Castlemont Elementary School

School News

Updated Thu, Apr 2nd

You will find many Food, Household, Financial and Mental Health resources available during the COVID-19 Shelter in Place on this flyer.

Updated Fri, Apr 3rd

Hello Castlemont Families,

As you have likely heard by now, Governor Newsom and our State Superintendent Tony Thurmond have announced that schools in California will not reopen their buildings this school year.  While this is not completely unexpected, it still brings up many different feelings.  This is an important time to check on our children to assess their level of understanding to news they may have heard. Reassure them that though the school building is closed for the remainder of this school year, Castlemont is still their school and their teachers are still their teachers.  

We are all working hard and are committed to distance learning. Monday, April 13th is the roll out date.  Please be sure to check Seesaw, and/or Google Classroom and parent emails for messages from your teacher.  Paper packets will still be available only for those without access to online learning.  Packet pick-up will resume the week of April 13th as follows:

TK and Kindergarten ONLY: Monday, April 13th from 10:00-11:30 am outside of the MU 

1st - 5th Grade: Tuesday, April 14th, self-service all day from 8:30am on, outside of the MU

After a settling-in period, we will resume spirit days, assemblies, and events with a distance learning twist!

Take care and stay healthy,

Kristen Kimoto Prindle

Updated Wed, Apr 1st
The Yearbook Team is continuing to work on the 2019-2020 yearbook. The deadline to order online has been extended! Please be sure to order your yearbook online by Monday, April 13th. You can place your order here:  code: 066523.
We would also like to invite you to submit photos for the yearbook. If you have great photos of Fall Family Festival, Halloween Parade, Book Fair, Applebee's Pancake Breakfast, field trips, assemblies and campus candids, we'd like to see them.

Send photos to: LSAENZ [at]
Photo submission deadline: Friday, April 10th

The Yearbook Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions can be used in the book.

Updated Wed, Mar 25th

Translatino español:


Dear Castlemont Families,

Before sharing with you what we are doing at Castlemont to support our students, I want to acknowledge the frustrations and concerns many of us are feeling.  Some of us have been laid off or are working reduced hours. Some of us have been deemed “essential” and have been given additional workloads, responsibilities, and risks. Many of us are taking on the role of teacher with one or more of our own children who may or may not be fully cooperative. ALL of our students have had their schedules, connections, and learning suddenly upended.

It is our students who are our everyday focus, and now more than ever, we are committed to their emotional well-being and a new version of learning. All of this said, it has been only eight school days since we closed our doors.

The timeline is short and our learning curve is steep.  I am proud and sincerely impressed by the drive and dedication of every single member of the Castlemont staff.  In the last eight days we have

  • Provided flexible learning resources to all families

  • Curated and shared the flexible resources by grade level and will do so again this Friday

  • Created packets for those without online access

  • Handed out packets while practicing social distancing 

  • Checked out a first wave of Chromebooks 

  • Created and attended professional learning regarding online technology so we can directly reach as many students as possible

  • Started our pivot to distance learning.  Distance learning will begin after Spring Break on April 13th. 

  • Committed to addressing the social-emotional needs of our students created by school closures and the shelter-in-place requirements. 

The work is ongoing.  I ask you, our community, for your continued support, understanding, and patience as we reinvent how we deliver elementary school instruction. It feels longer, but it has been only eight school days.  More than you know, your kind words and thoughts go a long way in helping the moral of our staff as we work in uncharted territory with all of the best intentions and efforts to make this work for our children. 

This will work.  Together, we will make it work.  

From the bottom of my heart, I know this is a special place with exceptional families. All of us miss you very much.  


Take care,

Kristen Kimoto Prindle

Principal, Castlemont Elementary School


Updated Thu, Apr 2nd

March 18, 2020

Dear Castlemont Families,

In this ever-changing environment, I hope you are all well.  Uncertainty and frustration are normal and with this in mind it is our job as adults to provide as much normalcy and predictability as we can for our children.  As an educational community, we will share information and resources on an ongoing basis to help support this goal, including:

Ongoing Mondays - Fridays 11:00-12:00: Free to-go lunch and breakfast for students under 18 distributed at Castlemont

3/19  from 11:00 - 1:00:   Chromebook check-out to students who do not have technology at home. LOCATIONS: Blackford, Sherman Oaks, and Capri. No pick-ups at Castlemont on 3/19. 

3/20:  Suggested resources by grade level curated by our teachers will be pushed out electronically to families.  Resources will be shared by week.

