The Dolphin Whistle

September 23rd, 2015 - Issue 6

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Mariano Castro/Gabriela Mistral Walkathon is on Friday, October 9th! This is a family event and we hope to see all families there supporting the students, enjoying the food, and silent auction, and getting to know each other! Pledge sheets went home with students on Friday. Please support your child in obtaining pledges for walking as the money that Castro students raise in pledges goes directly to Castro PTA. The PTA supports activities such as field trips and helps to buy library books and instructional materials. Thank you again to those who have already volunteered to help on this important day!

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert, Principal Mariano Castro

Silent Auction Needs Your Donations - Deadline 9/25!

Please donate to Mariano Castro's one and only annual fundraiser. Last year, the Silent Auction raised almost 20% of the Walk-A-Thon goal! We need your help to succeed and fund student field trips, gardens around our campus and put books in our library!

  • Please consider a donation of Gift Cards - i.e. Local Restaurants, Target, Starbucks, Amazon
  • Consider a donation of vacation rental, event tickets (49er's, Giants, Earthquakes), Great America passes
  • Please donate new unwrapped toys/books for Gift Baskets - i.e. LEGO, craft kits, Spanish versions of Diary of Wimpy Kid
  • Please Host a Party for 5-10 students - i.e. Movie Night, Pizza Party
  • Smaller items will be bundled into baskets, so everything helps!

There are donation boxes in the office or contact Blandia Diaz (650) 669-6363.

Thank you in advance.
The Silent Auction Team

Walkathon October 9 - 2 ½ Weeks to go!

Walking Together is Fun

Permission Form

If you haven’t already, please turn in permission forms NOW.

T-Shirt $ Donation

Thank you parents who already donated. We are almost there.

Pledge Form

Last week you got the Yellow Sponsor sheet. This is how students raise money for the event. Tips: Ask neighbors, friends, and family, to make a flat rate

Sponsor Sheets and Money Due Friday, October 23
Goal: $125 per student


Look for the signup sheet on the wall at the front of school or take a moment and Check with Lizbeth at 650.281.8682 or Suzanne at 408.204.2716.

Parents can also sign up on Tuesdays at 8AM by the playground.

Silent Auction Donations

Bring in your silent Auction donations to the office by Friday September 25 or contact Blandina Diaz (650.669.6363).

Kinder Potluck on September 29th from 6:30-8:30pm

What is it: An opportunity for all kindergarten families to come together to celebrate your child’s first year at Castro.

· The potluck will be held at the picnic tables in the kinder area.

· We will provide plates, utensils, and drinks.

· It would be appreciated if each family could bring a dish to share.

· Come and celebrate with us and other kinder parents!

Mistral/Castro Gardening is underway—Join Us!

The first Garden Help day on September 15th was a great success! Thanks to parents and friends of the Garden for helping with clearing and readying 4 1/2 beds for the Fall planting season and upcoming Living Classroom lessons. Children in Ms. Lu’s TK class immediately used one of the beds the next day for exploration during their “Nature Rangers” activity in the Garden!

Parent participation makes all the difference. Another Garden Help Day is scheduled for October 10th, 10am – noon. Please join us, if only for a few minutes to introduce ourselves, visit the fenced Garden and see what exciting things are happening!

Incoming Kinder parents have shown great interest in adopting the planters outside their classrooms. LYNN OWANO will be coordinating this planting. A sign up sheet will be posted outside the Kinder classrooms to sign up for a planting day. Other Mariano Castro students/families that wish to care for the barrels in front of their classroom can contact Shelly Kosak (

The Garden is looking for caretakers of the following: replanting and reviving our rose bushes; replanting and expanding our succulents collection; a native plants coordinator; building an additional arbor for the vigorous native grape vine, among many other projects!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

9/24 – Thursday: Personal Success Assembly, 11:45am-12:15pm, MUR

9/24 – Thursday: PIQUE Meeting, 6pm-8pm, MUR

9/28 – Monday: Parent Coffee, 8:30am-9:30am, Staff Lounge

9/28 – Monday: ELAC Meeting, 6pm-8pm, MUR

9/29 – Tuesday: Picture Day

9/29 – Tuesday: Kinder Welcome Potluck, 6pm-8pm, Kinder tables on the blacktop

9/30- Wednesday: PTA General Meeting, 6:30pm-8pm, MUR

10/1 – Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:40am-9:40am, Staff Lounge

10/8 – Thursday MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-9pm, DO

108 - Thursday: PIQUE Meeting, 6-8pm, MUR

10/9 – Friday: Walkathon

10/12 to 10/16 - Parent-Teacher Conference at Mariano Castro, Minimum Days for Students

10/20 – Tuesday: ELAC Meeting, 6pm-7:30pm, MUR

10/30 – Friday: 5th Grade field trip to the Tech Museum, 8:30am-2:30pm

Flyers for This Week