The Dolphin Whistle
December 6, 2017, Issue 17
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL LAMBERT
Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
As the December break draws closer, students get more excited about the holidays. Please help your child to stay focused on their work and their good behavior for these last seven days!
This year over the break we will be sending home a reading log for students to record their minutes or pages read. Students are expected to return this reading log, signed by parents, when we return to school on Wed. Jan. 3rd.
THANK YOU TO PTA!
What an amazing PTA event night! Our school community came together to enjoy the First Annual Festival of Lights. Many PTA parents planned this great fundraiser and fun family event and worked hard for several days to make it happen. Excellent tamales, elote, posole, warm punch, taquitos, tostadas, and desserts were for sale and families took pictures with Santa, had great piñata fun, and enjoyed the children's creativity tables. Thank you to the many local businesses that donated the supplies to support our terrific PTA!
STUDENT COUNCIL LEADERS!
Castro's Student Council leaders decorated one of the 10 city trees for Mountain View's Winter Walk at the tree lighting ceremony in Civic Center Plaza. Since we are the Mariano Castro Dolphins, the students chose an ocean colors theme. Thank you to the city of Mountain View for inviting us to participate!
Principal Mariano Castro Elementary
Bring your family and friends, children must be accompanied by an adult.
If Your Child is Absent…
Parents, don't forget to report your student absent, as soon as know the student will be absent.
Please call the attendance line at 650-526-3590. If the office staff does not answer you will be prompted to press 2 and leave a message. Please provide your child’s name, relationship to student, and reason for absence. You may also send us a message through our website at http://castro.mvwsd.org/en/about/absence-report/
What’s an Excused vs Not Excused absence? Illness, doctor’s appointments, bereavement, and certain religious exercises are excused absences. Please see MVWSD board policy for the full list. All other reasons are not considered excused.
If the student is not reported absent, your child will be marked "UNEXCUSED" for that day.
Project Cornerstone Reader Breakfast
Thursday, December 7th
8:30 am in the teacher's lounge
Enjoy breakfast and a chance to socialize with your fellow readers.
Mark your Calendar for the Next Book Meeting:
Thursday, January 4th
8:30am or 6:30pm
Book: When Sophie Gets Angry -- Really, Really, Angry...
Theme: We all get angry, but we can stop, think, and choose our reaction
Calendar of Upcoming Events
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!
1/3 Wednesday - Happy New Year! Welcome Back to school!
FROM THE DISTRICT
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: www.mvwsd.org/register
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 www.mvwsd.org/register.
MVEF is thankful for donors like you!
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!