Proctor Elementary School

School Newsletter, October 2019

Happy Fall Y'all!

Happy Fall! We have many fun and exciting events coming this month.

Fall Carnival is Coming!

Later this month, we have our very fun Fall Carnival on October 18 after school @ 3:00 pm on the upper field. The Carnival is a great event for families to enjoy! We will have petting zoo, face painting, balloon artist, obstacle course, games, raffle, food and the notorious 5th grade haunted house. Pre-order forms and waivers have been sent home with your student. You must have a waiver to participate in the obstacle course! We hope to see you there!

Also, the Fall Carnival poster contest entries are due Friday, October 11th in the school office. Winners will be announced Monday, October 14th .

Show your Proctor Pride!

Our character trait for the month of October is Trustworthiness. Please have

conversations with your children about what it means to be Trustworthy and how they

can show their Proctor Pride by being Trustworthy at school and home.


Do you have some extra time in the middle of the day, enjoy being outdoors and

would like to earn some money? We are in need of more noon supervisors. If you are

interested in helping out a few days a week or only one day a week, we would

greatly appreciate the help. Please see Ms. Kwan or Ms. Dugan in the front office for more

information. Thank you!

Celebration of our Veterans

We will be having a celebration to honor our community veterans on Friday, November 8th

at 8:15 a.m. Please let us know if you are a veteran or have a family member who is a veteran who would like to attend. PTA and Proctor staff will be hosting a Veteran Appreciation Brunch directly after the assembly in the Art Center. If you are interested in helping with this, please contact Mrs. Ghereben, or Kathy Cook. We will be sending out more information about this event in the coming weeks.

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The Bike Mobile is Coming! Friday, October 11th!!

This is an awesome Safe Routes to School Event!! To encourage our school community to walk & bike to school more often, bring your bike in for repairs!! This is a Free, 1st come 1st serve the day of the event.

Students, parents, and school staff are invited to bring their bikes for free repairs & tune-ups. While they fix your bike they teach participants about how they can properly maintain their bike in the future. In a 3-4 hour visit they can usually fix 20-30 bikes and are able to repair brakes, flat tires, shifting issues and most other problems.

10/11/19 from 1:40-4pm. Upper Staff Parking Lot!
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Proctor Garden Ribbon Cutting Event!! CV Forum Article, Wednesday 10/9

Proctor Elementary School Garden Now Open for Class.

Through a combined effort of the Garden Club/PTA, students, parents, staff, volunteers, and sponsors; the updated Proctor Elementary School Garden was proudly unveiled Friday and ready for use. It was a major community project over the last year in designing and building planters, tables, and seating to be utilized for a variety of uses by all levels. Many community groups also helped support this project—thank you to Eden Hospital, CV Rotary Club, CV Education Foundation, Anglin State Farm, Walsh PM, and the Valentine-Warbasse-Heise Families. The Garden Team would also like to thank Karen Canady, Carolina Pantoja, Kat Troyer, the Anglins, Peter Rosen and Scott Troyer for leading this charge! This project was all about building community and promoting hands-on science instruction and exploration at Proctor.

Principal Ghereben stated “We are thrilled to see such strong support for transforming our school garden into an enriching hands-on educational learning space. Our goal for this school garden is that it cultivates our students’ love for learning, healthy food, nature, and garden-based learning, while promoting community participation. We are greatly appreciative of the many parents, students, volunteers, PTA, and sponsors who helped create a beautiful working garden for our school community.


Upcoming Events and Activities!!

10/10 - School Play Parent info Night - 5:30pm (1st session) and 6pm (2nd session). This opportunity is for 2nd to 5th grade students. Th is year's play is The Aristocrats.

10/11 - Principal's Coffee Talk - Measure G Community Update, 8:15 am, Art Center

10/16 - Picture Re-Take Day

10/17 - The Great Shake-Out Drill

10/18 - Walkathon Assembly - 8:15, Lower playground

10/18 - Proctor Fall Carnival, 3:00 pm, upper field

10/31 - School-Wide Halloween Parade, 8:30 a.m. Ask your teacher for more information

Proctor Student and Parent Recognition!

