El Carmelo Elementary

For the 2020-21 school year, generous gifts from parents and community members have allowed PiE to provide $175,547 for use at El Carmelo. During this school year, the funds will:

  • Fund general classroom aide time, so that all classrooms get multiple hours of vital classroom aide time weekly. Hours are greatest at the kindergarten level to help our youngest students grow accustomed to their new learning community and a full day schedule. Classroom aides are vital at El Carmelo, providing teachers with the flexibility to differentiate their instructional practice, teaching each child at his or her academic level. Instructional aides facilitate powerful one on one and small group teaching and learning in literacy and math in every El Carmelo classroom
  • Fund 100% of the Spectra Art instructors so that all children can have access to regular art lessons to build creativity, confidence, and a new way of looking at the world
  • Fund one-on-one or in small group counseling services for students through the organization Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY) to help facilitate and optimize classroom and playground dynamics and social-emotional skills in students
  • Through a grant to the district, PiE also helps fund the music and dance programs for all elementary schools

Your 2020-21 PiE Representatives for El Carmelo are Aarthi Anand, Robyn Reiss, Zeena Benjamin, Krista Johnston and Jenny Zhou. Questions about PiE? You can email them at elcarmelo@papie.org.

Some of the programs and roles described above are based on the prior, in-person learning model. As plans evolve during the pandemic, these programs may be offered virtually or adapted as the school year progresses.

School Address & Phone Number:

3024 Bryant Street
Palo Alto, CA 94306
(650) 856-0960

“Thank you, gracias, merci, תודה, 謝謝, obrigado, धन्यवाद, 고맙습니다, faafetai, ありがとう, cảm ơn bạn, شكرا!

A rich tapestry of languages and cultures fill each classroom at El Carmelo. It is with deep gratitude that I say THANK YOU for demonstrating your commitment to the students of El Carmelo through your generous donations. Your support enables El Carmelo to provide enriching STEM activities through the powerful Junior Museum science lessons. Our students develop a love of the Arts through Spectra Art instruction. Each student on campus benefits from one on one or small group Wellness and Support provided by our instructional aides in literacy and math. All students participate in classroom mindfulness and social emotional learning lessons provided by our full time CASSY Counselor. PiE funds enable us to reach the whole child through these significant programs. El Carmelo continues to be an incredible school where children learn, play and grow as a result your generous donations.”

Danae Reynolds, Principal