The Dolphin Whistle

March 28, 2018, Issue 29

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
Show What You Know! Please ask your children to tell you what this means to them. We are helping the students to understand that "Show What You Know!" requires that all children do their best always, not rushing, not giving up, and having confidence and pride in what they have learned. Being able to "Show What You Know!" means that students participate actively in the lessons and ask questions when they don't understand. Please have conversations with your children often about their effort and attitude toward school to help them understand that their effort and attitude are critical to success in every grade of school.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Summer School

Summer School invitations will go home on Monday in the backpacks to grades 2, 3, and 4. The fifth grade students that qualify for one of the district programs will receive information from the district. Kinder and 1st grade students will receive their summer school invitations on Thursday. It is important that you return your summer school signed permission as soon as you receive it- don't miss these great opportunities!

Report your child's absence

Parents/ Guardians, it is very important to report the absence of your child as soon as you know he / she will be absent that day. Please, call us as soon as you can that morning. If we do not receive your call your student will be marked "UNEXCUSED Absent".
To report an absence call 650 526 3590 X: 1804. You can leave a message at any time during the day. Voice mail is checked every day. Thank you!
Other options to report an absence:

Library Schedule

In preparation for the move to a new library building, our library will close earlier than normal this year so that books can be cleaned, repaired, inventoried, and packed carefully.
Please be aware of the following schedule:

Grades K - 3: All books are due the week of April 16 - 20, on regular library day. This includes books that parents have checked out for at-home reading with children.

Grades 4-5: All books are due the week of April 23 - 27.

Overdue or damaged book notices will be sent home starting April 2. Please respond promptly to any request for payment for books your child may have lost or damaged. Our collection belongs to all of us and replacing missing books is the responsibility of the borrower.
Morning drop-in hours (from 7:40 - 8:00 Mon & Fri; 7:40 - 8:30 Tues - Thurs) will continue as long as possible, until packing activity makes the aisles impossible.

Thanks to all families for supporting the library and for encouraging your children's love of reading!

Foothill College: Parent Classes

Foothill College is coming to Mariano Castro to provide parents and families free college classes. Become a Foothill College student free of charge and receive your student ID and all college student benefits. Our class will help you learn techniques to communicate effectively with your student and strengthen school partnerships. Classes begin April 26th at 6:00PM in the Castro Staff Lounge and are offered in English and Spanish. See you all there!

Kids Read

Kids Read is a program in which high school and middle school students spend time reading with kindergartners, first and second graders.

We meet at the Mountain View Library at 585 Franklin St. every Sunday from 3:30-4:30pm. We will meet in the History Center on the second floor during library construction. There is no cost for this program. Your child will get to pick out a free book each week.

Chess Tournament!

The 15th Annual MVWSD Interscholastic Chess Tournament will be held on Sunday, May 20, 2018 at Monta Loma Elementary School. There will be two competitive divisions (grades K-3 and 4-8) and a non-competitive division for players who cannot attend the entire time or who are still learning the game. There is no entry fee. Sign up to be notified when registrations starts here Competitive players must check in between 11:30 am and 12:00, and the tournament will end around 5 pm. Parent volunteers are needed! For more information, contact Chris Cosner (; 650-814-4651).

Calendar of Upcoming Events

3/28 Wednesday - Castro Open House Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:55am

3/29 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

3/29 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/31 Saturday - English Class for Parents 9:30am 12:00pm MUR

4/3 Tuesday - 2nd Grade CSMA Concert 5:30pm - 6:15pm MUR

4/3 Tuesday - 3rd Grade CSMA Concert 6:30pm - 7:15pm MUR

4/4 Wednesday - Fujitsu Planetarium Field Trip 9:00am - 12:00pm RM's 112 & 113

4/4 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

4/4 Wednesday - Kinder CSMA Concert 5:30pm - 6:15pm MUR

4/4 Wednesday - 1st Grade CSMA Concert 6:30pm - 7:15pm

4/4 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival 2:00pm - 3:30pm Mariano Castro

Monday, April 9 thru Friday, April 13 Spring Break/ No School

4/17 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

4/18 Wednesday - Spring Picture Day MUR

4/21 Saturday - English Classs for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

4/26 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

4/28 Saturday - English Class for Parents 9:30am 12:00pm MUR


SELPA 1 CAC Steering Committee Meeting

Come on and help us finalize Parent Education selections and plan for next year. SELPA 1 CAC helps families of students receiving special education services and educates the public about disabilities and inclusion.

Monday, April 16, 9:30-11, Los Altos School District Office, 201 Covington Rd

Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018, 7-9PM, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos

With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress.

The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions.

Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.

Parent Chat

Tue. Apr. 10, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library
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.

Let's Talk

Mon. Apr. 16, 2018, 7PM-9PM,Los Altos Library
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.