Carrillo Community Update

January 16 - 20

Good Evening Cougar Families!

I hope you all enjoyed the day off in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

As a magnet school we take the charge to provide equal education opportunities to all students seriously, making Dr. King's dream closer and closer to full reality. As a kind campus, our next challenge is to continue to learn all we can about others, so that we can continue to create a world that is increasingly kind and increasing provides equal opportunities for all.

If you are interested in sharing Dr. King's famous "I Have A Dream" speech with your family, click the speech's name to visit the NPR page where you can listen and read this historic national address.

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 16 - No Classes in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Tuesday, January 17 - PTO Meeting @ 6:00 on ZOOM
  • January 23 - Crayola Creativity Week Begins
  • Thursday, January 26 - Professional Learning Thursday (No Classes)
  • Friday, January 27 - Kindergarten Star Party (Confirmed)
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Kind Campus Update - The Benefits of Laughter

Laughter can be fun, silly, and create connection. It also carries many cognitive and health benefits, making it a great tool in our self-kindness practice. The Mayo Clinic confirms benefits including decreased blood pressure, reduced stress hormone levels, soothed tension, toned abdominal muscles, improved cardiac health and immune system, increased endorphins, and improved sense of general well-being. Additionally, laughter can help lessen stress, depression, and anxiety and may make you feel happier. It can also improve your self-esteem. While it is not healthy to ignore negative emotions, finding the right place for humor and laughter in our lives can help people remain resilient in the face of adverse circumstances. Professor George Bonanno notes, “Humor keeps negative emotions in check and gives us a different perspective, allowing us to see some of the bad things that happen to us as a challenge rather than a threat.” Giving yourself the time to let loose and laugh is great self-care!

References: 1. Gonot-Schoupinsky, F.N., Garip, G., and Sheffield, D. “Laughter and humour for personal development: A systematic scoping review of the evidence.” European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 2020. Volume 37, August 2020, 101144 2. Mayo Clinic Staff (2021, Jul 29). Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke. Mayo Clinic. 3. Schiffman, R. (2020, Oct 1). Laughter May Be Effective Medicine for These Trying Times. The New York Times.

Crayola Creativity Week

Carrillo has signed up to participate in Crayola Creativity Week, happening January 23-29, 2023! More details and announcements will be coming later this week, but there will be daily activities, daily challenges, as well as prize giveaways so please stay tuned get ready for #CrayolaCreativityWeek!

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.

Carrillo Track

Carrillo will have a track team next quarter. Be on the lookout for a letter form Ms. De Lorenzo who will coach this year along with Mr. Christopher. Track will be Tuesdays and Thursdays only from 3:00 - 4:00 pm. Students can sign up for just track and stay just those days if they would like. 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.

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!

Main Avenue Resurfacing Survey

The City of Tucson will be resurfacing Main Avenue in front of Carrillo and is looking for community feedback. If you are interested, please follow the link to complete the survey giving the City of Tucson your thoughts regarding the finished striping. There are a few proposals. Please drop by the office if you have questions about any of the striping proposals.

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.