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Principal's Message

 This community event will be held in the Carlton cafeteria. Gil Smith, the Incident Command System consultant (ICS4Schools), will share information about emergency protocols, staff trainings, and drills.
A lockdown drill is scheduled for March 26, 2018. Teachers will teach students about the lockdown drill but you may want to talk about it with your children as well. Let them know that we are practicing in case there is someone who is dangerous on campus. A barricade will be created in the classroom and students will be positioned away from the windows and doors. Students will need to remain quiet.
We have also implemented some changes to increase campus safety.
1) Classroom doors are now locked during the day. Teachers are using magnets on the door frame to keep doors ajar when needed.
2) The large back gate is now locked during school hours. A taller back gate will be installed to replace the current gate.
3) The gates along the back fence are locked from the outside so people can not enter the campus. Please be sure to close the gate completely if you exit from one of these gates.
On a different note, I would like to thank everyone for their support of our Great Kindness Challenge. We collected 32 pairs of soccer cleats to send to a school in Tanzania. Fourth graders also collected used eyeglasses for those who can not afford them. Students performed many random acts of kindness on their checklists. Thank you for supporting all our efforts to show kindness to others!
Lastly, I would like to invite everyone to the grand opening of the Makerspace. Parents are invited to come and celebrate this new learning space on Wednesday, March 28th from 8:15 to 9:00 am. For safety purposes, this will be an adult-only event. Refreshments will be served. I hope to see you there!
Thank you for your support!
Best regards,
Mary Katayama
Principal, Carlton Avenue School
The Carlton Clay Program
The Carlton Clay Program is a special opportunity for Carlton students that not every school has. With the funds raised by the CHSC, the Clay program produces roughly 1,750 projects each year. Through these Clay projects the students get the freedom to express themselves creatively, the pride that comes from making masterpieces with their bare hands and the confidence by learning from the forgiving nature of clay to recover by fixing their mistakes. Projects created throughout the year are then given as gifts and/or keepsakes to their families. Every one of these projects represents approximately 3 hours of invested time by dedicated Volunteers. Becoming a volunteer is an investment in your child’s learning, and we are grateful for all who contribute and value all the enrichment opportunities created by Carlton Home and School Club. Parent volunteers run this entire program, participation is always greatly appreciated! Each class needs at least a few Parent volunteers to assist the children in creating their clay masterpieces. The Clay Program leads are here to support our awesome parent volunteers by providing training, supplies, project ideas and on-going support to make this a fun experience for the volunteers and students. If you want more information, please contact the Program Leads at:
Basket Bingo is less than three weeks away! Proceeds from Carlton Home & School Club CHSC)'s Basket Bingo Night help fund important programs for our school such as music, art, PE, Art Vistas , Project Cornerstone, Running Club, Gardening Club. This fundraiser will also help to provide funding for assemblies, classroom supplies and STEAM/Science equipment.
There are a few key date reminders for this event.
Class Basket Donations will be collected this Friday, March 2nd.
Please consider donating an purchased item for the Class Basket. Each class is encouraged to make their class themed basket as awesome as possible. The goal is for families to voluntarily contribute at least one item/donation to your class basket. If you are unable to make purchases for your class basket, please consider making a cash donation so that more items can be purchased for the basket. Volunteers will be wrapping 28+ baskets and we will be posting photos of the finished baskets as soon as possible.
Volunteer Shifts: There are over 30 volunteer shifts available. All volunteer shifts receive complimentary raffle tickets for helping. Please consider signing up at: or
Ticket PreSales: Basket ​​raffle tickets will be available for purchase this week with BB Presales Order Form. Please fill out the presales order form here . Extra forms (green) can be found in the office and CHSC website. All presales order forms received by Wednesday, March 14th receive ***5 bonus*** raffle tickets.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thank you for all you do to make this fun Carlton event possible!
Many thanks,
Vanessa Michaelsen
Be Seen and Heard Assemblies
Union Elementary School District will be hosting a series of Be Seen and Heard© assemblies for K-8 students at all school sites beginning March 20th and running through March 30th. Carlton's assemblies will be held on Wednesday, March 21st. The author and presenter of the program, Victor Pacini, seeks to empower students to have the confidence to speak up in situations that may make them feel uncomfortable or unsafe. The topics are scaled to be appropriate for each grade level, and previews of the material can be found at the links below:
K-2nd Grade Preview:
5th-6th Grade Preview:
3rd-4th Grade Preview:
7th-8th Grade Preview:
All parents are invited to attend one of our two parent nights to learn more about the Be Seen and Heard© program. Victor Pacini will lead parents through an overview of the program and will be available to answer questions. Both presentations are open to ALL Union Elementary School District parents/guardians:
Sunday, March 18th 6:30 - 8:00pm Dartmouth Middle School Gymnasium
5575 Dartmouth Drive
San Jose, CA 95118
Monday, March 19th 6:30 - 8:00pm Union Middle School Gymnasium
2130 Los Gatos Almaden Road
San Jose, CA 95124
If you are not able to come to either parent night, you can watch a preview of the program, entitled “Peace of Mind for Parents,” found on this website:
Requests to Opt-out:
As a parent/guardian, you have the right to determine whether or not your child attends this assembly. The opt-out form was sent home with each student lask week. If you DO NOT want your student to attend the Be Seen and Heard© assembly, please complete and return the form to the front office of your student’s school before the day of the assembly.
Safety and Traffic Task Force
One of our goals in our Comprehensive Safety Plan is to create a Safety and Traffic Task Force. If you would like to serve on this task force to help brainstorm ways to improve drop off and pick up and increase traffic safety, please use this link to sign up. Our first meeting will be held on March 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm.
Important Yearbook Information
Do you have pictures from Walk-a-thon and/or Halloween? The yearbook committee could use your help! Send any pictures you have to or bring a USB drive to Mrs. Aupperle in room 9!
Please check the poster on your child's classroom door to see if you already purchased a yearbook in August. Otherwise, buy yours now at!
Classroom Consolidated Donation
Carlton students have the opportunity to go on amazing field trips which are funded through the Classroom Consolidated Donation (CCD). If you haven't made your contribution yet to support your child's grade level field trips and special projects, please click this link: Thank you for helping to make these field trips possible!
2nd Spring Rummage Sale
Dear Carlton Families,
Carlton's second Spring Rummage Sale is on Saturday, March 24th from 10 am - 2 pm at Carlton Elementary!
Sell or buy new or gently used household items, toys, clothes, etc., handmade craft creations, baked goods and tons of used books!
Fee for the spot to sell any items will be $20 per family. Then you get to keep ALL the proceed!
For details of the event and to sign up:
Please drop off the check for $20 made payable to "CHSC " in the office marked "Spring Rummage Sale" in the note section to book your spot before 3/23 (Fri).
Please bring your own table since the school does not have that many tables.
For Bake Sale, please NO peanut and list of ingredients need to be provided.
Please contact if you have any questions!
Thank you very much!
Family Code Night at Dartmouth

Looking for something fun to do with the family? How about attending the Family Code Night at Dartmouth on Thursday, March 8th from 6 - 7 pm.

STEAM Night will be on April 18th. Please save the date! We will have a variety of STEAM activities to enjoy as a family. Feel free to tell your friends and neighbors! You will also be able to see our brand new Makerspace!
4th Annual Multicultural Family Night
Greetings families of Carlton Elementary School,
We hope everyone can join us for Carlton’s 4th Annual Multicultural Family Night!
Our growing school is welcoming more students from all over the world.
The objectives for the event are:
To offer an opportunity for the Carlton community of students, families and staff to learn more about the diverse cultures represented at our school through informative posters, delicious food samples, traditional clothes, games, arts and crafts, music, and dance performances.
To build and encourage social connectedness by celebrating diversity and fostering an environment of inclusiveness.
This year’s theme is “Hello.” We would like to learn how to say “Hello” in different languages.
What: Multicultural Family Night
When: April 28th, 5pm - 8pm
Where: Outdoor Table Area
Help us bring one or more aspects of your culture to life!
We are looking for: • Musicians • Dancers • Art • Food samples
If you can help us host a country, please send email to with your name and country you wish to help hosting.
Countries already signed up:
Argentina, Brazil, Britain, China, Germany, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Israel, Island of Tonga, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Philippine, Scotland and Taiwan. *We are thankful that these teams have committed to the event. Please turn in this form, and you will be contacted directly by the country team lead.
Countries still undecided and need more help:
Campus Aides Needed
We are looking for two wonderful campus aides to work during drop off and pick up times to help us keep cars moving in our drop off lane. Please talk to Ellen in the office if you interested in this paid position.
ABC Cornerstone Corner: February 2018

