The Dolphin Whistle

January 31, 2018, Issue 22

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
There are many opportunities for parent involvement at Mariano Castro Elementary! In addition to helping in your child's classroom, there are three very important groups that need parent representation.

School Site Council: This group of parents and teachers are responsible for working with the Principal to oversee the goals and budget for our school and creating the School Plan for Student Achievement.

ELAC (English Learner Advisory Council): This group of parents have children who are learning English as a second language. This group is responsible for giving in put to the School Site Council on ideas for improving the success of English Learners, monitoring and giving ideas about attendance, the reclassification process, and the needs of the school.

SSC and ELAC are legally required committees and must have parents that fill the positions!

PTA (Parent Teacher Association): PTA is an independent organization that has a Board of Officers. PTA goals are to provide activities for the school community and to raise funds to support the school.

Please email, call or visit me to ask questions or find out more information about the possibilities for involvement in your child's school. Parents and staff working together make the best schools!

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Teddy Bear Walk

Thank you to everyone that participated in the Teddy Bear Walk event. We encourage you and your student to continue to bike, walk or ride to school. Look ahead for our next bike, walk and ride event in March.
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Project Cornerstone

February Meeting:

Thursday, Feb. 1st, 2018

8:30am or 6:30pm

Teacher's Lounge

Translation, Childcare, & Snacks Provided


Ruby Bridges Goes to School

This is the true story of an extraordinary girl who helped shape our country when she became the first African-American to attend an all-white school in New Orleans in 1960.


The importance of inclusion and sense of belonging.

Dealing with our own bias/prejudices.

Signups for the Spring session afterschool classes are coming this Monday Feb 5th.

Lego, Baile, Oh My! Signups for the Spring session afterschool classes are coming this Monday. New class includes Theater.

Feb 5-8: Sign up for Lottery Feb 9-14: Confirmation

Spring session classes: Feb 26-May 14

The current Winter classes will continue until Feb 15.

The Afterschool classes are organized by the PTA to give Mistral and Castro students a chance to engage in activities after school without leaving our campus. Classes are typically one hour long and meet one day a week. Visit for more details.

You have already done this? Login on Monday to choose new classes

Can’t remember you PIN? We will send you a direct link via email or text on Monday morning!

New to After School? Create an account at and sign up your child on Monday. (Sign ups close on Thursday).

Thinking of creating or seeking out a new class for next year? Great news, please let the PTA know.

Student's Exhibition at City Hall

Artwork by Art4Schools students

We are happy to announce that artwork by Art4Schools students, including works by students from Castro, will be shown at our annual student and faculty show, “Art Shapes the World”. This exhibit will be on display from February 1st, 2018 – February 28th, 2018 at the Mountain View City Hall Rotunda, 500 Castro Street. Please join us for the reception and a special performance by the Huff Honor Choir on Friday, February 2nd, 2018 from 3:00 – 6:00 PM.

3rd Grade
Vidusha T.

Madhis H.

4th Grade

Samantha S.

Jayden P.

Kayden G.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

2/1 Thursday - Project Cornerstone 8:30am - 9:30 & 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Staff Lounge

2/1 Thursday - Field Trip Los Trancos Open Space Preserve 8:30am - 12:30pm -

RM's 12 & 16

2/1 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

2/2 Friday - Field Trip Sunnyvale Community Center 10:30am - 2:15pm RM's 11& 15

2/2 Friday - Field Trip Sunnyvale Community Center 11:15am - 2:20pm RM's 107 & 110

2/3 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm Staff Lounge

2/7 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

2/8 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

2/8 Thursday - State of the District 6:30pm - 8:30pm Crittenden Auditorium

2/10 Saturday - English Classes for parents 9:30am - 12:00pm Staff Lounge

2/13 Tuesday - ELAC meeting 6:00pm - 7:30 MUR

2/15 Thursday CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

February 19 thru February 23 No School ~Winter Break~

2/27 Tuesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:00am - 9:30am Staff Lounge

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/7 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/8 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/9 Friday - Field Trip Mission Santa Clara 8:45am - 12:40pm RM's 12 & 16


Enrollment Reminder

Please confirm your child’s school registration for the 2018-2019 school year by

February 2. We have a new, convenient online registration system called SchoolMint. Look for an e-mail from Schoolmint dated Jan. 5 with the registration website address and your username. If you didn’t receive a login email, please call 650-526-3252 extension 3 for help. To learn more go to You can also contact the school office. We are happy to help you complete your child’s registration.

