The Dolphin Whistle

October 4, 2017, Issue 8

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

Walkathon and Parent Conferences!

This Friday is our Annual Castro/Mistral Walkathon! It begins at 2:00 p.m. and ends at 6 p.m. The students will receive their walkathon T-shirt that morning. There will be lots of delicious food for sale and I hope to see you all at this major school event.

Parent conferences are next week and it is very important that you keep your appointment. Please contact us asap to reschedule if necessary as I am requiring all teachers to have 100% parent attendance at conferences.

See you Friday at the Walkathon!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

No After school classes October 6 - 13

There are no afterschool classes Oct 6-13 becase of Walkt-a-thon (Oct 6) and parent/teacher conferences (Oct 9-13).


This event is tomorrow Thursday, October 5th.
All students who walk, bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet!
If you live too far away to walk all the way you can find a safe place to park close to school and walk the rest of the way. Join in the fun to reduce traffic, help keep our school safer and help keep the air cleaner.

Project Cornerstone

The Project Cornerstone reader training this month is Thursday, October 5th at either 8:30am or 6:30pm for one hour. We provide childcare, Spanish translation, and snacks! October's book is Giraffe's Can't Dance. The theme is the power of optimism and positive self-talk, such as saying, "I CAN!" instead of "I can't." There is still time to become a Project Cornerstone Reader. Please contact Sarah McPhie or Dana Palmer and we can help get you started. Read a book, change a life.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

10/4 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge
10/5 Thursday - Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30am Staff Lounge
10/6 Friday - Annual Walkathon 2:00pm - 6:00pm Mariano Castro
10/7 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR
10/9 - 10/13 Parent Teacher Conference Week, Minimum Days: dismissal 11:55am all week
10/10 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
10/10 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30 pm Staff Lounge
10/10 Tuesday - Pictures MakeUp Day
10/13 Friday - Field Trip Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts 8:30am - 11:00am
RM's 9 & 13
10/13 Friday - Field Trip Marine Science Institute 7:00am - 12:40pm RM's 107 & 110
10/14 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR
10/17 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
10/17 Tuesday - CuriOdyssey Field Trip 8:15am - 1:15pm RM's 10 & 14
10/18 Wednesday - Field Trip to Samsung Developer Conference 8:30am - 3:00pm
RM's 9 & 10
10/21 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR
10/24 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
10/24 Tuesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge
10/25 Wednesday - Field Trip Mountain View Library 8:45am - 10:20am RM's 112 & 113
10/26 Thursday - Personal Awards Assembly 11:15am MUR


Walkathon (WAT)

The Walkathon is a fun annual event for students and families. This year it is on October 6th from 2:00-6:00 pm.

Donations are necessary, from the public, in order to raise money for Castro. Please invest some time with your child(ren) to help them get sponsors or pledges for the school. Your child can ask family, friends, neighbors, and the community for these funds. Each student is asked to bring in $125.00.

How does my student ask for donations? Your child can ask for donations by saying 3 simple sentences.

1. My name is (first name only) and I go to Castro School.

2. (SMILE and say) I am going to be in the Walkathon!

3. Would you like to donate to my school?

How do I help my child answer questions that people may ask? You can remind them of the answer, but encourage your student to answer the question.

How should my child answer the question, “How much do I donate?” People can donate any dollar amount they choose. If they are not sure your child can recommend a $2, $5, and $10.00 donation. It is a flat rate to be given at the time the student asks, and it is tax deductible. (See the Tax I.D. # on the green sheet.)

How should my child answer the question, “What is the money used for at school?” The money raised from this fundraiser is used for library books, field trips, and special learning programs for Castro students.

How do I help all of my children to get sponsors/pledges? Your children can take turns asking people until a donation is received. Write the name and dollar amount donated on that child’s green sheet. You should have an envelope to collect each child’s money and a pen to write on the green sheet. (The Parent should hold the pen & envelopes to keep the funds safe.) Remind your student that many people will say no before someone says, “Yes” to them. The important idea is to raise funding for Castro School, and to have your student ask for the donation.

How are people expected to pay? The money can be paid by cash or check. Please have checks made payable to, “Castro PTA.”

Make sure the student thanks everybody that they ask, even if they did not receive a donation.

Box Tops for Education

Castro is collecting Box Tops for Education to raise money for our school. Please look for them on food packages. Cut them out and keep them in the corner of a kitchen drawer. You can use a baggie or envelope to collect Box Tops and return them to school. The Office and the classrooms have collection boxes. Remember to turn them in soon. Our first deadline is 10/27.


MV Parent U: “10 Steps to a Healthy Family

Mountain View Parent U presents “10 Steps to a Healthy Family: Help with Nutrition” on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by the Healthier Kids Foundation of Santa Clara County, parents will learn about getting the most out of mealtimes with kids, nutritional choices that help children focus in schools and positive lifestyle habits without a focus on body shape or weight.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources! Food will be available for purchase before the event.


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

Register here

Thank you donors! MVEF secured its challenge grant!

MVEF is thrilled to announce that, thanks to generous donations from more than 250 families and community members, MVEF has surpassed their first goal of the year, securing their challenge grant. The challenge funds come from three generous $25,000 corporate matching grants from Google, Hoven Foundation, and LinkedIn, and community partners including Hibser Yamauchi Architects. The grant matched, dollar-for-dollar, donations from supporters through September 30, 2017, allowing donors to double the impact of their contribution. Thank you for your support in helping us secure over $75,000 in matching funds to support our students.

Have not donated yet? Avoid the call and donate now!

Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education. In 2016-2017, MVEF funded more than $737,000 of core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports that would not exist without generous donations to MVEF! Please don't forget to donate this school year by clicking here:

MVEF will be holding its annual phone-a-thon on October 25th, so donate today to avoid the call!

MVEF’s new director: Melissa Armanini

Melissa Armanini has joined the Mountain View Educational Foundation as the new Executive Director. Melissa brings over 10 years of sales, marketing and event management experience. She has also been a dedicated volunteer in various capacities over the last decade at her children’s schools (Castro Elementary and Graham Middle School), as well as at MVEF. “I’m thrilled to join MVEF to further its mission of providing all MVWSD students with a well-rounded education that includes art, music, STEM, electives and sports,” says Melissa. “Both my children were active in the sports and music programs funded by MVEF, so I have seen first-hand the value this important foundation provides to our students.”

Free MVLA Speaker series workshop: “Why Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring A Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships”

Dr. Gabor Maté, M.D., is highly sought after internationally for his expertise on a range of wellness topics including ADHD, stress, childhood development, and addiction. Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights as an experienced physician to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers parents seeking stronger, more meaningful connection with their children.

Thursday, October 12, 2017, 7:00 pm at Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre


​Registration link​: