The Dolphin Whistle

February 14, 2018, Issue 24

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Dear Mariano Castro Parents,
Thank you to everyone that has a great record of no tardies! Here are a few reminders and tips to be sure your child is here by 8:00 a.m. ready to learn.

1. Students can arrive at school as early as 7:30 a.m. and can eat in the cafeteria or line up on the blacktop. Grades 2-5 can go to the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays for morning reading class.

2. Change the order of drop off so that the Castro child is dropped off first. Many students are late because an older sibling is dropped off first and then parents are late getting back to Castro.

3. If you need to make arrangements to drop off before 7:30 a.m. please contact me through the office and we can discuss what is possible.

4. Aim for 7:50 a.m., not 8:00 a.m. This way you reduce the chances of traffic, or a late start from home, making your child late for school.

Best Regards,

Theresa Lambert

Principal Mariano Castro Elementary


Friday, February 16th end of trimester dismissal 11:55am. Please, pick up your student on time.
Also next week there is no school Monday, February 19th until Friday, February 23rd.
Enjoy this time with your family and we will see you back on Monday, February 26th.

Mariano Castro Movie Night 'Paddington'

Come watch "Paddinton' in the Cafeteria with your family and friends. Admission is FREE!
The movie will begin at 6:00pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.


Amigos de las Américas invites the Mariano Castro and Gabriela Mistral Elementary School students to an academic program that will study health/nutrition; animals/ habitats; leadership and the rain forest.

There will also be crafts, art, snacks and outdoor games.

When? Saturdays: February 24; March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31

Time? 10:00 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

For Whom? Grades 2 to 5

Where? Castro/Mistral Schools – Rooms 107 and 110

The program is free and it is not necessary to sign up; just come!

Project CornerStone

Upcoming Reader Training:

When: Thursday, March 1st

8:30 am in the Teacher's Lounge


7:00 pm room TBD (after the Mistral Science Show)

Book: How Do I Stand In Your Shoes?

The importance of Empathy.

*Translation, Childcare, and Snacks provided.


NO March 29th meeting

Rescheduled for: APRIL 5th at 8:30 am (morning only)

This will be our last meeting of the school year.

Thank you readers! We couldn't do this without you!!

Calendar of Upcoming Events

2/15 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

2/15 Thursday - Personal Award Assembly 8:00am - 9:00am MUR

2/15 Thursday - Castro Movie Night 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

2/16 Friday - Field Trip Hidden Villa Farm 8:30am - 11:30am RM's 9 & 13

2/16 Friday - End of Second Trimester Minimum Day, Dismissal 11:55am

February 19 thru February 23 No School ~Winter Break~

2/27 Tuesday - Principal's Coffee 8:00am - 9:00am Staff Lounge

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI Project Cornerstone 8:00am - 9:30am Staff Lounge

3/1 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/7 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) meeting 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/8 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge

3/9 Friday - Field Trip Mission Santa Clara 8:45am - 12:40pm RM's 12 & 16

3/13 Tuesday - ELAC Meeting 6:00pm - 7:30pm MUR

3/14 Wednesday - Achievement Reward Carnival 2:00pm - 3:30pm Castro

3/14 Wednesday - School Site Council (SSC) 5:00pm - 6:30pm Staff Lounge

3/14 Wednesday - PTA Association meeting 6:30pm - 7:30pm MUR

3/15 Thursday - MI/CA - FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm Staff Lounge

3/19 Monday - NO SCHOOL/ Staff Development Day

3/20 Tuesday - MI/CA CSMA Concert 6:00pm - 8:00pm MUR

3/22 Thursday - CA/MI FEI Parent Classes 6:00pm - 8:00pm - Staff Lounge


We want to hear from you! LCAP survey and meeting

The District is beginning its annual process of updating the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). This input collected will guide the update of our District plan for the 2018-19 school year.

Parents, we want to hear from you: Please click below to give input through March 2 in a survey about the plans' goals. (Using a laptop/desktop computer or a tablet is recommended. Formatting may not be as readable on mobile devices). If you would like a paper copy, please come to the office.

Parent Survey:

More information found here:

Become a Living Classroom Docent!

Mountain View Whisman School District’s Living Classroom program inspires our students to value the natural world through garden-based education. We provide Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms with hour-long lessons that correlate with current science, math, and social studies standards. Living Classroom uses a hands-on, inquiry approach to learning which ensures our lessons are effective AND fun!

This year we will teach over 500 lessons with the help of our volunteers. Becoming a docent is rewarding, enjoyable, and no prior teaching experience is required. Interested in sharing your love of nature and outdoor learning with students? We would love to have you on board! Want to learn more? Check us out at or direct questions to Program Manager Mallory Traughber at We will be holding three spring training sessions:

Monday, March 5th

Stevenson PACT School

1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12th

Duveneck School

705 Alester Ave., Palo Alto

Room 10

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Monday, March 19th

Stevenson PACT School

1400 Montecito Ave., Mountain View

Conference Room D

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
**Living Classroom is funded by donations to the Mountain View Educational Foundation. Learn more at **

Mentor Tutor Connection Volunteer Information Open House - March 1

Thinking about how you can make a difference in the life of a student in our community?

Mentor Tutor Connection needs Mentors for High School students and Tutors for K- 8 students in Los Altos and Mountain View schools.

All volunteers must be high school graduates.

There is no obligation to sign up as a volunteer. You're welcome to just come and learn more about what we do.

Date: Thursday, March 1

Time: 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Location: MVLA District Office - Board Room

1299 Bryant Ave, Mountain View, CA



Change to 5th grade Music Progress Reports:

The fifth-grade music program introduces students to playing an instrument, giving them a good musical foundation, developing proper technique, and fostering a life-long love of music making. In order to increase the focus on these objectives, CSMA will discontinue individual testing and the 2nd and 3rd trimester detailed progress reports created for each music student. Instead, students will continue to be evaluated in class without the pressure of playing tests in so many different areas to determine their grades. They will receive an N or S grade and teacher comments, similar to the grading that takes place in the art program. These evaluations will also be used in part to determine the students invited to participate in the Summer Honor Program.
The main ways you can help your student succeed in band or strings is to ensure he/she brings his/her instrument and supplies to music class each week and practice at home regularly. We look forward to sharing their musical progress with you at the spring Gala concerts at CSMA. Concert details will be provided soon!