Carrillo Elementary School

October 2016

 
Dear Parents,
 
Every year Carrillo develops annual goals in five key areas aligned to our district's Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). All key stakeholders will be notified of goal progress throughout the school year. Please take a moment to review this presentation outlining our 2016-2017 site goals:  2016-2017SiteGoals 

 

 
 
August 2016

Dear Parents,

 Welcome to the 2016-2017 academic year! We hope that this summer was filled with sun, fun, and fond memories for you and your Colts. Our staff has been busy this summer as well, enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation, but also attending Common Core ELA and technology trainings, as well as grade-level planning days. We are recharged and ready to provide your students with an exceptional educational experience this year!

 We have some exciting events in store for our Carrillo students and their families, and hope that you will join us for our PTO Family Nights, Friday Flag Salutes, Shadow a Colt Days, Family Reading and Math Nights, pep rallies, and grade-level specific events. We have numerous volunteer opportunities for parents and grandparents on campus, including our classroom volunteers, PTO event volunteers, Arts Attack, Running Club, Garden Club, Career Spotlight Speakers, and Dads on Campus Club. Our impressive parent volunteer force is a huge component of what makes Carrillo an exemplary, California Distinguished School. The home-school connection and open communication between Carrillo parents and staff foster a true sense of community and partnership here on campus. We welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how to make Carrillo programs even stronger.

 At Carrillo, we place a great deal of emphasis on educating the whole child. We value a challenging and rigorous academic program, in addition to personal wellness and character education. We teach our students the “Carrillo Way,” which entails doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. We strive to model and reinforce this behavior through activities and interactions both inside the classroom and out in the community. Our three standards of behavior: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, foster personal accountability and consideration of self and others. We pride ourselves on being a “Campus of Kindness,” and consistently reference Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Happy Kids to teach life skills that will enable every student to thrive. We encourage you to help your children to set goals that will assist them to reach their own personal best.

 Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt’s vision entails offering our students opportunities to attain excellence. This year SMUSD will continue our culture of providing a challenging and quality education by taking part in the Future Ready Schools Pledge. SMUSD has made a commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to ensure that our schools are Future Ready. By implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition, our district team will develop action plans and metrics to measure our progress in using digital tools to improve teaching and student learning outcomes in San Marcos.

 Our “Year of Yet” continues at Carrillo, and we will cultivate passion, perseverance, and persistence across our campus. We encourage our students to set a long-term goal; an achievement they have reached “yet.” If you are joining us for the first time this year, welcome to our family! For those returning to Carrillo, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us. It is a privilege and an honor to support your students, and we are exceptionally grateful for your continued support, involvement, and encouragement. We look forward to an incredible year of learning and personal growth for every Carrillo Colt!

 Sincerely,

The Staff of Carrillo Elementary School

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
June 2016
Dear Parents,
 
It's hard to believe that the end of the year is upon us! On behalf of our entire staff, we'd like to thank you for all of your support of our community. We truly appreciate all you do to make Carrillo the special school we love so dearly. Please take a moment to view our end of year goal updates via the recorded presentation link below. Have a wonderful summer!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 15, 2016
Dear Parents,
 
Last week the Carrillo LCAP team attended the district LCAP presentation. We got a lot of great information and heard some very positive things about the district goals and the direction in which our schools are headed to best meet the needs of all students.
I put together a narrated Powerpoint summarizing our school progress monitoring data aligned to LCAP as well as some district proposed actions for next year.
 
You are all key stakeholders, and your input matters. If you'd like me to submit feedback to the district on your behalf, please take a look at the presentation and let me know your thoughts on the proposed actions for 2016-2017 by April 13th. 
 
Please click below to access the PowerPoint presentation.
 
Sincerely,
 
Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D
Principal
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
October 30, 2015

Dear Carrillo Parents,

Today we celebrated the end of Red Ribbon Week with some fabulous student performances and a special dance by Ms. Levas at Flag Salute, in addition to health/nutrition education at our farmer’s market. It was really fun to see our students show off their “crazy hair” and get excited about making healthy choices.

The next few weeks will be busy, so here is an update of our upcoming events:

Tues, Nov 3rd: SMUSD Technology Workshop: Learn how to keep your kids safe online and about popular apps your kids may be accessing. San Marcos High School 6-8 p.m. Sign up on the Carrillo or SMUSD website.

Thursday, Nov 5th: Carrillo Parent Math Night. Come learn how to support your students in their Common Core mathematical practices. Carrillo cafeteria, 5:30-7:30 pm. Sign up on the Carrillo website.

Friday, Nov 6th: 1-2 Flag Salute at 8:45 a.m. and PTO Parent Coffee starting at 8:15 a.m.

Friday, Nov 6th: Carrillo annual Monster Bash 6-9pm. Come join us for Halloween-themed crafts, music, dancing, and much more!

Monday, November 9th: First Grade Amazing Race Recess at 11:50 & Third Grade Amazing Race Recess at 1:05. Parent volunteers needed! Contact me at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org if you’d like to help out!

Tuesday, November 10th: Second grade Amazing Race Recess at 11:50, Fourth Grade at 1:05, and Fifth grade amazing race recess at 12:35. Parent volunteers needed! Contact me at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org if you’d like to help.

Wed, November 11: Veteran’s Day, no school

Friday, November 13th: 3-5 Flag at 8:45

Friday, November 13th: Knights of the Round Table from San Marcos High visit Colts.

Monday, November 16th: Parent Teacher Conferences: No School

Tuesday Nov 17-Friday Nov 20th: Parent conferences/minimum days: AM Kinder hours: 8:15-10:45, PM Kinder Hours: 10:55-1:25, Grades 1-5 Hours: 8:45-1:45

Parent Resources:

With goal-setting conferences fast approaching, I wanted to share some articles pertaining to setting goals with your children from www.parenttoolkit.com. Please see below for the full articles:

Goal setting Grades 3-5 from Parent Toolkit

The ability to set goals and work toward them helps your child learn responsibility and focus. By accomplishing goals, your child increases her self-awareness, builds her self-esteem and sees that she can make a real difference in outcomes by setting a plan of action in motion. For younger children, goals are a way of setting expectations. At this later elementary age, your child will be able to choose goals and know the steps that need to be taken to accomplish them. Instead of focusing solely on today or tomorrow or next week, your child will be at a point where she can start thinking of what she would like to accomplish next month or in the next six weeks. At this age, it’s not just about the goal, but the steps needed to meet the goal.

Children are often asked what they want to “be” when they grow up, and at this age it is likely for your child to have some thoughts about what she might like to do when she gets older. Talk to your child about the process it would take to reach her dreams. For example, if she wants to be a doctor, encourage her to read stories and watch movies that involve doctors or medicine. You can tell her how doctors have to go to college and medical school before they actually get to work with patients. By fostering her interest, but also talking about the necessary steps to achieve such a long-term goal, you are helping her understand what it takes while also being supportive of her dreams. At the same time, education consultant Jennifer Miller recommends that parents be prepared for these interests to change often, or even be unrealistic or undesirable. For example, your child might want to be a famous pop star. There’s no need to discourage any career at this young age. The way you can help your child is by showing her that you believe she can reach her goals, however they evolve.

Help your child develop plans to accomplish a more short-term goal and map out how she’ll work toward the goal. This could be related to academics, or other skills involving sports or playing an instrument, for example. Does she want to master “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” on her recorder or on the piano? Or maybe she wants to make 10 free throws in a row to improve her basketball skills. A goal can be about anything she already knows, or an entirely new activity. Help her set a practice plan for each day or every other day for the next couple of weeks. Have her check off her practice as she goes. At the end of the time period, check back in with her. Did she accomplish her goal? If not, did she get more consistent or improve? After practicing regularly she is likely to have made some improvements. Draw attention to the improvements as much as possible.

Share your own goals with your child and your plans for accomplishing them. Perhaps you’re saving for a family vacation, or you want to go back to school for a certification or a higher degree. Map out your goals and your plans for accomplishing them and have that visual representation somewhere in the home so your child can see you working on your progress, too. Showing your child that you also have goals and ways to meet them will help her understand goal-setting strategies. You may also want to talk to your child about the times you’ve struggled to meet your goals, but have continued to try. At this age your child is still greatly influenced by your actions and thoughts, and the more you can share with her, the more you can continue to support her strategies as well.

Goal setting K-2 from Parent Toolkit

The ability to set goals is a skill that can help your child develop a sense of responsibility and learn time management and priorities. Goal-setting can also build her self-esteem by showing her that she can accomplish what she works for. Setting goals can simply be a way for your child to understand what she wants, or what she wants to happen. It can even be a way to understand routines and schedules. At this age, she may have a hard time understanding how her current behavior affects the future. You can think of goals at a very basic level with your young child. For example, simply asking, “What are you going to do after dinner?” is a goal. While it might not feel like one, at this young age that might be all your child understands as a goal.

Start with small goals that are relevant to your child’s current development and interests. Ask your child specifically what she would like to accomplish in the next week, or simply tomorrow. For example, “What do you want to do, or practice, this weekend?” It could be related to her schoolwork, a hobby, or a sport. You can help her identify an age-appropriate specific goal, like reading a book from beginning to end on her own. Help her work toward this goal by putting the goal on paper, along with the steps to achieving it. For example, before bed each night, she could try to read one page on her own. Have her check off each night that she read. At the end of the week, see if she has reached her goal.

It isn’t always about the accomplishment — goals that kids set might not be accomplished in the time they wanted — and that’s O.K. The process of working toward the goal can be just as important as the accomplishment.

Your child will likely have improved and learned about herself and her abilities along the way, regardless of the outcome. You can show her this by mapping out some of the steps of her goal and how she’s gotten better. Try using posters or drawings with targets or ladders, or using an online tool, to help her see that she is moving forward, regardless of whether she reached the final goal or not.

You can also help your child identify people in her life who can help if she’s struggling to accomplish a goal. If she wants to perform better on spelling tests, ask about friends in class she could talk to, or point out that a family member is a good speller and can help her study if she wants. Let your child know it’s O.K. to ask for help when she needs it. Also try to highlight times you’ve had to ask for help and how you reached your goal. Giving your child examples will help her understand that struggling is natural.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support of our learning community.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

September 18, 2015

 

Dear Carrillo Parents,

 

It was hot; it was rainy; it was glorious! Week #3 was hugely successful, with visits from district Math Teachers on Special Assignment (aka TOSAs), helping TK-1 students unlock the magic of magnificent math. Classrooms across campus engaged in number talks, started learning rotations, and integrated technology into instruction in meaningful ways. Our 4-5th grade Kindness Ambassador Club (100 kids and counting!) got up and running, brainstorming ways to spread the message of kindness across our school. Our Carrillo runners embraced the Olympics theme as they ran laps for their respective classroom countries. Finally, students enjoyed the recess options this week: Mr. Luke’s handball tournaments were a huge hit, and the lawn tennis, dance parties, kickball, and other organized recess games were a great addition to all of our regular playground offerings. Below you will find information about upcoming campus events, as well as resources you may find helpful.

 

Events:

 

Wed, 9/23: GATE meeting (for parents) 5:30-6:30 p.m.-Room 28

 

Thurs, 9/24: Bye, Bye, Bully Assemblies (parents invited) 9-10 a.m. (grades 3-5), 10-11 a.m. (grades 1-2)

Click the link for more information about Bye Bye Bully: http://www.razzlebamboom.com/shows/bye-bye-bully/

 

Friday, 9/25: Grades 3-5 Flag Salute at 8:45a.m. (parents welcome) followed by Student Council election speeches

 

Friday, 9/25: TK/Kinder Flag Salutes at 11:25 (a.m. classes) and 11:50 (p.m. classes)

Friday, 9/25: Reading Incentive “Book Wars” pep rally at 2:45 p.m. (parents welcome)

Friday, 9/25: Carrillo Ranch Closed for private event. Please park in an alternate location. Back gate will be open.

 

Spotlight on the Arts:

 

Check out Carrillo student artwork on display at the Carlsbad Library, Library Learning Center. More Colt student artwork will be on loan for public viewing at The Wall by Target in Vista. Join us in appreciating student art created with the help of our fabulous parent art docents through Arts Attack program.

 

 Student Art at Carlsbad Library

 

Spotlight on STEM:

 

VUSD is sponsoring a student math tournament for area students in grades 3-8 on Sat, October 3 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Vista High School. Come out for a day of math and fun! Register for this free event at http://goo.gl/forms/K3N0s4n7KA or contact mathtournamentdirector@gmail.com for more information.

 

Parent Engagement Opportunities:

 

Be sure to mark your calendars for two upcoming parent education workshops at Carrillo.

 

Thurs, 10/29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Child Nutrition Services will host a health/nutrition workshop complete with recipe demos, ideas, and tastings!

 

Thursday, 11/5 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. we will host a Common Core Parent Math Workshop for parents of students in grades K-5.

 

Parent Volunteer Opportunities:

 

College and Career Week

 

It’s almost time for the return of our annual College and Career Week, October 5-9th ! Students from Palomar College and Cal State San Marcos will volunteer on campus, and inspire our students to follow their passions through higher education.

 

We are reaching out to our parent community in the hopes some of you will be willing to share your careers with our students. If you would like to share with our students as a featured Career Spotlight speaker, contact me at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org and I will arrange it! Our kids LOVED hearing from parents last year who shared their work as scientists, inventors, police officers, veterinarians, fire fighters, engineering, programming, marketing, and more. We would love to keep this awesome program going!

 

Star Wars Reads Day:

 

National Star Wars Reads Day is on Saturday, Oct 10th. Here at Carrillo, some of our classrooms will celebrate this day on October 9th with Star-Wars themed literacy activities. Are you interested in dressing in Star Wars-themed gear and volunteering as a guest reader in participating classrooms? If so, email me at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org and I will arrange it. May the (reading) force be with you!

 

Enrichment Classes:

 

Afterschool enrichment classes begin on Monday. If you haven’t yet registered, today is the final day. Check out the course offerings at http://www.carrillopto.com under the shop/donate menu.

 

Back Gate:

 

For those of you who aren’t huge fans of the front parking lot, please remember we offer satellite parking at Carrillo Ranch (Tues-Fri). Your students will meet you at our back gate (by Room 31) and you can walk the trail together to the Ranch or the Carrillo Pool/Kindercare area. It’s a quick and easy way to meet your students (and see a peacock or two) without the traffic if you want to give it a try!

 

Recess Highlights:

 

This week we will continue our Handball tournaments for 3-5th graders and organized recess games for all grade levels. This week we will again offer kickball, kooky jumprope, dance party, lawn tennis, and carnival games for grades 1-5 in addition to running club and our regular daily offerings: play structure, soccer, football, 4 square, kickball, basketball, tetherball, swings, jumprope, handball, etc.

 

 

 

Focus Habit of the Week:

 

We continue to emphasize Habit #1: Be Proactive. Being proactive means being responsible and accountable for your own choices. One way we facilitate this habit is by following our 3 personal standards of behavior: Be Safe, Be Respectful, & Be Responsible. That’s the Carrillo Way!

 

Parent Resources:

 

We continue to embrace our “Year of Grit” at Carrillo as we take risks, celebrate productive struggle, and grow from our failures through passion, perseverance, and persistence. Here are some great videos addressing grit for your review:

 

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYosswUvTM8wjysu9sEtWDvRdmp1tpyZ_

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLYosswUvTM8yf6FKqGc5XfhKNo6ruIRGB

 

Parent Communication:

 

You can sign up for text messages through Remind by texting 81010 and enter @carparents

 

You can see evidence of student learning and work throughout the school on our Twitter account @CarrilloColts

 

You can follow Carrillo PTO on Facebook

 

You can follow San Marcos USD on both Facebook and Instagram

 

Want to connect with other parents over coffee and a chat? BYOC (bring your own cup of joe) to the parent coffee club area between 8:15-9:00 a.m. daily (weather permitting).

 

Thank you for all of your continued support of our Carrillo programs. Your children are inquisitive, resilient, hardworking, and, most importantly, incredibly kind individuals. These traits are due in no small part to their fabulous families. We appreciate all of you tremendously!

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D

Principal

 

 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       











August 31, 2015

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to the 2015-2016 academic year! We hope that this summer was filled with sun, fun, and fond memories for you and your Colts. Our staff has been busy this summer as well, enjoying some much needed rest and relaxation, but also attending math academies, Common Core ELA and technology trainings, and grade-level planning days. We are recharged and ready to provide your students with an exceptional educational experience this year!

