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The Carthay Handbook

This document was mailed to incoming families in August 2018. 

This contains school policies, our instructional calendar, and a tentative schedule of events. Please keep this document on hand all year.

Breakfast in the Classroom

Breakfast is served, free of charge, to all students who would like to eat each morning at the beginning of class. Many teachers use this time for appropriate learning activities such as watching and discussing a segment of CNN Student News

Recess Rules

  • Teachers must walk all students to and from the play yard.
  • Students may eat snacks at the lunch benches only. Food may not be eaten on the yard.
  • Students will play scheduled games and remain in assigned areas only.
  • Students may not play the following games during recess: football, softball, fighting and chasing games, and wrestling.
  • Students will exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct and use appropriate game rules.
  • Quiet games may be played at the lunch benches.
  • Students MUST use the bathroom and get water during recess, NOT during class time. Students who need to leave class to use the restroom more frequently should provide the teacher with an explanatory doctor's note.
  • All activity must stop when the “freeze” bell rings. Students must freeze and wait for the second bell. After the second bell, students must walk to their line-up area.

Lunch Menu and Rules

Children can bring their lunch or buy lunch from the cafeteria. The menu is available HERE. Free and reduced lunches are available for families who qualify. ALL PARENTS should apply for the lunch program each year, to help the school qualify for additional funding.  

Lunch Rules:

  • Teacher MUST walk with students to the lunch area.
  • Students who bring a sack lunch should go straight to their classroom's assigned lunch benches.
  • Students who eat cafeteria lunch must walk with their teacher to the assigned lunch line waiting area.
  • Students must wait quietly in line for their lunches, and wait until they are dismissed to enter the cafeteria.
  • At the lunch benches, students must use appropriate table manners:
    • Use soft voices and be polite.
    • Eat at your assigned benches only.
    • Keep tables and ground neat and clean.
    • Do not throw food.
    • Eat and drink your own food ONLY!
    • Follow school recycling rules.
    • Do not take any food onto the yard.
  • Students may consume only their own food to avoid any possible health reactions, such as food allergies.
  • Parents who obtain a permit from the office to visit their children during lunch must respect all school lunch rules. Cafeteria food is for children only.
  • Please do not bring the following items to school in your lunch:
    • Glass containers
    • Meals that need to be microwaved
    • Candy or gum
    • Soda
    • Metal silverware (plastic utensils are acceptable)
  • Students MUST WAIT to be dismissed by the lunch supervisors. Students will not be dismissed until their classroom's lunch area is clean.
  • Student must bring a sack lunch or purchase lunch from the cafeteria everyday.
  • Students or parents can pay in advance for multiple meals at the cafeteria so students don't need to bring lunch money daily. Full priced lunch is $2.00. Reduced price, for those who qualify, is 40 cents. 
  • All students must remain in their assigned lunch eating area until they are dismissed by a noon supervisor.
  • Students must use the bathroom and get water during lunch play time (before the bell rings).
  • All activity must stop when the “freeze” bell rings. Students must freeze and wait for the second bell to ring. After the second bell rings, students must walk to the line-up area.
  • Students may not play the following games during lunch recess: football, softball, fighting and chasing games, and wrestling.
  • Students will exhibit good sportsmanlike conduct and use appropriate game rules.
  • Students must go directly from the eating areas to their assigned playground areas, not to their classrooms.

Student Interventions

Carthay teachers are all trained to provide differentiated instruction in the classroom, so that students who are a little behind or a little ahead are educated at the level appropriate for them.

In addition, there are opportunities for students who are behind or ahead to receive specialized instruction outside the classroom. For students identified as Gifted and Talented, there is a weekly pull-out class taught by STAR Education.

For students who are a little behind in reading, math, or other subjects there are a variety of interventions offered at Carthay. Some students are assigned to work in small groups with a teacher or teacher's aid in the Learning Center. Some students who are behind grade level in reading are assigned a volunteer reading partner from Reading Partners

Our Resource Specialist for students who already have an Individualized Education Program (IEP), or who may need to be assessed for an IEP, is Kirsten Kupper. 

All parents and community members are encouraged to help Carthay students through these various volunteer opportunities. Some require a weekly commitment; others are flexible and allow for drop-ins when your schedule permits. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering is a gift to the entire community. The Carthay School PTA needs your participation to support our community school and empower the administration, teachers and students to experience an education that goes beyond the borders of traditional learning. We have a community so richly steeped in diversity, knowledge and talent. It is our responsibility to capitalize on these resources to the benefit of our children.

