Carlton Avenue Times

February 13, 2023

Important Dates

2/13 - 2/19 CHSC Silent Auction

2/13 USD Board meeting @ 6:00pm

2/13 Games Club 1-2nd grade @ lunch recess

2/14 Valentine's Day

2/14 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

2/15 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

2/16 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

2/17 Running Club

2/17 Spirit Day - Book Character Day

2/20-2/24 February Break

2/27 Games Club 3-5th grade @ lunch recess

2/28 Gardening Club@ lunch recess

3/1 Carlton Spirit Day & Running Club

3/2 After School Math Club & Odyssey of the Mind K-2

3/2 - 3/10 Parent Teacher Conferences / Minimum Days

3/3 Running Club

Message from the Principal

Dear Carlton Families,

I've noticed that many students have been arriving late in the morning. This causes unnecessary stress which can impact your child's school day. It is very important that your child arrives on time so he/she can greet others and hear the schedule of the day, special announcements, and the first directions of the day. When your child is late, it may cause your child to feel embarrassed or bad because he/she is interrupting the class.

One way to get students to school on time is to plan on arriving between 8:00 and 8:05. There is much less traffic at that time. You can easily drop off your child in the drop-off lane or near gate E or F or you can park a block away and still arrive on time.

Getting children to school on time will also teach them how to manage their time and be punctual throughout their lives. Thank you for helping your children get to school on time!

Mary Katayama


Bid Farewell by Heather Lee, RSP Instructional Aide

Heather Lee's last day with us is February 17th. We are very grateful for all her contributions to our school. We will all miss her tremendously. But we wish her all the best in her new job! Below is a letter to our community.

I began working at Carlton as a parent volunteer in 2010. I was continuously a Room Parent, Cornerstone Lead Parent, a helper with clay and Art Vistas, and the decorator for our staff room yearly theme all throughout my years as a mom and staff member at Carlton. When my son was in 1st grade in 2013, I was asked to be an RTI reading teacher. I taught 30+ 3rd grade students during that rotation in the library each morning that first year. That same year, I also was subbing and took over for Mrs. McGarry as her long-term sub! In the 2 years following, I was leading RTI with a full classroom of kids and also subbing, only at Carlton. I even got to sub in my own kids’ classrooms a few times! A true highlighted memory for me! I was continuously a yard duty supervisor as well. Seven years ago, I was approached about becoming an Instructional Assistant in Resource and was offered the position of teaching small groups and supporting students with reading and writing, all while still taking the lead as yard duty supervisor every lunch hour. This past year, I also became a crossing guard, welcoming kids and families and crossing them safely at the driveway of Carlton every day.

I have loved this school with all my heart for 13 years as a parent and 10 years as an employee. My own children are now in high school and college. I had to take on a 4th position on the weekends back in the Fall to help support my family (and my 2 girls in college) and was just recently offered that position of advancement full-time. I decided to take it so I can work 1 job, instead of 4, supporting my family better. I leave Carlton on Feb 17 to become the new Children’s Director at Westgate Church. I will miss Carlton, the students, the staff, and all the memories immensely! It has been my home for so long.

No School February 20-24th due to the February Break

Project Cornerstone February Book of the Month

In February, our Project Cornerstone volunteers will be focusing on the book entitled, Today I Feel Silly by Jamie Lee Curtis. Students will learn how to name, notice, and understand their feelings and discuss how they have the power to choose how they respond to their emotions. Here is the information about this month's lesson and a link to the story read aloud by the author.

John Watson Memorial Basketball Tournament

Every year Carlton hosts a basketball tournament in memory of a former parent volunteer who loved to coach basketball. All children in 1st-5th grade are invited to sign up. Students can sign up by telling his/her teacher that he/she wants to play in the basketball tournament. There are no tryouts and no experience is required. Since students will have varying levels of experience, the referees will not blow their whistles every time students travel or double dribble, especially during the 1st-2nd grade games. The purpose of the tournament is to have fun and encourage students to play basketball. Games are about 15 minutes long. If a team wins then the team will get to play another game.

Yard Duty Supervisors and Crossing Guard Needed

If you are interested in working at Carlton as a lunchtime yard duty supervisor and crossing guard, please contact our office. (408)356-1141. You can work 5 days a week or several days a week. 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!

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Yearbook Announcement


You should have received an email from "My Yearbook Photo" asking you to upload your 5th grader's baby photo. Submissions are due no later than Friday, February 10, 2023. Thank you for your support and help.

Hello Carlton Community,

Please upload your images to from On Campus School Activities, such as:

- Running Club,

- Spirit Days

- 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

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) Meeting on February 15th

Parents of English Learners-please save the date! Our next District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting will be held on February 15 from 3:00-4:00pm on Zoom. We will be presenting information about the Local Control Accountability Plan, the ELPAC test and our teacher leaders from our district EL Committee will share updates from each of their school sites.

Our community liaison will be simultaneously translating the meeting for our Spanish speaking parents.

We hope to see you there!

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 0166 3790

Passcode: 491315

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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.
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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.