The Dolphin Whistle

March 7, 2018, Issue 26

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
On Wednesday, March 14th we are having the Castro Carnival. The students earned this as a reward for their success on the state testing (SBAC) last year. We are holding the carnival now to help the students to be motivated to work hard on the upcoming state testing that begins at the end of April.

We need parent help starting at 12:00 noon on the 14th to set up the prizes, get a headstart on the popcorn, etc. We also need help running the game booths from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. If you have a 6th grade child that attended Castro and has moved on to Graham or Crittenden, please have them come after school to celebrate their success

Please call us or let the front desk know if you can volunteer that day!

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP)

Please see the attached flyer for more details on CAASPP
Testing will happen after spring break. Schools will send out specific dates to their


PTA Association Meeting

The PTA Meeting is coming soon. There are only five meetings each school year, so please plan to attend next Wednesday on March 14th in the MUR. Snacks, childcare, and interpretation in Spanish will be provided. We hope to see you there.

Book Fair

Book fair is next week! Please join the Castro PTA at our 2nd annual Book Fair. The store will be open Monday - Friday afternoons in the MUR. See sign at the front of the school for store hours. Food will be available two of the days. Bring the family for books and food at Castro. See you there!

The Crayon Initiative

Please join Mariano Castro School to collect crayons for a special project. Bring your old, broken, or used crayons to the Castro Office for turn in. You can drop them in the large red barrel marked The Crayon Initiative any time during regular school hours. This collection campaign will continue for the next few months. Look into your child’s closet, toy box, or desk to retrieve those old crayons for this cause.

The Life of a Crayon

Have you ever wondered what happens to your unwanted crayons?

Sadly, more than a half-million pounds of crayons are discarded every year, turning into a waxy sludge that clogs our landfills. This motivated us to create a program that recycles used crayons and sends them to children’s hospitals across the U.S. Now here’s your chance to #ShareYourColors!!!

1 New crayons arrive at schools or homes and are used by children

2 Unwanted crayons are dropped into a collection container

3 Collected crayons are sent to The Crayon Initiative

4 Made into NEW crayons

5 Crayons shipped to children’s hospitals

6 New crayons are used by pediatric patients

Calendar of Upcoming Events

3/14 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival 2:00pm - 3:30pm Castro

3/14 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/14 Wednesday - PTA Association meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm MUR

3/15 Thursday - MI/CA - FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

3/19 Monday - NO SCHOOL/ Staff Development Day

3/20 Tuesday - MI/CA CSMA Concert 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

3/22 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/27 Tuesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge

3/27 Tuesday - Deer Hollow Field Trip 8:50am - 1:50pm RM's 11 & 15

3/28 Wednesday - Castro Open House Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:55am

3/29 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR

3/29 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

4/3 Tuesday - 2nd Grade CSMA Concert 5:30pm - 6:15pm MUR

4/3 Tuesday - 3rd Grade CSMA Concert 6:30pm - 7:15pm MUR

4/4 Wednesday - Fujitsu Planetarium Field Trip 9:00am - 12:00pm RM's 112 & 113

4/4 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

4/4 Wednesday - Kinder CSMA Concert 5:30pm - 6:15pm MUR

4/4 Wednesday - 1st Grade CSMA Concert 6:30pm - 7:15pm

Monday, April 9 thru Friday, April 13 Spring Break/ No School


The MVEF Winter Gala

The MVEF Winter Gala was a magical night, filled with food, fun, and philanthropy, as parents, teachers, District staff, city council and school board members, and corporate sponsors came together to support every child at every school in MVWSD. As we "Let the Music Play, MVEF raised over $70,000, including a special fundraiser during dinner that raised $15,000 specifically to repair and purchase instruments for our 5th graders and middle schoolers. MVEF thanks its guests, donors, sponsors, volunteers, and staff who made this night successful. You may have noticed a new checkmark on your school's MVEF sign as it hit the $600,000 marker. MVEF still needs to raise over $150,000 to meet its financial commitment to the district. Help continue to bring Community School of Music and Arts music and art lessons, hands-on science, Living Classroom, and middle school athletics and extended day electives to our children by donating to

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 12th

Duveneck School 705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto

Room 10 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19th

Stevenson PACT School 1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **