Proctor Patriots

School Newsletter, Edition III, October 8, 2018

Falling into October!

This is one of my favorite months of the year, and Proctor is gearing up for another fantastic month of instruction, activities, and family fun events. The Fall Carnival, the Proctor Halloween Parade, pumpkin carving contests, and much more!

I'd like to begin by thanking all the families who were able to meet with your child's teacher this last week for parent/teacher conferences. You should have had the opportunity to discuss your child's academic progress, ask questions, and receive resources to support your child's learning at home. Partnering together to provide your child with a rigorous, engaging, and high-quality educational experience truly makes a difference in the success in their learning.

Now that we are almost two months into the school year, I have enjoyed watching our students flourish each day as they are challenged to think and apply their knowledge into their conversations, writings, and discoveries. I am marveling at the growth of our students as they become more responsible and sure of themselves. We are always finding new and supportive ways through our PBIS program, of making sure our students feel supported, connected, and safe at Proctor School. Please look for ways you can get involved to be a part of this amazing community of learning!

I would like to acknowledge and thank all our teachers and staff for their dedication as we bring the elements of the Common Core Standards into instruction and learning, supporting students through a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), providing high levels of learning for all students. ALL means ALL! I also would like to acknowledge our parents who give to our community in so many ways to make sure that each day counts. Thank you so much parents for all you do for our school community!

The Proctor Newsletter is used to communicate important events, information, and opportunities to all families. To keep up-to-date and ensure your child is able to take advantage of district and school resources. My goal is to send out approximately two newsletters a month so that you have the most current information about all the happenings at Proctor, so please keep reading below.

Proctor Fall Carnival is this Friday, October 12th!

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Mark you calendars! Celebrate the coming of fall at Proctor's Fall Carnival this Friday, October 12th, from 3:00 - 6:00pm!

This event is the most heavily attended event of the year! Show your Proctor Pride and volunteer to make this event the best yet!

We still need volunteers to help clean up. Many hands make light work!

We still need 5th grade parents to help with the Haunted House! Read this link for more details!

Contact PTA, Vice-President, Sarah Cortez -

Ticket pre-order forms went home last week on yellow paper and are due back to your student's classroom by Monday 10/8.

Bring Cash for the Food Trucks: Pizza, Mexican Food & Rita's Ice

Also please return the completed Obstacle Course Participation form that was sent home with the ticket pre-order form (a yellow packet). Ask your child about this.

Pre-purchased tickets will be delivered to the student's classroom.

Don't fret if you did not pre-purchase tickets because they are available for purchase at the carnival on Friday afternoon.

Halloween Costume Parade

Halloween is right around the corner. We will be hosting our annual Halloween Costume Parade, on Wednesday, October 31st, from 8:15 - 9:15. You may remain on campus to view the parade without checking into the office. Once the parade is over, and you will be staying on campus to volunteer, or take part in classroom festivities, please visit the office to sign-in, and for a volunteer sticker.

As you plan for this day, families may want to know what is acceptable for costumes to make this a positive and fun environment for all. We ask for your support in helping students to comply with these rules.

  • Costumes must comply with the school dress codes, be age-appropriate (no R-rated themes) and be respectful to others
  • No blood or gore
  • No full-face masks
  • Students' costumes may not include pretend weapons and/or explosives. Toy guns, swords, knives, or martial arts weapons, etc., are not allowed and will be confiscated if brought to school.
  • We are also asking for your cooperation in NOT allowing your children to dress up as clowns due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause. If anyone shows up with a clown-related costume, they will be asked to change
  • Please help your student select costumes that support our efforts to provide a positive and fun environment.
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We Did it!! Thank you Proctor Families!

Proctor Families,

A huge "THANK YOU" to the parent volunteers last Friday there for morning set up, lap marking, water station attendance and cleanup for the Walkathon. We had 350 students participate and the weather could not have been more perfect along with DJ Devin. It is the parent involvement that make our school a great place for our kids.

We have officially hit our school fundraising goal of $40,0000! Ms. Ghereben has already served our students during lunch when we hit $20K AND Mr. Silzle has "clucked" around in the chicken suit at $30K. Now the front office staff will be doing the chicken dance in front of the entire school! Let's not forget most laps walked per grade and top 3 fundraisers get to silly string the Principal.

We will be announcing our final stats for this fundraiser during a our Flag Assembly this week!

Again, from the Walkathon Team and Proctor PTA, we deeply appreciate your continued support to make Proctor Elementary the best it can be.

Room 16, Needs some TLC!