 

We have some exciting events in store for our Carrillo students and their families, and hope that you will join us for our PTO Family Nights, Friday Flag Salutes, pep rallies, and grade-level specific events. We have numerous volunteer opportunities for parents and grandparents on campus, including our classroom volunteers, PTO event volunteers, Arts Attack, Running Club, Garden Club, Playground Parents, Career Spotlight Speakers, and Dads on Campus Club. Our impressive parent volunteer force is a huge component of what makes Carrillo an exemplary, California Distinguished School. The home-school connection and open communication between Carrillo parents and staff foster a true sense of community and partnership here on campus. We welcome your feedback and suggestions as to how to make Carrillo programs even stronger.

 

At Carrillo, we place a great deal of emphasis on educating the whole child. We value a challenging and rigorous academic program, in addition to personal wellness and character education. We teach our students the “Carrillo Way,” which entails doing the right thing, because it’s the right thing to do. We strive to model and reinforce this behavior through activities and interactions both inside the classroom and out in the community. Our three standards of behavior: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, foster personal accountability and consideration of self and others. We pride ourselves on being a “Campus of Kindness,” and consistently reference Sean Covey’s The 7 Habits of Happy Kids to teach life skills that will enable every student to thrive. We encourage you to help your children to set goals that will assist them to reach their own personal best.

 

Superintendent Dr. Kevin Holt’s vision entails offering our students opportunities to attain excellence. This year SMUSD will continue our culture of providing a challenging and quality education by taking part in the Future Ready Schools Pledge. SMUSD has made a commitment to work with educators, families, and community members to ensure that our schools are Future Ready. By implementing meaningful changes toward a digital learning transition, our district team will develop action plans and metrics to measure our progress in using digital tools to improve teaching and student learning outcomes in San Marcos.

 

Our “Year of Grit” continues at Carrillo, and we will cultivate passion, perseverance, and persistence across our campus. If you are joining us for the first time this year, welcome to our family! For those returning to Carrillo, thank you for sharing your amazing children with us. It is a privilege and an honor to support your students, and we are exceptionally grateful for your continued support, involvement, and encouragement. We look forward to an incredible year of learning and personal growth for every Carrillo Colt!

 

Sincerely,

The Staff of Carrillo Elementary School
 
 
 
 
August 27, 2015
Dear Carrillo Parents,

 

With the first day of school fast approaching, I wanted to keep you informed about some of the faculty and program changes you will see at Carrillo this year. Additionally, I have resources for you to browse at your convenience about what to expect for your student this year in the areas of academics, behavior expectations, and character education programs, to foster the home-school connection. Finally, I have included parent engagement and volunteer opportunities for those of you interested in connecting with our students on a regular, semi-regular, or occasional basis.

 

Staffing:

 

We have some talented new faces at Carrillo this year, as well as some veteran campus staff members taking on new roles. Here is our 2015-2016 staff roster:

 

TK:

Mrs. Andre moves to her own classroom, Room 23! Mrs. Andre will be joined by Mrs. Brown, our previous reading intervention teacher, as her partner teacher for 90 minutes per day.

 

Kinder:

Room 1-Mrs. Estrada (AM) and Mrs. Fisher (PM)

Room 2-Ms. Hamilton (AM) joins us from Knob Hill Elementary, where she worked as a reading intervention specialist. Mr. Swonetz (PM), joins us after working as a district technology instructional leader and SMUSD classroom teacher.

Room 3-Ms. Mearns (AM) and Mrs. Schmeiser (PM)

 

First Grade:

Room 4-Mrs. Whelan

Room 5-Mrs. Alt/Mrs. McBrayer

Room 6-Mrs. Bejarano

Room 7-Ms. Quinones

Room 8-Mr. Isambert joins our team to share his knowledge and expertise in the primary grade levels.

Room 12-Mrs. Sherwood

 

Second Grade:

Room 21: Mrs. Calise and Mrs. Haygood team up this year.

Room 22: Mrs. Yates

Room 41: Mr. Saulino

Room 42: Mrs. James

Room 43: Ms. Fresca

Room 44: Mr. Retzer returns to his former home in second grade

Room 45: Ms. Albert

 

Third Grade:

Room 10: Mrs. Martin

Room 11: Mrs. Stewart

Room 13: Mrs. Gidner

Room 14: Mrs. Cummings

Room 16: Ms. Campbell joins the team after two years of student teaching and substitute teaching at Carrillo!

Room 17: Mrs. Wagner moves up to 3rd grade alongside her former second graders

Room 18: Mrs. Martinez moves up to 3rd grade alongside her former second graders

 

Fourth Grade:

Room 36: Ms. Nunez joins our staff after spending years hearing about Carrillo from her close family friend Mr. Wise (first principal of Carrillo)!

Room 35: Mrs. Williams returns to her fourth grade roots.

Room 33: Mrs. Kinard

Room 32: Mrs. Mariano

Room 31: Ms. Rotramel

 

Fifth Grade:

Room 30: Mrs. Woods

Room 29: Mrs. Dorsey

Room 28: Ms. Falk

Room 27: Mrs. Duke moves up to 5th alongside her former fourth graders

Room 26: Ms. Lancon

Room 34: Mrs. Lora moves up to 5th alongside her former fourth graders

 

Specialists:

Ms. Levas-music

Mrs. Takagi-librarian

Mrs. Larochelle-technology/computer lab

Ms. Beninger-PE, moves to full time! Your kids will experience smaller class sizes for PE and health/nutrition lessons.

