The Dolphin Whistle

February 28, 2018, Issue 25

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

Parents partnering with our school is very important to every student's success. Next week is another one of those opportunities to participate in your child's education.

March 5 - March 9 is Teacher/Parent Conference Week. We need 100% parent participation in these conferences so please keep your appointment time or communicate as soon as possible if you need to change your time. You will receive your child's report card at the parent conference. The only minimum day that week is the regular Thursday minimum day; on the other days the dismissal time remains the same as usual.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rain forest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come

Project CornerStone

Upcoming Reader Training:

When: Thursday, March 1st

8:30 am in the Teacher's Lounge


7:00 pm room TBD (after the Mistral Science Show)

Book: How Do I Stand In Your Shoes?

The importance of Empathy.

*Translation, Childcare, and Snacks provided.


NO March 29th meeting

Rescheduled for: APRIL 5th at 8:30 am (morning only)

This will be our last meeting of the school year.

Thank you readers! We couldn't do this without you!!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30am & 7:00pm Staff Lounge

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/7 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/8 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/9 Friday - Field Trip Mission Santa Clara 8:45am - 12:40pm RM's 12 & 16

3/13 Tuesday - ELAC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

3/14 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival 2:00pm - 3:30pm Castro

3/14 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/14 Wednesday - PTA Association meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm MUR

3/15 Thursday - MI/CA - FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

3/19 Monday - NO SCHOOL/ Staff Development Day

3/20 Tuesday - MI/CA CSMA Concert 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

3/22 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/28 Wednesday - Castro Open House Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:55am


ThoughtExchange opens on Feb. 28: New school name and principal attributes

In 2015, the Mountain View Whisman School District Board of Trustees voted to open a neighborhood school next to the former Slater Elementary. The District soon will begin construction on a new school on N. Whisman Rd. This new school will open in August 2019 for grades kindergarten through 5.

As we prepare to open this new school, we want to hear your opinions about the important attributes and contributions of the potential person/namesake for this new school, as well as the traits of its new principal.

Look for a link in your email on Feb. 28 to join the ThoughtExchange conversation or visit this link to join in before March 16.

We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year. Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

More information found here:

MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents:

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: "Boys Adrift: Raising Authentic Boys Engaged in School and Life" with Dr. Leonard Sax.
Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm at Los Altos High School Eagle Theater
Drawing upon 26 years of clinical experience and scientific research, Dr. Sax will explore how social, cultural, and biological factors have created an environment that impedes the healthy development of many boys today. Dr. Sax will share concrete strategies to help us as parents connect more deeply with our sons and guide our boys to stay engaged - and grow into productive, self-reliant, authentic young men.

To register for this free event, go to

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 5th

Stevenson PACT School 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12th

Duveneck School 705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto Room 10 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19th

Stevenson PACT School 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 1

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: Thursday, March 1 Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room 1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA

Register: REGISTER ONLINE Questions: