“A woman is like a tea bag — you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” — Irish Proverb, 1860! We welcome in Women's History Month!
Monday, February 26th
Lunch with the Principal selections from the Dance Raffle - (See event below)
Tuesday, February 27th
Wednesday February 28th
MES Science Fair Extravaganza, 6:30-8:00, MPR - Always a barn burner (See event below). 4th and 5th grade families, watch and follow notifications from your child's teacher regarding logistics.
Thursday, March 1st - Observing Women's Month
Women's History Month begins: Did you know that as recently as the 1970’s, Women’s History was virtually an unknown topic in the K-12 curriculum or in general public consciousness or that the Education Task Force of the Sonoma County (California) Commission on the Status of Women initiated a “Women’s History Week” celebration for 1978? And then there were the initial steps taken in 1980 by President Carter, who issued the first Presidential Proclamation declaring the Week of March 8th 1980 as National Women’s History Week. Read more here!
Walker Creek Family Evening, Vallecito Elementary School, 6:00-7:00, Gym - Stop by and listen in on what our 5th grade students will be experiencing this year for their outdoor education program.
K-3 students walk through the Science Fair MPR in the AM. 4th and 5th grade students will be stationed there ready to explain their projects to them. Pretty darn cute stuff but beneath it all, we are preparing our primary children for this experience, interacting with Science in new and creative ways.
Friday, March 2nd
Dr. Seuss Spirit Day - Dress like to Dr. Seuss character!
Life Skill Assembly, Perseverance: Walkathon information will be shared with children. This year's, Shamrock Walk, takes place on our campus on March 16th! Sooooo much fun!
Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration (MES is hosting a 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.
Transitional Kindergarten Parent Educational Evening
On March 12th, 5:30-6:30, Mary Silveira Elementary School, MPR, will host a Dixie District Parent Evening to learn more about the activities our children will experience next year. I am very excited to share that for the first time, Mary Silveira will host a class on campus starting in August, 2018-2019. Pass the word and be sure to attend this event to learn more (see left for more information).
MES Science Fair
We are so proud of our 4th and 5th graders this year! Each of them has been working very hard to cretae their own Science Fair project. Here are a few reasons why our MES team values this important event:
1. A science fair project is an activity that integrates almost every skill children have been taught.
Students must learn how to apply their existing abilities to new areas, as well as learn many new skills. This project can involve reading, logical thinking, writing, grammar and spelling, math, data analysis, computer science in some cases last year, and graphic arts, as well as scientific methodology.
2. Participating in science fair projects helps develop a feeling of confidence and competence among students, and fosters a spirit of scientific inquiry.
Projects usually involve scientific questions that the student is interested in, and a specific topic they have chosen for themselves. Students need to research their question, learn and apply the scientific method to create a valid experiment, and think about the meaning of their results. Some of our MES children have become so immersed in their project that they forgot about other factors like prizes or the fact that they are actually learning new skills. Science fairs are also a way for students to demonstrate motivation, self-learning, critical thinking, presentation skills, ethics and other important lifeskill traits.
Pizza lunch with the principal, Raffle Winners
When: Monday, February 26th, 12:00pm-12:40pm
Where: MES Garden, but we begin in my office at 12:00 for all grades.
Dining: Pizza dn lemonade
Who: Chloe Sason, 2nd grade, Mrs. Jones, Andrew Marks, 4th grade, Mrs. Tanner, Logan Yi, 3rd grade, Mrs. Case, Elizabeth Lerdal, 1st grade, Mrs. Rossini, and Bailey Belair, 4th grade, Mrs. Madden.
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.
Safety: Active Shooter on Campus Protocol
In light of the school shooting incident that occurred in Florida on Wednesday, the Dixie School District would like to take a moment to remind you that each school campus has an active shooter protocol. Our staffs are trained in emergency response for these types of situations and we participate in practice drills regularly. No school can claim that they will keep 100% of their students safe at all times or in any given incident or disaster, however, please know that we take our preparation and training seriously.
Click here for a general outline of our procedures. Please know that we do not share the imtimate processes and procedures with the public as they are...public. Know that all of our schools give this area of safety lots of attention. It is one of our Site Council's Safety goals.
Below are a few resources worth reviewing regarding how to have those challenging conversations...
2018-2019 Mary Silveira Calendar
Our District Calendar Committee, which Karen madden is a proud member of, recently completed their work on our 2018-2019 school calendar. There are a few additions that need to be made but thought getting this out to you would help for your family planning next year. Click here for the link to our school calendar, which can always be found on our website, top right.
Passing lunches to dozens of smiling little faces - Sound fun? IT IS!
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.
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
Help support our children who have severe 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