The Dolphin Whistle

September 2nd, 2015 - Issue 3

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you to every family that came to Back to School Night! Our parent attendance rate was 76%! Your attendance at events such as these is a great way to show your involvement and support. I am sure that all teachers mentioned at Back to School Night the importance of your child reading at home. Please provide the time and space for your child to read anything they choose for at least 20 minutes each evening.

Attached to this Whistle is a handout with a brief explanation to parents about the California Common Core Standards. These are the new standards that all students in every grade are learning and the handout explains what is new and different compared to the old standards. If you would like more explanation, I would be more than happy to meet with you.

Best regards,

Theresa Lambert, Principal Mariano Castro

Traffic and Student Safety

Please see the attachment for reminders and instructions for procedures. Our biggest reminder is:

No cars may be left unattended, not even for one minute, in the drop off zones at the front or back of the school.


Our first ELAC meeting of the year for our new Mariano Castro School is on Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 6:00p.m. At this meeting I will be reviewing how our funds are going to be spent and what is new at Castro this year for our new School Improvement plan.

Let's make our first ELAC meeting a huge success! These meetings are open to all parents whose children speak any second language.

From PTA

After School Classes Start September 8th!

Please check the lists by Friday, September 4th.

Donations welcome until the end of the month.

District News

Meet and Greet with New Superintendent Dr. Rudolph

September 10, 6: 30 – 8:00 p.m., Clocktower Coffee, 205 E. Middlefield Road

September 24, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m., Panera Bread, 1035 El Monte Avenue

Interpreters Needed for Parent Teacher Conferences

For the past couple of years, our district has provided a service to improve communication between our teachers and our parents who are learning English. We were able to provide interpreters for 463 parent-teacher conferences last fall. We need the help of our parents and community members to identify interpreters in the following languages: Mandarin, Russian, Vietnamese, and Spanish.

If you are a fluent speaker of English and one of these 4 languages, please help our teachers and families by becoming an interpreter. If you know of someone who is qualified, please pass this information to him/her. Our main need for Interpreters will be during Parent Teacher Conferences from October 5 through October 16th from 12:30 – 4:00pm (times will vary between schools). We can guarantee a minimum of 3 hours per day during the conference weeks only (Oct. 5-16th). All interested candidates please apply through Ed-Join @ Interviews and testing to take place ASAP. Successful candidates will be processed in September and are expected to be available for work in October. We would also like to add interested Interpreters to our District-
Wide Interpreter list on an as-needed basis possibly for IEP’s and other school site needs.
Interpreters receive $20 per hour for their service.

Update on Release of State Assessment Results

Officials from the State of California will be releasing scores from the new testing system, CAlifornia Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) in early September, not August as originally planned.

“We are taking an abundance of caution to ensure that the substantial amount of data we are receiving is properly collected and place in new files on a new site,” said the Department of Education spokeswoman Pam Slater. “Additionally, the department will be launching a new website to display the results and needs sufficient time to test the new site.”

If all goes according to plan, state officials plan to release scores to schools and then the public in early September. In addition, the state is in the process of printing and shipping individual student reports to school districts and plan to have that process completed by the end of September.

At this time, dates for the release of data are not confirmed and the state is unable to provide a specific date for the shipment of Mountain View Whisman School District’s individual student reports. As soon as student reports are received, they will be organized and mailed home. We will continue to update you as we get more information.

Emotional Health and Well-being of our Children

Schools in our area are competitive. This is hard on typical students, and doubly hard on learning challenged students. This can lead to stress, depression, high risk behaviors, and self-injury. How do we as parents support our children and give them the tools to not only survive but thrive? How do you help your child if problems arise?

Wednesday, September 16, 2015 – 7 to 9 pm at Covington Elementary School Multi, 205
Covington, Los Altos 94024.

For more information, see

Calendar of Upcoming Events

9/3 – Thursday: Project Cornerstone Kick-off Meeting, 8:30am OR 6:30pm, Staff Lounge

9/3 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 6pm-9pm, DO

9/8 – Tuesday: ELAC Meeting, 6pm-7:30pm, MUR

9/14 – Monday: DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm-8pm – DO

9/15 – Tuesday: District Advisory Council Meeting, 6pm-7:30pm, DO

9/17 – Thursday: 5th Grade Constitution Day Presentation, 8:30am-9:45am, MUR

9/17 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 6pm-9pm, DO

9/23 – Wednesday: PTA General Meeting, 6:30-8pm, MUR

9/28 – Monday: Parent Coffee, 8:30am-9:30am, Staff Lounge

9/29 – Tuesday: Picture Day

9/29 – Kinder Welcome Potluck, 6-8pm, Kinder tables on the blacktop

10/9 – Walkathon, 12-6pm, Mariano Castro Elementary School

Flyers for This Week