"We must develop and maintain the capacity to forgive. He who is devoid of the power to forgive is devoid of the power to love. There is some good in the worst of us and some evil in the best of us. When we discover this, we are less prone to hate our enemies." – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 12th
SUPER IMPORTANT! A Parent Survey is coming to you today regarding after school child care. Across the district we have been challenged with space for after care. We are looking to improve this situation starting with this very important survey. Based on the results we will make decisions for next year and the ideas are rolling already at the District Office Level. So please take a few minutes and complete this for us. I assure you it is short but impactful.
Tuesday, February 13th
Talent Showcase "2:40pm Check in" for those who have been notified. All others, carry on and remind your little performers to shift that furniture out of the way in the living room and provide them that practice space. I am currently living this life with my son and waiting for my living room to return to its normal state!
Dixie District Board Meeting, Miller Creek Gym, 7:00pm
Wednesday February 14th
SILVEIRA CYCLE TO SCHOOL DAY IS BACK - Get that bike out of the closet and ride to school. I will be heading up Las Gallinas with my son at about 7:30pm for those who dare to join the frey.
Thursday, February 15th
Thank you 3rd grade families for contributing to the International Luncheon for Staff. You are ever gracious to our Silveira team!
Friday, February 16th
Have a stellar Mid Winter Break - NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK
Valentine Family Dance review and WOW! WOW! WOW!
Thank you to our fabulous MESHSA Team for their work on this breathtaking Dance event. Led by our Brainstrust MESHSA presidents Jen Belair and Cristina Bonner, their team of class act and energetic parents brought the love and creativity. It was a very impressive community showing with very impressive decor. From a skilled D.J. who just nailed it, to the food (Thank you Big Jim for his exqusite cuisine and disco ball), electric lighting, photo booths, dancing moms and dads, strobes, line dancing parent team serving food (THAT, was certainly one of the highlights), music selection, and more, the MPR was transformed into an Elementary Disco Club!
It was an imaginitive community event that took many hours of design and support and I extend my thanks to all of you who were involved. Each part played was just as important as the next. One hub, many spokes.
There were several families from Val, Dixie, and Miller Creek who have friends in our community who joined us. As is the case with all four of our schools in the Dixie Community, we are inclusive and welcoming to all. Thank you for coming last night and making Silveira a part of your child's educational journey.
The link to the short video of the dance was included in the welcome (not here in order to keep private - Happy to send again for those interested)
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration (MES is looking to host it's first T.K. class next year)
We currently have registration packets in the office for the 2018-2019 school year. We are hoping to have Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten packets returned by March 1st to help us begin planning for the class. The class will be similar to a Kindergarten day 8:14 – 1:25. Please spread the word to others in the community.
MES Science Fair is right around the corner
Please remind your children to work on their creative science fair projects over the next few weeks. The event takes place the week after our Mid Winter Break, Wednesday, February 28th, Mary Silveira MPR. 6:30pm - 8:00pm. This event always brings joy to my heart as so many thoughtful projects are shared with our community! The following morning, K-3 students will visit the MPR while upper grade students share their projects with everyone. Very sweet and a way to spark interest with our youngest scientists!
Many thanks to our 4th grade and 5th grade teams of Gina Tanner, Ed Malaret, Karen Madden, Alison Hutchens, Monica Ramirez, and Kerrie Nichols, for helping to generate those ideas for your children. Special appreciations to Gina and Karen for leading this challenging but rewarding project.
I also want to appreciate our parents from these classrooms as I know personally, how much time it takes to support this process. Demanding? YES! Frustrating? At times, yes! Memorable with a sense of accomlishment? YES! YES! YES! So many life skills are attached to this project and it is directly bound to a specific component of our School Vision:
Produce and present high quality work
Demonstrate a desire to learn
Build the conﬁdence and capacity to take risks and learn from failures
Compete not with each other but with your personal best
Accept responsibility for your learning, decisions and actions
Face future challenges as active learners
Connect knowledge to life outside school
Believe in yourself and take pride in your achievements
Passing lunches to dozens of smiling little faces - Sound fun? IT IS!
Renewing Local Funding for Dixie School District - Remember to VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!
Community Day - Day of Giving Date Announced!
WHAT: 5th Annual Day of Giving is a fun and fulfilling day where children and adults come together in SERVICE, to benefit Bay Area nonprofits serving the homeless, sick kids, seniors, our environment and much more!
WHEN: Sunday, March 4th, 9am-1pm
WHERE: Marin County Office of Education 1111 Las Gallinas Ave., San Rafael
WHY: Experience the joy and magic of giving side by side with your family and hundreds of your
Please sign up soon for your project of choice, making sure to register for each person attending so we can plan accordingly We anticipate slots will fill up quickly as many schools are participating. All the projects will be a great experience. You won't want to miss this memorable day promoting kindness, compassion and action in our great community!
Raising Healthy Families
The Community Institute for Psychotherapy (CIP) will be holding their annual conference – Raising Healthy Families: Building Connection, Compassion and Community– March 3, 2018 from 8:30am-4:30pm. CIP invites you to join Bay Area experts and community leaders in a day of learning designed for parents, caregivers, and educators. Spanish translation will be available during the event. There is no registration cost, but donation are graciously accepted. Registration is encouraged as lunch will be provided and will need an accurate account of attendance.
Walker Creek Information, 5th Grade
Parent Evening: Thursday, March 1st, 6:00-7:00pm, Vallecito Elementary School Gym. Come hear Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor Education Program faculty share information about their program. Click here for more information about the program.
Walker Creek Visit: Tuesday, March 13th, 11:00-12:00, Walker Creek Ranch.
Talent Showcase Timeline
Tuesday, March 6th: Talent Showcase Dress Rehearsal
Thursday, March 8th: Talent Showcase Performance Evening. 34 days to go and we are all getting excited!
Friday, March 9th: Talent Showcase Performance morning for students at school, 8:30-10:00 (For those interested in performing again, not mandatory at all)
Monday, March 12th: Talent Showcase Performance morning for students at school, 8:30-10:00 (For those interested in performing again, not mandatory at all)
Events and Activities in the Community
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