Parents, I am in need of some volunteers who have time to come in this Tuesday, or after school this week to help inventory our old district curriculum, and our excess curriculum. They then need to be boxed, and labeled to be sent to the district. My goal is to clear out Room 16, to be used as another usable instructional space for our school and community. I will also post this on our school's FB page.

Please contact me if you can help out!

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October 11th is International Walk & Roll to School Day!

Let's see your Proctor Pride walking to school on October 11th! Join a "walking school bus" around the Proctor neighborhood to walk or roll to school together.

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October.

Castro Valley Outreach

Castro Valley Outreach is a non-profit 501c3 organization. The goal is to reach out to parents of children attending schools within the Castro Valley Unified School District during times of temporary need.

This year we will be providing a Thanksgiving food box, Christmas presents and a Christmas tree. If you wish to apply for the program please fill out the application. All information will be kept confidential. Once your application has been processed, the coordinator will contact you regarding your acceptance. Application deadline is October 12th

Click Here to access the document:

Castro Valley Community Partners

CVUSD, and Proctor Elementary partners with multiple organizations to support our students and school community. Please visit these partner's websites to see how you can also be participate!

Red Ribbon Week! 10/22 - 10/26

You are invited to participate in a week of spirit to celebrate our choice to be drug free! During the week of October 22nd through October 26th, we will kick of the Red Ribbon Week with themed spirit days that support the teachings of what Red Ribbon Week is all about, being a drug-free community!

Monday: Proud to be Drug Free!

Wear red to help kickoff Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday: Sock it to Drugs

Wear mismatched or crazy socks.

Wednesday: Team up Against Drugs

Wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey.

Thursday: Don't Get Tied up in Drugs

Wear a tie, tie dye, a hair tie.

Friday: Our School Chooses to be Drug Free!

Wear your school shirt or school colors.

ELAC Meetings begin this October!

We Need Parents on the English Learner Advisory Committee!

The purpose of the ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners. The committee advises (reviews and comments) on the following:

  • Advise the principal and school staff on the school’s program for English Learners.
  • Participate in the school’s needs assessment of students, parents, and teachers.f li
  • Advise the school on the annual language census (R-30).
  • Advise the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Provide input on the most effective ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

Please contact the school Principal, Heather Ghereben if you would like to participate in this committee,

Parent Education Workshops at Castro Valley Adult School for Fall:

Weathering the Storm and Damping the Drama: How to Calm Ourselves and Our Children and Reduce Anxiety in Our Over-Stimulating World

John Bass, LMFT, Meditation Practice Instructor

Tuesday, October 9th 7:00- 8:30 pm

Mindful Motivation: How to Motivate Your Child from the Inside Out

Rachel Sklar, MSW, Parent Coach and Strategist

Wednesday, October 24th

7:00-9:00 pm

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CVEF - The Dynamic Dance!

*general admission is for standing/dancing, no reserved seating

**VIP Reserved will be the only reserved tables/seats at the event. Must purchase 4 VIP reserved tickets

October 19, 2018


CV Masonic Center 4521 Crow Canyon Rd, Castro Valley, CA 94552

General AdmissionTickets* $50 each, VIP Reserved** $240 for a table for 4

visit and click the Event link to purchase tickets

CVEF is a 501c3. All proceedes go directly to CVUSD schools!

Dynamic Dance

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Parent/Community Meeting, Wednesday, October 10, 2018

We Want to Hear From You!

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

8:30 - 9:30 am in the Art Center

Please join us for a time of discussion, receive updates, and give input about Measure G projects at Proctor! CVUSD's Superintendent, Dr. Parvin Ahmadi, Assistant Superintendent of Business Services, Suzy Chan, and the Director of Facilities, Sharon Trieu-Quince will be present to answer your questions, and receive your feedback.

  • For those families who are not available to attend, please submit your questions on this Google Sheet for the District to review, and take into consideration as they address our school community.

Click here:


On June 28, 2018, the Board adopted scope changes for the Measure G construction projects. District staff has put together an Executive Summary to provide an update to the community. You can access the Executive Summary here:

Here is a link to the specific work to be completed and planned for Proctor:

Additional evening meetings will be planned to update the school community on the timeline and progress of the Measure G work to be completed at Proctor.

The Portables Have Arrived!

Please note, that the portables have arrived on the upper playground. Installation is still taking place, and the majority of the blacktop will be blocked off till Tuesday morning. Once the installation is finished, the space will be open again to the students. More details will be shared at the Measure G parent/community meeting.

Proctor Calendar of Events

This calendar is available on the Proctor Website, and is updated frequently. Check our website for any changes or additions. Hopefully this calendar will help you plan and adjust your family events as the year goes by.