Proctor Patriots

School Newsletter, Edition IV, October 22, 2018

We choose Kindness!

As part of my mission and role as Proctor's Principal, I want to foster new meanings about diversity, promote inclusive school cultures and instructional programs, and build relationships between the school and the CV community. Proctor Elementary is blessed to be made up of so many cultures that make up our school community. We are a diverse, and united community with teachers, staff, and parents who all believe in promoting kindness and not hate.

When the stress of school and life begin to weigh on us, focusing on Kindness towards others can be incredibly impactful, and has the power to change the culture of a whole community.

At Proctor, we model kindness daily through our Positive Behavior Intervention Program, and the Be Kindness Project which promotes focusing on specific character traits each month. For the month of October, we will be focusing on how to Be Respectful. Students will be recognized on November 2nd, during our monthly Flag Assembly who exhibit this trait.

To partner together as a united school community, let's take a stand against hate. Please read the invitation below!

CV Community Alliance Presents: Bay Area Stands United Against Hate Week!

Please Join Proctor Elementary in participating in the CV Unity Poetry/Art Slam

  • 6-8pm @ the Small Town Society
  • Wednesday, November 14th, Admission Free!

The theme to this event is "a time that you have overcome hate or spread understanding and kindness in the community."

To Enter: Submit art, music, or poetry in either the form of a video, doc, or email, or original artwork. Email to castrovalleyunitypoetryslam@gmail.

Poetry must be less than 3 minutes, dances, and songs, must be less than 4 minutes, and art must be smaller than 18"x24"

First Come, First Serve!

Deadline is November 2nd.

The right to reject entries which don't reflect our theme will be maintained.

Castro Valley: United Against Hate Walk

  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • 6:00PM, Walk Begins at 6:45PM
  • Castro Valley Public Library, 3600 Norbridge Ave.Castro Valley, CA

Join CVUSD, and the Community of CV at the Castro Valley Library with some words from guest speakers who will kick off the United Against Hate Walk. Following the kick off, the walk will proceed down Castro Valley Boulevard, Santa Maria, Northbridge Avenue, and back to the Library. Castro Valley United Posters will be provided, or bring your own!

Red Ribbon Spirit Week!! October 22nd - October 26th

You are invited to participate in a spirit week to celebrate our choice to be drug free! During the week of October 22nd through October 26th, we will kick of the Red Ribbon Week with themed spirit days that support the teachings of what Red Ribbon Week is all about, being a drug-free community!

Monday: Proud to be Drug Free!

Wear red to help kickoff Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday: Sock it to Drugs

Wear mismatched or crazy socks.

Wednesday: Team up Against Drugs

Wear your favorite sports shirt or jersey.

Thursday: Don't Get Tied up in Drugs

Wear a tie, tie dye, a hair tie.

Friday: Our School Chooses to be Drug Free!

Wear your school shirt or school colors.

Proctor Halloween Parade

Halloween is right around the corner. We will be hosting our annual Halloween Costume Parade, on Wednesday, October 31st, from 8:15 - 9:15. You may remain on campus to view the parade without checking into the office. Once the parade is over, and you will be staying on campus to volunteer, or take part in classroom festivities, please visit the office to sign-in, and for a volunteer sticker.

As you plan for this day, families may want to know what is acceptable for costumes to make this a positive and fun environment for all. We ask for your support in helping students to comply with these rules.

  • Costumes must comply with the school dress codes, be age-appropriate (no R-rated themes) and be respectful to others
  • No blood or gore
  • No full-face masks
  • Students' costumes may not include pretend weapons and/or explosives. Toy guns, swords, knives, or martial arts weapons, etc., are not allowed and will be confiscated if brought to school.
  • We are also asking for your cooperation in NOT allowing your children to dress up as clowns due to the possible disruption and fear it may cause. If anyone shows up with a clown-related costume, they will be asked to change
  • Please help your student select costumes that support our efforts to provide a positive and fun environment.

A Message from our District Nurse!

Now that we are well into the school year, and the weather is getting colder, students are closer in contact with each other. This means lice cases are on the rise. Please take note about the following information, and pay close attention to the signs of head lice on your child, and how they can be transmitted!

Head Lice are tiny insects that need to feed off the human body to survive and live in the human scalp. Lice cannot fly or jump from one person to another, they can only crawl. Also, they do not live on dogs, cats or any other animals, only humans. Human lice hatch from eggs called nits. These tiny eggs are grayish-white, shaped like tear drops, and are attached to an individual hair shaft, near the scalp and cannot be brushed off like dandruff. Live lice are hard to see and should be looked for behind the ears and the back of the head – a hand held lens may be of assistance.