Book: Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
Asset Focus: Social Competencies, Positive Identity
Lesson: Screen out the mean
Next month’s book: How Do I Stand In Your Shoes?
In February, caring parent volunteer readers guided lessons in 1st through 5th classrooms using the true story of a six-year-old black girl who on November 14, 1960 walked through a mob of screaming segregationists escorted by Federal Marshals into her new school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Surrounded by racial turmoil, Ruby spent first grade learning to read with the help of one supportive teacher. Video read aloud:
“I now know that experience comes to us for a purpose, and if we follow the guidance of the spirit within us, we will probably find that the purpose is a good one. “ -Through My Eyes
Goals of this lesson:
Promote discussion about the importance of tolerance and acceptance of differences.
Learn how it feels to walk in someone else’s shoes.
Practice techniques to promote a sense of belonging in our school communities by relying on personal power as UPstanders to include all students.

How can I help reinforce this lesson at home?
How do you feel when you are treated unfairly by others? Why?
Which injustices in the world bother you most?
What can our family do about injustice, hunger, and poverty?
Phrase of the month: Celebrate Differences
Please see the parent letter sent home from your classroom ABC reader(s) for more information or visit
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!
Registration for 2018-19 School Year
Registration for the 2018-19 school year began on Thursday, February 1st. All new students, including siblings of current students, must register. Please go to the Union School District website or click on this link to register. Due to our high enrollment, parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible.
Intra-District and Inter-District Transfers
Intra-District Transfers
The Union School District Board of Trustees endorses a neighborhood school concept. The Board, however, recognizes that parents may wish to choose a school of attendance other than the assigned school. Therefore, the Board of Trustees believes that parental choice among the district’s public schools should be included as an integral feature of a well-rounded educational environment.
Home school attendance areas are established to optimize the use of existing facilities and to avoid crowded conditions. However, requests for Intra-District Transfers may be made for reasons of personal preference based on the needs of the family or child.
If you are interested in having your child attend a school within Union School District but outside of your home attendance area, you must complete an Intra-District Transfer Request. Pick up an application from the receptionist at the Union School District Office, 5l75 Union Avenue, complete and return it to the District Office by 4:30 p.m. on March 1, 2018. Intra-District Transfers will only be honored if space is available at the receiving school. Requests received after that time and date will be placed on a waiting list status. If there are more requests than openings at any particular school, a lottery selection process, as required by the Education Code, will take place.
Any Intra-District transfers approved for the first time for the 2008-09 school year and all subsequent years will be reviewed yearly to determine continued placement based on academic progress, behavior, attendance and finally space at the site. Once an intra-district transfer is approved, you do not have to re-apply, and the transfer is in effect through 5th grade for elementary schools and 8th grade for middle schools, unless otherwise noted on the transfer. Union School District BP 5116.1
Inter-District Transfers

If you live outside of Union School District and are currently on an Inter-District Transfer to Union School District, our District Policy does not require you to reapply for the 2018-19 school year, however, your home district Policy may be different, so please check with your home district.
Based on our District Policy and the Inter-District Contract, your child’s academic progress, behavior and attendance will be reviewed. If all are acceptable you will be welcome to remain in the District as long as space is available. Space determinations are often not certain, however, until late in August and possibly as late as October 1.
If you are by choice returning to your home school, please let your site know as soon as possible. If any of the criteria above is not met, we will let you know in writing so that you can enroll your child in his/her home school. Union School District BP 5117
Special Thanks

We would like to thank the 2nd grade parents for all the love and amazing food for Treat Day! Unlike many other working professionals, teachers do not have time to leave campus to get lunch. Therefore, their lunches are usually not very exciting.
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Substitute Teachers Needed
Our school is in need of substitute teachers. If you are interested in working as a substitute teacher, please contact the Human Resource Department of Union School District at (408)377-8010.
Upcoming Events
3/8-3/16 Parent/Teacher Conferences
3/12 USD Board Meeting-6:00
3/13 Campus Safety Information Night 6:00pm
3/13 HSC Meeting-7:00 p.m.
3/14 Family Night- No Homework night
3/16 Basket Bingo & Silent Auction-6:00pm
3/20 3rd Grade Get Fit Assembly
3/21 Be Seen Be Heard Assemblies
3/24 Spring Rummage Sale
3/28 Makerspace grand opening 8:15 - 9:00am
3/29 Traffic and Safety Task Force meeting
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