The Dolphin Whistle

November 28, 2018 Issue 15

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

There are twenty school days left until Winter Break! In these 4 weeks students will be working hard on the Trimester 2 standards for their grade. Please help by asking them about their learning each day and providing an area and time for homework each evening.

The second annual PTA Festival of LIghts is on Friday, December 7th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. This is an amazing family event at Castro with piñatas, photos with Santa, delicious latin food, arts and crafts for the kids, and lights everywhere! Please join us to celebrate with other Castro families at this fun-filled event.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert, Principal

Mariano Castro Elementary

Report Cards

Please remember to return the signed report card envelope to your child's teacher asap. If you have any questions about the report card, please schedule a phone call or appointment with the teacher. As always, if you need more information after meeting with the teacher please make an appointment with the Principal.




Welcome Monta Loma Families!

Principal Theresa Lambert and School and Community Engagement Facilitator Ernesto Nassau will be visiting Monta Loma to welcome the Monta Loma families transitioning to Mariano Castro next school year. They will be presenting information about the vision and philosophy of Castro, including family events and activities, and to answer any questions they may have in the Monta Loma library from 6:00pm - 7:00pm on Monday, December 3, 3018.


Community Services Agency (CSA) is having a toy and gift-card distribution in December. To register and for more details, please see the attached flyer.

Castro + Mistral Family Science Night: Build, Engineer, and Invent!

Join us for Family Science Night, brought to you by the Castro and Mistral PTAs. All students, teachers and parents are welcome to attend this event featuring Lawrence Hall of Science, which will give students a hands-on experience at being engineers and inventors.

Do you love science and enjoy having these programs at our school? If so, please volunteer. We need 12 volunteers. Email / call Jana Anders: / 817-320-7738

Calendar of Upcoming Events

11/28 - Wednesday: Districtwide Kinder Information Night - for all schools - @ CA MUR

11/29 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:30am - 1:30pm, MUR

11/29 - Thursday: Personal Success Recognition Assembly 8:00am-8:30am, MUR

11/29 – Thursday: CA/MI Family Science Night – 6:00pm – 8:00pm, MUR

11/30 - Friday: Principal Coffee - 8:00am – 8:30am, MUR

11/30 - Friday: First Grade Field Trip – 8:50am – 12:50pm

12/3 - Wednesday: Information Night for Monta Loma Families Transitioning to Mariano Castro – 6:00pm – 7:00pm, Monta Loma Library

12/4 - Tuesday: Mariano Castro Kinder Information Night - 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

12/5 - Wedneday: School Site Council Meeting - 5:00pm – 6:00pm, Staff Lounge

12/6 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:30am - 1:30pm, MUR

12/6 - Thursday: Board Meeting 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Graham

12/7 - Friday: PTA Festival of Lights 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

12/7 - Friday: Classroom Tours for Incoming Kinders / New Students, 8:45am- 9:45am

12/13- Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:30am - 1:30pm, MUR

12/14 – Friday: 4th Grade Field Trip - 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

12/14 - Friday: Castro/Mistral Soccer Event 6:00pm - 8:00pm

12/19 – Wednesday: Kinder Field Trip – 8:45am -10:20am

12/20 – Thursday: First Grade Field Trip – 9:00am – 11:00am

12/20 – Thursday: Mariano Castro Family Movie Night, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, MUR

12/24 – 1/7/2019 – Winter Break

District News

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Get a glimpse here of the dynamic learning that happens in each of our schools.

New visitor/volunteer sign-in system

After the Thanksgiving Break, we'll be rolling out new electronic visitor/volunteer sign-in systems at our schools. The new system will increase security by alerting staff to any potential concerns, as well as improve the accuracy and efficiency of the sign-in process. Instead of signing in on the book on the counter, you will be able to show your ID at the kiosk and have a visitor badge printed for you. There will be an extra step the first time you sign in yourself or your child (ex. after a doctor’s appointment) because the system will require a form of ID, such as a driver’s license; however, it will remember your information for the next time you sign in. Thank you for your patience as we learn to use the new system that will upgrade security at our schools.

STEMtastic online discussion is open

STEM education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is important for our students. The Mountain View Whisman School District is exploring what STEM opportunities the District can provide to students so that they feel prepared for high school, college and beyond.

We are exploring this topic through this open-ended, online exchange of ideas. Please check your email for the link at which you can share your input on what are the most important considerations we should keep in mind as we plan for future science, technology, engineering and math curriculum in MVWSD. Middle school students and staff members will be participating in their own version of this online discussion.

Apply for preschool now!

The award-winning MVWSD Preschool Program is currently accepting applications for both free, state preschool and fee-based spaces for the 2019-20 school year. The enrollment process will begin February 2019. We will be offering part-day and full-day classes to children who will be at least 2 years and 9 months old by September 1, 2019 until they are age eligible for kindergarten. Fee-based and full-day spaces will fill fast, so apply now! For more info go to

School meetings coming up. Open Enrollment for new MVWSD students starts Jan. 7.

Kindergarten information nights for neighborhood elementary schools are at 6 p.m. on Dec. 4. Please click here for a list of these events.

If your child turns 5 years old between September 2 – December 2 of the current school year, he/she may qualify for transitional kindergarten (TK). The info night for TK parents is December 11 at 6:00 PM at Theuerkauf Elementary.

For NEW students: Open Enrollment is from January 7-February 3 online. You can register your child for the 2019-20 school year when online registration opens on January 7 here: For CURRENT students in transitional kindergarten-7th grade: Parents will be asked by email to confirm enrollment in January 7 - February 3.

For more information, call 650-526-3500 or go to

MVEF news

MVEF hopes you have noticed some new checkmarks on their signs outside the schools. Thanks to the hard work and dialing fingers of volunteers, board members, Superintendent Rudolph, and several principals at the Phoneathon, money was raised to ensure that every child in our district has access to art, music, hands-on science, athletics and more. If you missed the call, you can support your child and every child. Donate today at