Mrs. Shannon Williams-Intervention specialist

Mrs. Blanke and Ms. Doctor-speech

Ms. Upton and Mrs. Slagle-pre-school

Mrs. Lerager, Mrs. Wann, & Ms. Paniagua-education specialists/learning center teachers

Dr. Clark-school psychologist

Mr. Williams-school social worker, joins our team to facilitate social skills group, lunch bunch, and provide resources and support to students/families

 

What to Expect in the Areas of Teaching and Learning:

 

Check out these helpful links from the national PTA to see the standards and academic overview for each grade level:

 

Kindergarten: http://www.pta.org/files/K%20June20.pdf

 

First Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/1st%20Grade%20June20.pdf

 

Second Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/2nd%20Grade%20June20.pdf

 

Third Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/3rd%20Grade%20June20.pdf

 

Fourth Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/4th%20Grade%20June20.pdf

 

Fifth Grade: http://www.pta.org/files/5th%20Grade%20June20.pdf

 

Here is some great information about how to support your student in becoming a learning hero!

 

http://bealearninghero.org/super5

 

Character Education:

 

You will often hear your students refer to the “7 Habits.” Click here to learn what the 7 Habits of Happy Kids are all about, thanks to Mrs. Yates’s awesome parent resource page: http://www.smusd.org/domain/243

 

Behavior Expectations:

 

At Carrillo we have three behavior expectations for students: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible. Click here for a presentation describing our school’s standards for behavior:

http://carrilloelementary.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=165&ModuleInstanceID=2694&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=51900&PageID=791

 

Parent Handbook:

 

Click here to access our Carrillo handbook:

http://carrilloelementary.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=165&ModuleInstanceID=2694&ViewID=047E6BE3-6D87-4130-8424-D8E4E9ED6C2A&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=51765&PageID=791

 

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Volunteer Opportunities:

 

If any of the following sound interesting to you, email our Assistant Principal, Linda Heinrich, for more information:

 

Running Club, Dads on Campus, Playground Parents, Career Spotlight speakers, Arts Attack, PTO

We hope you and your family enjoy your final week of summer vacation. We look forward to a great year with you!

 

Sincerely,

 

Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

June 12, 2015

 

Dear Carrillo Parents,

 

It’s hard to believe that we are almost to the finish line! It has been such a wonderful year, and it has been such a pleasure to attend all of the year musical performances, culminating project presentations, and recognition assemblies. Here is some information regarding resources for summer enrichment activities:

 

 

Summer Reading Program

Join us for summer reading activities, reading incentives and entertainment. This year's theme is "Every Hero has a Story." The program is free and is sponsored by Friends of the Carlsbad Library.

When: June 22 - Aug. 7

Where: All library locations

Admission: Free for all ages  

 

Three Locations

 

Carlsbad City Library

760-602-2049

1775 Dove Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92011

Georgina Cole Library

760-434-2870

1250 Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad, CA 92008                                                                                                           

Library Learning Center

760-931-4500

3368 Eureka Place
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Article about summer reading:

http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/jameskim/files/prof_pub-pdk-white-2011-summer_loss.pdf

Writing over summer!

I invite Carrillo students to email me (or moms and dads can scan handwritten letters and email them to me) at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org. Students can share their summer adventures with me and I will write them back!

Reading skills:

Lexia will still be available!

Math skills:

Dreambox and Tenmarks will still be available!

Common Core Reading:

Newsela.com summer challenge: (Parents may create a user account for free on newsela.com. Recommended for students completing grades 2 and up)

See below for further information:

 

 

 

The Summer Reading Challenge
starts June 1.

Students coast to coast will answer the call to keep on reading about the world around them. Newsela's Summer Reading Challenge gives them the chance to earn badges, get newsroom promotions and climb in the standings, all while reading news and feature stories hot off the press.


Want to make this summer count?

Taking on the Summer Reading Challenge is simple. Students with an existing Newsela login are automatically entered in the challenge. Students new to Newsela can get a Sign Up Code from a parent or teacher.


Not a member?

Sign up and prepare your class

Frequently Asked Questions


What is the duration of the Challenge?

Start Date: Monday, June 1
End date: Friday, August 14

Who is eligible?

Any student with a Newsela account is eligible to participate. Students use the Newsela accounts they already have.

Is there any cost to participate? Do I have to be a PRO subscriber?

There is no cost to participate. You do not have to be a PRO subscriber.

Do my students need to have an account in Newsela?

Yes. If your students do not already have an account, please follow these instructions to help them create one.
Parents - please see
these instructions to create accounts for your readers.

How do students participate?

Students participate simply by reading articles and taking quizzes starting on Monday, June 1.

Do teachers have to do anything to enable their students to participate?

No. Once students have their Newsela accounts, they can participate independently.

Is there a deadline for my students to begin participating?

No. The Challenge begins June 1 but students will be able to begin participating any time up to the end of the Challenge on August 14.

How will my students know that the Challenge has begun?

When students log in to Newsela.com beginning on Monday, June 1, they will see an alert letting them know that the Challenge has begun.

Is there anything else I should know about finishing up the school year on Newsela?

To find tips on how to wrap up this school year and prepare for the next on Newsela, check out our End of the Year FAQs for Teachers.

How can I help my students succeed with the Challenge?

Download and print copies of this handout and have your students write down their username and password to keep for use during the summer. Ask them to take this home to share with their parents/guardians.

Why is Newsela sponsoring this Free Summer Reading Challenge?

Newsela's mission is to unlock the written word for everyone. We know that summer reading is a vital component to developing and maintaining student literacy. We are dedicated to supporting teachers everywhere in their commitment to their students' growth in literacy. To that end, our goal with the Summer Reading Challenge is to help support the efforts of schools to encourage students to read as many articles as they can.

What is my students' goal in participating in the Free Summer Reading Challenge?

Every student's goal for the Free Summer Reading Challenge is to earn as many word-points and badges as they can. A word-point is a point awarded to a student based upon their performance on reading comprehension quizzes. A badge is an icon that is awarded to a student based upon their reading activity.

How will my students earn word-points?

Students will earn word-points by answering quiz items correctly.
Students will be awarded a number of points equivalent to the number of words in an article divided by the number of questions in the article quiz and multiplied by the number of questions that they answer correctly. For example, if an article has 400 words and there are 4 questions in the quiz, each question is worth 100 word-points. If the student answers 2 of 4 questions correctly, they will earn 100 word-points for each correct answer, or 200 word-points in total.
Note: Students must answer at least 2 quiz questions correctly (better than pure chance) in order to receive any points.

Have a wonderful summer Everyone!

Sincerely,

Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4-10-2015

 

Dear Carrillo Families,

 

We had a wonderful week catching up with all of our Colts and hearing about their fun excursions during Spring Break. With just about 50 days of instruction left this year, we are moving full steam ahead in working to ensure our students are meeting their individual learning goals.

 

Our PTO is working night and day to put together our first-ever Carrillo Summerfest, taking place on Saturday, May 16th. It will truly take a village to execute an event of this magnitude, but our goal is to create a magical experience for families to celebrate the end of a successful year through music, rides, games, attractions, auctions, and much-more. Check out http://www.CarrilloSummerfest.com for all of the information, or to volunteer to help out in any capacity! If you or someone you know owns a local business, the Summerfest provides an incredible opportunity for advertising and sponsorships are available.

 

This week I had the opportunity to attend the San Marcos Unified School District Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Conference. Each of the SMUSD sites was represented by administrators, parents, teachers, classified staff, and even students at the secondary level. The LCAP Meeting reaffirmed the district vision and goals for all students, K-12, to ensure every child receives a high quality educational experience and leaves SMUSD college and career ready. Here is the breakdown of the district goals, implemented at all of the school sites:

 

Goal 1: College and Career Ready

 

This goal states that SMUSD will ensure consistent and rigorous expectations for all students through use of guaranteed and viable curriculum. You see this goal in action at Carrillo through all of the research-based teaching strategies and Common Core-aligned materials and instruction. We also ensure consistent progress monitoring to measure student progress in meeting Common Core expectations at each grade level. Another important component to this goal is to ensure we are working closely with our English Language Learners to help this group of students advance in their language proficiency. We are so fortunate to have a PTO-funded teacher one day per week to provide specialized instruction for our EL students. We are seeing tremendous growth!

 

Goal 2: Student Achievement

 

This goal addresses data-informed instructional decisions as well as the provision of academic and behavioral interventions. At Carrillo, we are making excellent progress towards student learning targets in the core areas of reading, writing, and math. Our K-1 students’ reading skills are measured via the F & P reading assessment, while our 2-5th grade students take an online reading assessment, STAR Enterprise, to determine their lexile score in reading. You can check your child’s report card for that information. All of our students also take the SMUSD Common Core unit assessments and performance tasks. Teachers dedicate their Wednesday team collaboration time to analyzing student performance on these assessments, to determine student understandings and misunderstandings to drive next steps for teaching.

 

This goal also addresses providing targeted and systematic interventions for students who are not making expected growth or progress. We are fortunate at Carrillo, to have a district-funded/PTO-funded reading intervention teacher, as well as three PTO-funded intervention instructional aides, to provide small group instruction using research-based intervention curriculum to help students reach proficient levels in reading. We also provide math clubs at each grade level in order for teachers to provide before or after school intervention for students needing extra assistance in mathematics. At Carrillo, we also offer customized learning pathways for all students through digital resources including TenMarks, Dreambox, Lexia, and Big Universe. These programs allow students to work at their own pace to meet individualized learning goals.

 

Goal 3: Professional Development

 

This goal addresses ensuring all of our SMUSD teachers are provided top-tier professional learning opportunities to best meet the needs of your children. All of those sub days have not gone to waste! Teachers at Carrillo are highly trained, and have attended sessions on Essential Elements of Instruction, Guided Language Acquisition and Development, Common Core Math Academies, Accelerating Academic Achievement for English Language Learners, Common Core ELA Workshops, and technology trainings that may have included 1:1 technology for classrooms, or specialized google seminars. We were also able to send a team of staff to the Non-Violent Crisis Intervention Training and Doug Fisher ELA Workshop. Teachers also worked closely this year with district math instructional coaches and a technology instructional coach to learn additional strategies and develop rich lessons to further enrich your child’s educational experiences at Carrillo. At the site level, our fabulous team dedicated this year to studying growth mindset, teaching for innovation, and fostering grit in our students to help them achieve success in any pathway they choose!

 

Goal 4: Parent Engagement

 

This goal involves YOU, the parent community, and ensuring that you are included as essential partners in your child’s education. At Carrillo, we keep parents informed through ongoing communication via e-blasts, emails, text messages, our website, phone blasts, and even Twitter (Follow me: @CarrilloColts)! We have an active PTO, English Learner Advisory Committee, and School Site Council. Parents are encouraged to volunteer on campus and to visit us for special events such as Career Week to share your own personal expertise with the kids. We also conduct an annual parent survey (in the collection stages now!) to ensure your voices are heard. We hope our Carrillo parents feel welcomed, valued, respected, and included, and wish to express our sincere gratitude for all our your incredible support for our school. Carrillo is great, in large part, because of your efforts!

 

As the year progresses, I will keep you informed about how Carrillo is doing in terms of meeting all of our site and district goals. By working as team, our staff, students, and parents will surely continue to meet or exceed all goals.

