The Dolphin Whistle

December 6, 2017, Issue 17

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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.


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!


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!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Movie Night

Come watch the "Emoji movie" tomorrow Thursday, December 7th. in the MUR
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

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 Cornestone

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

Teacher's Lounge

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!


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

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!