For the 2020-21 school year, generous gifts from parents and community members have allowed PiE to provide $171,927 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
- Pay for 100% of the popular supplemental science program for students conducted by the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo and taught by Heather Bakar, giving kids hands-on experience with science and the opportunity to satisfy intellectual curiosity through scientific experimentation
- 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 support the traveling music and dance programs for all elementary schools.
Your 2020-21 PiE Representatives for El Carmelo are Aarthi Anand, Robyn Reiss, Zeena Benjamin, and Jenny Zhou. Questions about PiE? You can email them at elcarmelo AT SIGN papie.org.