Carlton Avenue Times

November 28, 2022

Important Dates

11/28 Games Club 1-2 @ lunch recess

11/29 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

11/30 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

12/1After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

12/1 Carlton Safety Committee meeting at 1:00 pm

12/1 CHSC Board meeting @ 7:00 pm

12/2 Coffee with Ms. Katayama

12/2 Running Club

12/5 Games Club 3-5 @ lunch recess

12/6 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

12/7 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

12/8After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

12/8 HSC's Basket Bingo Night 5-7:00 pm

12/9 Running Club

12/12 Games Club 1-2 @ lunch recess

12/12 USD Board Meeting

12/13 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

12/14 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

12/15 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

12/16 Carlton Band Concert

12/16 Spirit Day - Pajama Day

12/19 - 1/2 December Break - No School

School Break December 19 - January 2

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

I hope that everyone had a truly enjoyable and memorable week off from school. We look forward to seeing all of our staff and students on Monday.

As the days get colder, students are bringing more layers of clothing to school. Please be sure to put your child's name on jackets and sweatshirts in case your child leaves them out on the playground. Water bottles also should be labeled. If your child is missing anything, please have your child check the lost and found rack in front of the cafeteria, right inside the gate.

In December and January, many families engage in traditions and holiday activities. if students and their parents/guardians would like to share information about a special cultural tradition, they should speak to their teachers. This is a great opportunity for our students to learn from their peers. To become truly global citizens, it is important for students to be familiar with different cultural traditions around the world.

December is also a perfect time of the year to help those in need. Student Council would like to invite all families to donate to the Second Harvest Food Drive. When children take steps to meet the needs of others in their community, they develop more empathy and altruism. So, during this season of giving, please consider allowing your children to earn some money to make a small donation online to Second Harvest. $1 can provide 2 meals. Grade levels will be competing to raise the most funds. More details are provided below.

Mary Katayama,


2022 Carlton Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Donation Drive

Each month Second Harvest of Silicon Valley feeds approximately 450,000 people who struggle with food insecurity. Carlton's Student Council is asking students in each grade level to find ways to collect donations to support this organization. The grade level that collects the most donations will earn a special reward. But the most important reward is knowing that people in our community will have the food they need. Below are the donation links for each grade level. The donation drive will run from November 28th to December 15th (1:00 pm deadline). We will announce the winning grade level on the intercom at the end of the day on Friday, December 16th. Thank you for your support!

Coffee with Ms. Katayama

Parents and guardians are invited to have coffee with Ms. Katayama on Friday, December 2nd from 8:15 to 9:00am in the staff room. Ms. Katayama will be discussing school goals, school safety, and upcoming events.
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Carlton Safety Committee meeting

Do you have some ideas or concerns about traffic or safety? Please come to the Carlton Safety Committee meeting this Thursday, December 1st at 1:00 pm.

Meeting Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 881 5537 9507

Passcode: safety

Yard Duty Supervisors NEEDED

If you are interested in working at Carlton as a yard duty supervisor, even once or twice a week, please contact our office as soon as possible. (408)356-1141 No experience is necessary. Training will be provided. This is a paid position. This is a great opportunity to support our students as they eat and play during lunch recess.

Lunch Hours

11:55 to 12:55 First - Fifth grade

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

12:30 - 1:20 TK/Kinder (room 4 and 9)

We are also looking for volunteers that can serve as substitutes or come when available. Please fill out this Yard Duty Volunteer form if interested in volunteering. Thank you!

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Support our School By Completing A School Meals Form

Completing a school meals/funding form is crucial to school funding. For every student who applies and qualifies for free or reduced-price meals, the school receives additional money from state and federal grants. This includes increased funding for school programs, technology, counseling services, and equipment for school kitchens.

Families who qualify for free or reduced may also be eligible for free or reduced cost internet, free or reduced cost childcare, and more! Your application helps your child and many others.

Applying online is the fastest way to submit an application form. All online applications are secure, private and processed within 24 hours.

Project Cornerstone - December Book

This month the ABC volunteers will be reading the book The Day You Begin by Jaqueline Woodson. The author reminds the reader about the importance of diversity and inclusion in our schools by sharing the story of a child with a different cultural background. Here are the December slides and a link to the story.

Carlton Home & School Club Meeting on This Thursday, December 1st

Everyone is invited to attend the next Carlton Home & School Club board meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 7:00 pm in the Carlton staff room. You can also attend the meeting via Zoom.

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 Halloween:

We are still taking images for the following event(s):

- Walkathon

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


The Yearbook Committee

Volunteers Needed for Lunch Time Activities

CHSC would like to offer all students in grades 1-5 enriching activities during lunchtime. Would you be willing to help? In addition to Running Club and Garden Club, CHSC would like to offer two other activity options during the week. On Mondays(formerly on Thursdays), we would like to offer an opportunity to play board and card games at the Game Club. On Thursdays, we would like to offer an Art Club (formerly on Mondays). We are thinking about starting with origami, Japanese paper folding art.

This opportunity is not limited to parents and guardians. We encourage grandparents to become involved as well. More information can be provided once you sign up.

Volunteers are needed from 11:50 - 1:00. Please use the links below to sign up.

Monday: Game Club

Tuesday: Garden Club

Wednesday & Friday: Running Club

Thursday: Art Club

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 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.