Santa Clara County Spelling Bee, March 16, 2019

We are so proud of Carson Cougars Ayela Maqsood, 4th Grade, and Bryan Martins, 5th Grade, both in Ms. DeVoto’s class, who represented our school in the 4th annual Santa Clara County (SCCOE) Spelling Bee! They stood with students from across Santa Clara County elementary and middle schools. For two and a half hours, the atmosphere was intense and electric, as students blew audience members away with their spelling skills. The two winners will attend the California State Spelling Bee in Stockton on May 11th.

Thank you SSCOE for hosting this event!

Santa Clara County Spelling Bee

California State Elementary Spelling Bee

Scripps National Spelling Bee

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Summer Reading 2018

June 3, 2018

WHY? Reading to your child and supporting them in reading independently throughout the summer are two of the BEST things you can do to ensure your child does not lose the literacy skills they have acquired during the school year. / ¿POR QUÉ? Leerle a su hijo y apoyarlos en la lectura de forma independiente durante todo el verano son dos de las MEJORES medidas que puede tomar para garantizar que su hijo no pierda las habilidades de lectoescritura que adquirió durante el año escolar.

¿QUÉ? Lea en voz alta con su hijo, hable acerca de lo que lee, apoye a su hijo en la lectura de libros elegidos por uno mismo durante 30 minutos casi todos los días durante el verano y únase a un desafío de lectura de verano para ayudar a su hijo a establecer un objetivo razonable y mantenerse en el buen camino.  / WHAT? Read aloud with your child, talk about what you read, support your child in reading self chosen good fit books for 30 minutes on most days during the summer, and join a summer reading challenge to help your child set a reasonable goal and stay on track.

*Read to your child / Léale a su hijo “Leer en voz alta es una de las cosas más importantes que los padres pueden hacer con sus hijos.”/ “Reading aloud is one of the most important things parents can do with their children. ” (La página está principalmente en inglés; buscar enlaces a artículos y recursos bilingües en español.)

*Habla con tu hijo sobre lo que lees. / Talk with your child about what you read.

-Dialogic Reading with PEER / Lectura dialógica con PEER English / Español

-Piensa en voz alta mientras lees / Think Aloud while you are reading  Español /English

*Support your child in reading self chosen, good-fit books for about 30 minutes on most summer days. English / Espanol

5forU La biblioteca pública de San José lo ayudará a elegir libros que le sientan bien a su hijo. / The San Jose Public Library will help you choose good fit books for your child.

*Sign up for the SJPL Summer Reading Challenge either online or in one of the library branches.


*30 minutes on most days, all summer long.


*La Biblioteca Pública de San José (SJPL) / The San Jose Public Library (SJPL)

*Ubicaciones de sucursales SJPL, horasSJPL branch locations, hours

*Your home Libraryla bibliotheca de su hogar

*Kidsreads: You can also bring the SJPL home if you have internet access.

*Do check out TUMBLEBOOKSthrough the SJPL KidsReads page. It is a free  service on the library website featuring books read aloud to your children. All you need to use this is a library card number.

* SJPL Parents & Educators page: Storytimes, information for Bilingual and Multilingual families, “Discover and Go” museum passes, and much more

*Pretty much anywhere you can provide a book!


“10 Things You Can Do To Raise a Reader”  (PDF)

Summer Reading Support

Reading Rockets’ “Summer Literacy Challenge”

Reading Rockets’ “Start With A Book”

Summer Reading Tips To Go! : “Para suscribirse, manda LECTURA a 41411, o introduce su número de teléfono en el cuadro a la izquierda y haga clic en “Subscribe.” Responde Y para confirmarlo.”/”To start receiving our summer literacy texts, simply text READING to 41411 from your mobile phone, or enter your mobile number into the box on the left and click “Subscribe.” It’s that easy!

Reading Rockets Newsletter Sign Up : “Written especially for parents, Growing Readers provides monthly tips for raising strong readers and writers. Schools and PTAs can add these preformatted briefs to their parent newsletters.”

