The Dolphin Whistle

September 26, 2018 Issue 7

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Dear Parents,

This week and next, all Castro students are participating in Ability Awareness Week(AAW). Huge thanks go to the SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee of the LA/MV PTAs as well as the coordinators for this wonderful experience for Castro and Mistral, parents Agnes Charrel-Berthillier and Claire Quesnel-Oueini.

Students in grades 1, and 4 participate in a rotation of activities that are designed to build empathy, understanding and respect for the challenges of all students. Students in grades K, 2, 3 and 5 will have a volunteer presenter come to the room and read a grade-level appropriate book and leading a discussion highlighting the challenges faced by students with physical, emotional, or learning difficulties. The emphasis is on understanding, kindness, and dignity.

It is our goal that every MVWSD student understand that:

  • Every student is special in one way or another,
  • There is a common need for friendship, support, guidance,

  • Every student needs to be included and accepted.

We are confident that experiences such as this will help students to grow into caring and understanding adults as well as help all students to contribute to a positive learning environment.

Please attend the Speaker Presentation on this topic at our PTA meeting Wed, September 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the multi.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary

5th Grade Walden West Science Camp

Some information from the District regarding our upcoming science camp on November 13th to November 16th for all 5th grade students:

The District asks that those families that can afford to contribute towards the 5th grade trip to Walden West Science Camp pay the fee of $270.00. Payment of the fee is not mandatory, and no pupil shall be denied the opportunity to participate in this school camp because of nonpayment of the fee.

Calendar Upcoming Events

9/26 - Wednesday: AAW Parent Training - 6:30pm - 7:30pm - MUR

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

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

9/27 - Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

9/28 - Friday: Parent Coffee for Special Education, 8:00am-9:00am - 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: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, 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

10/11 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/15 - Monday: DELAC Meeting, 5:30pm - 7:30pm - Theuerkauf Elementary School - Library

10/18 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/18 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/18 – Thursday: MVWSD Board Meeting, 7pm-10pm, Graham MUR

10/19 - Friday: CA/MI Walk-A-Thon, 2:30pm - 6:00pm

10/22 - Monday: First Grade Field Trip, 9:00am - 12:00 noon

10/23 - Tuesday: ELAC Meeting, 6:00pm - 7:30pm - MUR

10/25 – Thursday: Food Distrubution, 11:30am - 1:30pm - MUR

10/25 – Thursday: PIQE 6:00pm - 8:00pm, MUR

10/26 - Friday: Fourth Grade Field Trip, 8:25am - 12:45pm

PTA News

Save the date for Walk-a-thon!

Save the date for Walk-a-thon! WAT, the annual Mistral/Castro community and fundraising event, will take place on Friday, Oct 19. The kids have the opportunity to walk between 2:30-5:30pm. Awesome food will be available from 2-6pm. WAT 2018 - it's all about fun, festivity, food and friends!!

We've set up an online permission slip, for ease and to save paper. The online form can be found here:


Want to use a school laptop to register? If so, we will have laptops available in front of the office on Monday/Wednesday/Friday this week and next week, from 8:15-8:45am.

More information is coming later this week including:
- Walkstarter (online donation system) and paper donation forms
- What to expect as a Kinder parent
- Volunteer sign up

We're also looking for WAT Committee Leads for the following areas:
- Volunteers
- Publicity

If you're interested in learning more about either of these roles, please reach out to WAT Chair,
Trish Gilbert; 650-814-4585


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


The Mountain View Educational Foundation funds great programming benefitting your child, and every child! Over 70% of our funding comes from parents like you and we need your help!

Did you know that MVEF pays for CSMA art and music teachers? Or that 22 middle school athletic teams have refs, coaches and transportation thanks to MVEF funding? We need your help to fund these programs, as well as hands-on science, Living Classroom, environmental science field trips and more!

Help us reach our goal to raise $750,000 and donate today at