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Castlemont School has changed its lunchtime visitor policy, beginning Tuesday, January 3. Lunchtime provides your child the opportunity to socialize with his/her peers as they eat independently.  It is also a wonderful extension of the classroom where social learning takes place. In order to allow your student this social success at lunchtime, VISITORS ARE NOT ALLOWED AT LUNCH or RECESS, unless approved by the classroom teacher and the administration on a special occasion circumstance. Please be aware that the time you spend with your child during his/her lunchtime, can affect how he/she interacts and behaves with his/her peers. It may increase separation anxiety with your child as well as inhibit him/her from socializing with other students. Our number one focus is on your child’s education and social/emotional development and therefore it’s imperative that you encourage your child to be independent and learn how to eat and socialize with his/her fellow peers.  

We have ample coverage at recess and lunchtime, so your child is in good hands. We understand that it can be difficult to allow your child this independence, however we firmly believe the more you allow your child to eat on his/her own and socialize, the more your child will begin to navigate social situations and feel a sense of empowerment.

Please note this new policy will go into effect Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Thank you so much for your continued support of Castlemont and our students.

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

Please join us for an informational meeting on Dec. 7th at 8:30 a.m. in Room 36. Our lab needs volunteers to help students with STEAM projects. This meeting will let you know what you can do to help. Thank you! We hope to see you there.

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

Has your child’s math homework become a challenge? Did you know your public library can help?

The Bascom Branch of the San Jose Public Library offers Math Homework Help on Thursdays at 3 p.m.  Please call 408-808-3077 for more information about this and other programs for students.

 

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

The Book Fair Coordinators would like to thank each and every parent who took time out of their busy schedules to help out at the fair! It makes such a huge difference! Our book fairs are only successful because of all the volunteers that come to help! We raised well over $2000 dollars from this fair, money that will help support field trips, Playworks, and other enrichment activities for our kids.  The book fair coordinators would also like to thank the donors who made it possible to for the All For Books Program to give  $5 vouchers to TWO students in each classroom for a second year in a row! These vouchers give a student an opportunity to purchase a book from the book fair, when they may have not be able to before. Which benefits the student in so many ways! Thank you for your donations to this important cause! We look forward to our next fair, coming in March 2017! Thank you and have a wonderful Holiday season!

Updated Mon, Dec 5th

In light of the precautionary shelter-in-place we enacted Wednesday afternoon (Nov. 30th), we want to thank you for your patience and understanding, and for your students’ excellent cooperation during the situation. Our staff did a remarkable job of making sure your children were safe, calm and cared for.

Safety is our top priority, and we routinely practice scenarios for just this type of event. That being said, now is a good time to update your emergency contact information with our office staff. 

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

SAVE THE DATE

The public can give input on CUSD's district-wide Local Control & Accountability Plan (LCAP) for providing quality education to more than 7,600 students in preschool through eighth grade. Two meeting opportunities in January 2017: Wed., Jan. 18, at 9 a.m., and Tue., Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m.  (Each meeting will be held at the PLC building at Monroe Middle School.)

Updated Wed, Nov 30th

Please join us for an English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting on Thursday, December 8 in the Staff Room at Castlemont. This is an opportunity for you to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English Learners. The ELAC meetings take place four times per year.

Updated Tue, Nov 29th

Congratulations to our three new elected School Site Council parent/community representatives who will be serving for the next two years. The new and returning SSC parent/community representatives are:

Jen Avery
Doug Campbell
Sarah Williams Kingsley (second year)
Jena Lockwood
Miyuki One Bear (second year)

We are looking forward to working with the Governing Board this year.

Updated Mon, Dec 5th

We are officially in the holiday season and with that comes colder weather, even in California.  Although you send your children to school dressed for the cold, they have a tendency to shed their jackets and sweatshirts before lunch recess. This means your child could be coming home without their sweatshirt, as well as their backpack, or even their lunch box?

Rest assured, your child is not the only one forgetting to pick up such items after recess.  As a reminder, labeling your child’s belongings is one way to help the items get back to your child.

If labeling does not work, our Lost and Found rack and basket is located in the hallway between the Multi-Use Room and Room 21. You are encouraged to come by and check for your child’s lost articles. Items not picked up will be donated to a charity. So, come by and take possession of the clothing that is rightfully yours. Our next donation to a charity is Thursday, December 15.  

Updated Tue, Nov 15th
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  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:25
  • Lunch 11:25–12:07
  • In Session 12:07–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:30–1:40
  • In Session 1:40–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:30
  • Lunch 11:30–12:12
  • In Session 12:12–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:20–1:30
  • In Session 1:30–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:59
  • Lunch 11:59–12:41
  • In Session 12:41–1:30
  • PM Recess 1:30–1:40
  • In Session 1:40–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess 10:10–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–11:50
  • Lunch 11:50–12:34
  • In Session 12:34–2:30*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:05
  • AM Recess 10:05–10:20
  • In Session 10:20–12:15
  • Lunch 12:15–12:49
  • In Session 12:49–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35 with no PM recess
  • In Session 8:20–10:15
  • AM Recess 10:15–10:30
  • In Session 10:30–12:07
  • Lunch 12:07–12:41
  • In Session 12:41–2:35*
  • * Wednesdays end at 1:35 with no PM recess
 

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