The Dolphin Whistle

October 17, 2018 Issue 10

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

Our annual earthquake drill was this week. The students and staff practice each year with the full operations that would take place in the event of a real earthquake. We practice the building safety checks, search and rescue, and pretend medical situations as well as blocked classrooms and routes. This is a very thorough simulation and helps staff and students to be prepared and calm in the event of a real emergency. Please talk with your child to help him or her understand the importance of taking emergency practice seriously. Your conversations in advance will also help children remain calm in a real emergency. If you would like to hear more about how we practice, it will be one of the topics at the Principal's Coffee this month on Monday, October 29th at 8:00 a.m.

Thank you to everyone who has already attended his or her arent conference! This is such an important communication opportunity. If you have not yet been able to come for your conference, please contact the office or the teacher directly to make an appointment.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

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 continuing to be 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.

Calendar Upcoming Events

10/17 - School Site Council Meeting, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. - Castro Office

10/18 – Thursday: Food Distribution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/18 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/18 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7:00pm-10:00pm, Graham MUR

10/18 - Thursday: CA Crazy Hair Day

10/19 - Friday: CA/MI Walk-A-Thon, 2:30pm - 6:00pm

10/23 - Tuesday: ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:30pm - MUR

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


Negative lunch balances

We strongly encourage you to keep your student’s lunch account balance current. Overdrawn student meal accounts have a negative impact on the District’s budget, which in turn, reduces the educational resources available to all of our students.

We have several simple payment options for you to choose from. No matter which payment option you choose, please know that negative balances must be paid as soon as possible.

  1. Pay online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM: Add money to your student's account.

  2. Drop off cash or a check at the school office: Checks should be made payable to MVWSD Food and Nutrition. Please include your child’s name and student ID number.

After paying your outstanding balance, we encourage you to create a “safety net” for your child. Pre-paying for your child’s meals is a simpler way of managing their account, and prevents unpaid meal charges. Paying for meals before the meal service also helps lunch lines move more quickly, giving children more time to enjoy their meal.

If your family is experiencing a financial setback, please contact us so we can help. We can assist you in applying for free or reduced price meal benefits. You may do this at any time during the school year, and must apply each year. Applications are available at your child’s school office or online at EZSCHOOLPAY.COM.

Please call MVWSD Food and Nutrition Services at 650-903-6965 if you have any questions.

Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions

MVWSD has a new video series called "Let's Talk" that addresses topics that are important to parents and the community. "Let's Talk: Curriculum Adoptions" explains how we choose the materials our student use to learn and how often and why we make changes.

STEMtastic Saturday

An event for parents, students & teachers with digital learning, hands-on activities and prizes.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 1:00 – 3:30 PM at the Crittenden Middle School Innovation Center, 1701 Rock St.

MVWSD is partnering with Discovery Education on a fun-filled afternoon of exploring real world problems through hands-on and digital activities. Experience first-hand how students today use Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to tackle issues that impact their future and prepare them to be successful in college or the careers of their choosing.

Space is limited. Registration is required to confirm your attendance. Please register now at


MVEF’s phonathon is coming soon! If you have already donated to MVEF thank you, but for those of you who need a gentle reminder, MVEF is happy to help. Keep an eye out for our Phonathon signs at your school and donate today at

Save us both a call and donate today! Help us bring art, music, science, athletics and more to your child and every child!