"It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate!" - Remind your children to pursue their dreams and to not let future hurdles, deter them!
Thank you to the parents of our graduating 5th grade class for the "gift that will keep on giving" for many years to come!
6 Brilliant European Birch Trees!
Special love to Denise Roeck, the Designer, the Planter, the Landscaper, and one of several parent caretakers of our garden!
Memory Books were passed out to students today.
Promotion Practice, 5th grade.
Tuesday, June 6th
Promotion Practice, 5th grade
Recycled Runway Assembly - Our 4th-5th grade students have collaboratively to manufacture outfits using only recycled materials with extraordinarily low overhead costs. Very clever out of the box thinkers we have! Super cool and innovative activity for the least week of school. Hope you can join us as they share their concepts with us all. 10:30am, MPR!
Board Meeting: Volunteer of the Year recognition, Brian Dettor, Dr. Lohwasser retirement recognition, Mrs. Honig (Speech Pathologist) and Mrs. Lim (MES Instructional Assistant) retirement recognition! Please join us at 6:00pm at the District Office, 380 Nova Albion Way San Rafael, CA 94903.
Wednesday, June 7th
Promotion Practice, 5th grade.
Kindergarten Picnic, Marinwood Park!
Field Day, Grades 1-5 (See below for shirt colors children should wear today)
1:25pm Student Release
Site Council Ballots due back today and your 2017-2018 will be announced in final newsletter. (See below)
Thursday, June 8th
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
5th Grade Promotion! Bittersweet to say the least. I am so going to miss this cohort! They were K's when I arrived! 8:30am-9:15am, MPR. For more information, click here.
5th grade Pool Party! 10:00am-1:00pm, Marinwood Pool. For more information, click here.
Report cards heading home
1:25pm Student Release
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, adn we hope you will, 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 the last event of your child's career in Elementary School (with the exception of 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.
1st graders wear Tie-Dye, 2nd graders wear Yellow, 3rd graders wear Purple, 4th graders wear Blue and 5th graders wear Green!
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. Our four departing members have been fantastic additions to the team over their 2 year term and have served our school superbly and faithfully. They leave behind a gift/legacy for our Silveira community, which will be shared shortly. Thank you Sara Frack, Jason Ferrell, Theresa Martinez, and Erin Rudsenske!
Looking forward to the 2017-2018 school year, we have 5 new candidates (See below).
(Hard copies of ballots are heading home Monday afternoon, June 5th, or you can click this link 20172018ballot.pdf and print yourself. Please, select 4 of the 5.)
Liz McCarthy: Liz is a full time Real Estate Broker, mom and involved parent in the community and neighborhood. As a mom to a Micro-Preemie (her daughter weighed only 1.5 pounds at birth) she had to navigate medical and educational systems for the last 11 years since her early birth. Her children are just finishing up 5th and 2nd grade at MES. She is a former board member of the MES Home and School Club and has served as room parents for both of her children’s classes there. Although she work full time, she always tries to drive on field trips and organize events as needed for their teachers. She started MarinwoodMoms.com (a local free mothers club open to parents with children of all ages), which now has over 700 members in it. She has come to absolutely adore MES, the school where her children both attend, as well as our amazing neighborhood and community. Prior to her 12-year real estate career, she worked in management in Software Business Development, travelling globally so has been able to use her professional background in all aspects of her professional and personal life. Lastly, she is involved either currently or in the past in many volunteer roles (including President) for a local professional organization, serving as a board members of multiple non-profits and she volunteers in the NICU at CPMC helping support parents who have had very premature births. She adores this community in which she lives and would love to help direct the future of our schools and for our children who are such an essential part of our amazing neighborhood.
Christina Ishibashi Bonner: Prior to Real Estate, Christina spent 5 years as an educator both in Los Angeles and Marin teaching English and Social Studies for 7th/8th and 10th grades. Ava is her only child and she feels that she owes it to both her and to the community to be involved with all aspects of her education (not only for her, but the rest of the children that attend this esteemed district). She is a graduate of UCSB with a BA in communication and received her teaching credential from CSULB. She spends most of her time trying to actually become a published author while doing the most impossible task of all- work/life balance. Growing up in California, she has seen great schools and struggling schools and knows that it takes a village and Dixie is a village.
Evan McKay: Evan McKay would be happy to be part of the Mary Silveira Site Council Team. His daughter Charlotte will be in 2nd grade this year, and his son Connor will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. As the IT Director for Reed Union School District in Tiburon, he could bring valuable insight to the Mary Silveira team. Evan oversees all technology for Reed Union, a K-8 district where grades 2 – 8 are 1:1 devices (iPads and laptops). He is part of the leadership team, helping make decisions to improve student outcomes. He is responsible for leading meetings and committees to further improve technology integration at all school sites in the district. He led a complete network overhaul for the schools, which included an entire network hardware upgrade. Evan also trains teachers, students, and staff in all aspects of technology. In his “free time” Evan enjoys photography, kite boarding, surfing, and spending time with his family. “It would be an honor to participate in the Mary Silveira Site Council.”
Leah Kleinman-Green: Leah Kleinman-Green has been a resident of Marinwood for 11 years, and her older daughter, Lily, will be entering 3rd grade at MES in the fall. She is currently serving her second term on the Marinwood Community Services District Board of Directors. She has an MBA in Management and owns a successful business in the electronics manufacturing business, as well as volunteering for the Marin Center for Domestic Peace and Extrafood.org. When she was in high school at Petaluma High, many moons ago, she served as the student representative on the School Site Council for a term of two years, so is quite familiar with the work of Site Councils. She would like to get more involved in MES, especially as her youngest will start here in just 2 short years!
Phil Marsh: Phil is excited for the opportunity of being a member of Mary Silveira’s Site Council team. He has been a member of the MES community for over 5 years and is looking forward to many wonderful years with this amazing community. He has two children; Addison in 3rd grade, and Drew a sophomore at Terra Linda High School. Phil is an active volunteer at MES serving as Choice Lunch assistant at the MES Café, and as a classroom assistant. Phil is on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard serving over 20 years of faithful and dedicated service. He has a background in emergency management, training, and leadership. He is currently pursuing his bachelors in management studies through Norwich University. Phil has an array of emergency management training and certificates through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. He most recently attended and graduated a U.S. Coast Guard senior-level leadership academy emphasizing on technical and management development. Phil has been stationed in the SF Bay Area since 2001 and moved to Marinwood in early 2011. His background in emergency management, training, leadership skills, and volunteer experience at MES makes Phil an excellent candidate for the Site Council position.
SMART Train is coming - Be safe and prepared for the summer!
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.