Carrillo Community Update

December 11 - 17

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Last week we began benchmark testing. Students participated in their annual writing assessment. This week we have both ELA and Math benchmarks for all tested grades. The results of these assessments help us to determine how ready students are for state testing so it is important that all students get a good night's rest so they can fully concentrate on their tests. It is also important that students arrive on time so they are ready to begin with their peers.

86th Annual Las Posadas

Our 86th Annual Las Posadas is scheduled for THIS FRIDAY, December 16th. We are hope to see you there! Doors open at 5:00pm and food will be served at 5:30pm. Mariachi and folklorico groups from around TUSD (including our own Carrillo dancers) will perform from 5:30pm - 6:30pm. At 7:00pm, the Las Posadas procession will begin.

We are still looking for a few donations to help ensure there are enough treats and people to help man the different tables. If you are able and willing, you can sign up for food donations or to support a ticket or food booth using the following link.



This event is funded primarily though our sales of food a and rink, so your support help ensure there are sufficient funds for next year's Posadas.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Carrillo

PTO is carrying on the long standing tradition of Santa coming to Carrillo on Wednesday, December 21st. Come get your photo with Santa, do crafts, and enjoy hot cocoa!

This Family friendly event is another way to celebrate with the Carrillo Community and give back. PTO is looking for help manning their activity tables, food tables, and photo line, s well as help with a few donations. As an added bonus, families that donate time will receive a "Santa Fast Pass" after their time slot as a way of thanking them for their time.

Kind Campus Update - Benefits of Taking Breaks

Benefits of Taking Breaks: In addition to being kind to our minds and bodies, a short break can also improve productivity. This may seem counterintuitive — it may never feel as though there’s enough time to take a break, or that it will slow your momentum. But research indicates that when we focus on a single task for a prolonged period of time, our attention naturally wanders. Taking a break and then returning to the task, also called “goal reactivation,” improves our focus, attention, and performance, and allows us to engage in sustained mental efforts.1

Activity: Stretching and Breathing: This is a simple exercise that can help students build awareness of their thoughts and how they affect their bodies. This activity works well as a 5-10 minute break in class and may help students reduce stress and increase focus. Talk with students about why it’s important for us to learn skills to calm ourselves and focus. Then lead the activity by following this script.

References: 1. Ariga, A., & Lleras, A. (2011). “Brief and rare mental ‘breaks’ keep you focused:

Deactivation and reactivation of task goals preempt vigilance decrements.” Cognition,

118(3), 439–443.

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

  • Thursday, December 13 - Grade 2 and 3 ELA Benchmark Exam
  • Wednesday, December 14 - Grade 2 and 4 Math Benchmark Exam
  • Thursday, December 15 - Grade 4 and 5 ELA Benchmark Exam
  • Friday, December 16 - Grade 3 and 5 Math Benchmark Exam
  • Friday, December 16 - 86th Annual Las Posadas (5:00 - 8:00 pm)
  • Wednesday, December 21 - Santa Comes to Carrillo (4:00 - 6:00 pm)
  • Friday, December 23 - No Classes for Teacher Grading Day

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.