The Dolphin Whistle

August 23, 2017, Issue 2

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

Castro Back to School Night is THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST. Mistral's and other district elementary schools' are Wed. August 23rd, but Castro's Back to School Night is THURSDAY, AUGUST 31ST.

The first week of school has been terrific and it is wonderful to see the excitement in the children. This week's Eclipse Viewing was another wonderful time to see the children get excited about learning. It was an amazing experience for adults and children alike. If you haven't already, please ask your child about the solar eclipse.

I will see you all at Back to School Night on Thurs., August 31st so we meet our goal of 100% parent attendance!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

2017-2018 ELAC Officers!

Would you like to be President or Vice President of ELAC? ELAC is our English Learner Advisory Council. ELAC is open to all parents of students learning English. The major responsibilities of ELAC are to inform the School Site Council of ELAC recommendations for actions for the school plan, to review attendance, to determine the needs of the school through a needs assessment, to review the academic progress of English Learner students, and to review the reclassification process and data.

We will hold elections at the Sept. 12, 2017 ELAC Meeting at 6:00 p.m. in the MUR. If you are interested in learning more about being an Officer of ELAC please contact Ms. Lambert or Ernesto Nassau at school.

Back to School Night August 31st 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Back to School Night this year is Thursday, August 31st. Note that this is a different night than Mistral's. Our goal is to have 100% family attendance at Back to School Night so please be sure to save this date!

Test score reports coming home soon

Each spring, California students participate in the statewide testing program, the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The tests in CAASPP provide information to teachers, parents/guardians, and students about grade-level progress and readiness for college and career.

Your child’s score report has been or will be sent home to you as it’s received from the state. Look for your child’s score report to come home in the mail to you in the next couple of weeks.

To see how to read the report, see this video here:

Understanding Student Score Reports - English

Calendar of Upcoming Events

8/25 Friday - Room Parent Meeting 8:10am - 9:00am Staff Lounge
8/28 Monday - PTA Family Potluck for Kinder thru 1st Grade 5:30pm - 7:30pm MUR
8/29 Tuesday - School Site Counsel (SSC) 3:30pm - 5:00pm Staff Lounge
8/29 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
8/30 Wednesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge
8/31 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 11:15am - 11:45am MUR
8/31 Thursday - Mariano Castro - Back to School Night 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

9/5 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
9/7 Thursday - Project CornerStone Meeting 8:00am -10:00am Staff Lounge
9/12 Tuesday - Picture Day MUR
9/12 Tuesday - School Site Counsel (SSC) 3:30pm - 5:00pm Staff Lounge
9/12 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge
9/12 Tuesday - ELAC 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR
9/13 Wednesday - PTA Family Potluck for 2nd and 3rd Graders 5:30pm - 7:30pm MUR
9/19 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
9/19 Tuesday - PTA Potluck for 4th and 5th Graders 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR


Open PTA Positions

This year the Event Coordinator position is open. We need to fill this as soon as possible to start our events for the students. Please contact Fernanda Brant (650) 669-2280 in Spanish or Trudy Wilson in English to learn more.

Volunteers Needed

There are many small jobs that need volunteers. Please consider a small duty. Do you have 30 minutes or 1-2 hours per week. If you work a lot, maybe you can help for one day each month. The students and the parents, like you, depend on the PTA to provide safe and fun activities, and to raise money to fund programs that we need at Castro School. Contact the office and ask about volunteering. You will be put in touch with someone to help find the job that works for you, your time schedule, and your interests. The best schools have the best parents! Volunteer this year.

Box Tops for Education

Box Tops are a great way to earn more money for Castro school! Please collect as many of them as you can. Ask your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers to donate them for your child’s school. It is amazing how fast they add up and turn into money for Mariano Castro Elementary. Collect and turn them in to the collection box in your child’s classroom or in the Castro Office. The submission date is Friday, October 27, 2017. Keep collecting Box Tops in the corner of your drawer all year long!



In the event that the school is closed prematurely (at the discretion of the Superintendent), due to an emergency such as a large fire, earthquake, power failure, chemical spill, etc., parents must be aware that the following procedures will be followed for the safety of all:

1. No student will be released from school unless a parent (or authorized adult designated by the parent) comes for that student.

2. No student will be bussed home from school, unless it has been established that the parent or a responsible adult is at home to receive the student.

3. No child will be allowed to leave with another person (even a babysitter, relative, or neighbor) unless the school has written permission on file, or that person is listed on the student’s emergency record in the school files. Because of this, it is imperative that your child’s records are up-to-date. Please take time to ensure that they are.

4. All parents or authorized adults who come to the school for their children must sign them out.

5. Parents or authorized adults should bring picture I.D. and be prepared to show it. This may seem like a nuisance, but it is important for your child’s safety. Please stay calm and cooperative for the protection of all staff and students on site.

6. The school is prepared to care for your children in the event that you cannot be notified or are unable to respond to the school. We have several staff members trained to administer first-aid and have set up an infrastructure to deal with emergencies. If necessary, we will set up temporary shelter or relocate the students to another facility.

7. Do not phone the school (including teachers, secretaries, principal, or staff members). The school must have all telephone lines open for out-going emergency calls.

8. If you normally drive to the school, please park away from the school grounds and walk in. If you live within walking distance, leave your car at home.

9. Do not interfere with the staff. Each teacher or staff member has been assigned an Incident Response role, and is responsible to carrying out his/her emergency duties. In some cases, your child’s teacher may have much larger responsibilities than monitoring his/her classroom. (If this is the case, other staff members are assigned to assume the roles of these teachers.)

10. If you have first aid or emergency skills, trade skills, or child supervisory skills and wish to volunteer, you need to check in with Incident Commander (usually the principal) at your school first. Please do not assume a role that has not been assigned to you.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - September 13th

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date: Wednesday, September 13th

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm (lunch included)

Location: El Camino YMCA

2400 Grant Road, Mountain View, CA



Help MVEF Raise Money by Dining Out!

Help MVEF Raise Money by Dining Out!

Thanks to our partners, you can present this flyer here (on your phone or printed) to the restaurants listed below during the day and time listed, and 15-20% of your bill will be donated to the Mountain View Educational Foundation! It’s that easy!

• 8/24 All Day - Baskin Robbins, 1249 W. El Camino Real, Mountain View

• 8/24 from 4-10 pm - Frankie, Johnnie & Luigi Too! Mountain View

• 8/26 from 7:30 am to 2:30 pm - Hobee’s Restaurant on Central Expressway

• 8/29 All Day - The Counter Mountain View

• 8/30 All Day - Eureka! Mountain View

Can’t join us but want to help? Text MVEF to 50155 or go to


For the past few years, our district has provided interpreter services to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English. We have been able to provide interpreters for parent-teacher conferences every fall. We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in Spanish. If you are a fluent speaker of English and Spanish, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her. The interpreters must be available most weekday afternoons from 12:30-4:00 p.m. between October 2nd and 13th. All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. Interpreters are needed year-round but specifically during conference weeks, possibly for IEP’s and on an as-needed basis. Interpreters receive $20.00 per hour for their service and $25.00 for IEP’s.