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Updated Fri, Oct 13th
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Updated Wed, Oct 11th
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Today, Friday, October 13, Castlemont School will be staying indoors for recesses and PE, due to the poor air quality. Our school district will continue to monitor the air quality over the next few days and make decisions about outdoor activities accordingly.

Updated Fri, Oct 13th

Just a reminder that Friday, October 27 is a Teachers' Inservice Day. Students will not attend school that day.

Updated Thu, Oct 12th

Today, Thursday, October 12, Castlemont School will be staying indoors for recesses and PE, due to the poor air quality. Our school district will continue to monitor the air quality over the next few days and make decisions about outdoor activities accordingly.

Updated Wed, Oct 11th
Fall Family Festival

The weather is cooling down, but the planning and preparation for our upcoming Fall Family Festival at Castlemont is heating up!  Mark your calendars; The Festival will be Friday, October 20th, 5:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. (Silent Auction will open at 4:00 P.M.) The Festival is a popular annual event at Castlemont and can raise as much as $12,000.00 for our school.  It is also an event that needs a lot of volunteer support for it to be successful.  

Our festival Volunteer Coordinator, Jenni Avery, has been hard at work creating and posting volunteer sign up forms in each classroom and has created on online sign up as well. Please visit our website, to sign up online. You can also contact Jenni directly at jawavery [at]

Don't forget to save money and pre-order your festival tickets!  Monday, October 16th is the last day to purchase wristbands for $15.00. The price will go up to $20.00 after the 16th. Wristbands include: unlimited games and inflatable slide, 1 visit to the petting zoo, 1 win at the pumpkin walk, and 3 kid's raffle tickets.  Order forms are available in the office or online at

Updated Tue, Oct 10th

For October 30 – November 3: Schools will dismiss students earlier (Grades TK-3 at 12:30 p.m. –– Grades 4-5 at 12:35 p.m.) to provide parents more opportunities for school progress discussions with teachers about their child's report card and school progress.

Please note the special release schedule shown below and plan accordingly.

For the week of October 30 – November 3

  • School Starts (all students): 8:20 a.m.
    • Lunch Times: 
      • TK & K: 11:20am - 11:50am
      • Gr. 1: 11:30am - 12:00pm
      • Gr. 2: 11:40am - 12:10pm
      • Gr. 3: 11:45am - 12:15pm
      • Gr. 4: 11:55am - 12:25pm
      • Gr. 5: 11:50am - 12:20pm
  • Dismissal Times:  Gr. TK-3 at 12:30 p.m. –– Gr. 4-5 at 12:35 p.m.
Updated Wed, Oct 11th

Bookmobile. CalFresh. Health Services. County Immigration Program. Community Services and more.

The October 14 Parent University also features a community resource fair, available 8a-12p, at Monroe Middle School. Open to the public.


Assistance League of Los Gatos - Saratoga

Cal Fresh Nutrition Program - U.C. Extension

Campbell Library - County Library District

CUSD Preschools

CUSD Student Info & PowerSchool Parent Tools

Family Engagement Institute (FEI)

Jr. Achievement of Northern Calif.

Montalvo Arts Center

Office of Immigrant Relations


San Jose City College

School Linked Services

Second Harvest Food Bank

Sylvan Learning

Uplift Family Services

Updated Wed, Oct 11th

Three times in October, students and families will have a chance to plan and practice how to prepare for emergency situations.

  • Oct. 14: Family Emergency Preparedness at Parent University. Know how to protect your family from natural disasters the way professional first-responders do around their own homes. Sign up for Parent University online or walk in Saturday morning, 8 a.m., at Monroe Middle School. 
  • Oct. 19: Great Shakeout. Earthquakes are a fact of life in California. Is your family prepared? On Thurs., Oct. 19th, our school will join in the Great Shakeout, at 10:19 a.m. all over California.
  • Oct. 23: Testing the Emergency Contact system. The District will conduct a test of its system for phoning and emailing the people listed on your child’s emergency contact form. If there have been any changes in those contact numbers/emails, please notify the school office as soon as possible or update the information using your PowerSchool Parent log-in and choosing the "school information" option from the left menu.
Updated Fri, Oct 6th

Sometimes our students need a change of clothes to borrow. Our Health Office is seeking donations of children’s pants (sizes 5-10). Pants with elastic waistbands are especially preferred. We are also requesting donations of girls' underpants (new or gently used) Please bring your donations to the office. Thank you.

Updated Thu, Oct 5th
Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy a short stack for a tall cause!  Buy your tickets now for the Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser Breakfast on Saturday, November 4th from 8-10 AM.  (Breakfast will be served until 9:45 am.)   Bring your family, friends, and neighbors to get served by your very own teachers!  Pre-order Tickets are only $8.00 each and won’t be sold the day of the event. This is a private Castlemont Family & Friends Event, and only 250 tickets will be sold, so get them early! Each ticket includes pancakes, bacon, and beverages.  100% of the proceeds from this event will go to the classroom!

Updated Fri, Sep 29th
Spirit Days

Our first Spirit Day - Neon Day -  was a huge success!  Congratulations go to Mrs. Stapes 1st grade class with 91% participation and Ms. Ruggiero’s 3rd grade class with 82%. Both classes celebrated with a popsicle party and received a neon dressed Danny the Dragon.  

Our next Spirit Day is Wednesday, October 25th, and the theme is Sports Day.  Looking forward to seeing all our students and staff wearing gear from their favorite teams.

Bell Schedule

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–11:25
  • Lunch11:25–12:07
  • In Session12:07–1:30
  • PM Recess1:30–1:40
  • In Session1:40–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–11:30
  • Lunch11:30–12:12
  • In Session12:12–1:30
  • PM Recess1:30–1:40
  • In Session1:40–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30 with no PM recess

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:30
  • In Session10:30–11:50
  • Lunch11:50–12:34
  • In Session12:34–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:30
  • In Session10:30–12:00
  • Lunch12:00–12:44
  • In Session12:44–2:30 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:30

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–12:20
  • Lunch12:20–12:54
  • In Session12:54–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35

  • In Session8:20–10:10
  • AM Recess10:10–10:25
  • In Session10:25–12:15
  • Lunch12:15–12:49
  • In Session12:49–2:35 *

* Wednesdays end at 1:35


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