Castro Connections

May 5, 2015 - Issue 34

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

State testing continues this week for 3rd through 5th grade. The students and staff are working hard, and except for one day where the entire state system had a glitch, the testing process has been fairly smooth. As always, please be sure your child is here exactly on time and that they are well-rested.

Once again, we would like to thank all parents and family members who have volunteered at all this school year. April is National Volunteer Appreciation month and we honored all of you at our annual event last Thursday. For those who couldn't make the event, please know that all of us are truly appreciative of the time you commit to supporting your children and supporting Castro.

Best Regards,

~Theresa Lambert, Principal

~Marcela Simões de Carvalho, Asst. Principal

Castro Site Planning Council Update (CSPC)

The CSPC will be making name recommendations to the Board at their May 7th meeting. On May 21st there will be a public hearing, and then the Board will review and act on the School Naming agenda item. After that, both schools will choose new mascots and school colors.
The architect firm will be meeting with CSPC on May 6th to present and discuss the updated school plans.

Traditional Program School PTA

On Tuesday, May 12th there will be an informational meeting for all Traditional Program parents, presented by the regional PTA. The meeting will be from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the MUR. At the end of the meeting and until Friday, May 15th, nominations for officers will be taken.

It's Staff Appreciation Week!

Please take a few moments this week to encourage your child to express some words of appreciation to each of the staff members that are so dedicated to the success of your child and your child's school.


Castro’s 4th grade Girl Scouts are collecting donations to help kids entering foster care who often enter the system with nothing of their own. We are looking for:

Bath towel

Bath Wash*


Brush and Comb

Children’s Toothbrush


Socks / underwear

Jacket, sweater, or sweatshirt

Small stuffed toy

Storybook or Book


* 6 oz. or below please

Please place your donation in the green bin in the Castro office. Thank you for helping us with our project - we are learning how to use our power to make a difference in our community!


  • 5/06 CSPC Meeting, 6PM-7:30PM, Staff Lounge
  • 5/07 Staff and Teacher Appreciation Day (PTA)
  • 5/07 Mountain View Police Station Field Trip, 8:45AM-11:00AM, Rooms 7 & 11
  • 5/08 Palo Alto Jr Museum & Zoo Field Trip, 9:30AM-1:30PM, Rooms 23 & 24
  • 5/11 ALL Parent Meeting (Traditional Program and Dual Immersion) Architect Design Review, 6:30PM-7:30PM, MUR
  • 5/12 Traditional Program Parent Meeting Forming PTA 2015-2016, 6:30PM, MUR
  • 5/12 Castro Garden Gathering, 8:30AM OR 6:30PM (child care will be provided), Staff Lounge
  • 5/12 LCC Coffee 8:30 a.m. Castro Office
  • 5/13 5th Grade Musical Performance (Band Gala) 7PM-9PM, California School of Music & Arts
  • 5/14 Mountain View Police Station Field Trip, 8:45AM-11AM, Rooms 4, 8 & 12
  • 5/14 DI 3rd -5th Grade Families: Introducing Biblionasium, 6Pm-8PM, MUR
  • 5/15 Palo Alto Jr Museum & Zoo Field Trip, 9:30AM-1:30PM, Room 22
  • 5/15 Deer Hollow Farm Field Trip, 8:45AM-12:15PM, Rooms 2 & 3
  • 5/17 Dia del Niño/Dia del Libro, Castro Blacktop, 2PM-5PM
  • 5/18 Castro SSC, 4PM-5PM, Staff Lounge
  • 5/18 Stanford Field Trip (All 4th graders), 8:30AM-2PM, Rooms 15, 16, 19, 26
  • 5/18 Reclassification Celebration Ceremony, 6:30PM-8PM, Crittenden Middle School Pavillion
  • 5/19 SSC Meeting for Traditional Program, 6:15PM-7:45PM, Staff Lounge
  • 5/19 Author Nathan Hale School Visit, 9:20AM-12:15PM (Rooms 14, 15, 17 & 18)
  • 5/19 District Advisory Council Meeting, 6PM-7:30PM, at District Office
  • 5/19 5th Grade Musical Performance (Strings Gala) 7PM-9PM, California School of Music & Arts
  • 5/20 Castro Site Planning Committee Meeting, 6:30PM-7:30PM,
  • 5/21 Public Hearing - School Naming Recommendations, 7PM, District Office
  • 5/22 Middle School visits for 5th grades
  • 5/22 MINIMUM DAY for all grades
  • 5/25 Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL
  • 5/27 Deer Hollow Farm Field Trip, 8:45AM-12:15PM, Rooms 1, 34 & 35
  • 5/28 Monthly Student Recognition Assembly (TK/Kinder & 1st graders), 8:35AM-9:05AM, MUR
  • 5/28 DI SSC, 5PM-6:15PM, Staff Lounge
  • 5/29 MINIMUM DAY
  • 5/29 Monthly Student Recognition Assembly (2nd & 3rd graders), 8:35AM-9:05AM, MUR
  • 5/29 Adopt a Barrel Ice Cream Social, 12:30PM-1:15PM (Minimum Day)
  • 6/1 Monthly Student Recognition Assembly (4th & 5th graders), 2:30PM-3PM, MUR
  • 6/2 3rd Grade Market Day, 2PM-3PM
  • 6/2 New Kinder Family Potluck, 5:30PM-7:30PM
  • 6/5 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10AM-Noon
  • 6/5 Last Day of School

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