3/23 11:00- 1:00: Suggested resource packets distributed to those without technology at home. Online access is the preferred method, whenever possible.

Please check your SeeSaw accounts and our school website often.  Many of us are posting links to our homemade story times, live chats, etc., in an effort to keep connected with our students.  We miss all of you very much. We are a strong and capable team and I know that we will be able to adapt to whatever changes, mild or extreme, are necessary. We are here for you now and will continue to be as we move forward. 

Link to Online Self-Directed Learning Resources

Castlemont Website

CUSD Website

Sincerely yours,
Kristen Kimoto Prindle
Principal, Castlemont Elementary School


18 de marzo de 2020

Estimadas Familias de Castlemont:

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Todos Los Lunes - Viernes Entre 11: 00-12: 00 : almuerzo y Desayuno gratis para Estudiantes Menores de 18 años Distribuidos en Castlemont

3/19: prestados Chromebook Para Estudiantes Que No Tienen Tecnología en casa. Lugares Para Recoger los Chromebooks: Blackford, Sherman Oaks y Capri. No Habra computadoras para Recoger en Castlemont el 19 de marzo. 

3/20 : Los Recursos sugeridos por Nivel de grado CREADOS por Nuestros maestros se enviarán electrónicamente ONU Las Familias. Los Recursos seran compartidos por semana.

3/21 11: 00- 01:00 : Paquetes de recursos sugeridos Séran Distribuidos ONU pecado Aquellos Tecnología en el Hogar. El acceso en línea ahora Ahora Es El Método Preferido, Siempre Que Posible mar.

Revisar cuentas SUS sube y baja y el sitio web de Nuestra Escuela con Frecuencia. Muchos de Nosotros Estamos Publicando Enlaces a Nuestros Cuentos Caseros, chats en vivo, etc., En un Esfuerzo por mantenernos Conectados con Nuestros Estudiantes. Los extrañamos Mucho a todos. Somos Un equipo fuerte y Capaz Y Se Que Podremos adaptarnos ONU any Cambio, leve o Extremo, Necesario mar AA Que. Estamos Aqui Para Usted Ahora y lo seguiremos Haciendo A MEDIDA Que Avanzamos.

Enlace a Recursos de Aprendizaje en Línea autodirigidos

Web Sitio de Castlemont

Sitio de Web DEUC

Suya sinceramente,

Kristen Kimoto Prindle
Director, Escuela Primaria Castlemont


Updated Tue, Mar 10th

Unfortunately, we need to postpone our Family Math Fest that was to have taken place this Thursday, March 12th.  Please note, this is only a postponement, and we will widely advertise the new date as soon as it is scheduled.

Updated Sat, Mar 14th

Castlemont School has officially started Kids Heart Challenge (Formerly Jump for Heart) with the American Heart Association.  Have you met the Heart Heroes yet?  Each Heart Hero has a special message to keep our students’ hearts happy and healthy!  And, students can earn members of the Heart Heroes when they raise life-saving donations to help those with special hearts.  You can read more information in this letter. We hope to reschedule the jumping rope event. Watch for future articles with a rescheduled date.

Updated Wed, Mar 4th

Our next Spirit Day will be Emoji Day and Nobody Eats Alone Day on Friday, March 13. Wear something emoji related and sit with someone who is eating alone. Let's all show our Castlemont Spirit next week!

Updated Tue, Mar 10th

Come learn what “number sense” is and why it is such an important mathematical concept to develop in our young mathematicians. Then join us for some math games that you can play at home with your child!

Free Childcare will be available.

Children are welcome and encouraged to join their families during game time!

Join us in the Multi-Use Room on Thursday, March 12, 3:00-4:30.

Updated Thu, Mar 5th

Hello Castlemont Families,

It is difficult to believe that it is already March!  We have informative and fun upcoming events for you to enjoy. I look forward to seeing you at one both all of them.

Coffee with the Principal is this Friday, March 6th. Join me in our staff room after you drop off you student(s).  I will share details regarding upcoming events and news.  

Our Family Math Fest is next Thursday, March 12th.  Do you ever look at your child's math homework and think, "I don't know how to help with this?"  Do you wish you had ways to show your child how fun math can be?  Join our experts for information and hands-on games that will increase your comfort with math and help you connect with your child. There will be games, prizes, snacks, and a free kit to take home.  Free babysitting will be provided. Meet in the Multi-Use room at from 3:00-4:30.

I hope to see you soon, even if you cannot stay the entire time for either event. Nothing means more to us than your children and your families. As always, I enjoy hearing from you when you have questions, concerns, or simply have time to say hello.