Carden School of Fresno


The Carden School of Fresno offers extracurricular athletics to its student body. The school is a member of the Parochial Athletic League of Fresno, which places an emphasis on sportsmanship through competition. The student athletes have the opportunity to participate in co-ed cross country, boys football, girls volleyball (in the Fall), boys and girls basketball (in the Winter), boys volleyball, youth soccer, and Track and Field (in the Spring). Please check this page for an updated schedule of these sports, as they become available.

During the school year, the students compete against other schools in the PAL of Fresno and in certain sports, they have the chance to compete against other Fresno and Clovis Unified schools.

Mr. Aalto, a Central Valley native and former Active-duty Marine, started studying Health Science at Fresno City College then transferred to California State University Fresno, where he received his Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology, with a Physical Education Teacher Education emphasis. It was there that he studied in fields of Biomechanics, Motor Development, Motor Learning, Sports physiology, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Application and Assessment of Aquatics, plus more. As a part of his studies he acquired certifications from the American Red Cross as a Water Safety Instructor, Shallow Water Lifeguard,and Lifeguard Instructor. He has also completed all the courses connected to a Coaching minor, including Coaching Concepts which certified him as a California Interscholastic Federation coach. He now devotes his time to the Carden School of Fresno as the Athletic Director, Physical Educator, and Head coach for most athletics.

Carden Cares

The mission of Carden Cares is to help raise community awareness between our school children and our city. An example of past Carden Cares events have been supporting the AMOR (Alliance for Medical Outreach and Relief) organization by making receiving blankets for mothers and their infants at the Afshar Hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. Other activities have included providing volunteer opportunities to students to help build pride of school ownership – cleaning classrooms, old chairs, etc.

Another way Carden Cares is involved with the community is through its involvement with the Fresno Community Food Bank distribution center. Volunteers assist in preparing food for local distribution with projects such as packing meal bags of boxes, labeling donation, and sorting items.


The Parent Volunteer Program is an integral part of our school and is designed as a way for parents to be involved in the school community. Our school relies on your talents, service, and generosity to benefit our students and our school community as a whole. The PVH commitment is 25 hours per school year, per family. Families may complete their Parent Volunteer Hours in one of the following ways:

Should a parent or family know unequivocally that they will not be able to volunteer, they will pay $1500 to Carden School of Fresno by October 6 of the current school year (this is the least desired option, as we desire parent involvement in the school).
Most parents will choose to work a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours by the last Friday of April.
It is recognized that some families may not be able to commit to the entire 25 hours. In these cases,families will pay $60 for each hour of the 25 that has not been completed. This payment will be billed on the first week of May.

Hours may be provided by volunteering for school functions, volunteering as the room parent for your child’s classroom, or volunteering expertise in a certain field that benefits the school. Only school sponsored functions count toward the PVH commitment. Teachers will consult with the Chairperson with opportunities for volunteering. Hours may be earned for the current school year from the first Friday of June through the last day of school. If the $1500 October 6 payment is not made, we plan on the parents helping at the school and earning PV Hours; all PV HOURS MUST BE SUBMITTED TO THE OFFICE BY LAST FRIDAY IN APRIL.

Hours not completed by the Last Friday of April will be billed at $60 an hour. You must record the date you provided the service, a brief description of the service(s), and the length of your service. All hours must be signed off by the Chairperson and/or Supervisor of the event within 10 days of the event or the hours will not count. The PVH sheet is provided to you in your “Welcome Packet.” There will be one sheet per family. Please contact the school office with questions regarding Parent Volunteer hours.

We encourage you to sign up for volunteer opportunities at

Uniform Dress Code

Carden School of Fresno has adopted a Uniform Dress Code in order to promote a sense of unity, professionalism, and pride in the daily activities of students. By adhering to a Uniform Dress Code, our students learn that professional appearance is important for a lifetime of success. It frees the student from unnecessary distractions and enables them to focus on the task at hand. All children in all grades are expected to be in complete uniform everyday unless it is a designated Free Dress or Spirit Day.

General Guidelines

All clothing should be tailored, neat, clean, mended, and the correct size for the student. Oversized or tightly fitting clothing is not permitted.
Pants are to be worn at the natural waistline.
Students are required to have the Carden uniform red sweater, red sweatshirt, red vest, or red polo available to wear for the All-School photo and for field trips. The red polo shirt may only be purchased at the school office.
Students are allowed to wear uniform shorts year-round if they so desire.

Shoes must have a closed toe and heel and enable the child to participate fully in daily physical education activities. If the recess or PE teacher feels a slip-on or inappropriate shoe will pose a safety hazard, the child will be removed from activities and their PE grade will be affected. Shoes that pose a safety hazard are not allowed. Sandals, flip-flops, slides, skate shoes, boots, elevated-heeled tennis shoes, and shoes with sound are not acceptable at any time. Light-up shoes are discouraged as this poses a distraction in the classroom. For more detailed policy, please refer to the Student Handbook.

Order spirit wear

Parents and students can now show their school spirit in style! Our new spirit wear collection, featuring shirts, hats, and beanies, is perfect for sporting events or any occasion. Available for in-person pickup on campus, these items are a great way to support our school. While students are welcome to wear the new spirit gear, please note that hats are not permitted on campus, though beanies are allowed. Get ready to wear your school pride everywhere you go!

Spirit wear

Request form for purchasing new spirit wear polo, hats, and beanies

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Carden red polo shirt with Carden Crest embroidered on right chest
Price: $35.00
Navy blue polo shirt with Carden Crest embroidered on right chest
Price: $35.00
White polo short sleeve shirt with Carden Crest printed on right chest
Price: $30.00
Navy blue flexfit tech 110 hat with Carden crest
Price: $25.00
Navy blue folded beanie with Carden crest located in the center
Price: $15.00