Monday, November 6th
Last week for UNICEF Boxes (Little orange boxes for change collection)
Zero Waste visiting classrooms
Tuesday, November 7th
Last week for UNICEF Boxes
Fall Visitation, 9:00-10:00am, Multi-Purpose Room
Wednesday, November 8th
Veteran's Day Assembly - 8:30-9:00, PARENTS ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND
Last week for UNICEF Boxes
Thursday, November 9th
Last day to turn in UNICEF boxes
Friday, November 10th
Veteran's Day - NO SCHOOL
Concerning our beloved Wendy Blanton
Wendy Blanton, Silveira Star, Student advocate, Instructional Aid extraordinaire, Courageous, Beautiful, and a dear friend to us all. She has touched the hearts of countless children in our community in ways that few will ever know. As you know, Wendy became very sick over a week ago and can no longer return to work. So, on Halloween morning we brought Silveira to her by parading our students to her home. There, on the sidewalk in front of the very home she grew up in as a child, she promptly and quite unexpectedly, hugged 430+ children, each and every student at MES. Today, Friday, November 3rd, at 8:30am, we celebrated her with a Tie Dye/Aloha Day that included 500 Leis worn by students and staff and a series of beautiful "Silveira Family" photos (Thank you deeply, Brian Dettor). She is a community treasure and an educational hero to all. Since stepping away from MES, she has been resting in her home surrounded by good friends and supportive family members. While we miss her Aloha attitude at MES, her courageous spirit will always reside in our hearts just as our spirits have always resided in hers. E Hoomau Maua Kealoha (May our love last forever). On her terms and soon, she will share with all of you in her words what she is going through and what this community means to her.
1st Annual Military Recognition Service Day - Wednesday morning, November 8th - Join us in this celebration!
Please join us at Mary Silveira Elementary School on Wednesday, November 8th from 8:30am-9:15am in our MPR, to honor family members and friends who both currently serve or have served in our military. We are currently in the process of collecting images of Silveira students’ family members or friends who currently serve or have served in the armed forces. If you would like to submit a photo of a member of your family in uniform, please send to me by Sunday evening as I am in the process of creating a slide show for our children. If you are a member of the armed forces in any way, we welcome you to share a few comments. If not, we would love a photo! We are all very proud of this team of men and women who protect our country and provide a safe place for our children to prosper. Click here for more information about the event.
Technology at Mary Silveira - THANK YOU CAN DO! and to the many parents who have already contributed what they can!
1:1 Chromebooks, grades 3-5
We are very excited to share that soon after the Thanksgiving Holiday, we will shift from a shared Chromebook model to a 1:1 model in grades 3-5. A key tenet of our Can Do! Foundation/Dixie District Partnership and part of our overall district vision is to support the use of bold and innovative technology that engage students and transform the learning process. Having observed the success of our initial work...
*Introducing Chromebooks to the classroom in a shared model
*Providing necessary ongoing Professional Development for staff
*Providing time and the license for staff to explore the value of the Chromebook
*Providing a Tech Coach to support instructional growth of our staff members
*Providing a robust Tech Team to support hardware and software glitches that come with technology
...it became apparent that the best way to press forward was to provide each class with a set of Chromebooks to match the number of students in the classroom (All Chromebooks will remain at school). Our new model will provide each 3-5 teacher their own Chromebook cart.
Benefts: We believe that we can leverage technology to increase student engagement and provide opportunities for students to create, collaborate, communicate effectively, and practice critical thinking. As our teachers continue to explore this area of technology we see the possibility for more personalized learning opportunities, both to learn at a more efficient pace and to fill in gaps in learning that are critical for future success. We are very excited about our shift and hope that you are as well. We feel incredibly fortunate to belong to a community that values education and recognizes the critical role technology plays in providing a first-class education, and look forward to utilizing our resources to positively impact student achievement. Note that we are next looking at grades K-2.
Michigan State University's Binbin Zheng and his colleagues analyzed years of studies on "one-to-one" laptop programs, including Zheng's own research. The researchers reviewed nearly 100 academic studies on one-to-one laptop programs dating back to 2001. Below are excerpts from an article that I think you might find interesting. It parallels our core beliefs regarding technology as well, that it is a tool, albeit a very good one, but not a replacement for good teaching and a good teacher!
"I believe this technology, if implemented correctly, is worth the cost and effort because it lifts student achievement, enhances engagement and enthusiasm among students, improves teacher-student relationships and promotes 21st century skills such as technological proficiency and problem solving."
"Just putting a laptop before a student doesn't really help them with anything," Zheng said. "Technology should not be implemented for technology's sake."
"Students received more feedback on their writing, edited and revised their papers more often, drew on a wider range of resources to write and published or shared their work with others more often"
Apple TV's to replace Projectors, K-5
Within the year we are shifting away from our older model Wire-Happy Projectors and failing Elmos to a Mobile Apply HD TV, iPAD/Laptop driven wireless machine. We are excited about this shift and having watched it already unfold at Dixie Elementary with great success, we are licking our lips at providing the same tool for our staff.
Benefits: Resolution on Apple TV screens is far superior to that of our current projectors. This high definition is useful with media-rich curriculum containing pictures, video, and other presentation graphics and text. The life hours of the TV screen exceeds that of a projector bulb many times over. Through this tool, teachers will be able to move about the classroom while actively controlling the presentation through either their iPad or tech device of their choice. No longer are our teachers trapped at the front of the classroom in order to share content with students or mark up documents. Presenting directly from the iPad allows for circulation around the classroom and increased interaction with students. Our students benefit directly as teachers can request students share their work remotely through the Apple TV. With no cords to connect and disconnect, switching images requires nothing more than the user selecting the listed Apple TV from the airplay options on the iPad. Thank you to our many parents who have provided their Can Do! donation for without, this would not be possible. YOU are making this a reality.
Orchestra Information - 4th and 5th grade families
Can Do! Online Auction
Don’t miss out on the hundreds of great items on the Can Do! Online Auction! Click here to start your bidding! Auction will close Sunday, November 12th so DON"T MISS OUT and remember that this auction is to support our children directly by keeping programs like PE, Art, Music, Garden, Assemblies, and so much more, moving forward. It is what defines our school district!
5th Grade: Alliance Redwoods Speaker Visit Parent Night
Come listen in as a member of the Alliance Redwoods Organization will be joining us to share the content of their Outdoor Education program and answer any questions you may have. Last year I led a teacher team comprised of all three Dixie District Schools, to the Alliance Redwoods campus, spoke directly with their personnel, walked their grounds, and spoke with other schools/organizations who were currently attending for their Outdoor Education program. Overwhelmingly, we were consumed by not only their team's presentation but the private discussions had with currently attending school programs. We discussed their science curriculum, safety, professionalism, support, sleeping quarters, dining, and down time. One after another, the boxes were checked in terms of what we were looking for in a successful educational program. We hope you will join us on Thursday, November 9th, Mary Silveira MPR, 6:00-7:00pm.
Think Kindness Assembly - 5000 acts of Kindness Challenge - November 15th - PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND THIS EVENT!
November 15th, 8:30am-9:30am, MPR. We welcome parents to join us as we have a special team ready to present a 5000 acts of Kindness in 15 days challenge! This assembly is a another aspect of our Social Emotional Support program, supporting Kindness school-wide! It will be very relevant, fun, and we hope...Inspiring!
Dixie District Fall Visitation Day - Tuesday Morning
Twice a year, we provide an opportunity for prospective parents (for the following year) to stop by for a meet and greet with the principal and brief tour of the campus, classrooms, and our facilities. It is a great opportunity for a peek at our programs and Q and A with the principal. Tuesday, November 7th, 9:00-10:00am, Silveira Multi Purpose Room
Zero Waste coming to Mary Silveira Elementary
Mary Silveira is working directly with a wonderful "GREEN" program, Zero Waste Marin. The goal of our courtship is to provide training for students and staff in best practices for lunch recycling. They are also furnishing each class and our outdoor eating areas with new recycling containers. This Monday, their team will visit each class.
Many of our children have allergies...
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. If this cannot be avoided, please remind your children not to share food with others.
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 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..... Alternative lunch ideas ..... Additional alternative lunch ideas