Stay cool everyone!
Monday, September 4th
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, September 5th
Last week of Kindergarten release at 11:50
Grades 3-5 Music begins Orchestra, Band, Choir
Library begins with our beloved Mrs. Armstrong
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all 4th grade classrooms
Wednesday, September 6th
Last week of Kindergarten release at 11:50
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all 5th grade classrooms
K-2 BACK TO SCHOOL EVENING 6:00-6:30 IN THE MPR, 6:30-7:30 IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM
Thursday, September 7th
Last week of Kindergarten release at 11:50
3-5 BACK TO SCHOOL EVENING 6:00-6:30 IN THE MPR, 6:30-7:30 IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASSROOM
Friday, September 8th
Last day of Kindergarten release at 11:50. Next week, K is released at 1:25
Back To School Night - parent only evening
K-2, September 6th: 6:00pm in the MPR, 6:30-7:30 in your child's classroom
3-5, September 7th: 6:00pm in the MPR, 6:30-7:30 in your child's classroom. Grade 4 parents, remain in MPR at 6:30pm for team presentation.
Child care options: 6:00-7:30pm, room 25, back by the pond. Drop your child/children off with cash-only payment of $15 per child and remember to pick them up no later than 7:30pm. Please be on time. They will be collecting payments at drop-off. Currently enrolled families need to pay that night as well. RSVP: Mary Silveira Children’s Center (415)485-3190
Preparing for the evening: Stop by the MPR at 6:00pm to meet members of our staff, watch an adorable video of the first few weeks of school, and gather an overall picture of or year. Bring your phone as I may have something interactive and fun for us. For the 6:30pm classroom gathering, bring a pen, pencil or tech device to take notes. Feel free to pose questions you have about our curriculum, volunteering, contact information, communication, overview of your child's day, homework and management policies, etc. but please hold on to your questions that relate specifically to your child as that won’t be useful to other parents. It’s better to make an appointment for a conference to discuss your concerns one-on-one. The event ends promptly at 7:30pm.
Last week of August, 2017, at a glance
So wonderful to see so many families attend our Ice Cream Social on Tuesday evening. Special thanks to our MESHSA team for their support and of course, many appreciations go out to Silbermann's Ice Cream for their delicious treats.
I stopped by grade K-2 classes throughout the week to read "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today". I shared the importance of establishing a culture of kindness throughout our halls, yard, classrooms, and home. Students paired up to share ideas and I will be challenging them all year long to engage peers and adults in positive and meaningful ways. At our Back to School evening at 6:00pm (both evenings), I will be sharing a video that includes how our children define Kindness. Pretty adorable what they come up with when the camera is rolling. Please help us carry this message along by taking a little time each week (perhaps dinner time conversation) to chat with them about how they are engaging with this theme. Ask them whose bucket they filled that day and how that may have changed that person's day. Thank you for your support!
Important events coming up
September 11th: K-2 Music and Art begin. For those who have already made their Can Do! contributions and to those who will be soon, thank you for supporting the arts here at MES! Brett Edwards will be making his debut as our K-2 Music Teacher while Gisele Clark will continue her artistic wizardry! To make your Can Do! donation, click here and know that you are making a difference!
September 11th: School wide Jobs applications head home for grades 3-5. Here is the link for the page on our website.
September 12th: I will be reading the Have You Filled Your Bucket Today story to 3rd graders.
September 13th: Our first Silveira Cycle Day! I will be leading a team of student bikers and interested parents starting at Holly Drive and Hyacynth Way. At 7:30 we will make our way up Las Gallinas to MES and will pick up any and all riders interested in joining so grease up those chains, leave your car keys at home, and join the fun!
September 14th and 15th: Student Portraits. More information to come regarding specific schedules.
September 15th: MOVIE UNDER THE STARS. This is a "not to miss" evening and our 2nd community event to welcome back everyone. The Movie is Sing, which we just saw and adored.
Mary Silveira Elementary is a school that prides itself on not only providing all students the finest education, but also ensuring their well-being and safety. This school year we have a number of students with food allergies some potentially life-threatening. While some children may experience a stuffy nose and watery eyes, other children develop more severe reactions. In the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock can occur within seconds of coming into contact with the nut product. Several of our children have strict guidelines in place to prevent these severe allergic reactions. This is where we need your support. We are asking for your help this year to provide all of our children with a safe school environment by considering not sending any peanut or nut containing products to school with your child.
On the school side, we continue to educate and remind our students that we do not share food and they have been responding well. Our school nurse has met with our teachers and instructional yard duty personnel to educate and support. We are very fortunate that our School Lunch program, Choice Lunch, is completely Nut Free. We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration in helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment for all of our students. Alternative snack ideas ...... Peanut Allergy Facts ..... Alternative lunch ideas ..... Additional alternative lunch ideas
School Library will open at 1st recess
Mondays and Wednesdays the room will open during 1st recess to support those interested in reading or relaxing in a quiet enviornment.
Here are a few shortcut links that will be helpful to begin the year (always found on our website)
Youth Sports, Sign-ups, Camps and Cultural Activities
San Rafael Public Library, Girls on the Run, Free Family Fun Fair, Fall Swim with the Lightening, Cub Scouts Kickoff, Become a Girl Scout, San Francisco Boys Chorus Marin Auditions, and Sing with the Marin Girls Chorus
4th Grade parents, Coloma
The total cost for this three-day 4th grade History Adventure is $310 dollars. The initial $150 payment was due May 25th, 2017. Thank you for those who already have it in. The final payment of $160 is due September 8th. Please make sure you get this payment in as we want to ensure that your child participates. Arguably, this is one of the most memorable events of our 4th graders elementary career. Click this link for more information.
2017-2018 Silveira Theme: KINDNESS - Social Emotional Support
There will be assemblies, lessons built around this new theme, and a Kindness Crew led by Mrs. Hutchens. This team will be leading several activities over the year to support the emotional growth for all of our students. Stay tuned! Thank you Can Do! for helping support one of many programs and strategies we will be investigating with our students this year. As many of you know, we delved into Mindfulness last year and many teachers will continue using it this year. We are always looking for new ways to support our children and understand all to well that there is no one prescribed program that meets the needs of all of our students. We will share more about this once the year is underway.
Most all of our parents have done a terrific job staying on the outskirts of the school until 8:05. Thank you! Our campus officially opens at 8:05 each morning. Please remember to remain below the blacktop structure in the back area of the school. The same is true for the front of the school. Please remain in the front area. This allows us to keep people not associated with our school, out of our school, ensuring that your children are safe.
For Kindergarten families, the K yard is closed when your children are released. We have a few classrooms that face the yard and are still in session at that time. In addition we have no adult coverage at that time. I know how fun that structure is, but part of my responsibility is to keep all of them safe. Thanks for understanding.
For grades 1-5, the same applies. School grounds close 15 minutes after the bell rings as we have after school programs on site. For th4 safety of your children, I need to make sure our hallways are clear of those not associated with our school.