Carrillo Community Update

January 22 - 28

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Despite it being a 4 day week, last week was a busy one! Thank you to everyone who attended the PTO meeting and a big thank you to all the volunteers who helped support "Ted Walker Day" at old Tucson. This is a wonderful event for our intermediate grades to be invited to participate in.

This week we are back to a more "normal" week and we need your help to keep our attendance rates high. Carrillo attendance has been fantastic these past two weeks, (above 95%), thank you for your help getting your Cougars to school on time and for arranging appointments after school hours when possible. Attendance is one of the #1 predictors of student success and with state testing just a few months, attendance is even more important now than it was first semester.

Thank you Carrillo families! Let's make it another great week!

-Ms. Bittel

Upcoming Events

  • Tuesday, January 24 - Track Begins (Students must have a current physical to participate.)
  • Thursday, January 26 - Professional Learning Thursday (No Classes)
  • Friday, January 27 - Kindergarten Star Party (Confirmed)
  • Wednesday, February 1 - Kinder Readiness Day at the Children's Museum (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Monday, February 6 - Counselor Appreciation Week Begins
  • Thursday, February 9 - 1/2 Day for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, February 10 - 1/2 Day for Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Wednesday, February 21 - Culture Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)

Crayola Creativity Week

This week is Crayola Creativity Week. All classrooms have been invited to participate in any events that support their curriculum. In addition, students are welcome to participate at home.

Please visit the Family Resources Page to participate at home.

The Daily Themes are...

  • Monday - Endless Possibilities
  • Tuesday - Building Dreams and Community
  • Wednesday - Dancing with Traditions
  • Thursday - Language and Laughter
  • Friday - Keys to Kindness
  • Saturday - Self-Confidence and Student voice
  • Sunday - Weathering Emotions

Carrillo Track Begins This Week!

Carrillo track begins this Tuesday (January 24).

Track will run along side our Extended Day program, but will only meet Tuesdays and Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. If you need Child Care Mondays and Fridays as well (or need child care until 4:15), we ask that you still sign up for Extended Day. Thank you.

Due to TUSD's Professional Learning Thursday, there will be no Track practice on Thursday, January 26.

Kind Campus Update - Kind Communication

The language we use when dealing with conflict profoundly impacts how a message is received. It can be difficult to communicate in a kind way when we’re reacting to strong emotions. Naming or labeling our emotions in the moment can help us get some distance from them, and putting feelings into words can help manage negative emotional experiences.1 Ask students to brainstorm some comments we make when we’re reacting from our unconscious brain in anger or frustration. (Examples might include: “You’re so mean!” or “Stop being a jerk!”). Work through the list and try using “I” statements instead, which reframe our reactions using less defensive, kindness-focused language. “I” statements help express how you feel with phrases such as “I feel … when you…” or “I feel … because ….” “I” statements help us practice shifting from our unconscious brain to our conscious brain. Our conscious brain is the region where higher-level thinking occurs, and where we develop empathy and compassion. Discuss what happens when we shift our language toward kindness and naming our emotions.

References: 1. Lieberman, M.D. et al. “Putting feelings into words: affect labeling disrupts amygdala activity in response to affective stimuli.” Psychological Science, 2007 May;18(5):421-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9280.2007.01916.x.


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 ( 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.

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)

COVID Pool Testing

As you may remember, TUSD has partnered with Concentric by Ginkgo to provide an optional and completely free COVID pooled testing program.

To opt-in, please fill out the consent form with your permission to have your child participate in the weekly COVID-19 pooled testing at our school. If you completed this form last year, you do not need to complete it again. This process should take no more than 5 minutes to complete using a computer or a smartphone.

  1. First, click here (
  2. Then, enter this access code: TUSD-CARRILLO1 (all CAPS)
  3. Finally, enter your child’s information, and you’re done!

Note: If you need to provide consent for more than one child, please complete the process once for each child. Please note this consent is for the entire school year (Including Summer programs in June) and includes participation in the pool test and any follow-up rapid antigen test to provide “quick tests” for any individual in a positive pool.

Request from Our Neighbors

Parents, our neighbors to the south and west have reached out with two requests.

  1. If we can make sure that we are not blocking any driveways while waiting for students.
  2. If we can make sure that we are driving slowly through the neighborhood.

Thank you!

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.

Presidio Museum Walking Tour - Turquoise Trail Walking Tour

Join one of our community partners, the Presidio San Agustin del Tucson on...

Tuesday, December 27, 10 am-12:30 pm

Saturday, January 14, 10 am-12:30 pm
Saturday, February 11, 10 am-12:30 pm

COST: $25 for non-members, $20 for members

Led by tour guide Mauro Trejo, this tour takes attendees on a walk along the 2.5-mile Turquoise Trail through Downtown Tucson to see historic buildings and hear stories that make Tucson’s history special.

Pre-registration is required. Click here to register.

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.

Randolph Little League

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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.