Castlemont Elementary School

Castlemont News

Updated Wed, May 17th

Our students in grades 3-5 have begun state testing and will continue through May 19. Please refrain from making appointments during school time, as this disrupts the testing process.  We want our students to do their very best with minimal disruptions.  Thank you.

Updated Wed, May 3rd

One of the most important decision-making groups at Castlemont is our elected School Site Council. The Council is composed of five parent and community members and five 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. Members are elected by the groups that they represent. Parent and community representatives and alternates are elected for a two-year term and may stand for re-election upon the completion of each term.  If you are interested in running for the Council, please submit your name, with a short biography, to the front office by Friday, May 12. The voting ballot will be sent home on Monday, May 15 and returned to the front office by Monday, May 22.  The elected council members will be notified and his/her names posted in the front office on Friday, May 26.

There are currently 2 parent/community member seats to be filled. 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. We meet 6 times throughout the year on weekday afternoons at 3:00 pm.

Updated Wed, May 3rd

The safety of our students is our number one concern.

Students must arrive after 8:00 am unless otherwise arranged for with a teacher. The gates open each day at 8:00 am.

This also means that students may not be left outside of the locked gates.

As noted in the Castlemont Parent Handbook: "Students are not to arrive at school before 8:00 am as there is no supervision." 

If you need child care before or after school, we have Campbell Care, a fee based program.  For contact information, contact the CUSD Extensions Program at 408-364-4200 X 6378.

Updated Wed, May 3rd
Garden tools

Hello Castlemont Parents and Students from Coach Ryan from Playworks!

I'd like to inform everyone about an event that I will be hosting on Saturday May 6th from 9am-12pm. This event will consist of a Garden Beautification Day as well as a Play Day for all staff, parents, and students. This is a day to help build up our community while being able to also help make our Garden a much more beautiful place for students to visit. Anyone that is interested in volunteering for the event is more than welcome and encouraged! 

Please reach me at ryan.bolanos [at] if anyone is interested in volunteering or has any great ideas that they would like to contribute!!

I will follow up with another email for next week's Newsletter with more details for the event!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday May 6th @ 9am-12pm

Thank you.

Updated Wed, May 3rd

There seems to be a high number of students bringing fidget toys to school and have become a distraction.  Per our Parent Handbook:  “Items that are disruptive and/or can cause a safety hazard do not belong at school.”  Our main responsibility is to provide your children an environment that is conducive to learning.  If your child has a medical condition that warrants this device, please see the classroom teacher and discuss other options; otherwise, this item should remain at home or risk being confiscated.  

Updated Wed, Apr 26th
  • Three parent meetings have been scheduled for May 8, 9 and 10 to provide information and discussion about recent decisions affecting thw 2017-18 school year. Letters will more details will be sent to middle school families on Thursday, April 27th.
  • Meeting notes, key dates, and other information about the school transformation is available on the Transformation web page.
Updated Wed, Apr 26th

The Castlemont Home and School Club is looking for your support in observing Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8-12. We have several special treats planned over the week for the staff including a catered luncheon and Sodas & Sweets Day. If you would like to help, a form was sent home in your Monday Envelope suggesting different ways you can help. If you have questions, please contact Emily Winters at 408-410-0818 or email Emily at eloek [at]

Updated Wed, May 3rd
Snap peas

On Wednesday, April 27th, Castlemont students eagerly tried samples of the fresh, local snap peas that were served on the school salad bar.  The UC CalFresh Nutrition Education Program and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Youth Nutrition Program again staffed a “voting station” in the cafeteria so the student feedback could be provided to Nutrition Services.  They were happy to hear that 157 kids said they loved them, 34 said they liked them, and only 74 said they were not for them today.  Please ask your student how they voted!

Updated Thu, Apr 27th

The HSC is currently accepting donations towards the Jog-A-Thon t-shirts. The cost of the shirts is $7 each and we would greatly appreciate donations to help off set the cost. Each student who donates $5 or more will receive a small prize. 

Also, volunteers are needed to help the day of the event. Without the help of volunteers, the Jog-A-Thon would not be possible.  This year the Jog-A-Thon will be held on Friday, May 26th. Watch your Monday Envelope for a teal volunteer form with details about the specific needs. For more information or to volunteer to help with the Jog-A-Thon, you can also email Emily at eloek [at]

Updated Fri, Apr 28th



Castlemont’s inaugural Celebration of Learning will be held this Thursday, April 27th from 6:00-7:30 PM. Grade levels have been working hard on STEAM related projects this year. Projects will be on display for families and friends. Please check the bright yellow flyer in your last Monday Envelope for more information. Don’t miss this opportunity to view these projects in our fun, hands-on event!

Kona Ice will be there selling their delicious shaved ice, too.

Bell Schedule

  • 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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