Christian Vu was chosen this year to be recognized by our Board of Education. Christian is on our Proctor Patriots Leadership Team and has done a wonderful job with all of the responsibilities that he has taken on willingly. He is always ready to lend a helping hand and takes initiative when he sees that certain things need to get accomplished.

Christian has taken on this role with pride and seriousness, and it has been a joy watching him grow as a student leader. He should be very proud of all that he has accomplished while at Proctor, as he truly understands and embodies what Proctor Pride is all about! Congratulations Christian!

Yan-Yan Kovacs is being recognized as Proctor Elementary School’s outstanding parent volunteer for the 2019-2020 school year. Her continuous support of Proctor Elementary School is evident from her involvement in a wide variety of school programs and events over the past 6 years.

But what Yan-Yan is most famously known for is organizing and running our school walkathon fundraiser. Each school year Yan-Yan spends over 80 hours planning and preparing for this massive event. With this being such a large scale fundraiser, Yan-Yan starts as early as March to be ready for walkthrough registration recruiting parent volunteers to help run the event. She also plays the part as the Walkathon's energetic MC! During the 2015 school year, she helped the PTA transition from collecting donations manually, to an online system, as well as other process improvements using technology which doubled the donations brought in that year.

Yan-Yan’s commitment to organizing and running this event has brought in over $160,000 in donations to the Proctor PTA, and recently another $57,000 during last week’s walkathon!! All which has provided our students with technology, programs, field trips, teacher grants, and other countless resources.

We are fortunate to have such an outstanding parent like Yan-Yan as part of our school community.

Get Involved, and represent Proctor!

At Proctor and CVUSD, we have a number of opportunities for parents to get involved and have an impact by providing input on district policies and practices. If you're interested in representing our school on the LCAP committee, we are still looking for a parent volunteer. Please reply by email with your name by using the contact information at the bottom of this newsletter and we will be in reach out to you!

  • Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) Committee

    • Description: The LCAP is a tool for local educational agencies to set goals, plan actions, and leverage resources to meet those goals to improve student outcomes. It is detailed and specific with concrete action plans and outcomes. This committee will assist in the creation of our next LCAP.

    • Time & Place: 6-7:30pm @ the District Office

    • Meeting Dates: 10/22, 12/4, 2/11, 4/2

Proctor Supports a Safe Learning Environment!

  1. THE GREAT SHAKEOUT: Every year on 10/17 @ 10:17am, we participate in the Great Shakeout (Click here for more information) where we practice our earthquake procedures. Teachers will be discussing and teaching students what to do in the event of an earthquake prior to this day. Please do not come and pick up your children at this time.

  2. Digital Citizenship for Students: Student Digital Citizenship is about students learning and understanding safe, respectful, and responsible use of the Internet and devices. This includes password protection, social media use, cyber-bullying prevention, and understanding internet information fake or real.

    1. You can have your students take the free course for learning about safe Internet use. It is game-based learning about essential elements for Internet Use - Password safety, Fake or Real, Sharing information, and Be Kind. PLAY IT HERE

    2. Google's Be Internet Awesome is free tool for families and students.

  3. Second Step: We will continue through our Second Step curriculum, which teaches kids social-emotional skills such as self-regulation and problem-solving. It teachers students empathy, and prevents bullying behaviors. Ask your teachers for the family home links to review together!

  4. October is Bully Prevention month! Check out this Resource!

  5. October 23rd - 31st - National Red Ribbon Week - Promotes how to stay drug free!

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Check out School Smarts!!!

The upcoming School Smarts program is starting on October 9th from 6:30 to 8pm at Stanton Elementary.

School Smarts is a seven week long program that teaches parents how to navigate the elementary school system. For new parents to CVUSD, or new to public education, this is a great resource to access! Plus there would be childcare available. Click on the link below for more information about this great program.


Claudia Valencia

Parent / Community Liaison

Castro Valley Unified School District

(510) 537 3000 Ext 1258

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CVUSD Board of Education

Dot Theodore, President

Gary Howard, Vice President

Monica Lee

Jo A.S. Loss

Lavender Lee Whitaker


Parvin Ahmadi

Proctor Elementary School

Home of the Patriots!

Hilda Kwan

School Secretary

Vicki Dugan

Attendance Secretary

Heather Ghereben

School Principal