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School Newsletter, February 4, 2019

"Will You Be My Friend?"

Wow, January has come and gone! During the month of February we will be focusing on the character trait of friendship, and how we can be a friend to all around us, truly modeling the "Golden Rule."

When children make friends, they develop important life skills. These include getting along with people who may be different than themselves, being independent and learning how to sort out conflicts and problems. These skills are important for your child to learn because children who get along with others (who share different beliefs and personalities) are less likely to have social and emotional difficulties later in life.

Part of the art of building friendships in school is learning how to problem solve when faced with a conflict or problem within our school relationships. At Proctor, we teach problem solving strategies in each grade level to give our students tools they can use in the classroom, playground and beyond. Please partner with us to review these problem-solving tips with your student, and have conversations with them that will reinforce skills taught through our PBIS behavior program.

· Think first to determine whether the action or behavior was on purpose or accident and whether there is a real threat or not.

· Try to talk out the difference, disagreement, or conflict

· If talking does not resolve the problem, then agree to disagree and walk away and stay away

· If you walk away and stay away but the problem continues or you think there is a real threat, then speak to an adult like a noon duty-supervisor, or teacher

· Remember, sticks and stones, words are words.

· Remember, people say mean things that usually are not true to get you angry and upset. When you become angry and upset about these words, you have given the other person and acted the way the other person wants you to, giving them power and control over you. Don’t allow yourself to be a victim and choose not to get upset about words that are probably not even true. If you stay calm and ignore these words, you are in control and have power over the situation.

· No matter what, follow the golden rule: Treat others as you want to be treated. In other words, treat everyone like a friend even if they are mean and do not treat you well. Many people treat others how those people treat them, so if you treat everyone like a friend, they will eventually gain respect for you and treat you like a friend too.

(PBIS World)

At the end of the month, we will recognize students who exhibit these problem-solving skills in their friendships, and model how to be a true friend to those around them.

In Need of Crossing Guard Volunteers!

Thank you for your continued support with helping fill our vacant Crossing Guard position. We are so fortunate to have such caring parents in our community willing to give their time to help keep our students safe! I wanted to update you about the continued absence of a permanent crossing guard. As of this Friday, there is still no replacement for Judy. We are reaching out for your continued support in the coming weeks. The more volunteers we have, the easier it will be in getting each day covered. We will continue to update you as we get more information about a permanent replacement.

If your available and willing to help, please sign-up on the google sheet attached:

Proctor Crossing Guard Sign Up

We appreciate your patience during this time, and if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me personally at .

The CVUSD Spelling Bee is Coming!

Congratulations to our Proctor Patriots' School Spelling Bee student participants and to; Maggie Xie (5th) and Hawani Locke (4th) for being our top spellers. They will represent our school in the district Spelling Bee on Tuesday, February 5th at 6:00PM at Canyon Middle School Room D-11.

I also want to acknowledge our 3rd grade Proctor school winner, Levin Dinh from Room 25. He has moved on to the next level of the Scripps Spelling Bee. This level was an online spelling test, which was already administered, and will learn about the results this week. We are so proud of Levin!

And a Big “Thank You” to all the Spelling Bee Coordinators and staff who organized and carried out the grade level Spelling Bees. You ROCK!

Emails have gone out to all the families of our top spellers with a congratulatory letter and critical information for the CVUSD district-wide Spelling Bee.If you have any questions, please contact the school office.

Save the Date! Proctor Open House and Art Show!!

It's that time of year, Open House!!!

Please join us on Thursday, February 21st, at 5:30 for the Proctor Art Show to view all the incredible FAME art that has been created this school year.

Open House will begin with the classrooms opening at 6:00PM - 7:00PM.

See you there!

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New Student Enrollment 2019/2020

Important Dates:

February 23: Online enrollment opens for 2019/2020

February 25-March 1: Sibling Priority Enrollment for Transitional

Kindergarten and Kindergarten

March 4: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrollment begins

April 2: Grades 1-5 enrollment begins

Begin the enrollment process online at

Once you have completed the online enrollment, please call the Proctor

office to make an appointment at (510) 537-0630

No walk-ins will be accepted. You must have all the required paperwork

listed online.

