The Dolphin Whistle

April 20- Issue 32


Dear Parents,

Did you know there are just 43 days left in this school year? These are very important days as there are still many concepts to learn and projects to complete. You can help by talking to your child every day about his/her learning and asking them to explain to you what they learned. These frequent conversations about their learning help them to remember and also send the message that you know learning and school are important. Parent engagement in school is a verified predictor of student success; when you talk with your child every day about their learning (not just about friends and playground) you are demonstrating your engagement with the education process.

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert
Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


Mrs. Lambert needs your help with the school plan for next year! Please come to one of the meetings, either Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 PM OR Friday, April 22nd at 8:30 AM.

Earth Day

Walk, ride, or roll to school for Earth Day!

Friday, April 22nd, 2016.

Promotion Ceremony for 5th Grade

The Promotion Ceremony for our 5th graders will be on June 3rd at 10:30 am. This year our 5th grade students will use the school colors: royal blue and silver/grey. It is your decision how to combine the colors.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

4/20 Wednesday, Free Nutrition Classes: What's on a Label?, MUR, 6:15-7:15 PM

4/21 Thursday, Music in Action Performance, MUR, 11:20 AM,

4/21 Thursday, Love the Earth Day, 12:45 PM, Castro/Mistral

4/21 Thursday, 5th Grade Promotion Meeting, MUR, 6:30 PM

4/22 Friday, Earth Day, Walk, Ride & Roll to School for Earth Day

4/22 Friday, California Theater Center Field Trip, Room 39, 8:30 AM

4/22 Friday Castro Spirit Wear Sales, Before and After School

4/26 Tuesday, Guadalupe River Park Field Trip, Room 24, 8:30 AM

4/26 Tuesday, Spring Concert 4th Grade, MUR, 6:30 PM

4/28 Thursday, Personal Success Assembly, MUR, 11:45 AM

4/28 Thursday, Movie Night , MUR, 5:30 - 7:30 PM

4/29 Friday, Guadalupe River Park Field Trip, Room 20, 8:45 AM

5/2 Monday, Spring Concert 3rd Grade, MUR, 6:30 PM
5/3 Tuesday, Spring Concert 1st y 2nd Grade, MUR 6:00 PM
5/3 Tuesday, Spring Concert TK and Kindergarten, MUR, 6:45 PM

5/9 Monday, Last DELAC Meeting, Castro School, 5:30 PM

5/10 Tuesday, Coffee with the Principal, Staff Lounge, 8:45 AM

5/10 Tuesday, ELAC Meeting, MUR, 6:00 PM

5/16 Monday, Stanford Dream4College Field Trip, Rooms 15 & 16, 9:00 AM

5/17 Tuesday, District Advisory Council Mt, D.O., 6:00 PM

5/18 Wednesday, Free Nutrition Classes, Rethink your Drink, MUR, 6:15 - 7:15 PM

5/24 Tuesday, Deer Hollow Farm Field Trip, Rooms 7 & 10, 8:50 AM

5/25 Wednesday, PTA General Meeting, MUR, 6:30 PM

5/26 Thursday, Personal Success Assembly, MUR, 11:45 AM

5/27 Friday, End of 3rd Trimester- Minimum Day, Student Dismissal 12:25 PM

5/30 Monday, Memorial Day, No School Day

6/3 Friday, 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, MUR, 10:30 AM

6/3 Friday, Report Cards Sent Home

6/3 Friday, Last Day of School - Minimum Day, Student Dismissal 12:25 PM


SPIRIT WEAR SALE... Coming up!!

Our next Castro Spirit Wear Sale will be on Friday, April 22, 2016.
We will be between Rooms 8 & 12 near the water fountains, before and after school.
Show off your Castro School Spirit!!

$15 Hoodies (free tote bag with each purchase)

$5 Adult T-shirts

$23 Zip-Down Hoodies (free tote bag with each purchase)

Want to serve on the PTA Board next school year? What about lead a PTA Committee?

Hello Castro parents!

The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is actively looking for individuals interested in serving on the PTA Board for the 2016-2017 school year.

The following positions are available: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Historian, VP of Events, VP of Membership, and Room Parent Director. We are also looking for parents interested in chairing one of our PTA Committees. Our PTA is very small, so the duties are light. There are several committee opportunities available for the new school year. (It looks great on your resume!)

No previous Committee or Board experience is necessary, just a desire to serve the Students, Teachers, and Families of Castro School.

If you are interested in learning more, please contact April Ornelas, (209) 513-0509 or Fernanda Brandt (650) 669-2280

Stop by the Castro Office if you would like to read a description of the duties of each position available.

Box Tops for Education

You can save Box Tops for Education all year long! 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!


Cafecito with the Superintendent

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students

Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation:

May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro/Mistral

Jun 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Theuerkauf

Bring your questions and comments. Translation will be available.

Let's Talk

A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.

All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Monday May 9, 2016 7 pm to 9 pm - in the Orchard Community Room, Los Altos Library,

13 S. San Antonio Road

This parent education event is sponsored by the SELPA 1 CAC ( an all-volunteer group of parents of children with special needs. All of our events are free and open to anyone who feels they might benefit. No registration is necessary.

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