The Dolphin Whistle

October 25, 2017, Issue 11

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,

Parent conferences have finished and the end of the trimester is fast approaching! The trimester ends on Friday, November 3rd. Students are being assessed from now until the end of the trimester, teachers then complete the report cards, have them translated if necessary, and then report cards are sent home on Friday, November 17th. Please be sure to review them thoroughly and if you have any questions at all, please contact the teacher. We are happy to help you with this contact through the office personnel or the School Community Engagement Facilitator (SCEF). As always, please remember to ask your child how they are doing on the goals they have set and recorded in their school goal binder. It is important that these goal conversations happen regularly at home and not just at school.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

Keep it Fun - Not Scary!

We are having a Hallowe'en Parade on Tuesday, October 31st at 12:30 p.m. The students will put their costume on here at school with their teacher; please do not send them in the morning wearing their costume.

No Scary Costumes at School on Halloween

Please note that both Castro and Mistral will not allow clown costumes to be worn at school during Halloween. Also, students are not allowed to wear scary, gory costumes (Scream, zombie, monster, etc.) and neither are fake weapons allowed at school (leave the pirate sword at home, etc.) For those who are new to us, this school has a long-standing tradition of not doing scary costumes to avoid traumatizing the younger students.

Check Lost and Found Rack before Friday, October 27, 2017.

If your student has lost any item, please come to check the Lost and Found rack before Friday, October 27th, at the end of the school day. The Lost and Found rack is in the front office. We will be donating the items that are not claimed by Friday, October 27, 2017.

Its the Turkey Trot - Thursday, November 2, 2017

All students who walk bike, carpool, or ride the bus to school will receive a raffle ticket and be entered into a drawing to win a bicycle and helmet! See attached flyer for details.

Project ConrnerStone

Upcoming Reader Training:

When: Thursday, Nov. 2nd

8:30 am or 6:30 pm

Where: Teacher's Lounge

Book: BIG

Translation, Childcare, and snacks provided.

We still need Spanish Speaking Readers.

Reading in a class is a simple way to make a big difference.

Contact: Sarah


Reminder: No book in December, we will have a holiday breakfast and social Thursday, Dec. 7th at 8:30 am in the teacher's lounge, no evening meeting.

Calendar of Upcoming Events

10/25 Wednesday - Field Trip: Mountain View Library 8:45am - 10:20am RM's 112 & 113

10/26 Thursday - Personal Awards Assembly 8:00am MUR

10/26 Thursday - Cafecito with the superintendent 6:30pm MUR

10/28 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR
10/31 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

10/31 Tuesday - Halloween Parade 12:30pm Castro

11/1 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm 6:30pm Staff Lounge

11/2 Thursday - CA/MI WAlk or Bike to School Day 7:45am

11/2 Thursday - Project Cornerstone meeting 8:30am & 6:30pm Staff Lounge

11/4 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/6 - 11/9 5th Grade Science Camp

11/7 Tuesday - PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR
11/9 Thursday - MI/CA Chess Club Orientation Info Night 5:30pm - 8:00pm MUR

11/10 No School Veterans Day

11/13 Monday - Field Trip: Youth Science 8:30am - 1:30pm RM's 11 & 15

11/13 Monday - Field Trip: De Anza College Planetarium 9:00am - 12:00pm RM's 9 & 13
11/14 Tuesday - ELAC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR
11/15 Wednesday - Field Trip: Deer Hollow Farm 8:40am - 12:45pm RM's 10 & 14
11/15 Wednesday - PTA Association Meeting 6:30pm -7:30pm MUR
11/16 Thursday - Personal Success Assembly 8:00am MUR
11/17 Friday - Field Trip: California Museum & Capital Building 7:00am - 6:00pm
RM's 12 & 16

11/18 Saturday - English Classes (ESL) for adults 9:30am - 12:00pm MUR

11/22 thru 11/24 Thanksgiving Holiday

11/29 Wednesday - Field Trip: Children's Discovery Museum 8:50am - 12:55pm

RM's 112 & 113

11/29 Wednesday - District Kinder Night 5:00pm - 8:00pm MUR


WAT Update

The money from the sales at the Walkathon have been counted. Currently, the bills are being examined and paid. Last Friday 10/20 was the deadline for the Sponsors/Pledges to come in. These figures will be calculated next. Thank you for your help to make this event a success!

