Monday, January 22nd
Event Free - It is an honor working with your children at MES. Bright little inquisitive bulbs, they all are and in their own unique way.
Tuesday, January 23rd
ELAC Meeting (English learner Advisory Committee), 3:30-4:00. Please join me in welcoming Laura Mayorga and Marisol Rocha, (Silveira parents) to this team. Together, we will work to review our English Language Learner programs districtwide and help develop a more inclusive learning environment for all.
District Green Team meeting, 4:00pm, MES Library
Wednesday January 24th
Thursday, January 25th
Friday, January 26th
Progress Reports heading home for those students not meeting benchmarks
MESHSA (Your Home and School Team) providing our staff with lunch. Many thanks to our 4th grade parents this month. These lunches truly bring so much spirit to our staff. We all know how hard they are all working to support every child in their educational journey and this type of care you show goes so far!
2018 Parcel Tax recently approved by our Dixie District Board
Parcel Tax Renewal is moving forward after our Dixie District Board approved Tuesday evening
English: Our local school funding (Parcel Tax) is set to expire. If we don’t renew local funding, our schools will lose $1.9M every year. To protect teaching and instructional programs in local elementary and middle schools, the Dixie School District Board of Trustees has placed a measure on the May 8, 2018 all-mail ballot to renew existing local funding for 12 years. The measure will renew the current annual rate of $352 per parcel and add $118 per parcel with a 3% cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year. This measure will:
- Attract and retain qualified teachers
- Maintain instructional materials and equipment for science programs
- Support core academic programs, including math, science, technology, reading and writing
- Maintain music programs and world language electives, such as French and Spanish classes
- Maintain classroom computers and technology instruction
- Maintain class sizes
- Keep school libraries open and maintain library services and materials
For more information: http://www.fordixiestudents.org
Impuesto de Parcela 2018 recientemente aprobado por nuestro Consejo del Distrito de Dixie
La renovación del impuesto a la parcela está avanzando después de que nuestro Distrito de Dixie haya sido aprobado el martes por la noche
Spanish: Nuestra subvención local para las escuelas (Parcel Tax=impuesto a la propiedad) está por expirar. Si no renovamos nuestra subvención local, nuestras escuelas perderán $1.9 cada año.Para proteger los programas de enseñanza e instrucción en las escuelas primarias y la media (elementary and middle school), el Board of Trustees del Distrito Escolar Dixie ha ubicado una medida en la hoja de voto del 8 de mayo de 2018 para renovar la subvención local existente por 12 años. La medida renovará el monto anual de $352 por propiedad y añadirá 118 por propiedad. Esta medida:
- Atraerá y retendrá a profesores calificados
- Mantendrá los materiales de instrucción y equipamiento para los programas de ciencias
- Apoyará los programas académicos centrales, incluyendo matemáticas, ciencia, tecnología, lectura y escritura
- Mantendrá los programas de música e idiomas electivos, tales como las clases de francés y español
- Mantendrá las computadoras de las clases y la instrucción de tecnología
- Mantendrá el tamaño de las clases
- Mantendrán abiertas las bibliotecas de las escuelas y mantendrán los servicios y materiales de biblioteca
- Para mayor información vean: http://www.fordixiestudents.org/volunteer
Kindness Week - District celebration is coming!
Each day will have an activity for students inckuding a visit by the Miller Creek Ally Squad who will share personal reflections on their own identity, and the importance of being an ally and standing up to hurtful language. The assembly provides students with bullying prevention strategies and adults and school staff they can go to for help with bullying and teasing. Recognizing the diverse backgrounds of our student population and community, students will walk away with appreciation that people are different in all types of ways. Teasing or bullying anyone for any reason is never OK. Stay tuned for more on the eve nts of the week of January 29th!
4th and 5th grade MES Science Fair Evening is coming!
This is an event to truly get excited about! Lots of fanfair around this one for sure! Wednesday, February 28, 2018, Silveira MPR. 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Click here for more information about the event and for ideas if your child is a 4th or 5th grader.
Family Dance Party is coming!
Here is another suoerstar MESHSA event coming up that is gathering lots of momentum and is a first for us! DANCING - MUSIC - - DISCO BALL (C'mon, a Disco Ball, can't pass that up!) - BIG JIM providing dinner (Can't beat that people - best food in Marin!). Stay tuned for more information from your MESHSA team! February 9th, 6:00-9:00pm, Silveira MPR
Talent Showcase is coming - March 8th - is coming!
Auditions: The auditions were awesome and the energy was amazing on Thursday. Thank you to our parents for hanging out and supporting our children as they gave their best shot at their performance. Happy to say that veryone who arrived, made the cut! Now the hard work begins. Here are 8 pieces of advice you can share with your children:
- Practice often between now and the show. Recess and lunch in the yard are great times at school.
- The Silveira stage is big, so when practicing, think about using all of it.
- Smile and then...smile some more.
- Think about props and outfits as they make a difference.
- If a conflict arises between memers on the same team, check in with Mr. Anderson. He/I will help.
- If singing, sing loud and proud and with energy.
- Smile and then...Smile some more.
- Have fun throughout this process.
Silveira Scribble has arrived!
Information went out in Friday folders to parents and I sent information earlier this week. Look over your child's art piece and the literature that came with it. We borrowed this idea from Dixie Elementary where it is super popular and fun! Really cute keepsakes for your family. They are only this age once, right? capture it now while supporting your MESHSA team and children at the same time! Super thanks to Gisele Clark, Silveira Art technician, for the art work.
Drop off and pick up reminders
Just a reminder to drive safely in the pick up drop off lanes in front of our school. We do a pretty good job helping make sure our students and famnilies are safe arriving and leaving campus but every so often there is someone who...meanders away from the kindness path. Also, please be sure to pull up as close to the curb as you can when releaseing your child. When do not leave your car unattended at any time. If everyone does their part with this we all win and everyone is safe.
Unified Basketball Tournament
In partnership with Special Olympics Northern California, basketball teams from Drake, Tamalpais, Redwood, San Rafael, San Marin, Terra Linda, and Grant Grover will be participating in unified basketball games. The tournament will bring together students with and without disabilities to compete and represent their schools on the basketball court. From buzzer beaters to lights out defense, this event will be sure to create lasting memories for all athletes involved. Come feel the energy that this event creates for our students and families throughout Marin County. The tournament will be held on January 26, 2018 at Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo. A flyer is attached that provides more details.
Events and Activities in the Community
Outdoor Education, Walker Creek - 5th grade
What has changed: Our new date is May 8th-May 11th and 2nd payment is due April 6th, 2018.
Informational Evening coming: Stay tuned as we are organizing an evening for Walker Creek folds to visit and meet with our parents.
Informational Tour coming: This tour will take place at Walker Creek for those interested in making the trip there and seeing the grounds. More to come on this!
What has not changed: Chaperones, Costs, and Transportation.
Supporting our children with 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