The Dolphin Whistle

October 24, 2018 Issue 11

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

The annual Hallowe'en Parade is next Wednesday! We are going to have a great time together with Mistral, on the blacktop at 8:40 a.m. This year we are adding Family Time in the classrooms from 8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Please join us for this exciting family event. (Toy weapons and bloody or scary masks are not permitted.)

Arrival and dismissal procedures are very important. Please follow them respectfully, as well as the directions of the adults giving you reminders.

  • Castro families leave down the fire lane behind the multi, or leave via the front of the school on Toft Street.
  • Families no longer have access to use the walkway in front of the preschool.
  • Remember also that families cannot walk through the Mistral campus at arrival and dismissal.
  • If you also have a child at Mistral, wait for them at the front of Mistral.
  • The play structure is not open after dismissal.

If you have any questions about any of the activities or procedures at Castro please do not hesitate to let me know.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Outdoor Education Science Camp- Castro and Mistral

The annual 5th Grade Science Camp Trip is just 4 weeks away. The students don't go far, just to Saratoga, but they have a wonderful learning experience. At the same time they are learning about the outdoor world, they are also learning interpersonal skills through living and learning with their cabin team. The students leave Tuesday the 13th, stay 3 nights, and return at midday on Friday, the 16th. This is still school time and all students attend. We are going together with Mistral and the 5th grade teachers from both schools stay at the school with the students and the Principal goes in the evenings.

Science Camp Cabin Leaders needed!

We are looking for cabin leaders to help us during the week of Nov. 13-16 when Castro and Mistral go to science camp. If you know of someone interested in working with students, please let the office know immediately and we will help them with the registration procedures. All volunteers 18 or older must have fingerprinting and background checks. If you know of someone in high school that would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please ask them to contact the office.

Project Cornerstone


Thursday, November 1st at 8:30am or 6:30pm

Mistral Staff Lounge

Translation, Childcare, and Snacks are provided.

Book: Say Something

Theme: Say Something, Do Something. Be an Upstander
Goal: Provide students with examples of bully behavior and discuss strategies to respond

There is still time to sign up to be a reader and volunteer in the classroom.

Contact Sarah or Dana

Día de los Muertos

Castro families are invited to Mistral's Day of the Dead Celebration on Friday, November 2, from 6-8pm in the MUR. There are several ways to participate…

  • Help build the Ofrenda and decorate the MUR on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday (Oct. Oct. 29, 30, or 31) between 5:30 and 8:30 pm.

  • Bring a framed photo of a loved one you would like to remember, or favorite food/drink of theirs to display on the Ofrenda

  • Come to the party on Friday evening and enjoy a performance by our Baile Folklorico group and view student artwork and writings. Hot chocolate and sweet bread will be provided for free and you can enjoy traditional homemade foods for sale.

Contact: Rosalia,, (650) 630-6585 or Diana, 650-279-4670

Save the Date! Castro Family Classroom Time

On Wednesday, October 31st, all parents are welcome to their child's classroom from 8:00 - 8:40 a.m. and then to the Castro/Mistral Halloween Parade at 8:45 a.m. In the classroom there will be activities for you to do together with your child and then all will go out together as the children parade in their costumes on the blacktop.

Lost and Found

Any lost and found items that we have in the office need to be picked up. Please pick them up before October 31st. After that they will be donated.

FREE English Classes for Parents

We are happy to announce that FREE English classes for parents are offered at Mariano Castro. Come to Castro's Teachers' Lounge (by the front office) on Saturdays between 9:30 A.M. and 10:00 A.M. to register. Classes will run from 10:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. All levels and all home languages are welcome. Classes are for adults in the family who would like to develop their skills in English. Snacks and childcare will be provided. Check the flyer for class schedule.

STEM : ¡ Discover the Scientist in your student!

