The Dolphin Whistle

August 22, 2018 Issue 2

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
What a wonderful first week of school! Our new buildings and playground are amazing and students are already showing they are serious about their learning. In addition to new Kindergarten families, we have several new families in other grades. Welcome to Mariano Castro! Back to School Night is an opportunity for all families to get acquainted with each other and with the teacher. Our goal is 100% attendance at Back to School Night.

Parents are a very important part of every child's education and I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our meetings, events, and parent workshops. Be a Five Star Family! Each time you attend a school event, it counts toward your Five Star Family Status. The goal is for every family to attend at least 5 school events. We will honor all Five Star Families at a dinner at the end of the school year.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please ask your child's teacher or me. We are here to help!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary





Drop off and Pick-up Procedures

Drop Off Procedures

Drop students in drop off lane in the Escuela Ave lot or in the drop off lane in the Toft St. lot.

If students are dropped off in the Escuela lot they must walk up the fire lane and enter Castro past the multi.

All students wait in line on the blacktop each morning.

Parents may park only in the Visitor parking spaces. These are very limited, so please plan on walking or using street parking. Do not park in staff parking areas.

PIckup Procedures for Parents

All parents wait on the concrete outside the library on the side closest to Castro. When teachers bring their lines to the blacktop parents may come over to the blacktop and pick up their child.

All parents and students that are going to use the fire lane to go home

must leave on the east side of the multi (the side closest to Castro).

All parents and students that will be walking down Latham, must use the walkway in front of the office to get to the field (rather than crossing the blacktop to go in front of the preschool.)

Back to School Night

Castro's Back to School Night is Wednesday, August 29. Please join the teacher in the classroom to learn about the activities, routines, and expectations for this year. We will have two sessions: one at 6:00 p.m. and then a repeat at 6:45 p.m. It is important that all parents attend this evening. Your attendance also counts toward your Five Star Family status!

Calendar Upcoming Events

8/23 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-11pm, Graham MUR

8/24 - Friday: Room Parent Meeting, 8:00am - 9:00am, Staff Lounge

8/29 – Wednesday: Back to School Night, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

8/30 – Thursday: Personal Award Assembly 8:00am - 9:00am MUR

8/31 – Friday: Principal’s Coffee, 8:00am-9:00am, Staff Lounge

9/3 – Monday: No School – Labor Day

9/6 – Thursday: Picture Day, MUR

9/6 – Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting 8:00am - 10:30 & 6:30pm - 8:00pm – MI Staff Lounge

9/6 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

9/10 – Monday: DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Theuerkauf School

9/12 – Wednesday: Parent University – Crittenden Middle School

9/19 – Wednesday: PTA Meeting, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – MUR

District News

Welcome from MVEF and Aug. 30 Night at the Counter

Welcome back from the Mountain View Educational Foundation (MVEF)! MVEF is a non-profit that raises funds to provide a competitive, well-rounded education that would not be possible without this additional funding. Thanks to tax-deductible donations from parents like you, MVEF funds programs like weekly art and music classes at every elementary school led by Community School of Music and Arts teachers, hands-on science field trips for every 4th, 5th and 6th grader, garden-based lessons led by Living Classroom, middle school athletics, instrument repair and purchase and more! We need your help to meet our goal to raise $750,000. Learn more at your school’s back to school night or donate today at We have some great community events planned this fall, including next week’s giveback at The Counter! On Thursday the 30th, The Counter will be donating 15% of your bill to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show the attached flyer!

Mountain View Whisman School District seeking interpreters

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking interpreters for parent teacher conferences and translators for report card comments for the 2018-19 school year. Interpreters are needed for Spanish. You must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00pm between October 1 -12th for interpreting at conferences. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $24.00 per hour for their service and $29.00 for IEP’s. Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Email Arline Siam ( for more information.