The Dolphin Whistle

April 18, 2018, Issue 31

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

The annual state testing will be starting on May 1st! Grades 3, 4, and 5 will once again take the state SBAC test in ELA and Math and 5th grade will also take the Science test the last week of April. It is very important that students not have any appointments before lunch in the last week of April and the first two weeks of May.

Also important to remember:

- students at this age need 10 hours of sleep each night

- eating breakfast before the testing begins is critical to success

- starting each day with words of encouragement from family sets a positive tone and

helps with student confidence.

Our school theme for assessments all through the year is Show What You Know!

Please help your child to remember this important motto.

If you have any questions about the state testing, please do not hesitate to ask me.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Summer School

Please return signed forms back to the office as soon as Tuesday, April 24th. Thank you! Fifth grade permission forms for district summer school programs will come to you directly from the district.

Reporting your child absent

Parents/ Guardians, it is very important to report the absence of your child as soon as you know he / she will be absent that day. Please, call us as soon as you can that morning. If we do not receive your call your student will be marked "UNEXCUSED Absent".
To report an absence call 650 526 3590 X: 1804. You can leave a message at any time during the day. Voice mail is checked every day. Thank you!
Other options to report an absence:

Calendar of Upcoming Events

4/18 Wednesday - Spring Pictures Day 8:00am MUR

4/21 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

4/24 Tuesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am Staff Lounge

4/26 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

4/26 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

4/28 Saturday - English Classes for Parents 9:30am 12:00pm MUR

5/2 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

5/3 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/5 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/8 Tuesday - 5th Grade Gala Concert 6:00pm CSMA

5/10 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/12 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/15 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

5/16 Wednesday - Field Trip Stanford University 9:00am - 2:10pm RM's 12 & 16

5/17 Thursday - 5 Star Family Dinner event 6:00pm MUR

5/17 Thursday - CA/MI Foothill College Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

5/19 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

5/21 Monday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am Staff Lounge

5/23 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm 6:30pm Staff Lounge

5/25 Friday - 5th Grade visiting Middle Schools 8:30am

5/28 Monday - NO SCHOOL/ Memorial Day

5/29 Tuesday - 5th Grade Promotion 10:00am MUR

5/31 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

Friday, June 1st last day of school minimum day, dismissal is 11:55am

Have a great summer!


School Safety Town Hall

Wednesday, April 18 -- 6:30 p.m.

Graham Middle School Auditorium

With Mountain View Police Department, El Camino YMCA, and CHAC.

How can we we all work together to keep our schools safe? Join us for a community conversation about school safety hosted in conjunction with our partners.

Please reserve your free seat here.

Taking Care of You: Mindfulness and Parenting with Challenges

Wed. Apr. 18, 2018, 7-9PM, Santa Rita Elementary School, 700 Los Altos Rd, Los Altos

With Dr. Linda Lotspeich, Child Psychiatrist and Clinical Professor. Parenting a child with disabilities can lead to difficult emotions and stress.

The practice of mindfulness, including meditation, can reduce stress, improve self-esteem and allow you to better manage these emotions. Learn to move from coping to living a more meaningful life in the present moment, while still planning for the future.

Groundbreaking on April 26: New school on N. Whisman Rd

In 2015, the District Board of Trustees voted to open a neighborhood school in August 2019 next to the former Slater Elementary, at 220 N. Whisman Rd. The District soon will begin construction.
The Board of Trustees officially will break ground for the new school on
Thursday, April 26, 2018. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to mark this important moment! Please confirm your attendance at

The MVLA Parent Education Speaker Series presents: “Getting College Ready"

Seven Essentials for Raising Children Who Succeed” with Laura Kastner, Ph.D. on

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 pm at Mountain View High School Spartan Theatre.

Are you concerned about "designing" the perfect college résumé for your children? According to Dr. Laura Kastner, doing so risks limiting our parenting focus to an over-emphasis on academic achievement, resulting in more stress and less sensitivity to other developmental issues which, in turn, can lead to our children's underachievement and burnout.

To register for this free event, go to

Non-discrimination policies and statement

It is time for the annual distribution of MVWSD policies. Below are links to MVWSD sexual harassment, non-discrimination, and uniform complaint procedure policies and statements. If you have any questions, please contact Heidi Smith, Director of Federal, State & Strategic Programs at 650-526-3500.

The Mountain View Whisman School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying in educational programs, activities, or employment on the basis of actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation, parental, pregnancy, family or marital status, military status or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. The Mountain View Whisman School District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when safe to do so when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Questions or complaints of alleged discrimination, harassment, intimidation and bullying, equity or Title IX equity and compliance concerns should be directed to Carmen Ghysels at 650-526-3500, 750 A San Pierre Way, Mountain View, CA 94043, or

Policy Links--

5145.7 AR - Sexual Harassment

5145.7 BP - Sexual Harassment
1312.4 AR - Williams Uniform Complaint Procedures
4144 BP - Complaints
4144 AR - Complaints
1312.3 BP - Uniform Complaint Procedures

1312.3 AR - Uniform Complaint Procedures
4119.11 AR - Sexual Harassment
4119.11 BP - Sexual Harassment

MV Parent University presents “Suicide Prevention: What Parents Need to Know”

Wed, May 9th, 2018 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Crittenden Middle School-Multi Room.

Presented by: Santa Clara County Behavioral Health Services, parents will learn to ask the right questions and resources to help, as well as about the QPR/ Question, Persuade, Refer, Suicide prevention gatekeeper training.

Doors open at 6:00 PM. Come early to check out the resources!


· Interpretation (Spanish)

· Child Care

· Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.) Please register here