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El Carmelo Elementary School May 13, 2020

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Wednesday Update

Dear El Carmelo Families.

Monday will begin the final three weeks of school. Teachers are preparing lessons, assigning work, and teaching via Zoom. With remote learning, our children are experiencing an increased amount of screen time. We know the time spent on screens can have an adverse impact on sleep. As a result, removing children from computers, tablets and phones a few hours before bedtime is more important than ever. Did you know that it is recommended that children ages 6-13 get 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night? Please make sure your child is getting enough sleep and waking up independently. If you have to wake your child up each morning, your child needs more sleep, and should to go to bed earlier. To address this, El Carmelo School Psychologist, Marci Hakeman, encourages parents to start by having your child go to bed 15 minutes earlier each night, until your child wakes up on his or her own. That’s when you know your child has the right amount of sleep. Summer will be here June 5th. Until then, school is in session and El Carmelo students need to be well-rested, ready to learn.

Backstage with the Superintendent, Monday, May 18, 2020 at 5:30PM

The upcoming Backstage with the Superintendent will focus on reopening school this fall. Dr. Austin, PAUSD Superintendent, will be gathering input from families regarding the upcoming school year during this pandemic. Please join this webinar and share your perspective.

Be Well,


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Resources for Parents


Everyone at Project Cornerstone hopes that you, your family, and your community are safe and well during these unprecedented times. With students now at home, we have pulled together this website to offer you some resources and activities.


Learning Differences Parent Support Group - May 15, 2020 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Family Dynamics during Shelter in Place - May 19, 2020 from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Parenting During Uncertain Times - Parent Support Group -May 20, 2020 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Movement at Home

Playworks: Tower of Power

Build teamwork, communication, and brainstorming skills.

El Carmelo Elementary School

An inclusive & rigorous school in the heart of Palo Alto. Thoughtful educators partner with involved parents. We are the Dragons! We learn, play & grow!