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School Newsletter, March 2019

March is Here!

I cannot believe that we are already in the month of March, and springtime is just around the corner. Blossoms are in bloom, and and the rainy season continues. This month we are ending Trimester 2, and preparing our students for the upcoming state assessments in May.

Please read through this month's newsletter to stay informed about all the wonderful activities and events you can get involved with, and stay even more connected by following Proctor's Facebook page!

Character Trait of the Month - Be Encouraging!

Be an Encouragement is our character trait for the month of March. Here are some ideas on how you can help your child foster an appreciation for being encouraging to others. Help them recognize opportunities when they can say an encouraging word to a friend or family member, Share personal stories about experiences where some was an encouragement to you, and model how you encourage others wit your words and actions. And be sure to reinforce how to be encouraging to others with positive reinforcement such as praise and hugs!

Report Cards

On March 22nd, your child will be coming home with their second trimester report

card. This is a great opportunity to celebrate their progress and set new goals for the

last trimester of school. You may also be receiving a letter requesting a

parent/teacher conference during the first week of April. During this conference

your child’s teacher will review progress and update or develop a learning plan to

support your child’s academic success.

Online Safety Reminders!

Dear Proctor Families,

The safety and well-being of children are our top priorities. As we become aware of information, events or games that we feel you should know about in order to keep children safe, we share them with you in order to support your efforts at home. While the Internet provides a plethora of opportunities to expand our knowledge, seek information and connect us to others, it can also become a tool that takes a life of its own.

Recently there has been a great deal of coverage on a disturbing social media game called the “Momo Challenge”. The "Momo Challenge" can be found on Facebook, YouTube, and/or the "WhatsApp" and is disturbing in nature. The communications through the "Momo Challenge" begin with a chat that asks the receiver to perform small tasks and then escalates to more serious violent acts and request photographs for proof. The "Momo Challenge" is just one example of dangerous "games" through social media that has a negative impact on students and their social interactions.

A valuable resource that educators use, Common Sense Media, provides families with recommendations and information to support in safeguarding children online. Increasingly young people spend time with electronic devices and may encounter sites, games, or apps that provide inappropriate or disturbing content. Being involved in what children watch on social media is one of the most important things we can do as parents and guardians. Media Guidelines for All Kids of All Ages and Safe Search Kids are two other resources for families that you may want to check out. See the links below.

Working together we can keep our students safe and focused on learning.


Heather Ghereben

Proctor Principal

Proctor Made CV Forum News!!

We had a great Open House last month. Teachers and students worked diligently to display all their projects and art, along with all the wonderful learning that has been taking place this school year.

Additionally, our FAME parents have been hard at work preparing to display all the art pieces for the Proctor Art Show! I would like to thank you to Ranjeeta Jain (PLC Liaison for Proctor ES & Art Show Coordinator), and Shawnna Reilly (Art Show Coordinator) for organizing and chairing this event! Thank you also to Sarah Rees, who wrote an article about the Art Show for the CV forum, published February 27th. And a big thank you to all our parent and FAME volunteers who provide our students with an enriching art program, you all are amazing!

I have attached a PDF copy of the Forum if you were unable to grab a personal copy!

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The Proctor Spring Auction is Coming!

Proctor Elementary’s upcoming annual Auction will be held in April. It will run online, opening April 7th and closing on April 13th. Historically, over 300 community members and Proctor School families have come together to help support this major fundraiser for our school. Besides classroom gift baskets, teacher times and donations from businesses there will also be auctions for gift cards, homemade goods, guest passes to museums and amusement parks, family hosted events (like last year’s wine tasting party), vacation rentals and many more generously donated items by families like yours. The event proceeds help fund a wide variety of Proctor programs including supplemental playground equipment, classroom equipment and supplies, technology upgrades as well as field trips and enrichment activities for our 500 amazing students.

If you are able to contribute or need further information, please contact Jennine Blackmon-Powell, Auction Family Outreach Coordinator, via cell phone at 619-994-0183 or at

Click the link to read a letter from the PTA:

You can also learn more about the auction on the PTA website!

