Carlton Avenue Times

January 3, 2023

Important Dates

1/3 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/4 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

1/5 HSC board meeting @ 7:00 pm

1/5 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

1/6 Running Club

1/9 Games Club 3-5 @ lunch recess

1/9 School SIte Council meeting @3:00 pm

1/9 USD Board meeting @ 6:00pm

1/10 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/11 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

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

1/13 Running Club

1/16 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school

1/17 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

1/18 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

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,

Welcome back Carlton Cougars! We hope you had a fun-filled, magical December break with friends and family!

Please let your children know that the teachers have fun things planned for the first day back at school. Students will engage in STEAM challenges and creative activities in order to ease back into school and get them excited again about learning and coming to school.

Students in 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade will be designing games with cardboard boxes. Students in other grade levels will be using other materials. I can't wait to see what the students build or make!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank 4th grade families and 5th grade families for the wonderful Treat Days for our Carlton staff members. The Carlton teachers and support staff enjoyed the luncheons tremendously and were very touched by the generosity and thoughtfulness of all the 4th and 5th grade parents/guardians who contributed to make the Treat Days possible.

Mary Katayama


Maddie McCarthy

We are deeply saddened by the tragic death of Maddie McCarthy. She started working at Carlton this year in Extended Care and then in October she began supervising the TK/Kinder students and the 3rd-5th grade students at lunch recess. She was such a compassionate, free-spirited, and positive person. When the TK and Kindergarten students saw Maddie, they would immediately call out her name and gather around her to give her a hug. The students simply adored her. She loved working with children, and it showed every day she was at Carlton. We are deeply grateful to her for the loving care she provided when she worked with our students. Our hearts go out to Maddie McCarthy's family.

District mental health therapists, school psychologists, and school counselors will be on campus to provide immediate emotional support for our students and staff. Here are some resources that may be helpful to you if your child experiences grief.

Orientation and Tours for 2023-24 Incoming Families

On January 11th, we will be providing an orientation and campus tour for incoming families that are interested in sending their children to Carlton next school year. For more information, read the Carlton Orientation and Campus Tour Information. To sign up for the Carlton Orientation and Tour, please click on the link below:

  • Please note: the Friday, February 10th tour/orientation has been replaced with an evening orientation. Read below for more information.

  • On Wednesday, January 18th ( 6:00 -7:00 pm) we will be hosting a TK/Kinder Orientation via Zoom. 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/campus tours.
  • 2022 Carlton Second Harvest of Silicon Valley Donation Drive

    Thank you so much for supporting our donation drive for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley! We were able to raise $8,107. This is enough money to provide 16,214 meals! Here are the grade level totals:

    4th grade - $4,136 (winner of grade level competition)
    5th grade - $1,435
    3rd grade - $902
    2nd grade - $607
    1st grade - $548
    TK/K - $479

    The grade-level competition is over but you can still donate to help families that are suffering from food insecurity. Thank you for helping us provide meals for those in need in our community! It is wonderful that our students are developing awareness about the needs of others in the community.

    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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    Girls on The Run at Carlton

    Girls on the Run is a social-emotional program for girls in 3rd-5th grade that teaches critical life skills, such as developing healthy friendships, managing emotions, standing up for yourself and others, how to set goals, and make intentional decisions. This program will be offered at Carlton from February 27 to May 13 which will conclude with participation in a 5k race. If you would like to register your 3rd-5th grade child, go to Practices will be on Wednesday immediately after school until 2:30 and Friday immediately after school until 4pm.

    Do you know someone who would like to be a coach, along with other Carlton parents this spring? One more coach is needed for our site. If you would like more information there is a virtual information night on December 14th at 6:30pm. At the virtual information night, you can learn more about Girls on the Run and how the volunteer coaches make an impact on the lives of girls in our community. Click here to register today.

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    Yard Duty Subs and Volunteers 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 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!

    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 (e.g. Pajama Day coming up this Friday, on December 16, 2022),

    - 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.