“I can’t think of any better representation of beauty than someone who is unafraid to be herself" - Emma Stone
Monday, March 5th
Intruder/Stranger Drill on Campus Drill (See below for information and important links)
Tuesday, March 6th
Spring Visitation for incoming K's and T.K.'s, 9:00-10:00am, MES, MPR
Talent Showcase Dress Rehearsal, 2:45 promptly, MES, MPR. Arrive with costumes and props.
Wednesday March 7th
Silveira Cycle to School Day - Google Earth Map, starting at Hyancinth and Las Gallinas
MESHSA Meeting - Your Home and School Club, 8:30am, MES Staff Room!
School Site Council. 3:30-4:30, MES Staff Room (See below)
Thursday, March 8th
Talent Showcase Evening Performance! LET IT ROCK, LET IT ROLL! 5:30-8:00, MES, MPR
Friday, March 9th
Talent Showcase Assembly #1, 8:30-10:00, (For those interested in performing again, not mandatory)
Monday, March 12th
Talent Showcase Assembly #2, 8:30-10:00, (For those interested in performing, not mandatory)
Intruder Drill: Logistics & Goals
On Monday, we are leading our children and staff through an "off campus" Intruder Drill. While we have practiced indoor procedures many times, we want to address protocol for a disturbance when students are outside of the classroom such as recess and lunch. Here is our single goal for Monday:
For students and staff to understand when and how to exit our campus and where to go when this happens
Note that we have thought carefully about our approach to this event noting the media coverage around active shooters as of late. Our team takes this very seriously but keeping in mind that we are NOT in the business of creating anxiety and panic for our youngest learners (See 3rd article below in red from the Atlantic - A good short read).
Our drill begins with an assembly in the MPR to discuss our procedures. In short, here is the message:
"In the event there is a stranger on campus or something does not feel safe, we may be asking students and staff to carefully follow the directions of our adults and exit our campus..."
We have three exits on campus and two identified staging areas where students and staff will head to in the event we need to exit the site.
For this drill, K-2 will head to one location and 3-5 to the other. We will be exiting the campus in a quiet and relaxed fashion with staff members leading the way. Again, our goal is to simply to illustrate for students and staff when to exit the campus, how to exit the camus, and where to go when we leave the campus. Again, adults will always be leading students and keeping all safe along the way.
If there were ever an active scenario, families would be immediately notified by our School Messenger Service, both in writing and by phone, and our local officers would be deeply entrenched in the process. This is yet, another reason for families to always provide us the most recent information on your child's emergency cards. You can do this by simply stopping by the front office and letting our secretary know.
Following the drill: I will provide information to all of you but please do check in with your children on Monday evening and engage them in a conversation about what they experienced. This is not meant to be a scary event, rather an informative one.
As this is a public document, we are keeping timing, procedures, and staging areas internal but know that our local Sheriff's department has been working carefully with us on this and our Site Council has partnered with us all along the way.
National Walkout Day
The Dixie School District is supporting Miller Creek middle school students that choose to participate in the National School Walkout for gun control. While Dixie Elementary supports our middle school students and community around safe schools, a walkout will not be taking place at elementary sites.Our Dixie Superintendent, Dr. Yamashiro has shared that in his email to families last week. Below are a few resources to support your students should you choose:
Local Funding for Dixie School District
For almost 30 years, our community has provided the Dixie School District with local funding to retain qualified teachers, protect academic programs and keep class sizes manageable. This locally-controlled funding provides $1.9 million each year for our schools and accounts for 8.5% of the District’s annual budget.
Here is the breakdown of how the funding currently supports our schools - click the chart to the left for better viewing.
This funding is set to expire soon, which is why the Dixie School District Board of Trustees placed Measure B on the May 8, 2018 mail ballot election. Measure B will renew local school funding at the current $352 rate and add $118 per parcel, with all funds staying local to support our schools. All voters in the Dixie School District will have the opportunity to vote on the measure.
SIlveira Walkathon - Shamrock Walk Volunteers needed to make this event a hit!
We are so excited to bring this event back to Mary Silveira! It all happens on the morning of March 16th on the Baseball Field close to our school garden. But we need the support of our parent teams to help make this event special for our children! Click here for how you can volunteer to help support the event.
From the desk of your Mary Silveira Home and School Team - STAR PRIDE!
"My how our MES Stars have been shining! The Science Fair Wednesday night was amazing, the students wowed with incredible projects, ideas and excitement. Parents and teachers alike were beaming and the energy in the MPR was off the charts. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work!
We are still abuzz from our February event, The 1st Annual Dancing with the MES Stars Family Dance Party! Such a remarkable turn out from you all! Thank you for the outpouring of support from our volunteers and awesome dancers. We know that secretly many of you are practicing the Limbo for next year’s contest, as well as coming up with new dance moves. And an extra special shout out to Big Jim’s BBQ, as they continues to amaze us with their beyond delicious BBQ! We are excited to keep this event on our calendar for years to come as it was so much fun.
It’s hard to believe that March is upon us and we have so many more fun filled events coming your way. It’s full steam ahead preparing for The Shamrock Walk 17th Annual Walkathon on March 16th. This is our biggest MES fundraiser of the year and ANY help and support that you all can manage is greatly appreciated. Just click the Walkathon box to the left! All funds raised go directly back into our school programs and benefit the children. We are hoping to spread the excitement that we, the MESHSA Team, are feeling over the next few weeks to all MES families! Join us for Walking Wednesday, check out the countdown banner with your kids and don’t forget to check those Friday Folders! There may even be some lucky surprises to be found.
This week our Stars will showcase their talents on March 8th with the magnificent MES Talent Show led by Sibel Demirmen and her team. We know that our Stars have been practicing for weeks to put on a show-stopping performance for everyone. We will see you all there!"
Transitional Kindergarten Parent Educational Evening
On March 12th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Mary Silveira Elementary School, MPR, we are hosting a Dixie District Transitional Kindergarten Parent Evening to learn more about the activities our youngest children will experience next year. This will be the first time Silveira will incorporate this class into the folds of our program. Mary Silveira will host a class on campus starting in August, 2018-2019. Please pass the word and be sure to attend this event to learn more.
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. The T.K. class will be similar to a Kindergarten day 8:14 – 1:25. Please spread the word to others in the community.
MES Science Fair review
What a splendid evening and how about those outstanding student scientist presentations! I was so impressed with their creativity and presentation skills both on Wednesday evening for our families and Thursday morning for our own primary children. Eternal thanks to our teacher leaders, Karen Madden and Gina Tanner, for the countless hours they gave to ensure this event was not only educationally relevant but interesting and exciting for our children! I was impressed with the variety of projects as well as the creative approach with chromebooks and computers. Mrs. Hutchens class even created a class video presentation in the form of a newscast!
Here are our 9 student projects that will be heading to the County finals and the students who worked to create them. Congratulations to them all!
Site Council Meeting - Join us!
March 7th, 3:30-4:30, Silveira MPR. We encourage you all to join us as our District office leaders will stop by and share out the LCAP timeline (Local Control Accoutability Plan - How we fund our schools) - See right for other school Site Council Meetings to attend if interested. This team is also working to create an art display for the upper grade blacktop that will add spirit and color to our school! But you have to attend to hear about it!
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
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!
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