Questions? Call the office at (510) 537-0630

Monday – Thursday 7:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday 7:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Click the link for more information about the proper documents needed for registration:

Parent Information Night!

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Please make note:

Attend either or both of these presentations to learn about the exciting programs at each middle school.

Due to limited seating, we kindly request that only parents/guardians attend.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Here is a link to the District page that has all the information needed for both nights:


Please Call:

Creekside (510) 247-0665, Ext. 7000


Canyon (510) 538-8833, Ext. 6009

Transitional Kindergarten Parent Meeting!!

A Transitional Kindergarten meeting will be held Monday, February 4th, at the CV District Office at 6:00PM - 7:00PM in the large District Board Room, 4400 Alma Ave. Castro Valley, 94546.

Important Message from Student Services

Navigating Social Media:

Please visit the link below to access the most up to date information on popular apps for students and strategies for parents in discussing the social media with their children.

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Are you Currently Homeless?

Homeless children have access to the education and other services that they need to ensure that they have an opportunity to meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards to which all students are held.

The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children and youth as individuals who lack a fixed,

regular, and adequate nighttime residence. The term includes,

  • Children who are:

- sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar


- living in motels, hotels, or camping grounds due to lack of alternative adequate


- living in emergency or transitional shelters;

- abandoned in hospitals; or

- awaiting foster care placement.

• Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.

• Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings,

substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings.

If you are homeless and need enrollment assistance, contact your school office, or the Castro

Valley Unified School District Homeless Liaison, Jim Kentris, at 510-537-3000 ext 1257.

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CVUSD Child Nutrition Department is here to help you!

Dear Parents,

If your family income has been temporarily affected by the partial government shutdown please fill out a meal application. We have paper applications at your school site, at the Child Nutrition office and on the district website under the Parent Section

Once the federal government completely re-opens you can resume your previous meal/financial status by filling out another application. Thank you!

CVUSD is committed to providing equal opportunity for all individuals!

Breakfast at Proctor!

Proctor Parents, don't forget we serve breakfast before school, and again during the morning recess, so take advantage of this program!

Before School Breakfast Times for all students are as follows,

7:40am- 8:05am

Second Chance Breakfast

9:30am Grade K

10:00am Grade 1-5

Use the link for more information about menus, or meal applications! Check out the new Menu App!

Proctor Spring Auction is coming!

Proctor Elementary’s upcoming annual Auction will be held in April. It will run online, opening April 7th and closing on April 13th. Historically, over 300 community members and Proctor School families have come together to help support this major fundraiser for our school. Besides classroom gift baskets, teacher times and donations from businesses there will also be auctions for gift cards, homemade goods, guest passes to museums and amusement parks, family hosted events (like last year’s wine tasting party), vacation rentals and many more generously donated items by families like yours. The event proceeds help fund a wide variety of Proctor programs including supplemental playground equipment, classroom equipment and supplies, technology upgrades as well as field trips and enrichment activities for our 500 amazing students.

If you are able to contribute or need further information, please contact Jennine Blackmon-Powell, Auction Family Outreach Coordinator, via cell phone at 619-994-0183 or at

Click the link to read a letter from the PTA:

You can also learn more about the auction on the PTA website!

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On January 14, 2019 Superintendent Ahmadi, Assistant Superintendent Suzy Chan, and Director of Facilities Construction Sharon Trieu-Quince presented an update to the Community on Measure G Projects. If you were unable to attend the meeting, you can view the presentation HERE.

You can also read about the work that has been completed, and work that is scheduled for Proctor here:

Or visit the District website for more information about everything Measure G related!

CVUSD Board of Education

Dot Theodore, President

Gary Howard, Vice President/Clerk

Monica Lee

Jo A.S. Loss

Lavender Lee Whitaker


Parvin Ahmadi

Proctor Elementary School

Home of the Patriots

School Secretary: Hild Kwan

PTA President: Alex Cimmiyotti

School Principal: Heather Ghereben