The Dolphin Whistle

February 24th- Issue 25



Dear Parents,

I hope you all had a great time with your family during the February break! These next 8 weeks are going to be very busy as state testing begins at the beginning of May.

The 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students had an assembly yesterday, introducing the Show What You Know! theme. The assembly explained the importance of doing their best and asking questions when they don't understand. We als focused on showing what they have learned every day in class, not just on the "big test" in May. We set the school goals of every child moving their score up one level from last year and also having at least 35% of students reach proficiency on the state test. If we meet our goals, we will have a school-wide jump house carnival and I will dye my hair bright orange!

Please support your child by talking to them every day about the importance of focusing at school and ask them about what they have learned in class. Together we can reach our school goals!

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert
Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Calendar of Upcoming Events

2/25 Thursday Music in Action Concert, 11:45 AM
2/25 Thursday - Minimum Day, 12:25 PM
2/26 Friday End of 2nd Trimester - Minimum Day, 12:25 PM

3/1 Tuesday Principal's Coffee-Castro, 8:30 AM, MUR

3/2 Wednesday Flint Center for the Performing Arts Field Trip – Kinder, 9:00 AM

3/3 Thursday Personal Success Assembly-new date, 11:45 AM, MUR

3/3 Thursday Silent Auction Dance Party, 5:00 PM, MUR

3/8 Tuesday ELAC Meeting, 6:00 PM, MUR

3/11 Friday Report cards sent home, 12:00 M

3/11 Friday Mission San Jose Field Trip - RMS: 15 & 16, 11:00 AM

3/15 Tuesday District Advisory Council Mtg., 6:00 PM, DO

3/16 Wednesday National Wildlife Refuge Complex - 3rd Grade, 8:40 AM

3/16 Wednesday Exploratorium Field Trip - Rooms 2 & 3, 8:50 AM

3/16 Wednesday Flint Center for the Performing Arts Field Trip - 5th grade, 9:00 AM

3/17 Thursday Amigos Wrap-Up, 5:45 PM, MUR

3/21 Monday DELAC Meeting, 5:30 PM, DO

3/23 Wednesday PTA General Mtg., 6:30 PM, Staff Lounge

From the District

One MVWSD. One Team. One Plan

Take a few minutes, take our survey

Tell us about your education priorities for MVWSD

You likely attended a meeting recently at your child’s school and heard about how the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan) and Strategic Plan will be created this spring. These documents and input collected will guide the creation of our school district for the future.

Now, give input through a survey about the plans’ goals through Mar. 7. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices).


More information found here:

Important Enrollment Information

ALL currently enrolled K-7th grade students are required to complete an ONLINE Student Intent Survey through InfoSnap. In the survey you will notify us if your student is returning or leaving the district for the 2016-17 school year. The InfoSnap code (password) will be emailed to parents on Monday, February 29, 2016. You must complete the Student Intent Survey to reserve your spot for the 2016-17 school year by Friday, March 4, 2016.

Parents, please make sure the school office has a working email on file for you. If you don’t have a computer or need help completing the forms, now is the time to start looking for someone who can help you. Please find the flyer attached for additional information and help nights.

College Begins in Middle School

“COLLEGE BEGINS IN MIDDLE SCHOOL” A forum for parents and students sponsored by MVWSD and co-sponsored by DELAC. Neal Finkelstein, Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director of WestEd, will share research on this critical topic. Key Point: Students should take classes in middle school that keep them on track to take the high school courses they’ll need to successfully apply to college. We’ll conclude with a panel of successful college applicants and graduates.

WHEN: Monday, February 29 (“Leap Day”), 6 PM – 8 PM

WHERE: Crittenden Middle School Auditorium

The Anxious Worried Child

The Anxious Worried Child - Challenging academic expectations, advances in technology, and social pressure are all contributing to an increase in anxiety among our children. As a result we are seeing a rise in behavioral issues, poor social interactions, and an inability to function at school. What are typical worries for children and when should you be concerned that your child is worrying excessively? There are several strategies that can help relieve stress, decrease anxiety and increase calm feelings. In a world that is constantly evolving, having the ability to manage the anxiety that comes with change is becoming an essential life skill.

Dr John Brentar is a licensed psychologist who conducts evaluations and provides therapy to children and adolescents. Amy Keezer is a licensed marriage and family therapist. She has worked as both a behaviorist and therapist within the Los Altos school district for the past 10 years. She is currently the therapist for the Egan TSDC, and has a private practice in Palo Alto.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 – presentation is 7 to 9 pm. Hospitality begins at 6:45pm. Santa Rita Elementary School Multi, 700 Los Altos Ave, Los Altos 94022. (note new venue!)

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.

Let's Talk

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.

Monday March 14, 2016 7 pm to 9 pm - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library,

13 S. San Antonio Road

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs. All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.

Buy Your MVEF Raffle Tickets

Three great prizes will be raffled off on March 19 at the MVEF Spring Gala & Auction. The winners do not need to be present to win! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.

  • First prize: Five tickets for the San Jose Earthquakes-Sporting Kansas City MLS Game at Avaya Stadium (4/24/16)
  • Second prize: Two tickets to Shoreline Amphitheatre concert of your choice
  • Third prize: Samsung Chromebook 2

Look for your school MVEF Reps or contact any MVEF Board Members to buy your tickets – see the full list of board members at

MVEF Spring Gala & Auction: A Celebration of Teaching!

This year’s gala theme is “A celebration of teaching.” Whether you can attend the gala or not, sponsoring a teacher to attend is a wonderful way to express your appreciation. Generous supporters who purchase teacher sponsor tickets allow us to provide complimentary tickets to MVWSD staff. On behalf of the students, MVEF wants to thank every teacher who works in our district. Your professionalism, commitment, and enthusiasm is truly appreciated. See for more information.

Earthquake Exercise, March 15th, 2016

The District will be conducting its annual earthquake exercise the morning of March 15 (rain date March 16). This is an opportunity for staff and students to test our emergency response actions and make improvements in those actions. As part of this exercise, we will be testing our student release and reunion procedure. We are in need of parents who can come to the school at the time of the exercise and help us test our procedures. Please contact your school secretary if you are able to assist. We appreciate your assistance in support of our students’ safety.