Please note: Current transitional kindergarten and fifth-grade families need to complete two steps in Schoolmint. First select actions "Returning" or "Not Returning". Then click the green button "Add/Edit New Student Application" to start registration and/or request a school transfer.

Mountin View Parent U: Parenting in the Age of Technology: Protecting our Children In An Age of Access

Wednesday, Feb. 7th, 6:30-8pm, Graham Middle School MUR

Presenters: my digital TAT2This workshop will explore:

*Rapid change in technology and how our children are using social media

*Strategies for supporting and staying connected to our children

*Interactive discussion, videos, and real life scenarios to help parents show children how to navigate, self-regulate, slow down and think before they act.

Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to connect with resources!


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

  • Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Crittenden Middle at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.) Register here

MVWSD’s Preschool Program

Now, more Mountain View families are eligible for MVWSD’s preschool program, due to recent changes at the state and county level.

Through the Santa Clara Child Care Subsidy Pilot, the income eligibility ceiling for those applying for our free preschool program is now $71,065/year (a family of 4). Additionally, children who have their third birthday on or before December 1st (as opposed to September 1st) can now enroll in preschool, though priority enrollment for 4 year olds has not changed.

To make it even easier, families no longer have to re-certify or re-apply to the preschool program and prove income eligibility requirements in their child's second year of preschool. Their initial application will remain valid for 24 months, without worry that income changes could affect their child’s preschooling.

The highly-rated MVWSD Preschool is currently enrolling for a few remaining spaces for 2017-18 and accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year. Enrollment for 2018-19 will begin in March. See for applications and details.

MVLA presents "Math Night"

The MVLA High School District presents “Math Night” on Feb. 6 from 6:30-8:00 in MVHS Theater, 3535 Truman Ave. It's for families who will attend high school at MVLA. The night will include information about the high school math pathways available to students. In addition, the Computer Science and Engineering courses and pathways will be presented.

MVEF Winter Gala and Auction is February 10th!

The Winter Gala and Auction is less than two weeks away. MVEF hopes you will join for some fun and fundraising as we "let the music play!" Our auction team has been hard at work finding experiences, items, and events that will inspire you to bid. Here is a sneak peek: Dinner for four at the Moutain View Firehouse. Two behind-the-scenes VIP Tesla factory tours. A private shopping event at Anthropologie. Tickets to museums, sporting events, summer camps and more. We hope you will attend! Learn more at

Local Resource Guide for Learning Challenges

Do you need help finding summer camps to fit your child's needs? Recreational opportunities that are accepting and inclusive? Therapists, advocates, tutors? Please check out SELPA1CAC's Local Resource Guide! at or We are always interested in updates and additions, let us know how we can make the Guide for useful!

Wed. Feb. 7, 2018, 7PM-9PM Santa Rita Elementary School

Better Communication with Your Teen, DBT w/Michael Fitzgerald, SELPA 1 CAC Parent Education Event

Michael Fitzgerald, Executive Director of Behavioral Health Services at El Camino Hospital will discuss the benefits of DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy). Learn why DBT is so effective and how parents can use the concept to have better communication with their teens. “Sometimes parents are unaware of how their teens are reacting to their verbal and nonverbal cues…at times teens don’t feel validated by their families...teens crave acceptance…parents can learn to avoid phrases that reinforce negative self images...both parents and teens can learn how to communicate more positively.”
DBT combines cognitive behavioral techniques for emotion regulation with concepts of mindful awareness, distress tolerance and acceptance.

Let's Talk

Mon. Feb. 12, 2018, 7-9PM,Los Altos Library
A chance to ask questions and share ideas, resources, and support with other parents of students with IEPs, 504s, learning differences, mental health challenges, etc.
All are welcome, participants must respect confidentiality.

Parent Chat

Tue. Feb. 13, 2018, 7PM-8:30PM, Los Altos Library
Are you concerned about the emotional well being of your child? Come to Parent Chat, peer to peer support for parents of teens. Hosted by the Mental Health Subcommittee of SELPA 1 CAC.