"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life" - Susan b. Anthony
Monday, May 22nd
Gate Testing - 4th and 5th grade
Tuesday, May 23rd
Gate Testing - 3rd grade
Band Concert - Miller Creek, 7:00pm
Wednesday, May 24th
SILVEIRA BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY - Join us for another AM and PM ride! We will count the bikes and use that number as our baseline to build from. Next year, I have built in "Monthly Silveira Cycle Day" into the calendar with the goal of topping the our previous month's numbers.
Final Site Council Meeting - 4:00-5:00pm
Orchestra Concert - Miller Creek, 7:00pm
Thursday, May 25th
Miller Creek Open House
Gina Tanner, 4th grade teacher, Golden Bell Award Winner event at Dominican College! Way to go Gina!
Friday, May 26th
K-2 MUSIC ASSEMBLY, 8:30-9:15, MPR, Parents and K-2 classes! This is going to be a hoot! Cuteness meter off the hook!
3rd grade families, First Coloma Payment due to the office today (See below)
Just for the record...
Multitudes of students have approached me this year, more so than any other year I have been here, sharing that they found money or bus tickets, important little mementos, etc. While we give students Starbucks for these acts of kindness not one student has asked for one. They do it because they know it is the right things to do. Thank you for partnering with us in sharing the importance of Life Skills and making good choices. Silveira students rock!
Everything you need to know about 5th grade promotion... and more!
Silveira Cycle Trains are on the move again!
Let's get back on our bikes and ride to school again this Wednesday morning! I will once again, be leading a group starting at Las Gallinas and Holly Drive at about 7:45. I encourage other parents to join me at that location and along the way as well as leading other little cycle trains in our surrounding neighborhood. Let's fill the bike station at Silveira and make a difference!
SMART Train is coming - Be safe and prepared for the summer!
Important dates for your calendar
May 23rd: Spring Band Performance, Miller Creek
May 24th: Spring Orchestra Performance, Miller Creek, Final Site Council Meeting
May 26th: K-2 Music performance
May 29th: Memorial Day
May 31st: Spring Concert at Miller Creek, Evening Play
June 1st: Evening Play Performance
June 2nd: Awards Assembly, Day Play
June 6th: Recycled Runway event, Volunteer of the Year celebration
June 7th: Field Day
June 8th: Last Day of School, 5th Grade Promotion
Summer Art and Story Telling Class!
Open House - Thank you for coming!
Supreme thanks to the multitude of parents who took the time to attend our Thursday evening Open House! A truly impressive showing. I only wished I had time to talk with each of you. Your children were very proud to show off their work! Special thanks to Gisele Clark, Art teacher, for her work in preparing the art museum! She is so talented. Additional thanks to the following parents who took the time to spend part of the day with her helping prepare for the event. Sibel Demirmen, Janova Lerdal, Noel Kosiek, Jen Belair (2017-2018 MESHSA Co-President), Jen Marks, and Melissa Vree! What a crew!
Families helping Families...
"One of our fathers in our community, Masa (Seung-Ray), was diagnosed with Stage III Stomach cancer in April of this year. His symptoms started almost a year ago, however he was initially misdiagnosed with a stomach ulcer. The ulcer just never seemed to heal. He's currently the sole provider as his wife Eri is raising their two children Kent (5) and Lico (3). Due to the severity and size of the cancer, Masa will need three 21-day cycles of chemotherapy before a surgery to remove the tumor can be performed. The surgery would follow approximately 3-6 weeks after the last chemotherapy session. 6-12 weeks after the surgery Masa will need three more cycles of chemotherapy. His initial intention was to work while on chemo, however he was strongly discouraged to do so by his doctors as he'll likely have side-effects from it. Masa's currently having to figure-out how to get a different kind of insurance as his employer has decided to discontinue insuring him once he goes on disability. Disability will pay approximately 55-60% of his current wage. Eri wanted to find a job, however it would be difficult to afford child-care for both children, especially as the summer's just around the corner and school's almost over. Eri and Masa will need our help and positive thoughts for the months to come in order to be able to afford paying their rent and living expenses, as well as a new health insurance." - Alexandra Weibel
We are building a shed for our garden but need a contractor to help us plan.
We are looking to build a new shed in our Garden to house supplies as well as an adjacent outside space with a roof so that our children, teachers and volunteers can work in a shaded and dry location. We are hoping for a shed that is approximately 10 x 8 with 4 walls, roof, floor, and door. We are also looking to add an adjacent outside space with a roof that is approximately 10 x 8 to house other materials.
3rd grade families - Coloma Gold Rush is on!
From November 29th, 2017 - December 1st, 2017, next year's 4th graders head to the foothills of the Sierra's for a three-day educational adventure! This program provides a unique look into the rich history of California at a specific and important time period. Students spend two evenings and three days living the life of a miner with the outcome of developing a deeper understanding of the history of California! This is an important 4th grade Social Studies Standard.
Cost: $310 per student includes food, accommodations, curriculum, buses, and amazing fun!
Chaperones: There will be an invitation for several chaperones to attend this event, which is always an incredible experience. This will be discussed at our Back to School Night evening on September 7th, 2017.
Payments: Initial: $150 is due May 26th, 2017 2nd and final payment $160 is due September 8th, 2017
Click Coloma Outdoor Discovery School link for more information including form to be completed. Hard copies were sent home Friday afternoon, May 5th, 2017.
Your Home and School Needs for 2017-2018 School Year
MESHSA Treasurer: Do you have an interest in supporting your child's school? Do you consider yourself fairly organized? Do you have an interest or experience in working with spreadsheets? Do you enjoy collaborating with others and coming up with new and creative ideas? If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you are just the right person to be our new MESHSA Treasurer! Come on board and join this vibrant organization that serves our school’s children and teachers so well.
MESHSA Financial Secretary: MESHSA needs a new Financial Secretary! We need someone to sit on the Board and assist the MESHSA Treasurer, collecting money from school and depositing it at Wells Fargo on a weekly and ad hoc basis. Come and join our fantastic team and serve our school’s children and teachers. This team is dynamic and a lot of fun to be around. We meet monthly for about 1 hour in the mornings and are always looking for people with energy and a little time to help support our school.
Class Placement, 2017-2018
Staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and will soon begin designing classes based on enrollment projections. As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade levels before the end of the year to develop classes. Classes will be designed based upon the following criteria:
➢ Ratio of boys to girls ➢ Students with special needs ➢ Second language learners ➢ Learning styles ➢ Social/Emotional needs ➢ Citizenship
Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received between May 1st and May 31st and be in writing to the principal. Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence. A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience. The key ingredient to this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your child with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.