The Dolphin Whistle

November 14, 2018 Issue 14

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REMINDER: Thanksgiving Break. There is no school on Wednesday November 21, Thursday November 22, Friday November 23.


Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

As report cards come out this week, it is an important time to help your child focus on what has gone well so far this year and to set goals for the next couple of months. Both short-term and long-term goals help students to be motivated and feel a sense of purpose. Even if their goals change frequently, research shows us that it is the ability to set a goal that helps them to be successful throughout school and in their future. Please take some time to have conversations with your children about their goals for their near future and for when they are older.

Here at school, students set goals for their success on assignments and on assessments. When they look at their results they reflect on what they did well and what they would like to improve for next time. You have probably seen these goal binders during Back to School night or at parent conferences.

By emphasizing goals both at school and at home, the children develop this skill of goal setting until it becomes second-nature to be a positive, forward-thinking individual!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert, Principal

Mariano Castro Elementary





CSA of Mountain View is offering free legal consultation on IMMIGRATION and CITIZENSHIP every week. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

FREE English Classes for Parents

We are happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are offered at Mariano Castro. Come to Castro's Teachers' Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. to register. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. All levels and all home languages are welcome. Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Check the flyer for class schedule.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

11/15 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:00am - 1:30pm, MUR

11/15 - Thursday: PIQE, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, MUR

11/16 - Friday: 4th Grade Field Trip 6:00am - 6:00pm

11/20 - Tuesday: 3rd Grade Field Trip, 8:30am- 1:00pm

11/21 - Wednesday: PTA ALL Parent Meeting 6:30pm - 8:00pm, MUR

11/21-11/23: NO SCHOOL Wed, Thurs, Fri - Vacation

11/27 - Tuesday: PIQE Graduation Ceremony, 6:00pm - 8:00pm, Graham

11/29 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:00am - 1:30pm, MUR

11/29 - Thursday: Personal Success Recognition Assembly 8:00am-8:30am, MUR

12/4 - Tuesday: Castro Kinder Information Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

12/6 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:00am - 1:30pm, MUR

12/6 - Thursday: Board Meeting 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Graham

12/7 - Friday: Festival of Lights in the evening, Blacktop

12/7 - Friday: Castro Kinder Classroom Tours for New Students 8:45am- 9:45am

12/13- Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:00am - 1:30pm, MUR

12/14 - Friday: Castro/Mistral Soccer Event 6:00pm - 8:00pm





District News

Check out your school’s video!

Get a glimpse here of the dynamic learning that happens in each of our schools.

We want to hear from you! District survey closes Friday

Please respond before Friday to the MVWSD Climate Survey open for staff, parents and students in grades 5 and 7. Additionally, students in grades 6 and 8 will take a social-emotional survey of critical skills and mindsets that enable school success. Your responses provide information beyond test scores that helps us improve our schools.

This survey is administered online through Panorama Education. Your answers to the survey are confidential and compiled by Panorama, a third party. Your honest feedback is very important. Personal results will not be identifiable.

Look for an email invitation in your inbox on Nov. 5 and Nov. 13 from MVWSD. The subject line will be: "Request for your feedback!"

Thank you in advance for your input.

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

An information night for students new to the District to explain the registration process, is on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 5:30 p.m. (Spanish) and 7 p.m. (English) at Castro Elementary School, 500 Toft St.

Kindergarten information nights for individual schools are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4 for all elementary schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

If you are interested in the District's choice schools, information nights are (Click here for details):
Gabriela Mistral: Dual Spanish/English Immersion: December 17 at 5:30 PM.
Stevenson: Parent and Child Together: December 12 at 6:00-7:00 PM.

There are a variety of school and program information nights, events and tours coming up in the next few weeks at the elementary schools. These nights are good opportunities for new families and for those transitioning to new neighborhood schools to learn about a particular school or program, including choice schools. Please click here for a list of these events.

*Important: MVWSD’s elementary school boundaries have changed for the 2019-20 year. If you are new to the District, please click here to confirm your child’s school of residence.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

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

Parent Chat: Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child?

1) Parent Coffees for Special Education and Learning Challenges will be held at Stevenson Elementary on 11/5 at 8:40, Theuerkauf Elementary on 11/9 at 8:45, Egan Junior High on 11/14 at 9. SELPA 1 CAC will be presenting at Springer PTA meeting on 11/8 at 7:30 pm.

2) Parent Chat: Peer to Peer Support For Parents of Teens 14+

Come join a support group hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC
7:00-8:30PM, second Tuesday of every month

Los Altos Library Orchard Room
13 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos

3) SELPA 1 CAC's December General meeting will be Thursday, 12/6 at 9:30 am at MVLA District Board Room 1299 Bryant Street, Mountain View.

Aladdin at Crittenden Middle School

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7 pm on November 15th through 17th. A 2 pm matinee is also available on November 18th.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.