Castlemont Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, Nov 18th

Hello Castlemont Families,

Typically, this is the time of year when I stop to think of all of the things for which I am grateful.  I thought that this might be much more difficult this year given the pandemic and its effect on my personal and professional life-- you may be able to relate; however, I was mistaken.  I have many things to feel gratitude for-- being "forced" to spend more time outdoors; the creativity I see and experience in staying connected with others; and the time and opportunity to visit many more of you at your homes. I hope you are able to find reasons to give thanks also.

One of the things that is challenging in our current situation is living in ambiguity and ever-changing circumstances.  Our superintendent, Dr. Viramontez, shared with all of us an update on our current Phase 2 reopening plans, and I think this information will help our community cement the understanding of our district plans.   Santa Clara County is back in the COVID-19 purple tier.  We cannot start to reopen schools in Phase 2 until we are out of the purple tier and into the red tier for two weeks.  Will this happen in time for a Phase 2 reopening on January 4th?  No one knows for certain, but rest assured that if we are able to reopen, you will be informed even if it is over our two week December break.  For now, we will continue putting the finishing touches on our school plans so that we will be prepared for whenever we reopen.

We will also continue with as many "normal" school activities as possible; for example, our Home and School Club is sponsoring our virtual Hicklebee's book fair. Please look at the article here on the webpage for the details.  I know that I will be doing some shopping of my own!  

Also in the "same but different" category are our report cards.  The same: students will receive report cards.  The different: parents will access them online through PowerSchool.  We are sharing the information you need to make sure you have an account and can access the information. 

Thank you for working with us to continue making distance learning as successful for our children as possible. I am thankful every day to be part of this special community. Please have a safe and restful Thanksgiving.

~Kristen

Updated Tue, Nov 17th

Come out and support the Home and School Club by dining at Erik's Delicafe on Saturday, November 21st.  Show the digital flyer for the fundraiser for Castlemont HSC and 15% of the sales will benefit our school.  The fundraiser runs all day from 10 am until 7pm at the location on Bascom Avenue (1777 S. Bascom Ave.).  Please save the date, share the event with others, and we hope you come out to enjoy a delicious meal while benefitting a wonderful cause.  

Updated Tue, Nov 17th
The Hicklebee's Virtual Book Fair runs through Friday, November 20, 2020. Get your book today using the link below. Remember, most orders process within 2-4 days, and shipping is free on orders over $25. It is a great way to do some holiday shopping while supporting Castlemont!

 

Updated Mon, Nov 16th
Please consider donating to the Castlemont Student Leadership Team's Holiday Snack Drive to benefit StandUp for Kids Silicon Valley. StandUp for Kids is a non-profit outreach center that supports at-risk homeless youth in the bay area. We will be collecting snack donations Nov. 30-Dec. 12th on three drive thru collection dates:
  • Saturday, Dec. 5th 10 am-1 pm
  • Wednesday, Dec. 9th 2-4 pm
  • Saturday, Dec. 12th 10 am-1 pm
Please see the flyer for more information, and view our promotional trailer.  Thanks for your support! Please contact Mrs. Biggs, Mrs. Chinbong, or Ms. Chong  for any questions.

 

Updated Tue, Nov 24th

COMING SOON: Castlemont Virtual Book Fair November 16-20

Castlemont Home and School Club is excited to announce it's partnership with Hicklebee's to bring our Castlemont community a virtual book fair! Our book fair will run from November 16-20 with the proceeds going to support our library and teacher classroom supplies.  Please use the link below beginning Monday, November 16 to access our custom url with books selected by Hicklebee's specifically for our school. (As an added bonus all purchases over $25 will receive free shipping!) Please use the coupon code CastlemontBookFair2020 at check out to ensure that our school receives credit for your purchase. Do your holiday shopping, now! Orders usually take 2-4 days to process, and then are shipped standard USPS.

Castlemont's Book Fair Link
Have questions? Please check out the FAQ's below.

https://www.hicklebees.com/book-fair-faq-castlemont

 

Updated Thu, Nov 19th

Hello Castlemont Families,

Learning online instead of in our classrooms has not prevented the Castlemont community from finding creative ways to keep our home-school connection alive.

* Ms. Urzi, Ms. BG, Mrs. Stapes, Mrs. Chinbong, and Ms. Chong organized our Boo Bag sales-- total sales of 450 bags with the proceeds going directly to support classroom needs. 

* The Castlemont Student Leadership Team led by Mrs. Biggs, Ms. Chong, and Mrs. Chinbong created our Newcomer Video that will be used to welcome new students throughout the school year. 

* Our staff, led by Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Saenz, held our drive-thru Halloween Parade which let us connect with each other and take photos for our yearbook.   

Tomorrow, November 6th will be our first ELAC meeting of the year.  Please join the Zoom meeting at 9:00am. ELAC Zoom Link

We look forward to planning more Castlemont community events in the upcoming weeks.  Stay tuned!

~Kristen

Updated Wed, Nov 18th

Come out and support the Home and School Club by dining at Erik's DeliCafe on Saturday, November 21st.  Mention Castlemont HSC and 15% of the sales will benefit our school.  The fundraiser runs all day from 10 am until 7pm at the location on Bascom Avenue (1777 S. Bascom Ave.).  Please save the date, share the event with others, and we hope you come out to enjoy a delicious meal while benefitting a wonderful cause.  

Updated Mon, Nov 16th
Our next HSC meeting will be held on November 10 from 7:00pm-8:00pm via zoom. We will be discussing our fundraising efforts including our giving drive and upcoming virtual Hicklebee's book fair. 
The zoom link will be emailed to all Castlemont HSC members prior to the meeting. Still not a member? Not a problem! Membership is simple, easy, and FREE! Simply click on the link below and complete the Google Form. We will add you to our database keeping you updated on our upcoming meetings, events, and activities.
Updated Mon, Nov 16th
Dear Castlemont Families,
Thank you so much for supporting our first teacher sponsored Boo Bag Fundraiser this year. We sold an overwhelming number of over 450 Boo Bags and made a profit of more than $2000 that will go back to the classrooms.  We appreciate your spirit in spreading Halloween cheer across our community!  
From the Castlemont Teacher Fundraising Team
Updated Wed, Oct 28th

Tomorrow, October 30th, is the final day for this year's fall fundraiser.  There are many amazing products to chose from.  All money raised will go directly to help Castlemont Home and School Club for opportunities benefiting EVERY student and giving teachers the opportunity to provide the best materials and curriculum needed for their students. ALL products are ordered online and ship directly to your doorstep! In order to participate, go to www. https://linkprotect.cudasvc.com/url?a=https%3a%2f%2fcharlestonwrapstore.com&c=E,1,nWZempibiKTSEuQQNoqAm1_SNktDC-rQV79rqEW9hkSv4wnG4_cpC-fdWDYtesStPH6OB3CrWsXR4UaTyMjqxKztKL5HoFqlyFJNCrsctag,&typo=1 and sign your student up using Castlemont's code 11751.  Let's shop and give back!