Advice for our graduating 5th grade students: "Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. then by all means, you should follow that." Ellen Degeneres
Monday, May 29th
Memorial Day - The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”
Tuesday, May 30th
Principal of the Day - Vivienne Russell, 2nd grade!
Last day to submit interest for Site Council, 2017-2018.
San Rafael Library assembly visit, MPR - Grades K-2: 8:30am & Grades 3-5: 9:00am - Check out their Summer Reading Challenge!
Wednesday, May 31st
Best Me Kaiser Assembly, Grades 3-5, 9:00-10:00, Grade K-2, 10:20-11:00 - Click here for the site and the educational goals attached to this wonderful program! We are grateful to partner with Kaiser for this wonderfully interactive and educational program!
Evening Spring Play Performance, 6:00pm, MES MPR
Spring Choir Performance, 7:00-8:00pm, Miller Creek Middle School
Thursday, June 1st
Last Day for counseling
Evening Spring Play Performance, 6:00pm, MES MPR
Friday, June 2nd
AWARDS ASSEMBLY - 8:30-9:30am, MPR - Please join us!
Last day for PE classes
Silveira Awards Assembly, Friday, June 2nd - JOIN US Friday morning!
Each year at this time we pause to recognize students and staff for their contributions to our school. This includes School Wide Job Recognition's, Consistent Achievers award recognition's, a few student speeches, a culminating Magic Penny to our 5th graders and students leaving our school. Very, very cute! We top it off with a sweet song! Please join us starting precisely at 8:30 and running through 9:30am.
FIELD DAY - A day of relaxing, letting some steam off, and having a little fun! But we need our parents to step up and support!
Wednesday, June 7th, 9:15-12:00 - Click here to sign sign up between these times
This annual super chill end of the year activity is an opportunity for our hard working students to relax, laugh, hang out with friends, and engage in games and activities. There will be water balloon tossing, table tennis, noodle tag, obstacle courses, a variety of games, obstacle jumpy, volley ball, relays, tug of wars, face painting, temporary tattoos, music, pie tossing at Mr. Anderson, and more! If you are planning to volunteer for this super event, you might want to wear a hat, sunglasses, and a little sunscreen and bring a beach umbrella to bring the whole thing home! This is a chill morning but a really fun one!
Come by between 9:00-9:15 a.m. in the MES Library to help w/ set up. At that time, we will assign parents to stations, move equipment to areas, pass out maps, enjoy coffee, and chat with other parents. If we do not have enough volunteers than some stations will not open so please please sign up and help us.
Join us to make this event super special for our children and bring your joy and smiles! If you are a 5th grade parent, I would highly encourage you to attend as this will be their last event of your child's career in Elementary School (with the exception of the Promotion of course!). If you forget to sign up or not sure you can commit at this time we certainly welcome folks to stop by at the last minute to help.
Sadly, it is the last day for...
K-2 Music: Our primary music teacher, Chris Kroupa, was another fantastic addition to our school this year. She has worked hard to build relationships with her students and staff and concluded on a wonderful "Baseball Themed" musical performance with our K-2 children. Many favorite moments from that hour but none more than the "commercial break" - Plop Plop Fizz Fizz for example. Very clever! Thank you to those who have contributed to the Family Giving Campaign this year to support teachers like Mrs. Kroupa. If you have not yet contributed please take a moment to click here and provide what you can to the Silveira team.
Counseling: Kim D' Arcy, Morgan White, and Katherine Suggs! They have been Super Heroes all year long. B.A.C.R. (Bay Area Community Resources), led by Carin Grove, has been instrumental to so many of our students who have faced challenges along the way. Hard to quantify their importance to our community. To learn about other resources they offer away form our school and how they might benefit your family, click here.
Physical Education: Many thanks to Coach Tim and Coach Will, who both did a great job this year supporting our students and building a program of their own. Their positive spirit and care in making sure our students remain engaged through a variety of skills thought the year, has been valuable for our students. Many thanks to those of you who contributed to the Family Giving Campaign this year! If you have not yet contributed please take a moment to click here and provide what you can to the Silveira team.
Library: Debra Armstrong has been such a rock for our school since she started with me 7 years ago. She is always calm, always supportive for our students and a leader/collaborator with so many of our programs such as Stellar Readers, Young Author's Fair, and Book Club to name a few. Class visits to her room are ever a highlight for our students.
Opportunity Time: Many thanks to Marian Previtali and Noel Olson, for their work this year. For the 2016-2017 campaign, they served over 100 different students, one quarter of our population, with reading/math support services. We are grateful for their compassion, patience, and dedication to making sure all students are provided the specific tools needed to reach their academic potential. Their collaborative approach with our staff has been instrumental to rising test scores and an increased positive attitude about learning.
Amazing students we have here at MES!
Multitudes of students have approached me this year, more so than any other year since I have been here, sharing that they found money or bus tickets, important little mementos, etc. While we pass 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 are truly STARS!
School Site Council, 2017-2018
It is that time of the year when we say thank you and farewell to those parents of who served on Site Council for their two year appointment. Thank you Theresa Martinez, Sara Frack, Jason Ferrell, and Erin Rudsenske, who provided valuable input and guidance for this team over their two year commitment.
Looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year, we have 4 openings. If you would like to be a part of this team and have a vested interest in supporting students both socially, emotionally and academically, please email me a brief 1 paragraph bio write up by Wednesday, May 31st. In this paragraph, share who you are, why you are interested in the position, what you would bring to the team, and how you are connected to the school. Once all candidates have submitted bios (Below is an example from our current Site Council President) I will send physical ballots to our parent community. They are due back by Tuesday, June 6th.
Site Council in a nutshell
This council is a collection of evenly numbered teachers and parents, roughly 12 in total, who meet once a month after school in our school library. Children are welcome to attend and read or do homework while we meet. This team works collaboratively to support Mary Silveira's school instructional programs, safety plan, and site plan. The discussions are rich, thoughtful and the food is delicious! For the upcoming year there will be an additional focus upon new district funding, our crossing guard, physical changes to the site related to the bond, 2017-2018 Language Arts Adoption, English language Learner, technology, and school garden to name a few. Each year we will also think about
SMART Train is coming - Be safe and prepared for the summer!
Important dates for your calendar
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!
Supporting a family in need!
"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.