The Dolphin Whistle

January 24, 2018, Issue 21

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
In November, all parents at each school were asked to complete a survey about the effectiveness of Castro and whether the school is meeting the needs of your child. A highlight from this survey is that 96% of the families that responded think that the teachers show a lot of respect for the students. At the next ELAC and School Site Council meetings I will be presenting the results of the family surveys. Please join us to participate in this important conversation as we plan next actions based on this input.

Our next ELAC meeting is Tuesday, January 30th at 6:00 p.m. See you there!

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Graham’s Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night

We invite you all to come and join us at this fun and informative event. It is an opportunity for you and your student to learn about middle school life here at Graham.

If your last name begins with A-K, please start in our Multi-Purpose room (at the back of the school).

You will have the opportunities to hear from our principals some basic Information about courses, tips on how to be successful at middle school and ask questions from our 6th grade student panel.

If your last name begins with L-Z, please start in our Auditorium (at the front of the school). You will have the opportunity to hear students from all our amazing musical groups perform. You will also hear from our Athletic Director about our after-school sports program. We will have teachers that teachers some of the other elective talk about their courses, like STEM, Robotics, GMS TV and more.

At 6:45 we will rotate the groups so everyone can see both presentations.

We are looking forward to showcasing our wonderful school and meeting all of you.

Wednesday January 24th

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Crittenden's Incoming 6th Grade Parent Information Night

Hello 5th grade families! Please join us on January 25 at 6:00 PM in the Crittenden auditorium to learn more about our school and what to expect in 6th grade. This event is for parents, though students are welcome. We will host events for students in the spring.

Teddy Bear: Walk, Ride & Roll Thursday, January 25th.

All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!

If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way. Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

The City of Mountain View's VERBS Program is a federally funded through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission MTC and Santa Clara Valley Transportation.

Student's Exhibition at City Hall

Artwork by Art4Schools students

We are happy to announce that artwork by Art4Schools students, including works by students from Castro, will be shown at our annual student and faculty show, “Art Shapes the World”. This exhibit will be on display from February 1st, 2018 – February 28th, 2018 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. Please join us for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

3rd Grade
Vidusha T.

Madhis H.

4th Grade

Samantha S.

Jayden P.

Kayden G.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

1/24 Wednesday - Upcoming 6th grade info night 6:00pm - 7:00pm Graham auditorium

1/25 Thursday - Teddy Bear Walk, Ride and Roll 7:30am Castro

1/25 Thursday - Personal Success Award - 8:00am - 9:00am - MUR

1/25 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

1/25 Thursday - Upcoming 6th grade info night 6:00pm - 7:30pm Crittenden auditorium

1/27 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm Staff Lounge

1/30 Tuesday - Field Trip California Academy of Science 8:00am - 4:45pm - RM's 107 & 110

1/30 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

2/1 Thursday - Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30 & 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Staff Lounge

2/1 Thursday - Field Trip Los Trancos Open Space Preserve 8:30am - 12:30pm -

RM's 12 & 16

2/1 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

2/2 Friday - Field Trip Sunnyvale Community Center 10:30am - 2:15pm RM's 11& 15

2/3 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm Staff Lounge

2/7 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

2/8 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

2/8 Thursday - State of the District 6:30pm - 8:30pm Crittenden Auditorium

2/10 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm Staff Lounge

2/13 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30 MUR

2/15 Thursday CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

February 19 thru February 23 No School ~Winter Break~

PTA News

The Crayon Initiative

Please join Mariano Castro School to collect crayons for a special project. Bring your old, broken, or used crayons to the Castro Office for turn in. You can drop them in the large red barrel marked The Crayon Initiative any time during regular school hours. This collection campaign will continue for the next few months. Look into your child’s closet, toy box, or desk to retrieve those old crayons for this cause. Please see the attached flyer explaining the details of this sensible program.


Enrollment Reminder

Please confirm your child’s school registration for the 2018-2019 school year by

February 2. We have a new, convenient online registration system called SchoolMint. Look for an e-mail from Schoolmint dated Jan. 5 with the registration website address and your username. If you didn’t receive a login email, please call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. To learn more go to You can also contact the school office. We are happy to help you complete your child’s registration.

Please note: Current transitional kindergarten and fifth-grade families need to complete two steps in Schoolmint. First select actions "Returning" or "Not Returning". Then click the green button "Add/Edit New Student Application" to start registration and/or request a school transfer.

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Raising Digital Natives” with Dr. Devorah Heitner

Parents today worry that kids are addicted, detached or distracted because of digital devices. Often, adults are less conscious about what they are modelling with their own relationship with technology. Drawing from the latest research, Dr. Heitner provides gems of guidance to help parents become confident digital media mentors to texters, gamers and social media users from childhood to young adulthood. You’ll learn what it is like for kids to grow up in a world where school experiences, family life and friendships are all shaped by digital connection—and how you can share your own lifetime of social wisdom to mentor your children in their digital world.

Wednesday, January 24, 7:00 pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
Audience: K-12 parents, teachers and other caretakers
To register, please click here.

Mountin View Parent U: Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 6:30-8pm

Graham Middle School MUR


my digital TAT2

This workshop will explore:

*Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media

*Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children

*Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

MVLA presents "Math Night"

The MVLA High School District presents “Math Night” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:00 in MVHS Theater, 3535 Truman Ave. It's for families who will attend high school at MVLA. The night will include information about the high school math pathways available to students. In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering courses and pathways will be presented.

MVEF Winter Gala

The MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is less than one month away! Come join parents and community members as we gather to raise funds to support every child, at every school! You can dance, bid on amazing auction items, buy some wine, grab a gift card or two to your favorite restaurants, all the while ensuring that MVEF meets their goal of raising over $750,000 to bring art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, middle school athletics and more to all MVWSD students!

Learn more here: Dinner tickets are going fast. Purchase by February 1st to guarantee a seat!