The Dolphin Whistle

November 8, 2017, Issue 13

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REMINDER: There is no school this Friday November 10th, Veterans day.


Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

There are many opportunities for students to attend additional support classes or enrichment classes at Castro. For Enrichment the Mistral PTA is beginning the second sessions of Afterschool Classes and these classes are all open to Castro students as well! Sign-ups are this week; contact our office if you would like help signing up through the online system or come to the PTA tables in the morning.

Look in your child's backpack daily for notices from school regarding tutoring opportunities. The teachers and other school staff have offered several different opportunities. The latest class to begin is the morning Lexia class for 3rd and 4th grade. This is for every student in those grades as this program provides support for every student whether they are on grade level or below grade level. Siblings are welcome as well so you can drop all your children off at 7:30 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


Parents, please don't forget to call the office when your child will be absent, call us as early as you know the student will be absent. If we don't receive a phone call your child will be marked "Unexcused" for that day. The number to our attendance line is 650 526 3590 EX:1804. You can leave a message at any time, voicemail is checked everyday. Thank you!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

11/9 Thursday - MI/CA Chess Club Orientation Info Night 5:30pm - 8:00pm MUR
11/9 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

11/10 No School Veterans Day

11/11 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/13 Monday - Field Trip: Youth Science 8:30am - 1:30pm RM's 11 & 15

11/13 Monday - Field Trip: De Anza College Planetarium 9:00am - 12:00pm RM's 9 & 13
11/14 Tuesday - ELAC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR
11/15 Wednesday - Field Trip: Deer Hollow Farm 8:40am - 12:45pm RM's 10 & 14
11/15 Wednesday - PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm -7:30pm MUR

11/15 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival 2:00pm - 3:30pm Castro Field

11/16 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

11/16 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

11/17 Friday - Field Trip: California Museum & Capital Building 7:00am - 6:00pm
RM's 12 & 16

11/18 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/22 thru 11/24 NO SCHOOL/ Thanksgiving Holiday

11/28 Tuesday - District Enrollment Priorities Task Force (EPTF) 6:30pm-8:00pm

Stevenson Elementary

11/29 Wednesday - Field Trip: Children's Discovery Museum 8:50am - 12:55pm

RM's 112 & 113

11/29 Wednesday - District Kinder Night 5:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

11/30 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

12/1 Friday - PTA Christmas Party 3:00pm - 7:00pm Staff Lounge

12/2 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

12/6 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

12/6 Wednesday - Castro Kinder Night 6:00pm - 7:00pm MUR

12/7 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30am Staff Lounge

12/7 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

12/9 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

December 18-31 NO SCHOOL/ Happy Holidays!


Box Tops Submission

Thank you all for collecting and turning in so many Box Tops for Education! This was a great effort to collect, clip, and prepare all of the coupons for redemption. We turned in 1,550 Box Tops and 270 points in Bonus Box Tops Certificates. Castro will receive a check for $182.00 thanks to these coupons. Please keep clipping and collecting! Our next submission deadline is in the spring. Don’t forget to ask your family members, friends, and neighbors to collect them for your child’s school.

Would you like to be on the Box Tops Collection Committee? You can help Castro by clipping and preparing the Box Tops coupons at home, in your spare time. The School Coordinator will calculate the submission and Castro will receive the funds raised. If you can help clip the coupons, please contact Evelyn or Vanessa in the Office. They can put you in contact with the School Coordinator to get you started. Three or four parents are needed for this committee.

Labels for Education

As you may have heard, the Labels for Education program is ending. Keep clipping and turning in these precious coupons. Labels for Education are found on many Campbell’s foods, BIC Products, Pepperidge Farms snacks, and many other products. Look inside your cabinets to find them on cans, bags, and packages. The committee has plans to redeem them for playground equipment that the students can use during recess and in P.E. Classes. Please turn all Labels for Education in to Castro School by December 15, 2017. You can place them in the Box Tops for Education collection bin in your student’s classroom or drop them off at the Office. Thank you for making this fundraiser great for this school!

PTA Association Meeting

The second PTA Meeting is coming soon. There are only five meetings each school year, so please plan to attend next Wednesday on November 15th in the MUR. Snacks, childcare, and interpretation in Spanish will be provided. Our new PTA President, William Buitron, will lead our meeting about many topics. We hope to see you there.


MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

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


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

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

Register here

Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA music teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join morning choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

MVEF will be holding their monthly board meeting on November 14th at Bubb School in the MUR from 7-9 pm. Join us to learn more about the work MVEF does to support every child at every school, in Mountain View. The board meetings are open to all, and board members will be available to answer any questions prior to the meeting between 6:30-7 pm.

Let's Talk

(Temporary location due to Holiday!) A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc. All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Mon. Nov 13, 2017, 10am-12pm, In Front of Whole Foods, 4800 El Camino Real, Los Altos

Parent Chat

Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.

Tue. Nov 14, 2017, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library