The Dolphin Whistle

September 19, 2018 Issue 6

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Dear Parents,

This year we are intensifying our focus on helping students to be on time and not to miss any school unless they are very sick. Please expect increased communications with you if your child is tardy for any reason without a doctor's note or is absent frequently. I encourage you to contact me or the office if there is anything we can do to support you in arriving on time to school.

It is important to leave early enough to allow time to:

  • park far away from the school and walk the last few blocks
  • take traffic congestion into account
  • plan to arrive by 7:45 a.m. to beat the congestion in the school area and allow your child time to walk to the line on the blacktop
  • If you have children at other schools, plan your morning routine for dropping off other children at other schools so that all arrive at their own school on time.

Students are tardy if they are not in line or at the classroom by when the bell rings

by 8:00 a.m. Arriving on time helps your child to feel part of the class and helps the teacher and classmates to have fewer interruptions.

Thank you to everyone who has not had any tardies at all this year!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary



Castro Mistral Library

The beautiful new Castro Mistral Library opened this week! All classes visit the library weekly and there are open times throughout the week at recess for drop in visits.
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Hearing and Vision Screenings

This Friday, Sept. 21, students in grades K, 2, and 5 will have their hearing and vision checked by the school nurses. If your child already wears glasses, please be sure they bring them to school on Friday. After the checks, if the nurses have a concern, you will receive a letter home. Please let us know if you have any questions or need assistance after you receive a letter.

LAST CHANCE! – Application for Free and Reduced-Price Meals.

If you have not yet completed a correct application this year, please do so TODAY at If you need help, the office staff will be glad to provide assistance and fill out the application with you. Please come to the office THIS WEEK!

If we don’t have your completed application, you will have to pay full price. – Thank you.

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Our first ELAC meeting will be Tuesday, September 25th, at 6:00 P.M. in the MUR. ELAC is a committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designated to advise school officials on English Learner program services.

1. The ELAC is responsible for advising the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners and the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA).

2. The ELAC assists the school in the development of:

a) The school's needs assessment.

b) Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

Please come to the meeting on Tuesday to receive school information and for you to provide us with your ideas and suggestions regarding English learners! Also see the attached complete schedule of ELAC meeting dates.


In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing at our School bags with food items, such as bread, canned goods, fresh produce, pasta, etc. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days?Every Thursday

Time? – 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Where? – MUR

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event.

Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Calendar Upcoming Events

9/19 – Wednesday: SSC, 5:00pm - 6:30pm - Staff Lounge

9/19 – Wednesday: PTA Parent Meeting, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – MUR

9/20 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

9/20 - Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

9/20 - Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

9/24 - Monday: Principal's Coffee, 8:00am - 8:30am, MUR

9/25 - Tuesday: ELAC, 6:00pm - 7:30pm - MUR

9/27 - Thursday: Personal Award Assembly, 8:00am - 8:30pm, MUR

9/27 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

9/27 - Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

9/28 - Friday: Parent Coffee for Special Education, 8:00am-9:00am - MUR

10/3 - Wednesday: Picture Retakes, MUR

10/4 - Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting 8:00am - 10:30 & 6:30pm - 8:00pm – MI Staff Lounge

10/4 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/4 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/4 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

10/8 -10/12 - Parent Teacher Conference Week, Mimimum Day all week

10/10 - Wednesday: Parent University, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Graham Middle School

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

10/11 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR


SELPA I CAC presents:

Let's Talk Support Group/IEP Troubleshooting, Evening Sessions!

Let's Talk is our support group for IEPs and 504s and any special education concerns or venting! Parent run and parent led, all are welcome, but all information discussed must remain confidential.

Wednesday September 19 and Wednesday October 17

7-9PM Los Altos Library conference room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos