The Dolphin Whistle

April 25, 2018, Issue 32

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
While we have caterpillars each spring, this spring has been a particularly good one for the caterpillars. Your children all know to stay away from them as some children have an allergic skin reaction. The season will end soon, but in the meantime please remind your child to stay away from the caterpillars here at school and anywhere else around town that they see them.

Third, Fourth, and Fifth Grades will begin state testing in ELA and Math next week. Please do not pick your child up early from school from May 1 - May 11 and be sure that they get a lot of rest and a good breakfast so their brains are working well for them during these important tests. SHOW WHAT YOU KNOW is our motto here at Castro; focus with your children on being proud and confident on these state assessments.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Calendar of Upcoming Events

4/26 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

4/26 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

4/28 Saturday - English Classes for Parents 9:30am 12:00pm MUR

5/2 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

5/3 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/5 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/8 Tuesday - 5th Grade Gala Concert 6:00pm CSMA

5/10 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/12 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/15 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

5/16 Wednesday - Field Trip Stanford University 9:00am - 2:10pm RM's 12 & 16

5/17 Thursday - 5 Star Family Dinner event 6:00pm MUR

5/17 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/19 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/21 Monday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am Staff Lounge

5/23 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm 6:30pm Staff Lounge

5/25 Friday - 5th Grade visiting Middle Schools 8:30am

5/28 Monday - NO SCHOOL/ Memorial Day

5/29 Tuesday - 5th Grade Promotion 10:00am MUR

5/31 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

Friday, June 1st last day of school minimum day, dismissal is 11:55am

Have a great summer!


Student attendance is important: Help students be in school and on time

When we reduce chronic absence we improve graduation rates, increase academic achievement and give young people the best chance at success in their adult life. Read here the FAQs about MVWSD student attendance.

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronic absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, he/she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. MVWSD will contact parents when students reach concerning absence levels. If not remedied, chronically absent students and their families may be referred to the District’s Student Attendance Review Board, in a process similar to how truancy is handled.

Thanks for your assistance and support.


It is CSMA Concert season at our elementary schools! Thanks to donations from parents and community members, the Mountain View Educational Foundation is able to fund in-class music lessons led by Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) music teachers at every elementary school. A 5th-grade teacher had this to say about the program, “The music program helps build confidence, responsibility, and is a great part of our curriculum. The music teachers are knowledgeable, passionate, and they have consistently inspired many students to continue to play their instruments.” Thank you, donors, for your generosity and support. You can learn more and make a donation at Let the music play!

Groundbreaking on April 26: New school on N. Whisman Rd

In 2015, the District Board of Trustees voted to open a neighborhood school in August 2019 next to the former Slater Elementary, at 220 N. Whisman Rd. The District soon will begin construction.
The Board of Trustees officially will break ground for the new school on
Thursday, April 26, 2018. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to mark this important moment! Please confirm your attendance at

MV Parent University presents “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know”

Wed, May 9th, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crittenden Middle School-Multi Room.

Presented by: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, parents will learn to ask the right questions and resources to help, as well as about the QPR/ Question, Persuade, Refer, Suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


· Interpretation (Spanish)

· Child Care

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