The Dolphin Whistle

November 1, 2017, Issue 12

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REMINDER: Tomorrow Thursday 11/2 & Friday 11/3 are minimum days.


Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

We have many opportunities for parents to be involved at Castro. There is a new opportunity for parents to attend a training that will be terrific in helping you to support your child in their education. FEI ( Family Engagement Institute by Foothill College) will be starting a 4 week parent workshop, called strong start, on Thursdays at Castro from 6:00pm - 8:00p.m. with childcare and snacks provided. Please see the flyer in this Whistle for information on how to sign up. Don't miss this terrific opportunity!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Teach Your Child the Good Habit of Being On Time

Each day we have many students who are arriving tardy, after the 8:00 a.m. bell. Not only are they missing the very beginning of the day, their late arrival in class causes small disruptions in the flow of the routine. It is great training for future careers, to be in the habit of arriving on time. Please help us support the success of your child and all the other students by ensuring your child arrives on campus no later than 7:55 a.m. in order to be sure to be in their line when the 8:00 a.m. bell rings.

Please Respect the Neighbors

When dropping off or picking up your child, please do not park in the driveways of the houses and apartments near the school. Those are private property and we have received complaints about parents parking in those driveways while waiting for their child. Thank you in advance for helping us to keep good relations with our neighbors!

Foothill College Strong Start Program

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 first class, Strong Start, will help you learn techniques to communicate effectively with your student and strengthen school partnerships. Classes begin Nov. 9th at 6:00PM in our Staff Lounge and are offered in English and Spanish. See you all there!

Its the Turkey Trot - Thursday, November 2, 2017

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! See attached flyer for details.

After School Classes for Winter

Nov 6-9: Afterschool Lottery requests

It's time to request which afterschool classes your child would like to attend for the winter quarter. We have a new signup process available at The top corner contains a pair of buttons "Parent Sign Up" (for first time users) and "Parent Login" (for returning parents). The sign up process will gather contact details, your children's info and interests. You can return at any time in the future to update any of the info - especially changes to the lottery requests- by using the Login.

Project CornerStone

Upcoming Reader Training:

When: Thursday, Nov. 2nd

8:30 am or 6:30 pm

Where: Teacher's Lounge

Book: BIG

Translation, Childcare, and snacks provided.

We still need Spanish Speaking Readers.

Reading in a class is a simple way to make a big difference.

Contact: Sarah or Dana

Reminder: No book in December, we will have a holiday breakfast and social Thursday, Dec. 7th at 8:30 am in the teacher's lounge, no evening meeting.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

11/1 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm 6:30pm Staff Lounge

11/2 Thursday - CA/MI WAlk or Bike to School Day 7:45am

11/2 Thursday - Project Cornerstone meeting 8:30am & 6:30pm Staff Lounge

11/3 Friday - End of First Trimester minimum day, dismissal is 11:55am

11/4 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/6 - 11/9 5th Grade Science Camp

11/7 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
11/9 Thursday - MI/CA Chess Club Orientation Info Night 5:30pm - 8:00pm MUR

11/10 No School Veterans Day

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

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


Dear Castro and Mistral parents, teachers, and community,

We hope you all enjoyed the 2017 Walkathon with your children, students, family and friends. It was wonderful to see the students walk, to encourage them to do their best, to spend time with friends, to make new friends, to volunteer, and to eat delicious food.

The WAT is our ultimate community event because we all participate! We are most successful when we work together donating our time, talents and materials. In our shared community every family helps. That was clearly evident at our October 6th WAT event.

We thank the committee leads that helped to make this whole event happen. Please join us in thanking these hard working parents who were involved in planning the WAT for many weeks; and for some parents, many months before. This includes:

WAT Co-Chairs – Trish Gilbert & Agnes Charrel-Berthillier and Trudy Wilson

Field and Logistics – Anthony Arriola

Publicity – Trish Gilbert and Trudy Wilson

Food – Cecia Morales and William Buitron

Registration – Laiza Bromberg and Suzanne Strohmaier

Volunteer Coordinators –William Buitron, Lizbeth Velasco, and many others

Lap Prizes – Peggy Prendergast and Trish Gilbert

Bake Sale – Gina Reyes, Nelly Gomez, Lizbeth Velasco

Course/Lap Management – Anthony Arriola

Spirit Wear – April Murphy and Trudy Wilson

Finance – Tim Downey and Martha Flores

Photos – Joel Lachter

We also send a big thank you to everyone in our shared community who:

· Donated baked goods, drinks, food ingredients, and sourced extra items

· Helped set up the field, lap prizes, prepared food and fruit

· Tirelessly cooked food, sold food, and baked goods that we all enjoyed

· Managed ticket sales, spirit wear, volunteer coordination, check out

· Handed out lap prizes, marked shirts and provided a safe environment to our students

· Captured our magical day through hundreds of photographs

· And most of all…after a full day of WAT, stayed late to clean up our school

We send a giant thank you to our fearless Finance Teams who will work hard to count the pledge donations coming in, and for the volunteers who will thank the businesses and vendors, and other parents that were involved in supporting our WAT. We also thank those post-production volunteers who will reward our students for their laps walked with a commemorative prize. So again families – THANK YOU for everything you do to support all of our children, friends, and community.


Executive Functioning with John Brentar, Morrissey Compton

Executive functioning is the ability to plan, organize and complete tasks. Success in school requires good executive functioning skills like working memory, cognitive flexibility and inhibitory control. Children with learning challenges often have problems with executive functioning skills, but there are techniques that can help train everyone to enhance these skills. Every student can benefit by improving memory, organizational skills, and learning how to make better choices. Join John Brentar, PhD from the Morrissey-Compton Educational Center for a great night learning about executive functioning.

Wed. Nov 15 18, 2017, 7–9 PM, Santa Rita Elementary

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

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MVWSD has the capability to send text messages, but we are required to ask you first to opt-in before receiving text messages from the District. MVWSD would send you texts infrequently, for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information.

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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