The Cat in the Hat and a Dog in Pajamas?!

Literacy Week at Castlewood included so many wonderful spirit days and reading activities. We have revamped our love of books, and got to meet author Judith Casely. The photos below are a wonderful way to capture all of the amazing events, such as PJ read alouds and buddy reading day.

Special thanks to Judith Casely, Mrs. Restrepo, Ms. Rowe, Ms. Iskaros, & all of our wonderful volunteer readers who helped to make Literacy Week a bug success!


Seuss-ify Yourself and READ!

We have a fun filled week for this year’s Literacy Week with a theme of Dr. Seuss spirit days, reading buddy pair-ups, and a special author visit from Judith Casely! Make sure you are in the know of all the happenings, parent volunteer opportunities, and of course, ready for PJ day!  See below for this year’s events. Special thanks to Mrs. Restrepo for her hard work and dedication in making this week a super success for our students.

Monday, February 27

Cat in the Hat Day…  Wear stripes to school!

Tuesday, February 28  

Lorax Day… Wear a mustache to school!


Wednesday, March 1

            Cozy Up to a Good Book Day… Reading Buddies during period 6


Thursday, March 2

Dr. Seuss Day… Wear PJs and enjoy visitor Read-Alouds of Dr. Seuss books!

Wear your pajamas to school for Dr. Seuss’ birthday!

to volunteer: DOCTOR SEUSS DAY

Friday, March 3

Fox in Sox Day… Wear crazy or mismatched shoes or socks to school!

And… Visit from author Judith Casely!

For more at home fun, see Letter for Parents

Something was certainly different about Castlewood on Tuesday; students and staff dressed up to stand out in honor of Difference Day!

Difference Day was a Kindness Committee celebration of ALL outward differences.

Just like we learned in the book Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, we all have differences on the outside, but we all have a heart with feelings on the inside.

Difference Day was a way to remind ourselves and others that the outward differences we notice are actually great. Differences make the world more fun and more interesting.

Check out all the DIFFERENT ways we decided to be different in the photos below!

James and The Giant Peach takes the Stage THIS WEEKEND!

After weeks and weeks of learning lines, adapting characters, mastering stage directions, and very intricate set building, the cast and crew of James and The Giant Peach will take the stage for their performance! Please join us this weekend for what is sure to be a knock your socks off show! To our teacher directors and parent volunteers, thank you so much for your time and dedication. To our cast, and crew – you have worked so hard and we are so proud of you! Break a leg (but not really)!

James and The Giant Peach Dates & Showtimes

Friday, January 13th at 7:00PM
Saturday, January 14th at 3:00PM

Admission $5.00 per person for both children and adults. Click here to view ticket order form
Doors open 15 minutes prior to curtain.
The shows will begin promptly and run for a FULL HOUR with no intermission.

Castlewood Chorus Performs TONIGHT!

Doors will open at 5:45PM this evening for our Holiday Concert featuring Castlewood’s Chorus! The show will be starting at 6:00pm, and is sure to be fa-la-la-fabulous!  Tickets are $2.00 and will be charged upon entry! Come and enjoy the musical offerings of our talented students!

Attention: Fifth Grade Parents!

The Fifth Grade Yearbook Committee needs your help with collecting photos for this year’s yearbook! Please help them in creating a memorable keepsake for our soon to be Fifth Grade Grads! For more information, please visit the Fifth Grade Yearbook page, which you can find here, or under our PARENTS tab. Thanks in advance for your support and cooperation!

The Kindness Committee makes its First Outreach Trip

The staff, students, and families of Castlewood have SO much to be thankful for. Before we stuff ourselves with turkey, pie, and all the fixings, Castlewood’s Kindness Committee remembered that there are some who have a whole lot less for this upcoming holiday.

Then, they took action…

The Kindness Committee held it’s first Fall Food Drive. For one week, we put boxes in the lobby to collect non-perishable food. Students and staff donated things like mac and cheese, matzoh, peanut butter, beans, canned fish, and even baby food. We were so pleased with all the food we collected, and were ready to take the next step of kindness.

On Monday morning, The Kindness Committee met in the lobby and sorted the food into bags that they could carry onto the bus. They visited Our Lady of Lourdes’ Food Pantry, where they met a very kind woman, named Kathy.

Kathy explained how a food pantry works. She told the committee how they collect food, how they check expiration dates, and how they then distribute the food to families. Kathy told us that the pantry currently helps about 75 families, but they expect to be helping closer to 100 families by spring.

The Kindness Committee gave Kathy the food they collected at Castlewood. She was so grateful. The kind act left the Committee Kids feeling REALLY GOOD and plan to collect more food for the pantry in the future non-holiday months, when donations aren’t as popular, and food can be scarce.

Here are some sneak peek photos of the heartfelt learning experience.

Fitness is a Family Affair!

Family Fitness Night was a HUGE success! Students and families took over the school, participating in fitness activities in the gym, library, cafeteria, and calming cove! Thanks to all staff who helped to facilitate, and of course, a big thanks to Mr. Gomes, for keeping us (and our families) fit every year! Pictures of the night’s muscle making moves are below!

Castlewood’s First Candy Drive was a SWEET SUCCESS!

To continue our efforts of kindness and gratitude for the month of November, Castlewood held its first ever candy drive. For one week, students and staff brought in their left-over Halloween candy. All together, we collected OVER 70 pounds of candy! Whoa! That is a lot of candy! Thank you SO MUCH to all who contributed.

With the help of Operation Gratitude, this sweet treat is being shipped to our troops overseas as a sign of our appreciation for all that they do to keep us and our country safe. We know this act of kindness will be appreciated and look forward to future collaborations with this amazing charitable organization.