Monday, January 29th
KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Kindness Stickers will be passed out to students and staff in class. Students will also write letters of appreciation to their School Buddy.
Silveira Scribble Art work due back to school. WE CANNOT ACCEPT LATE ORDERS.
Tuesday, January 30th
KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: During recess, students can write a letter and draw a picture of appreciation for our crossing guard, bus driver, custodian, secretary, or any support staff on campus. There will be tables and chairs and materials available. We also have a guest speaker, Michael Pritchard, Nationally acclaimed Keynote Speaker and a local in our area, who will share his words of wisdom related to Kindness. “Lessons from the Heart.” Through humor and stories, Mike will encourage students to engage their emotions, examine empathetic behavior, and learn strategies about kindness. (K-2, 8:30-9:10 and 3-5, 9:15-10:00).
Wednesday January 31st
KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Students are challenged to sit with someone new at lunch. We encourage students to meet other students and develop other friendships! Students will have another opportunity to write a letter to a support staff member during recess.
Thursday, February 1st
KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Miller Creek Student Team (Ally Squad) will stop by and share information about acceptance, share personal reflections on their own identity, and the importance of being an ally and standing up to hurtful language. This assembly provides students with strategies to help prevent bullying and teasing. Recognizing the diverse backgrounds of our student population and community, students will walk away with an appreciation that different is not only unique, but beautiful! 11:00-11:45, MPR, Grades 2-5.
Black History Month: One of the most terrifying things that could happen to this country is to forget where we were and forget those who sacrificed for a global cause. Black history is essential to understanding ourselves as a nation. Celebrating a culture for its contributions to our history can only be a good thing. Black history month reminds all of us to walk in another person’s shoes, to see where they’ve been. It is so easy to forget our past and frankly, many people want to forget. It is a difficult to talk about but it is critical to learn from our mistakes in order to move forward. Think about this, it was only one hundred and fifty years ago, when the United States had slavery, and only fifty years ago when our lives were segregated along racial lines. The question that ought to be asked at this time in our history is, ...How much has truly changed and more importantly, from what lens are we viewing our answers from? Lots of work to be done around this as a nation, as a community, and most importantly, personally.
Friday, February 2nd
KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Life Skill Assembly, Honesty. 8:30-9:00. Join us for coffee and snacks! At approximately 9:00am, students and staff will go to the field and take a large group shot in the shape of a heart to conclude the week's events. Wish us luck on managing that one!
Wear Red or Pink to school for the Heart Photo!
Here are a few ways you can engage your children over the week during dinner
Definition of Kindness: Kindness is showing concern about the well-being and feelings of others and having the quality of being warmhearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.
What does Kindness look like? People who are kind:
- Refuse to tease or ridicule others.
- Show concern when someone is sad.
- Practice acts that meet the needs of others.
- Take care of the environment.
- Treat everyone fairly.
- Smile at others when they pass in the hallway.
- Hug, high five, fist bump, etc.
- Practice acts that make others happy.
What does Kindness sound like? People who are kind may say things like:
- Good morning when they arrive to school.
- Thank you when they get help from others.
- How can I help?
- Do you want to join us?
- You go first, you seem tired.
- I‟m sorry that I hurt your feelings.
- Are you okay?
- Let's pick up the trash.
Here are a few videos related to Kindness that you and your children will appreciate
Walker Creek Family Night - Outdoor Education Parent Evening - 5th Grade
Thursday, March 1st, 6:00-7:00pm, Vallecito Elementary School Gym. Come hear Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor Education Program faculty share insights about their program and what they have in store for our 5th grade students in May! Click here for more information about the program.
Community Heroes are at it again - Thank you Erin Rudsenske and Jennifer Marks for providing this program our children!
Some of our favorite things to do in Community Heroes are Random Acts of Kindness. These are thoughtful acts that we do just because we hope it will makes someone else’s day a little better. In the past we have made tissue paper flowers to hand out, special notes to show just how much someone means to us, and left pennies on our neighbors doorsteps. This past week, the Community Heroes team was back at it again. This time we wanted to add something lovely to our already beautiful Mary Silveira Garden. We each decorated a rock with kind words, positive messages, and some beautiful pictures. We really hope that this brightens your day. See phot above!
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
MES Science Fair is coming
Wednesday, February 28th, Mary 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
February 9th, 6:00-9:00pm, Mary Silveira MPR, Dancing, Music, Dinner, and wholesome community!
Talent Showcase is coming
Here are 8 pieces of advice you can share with your children if they are in the Talent Showcase:
- Practice often.
- Use the entire stage for your act.
- Smile, Smile, Smile.
- What will you wear and what goes on the stage with you?
- If there is a conflict in your team talk to one another or work with Mr. Anderson to resolve.
- If singing, sing loud and proud and with energy.
- Smile and then...Smile some more.
- Have lots and lots of fun...because it is fun!
Friendly reminder (Love that sillyterm, right?), No dogs on campus
This includes walking your dog or holding them when entering the campus. Again, we have had instances of dogs biting or barking at students and we have students with allergies as well. Thank you for helping keep our campus safe for all students.
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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