If you have not turned in your Sponsors/Pledges please turn them in by Friday 10/27, or as soon as possible. Every dollar from Sponsors/Pledges helps Castro School and our programs. Every dollar counts!

PTA Association Meeting

The next PTA Meeting is on November 15th at 6:30pm in the MUR. Please plan to attend. It is typically only one hour and you can learn how opportunities are available for your children because of the PTA. Childcare, light snacks, and Interpretation in Spanish will be provided at the meeting. We have many various subjects to discuss and the meetings are not boring.

Mark your calendar for November 15th PTA Meeting @Castro!

Box Tops for Education Update

The Box Tops for Education are flowing in to the school. Keep them coming in! Our next deadline is 10/27/17. Castro collects Box Tops all year long, so continue to save them. Every Box Top is worth 10 cents. With 10 little coupons our school earns $1.00! Please contact friends, family, and neighbors and ask them to save Box Tops for your child’s school. Remember, this money helps our dedicated teachers too!

Spirit Wear

The Castro Spirit Wear Committee has taken inventory and is getting ready to ask the PTA Board about ordering items. If you have any ideas or recommendations please contact Nelly Gomez (650) 669-1163.

Tell her you are calling about Castro Spirit Wear! (Spanish/English) Another sale is coming soon. Keep watching the Newsletter to find out when items will be available for sale.

Labels for Education

Since the Labels for Education program is ending soon we need all Labels to be turned in to the school promptly. You may submit them in the Box Tops collection boxes in the classrooms or bring them to the Box Tops collection box in the Castro Office. Thank you for participating! We are planning to purchase equipment for the students to use on the playground.


Cafecito with the Superintendent

For Spanish-speaking parents of MVWSD students - Join Superintendent Dr. Ayindé Rudolph for casual conversation on Thursday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. at Castro. Bring your questions and comments. Interpretation will be available.

Want text messages from the District? Opt in!

MVWSD has the capability to send text messages, but we are required to ask you first to opt-in before receiving text messages from the District. MVWSD would send you texts infrequently, for the purpose of notifying you of emergencies or with important, time-sensitive information.

Here’s how to opt in. You can subscribe or unsubscribe to receive text messages from the District at any time by texting one of the short codes listed below to 68453 using the cell phone number that the District has on record.

  • Opt-in: "Y", "YES", "OPTIN", "OPT IN", and "SUBSCRIBE" are all acceptable keywords for subscribing to SMS text messaging.

  • Opt-out: "END", "CANCEL", "OPT OUT", "OPTOUT", "STOP", "QUIT", and "UNSUBSCRIBE" will cancel SMS messages to the recipient.

You may have received a text message and opted in when this service was first added in 2015 or when your cell phone number was added to our system.

In order to receive messages from the District you need to opt-in from the number that is listed as the cell contact number in our student information system. If you need to update this number, please contact your school.

MV Parent U: “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” Nov. 8

Mountain View Parent U presents “Being an 'Askable Adult'--Talking to your child about sexuality” on Wednesday, Nov. 8, from 6:30- 8 p.m. at the Crittenden Middle School MUR.

Presented by Health Connected, a Bay Area health education leader, parents will learn the why, what, how and when of talking with your kids about sexual health. Join us for a fun and interactive workshop that will inspire and assist trusted adults to engage their children in open and honest conversation.

The session is appropriate for adults with children of any age, and definitely relevant for adults with children approaching puberty through their teen years.

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


  • Interpretation (Spanish support)

  • Child care

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

Register here

Donated to MVEF yet? Avoid the call and make your tax-deductible donation now!

Have your elementary students showed you a beautiful piece of art they made in their art class taught by a CSMA teacher? Sung a song their CSMA teacher taught them? Did your middle schooler run cross country this fall or join AM choir? These are just some of the programs made possible by your donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation.

* MVEF will be holding its annual phone-a-thon on October 25th, so donate today to avoid the call!

Mountain View Educational Foundation needs to raise $750,000 this year to fund all of the programs it supports. MVEF raises and distributes critical funds to ensure that all our students get a competitive, well-rounded education through core programs in art, music, STEM exploration, leadership, and middle school extended-day electives and sports.