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
03-23-2015
 

Dear Carrillo Parents,

 

Today your child will receive their report cards for Trimester Two. The district goal is for students to reach proficiency (3s or higher) in grade level Common Core State Standards included on report cards by the end of the year. The increased rigor and elevated expectations associated with the new standards require students to demonstrate much deeper levels of thinking and application than the previous CA. standards. As a result, report card grades will reflect students’ current levels of understanding in grade level standards, with the goal of continued growth during the final trimester. The 2014-2015 school year is the first year SMUSD implemented the CCSS in all three core academic subjects: reading, writing, and math.

 

Do you need some clarification on what the Core Standards and the shift in California (along with over 40 other states) public education entails? Click the video link below for an overview:

 

A brief explanation of Common Core State Standards:

 

https://youtu.be/5s0rRk9sER0

 

One question we often receive from parents is how to best support students at home with Core standards. Click the link below for tips for parents: 

 

5 Tips for Parents to Support Common Core at home:

 

https://youtu.be/CTJ9-Mbb4Nw

 

Another question that often comes our way is how the Core standards differ from the previous standards. Click the links below for information regarding instructional shifts in math, reading, and writing as a result of the CCSS:

 

The Common Core mathematics shifts:

 

https://youtu.be/7E-EGbB3N_0

 

Common Core ELA Shifts-Close Reading with Dr. Doug Fisher

 

https://youtu.be/5w9v6-zUg3Y

 

Writing: The importance of citing text evidence with Dr. Doug Fisher

 

https://youtu.be/57DZMHrji0o

 

Finally, in honor of Carrillo’s “Year of Grit,” we continue to focus on praising students for their effort and capacity to persevere in the face of struggle. The act of praising effort over intelligence has been shown not only to help students develop grit, but to succeed across multiple essential areas throughout their lives.  For information about praise and mindsets that can be integrated across both home and school settings, click the link below:

 

A Synopsis of Carol Dweck’s Study on Praise and Mindsets:

 

https://youtu.be/NWv1VdDeoRY

 

Please remember that our staff is here to support you and your children with any questions you may have regarding Common Core Standards or report cards. Thank you for ensuring this communication occurs outside of Open House events taking place this week. We want to preserve the integrity of these special nights as an opportunity for students to showcase their hard work and efforts. Open Houses are a time-honored Carrillo tradition and are truly an opportunity for celebration!

 

Thank you for being such an incredible source of support for our students and staff. We are truly humbled by our outstanding parent population at Carrillo.

 

Enjoy your week!

 

Sincerely,

 

Betsy Kannenberg, Ed.D

Principal

 

 

 
 
Fall 2014
 
Dear Parents:
 
Every year we conduct a survey of Carrillo students and parents to determine the areas in which our school is particularly strong, and the areas for refinement. Our School Site Council analyzed all of the survey responses, and determined a few areas of focus for the upcoming year. Please refer to the letter below:
 
 

Carrillo Parent & Student

Survey Findings & Action Plan 2014

 

Written by the Carrillo School Site Council: October 2014

 

Each year, students and parents are encouraged to provide feedback regarding all aspects of our school and affiliated programs through an anonymous survey that can be completed online, or with paper forms available in the office. This Spring we received surveys from less than ten percent our Carrillo families. The input of our Carrillo community is very important and the School Site Council encourages 100% participation in next year’s survey to better address any concerns.

 

The Spring 2014 Survey was overwhelmingly positive, and we appreciate the time and consideration participants gave to their responses. Based upon survey results, students and parents are extremely satisfied with the following Carrillo components: Teachers & Staff Members, Staff & Parent Communication, PTO Activities, Community Atmosphere & School Culture, Volunteerism, and a Positive Learning Environment. 

 

The suggested areas for improvement included Bullying, Campus Programs, Classroom Placements, Class Size, Cleanliness, Common Core/Academic Standards, District Funding, Flag Salutes, Fundraising, Parking Lot, Safety, and Technology. While some of these issues can only be addressed at the state/district level due to funding and budget limitations, our plan for addressing these issues at Carrillo Elementary is outlined below:  

 

Bullying – Bullying issues and situations are taken very seriously at Carrillo Elementary. District and state mandated protocols are strictly adhered to and include a tiered system of consequences for behavior that is determined to be bullying behavior. In addition to Peace Patrol, 7 Habits of Happy Kids, Carrillo Care Awards, and Steps to Respect, we have also successfully implemented a Dads on Campus Program and a Kindness Ambassador Program. If you have a bullying concern, please notify our Principal, Betsy Kannenberg, at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org.

 

Campus Programs – Programs such as art, music, science and G.A.T.E. (Gifted and Talented Education) are determined according to staffing, funding, and instructional schedules. We welcome volunteers willing to share a particular area of knowledge or expertise with Carrillo students to contact our administration. Please also refer to the “Fundraising” section for more information on how our school funds additional school programs such as these.

 

Classroom Placements – With over 1,000 students at Carrillo, multiple factors must be taken into consideration when determining classroom placements. Teachers are unable to ensure specific placements.  Final classroom placement decisions rest solely with administration. If you have specific concerns regarding your child’s educational needs, please put them in writing to administration, no later than May 16th. Please be advised that requests for a specific teacher cannot be accommodated.

 

Class Size - Carrillo strictly adheres to state and district guidelines regarding class size.

More information on class size guidelines can be found on the California Department of Education website at http://www.cde.ca.gov. Carrillo teachers and office staff welcome parent volunteers to assist in the classroom with special projects, small group or individual student instruction.

 

Cleanliness - Carrillo students and staff take pride in their surroundings. Our custodial staff continues to monitor restrooms and lunch areas throughout the day, in addition to daily maintenance of all classrooms and common areas. We have implemented several campus recycling programs. We encourage our students to be proactive in helping to keep our lunch areas, bathrooms, and campus clean. Together we can keep Carrillo beautiful.

 

Common Core/Academic Standards  Carrillo Elementary continues to transition to Common Core Standards, and these new standards will help create more successful students and address previous parental concerns regarding academic standards at Carrillo. The following is an April 7th letter from Dr. Kevin Holt, Superintendent of SMUSD, regarding Common Core: 

 

As our transition into the Common Core State Standards continues, I have a few thoughts that I wish to share with all of you.

 

Our focus on Common Core Standards has aligned our district with California’s clear and inspiring vision for public education, as well as put us closer to our goal for all students to graduate prepared for college and careers in the global economy.

 

Common Core moves away from the idea of selecting the “one correct answer” provided to authentic learning where students are asked to:

                     Think critically

                     Examine multiple perspectives and points of view

                     Practice reasoning

                     Form opinions

                     Develop positions on a wide range of topics

                     Reasonably argue and defend a position or opinion

 

As this is the first time in history we have a common assessment nation-wide, this will allow districts and states from across the nation to compare student achievement. It will also provide reassurance to families who need to relocate up and down the state or across the country. They will know that what is being taught and assessed will be the same from district to district. With the Internet and common learning targets, teachers can also collaborate across the nation, as grade levels in all public schools will be addressing common standards.

San Marcos Unified School District is committed to providing information and resources for all of our community members. In this respect, there is a central, Common Core Resources page on the District website. We will also post regular Common Core Updates, which will include articles, parent resources, and videos.

 

I appreciate everything you do to prepare our children for a successful future, and look forward to the opportunities that a modern assessment and accountability system will create for teaching and learning.”

 

Distinguished School Recognition – This year Carrillo Elementary was officially designated as a California Distinguished School. This very prestigious award is awarded by the California Department of Education by invitation only. It involves a very complex application, on site inspection, and interview process involving staff, students, and parents. This award honors some of California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

 

District Funding - Concerns regarding classroom size, campus supervision, technology, and additional programs are dependent upon funding provided by the state to our district.  Our school funding is supplemented by our PTO. Carrillo is very fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers on our PTO board, which subsidizes our spending budget with much needed additional funds in excess of $125,000 per year. Please feel free to contact our state legislators to voice your concerns about the importance of funding for education.

 

Flag Salutes – We will continue to address the “whole” child in our weekly Flag Salutes. We strive to achieve a balance between the need to maintain and encourage student motivation, recognize student achievements in a multitude of areas, and classroom instructional time. Carrillo staff and administration will continue to strive toward this mutually beneficial goal of balancing these needs.

 

FundraisingWhile Carrillo Elementary is a top-ranked school, funding provided by our PTO is crucial. Some of the programs our PTO funds include:  Computer Lab Salaries & Supplies, PE & Playground Equipment, Reading Intervention, Additional Library Hours, Running Program, Arts Program & Supplies, Music Program, G.A.T.E. Activities, Classroom Technology, Math 24, Spelling Bee, Science Resource Program, Peace Patrol Program, School Supplies, and Teacher Support & Supplies.

 

Grant Committees The School Site Council is soliciting volunteers to serve on a Grant Writing Committee to research funding options for additional programs. Would you like to see more science, art, or music, field improvement, or another educational program? This is an excellent opportunity to become involved with flexible volunteer hours off campus. If you are interested in helping, please contact Betsy Kannenberg, at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org. 

 

Parking Lot – Parking lot safety and traffic control continue to be a primary concern. Parents are expected to adhere to all traffic safety laws while on Carrillo and Leo Carrillo Ranch properties. Remember that Leo Carrillo Ranch may be used as an alternative pick-up site every Tuesday-Friday. We greatly appreciate your efforts in making child safety our top priority. For further suggestions or to serve on a Parking Lot Safety Committee, please contact administration.

 

SafetyStudent safety is always a top priority at Carrillo. Like all other elementary schools, Carrillo is an “open” campus before and after school. Our gates are locked during school hours, with the gates unlocked before school and just prior to dismissal. Campus doors are also equipped with an interior locking mechanism. A photo ID is required to release students from campus. Carrillo students routinely prepare for a number of emergency scenarios through both planned and surprise earthquake, fire, and lockdown drills. In addition, all visitors are required to show a photo ID, sign in at the front office, and wear a visitor sticker or picture ID lanyard for admission onto campus during school hours. Volunteers are greatly needed to assist with visitor check in throughout the day and the hours are extremely flexible. To volunteer, please contact the front office. 

 

TechnologyCarrillo continues to work with the Technology Department at the district to upgrade our systems and equipment. For additional plans for district-funded technology, please refer to the SMUSD Technology 3-Year Plan July 2013- June 2016: http://www.smusd.org/Page/432.

 

Volunteer Opportunities – Carrillo is very fortunate to have a dedicated group of hardworking volunteers. There are many different ways to get involved with flexible hours to fit any schedule both on and off campus. Opportunities for volunteering include helping in classrooms, helping with office visitor check in, PTO events, and campus programs such as art, science, music, and G.A.T.E. There are also opportunities to serve on committees for grant writing and parking lot safety, as well as others. To volunteer, please contact Betsy Kannenberg, at betsy.kannenberg@smusd.org.

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
9-8-2014
 
Dear Parents,
 
The time has come for our students to once again begin daily homework routines. It's important for parents to assume a supportive role, while allowing students to gain independence and refine their skills. SMUSD has published some helpful homework questions for parents to ask their students to ensure deeper levels of understanding. Click the links below to access this information in preparation for your child's next homework session.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
8-25-2014
 
Dear Carrillo Parents,
 
Welcome to the 2014-2015 School Year!
 
Please click the link below to read our welcome back letter and get updated on beginning of the year news.
 
 
 

Messages to Carrillo Parents from the Principal's Office

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