Head lice can be transmitted by:

• Direct contact with someone with active head lice

• Personal items such as combs, brushes, and other hair care items, towels and bed linens

• Clothing such as hats, ribbons, and other head cover

Signs of Head Lice: Intense itching and scratching of the scalp and the back of the neck. It helps to use a magnifying glass and natural daylight when looking. Closely examine the scalp, especially the ears. Look for the small, grayish-white or yellowish-white eggs attached to the hair. These nits can sometimes be mistaken for dandruff, but they cannot be easily brushed or blown away.

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Join us on November 3rd, for our second School Beautification Day!

The Proctor Garden Club invites families and friends to join our second campus cleanup and beautification on November 3, from 9 AM to 12 PM.

Drinks and snacks provided! Please wear comfortable clothes and bring your tools.

Meet at the Proctor Elementary garden. Join the fun!

Please the attached flyer! This will also be sent through Peach Jar!

The attached slides will help you understand the full scope of the school's Garden Project. We are very excited for the end result!

Please contact Karen Canady for further information!

English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC)

Our First ELAC Meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 7th.

The purpose of the ELAC is to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English learners. The committee advises (reviews and comments) on the following:

  • Advise the principal and school staff on the school’s program for English Learners.
  • Participate in the school’s needs assessment of students, parents, and teachers.f li
  • Advise the school on the annual language census (R-30).
  • Advise the School Site Council on the development of the Single Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Provide input on the most effective ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.

Please contact the school Principal, Heather Ghereben if you would like to participate in this committee,

Room 16 Inventory and Purge!

Parents, I am in need of some volunteers who have time to come in this Tuesday, or after school this week to help inventory our old district curriculum, and our excess curriculum. They then need to be boxed, and labeled to be sent to the district. My goal is to clear out Room 16, to be used as another usable instructional space for our school and community. I will also post this on our school's FB page.

Please contact me if you can help out!

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The District staff has put together an Executive Summary to provide an update about the score changes made to the Measure G construction. You can access the Executive Summary here:

Here is a link that speaks to the specific work to be completed and planned for Proctor:

The District will be meeting with the Proctor Staff this Tuesday to receive their input and feedback about current scope changes. Additional evening meetings will be planned to update the school community on the timeline, and progress of the Measure G work to be planned and completed at Proctor.

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Proctor Walking Groups?

If you are part of a school walking group, please contact Rachel Sanders, our Safe Routes to School Parent volunteer! We are trying to connect other walkers with groups around the Proctor neighborhoods to walk safely to school together.

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Safe Routes to School Bike Mobile! Friday, November 2nd!

We want to see more students and parents riding their bikes to school! We know bikes need a lot of maintenance and that’s why we’ve invited The Safe Routes to Schools BikeMobile to provide free tune ups for all parents, students and teachers at our school!

If your bike or your child’s bike is making one of those mystery sounds or collecting dust because it has a flat tire, bring it to school on Friday, November 2nd, between 1:45pm and 4:45pm in the lower parking lot near the Fire Lane. The BikeMobile can fix flat tires, adjust brakes and gears, and even replace broken or worn out parts like chains, seats, and tires. The only thing it can’t do is replace missing wheels or gears. While the mechanics work on your bike they’ll explain how it works and how to keep it running smooth.

Bike or no bike, everyone is welcome to attend to learn about maintenance, safety, and more! This is a first come, first serve event. We can only guarantee to fix the first 20 bikes that sign up, so please come early!

Would you like to help staff the event? We welcome parent volunteers who want to help with signups and repairs. To signup as a volunteer and to learn more about our great program log onto or contact

This service is offered through the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s Safe Routes To Schools program and is staffed by Local Motion.

Proctor Calendar of Events!

This calendar is available on the Proctor Website, and is updated frequently. Check our website for any changes or additions. Hopefully this calendar will help you plan and adjust your family events as the year goes by.

CVUSD Board of Education

Castro Valley Unified

School Board Trustees

Jo A. Loss, President

Dot Theodore, Vice President/Clerk

Gary Howard

Monica Lee

Lavender Lee Whitaker


Parvin Ahmadi

Proctor Elementary School

Home of the Patriots!

School Secretary

Krista Richey

PTA President School Secretary

Alex Cimmiyotti