Please see flyer.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

10/25 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/25 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/26 - Friday: Fourth Grade Field Trip, 8:25am - 12:45pm

10/29 - Monday: Principal's Coffee, 8:00am - 8:30am, MUR

10/31 - Wednesday: Field Trip for 1st grade, 10:40am - 1:40pm

11/1 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution, 11:00am - 1:30pm, MUR

11/1 - Thursday: PIQE, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, MUR

11/1 - Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:30am - 9:30am, Staff Lounge

11/1 - Thursday: Board Meeting, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, Graham MUR

11/7 - Wednesday: Kinder Field Trip, 9:00am - 1:00pm

11/8 - Thursday: CSA Food Distribution 11:00am- 1:30pm, MUR

11/8 - Thursday: PIQE, 5:30pm - 8:00pm, MUR

11/9 - Friday: 3rd Grade Field Trip, 10:00am - 12:00pm

11/13-11/16 - 5th Grade Science Camp



MVEF’s phoneathon is coming soon! Save MVEF a call and make your donation today. Help MVEF fund art, music, hands-on science, environmental field trips, Living Classroom, middle school athletics and more! Donate now at

Cafecito with the Superintendent: Thursday

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Thursday, October 25 from 5-6 p.m. at Castro. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

MV Parent U- Dr. Francisco Jiménez, Author: "The Transformative Power Of Education"

Wednesday, November 7

6:30-8pm, Crittenden Auditorium, 1701 Rock St.

Author and educator Francisco Jiménez has been an agent for change in academia and public education for the last thirty years. He emigrated with his family from Mexico to California and as a child worked alongside his parents in the fields of California. He received his BA from Santa Clara University and an MA and Ph.D. in Latin American literature from Columbia University under a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship. He is a professor and administrator at Santa Clara University. His four-book series—The Circuit, Breaking Through, Reaching Out, Taking Hold--has been included in the American Library Association Booklist's 50 Best Young Adult Books of All Time.


* Interpretation (Spanish support)

* Child care

* Transportation (Bus departs from Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and Castro Elementary at 6:15 and returns at 8:30 p.m.)

* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here

Aladdin at Crittenden Middle School

Crittenden Middle School cordially invites everyone to attend the student production of Disney’s Aladdin Jr. Shows are at 7 pm on November 15th through 17th. A 2 pm matinee is also available on November 18th.

Based on the 1992 Academy Award-winning film and the 2014 hit Broadway show, Aladdin Jr. is a story about a “diamond in the rough” street rat who learns that his true worth lies deep within. With expanded characters, new songs and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up “a whole new world” for young performers.

Tickets can be purchased using the attached order form.

Approved New School Boundaries

The Board of Trustees last spring approved new school boundaries, to be enacted next year/in the 2019-20 school year, to redistribute student enrollment among the District’s elementary schools and facilitate students attending their neighborhood schools. Next year, in the fall of 2019-20, kindergarten-4th grade students in transition neighborhoods may be attending new neighborhood schools, including the newly constructed Jose Antonio Vargas Elementary. Students entering grades 5-8 and students enrolled in Stevenson Elementary or Mistral Elementary in 2019-20 will not be affected. Students currently in transitional kindergarten through third grade in affected neighborhoods will be impacted by a change in attendance area. The few exemptions will be younger siblings of 2019-20 fifth-graders in these transition neighborhoods who have the option of staying at their current school for the 2019-20 year only and students currently enrolled at Stevenson Elementary and Mistral Elementary. Parents received information by mail and email last week. You were notified if your student in transitional kindergarten through third grade will be affected by a change in school attendance area. No action needs to be taken by you at this time. In the coming months, the District and school communities will be working to ensure student transitions to new neighborhood schools are as smooth as possible. Please visit for information about welcome and informational events for parents and children. For questions about boundaries and residency, please see or call 650-526-3500. On this webpage, you may view the 2019-20 school boundaries map and use the SchoolLocator to search for your home address. We appreciate your patience and support during this process.