rocks" to leave around town. Donations of small river rocks are appreciated.
  • Thursday - Ms. Bittel will help students create paper "Ben's Bells" to leave around their community to inspire kindness.
  • Friday - Kindness Bingo card raffle.

Morning Drop Off

Carrillo Parents we need you help with morning drop off. The earliest students can be dropped of is 7:35. We do not have student supervision until that time.

If you are just dropping your student off, we need all families to use 17th Street for drop off. Main Avenue is a major road and is not safe for students to use as drop off.

Thank you for helping us keep our Cougars and our community safe.


While many schools participate in Love of Reading Week during February, at Carrillo we like to celebrate a full month of reading! If you would like to volunteer to come in a read to a class or classes, please contact Ms. Stroup ( or 225-1264) so that she can get you on our reading calendar.

Not sure what to read? We will have a selection of books for you available for you to choose from.

Kind Campus Update - Self Kindness, The Benefits of Spending Time Outdoors

Spending time outdoors improves our health. From breathing fresh air to taking a walk to enjoying a scenic view, experts agree that getting outside improves our perspective. In fact, when we immerse ourselves in the beauty of the natural world, it actually makes it easier for us to be kind to ourselves and to others. Studies show that exposure to the natural world—in both urban green spaces and natural environments—has significant and wide-ranging health benefits. Encourage your students to go outside and then reflect on how they feel.

  • What does being outside have to do with kindness?
  • How does being outside affect your mood?
  • How does it help you feel more ready to practice kindness with yourself and others?
Consider setting a goal for your student to spend 30 minutes outside every day for a week, if possible, and then talk about the results as a family.

AASA Parent Infor 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)

From TUSD's Social Emotional Learning Department

Greetings TUSD Community!

The Tucson Unified School District in partnership with Pima County Prevention Coalition is excited to offer an engaging in-person workshop for parents and families on March 2nd, 2023, from 4:30-6:00 PM at the Catalina Family Resource Center. This empowering parenting session will help identify symptoms of distress and provide specific strategies for parent/child connection and resilience; and will provide families with strategies to communicate with their child(ren) about the dangers of alcohol and other drugs.

Please see the attached flyer for more information and registration. You can also register here:

In Partnership,

Julie Shivanonda | Director

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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.