Dragon Details

March 2023

Castle View Elementary

If you have any questions please stop by or call our office. You can also email our office staff.

Principal, Rosalba Rodriguez rgrodriguez@riversideunified.org

Assistant Principal, Erin Askier easkier@riversideunified.org

Principal's secretary, Cristina Lopez crlopez@riversideunified.org

Office Assistant & Attendance Assistant, Debbie Alvarran dalvarran@riversideunified.org

Office Assitant, Jessika Ruvalcaba jruvalcaba@riversideunified.org

Health Assistant, Laurie Borden lborden@riversideunified.org

Email: rgrodriguez@riversideunified.org
Website: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWaNgZepGCsPBWYydQ90hog
Location: 6201 Shaker Drive, Riverside, CA, USA
Phone: (951)788-7460

March Principal’s Message

Dear Castle View families,

It seems February passed by in the blink of an eye, and I, for one, am looking forward to sunshine and less rainy days! Inclement weather means no recess and we have missed some fun play time.

The month of March is a time of transitioning from the many winter days into the anticipation of spring. As we hope for warmer weather, we want to keep our students focused on continuing to strive to do their best. I appreciate all of the efforts you put in at home to ensure this carries over into their school day, as it impacts their academic standing. Thank you to all of our students, staff, families, and PTO for your participation and continuous support. We had our Dragon Assembly on February 27th and it was so great to celebrate all of our scholars. A special thanks to the Manzo-Townsend family for providing such wonderful decorations for our Dragon Assembly.

Join me in welcoming Mr. Kells and Mrs. Moore. Mr. Kells is our part time administrator. Mr. Kells is a retired principal supporting our site when Mrs. Askier is at her other site. It has been wonderful getting to work with Mr. Kells. Mrs. Moore is our newest fourth grade teacher. She comes to us from LA county with a wealth of experience in curriculum and instruction.

We are all happy to work with our newest staff members.

Warm regards,

Mrs. Rodriguez

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Looking Ahead

Report Cards: Report Cards went home on Friday, February 24th. If you have any questions regarding your child's progress, please work with your child's teacher to schedule a conference. Open House is coming up however this won't be a time to discuss grades. Open House will be a time for your student to show spotlight all of his/her work in his/her classroom. Open House will be on March 15th.

Read Across America: We have a great week ahead in celebration of Read Across America. Thank you to our Read Across America Committee for putting together a fun week including Storypalooza. We will be opening our doors to all parents on March 6th from 8-8:30 AM. Initially, it was supposed to be March 3rd however the rain has caused us to pivot a bit. It is important for our children to see home and school as a team; working together to encourage and achieve success.

Storypalooza: All parents are welcome to come read with their student on March 6th from 8-8:30 AM. Please be sure to go to the office to get a visitor's pass. Although you do not need to be a cleared volunteer, we need to use our security system. You will need to bring your identification. We will hand you a visitor's pass. You will need to meet your child at the bottom part of campus. You can start getting your visitor's pass on Monday, February 27th. Our office opens at 7:30 and closes at 3:30 PM.

PTO Meeting: Wednesday, March 1st at 5 PM.

African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) Meeting: We will be meeting on March 7th at 4 PM in the MPR. We will provide daycare.

ELAC Meeting: We will be meeting on March 9th at 2:30 PM in the library. Daycare will be provided.

Spring pictures: March 10th

Book Fair: Our Book fair will be open Wednesday, March 8-15.

Here's what you need to know about the book fair:

  • Before school hours- 7:20-7:50 am (Students only)
  • Lunch hours- 10:50-12:30 pm( Students only)
  • After school hours- 2:05-3:20 pm(students and parents) Wednesday-12:50-2:20 pm (students and parents)
  • Open house hours (March 15) 4:30-6:00 pm

Please sign up to volunteer. Unfortunately, there are only a couple of time slots filled as of now.


Kindergarten Registration: will take place during the week of March 27th-March 31st between the hours of 8:30 and 12:30 a.m. each day. Please be sure to bring in all necessary documents (original birth certificate and required proof of residency, listed in the packet), as well as your incoming kindergarten student the day of registration. We will set up Sign-Up Genius for registration appointments. We will upload our registration packets on our school website. We will also add a link to this newsletter.

All documentation below must be complete

Proof of student’s birth (provide ONE from list below)

Birth Certificiate (County Record), Current Passport,

Hospital Record, OR Baptismal Record

California Immunization Requirements for TK-12th Grade (see attached)

Please see “Establishing Proof of Residence” (Need TWO acceptable documents to establish residency) (see attached)

Completed RUSD Registration Packet

Parent/Guardian Photo ID

Physical – Grades TK-1st

The link to signup for appointments will open on March 15th

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Thursday, March 16th

Lockdown drill:
On Thursday, March 16, we will practice a lockdown. Speak with your student about listening to their teacher and the directions given. Let your child know the school made you aware that there will be lockdown drill that day. Children feel safer when they know that families and schools are working together. Ask if they would like to talk about it and let their comments guide you. Children process events in many ways.

The procedures for lockdown and lockout situations are included in all Comprehensive School Safety Plans (CSSP) for each site.

A lockdown is initiated if there is an imminent threat to students and staff, on or adjacent to campus. This may include multiple individuals fighting, intruder, brandished weapons, evidence of concealed weapon or suspicious explosive device.

In a lockdown situation, students and staff move indoors, lock doors, secure gates, no circulation of staff or students in halls or on campus, remain quiet, no educational instruction, turn off light and no entrance by visitors. Intruder/Active Shooter procedures are activated.

A lockout is a precautionary action intimated by the administrator or local law enforcement, but there is no imminent threat to students and staff. This may include law enforcement activity in the community, natural gas leak, potential environmental hazard, insect swarms, or animals on campus. During a lockout, students and staff move indoors, lock doors, secure gates, limited student circulation except with adult escort/supervision, instruction continues, and entrance by visitors is not permitted.

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April 7th

Lunch on the Lawn: Lunch on the Lawn is back. All parents are welcome to join their students during their lunchtime. We will send a flyer with all of the classes' lunch times. You do not need to be a cleared volunteer since you will only be interacting with your students. You can start getting your visitor's pass on April 3rd from 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM.

Nutrition Services Menu

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HEARTS Calendar

Our gates open at 7:25 AM. For safety purpose we ask that you do not drop off before 7:25 AM.

Dropping off at Castle View

Care Solace Support Click on the icon

Resources and APPS on Clever