FEELS GOOD TO BE BACK!
Monday, August 28th
Kindergarten students released at 11:50
Physical Education and Tech Lab begin (Grades K-5)
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all Kindergarten classes.
Tuesday, August 29th
Ice Cream Social, 6:00pm-7:00pm, Silveira Blacktop (back of the school): Bring your children enjoy our community spirit, meet new families, enjoy the superb weather (Crossing fingers), and partake of some of the best FREE ice cream in the county!
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all 1st grade classes.
Wednesday, August 30th
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all 2nd grade classes.
Thursday, August 31st
Mr. Anderson reads Bucket Filler Story to all 3rd grade classes.
Friday, August 1st
Hispanic Heritage Month (September) - Did you know that Hispanic Heritage Month actually begins on September 15 and began as the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries—Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua? In addition, Mexico declared its independence on September 16, and Chile on September 18. Stopping to recognize and celebrate students and families in our community with Hispanic backgrounds as well as the contributions of this important group of people, is important.Part of my background is El Salvadorian and I can still vividly recall my El Salvadorian great grandmother, Tina Harrison, who crossed the border from El Salvador during a very difficult period of time. Heroic stories like hers are not uncommon where we live. We need just ask.
Buddy Classes - Each year we pair teachers together and students are provided buddies. Your children may have already shared this but if not, ask them to share who their buddy is and what class he/she is from. They attend assemblies together and sit next to one another, work on projects and play together. Our goal is specific and clear: Support one of our overarching visions, building a social network within our learning community to support student connectivity. We believe strongly that this will lead to an increase in student happiness, which in turn leads to academic and social success.
First few days at a glance
I could not ask for a lovelier start to the year. Many thanks to our co-MESHSA Presidents, Cristina Bonner and Jennifer Belair, who warmly welcomed our students and families with balloons, morning snacks and coffee, and fun conversation. That is our culture; this is our mission; and I am proud to be a part of it. Of course my personal highlight was seeing your children walking in to school, some for the first time.
Once In the classroom, your children melted right in working with her/his teacher to develop norms and routines, played those all important get-to-know-you games, and simply started getting comfortable with peers and the process. I had a chance to visit classes while in session and watched firsthand the relationship building taking place and it was impressive. Your child is going to learn and retain new concepts and mature so fast you are going to wonder where the time went.
Welcome Back Assembly: On Thursday we introduced students to teachers with a fun game, talked about the importance of doing their Personal Best this year, shared a few upcoming events such as our Talent Show, School wide Jobs, Ice Cream Social, etc., watched a Kid President video to get students thinking about dreaming big and building confidence, discussed this month's Personal Best Life Skill, introduced children to our new Superintendent, Jason Yamashiro, and more.
Important note: I shared how important it was for veteran students to seek out students new to our school and invite them to play or sit next to them at lunch. Ask your children about new students in her/his class and how they can help support them. I have already seen it and am impressed!
Expectations Assembly: On Friday, I reviewed rules and expectations with Kindergarten students in their play yard. Ask them to share 2-3 rules they remember. That may be all you get if even that, as many just stared in wonder at times (haha). I also reviewed rules and expectations with our veteran 1-5 students. If you are a parent of a 4th or 5th grader, it is important you know that I am challenging each of them (especially our class of 2018) to take on that all important role of Role Modeling. I shared that our younger students are watching and learning. Help me share this important message over the year.
Unsolicited Principal/Parent Advice? Ask your children specific questions about what they did each day rather that "How was your day?". The difference in the answer will be dramatic.
Our first family event of the year and NOT TO MISS - Ice Cream Social!
Our annual "Silbermann's Ice Cream Social" takes place next week, Tuesday August 29th, 6:00pm-7:00pm. A few volunteers are needed. If you are new to MES, this is a really fantastic way to meet folks and get your feet wet with our programs. Link is below.
There will also be a selection of MARY SILVEIRA SPIRIT WEAR to purchase. Always fun and ALL proceeds go RIGHT back to your children so it is a win win for all! Know that every Friday we encourage our children to wear their Silveira colors, Blue, White, and Pink.
Here are a few shortcut links that will be helpful to begin the year (always found on our website)
Back To School Night events to calendar - Parent only event.
Back to School Night, K-2, September 6th: 6:00pm in the MPR, 6:30-7:30 in your child's classroom.
Back to School Night, 3-5, September 7th: 6:00pm in the MPR, 6:30-7:30 in your child's classroom.
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
Youth Sports, Sign-ups, Camps and Cultural Activities
4th Grade parents, Coloma: IMPORTANT! IMPORTANT!
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
Talk to your children about the many ways they can show kindness with/to their peers throughout the year. We will be focusing attention on this character trait as a staff starting with me visiting all 20 classrooms classrooms for a marathon read of the story "Have You Filled Your Bucket Today". It is very applicable to the work we will be doing this year. This a fantastic book with a beautiful and meaningful message and I recommend owning it and reading with your child, especially younger children. 4th (9/5) and 5th (9/6) grade visits take place the following week. 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.
Campus Hours - Beginning Monday (Though many of you remembered from last year)
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.
Smart Train Information - Please be sure to review safety tips with your children. Sharing a few simple facts goes a long way!
Smart Train Debut - Article Smart Train Safety Tips - Good to go over with your children - Review Additional Safety Tips to review with your children - Remember this is a new to our community. Smart not to assume. - Review Smart Train Routes - Our Dixie Admin team had a chance last year to ride the train and it is smooth
Mary Silveira Home and School Team!
This team is already on the move, baking and shaking! They were kind enough to provide lunch for our staff this past week, refreshments for parents on opening morning, and balloons for students when they arrived to school on day 1. We are very grateful for their support. The first meeting is September 13th at 8:30am in the MPR. Join us and see what the plan is for the year! This is going to be an exciting year!
Co-Presidents: Jennifer Belair and Christina Bonner, Treasurer: Judy Campo, Financial Secretary: Toni Thompson, Secretary: Sarah Barr, Volunteer Coordinator: Jennifer Harris-Marks
If you have these lying around and are no longer using we can always use...
...more basketballs, rubber bouncing balls of all sizes, soccer balls, hula hoops, soft footballs, etc. Thanks and better for us to use than you tossing away, right? ...large flower pots or planters/containers you are no longer using. Let us know as we are always looking to beautify our campus in any way we can! Thanks again!