Castlemont Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, Dec 4th

Our next Spirit Day will be Ugly Sweater Day next Friday, December 13. Make your own ugly sweater or wear an ugly sweater you already have and show our Castlemont Spirit next Friday.

Updated Wed, Dec 4th

Julie Dart, author of Ellie Stands Up to the Bully and The Night the Moon Was Hiding spent an evening with Castlemont students and families during our Hicklebee's Book Fair.  Ms. Dart read to the crowd and entertained everyone with her wonderful character puppets. 

Updated Wed, Dec 4th

This week we are featuring learning in Ms. Iyama's fifth grade and Mrs. Biggs' fourth grade classrooms.  Ms. Iyama's students were putting their critical thinking and decimal subtraction skills to the test in their "How Much Change" lesson. Mrs. Biggs' students were practicing higher level thinking in their Harry Potter figurative language activity.  It is wonderful to see our students collaborating and learning together!

Updated Mon, Dec 2nd

Please join us for an English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting on Friday, December 6 at 8:30 in the Staff Room at Castlemont. This is an opportunity for you to advise the principal and school staff on programs and services for English Learners. The ELAC meetings take place four times per year.

Updated Wed, Nov 20th
As we approach our Thanksgiving break, Castlemont's HSC wanted to say a huge thank you to our amazing community for your support and generous donations! So far, for the 2019-2020 school year we have raised approximately $25,000, all of which goes directly back to our students! We've used this money to send our students to field trips to the Campbell Heritage Theater, Happy Hollow, a pumpkin patch, and Santa Teresa Park. (And have additional field trips planned in the upcoming weeks like Mary Poppins, Campbell Historical Museum, Youth Science Institute, and the Tech Museum!) In addition, we've been able to host some great school-wide assemblies, like the Magic Circus, which included a mime who acted out various songs and skits from around the world.
In the coming months, keep your eyes open for future fundraisers and more ways to be involved. In addition to providing more field trips and assembles for our children, your donations, will also help with continuing to directly support our library, our librarian, and our classrooms. Please join us for our January 7 HSC meeting to hear more about HSC, ways to get involved, and how your donations are directly benefiting our students. 
Updated Wed, Nov 20th

The deadline has been extended to Friday, November 22 for parents to participate in our school's Thoughtexchange. Add your voice to our planning process today.

We believe that working closely with our community is essential to meeting the needs of our students. As part of our annual planning, we want to understand what is important to you for your school and the District. One way we do that is through Thoughtexchange—an online tool that allows us to learn the thoughts and priorities of the people affected by our decisions.

Share your Thoughts by November 22! 
Please join in the Parent/Community conversation about your child's school and district.
Por favor únase a la conversación de los padres/la comunidad sobre la escuela y el distrito de su hijo.

It is an easy 3-step process:
  1.  Share – answer open-ended questions about education in our schools
  2.  Star – review and ideas from other stakeholders
  3.  Discover – learn what is important to the community as a whole

We are committed to making sure our students are educated to their highest potential, and we rely on your feedback and input to help guide that direction. That is why we are asking for your participation in an online community conversation about what we're doing well and areas in which we can improve.

Updated Wed, Nov 20th

The flu virus and other respiratory “bugs” are most common during the fall and winter. Health professionals recommend several effective precautions to help slow the spread of germs that cause respiratory (nose, throat, and lungs) illnesses, like the flu.

  1. Get a flu vaccine each year.
  2. Avoid contact with people who are sick.
  3. Cover coughs and sneezes.
  4. Wash hands frequently.
  5. Get plenty of rest.

If your child does become ill, please report the absence by calling 408-341-7047.

If your child does not have healthcare insurance, please contact our Community Liaison, Irama Mendoza, for information about no-cost or low-cost insurance program options. To reach Irama, call 408-364-4233 X 4354 or email imendoza [at]

Updated Mon, Dec 2nd

With Thanksgiving break upon us, what a wonderful time for your student to read a good book! The Bookfair is open Thursday and Friday at lunch and after school. Don't miss the opportunity to come by and pick out the perfect book! All proceeds benefit our Castlemont library.

Updated Fri, Nov 15th

Please bring non-perishable food to Castlemont by December 16 (deadline extended). All items will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank. A bin is located in the school office. You can also deliver the food to your child's classroom.

Second Harvest accepts all non-perishable food donations, but expecially needs nutritious items like peanut butter, canned chili or soup, spices, granola bars, etc. Please avoid items packed in glass. And please no candy or sugar-sweetened drinks.

Thank you for your support.

Updated Wed, Nov 13th

All proceeds of the book fair in the library will go toward new hard bound books for the library. The book fair will be open after school Monday through Friday until 3:30, and on Thursday, November 21 and Friday, November 22 during lunch. Family night on Wednesday 5:30-8:30 with Author Julie Dart.