The Dolphin Whistle

January 13th, 2015 - Issue 20

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

As you know from the latest communication from the Superintendent, there had been discussion at the January 7th School Board meeting to change the construction plans for Castro and Mistral. However, since that Board meeting, the district has decided to stay with the recommendation for the original construction plans and not recommend any new proposals. As a reminder, the original construction plans that will be recommended are a new two-story school for Castro on the Toft Ave side and Mistral will be in the modernized buildings on the Escuela Ave side of campus.

If you have any questions about the construction plans, I would be happy to talk with you.

Best regards,
Theresa Lambert
Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

5th Grade - Science Camp is Coming!

Science Camp runs 1/19-1/22 and is for ALL 5th Grade students.

If making a donation is difficult at this time, please make an appointment to speak with Ms. Lambert in person or by phone.

PTA News

For parents of Graham students or future Graham students

We have an opportunity to greatly improve student safety on the way to Graham Middle School.

With 4 lanes, fast cars, and no bike lanes, the road in front of Graham Middle School is not ideal for children getting to school. Three students were struck on their way to school in 2012, and more have been struck since then. In response, Mountain View City Council will be considering a plan to redesign Castro Street from Miramonte to El Camino. This design could turn a hazardous route to school into a safe one.

At 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 9th, city staff will present their design proposal and take input from the public and city council.

Design elements include: protected bike lanes, bulb-outs at crosswalks to reduce crossing distance, blinky lights at mid-block crossings, and the removal of two motor vehicle lanes to calm traffic and make room for the improvements. Lane reductions like this are sometimes called a road diet.

Please consider attending the study session on Feb 9th, and/or emailing city council by Sunday, February 7th (City

This is an opportunity that will benefit students for many years to come. Although middle school may seem far away to those of you with younger children, as a parent of a 4th grader, I can say it comes faster than you might expect :-)

Best regards,

Cherie Walkowiak

Full disclosure: Cherie is a founding member of a community organization called Safe Mountain View, which is dedicated to road designs safe enough for kids to get around by biking and walking

From the District

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Did you know that your children can suffer academically if they miss 10 percent of school days? That works out to just one day every two weeks, and that can happen before you know it. So get your children off to a good start. For more information, see

Have a child who needs some extra help?

Come to the Learning Challenges Resource on Friday, January 22, 6-9 pm at Crittenden Middle School, 1701 Rock St, Mountain View.

​The Learning Challenges Fair is sponsored by the Learning Challenges Committee and the SELPA1-CAC​ Parent Group​. A wide variety of providers will be attending the Fair, including everything from summer camps to speech therapists, social skills to transitional services, tutoring to financial planning. The Regional Center, Parents Helping Parents and several school districts will have representatives there.

Any questions email or call 650-387-6745.

5th Grade Info Night at Crittenden and Graham: Wednesday, February 3

All soon-to-be sixth graders and their families are invited to their respective middle schools on February 3 at 6:30 for an information and Q&A session with administrators and staff. Come and learn more about your neighborhood school and what sixth grade will be like. Check the Crittenden or Graham websites for more information.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

1/18 - MLK Day - No School

1/19 - 1/22: Walden West Outdoor School for 5th grade

1/19 - Tuesday: District Advisory Council Meeting, 6PM-7:30PM, District Office

1/20 - Wednesday: 1st Grade Field Trip to Deer Hollow Farm, 8:50AM-1:35PM
1/21 - Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, District Office
1/21- Thursday FEI begins - Week 1 6:00 PM 8:00 PM

1/27 - Wednesday PTA General Mtg. 6:30 PM 8:00 PM, MUR

1/28 - Thursday Personal Success Assembly 11:45 AM 12:15 PM MUR

2/4 - Thursday Project CornerStone - Staff Lounge 8:40 AM 9:40 AM Staff Lounge

2/4 - Thursday Amigos Kickoff 5:45 PM 8:15 PM, MUR

2/4 - Thursday Project CornerStone - Staff Lounge 6:30 PM 7:30 PM Staff Lounge

2/4 -Thursday MVWSD Board Mtg 7:00 PM 9:00 PM, District Office

2/9 - Tuesday: Deer Hollow Farm Field Trip - Kinder Rms. 20 & 24 8:50 AM-1:30 PM

2/9 - Tuesday: ELAC Meeting 6:00 PM 7:30 PM, MUR

2/15 - 2/19: Winter Break

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