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Students and teachers all agreed that this year's Smart Start was a big success! In 4th and 5th grade, students applied their problem solving and engineering skills to design strong bridges and standing dragons. Students in TK through 3rd grade took on a cardboard challenge and created everything from furniture to carnival games. Click here to view more projects. In addition to building the games, students identified the level of difficulty, wrote directions about how play, and made prize tickets for winners. As students played each others' games, they gained new ideas to improve their own game designs. Many students continued to create games at home for days and days. We hope to provide many innovative learning opportunities throughout 2018 to unleash students' talents and creativity.
Thank you to all the parents/guardians who brought in tons of recycled materials. Students loved being able to choose from a large variety of boxes and supplies. We truly appreciate your support!
The Great Kindness Challenge is an opportunity for our school and community to focus on kindness from January 22nd to February 3rd. Last year, the Great Kindness Challenge was embraced by over ten million students in ninety-one countries. Normally, it is just one week long but since our fifth graders will be at science camp, we will make it a two week challenge. Our goal is for students to do acts of kindness every day so we can create a culture of kindness. Every student was given a kindness checklist on January 22nd. Please help your child read the ideas listed and let your child choose which act of kindness he/she would like to do each day. At school, we are collecting used or new soccer cleats of all sizes to send to a school in Tanzania. Please bring in soccer cleats by February 3rd and drop them off in the container near the office. Students will also be doing acts of kindness with their class. Our hope is that the joy and satisfaction from being kind to others will inspire everyone to be kind every day of their lives. For more information about the Great Kindness Challenge and ideas for things you can do as a family, please use this link.
Upcoming Events
1/25 TK/Kindergarten Orientation
1/30 Superhero Pizza Luncheon with the Principal
1/31 Chef's Night Out - Mendocino Farms
2/1 Registration for 2018-19 begins
2/8 HSC Paint Night
2/13 Home and School Club Meeting 8:30 am
2/19 - 2/23 Presidents' Week Break - No school
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Orientation
Orientation for incomingTransitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten parents will be on Thursday, January 25th at 6:00 pm. at Carlton. We will go over all the requirements and documents necessary to register. Teachers will be there to share ideas about how to support your child in preparing for this transition. Please help us spread the word to friends and neighbors about the TK/Kindergarten orientation meeting. Registration will begin on Thursday, February 1st. After a student is registered, parents/guardians will receive information about Round Up (day for Informal assessment and observation) and classroom tour dates.

Registration for 2018-19 School Year
Registration for the 2018-19 school year begins on Thursday, February 1stAll new students, including siblings of current students, must register. Please go to the Union School District website or click on this link. Due to our high enrollment, parents are encouraged to register as soon as possible, starting on February 1st.
Safety and 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 safety, please use this link.
Volunteers Needed for Multicultural Family Night
The Multicultural Family Night is a wonderful event for students to learn about different cultures. In order to have many different cultures represented, more volunteers are needed. Please click on this link for more information about the event and volunteering.
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 grade level field trips and special projects, please click this link: Thank you for helping to make these field trips possible!
Coffee with the Principal
Friday, February 2nd @ 8:15 to 9:00 am
All parents/guardians are invited to have coffee with Mrs. Katayama, the principal, to ask questions and share ideas about our school. Please join her in the staff meeting room.
Yard Duty Supervisors Needed
If you are interested in supervising and assisting students on the playground, please consider applying for a yard duty supervisor position. This is a paid position. The hours are from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. Please contact Ellen Mace in the office if you are interested.

ABC Cornerstone Corner: January 2018
BOOK: When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry… by Molly Bang
Asset Focus: Support and Social Competencies
Lesson: Stop, Think and Choose to Act
Next month’s book: Through My Eyes
This month our creative parent volunteers are giving ABC lessons based on the book When Sophie Gets Angry – Really, Really Angry by Molly Bang which tells the story of a young girl who is searching for ways to cope with big feelings like anger. She learns effective techniques that everyone can try.
Help your child use safe ways to calm down:
·      Do physical activity. Put on music & dance away the anger. Go on a walk or bike ride.
·      Take deep breaths.
·      Count to 10. If still angry, count to 10 again.
·      Remove yourself from the situation. Take a break in a safe, quiet place.
·      Use markers, paint, or other art materials to express feelings.
How can I help reinforce this lesson at home?
·      Help your child identify & acknowledge how they are feeling with words. “You are using a loud, angry voice. Are you mad? Tell me about it.”
·      As a caring adult, notice & acknowledge your own feelings. Role model the techniques you use to stay calm & in control. Share your successful strategies with youth.
Phrase of the month: Reconsider before you respond.
Check out the parent letter sent home from your ABC readers for more details about this lesson. You may also visit for more information.
When you “catch” kids modeling positive behaviors…Notice, Name it, and Celebrate it!
Special Thanks
Special thanks to the parents of 5th grade, 4th grade, and 3rd grade for the amazing food and drinks for Treat Days! The entire staff looks forward to these days so much!!!! The decorations have also transformed our staff room to a beautiful dining area.
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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.