The Dolphin Whistle

December 16th, 2015 - Issue 18

Winter Break December 21-January 5th! School resumes January 6th!!

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

During these two weeks of vacation, I sincerely hope that you enjoy this time with your family. Vacation time is a great opportunity to connect even more with your children. For those that celebrate these holidays, I wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Best regards,
Theresa Lambert
Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

No School Monday, Jan. 4th and Tuesday, Jan. 5th

There is no school for students on January 4th and 5th - however, the teachers and Principal will be here hard at work participating in Professional Development to enhance our instructional program.

The office is closed on Monday, January 4th.

Nutrition Classes Start January 13th!

Join us for the Santa Clara County Nutrition Classes for Parents, held here at Castro!

1/13: Wednesday from 6:15-7:15
2/24: Wednesday from 6:15-7:15
3/16: Wednesday from 6:15-7:15
4/20: Wednesday from 6:15-7:15
5/18: Wednesday from 6:15-7:15

Parents will go to the MUR and children will go to the Staff Lounge. We hope you'll join us!

Last Chance to Check the Lost and Found!

Did your student lose their hat or jacket in school? Please come and check the lost and found before Friday, December 18th at the end of the school day.

What happens after Friday, December 18th?

Any unclaimed items will be donated.

I need to look for my student's sweater! Where’s the Lost & Found?

Our Lost & Found is in the front office, and it consists of a rack and a green bin.

My student's hat isn't there! Is there somewhere else I could look for it?

If it’s been turned into the office, it goes into the Lost & Found. We don’t have a second Lost & Found location.

How do I help my student keep track of their stuff?

We suggest putting the student’s name or initials on the inside of clothing, backpacks, or books. Avoid having the student bring anything expensive or unnecessary items to school.

PTA News

Castro Spirit Wear Sales

Last Tuesday, the Castro Spirit Wear Committee hosted three sales. There was a large gathering and many items were sold at the school drop-off and pick-up times.

This year the Committee has brought these Hoodies and T-shirts to the Castro families at cost. Spirit Wear is not currently a fundraiser for the Castro PTA. In the coming year, Spirit Wear will again help the PTA as a minimal fundraiser. Our goal is to provide quality clothing and items at an affordable price and help support the Castro PTA.

If you would like to help on the Spirit Wear Committee please contact the PTA Parent Lead, Trudy Wilson at or call/text (408) 903-7134 or contact Evelyn in the school office.

You will have more opportunities to get your Castro Dolphin Spirit Wear in the New Year. The Committee is planning to add new items before the end of this school year. The dates and details of all future sales will be posted in the Dolphin Whistle. Hooray Castro Dolphins!!!

Box Tops and Labels for Education

You can save Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education during Winter Break. This is also a good opportunity to ask family and neighbors to start cutting and saving the coupons in a baggie for your child’s school. Look on all can labels, bags, and boxes of the products that you use. Clip them and turn them in! Every donation helps Castro School. Remember to look for Bonus Coupons on selected items and cut them out too. This is easy money for our school. Start saving today!

District News

Thank you donors, thank you Google

Thank you to all the donors who helped MVEF receive the full amount for the Google Challenge Grant for MVEF! With $413,568 received between Aug. 1 and Dec. 9 from new and returning donors, Google Inc. will be providing a match of $400,000 to support students in the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Join us to celebrate at the Spring Gala! Mark your calendars: the MVEF Spring Gala will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016. This event brings the community together to celebrate our schools and support our students. Event details will be announced in the new year.

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House

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

Mentor Tutor Connection needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Come hear about how you can support youth in our community. There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do. Bring a friend!

Date: Wednesday, January 13th

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

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room

1299 Bryant Avenue, Mountain View, CA



Bond Oversight Committee

The Mountain View Whisman School District is seeking qualified persons to serve on a committee of community leaders, as the independent Bond Oversight Committee for the District's Measure G Bond Program. Applications are due by 2:00pm on Friday, January 8, 2016. Applications can be mailed to: Mountain View Whisman School District, Attn: Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer, 750-A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043 or faxed to 650-9645-8907.

A complete copy of the application is available online at

Currently, the District is seeking two (2) members to fill the current BOC vacancies and is only accepting applications for those interested parties to fill the Business Representative or the Taxpayer Organization Member positions.

If you have any questions, please call Dr. Robert Clark, Associate Superintendent/Chief Business Officer at 650-526-3500.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

12/16 - Wednesday: Observation of 5th grade music class, 1-2PM, 5th grade classrooms

12/17 - Thursday: Personal Success Assembly, 11:45-12:15PM, MUR

12/17 - Thursday: Castro Movie Night, 5:30-7:30PM, MUR

12/18 - Friday: First Grade Trip to Mountain View Academy, 8:45-12:10PM

12/18 - Friday: Pajama Day!

12/21-1/5 - December break - No School!

1/6 - Wednesday: Classes begin

1/7 - Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:40-9:40AM, Staff Lounge

1/7 - Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting, 6:30-7:30PM, Staff Lounge

1/11- Monday: Marine Science Institute Field Trip - Rms. 15 & 16, 9:00 AM1:45 PM

1/11 - Monday: DELAC Meeting, 5:30PM-8:30PM, District Office

1/12 - Tuesday: ELAC Meeting, 6:00-7:30, MUR

1/13 - Wednesday: Nutrition classes begin, 6:15-7:15PM, MUR (parents) and Staff Lounge (students)

1/14 - Thursday: WAT Celebration on the blacktop, 12:30 PM1:00 PM

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 PM9:00 PM, District Office

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