Principal's Friday Email

Posted by Kimberly Carley on 10/28/2019 8:00:00 AM

Good Afternoon Bobcat Families.  I hope you enjoyed your October break.


In this email

  • Don’t Miss This
  • Halloween Day Parade
  • FOCUS Auction to support CUSD schools
  • Reserved Parking Spots
  • Lost and Found
  • Big Emergency Drill
  • What Parents Need to do in an Emergency – Reminder
  • Free Family Flu Shot Clinic
  • Message from our PTO

Repeat in this Email

  • Halloween Costume Guidelines

Upcoming events


Don’t Miss This

  • Oct 31 @ 1:15 – Halloween Parade through the Village
  • Fri, Nov 1 – Minimum Day for teacher professional development. Students released after lunch at 12:30
  • Fri, Nov 1: Office Closes at 12:45 for office training
  • Tues, Nov 5 @ 3:00-6:00: Free Family Flu Clinic in Bobcat Hall (generously funded by DV Rotary)


Halloween Day Parade

On Thursday, October 31st, at 1:15 pm we will be holding our Halloween Parade through the Village.  In trying to keep this parade about the students and for the students, we are asking all parents, family members, and friends to stand along the sidewalks of the parade route rather than walk with the students.  Most of the fun for students in walking in a parade is having people on the sidelines cheering and waving to you, so we want to have as many people on the sidelines as possible.  To make sure our youngest students will be safe teachers may ask a couple of parents for help and students will be walking with their buddy classes.  However, other than those few parents we want everyone else to come line the sidewalks along the parade route. We would also like to encourage everyone to invite relatives and family friends to join them to be spectators for the parade as well.  It would be great if we could get hundreds of people on the sidelines cheering and waving to our students.   For the parade route we will leave Tular out the gate on Pilot Road, go north on Pilot Rd, head east on Via Contenta, then south on El Caminito, west on Carmel Valley Road, west on Delfino, and then back to Tular through the Pilot Rd gate.  Thank you for your help in making this the best parade yet for the students.


FOCUS Auction to support CUSD schools
FOCUS (Friends of Carmel Unified Schools) is a non-profit education foundation that grants funds based on teacher and staff requests to schools throughout CUSD. We really need your help to continue this amazing mission that directly benefits our kids! This year we are holding our online Fall Back Bash Auction from Friday, October 25th through Saturday, November 2nd.  Whether you are a golf fanatic or just want to avoid jostling for a parking space or a theater seat, don’t miss out on this once-a-year opportunity to bid on and win highly desired items donated by the schools and local businesses! Bidding opens at 8am on October 25th; please visit:


Reserved Parking Spots

We have two reserved parking spots on campus at the top of the bus drop-off area along Via Contenta. They are painted with a white curb and marked as “reserved” around the spots.  These spots earn our PTO a significant amount of money at our Spring Fling auction.  This can only happen, however, if people honor these spots as reserved and not park in them, even if only for a moment.  Please stay out of these reserved spots on all school days and for every school function.  Thank you.


Lost and Found

Are you missing a jacket or bathing suit and want to have it for October break?  Please make sure to check the lost and found when you are on campus tomorrow and when we return from break.  It is overflowing and will be donated to charity November 1.


Big Emergency Drill

We had a productive big emergency drill this week.  The fire department was very impressed with what they saw which was great affirmation to the procedures we have put in place and the changes we have made over the years.  This year we made a few alterations to how we do student release to streamline the process and make it quicker and more efficient and those proved to work much better.  Thank you to all of the parent/grandparents who came out to help us with our student release procedure. 


What Parents need to do if there is an Emergency at School – a reminder

Every month we practice some sort of emergency drill (earthquake, fire, hostile intruder) so our staff and students know what to do in an emergency.  In a real emergency one of the biggest components is safely returning the students to you.  This is something we will practice in two weeks when we do a full scale emergency drill, but I wanted to take the time now to inform all of our families what you would do to pick up your child at Tular if there was ever a big emergency.  In every emergency training I have attended, the trainers emphasize the point that student release is the most complicated, emotional, and potentially volatile part of an emergency.  Parents come in, rightfully so, very concerned about the safety of their child, and at times can become impatient and hostile to the people trying to release students safely to their parents.  Our biggest concern in student release after an emergency is to safely return students to the right person.  In an emergency we all must work together, so the most important thing to remember in an emergency is to stay calm and know that we have a process in place to safely release your child to you.  However, with about 450 students, this process will take time so patience, staying calm, and helping and comforting each other is extremely important. 

To pick up your child safely in an emergency you would go to the following locations:

  1. In an emergency where students cannot be in the classrooms, parents will be directed to check out their children from the gate along Pilot Rd near our garden.
  2. In an emergency where students can wait in the classrooms, parents will be directed to check out their children from Bobcat Hall.

In any emergency, we will have staff and signs out directing parents where to go.  Again, the most important thing is to know that we have a process in place to safely return your students, and we need everyone to work together to stay calm so we can safely return students to their parents.


Free Flu Shot Clinic Tuesday, Nov 5, 3:00-6:00

Good News!  Do you still need your flu shot?  Our Free Flu Shot Clinic is on for Tuesday, Nov 5, from 3:00-6:00 in Bobcat Hall.  They have shots for anyone two years and older.  This is open to anyone!  It is being sponsored by our CV Rotary – Thank you CV Rotary for providing our community with this to keep us healthy this coming flu season.


Message from our PTO

We hope everyone had a fun October break.  Our next meeting will be Wed, Nov 6, at 8:45 in Bobcat Hall.  We still have a couple of positions open within our PTO.  If you are interested in helping out in any way please come to our meeting or contact Heaven Tempalski (PTO President) at


Repeat in this email

Halloween Costume Guidelines

Here are our guidelines for costumes at school and during the parade (Parade is at 1:15 on Halloween – more info coming in future emails)

  • Must follow normal dress code (can be found in our Discipline Plan on our website)
  • No Masks (we need to see students’ faces and face paint is more fun)
  • No real, fake, or play weapons, guns, swords, light sabers, pistols, knives, bows and arrows, etc.
  • No wheels
  • Nothing offensive, violent, or gory

If you have any specific questions about a costume, please email or give me a call.


Upcoming events

Thurs, Oct 31 @ 1:15: Halloween Parade through the village

Fri, Nov 1: Minimum Day for staff professional development.  Students released at 12:30 after lunch.

Tues, Nov 5 @ 3:00-6:00: Free Flu Shot Clinic at Tularcitos (generously funded by CV Rotary)

Fri, Nov 15 @ 10:40: Responsibility Character Assembly by 3rd grade – wear green!

Nov 20-26: Parent Conferences – minimum days each day

Nov 27-29: Thanksgiving Break



Enjoy the weekend!

Ryan Peterson

Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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