The Hidden Gem

El Carmelo Elementary School June 5, 2020

Dear El Carmelo Families,

Thank you for your incredible involvement and partnership this year. Our first two trimesters included rigorous teaching and learning, and powerful social and emotional development. Our phenomenal PTA, led by Edrienne Brandon, facilitated community building events that we have come to love: Book Fair, Children's Theatre play and the Ice-Skating Party just to name a few. Our Site Council, led us through two informative and well-attended family education events about reading and math. Partners in Education, (PiE) ensured that we had caring adults on campus to facilitate wellness, academics, and the visual arts through funding our instructional aides, Junior Museum and Science lessons, Spectra art instructors and part of our CASSY Counselor. Our stellar Project Cornerstone team of parent volunteers read stories and taught lessons to build student skills in resolving conflict and managing their emotions.

Our final trimester, as you know, brought unprecedented challenges across the world and locally. We have shared experiences that will long remain with us in the years to come. Thank you for working in partnership with us this year. Through ensuring your child had adequate sleep, attended school on time, making their small group Zoom sessions, submitting work on Schoology and reading for pleasure every day. Your partnership is an essential aspect of our continued success as a school.

The future will continue to require us to be flexible. Our staff is prepared to teach virtually or at school with social distancing. I am so proud of their agility and dedication to our students and their craft. When school resumes in August, we will continue to work together, as a committed community, to create the magic, that makes El Carmelo, The Hidden Gem in the heart of Midtown Palo Alto!

May this summer be filled with all that brings your family joy.

Be well,


Reading! Reading! Reading!

Want to Know the Secret to Avoid Summer Learning Loss?

“There are many little ways to enlarge your world. Love of books is the best of all.” – Jacqueline Kennedy

Did you know that reading 30 minutes a day, which happens at school, only maintains a child's reading? Reading 10 minutes more each day helps to improve reading proficiency. This means children need to read an hour a day over the summer to continue to grow their reading proficiency. Remember, this includes independent reading, and being read to by a caring adult or older sibling. Talking about the story or information read is key to building comprehension and a love of reading.

What books will you and your child be reading this summer? Check out these summer reading lists: grades K-2 and grades 3-5. Take a look at the video below. El Carmelo librarian, Mrs. Ngo Vo has many wonderful summer reading offerings to share.

If you spot your child reading over the break, please email me a photo.

Happy Reading!

Faculty Changes

We have four El Carmelo educators who will be embarking upon new adventures. We appreciate their commitment to our students and the El Carmelo community. We say a fond farewell to Britt Brown, Anaia Gilliam, Nan Knoblauch, Morris Tuazon, and Florence Srinivasan. Thank you for your service!

Changing Grade Levels

Claudia Flores will be teaching kindergarten and Dina Kim is moving to second grade.

New and Returning Staff

El Carmelo welcomes Mayra Cabral, Moderate to Severe Education Specialist to our Team. We also welcome back, Sindhu Natarajan, who will be teaching third-grade and Carol Wu, who will job share with Eileen Laughlin at third grade. Welcome!

Summer Device Distribution & Technology Support

Need a device? Would you like technological support?

Come to Ohlone Elementary School

Location: 950 Amarillo Ave. Palo Alto

Date: June, 11, 2020

Time: 11:00AM-3:00PM

Progress Reports Available Today at 4PM

Your child’s progress report becomes available to you today Friday, June 5th at 4:00 PM through the Infinite Campus portal. This third trimester of the school year occurred almost entirely while we have been in the situation of distance learning. Our teachers were directed to identify only those standards that they as a grade level could reasonably assess and/or provide comments for this trimester and to mark all of the others as N/A (not assessed). They have included comments about each student’s participation in our distance learning. There is also an explanation of the change for this trimester only at the top of the progress report. You can access directions for viewing your child’s progress report here: Login to Infinite Campus and follow the instructions described on this page.

Staying Informed Over the Summer

For up to date information about school reopening in August, please continue to visit the PAUSD website.

The School Board will continue to meet throughout the summer and you are invited to attend the meetings. You can view meetings on Mid Peninsula Media Channel 28 or participate via Zoom. Check the PAUSD website for more information.

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!