Carrillo Community Update

November 13 - 19

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Thank you to everyone who attended Fitness Night last week. It was great to see everyone involved in trying out new activities or learning about ways to eat and be healthy. If you have ideas for things you'd like to see at Fitness Night next year, please let Ms. Stroup know so she can make notes for next year's event.

Thank you to everyone who dropped by the Carrillo table at the Magnet Fair as well. If you missed it, we will be hosting our our Middle school night on campus this week. Come on by to learn about the most common schools attended by Carrillo Cougars!

Veteran's Day Highlights

The K-2 Veteran's Day Performance was a hit! Thank you Ms. Herrera and teachers for preparing our students for their first show. In a new tradition, Carrillo student recognized Mr. Brandt and Mr. Giaccone for their service as well as community members attending the show.


Carrillo is proud to announce that we will be participating in National Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on Monday November 14th.


  • Student Council will address the Carrillo community at 8:30
  • Student Council will lead the student body (and any parents who wish to join us) out the Samaniego gate and we will process, along the sidewalk north on Samaniego to Simpson, east on Simpson to Main, then south on Main.
  • Students will enter the main doors, reenacting Ruby Bridges integration of William Frantz Elementary in New Orleans in 1960.

We are inviting the community to join us in wearing purple or orange for this event

For more information please visit the Ruby Bridges Foundation


Calling all 4th and 5th grade students! This Tuesday, November 15th from 5:00 - 7:00 representatives from Dodge, Mansfeld, Safford, Wakefield, and Utterback will be on site to talk to you about their programs and answer any questions you may have about middle school.


It's that time of year again! Come join the Cougar Community for dinner at the Peter Piper Pizza at 3717 S. 12th Avenue on the 17th. A potion of the proceeds will come back to the Carrillo Student Council for field trips and other student projects.


There is still time for you to participate in the TUSD Annual Family Engagement Survey. We'd love to get your feedback. The survey is short and takes only a few minutes. The survey is open until November 18th and our goal is 80% complete. Thank you in advance for helping us reach our goal!


Over the weekend, TEP installed new LED lighting at Carrillo. This will reduce our energy usage, lower our summer temperatures, and improve overall lighting at the school!


Awareness of Complaining and Blaming: It’s normal to complain about aspects of our lives. But psychologist Guy Winch cautions that complaining ineffectively can have negative impacts on our health. When we get stuck in a loop and feel powerless to effect change, it can lower self-esteem and make us feel mistreated. The key is to complain effectively, staying focused on processing information and coming up with realistic solutions. Complaining effectively actually benefits our mental health by improving our mood and self-esteem, and can also strengthen relationships!1 Complaining can easily turn into blaming—searching for someone or something to hold responsible for an action, a lack of action, a frustration, or hurt. Professor Brené Brown concludes, “blame is simply the discharging of pain and discomfort. We blame when we’re uncomfortable ... vulnerable, angry, hurt, in shame, grieving. There’s nothing productive about blame.”2 So while it’s normal to blame, building self-awareness helps us hold ourselves accountable and create better solutions to problems. Mindfulness and self-kindness practices moderate our impulses to complain and blame by “slowing down, listening, and leaving enough space for empathy to arise,”3 encouraging others to do the same.

References: 1. Winch, G. (2012, Jan 19). Does Complaining Damage Our Mental Health? Psychology Today. Retrieved from 2. Brown, B. (2012). Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. New York: Gotham Books. 3. Brown, B. (2017, Aug 4). Two Lessons on Blame from Brené Brown. Mindful. Retrieved from


Join Ben’s Bells in celebrating their 20th anniversary by recognizing the 250+ murals that have been installed in the Tucson, Phoenix, Connecticut, and surrounding areas. Here is how to enter:

  1. Find a Ben’s Bells mural. This could be the iconic ‘be kind’ flower, a kindness tree, or a custom mural.
  2. Take a photo of the mural. Bonus: We love to see happy people with our murals!
  3. Submit your information and photos below.
  4. The person who submits the most photos by November 15th will WIN A 20TH ANNIVERSARY ORNAMENT!

HINT - Carrillo has a mural on campus!

Entries can be submitted at the following link (


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.


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.


Looking for Carrillo spirit gear? Look no further, here is the link to the Big Frog Web Store.


  • November 14 - Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
  • Tuesday, November 15 - Middle School Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, November 17 - Peter Piper Pizza Night (5:00 - 7:00 pm)
  • Thursday, November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • Thursday, December 1 - Step Up to Middle School (5:30 - 7:30 pm at the TCC)

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.