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School Newsletter, December 2018

December, a Season for Giving!

We are fortunate to have had time with family over the Thanksgiving holiday, recover from the smoky air, and reflect on all that we are grateful for. During the month of December, Proctor will have multiple opportunities to help and support those in need, which are many!

As a school, we collected food for our Thanksgiving Food Drive, and will now support other families in need through our annual Adopt-a-Family gift drive for the December holidays. We have also been fervently collecting donations for Care Kits that will be delivered to CA fire victims. During the next few weeks, we will also be participating in writing community kindness cards for patients at Eden Medical Center, and for local veterans. These are all tangible ways our students can make a difference in the lives of those in our community. Thank you to everyone who have been contributing to these worthy causes. We are fortunate to have so many people who are willing and able to support those in our community.

Proctor is blessed to have so many generous families willing to invest in the lives of our students. Recently, our school received two generous donations from Proctor families that were made to support our efforts in providing one to one Chromebook access for all students, and improvements for student safety. Once we return from the winter break, all 3rd - 5th grade students will have a full class set of Chromebooks in their classrooms, and all teachers, and specialists will have their own individual walkie-talkie stationed in their classrooms to use for recess supervision, and emergency situations. We are so appreciative to the families who have shown such great generosity to our students and school community, thank you!

In Partnership,

Heather Ghereben

Proctor Principal

Adopt a Family!

Proctor Elementary is adopting 5 families in need. We are asking the Proctor community to help meet their needs this holiday season. Many requests are for basic items and necessities.

Gift tags with the families' requests are on display in the main office. Please stop by

and take a snowman tag (or 2 or 3) if you are able to help fulfill these holiday wishes.

All gifts need to be turned in to the Proctor main office by Monday, December 17th.

Gifts should be wrapped and have the original snowman gift tag attached to the outside of the wrapped gift.

A million thanks for all your help!

If you have any questions please contact,

Ashley Acosta (510) 962-0470

Bay Area Children's Theater - Buy your tickets now!

Proctor Elementary:
Saturday, February 2 at 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 3 at 4:00 PM

This year Stanton, Palomares & Proctor are performing The Jungle Book Kids! The jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS. Specially adapted from the classic Disney animated film, Disney's The Jungle Book KIDS features a host of colorful characters and your favorite songs from the movie.

Click on the link to purchase your tickets. Make sure to choose the dates for Proctor only!

For questions, contact our PTA!

Proctor Care Kits

This year at Proctor, we are setting up a hands-on way for your child to help those in need. Mrs. Mills (Proctor parent), and Mrs. Ghereben will be hosting host an on campus event where students can build care kits for those in need, specifically CA fire victims.

If you would like to help with this event please contact Tracy Mills (707)330-7422, or More volunteers are needed to help sort donations, and to help with the classrooms during the building of the kits.

The Care Kit building will be next week on Monday the 10th and/or Tuesday the 11th.

Thank you all for your support, and donations towards this worthy cause!

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United Against Hate Art and Poetry Slam was a Success!

The theme to this event for both poetry and art was;

"A time that you have overcome hate or spread understanding and kindness in the community."

Proctor had some beautiful art entries displayed at the event. Grades 3rd - 5th all donated art to represent love and kindness for their community. I want to thank all the teachers for their efforts in leading these projects. Superintendent Ahmadi loved our art entries so much, he has them now displayed in the Castro Valley Library! Proctor Library is also displaying some of the art pieces. So proud of our students in Castro Valley.

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Measure G Updates!

Our new play structure is completed, and we are so excited to open it up for our students this week. On Monday, each grade level will have the opportunity to play and try out the new structure themselves before recess. Thank you all for your patience through the demolition and building process.

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:

New Staffing Update!

As you may know, Ms. Carlos has been on Medical Leave since October, and will be returning from leave hopefully by the end of January. In the interim, Devon Moran will be taking over the long-term substitute position starting Monday, December 10th. Mr. Moran has been student teaching PE at Creekside this school year, and is currently a soccer coach for 24/7 UK Soccer Academy in Castro Valley. We are excited for him to join our Proctor Staff. Please make sure to give him a warm welcome.

We have been screening applications for the school secretary position. Once qualified candidates are identified, an interview panel of Proctor stakeholders will be developed to hold interviews within the next few weeks. Our goal is to have this position filled before we leave for the winter break.

Noon Duty Supervisors Needed! Please Apply!

We are short noon duty supervisors during lunch time. If you have the availability to serve as a noon supervisor between the hours of 11:30 - 1:15, we need you! We are specifically low staffed on Wednesdays and Fridays, but would appreciate the help throughout the week. It is a top priority to provide students with sufficient supervision to ensure their safety.

If you are interested, please contact me at then you will need to apply;

Parent Education Opportunity - a three-night series exploring current thinking about how to best support children and teens so that they can successfully weather the challenges of growing up and develop resilience they will need to make good choices

As parents, we have many good reasons to feel concerned and anxious about knowing what is best for our children. We are constantly warned about the risks that come with social media, the dangers of drugs and alcohol, and the power of peer pressure, but don’t always know the best way to help our children confront and navigate these challenges. Join us for a three-night series in which we will explore current thinking about how to best support our children and teens so that they can successfully weather the challenges of growing up and develop the resilience they will need to make good choices.

Classes will be held 1/16, 1/23 & 1/30 from 7:00- 8:30 pm. Visit the CVACE website at to enroll or call the school at (510) 886-1000. Information about the class is also in the school brochure that will reach Castro Valley homes in December. The class is free but limited to 35 participants and you must be registered to attend.

School Website Launched!

We are so excited for our new district and school websites to will go live, November 26th! Make sure to check it often, as we will be continuously updating it with new and current information.

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.

School Newsletter Translations Available!

Every newsletter will now have language translations available. Just scroll down to the bottom of the newsletter, and choose the language you would like to have this newsletter translated to (see picture below). You can also change the font size, and contrast for better viewing if needed. These options will now allow families of english learner students, and many others with different needs at Proctor to better access information shared within our school community.
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CVUSD Board of Education

Dot Theodore, President

Gary Howard, Vice President/Clerk

Monica Lee

Jo A.S. Loss

Lavender Lee Whitaker


Parvin Ahmadi