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Tardies and Absences

We have had a large number of students arriving late to school. When students arrive to school tardy, they miss out on important beginning of the day activities and instructional time. Please help our students be prepared each and every day at school by arriving on time to class. Being on time to school sets your child up for success throughout their day,

Students arriving late must come to the school office to receive a tardy pass.

ABSENCE REPORTING When reporting an absence, please call 537-0630 and press 1.

CV Community Alliance

CV Community Alliance

The Community Alliance has a meeting coming up and the next film in the ongoing

Social Justice Film Series. The next Community Alliance Meeting is Wednesday,

March 6 at 6:00pm in the CVUSD Board Room. Please join the Alliance for discussion

and planning.

On Sunday, March 10 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm, the Alliance, in conjunction with the

Castro Valley Library, are hosting the latest edition of the Social Justice Film Series.

The Resettled is a documentary calling attention to the international refugee crisis. The 30-minute film presents the dramatic stories of the refugees who are building new lives in America and asks us to consider our country’s commitment to welcoming people from distant lands.

Following the file there will be a panel discussion on the topic.

Castro Valley Education Foundation: Bike for Education on April 7, 2019

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Open Enrollment has started!

Younger siblings of Proctor are allowed to still register at this time too, though priority registration was February 25th, and ended March 1st.

March 4: Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrollment begins

April 2: Grades 1-5 enrollment begins

Begin the enrollment process online at

Once you have completed the online enrollment, please call the Proctor

office to make an appointment at (510) 537-0630

No walk-ins will be accepted. You must have all the required paperwork

listed online.

Questions? Call the office at (510) 537-0630

Monday – Thursday 7:45 – 3:30 p.m.

Friday 7:45 – 2:30 p.m.

Click the link for more information about the proper documents needed for registration:

Golden Sneaker Contest Continues!

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Golden Sneaker Contest Continues!

We are excited to announce that Proctor Elementary will be participating in the 2019 Golden Sneaker Contest, which is a part of the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools program. The contest is happening from February 25 to March 8, and it encourages parents and students to reduce car trips by using active and shared transportation options such as:

 Walking

 Biking

 Skateboarding, using a scooter, or any other human-powered wheels

 Riding the school bus

 Using public transit such as AC Transit or BART

 Carpooling with other families

The Golden Sneaker Contest offers a chance for every student to participate. If you live too far from school to walk or roll, you can:

 Park a few blocks away and walk

 Meet up with friends who live close to school and walk or roll as a group

 Start a carpool

 Take the school bus or public transit to school

As a part of the contest, your child and their classmates will track how they get to school each day. One point will be given for each active or shared trip to school; no points will be given for arriving by car with only family members. At the end of the two-week contest period, the class with the most points will be awarded a Golden Sneaker Trophy and will celebrate their efforts with a pizza party!

Last call to look through the Lost and Found! March 8th, everything will be donated to a local Charity!

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Proctor Elementary Scholastic Book Fair is coming this month! 3/22 - 3/29

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings kids the books they want to read. We'll receive a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level, and all purchases help us buy more books for our classrooms and library!

Please come to our book fair and help shape your child's reading habits.

See you at the book fair!

Shop Online | Mar. 11 - Mar. 30

Support our school by purchasing books online. Shop more dates, 24 hours a day! Order books for all ages and grades. Enjoy a larger, expanded selectionShop school, classroom, and student wish lists!

Check Out the Interactive Book Flyer!

Stay Tuned, more information to come!

Book Fair Contact



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Measure G Update!

The modernization of our lower play structure ground covering will take place towards the end of this month, so please stay tuned for future updates.

Here is the latest update to the Community on Measure G Projects. You can View this update HERE.

You can also read about the work that has been completed, and work that is scheduled for Proctor here:

Or visit the District website for more information about everything Measure G related!

CVUSD Board of Education

Dot Theodore, President

Gary Howard, Vice President/Clerk

Monica Lee

Jo A.S. Loss

Lavender Lee Whitaker


Parvin Ahmadi

Proctor Elementary School

Home of the Patriots

School Secretary: Hilda Kwan

PTA President: Alex Cimmiyotti

School Principal: Heather Ghereben