The Dolphin Whistle

September 3, 2018 Issue 4

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Dear Parents,

Thank you to all who came to Back to School Night! Parent Conferences are in mid October and this is an opportunity to talk to the teacher about questions, concerns, praises, and information about your child that will help the teacher to understand his/her situation better. 100% attendance is required at parent conferences. As always, if you need to talk to a teacher or to me please contact the office and arrangements will be made promptly.

Have a wonderful first week of September,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


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

When? – Starts September 6

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!

Calendar Upcoming Events

9/6 – Thursday: Picture Day, MUR

9/6 – Thursday: Project Cornerstone Meeting 8:00am - 10:30 & 6:30pm - 8:00pm – MI Staff Lounge

9/6 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

9/6 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

9/10 – Monday: DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm-7:30pm – Theuerkauf School

9/12 – Wednesday: Parent University – Crittenden Middle School

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

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

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

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

District News

MVEF news and Hobee's Give Back Day Sept. 8

As the schools wrap up their Back to School Nights, the Mountain View Educational Foundation, (MVEF) hopes parents learned more about what school foundations add to their children's educations. Neighboring cities, like Palo Alto and Los Altos, also rely on educational foundations to bring essential programs to their school districts. Here in Mountain View that includes hands-on science, field trips, standards-based art and music lessons from Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA), middle school athletics and more. A key to our district’s success is a vibrant PTA, a strong educational foundation and engaged parents like you! The colorful brochure you received at back to school night doubles as a donation envelope- making donating easy! Or you can donate online at Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you!

Spend your Saturday with your family, eating out and giving back to your schools! If are looking for an excuse to eat some of Hobee’s famous coffee cake, head to Hobee’s on Saturday the 8th. Hobee’s Mountain View will be donating 20% of your bill back to MVEF – just mention MVEF or show them the attached flyer!

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

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