The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School August 12, 2020

Welcome Back!

Dear El Carmelo Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! I hope that your family is healthy and that you have been able to enjoy the summer season.

We are starting the school year with Distance Learning. El Carmelo Teachers have spent many days this summer growing their practice when it comes to teaching and engaging students online. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with our Learning Management System, Schoology. This is the platform that the Palo Alto Unified School District is using for students to communicate with teachers, access their lessons, and submit assignments. We will use Zoom for face to face whole class, small group, and one on one lessons.

Please see the PAUSD website for reopening information.

Below you will find information to help you start the school year.

  • Technology and Materials Pick-up
  • Class Placement Notification
  • First Day of School
  • Accessing Schoology
  • Sample School Schedule
  • Back to School Night

Be Well,


Technology and Materials Pick-up

Technology and Materials Pick-up

The PAUSD is loaning a device to all students. At El Carmelo, students in kindergarten and first grade will be using an iPad. Students in grades 2-5 will be using a Chromebook.

All returning students entering grades 1, 4, and 5 may already have a device from the spring.

  • Returning students in grades 1, 4, and 5 that need a device, please complete this form.

Returning students in grades 2 and 3 with an iPad from the spring, will exchange the device for a Chromebook.

  • If you need a Chromebook, please complete this form.

All students in grades 2 and 3 who missed their pick up on Tuesday, please arrive on Thursday, August 13th. See the information below.

All new students to El Carmelo will receive a device and materials on Friday, August 14th.


With the generous support of the El Carmelo PTA, we have purchased school supplies for every student to ensure each child is prepared for the first six weeks of school. THANK YOU!

We will be distributing devices and materials for each student during the week of August 10th. For safety, most families will pick up devices and materials for all children once.

*Returning families with incoming kindergarten students will need to come on Friday as well.*

  • Place a card indicating the grade levels for all of your children in the car window.
  • Indicate that you have twins, for example, Twins third grade.
  • When you have stopped the car, open the trunk, and we will put the materials for each child in the trunk.

Returning El Carmelo Students Grades 1-5

Thursday, August 13, 2020: Returning El Carmelo student device and materials pick-up. Please put the grade levels for all of your children in the car window.

  • 8:30-8:50 AM, Students with the last name A-H
  • 8:50-9:10 AM, Students with the last name I-P
  • 9:10-9:30 AM, Students with the last name Q-Z

New El Carmelo Students, Kindergarten to Fifth Grade

Friday, August 14, 2020: All-new El Carmelo students, kindergarten to the fifth-grade device, and materials pick-up. Please put the grade levels for all of your children in the car window.

  • 8:30-8:50 AM, Students with the last name A-H
  • 8:50-9:10 AM, Students with the last name I-P
  • 9:10-9:30 AM, Students with the last name Q-Z

Location: Please drive into the El Carmelo Elementary School parking lot near the MP Room. The entrance is located on El Carmelo Ave.

Safety: Please wear a mask and observe 6ft social distancing.

Class Placement Notification

You will receive an email from El Carmelo Elementary School with the name of your child's teacher by Friday, August 14, 2020.

First Day of School

Monday, August 17th at 8:30AM

The First Day of School

Our first day of school will begin online via Zoom at 8:30AM. Parents and students log into Schoology to access the Zoom link. Each teacher will have a classroom Schoology course where teachers will communicate with students and parents. You will find assignments, teacher feedback, Zoom links to synchronous instruction, a calendar when assignments are due and more. This is the platform to access the classroom and instruction.

The first day and few weeks of school will focus on establishing a classroom community, building relationships and cultivating a sense of belonging through interactive experiences. Teachers will guide students through Schoology, Zoom and what their school day will include.

Below is a sample schedule for the week for grades 1-5 and kindergarten. Our schedule is being finalized and teachers will share the weekly and daily schedule with students and parents via Schoology.

Accessing Schoology

Distance Learning will include teachers using a variety of technology tools to instruct students; including Seesaw, Google Slides, video recording and Zoom. Parents and students can access Schoology by logging in to the ID Portal clicking the ID Portal on the El Carmelo website or the PAUSD website.

Familiarizing Yourself with Schoology

I highly recommend that all parents take the “PAUSD Schoology Backpack” course in your Schoology account. You can watch this course with your children as well. Teachers will be walking their students through Schoology several times throughout the first few weeks of school.

How do I access Schoology Danaé?

Click here to learn more.

Back to School Night

  • Grades 1-5, Tuesday, September 1, 2020, at 5:30 PM
  • Kindergarten, Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at 6:00PM

This online event will be held in the evening. Times and Zoom links will be sent by teachers.

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!