Carrillo Community Update

January 8 - 14

Good Evening Cougar Families!

Welcome back! I hope you all had a happy and fun-filled winter break. Our cougars worked hard first semester and learned some time to rest and relax. Tomorrow we get back into the swing of things bright and early at 8:30 am! This will be a short update, but thank you for taking time to read through it.

See you tomorrow morning! Happy 2023!

Upcoming Events

  • Monday, January 9 - Third Quarter Begins
  • Tuesday, January 10 - GATE Testing for Grades 1, 2, & 3
  • Tuesday, January 10 - PTO Meeting @ 6:00 pm
  • Monday, January 16 - No Classes in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Friday, January 20 - Kindergarten Star Party (Tentative)

Reduced Price Meals Will Be Free Starting in January

On December 14, 2022, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) announced the allocation of $6.75 million dollars for schools to offer meals free of charge to students who qualify for reduced-price meal benefits in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP), in Arizona starting in January 2023 through June 30, 2024 (or until funding has been exhausted).

What does this mean for Carrillo? For those students that qualify for reduced-price meal benefits, breakfast and lunch will be free upon returning from winter break starting January 9, 2023. This information has been posted on the district website. If a student that qualifies for reduced meals has a negative balance can they still receive a meal? YES! Their meals are now free so they can receive a meal at no cost even with a negative balance on their account.

For students that qualify for reduced-priced meals, what will happen to the funds on their meal account since their meals will now be free? Any account balances will remain on the student’s meal account. If a parent would like a refund, they may email or call 520-225-4700.

Kind Campus Update - Navigating Challenges

The benefits of our kindness practice can be especially salient during the most challenging times. When challenges arise, reacting with kindness does not mean that you should “just deal with it” or not experience strong reactions and emotions. But treating ourselves with kindness, care, and concern in the face of negative life events can help us lower defensiveness or self-judgment and cope with stress.1 It takes courage to choose kind behaviors that support community connection or self-care when experiencing change, loss, or unjust treatment. Cultivating kind communities involves kind behavior like checking in on each other, knowing when to ask for help, considering the outcomes of our intentions, saying “no” when we need to, calling out injustices, and providing tools for emotional support and well-being. In fact, “research shows that one way to ensure we are able to confront challenges or adversity in our future is by getting involved in your community, volunteering, or helping a being engaged and contributing, we bolster our well-being and become more resilient.2,3” Our kindness practice helps to build the emotional tools necessary to face a challenge or adversity in a way that is kind to yourself or another person in need.

References: 1. Terry, M.L. & Leary, M.R. (2011). “Self-compassion, self-regulation, and health.” Self and Identity, Volume 10, Issue 3 2. Hayhurst, J.G., Hunter, J.A., & Ruffman, T. (2019). “Encouraging flourishing following tragedy: The role of civic engagement in well-being and resilience.” New Zealand Journal of Psychology, 48(1):75-94 3. Bergland, J. (2019, May 25). Small Acts of Kindness Boost Resilience in Surprising Ways. Psychology Today.

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.