The Dolphin Whistle

November 29, 2017, Issue 16

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

New school web site goes live today!

Castro has a new school website. Please visit to see a preview of the new site. In time, it will replace our current website at its permanent address.

The new site's graphics and colors align with the District's new visual identity and logo. The navigation is based on best practices and analytics with improved functionality and accessibility. The site is easily translated with a click of a mouse, using Google translation.

Thanks for your patience as we transition to the new website. If you have any comments on the new website, please email them to

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Castro Tree at the Mountain View Community Tree Lighting Celebration

The 12 students elected to the Castro Student Council will be decorating one of the 10 city trees this year for the Winter Tree Walk at Civic Plaza on Castro St. We are honored to have been invited to participate and will be decorating the tree on Sunday, December 3rd. Please join us on Monday, December 4th from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Community Celebration to see our tree. There will also be music, a snow zone, refreshments, the tree walk, and Santa!

Holiday Share Faire

The third annual Holiday Share Faire will take place on Saturday, Dec. 16th

from 9am - 12pm at the Senior Center at 266 Escuela Avenue in Mountain View.

Bring what you no longer use or need and take what you and your family could use. Please just bring clothes in good condition and only items and toys that work.

Tell your neighbors too! Last year many items made great holiday gifts.

No money will be exchanged.

This is open to all Castro and Mistral families. Light refreshments will be provided.

Free Piano Lessons

The Little Mozart program provides free piano lessons to Castro and Mistral students ages 5-7 who receive free or reduced lunch. If you are interested in participating in these lessons please contact the Castro office asap for more information.

Crittenden Middle School Luau

Crittenden’s music department is hosting a luau on Friday, December 8, 5:30-7:30pm. Cost is $10 for adults ($15 at the door if available) and $8 for students/children which includes a luau dinner, entertainment and a Silent Auction. Purchase your tickets today by submitting the order form and payment (exact cash or check made out to ‘Crittenden Middle School’) to the Crittenden Front Office.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

11/30 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

12/1 Friday - PTA Christmas Party 3:00pm - 7:00pm MUR

12/2 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

12/4 Monday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge

12/5 Tuesday - Field Trip New Museum Los Gatos 9:30am - 1:15pm RM's 9 & 13

12/6 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

12/6 Wednesday - Castro Kinder Night 6:00pm - 7:00pm MUR

12/7 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30am Staff Lounge

12/7 Thursday - FEI from Foothill College 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

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

12/14 Thursday - Personal Award Assembly 8:00am MUR

December 18-31 NO SCHOOL/ Happy Holidays!


Castro PTA Christmas Party

December is a beautiful month, in which you feel an atmosphere of celebration, full

of lights and colors. For this reason, PTA cordially invites all families of the community

to attend the Festival of Lights event, this December 1, from 3:00 to 7:00. Take your photos with Santa Claus, participate in family activities, and taste typical cuisine from Latin America.


MV Parent U: English Language Learner 101

Please join us for a free workshop that introduces parents to information, resources, and tips for English Learner families to navigate the journey to English proficiency. The workshop will cover everything a parent of an English learner needs to know about the process from initial EL testing to reclassification, including strategies for improving English fluency. Participants will have the opportunity to hear from former MVWSD EL students and their parents.

When: Monday, December 4, 6:30-8pm at the Graham Middle School MUR

For more info, click on

MVEF is thankful for donors like you!

MVEF is thrilled with the progress but still have a long way to go to hit their $750,000 goal. Support MVEF by attending the gala, asking your company about corporate matches, or donate at

Art and Music Learning Supports ALL Learning!
You might have noticed that your kids have a natural love for art and music. But did you know that research shows that music and theater studies strongly correlate with better performance in both math and reading? And that many studies show that art studies and activities help keep high-risk students from dropping out? MVEF is proud to fund CSMA art and music at our schools! Ask your child what he or she learned today in their music or art class!

Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 5: What parents need to know

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 5-February 2 online. You can register your child for the 2018-19 school year when online registration opens on January 5 here:

District new student information night, covering the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 505 Escuela Ave.

School kindergarten information nights are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 for all elementary schools.

New student information nights at Mistral Elementary (Spanish-English dual immersion program) and Stevenson Elementary (parent participation program) are on Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. These nights are a good opportunity to learn about a specific elementary school or program.

For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January. Parents may complete a school transfer request application online January 5 - February 2.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to