The Carthay School PTA works very closely with Magnet Coordinator Lela Choi, the Volunteer Coordinator at Carthay, to ensure that our efforts meet the needs of the school. We strive to emulate the philosophy instilled by our school principal, Ms. Hall-Johnson, and the teachers at Carthay. Our common goal is to provide educational excellence in a nurturing, creative and discovery filled environment. Our deepest desire is that our children will leave Carthay having fulfilled their individual potentials.

Most of the volunteer activities do NOT require specialized skills in so much as they require a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, a dab of flexibility and the desire to work with others. The opportunity to participate for an hour, a day, or more is available. We will work with you to find the activity or project that best fits your schedule, fulfills your desires, and offers you the reward of having made a difference. I'm here to help you find your role, and when you do find it, you'll be glad you did.

Valet Drop Zone

We're always in need of smiling faces to volunteer (less than an hour of your time!) at the valet drop off. So, if you've had the occasion to use this service or are looking for a quick, convenient way to support our school community, please contact fellow parent Audra Whaley to volunteer!

Volunteers Read to Carthay Kids

Among the wonderful volunteers who visit Carthay each week are employees of City National Bank  and Reading Partners. Volunteers sit down with students to help create enthusiastic readers. We can always use more reading volunteers! Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or community members are all welcome to participate! See the Community Partners page for more details.

Homework Club

Homework Club is  on Tuesdays from 1:40 - 2:30. It is not difficult - you can do this! It directly improves the children's lives. You do not have to commit long-term. The school librarian and the Paraprofessionals coordinates the Homework Club Volunteer List and sends an email to see who can make it for the coming week. The more grownups we have the better, because these kids really need and deserve one-on-one help. And if you know any high school kids who need Community Service hours, this would be great for them.

Gardening Angels

If you'd like to help in our garden, please contact our amazing Carthay Garden Chairperson, Teresa Dahl or our Master Gardener, Louisa Cardenas. See the Garden Partners page for more details. 

Carthay PTA

There’s a lot going on with the Carthay Elementary PTA!  The Carthay Elementary PTA is a supportive financial resource for the enrichment programs and other educational and academic needs at Carthay in addition to being a wonderful community of parents and teachers.   If you have not joined the Carthay PTA, please do!  Membership is only $8 per person and forms are available in the front office or the Parent Center and on this website. Supporting your PTA is supporting all of the children at Carthay!  For more info, go to the PTA page. 

Uniform Policy

School Uniform Policy Rules:

Carthay Center Elementary has a adopted school-wide uniform policy. We strongly encourage that your child wears a uniform. Not only is this easier and less expensive for you, but it also creates a sense of community and keeps the children focused on learning rather than what they are wearing. Students must wear:

  • navy blue bottoms, dresses, or jumpers
  • light blue, white, or navy blue tops with collars and sleeves
  • all dress must cover undergarments
  • closed-toed, appropriate footwear with socks must be warn at all times; no heels or platforms

You may purchase the uniforms at any department store and Target.

Students are expected to keep themselves clean, well-groomed, and neatly dressed at all times.

The uniform policy will be enforced Monday through Friday during the school term by the principal and teaching staff. Students are expected to wear a uniform daily, with exceptions noted below.

  • Every Thursday is College T-Shirt Day. If students do not come in a college t-shirt, they must wear uniforms as usual.
  • Every Friday is Carthay Spirit Day. Students and staff are encouraged to wear Carthay gear, including their blue and yellow Carthay shirts. 
  • Students may wear appropriate "dress-up" clothes for picture days, and school-wide performances.

Morning Rules

  • Students may not be dropped off at school before 7:55am.
  • Students may not be dropped off in the staff parking lot due to safety concerns.
  • Parents driving their children to school should drop off students at the Carrillo Drive gate to the playground. 
  • School begins promptly at 8:20am for grades K through 5.
  • Students should arrive between 7:55am and 8:15am so they can walk with their teacher to their classroom. 
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:20 am can report directly to the classroom up until 8:35 am. The Teacher will mark the student TARDY.
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:35am MUST check in the office for a LATE slip.
  • By Law, excessive tardiness MUST be reported to the Truant Office. Students who are late more than 30 minutes three or more times in a school year will be reported to the Student Truant Office.
  • Students may not play sports or games in the morning before school. Students must remain near their designated line-up area until the bell rings.
  • When the bell rings, students must walk to the class line and wait quietly until their teacher arrives.
  • Students may not be inside the building without an adult or a permission slip for any reason.
  • Students may not go to their classrooms without their teacher.
  • On rainy days, students should go directly to the auditorium and stay there until they are dismissed to their teacher.

Attendance Rules

  • Students should arrive at school by 8:15am to allow time to walk with their teacher to the classroom. 
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:20am can report directly to the classroom up until 8:35 am. The Teacher will mark the student TARDY.
  • Students who arrive at school after 8:35am MUST check in the office for a LATE slip.
  • Students who arrive after 8:20am must check in at the office for a late pass.
  • By law, excessive tardiness must be reported to the truant office. Students who are late more than three times in a school year will be reported to the student truant office.
  • By law, children must be in school unless they are ill, in bereavement, or attending a scheduled medical appointment.
  • When students are absent, parents must keep current on all classroom and homework assignments, activities, news and special projects.
  • When a child returns to school following an absence, s/he must bring a note that:
    • Explains why the child was absent
    • Gives the date(s) of absence
    • Is signed by a parent/guardian

School Rules


  • Children will follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Children will keep their hands, feet, and other objects to themselves.
  • Children will respect themselves, and treat others with respect, courtesy, and consideration.
  • Children will respect and obey all school personnel.
  • Children will not use abusive language or obscene gestures per harassment policy.
  • Children will be responsible for school property and materials, and will treat them with care and respect.
  • Children will attend school daily, arrive on time, and remain in assigned areas during the school day.
  • Children will walk at all times while on the school grounds, except during organized play.
  • Running, “horseplay,” chasing, fighting games and wrestling are not permitted.
  • Children will leave all personal property (such as toys of any kind, skateboards, radios, Gameboys, and Walkmans, etc.) at home, unless written authorization is provided by the teacher.
  • Children may bring a sack lunch and/or snack for their recess period. Candy, gum, chips and soda are not permitted at snack. Chips may be included as a part of the lunch, however Hot Cheetos are not allowed.
  • Children will do their best work at all times, which includes completing all classroom and homework assignments.
  • Children and parents will keep up-to-date on current school work and school news by checking backpacks daily for newsletters, flyers, and other school communication.
  • Conferences with teachers must be scheduled before or after school. Classes are scheduled from 8:20am to 2:45pm.

After School Rules

  • Dismissal time for Grades K-5 is
    • 2:44pm on Regular days (M, W, Th, F)
    • 1:44pm on Tuesdays 
    • 2:09pm on Shortened days
    • 12:49pm on Minimum days
  • All students K-5 will be walked to the yard by their teachers. They must remain with their teacher until the dismissal bell rings.
  • Students in grades 1-5 should exit through the Commodore Sloat or the Carrillo Drive gate. Students should not leave school through the building!
  • Kindergarten dismissal is from the kindergarten gate on Olympic Blvd. 
  • Brothers and sisters should meet on the yard, not at each other's classrooms.
  • Students must take all belongings with them before leaving the classroom to go home. Students and parents will not be permitted to reenter the building to retrieve belongings.
  • Students who are not picked up immediately after school should go to the playground supervision area or STAR Program or Beyond the Bell Coaches program, if registered. Students are not to stay on the playground unsupervised.
  • Waiting on the front steps or playing on the grass in front of the school is not safe or acceptable.
  • Students who are in an after school program must be picked up by 6:00pm. If Youth Services cannot contact a parent or guardian at that time, then the Wilshire Division Police Station will be called.

After School Options

There are a limited number of spaces each year for the grant-funded STAR After School Program, five days a week, from end of school until 6pm. Signups are on a first-come, first-served basis at the end of each school year. Keep an eye out for the date when applications are due. The STAR program, which includes physical education, math, literacy, arts, dance, theater, and various extra-curricular activities, is free and appropriate for students who need after school programming five days per week until 6pm.
STAR Education has been selected as a model program by the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.

There are also STAR Nova enrichment classes offered every 8-10 weeks, which are open to all students. Pricing depends on the class. Different classes are offered each session; examples include culinary arts, gymnastics, language classes, chess, music, woodworking, and much more. STAR classes and programs are designed to encourage kids to explore, grow, encounter the world, and expand their cultural base.

For more information about STAR Nova at Carthay, go to

There are also other after school classes occasionally available, such as Samy's Camera Photo Camp

Students not enrolled in other programs can participate in the Beyond the Bell program, also known as "Coaches." Students have time to do their homework, and then play in the playground under supervision. They can also enroll in STAR Nova and other extra-curricular classes and then return to Beyond the Bell when those classes finish - staff will check the students in and out of each class. Beyond the Bell is free and space is unlimited.