Castro Connections

March 25, 2015 - Issue 29

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,
On Thursday, April 16th we will be having a parent workshop on Common Core standards and assessment. Please join us to view the types and rigor of questions that your child will be experiencing at the end of April. Also, below is a link to a document describing the Depths of Knowledge (DOK) framework. The DOK framework is a foundation for instruction and assessment of the Common Core Standards. Classroom instruction throughout a unit should cover the entire range of levels so that students acquire knowledge, skills and abilities at every level.

School Site Council for the New Schools

Ballots to elect 5 parents to serve on the new School Site Councils will be available at Open House at a table by the cafeteria. For those who don't pick up a ballot, your ballot will be sent home on Monday. All ballots are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 3rd.


Science Showcase

April 2nd is the annual Science Fair! It is not too late for your child to complete a project. If you need idea help or need a board please talk to your teacher, to Marcela or me, or to the PTA Science Fair lead,Amy Adams. Please join us at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 2nd to see the results of the students' hard work.

Castro School Calendar

  • 3/26 Open House - 6PM-7:30PM
  • 3/26 Adopt-A-Barrel Check In Meeting - 12:25PM (outside Room 10)
  • 3/26 PTA Meeting for DI Parents, 5:45PM-6PM
  • 3/31 Spring Picture Day
  • 4/2 Project Cornerstone Meeting, 8:30AM OR 6:30PM - Staff Lounge
  • 4/2 Science Fair, 6PM-8PM, MUR
  • 4/3 California Theater Center Field Trip, 10AM-1:30PM - Rooms 5,6,9,10 & 13
  • 4/6-4/10 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL
  • 4/16 Lecture:Unmasking Masculinity, Helping Boys Become Connected Men, 7PM - MV High School


Registration Week for All Families

Please complete the annual re-registration by Friday, March 27th. You should have already received an InfoSnap code by email and U.S. Mail. If you have not received your code please contact us immediately.

InfoSnap Help

There are three ways to receive assistance with the re-registration:
1) Make an appointment with Ernesto Nassau.
2) Attend Open Help session 8:30 - 9:30 am. Thurs. March 26th.
3) Attend Open Help session before, during, and after Open House.
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Computer Lab.


All parents of currently enrolled K-5th grade students must fill out an online registration form

to notify us if their student(s) is/are remaining in

the District for the 2015-2016 school year.

You will receive instructions (including a

Snapcode) by eMail or regular mail.


If you need assistance, help will be available

at the Castro Computer Lab on Thursday,

March 26th from 8:30AM to 9:30AM and from 6PM to 8PM (during Open House).

If you are unable to attend either of these sessions and need help, please contact the Office to make an appointment with Mr. Nassau.

PLEASE BRING YOUR Snapcode with you.


Thinking about how you can make a difference

in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection urgently needs high school mentors and K- 8 tutors for students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

Come hear about how you can support youth in

our community. There is no obligation to sign up

as a volunteer. You are welcome to learn more about what we do. Bring a friend!

Date: Thursday, April 2nd

Time: 12PM – 1PM (lunch included)

Location: MVLA District Office (Board Room)

1299 Bryant Avenue


Special Needs that May Come with Adoption

How pre-adoption issues (e.g., post traumatic stress, attachment disorders) may impact a child, what special issues a child who has been adopted may face in a school setting and how to best handle these, and what special issues these children face in adolescence and beyond.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Multi, 205 Covington, Los Altos 94024. For more information, see

Open House

Thursday, March 26th, 6:30pm


Spring Break

Monday, April 6th, 8:30am to Friday, April 10th, 3:15pm