Reading Rockets’ “Big Summer Read” Reading Guide: Book Lists

Reading Rockets’ Book Finder: A book search tool

Sylvan Learning’s Summer Reading List  for Grades K-12

Further Resources & References:

Programa de Alimentos de Verano de la Biblioteca Pública de San José / San Jose Public Library Summer Food Program

Video: “Summer Learning at the Library”

Video: “Libraries Are Rich Resources, at No Cost”

“Top 10 Things You Should Know About Reading” 

Article: “The Lasting Consequences of the Summer Learning Gap”

Article: “Are Schools the Great Equalizer? Cognitive Inequality during the Summer Months and the School Year”

Bill Gates recommends 5 Summer Books. 

Ms. Seyan’s 5 summer reads :o):

  1. 180 Days by Kelly Gallagher, Penny Kittle
  2. Book Love by Penny Kittle
  3. A Different Mirror by Ronald Tagaki
  4. Nurturing Informed Thinking by Sunday Cummins
  5. Let it Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir by Pamela DesBarres


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Lost Dog!

December 6, 2017

Below is a photograph of a dog lost in the Carson neighborhood last night. She is microchipped, but not wearing her collar. If you see her, would you please try to get her to a vet or shelter?

Thank you!

lost dog

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Kindergarten Mouse Practice

Feed the Monster

Animal Who?

Bloopie’s Colors

Bubble Puzzle– Click start to begin!


Make a Pizza

Magic Paint

Tidy the Classroom


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Carson Math and Literacy Night Resources

June 5, 2017 _Update_

Summer Meals for Students/Comidas de Verano para Estudiantes

  1. Free Summer Food Program/Programa libre de comida de verano 
    1. San Jose Public Library/Biblioteca Pública de San José; more information at the bottom of this post!
  2. Free healthy meals from USDA, administered by the California Department of Education, no child needs to go hungry when school is out of session this summer.
    1. To find the nearest summer meal, text “FOOD” or “COMIDA” for Spanish to 877-877, dial 2-1-1 or visit

May 23, 2017

Reading Rockets! Summer Ideas for teachers to share with families.

  • Every single great idea for Summer reading and math on one page. There are even links to other websites that feature rich language and help students learn about the world. Take one section at a time to figure out what will work for you and be fun for your family.

Start With A Book

  • A Summer reading website sponsored by Reading Rockets! Children’s book recommendations, videos, and activities built around high-interest themes. Originally targeted to Washington, D.C. families and summer school teachers, with resources everyone can use.

Reading Rockets! Parents page

  • A great jumping-off point for families, with research, activities, videos and more to help you support your children, including:

Drumming Out Syllables – Video of The Syllable Game

What is 21st Century Education? – Video!

A 3-Minute Video Explaining the Common Core Standards

Common Core: Standards, Not Curriculum – National PTA Video

San Jose Unified School District – Main Page

Common Core State Standards State Standards Initiative


Carson Elementary Blended Learning Links

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San Jose Public Library  Summer Reading

San Jose Public Library  Free Summer Food











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Welcome Back!



Bees and Honey


Fun Mouse Practice


Mr Squirrel’s Mouse Practice


Mousing Around!



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Literacy Night

May 10, 2016

Welcome to Carson Elementary School’s Literacy Night!

You are visiting the “Carson Connections” station. I want you to practice entering a web address, clicking on hyperlinks, and using the “back” button. Since you are here, you have entered the correct URL, or web address. Congratulations! Below are the hyperlinks you will be visiting:

  1. Clifford’s Letter Match
  2. Clifford’s Sound Match
  3. Rhyme Time! with Grover
  4. Starfall: Learn to Read
  5. ABCya! – Click on your grade to pick good-fit games.
  6. Carson’s Adaptive Learning Links page – look for the link to Ms. Seyan’s blog on the right hand side!

Which page would you like to visit again? :o)




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