There are currently four seats to fill in one of the most important decision-making groups at Castlemont, our elected School Site Council. The Council is composed of parents, community members, and representatives from the school’s staff. The Council reviews the school plan annually, establishes a budget, makes modifications as necessary, and assists in the evaluation of the school’s programs. If you are interested in submitting your name for election, please come to the office for more information.
Student drop off and pick up continues to be a focus at Castlemont, particularly during construction. We want our students safe and the flow of traffic to be as stress free as possible. To help divert traffic congestion, we are encouraging parents to use the side streets to park and walk to school as an alternative. When walking, and for the safety of everyone, please take the extra few minutes to use the crosswalk.
If you use Payne Avenue, there is a designated drop off zone (white painted curb) near the staff parking lot where you can drop off your child. Remember, you cannot park your car and leave it in the drop off zone. There is also an area on Barkwood Avenue that can be used, providing cars not park or block the designated bus lane.
The parking lot on the corner of Barkwood and Castlemont Avenues has a student drop off and pick up lane, as well as a drive through lane. It is extremely important that children do not enter or exit vehicles from the drive through lane. Doing so could cause traffic accidents and children may be injured.
Again, use the crosswalks when walking, and obey all signs and curbs that indicate No Parking zones. The SJPD, as well as parking enforcement, will be out to give tickets to those not obeying the law. Please help us protect our students by following traffic laws in school zones.
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Castlemont Home and School Club News
Please join the Home and School Club on Tuesday Sept. 1 at 7 pm in the School Library for our “Kickoff” HSC meeting. There, we will give more information about the club and how it benefits the school and our children. Light refreshments will be served and we will hold a raffle for prizes.
Charleston Wrap and Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser
The annual Cookie Dough/Gift Wrap fundraiser begins Tuesday, September 8. This is a chance to get some of that holiday prep started while supporting Castlemont School! Please be on the lookout for more information coming soon in your Monday envelope.
Fall Family Festival
The Annual Fall Family Festival Committee will be meeting soon to go over plans for this year’s event. If you have any interest in helping us put together one of the largest events we have each year, please feel free to contact the HSC office as soon as possible. We are always in need of decorations, candy and prize donations, labor and other supplies. The Fall Family Festival will be held Friday October 23 (rain or shine).
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Join us Thursday, August 27, from 5:00-6:30 PM, on the field for our annual Family Picnic social. Bring your dinner and a blanket and join other Castlemont families and get reacquainted while also meeting new parents and their children. It’s a family friendly way to get to know the Castlemont community, which is always a fun and supportive group.
to a new school year! We are so excited to start the year with an invitation to join us next Thursday, August 27, from 5:00-6:30 PM, on the fields for our annual Family Picnic social. Bring your dinner and a blanket and join other Castlemont families and get reacquainted while also meeting new parents and their children. It’s a family friendly way to get to know the Castlemont community, which is always a fun and supportive group.
While you were enjoying your summer we had some changes in staff. Mrs. Shev and Ms. Skeels retired! Ms. Yang, Ms. Stephanos and Ms. Purvis are teaching at other schools in Campbell. Ms. Chong returned to her family in Indiana and Ms. Calverley has taken a teaching position in San Mateo, closer to home. They will all be missed and I know their new school will embrace them with open arms.
The changes brought new hires to our school. Please welcome to Kindergarten Samantha O’Donnell and to 2nd grade Alyssa Friesen, Katherine Barbin, and Stephanie Ballejo. In 3rd grade are Ute Gillett and Charity Bolanos. New to 4th grade are Michelle Biggs and Emily Michael. Lyndsey Garner will be teaching 3rd-5th Special Day Class. Ms. Julie Portales will be our lead greeter during morning drop-off and our yard duty lead during the day. We are thrilled to have them as part of the staff and school community. On behalf of the Castlemont staff, we look forward to the new school year and to seeing you at our annual Family Picnic on the 27th.
School Site Council
One of the most important decision-making groups at Castlemont is our elected School Site Council. The Council is composed of parents, community members, and representatives from the school’s staff. The Council reviews the school plan annually, establishes a budget, makes modifications as necessary, and assists in the evaluation of the school’s programs.
There are currently 4 seats to be filled. We meet a minimum of four, though no more than six times throughout the year on Mondays at 3:00 p.m. Members are elected by the groups that they represent. If you are interested in running for the Council, please submit your name, with a short biography, to the front office by Wednesday, September 9. The voting ballot will be sent home in a Monday envelope. The candidates receiving the most votes will serve on the Council as parent/community representatives. Write-in candidates receiving votes have an equal opportunity to be elected or serve as alternates on the Council. The elected council members will be notified and their names will be posted in the front office.
Welcome Back To School!!!
According to the Center for Public Education, parent involvement can make a difference in a child’s education. Do all the parent meetings, take-home flyers and Back to School nights actually generate increases in student achievement? The Center examined the research and found that creating a partnership between parents and schools focused on academics truly does have significant impact on student achievement. Our Home and School Club (Castlemont’s PTA) has many different ways to participate, that can work with anyone’s schedule. Please join us on Tuesday September 1st at 7 p.m. in the school library to learn more about what we do and how you can help. We hope to see you there! Thank you!
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Our Lost and Found racks are overflowing. Please check Lost and Found this week for any lost items. It is located by the Multi-Use Room. All the items will be donated to charity on Thursday, June 11.
Kona Ice will be coming to Castlemont on Wednesday, June 3, after school. Prices are $3, $4, and $5. Thank you for supporting our Home and School Club.