The Dolphin Whistle

September 12, 2018 Issue 5

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Dear Parents,

There is a fantastic parent education program starting this week! PIQE (Parent Institute for Quality Education) is once again coming to Mariano Castro parents this year. This is an eleven-week program this fall, held each Thursday. Many families have attended this program here over the past few years and can vouch for its value and impact for your family. If you have already attended Level 1, sign up for Level 2! There is a flyer attached to this bulletin with full details. I am looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


This is a reminder that students are tardy if they are not in line by 8:00 a.m. Although one or two minutes may not seem like it makes a big impact, there really is an impact on your child and on the rest of the class. Please aim for having your child here by 7:50 a.m. to allow for possible slow downs on your route here. I will be arranging appointments with all families that have 5 or more tardies so we can discuss in person the importance, ramifications, and any support you many need to resolve the situation.

Basketball Clinic coming to Mariano Castro!

On Mondays and Wednesdays the El Camino YMCA is partnering with Mariano Castro to provide a basketball clinic for students in grades K-5. Look for the registration form in your child's backpack and return it to the office or your child's teacher asap. This clinic starts on Monday, Sept. 17 and runs until November 7th.


In partnership with Community Services Agency (CSA) of Mountain View and Second Harvest Food Bank, we will be distributing at our School bags with food items, such as bread, canned goods, fresh produce, pasta, etc. If you want to supplement your meals with additional items, please come:

Days?Every Thursday

Time? – 11:30 A.M. to 1:30 P.M.

Where? – MUR

The food is free; all you need to do is fill out a simple form available at the event indicating that you qualify. More details at the event.

Even if you have come before, you can come again!

Hearing and Vision Screenings

Each fall, MVWSD conducts hearing and vision screenings of all students in
kindergarten, second-, fifth- and eighth-grade, as California State Law mandates.
These screenings will take place at your child's school site, Castro Elementary on
Parents will be notified in writing if children fail a screening. Parents who do not want
their child screened for either vision and/or hearing should send a letter to their child's
school each school year indicating that their child is to be excluded, and vision and/or
hearing results will need to be provided from their physician.
If you have any concerns about your child’s vision or hearing please contact your school
nurse. Questions about the screenings should be directed to the Health Services office
at 650-526-3570 ext. 1050.

Calendar Upcoming Events

9/12 – Wednesday: Parent University, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Crittenden Middle School

9/13 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

9/13 – Thursday: PIQE 1, 6:00pm - 8:00pm - MUR

9/13 – Thursday: PIQE 2, 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

9/19 – Wednesday: SSC, 5:00pm - 6:30pm - Staff Lounge

9/19 – Wednesday: PTA Parent Meeting, 6:30pm – 8:00pm – MUR

9/20 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

9/20 - Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

9/27 - Thursday: Personal Award Assembly, 8:00am - 8:30pm, MUR

9/27 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/3 - Wednesday: Picture Retakes, MUR

10/4 - Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting 8:00am - 10:30 & 6:30pm - 8:00pm – MI Staff Lounge

10/4 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/4 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

10/8 -10/12 - Parent Teacher Conference Week, Mimimum Day all week

10/10 - Wednesday: Parent University, 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Graham Middle School

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

District News

Attendance - Be in School Be on Time

My student is in school most of the time, so that’s ok, right?

Most parents are aware of what it means for a child to be truant from school. However, there is a new push through the state of California to reduce the numbers of students who are “chronically absent.” Students who are chronic absent typically attend school fairly regularly, but miss a few days here and there, which really add up and affect their learning. It's important to know both excused or unexcused absences count toward chronic absenteeism.

Chronically absent students have been absent (either excused or unexcused) for 10% of the time that school has been in session. For example, if your student has been absent 2 days before Sept. 15, he is chronically absent. If your student has been absent 5 days before Oct. 20, she is chronically absent. An average of 2 days absent a month means a student is chronically absent. The District is now required to track this data and report it to the state. For more information, click here.

MV Parent U: "Super readers!" on Sept. 12

MV Parent U presents: “Super Readers! Growing Your Child's Skills, One Book at a Time” Wednesday, September 12th from 6:30-8pm at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presenters: The Mountain View Public Library (Julie Jackson, Librarian Youth Services) and Patricia Girardi (Former Principal and District Literacy Coordinator)

Please join us to learn several strategies for supporting your readers and writers at home:

• How to boost your child’s reading engagement and make reading fun
• Ways to encourage and support writing
• How to have conversations with your child and build language that supports academic success

In addition, the Mountain View Library will share:
* Ebooks and online library resources
* Information on library programs and services for the entire family

* Interpretation (Spanish support)
* Child care
* Transportation (Bus departs from Castro Elementary and Graham Middle School at 6 p.m. and returns at 8:30 p.m.)
* Raffle prizes!!!

Please register here


This week at X, our Community School of Music and Arts ( CSMA) art classes begin, joining the CSMA music curriculum that kicked off a few weeks ago. The CSMA art and music programs, consist of in-depth, skill-building and sequential lessons that meet the California State Visual and Performing Arts Standards for Art. This program is paid for by the Mountain View Educational Foundation which, thanks to donations from parents like you, brings art, music, 4th and 5th-grade environmental field trips, Living Classroom, and more to our school. Your donations to this organization pay for these incredible art and music teachers every week. Learn more and donate at

Family BBQ


A fun event to meet members, parents and staff involved in special education.
Teachers, paraprofessionals, and specialists are all invited - get to know families!

When: Saturday, September 15, 11am-2pm Where: Rengstorff Park, “Green” BBQ area, 201 South Rengstorff Avenue, Mountain View
Hosts: Stacey and Christine -

FREE burgers, hot dogs and vegetarian options will be provided.
Please bring a beverage or snack to share.

Let's Talk Support Group

Let's Talk
How to Advocate for your child. 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.
Monday September 17, 2018
10AM - 12 PM
Cafe Tables in front of Whole Foods, Los Altos on El Camino

SELPA I CAC presents:

Let's Talk Support Group/IEP Troubleshooting, Evening Sessions!

Let's Talk is our support group for IEPs and 504s and any special education concerns or venting! Parent run and parent led, all are welcome, but all information discussed must remain confidential.

Wednesday September 19 and Wednesday October 17

7-9PM Los Altos Library conference room, 13 S. San Antonio Rd, Los Altos