March is Month of the Woman!: “The question isn't who's going to let me; it's who is going to stop me!" - Ayn Rand
Monday, March 12th -
Transitional Kindergarten Parent Meeting, 5:30-6:30pm, MES, MPR (See below)
Tuesday, March 13th -
Walker Creek Parent Visitation (at Walker Creek), 11:00-12:00, Click here for more information about the meeting
Board Meeting, Vallecito Elementary School, 7:00-8:00pm
Annual Silveira Hearing Tests - Kindergarten, 2nd and 5th grade, and students new to our school.
Wednesday March 14th
Parent Survey going out to all of you! Please take a moment to complete as the questions are meant to help support all of you and all of our children. Through your answers, we hope to make the changes needed to continue our cycle of improvement.
Thursday, March 15th
Friday, March 16th
WALK-A-THON - Shamrock Walk has arrived!! - WEAR GREEN TO SCHOOL!!
Report Cards out to families
Survey Reminder heading out in teacher letters only if you have not completed it the first time around. We so appreciate your efforts at helping support our school. Your partnership is important and super meaningful! We will review anonymous responses with Site Council, with Staff, and with our Administrative Team.
SHAMROCK WALK/WALKATHON FRIDAY - WEAR GREEN SUPPORT PLEDGE GATHERING
On Friday March 16th, the day before St. Patty's Day, our students will be participating in our annual super fun WALKATHON to support our children. While events such as the International Harvest Festival, Talent Show, and Valentines Family Dance, are engaging and critical aspects of our community vision, they are not meant to raise money. Those are invaluable community building components.
Our Walkathon on the other hand has a single purpose: To generate funding for our children for the year. The money flows DIRECTLY back to our school for events and teachers for supplies, field trips, and activities. This event is super important financially to us and this year we are aiming for close to $35,000. All you have to do is help your children find pledges through work, family, and friends.
Student Walking Schedule: K-1 9:00-10:00 // 2-3 10:00-11:00 // 4-5 11:00-12:00.
Snacks: There will be snacks for each participating team at the end of their walk.
Garb: Wear the Color Green and as much of it as you can. We are mixing St. Patty's Day with our walk! Great energy and Memory Book photos.
This year we are excited to streamline our fundraiser by going online. You will be able to reach out to friends and family by email, Facebook, and Twitter, instead of going door-to-door, tracking commitments, and handling checks. You will be receiving an email with a link to your participant's pledge page. You do not need to login or change anything. Simply make a donation for whatever you can, and share your participant's link with friends and family. We are shooting for 100% participation so no amount is too small.
If you do not receive the email for whatever reason, simply search and find your participant's online pledge page here: https://99pledges.com/
Also, we will need some helping hands for our event. If you're able to help out, please sign up on the Sign Up Genius here: Walkathon 2018
Talent Showcase was Marvelous!
Sometimes there are moments you just cannot put into words. Thursday night was one of them. I was seriously in awe of high level of talent and creativity of their performances. Did any of us ever consider doing this at their age? One of our performers in Kindergarten, Leo, was up there dancing with an upper grade team and man, was that little dude hip hopping it or what! Across the spectrum of performers, our students were prepared, put out their very best effort, stood before a sold out arena and performed their number. It was a night of hip hop, jazz and ballet dancing, ventriloquism (yes, you heard that correctly), piano conciertos, comedy sketches, acoustic guitar playing, dad on stage with guitar and daughter singing (Way to go pops!), synchronized swimming (Yes, you heard that right too), magical lights on bodies flashing in the dark (always an audience favorite), Film Making (Look for Mr. Lucas S. in the film making industry in the years to come), artistic stage designs and costumes, and so much more! Whether students performed individually or in teams they showed great Poise, Character, Leadership, and the dozens of other important life skills that lay the foundation for a successful citizen in this world. Theses are known as Confidence Building Moments and will be remembered for years to come.
On Friday morning 1/2 of our students performed for our student population and again, brought the stage to life. Our next performance for the 2nd team of student performers is Friday, March 30th, 8:30am, MPR, at our Acceptance Life Skill Assembly! Parents are invited to attend!
NONE of this would have happened without critical parent leadership. Starting at the top, Sibel Demirmen has led this team with a supreme artistic vision, with grace, and always with the intent of bringing great joy and happiness to our children. Without her at the healm, we would be rudderless so for that we say...THANK YOU AGAIN!
Additional STAR thanks to parent volunteer, Brian Dettor, our Sound Engineer and Talent Showcase Photographer. He stepped in and filled enormous shoes.
Final thanks to our MESHSA TEAM and our super star parent volunteer core (listed at right). Without each of them helping students with specific areas of need, this show would not have the lift off it did! STAR PRIDE! STAR PRIDE! STAR PRIDE!
Wait Until 8th - Supporting families with the influx of Smart Phones
Are you wondering if you should purchase a new iPhone for your son or daughter? Perhaps you are curious when the "right" age is to provide one for them? Maybe you're feeling a little pressure from your child to purchase a smartphone because their friends have one? And then again, maybe your child already has one and you are experiencing a few challenges related to how she/he is acting or feeling towards you, others, or themselves?
Either way, let's saddle up and talk about it!
One of our super star parents stopped by our Site Council meeting the other night to share a "movement" she thought would benefit our families. It is called Wait Until 8th and has one simple goal: Wait to pass a smart phone to your child until 8th grade. The primary objective is to encourage families to take the pledge and by doing so banding together to decrease the pressure felt by children and parents alike.
This is a movement that has been gathering quite a bit of steam and for all the right reasons. Here are a few quotes from its founder, Brooke Shannon:
“I was driving by our local middle school and all of the kids were getting out and no one was talking to one another or engaging with each other. It just made me sad as a mom and it made me wonder, how as parents can we live differently or is this just the inevitable end that we’re going to land at once our children are a certain age?"
"It only takes a couple of children in the class with the newest smartphones for children to feel like everyone has one and the peer pressure can be difficult to combat. There was a lot of interest from other parents and we thought banding together could help.”
"...began to do some research to determine how long we should wait. What we found across the board, from child psychologists to pediatricians, and even technology executives themselves, they all recommend waiting until about 14 to 16 years old until introducing this technology."
“Every major carrier makes a basic phone that just calls and texts without a data plan if you believe your child will need to get in touch with you before 8th grade. The Wait Until 8th pledge is encouraging parents to delay the smartphone. If you would like your child to have a basic phone that just calls and texts or a two-way calling watch, you can still sign the pledge! The basic phone and two-way calling watch avoid many of the distractions and dangers of the smartphone."
Our Site Council had a brief, enriching, and enticing conversation around this topic with all of us landing in a similar space with it: We recognize the impact these devices are having on our children and in ways we did not expect.
What we would be doing at Mary Silveira Elementary School: In the near future we will provide an initial parent morning or evening forum with the purpose of discussing how we, as parents, are grappling with this issue, sharing stories, asking questions, reviewing articles, discussing the Wait until 8th pledge, and perhaps including a relevant film (Trying to get this rolling).
What we would not be doing at Mary Silveira Elementary School: This is a parent led program, not a Mary Silveira or Dixie District program. There will be no pressure placed upon children by our staff or administrative team and Wait Until 8th is not part of our District Curriculum. This is about beginning a dialogue in the community around a very real subject that many of us have concerns about. Again, we would not be spending time in classrooms, assemblies, or any part of the instructional day discussing Wait until 8th with your children as each parent holds values that are important to them and we respect that.
Note that providing a phone to your children with only text options works with Wait Until 8th if you decide to move in that direction. That was our decision as a family and it has been wise for so many reasons that I am happy to share.
Thoughtful links to review...
How one parent created this program, Here are 9 well laid out reasons why it is good to wait, NBC Today Show, Talking Tech Article, USA Today Article, Read this before you buy your child a Smart Phone, NPR's on point News Program, Link to their Wait Until 8th FAQ page, Wait Until 8th website, Danville Blog, Common Sense Media Review,
If you have not seen the documentary, Screenagers, click here for the trailor - This is a very thought provoking documentary that has gone international and has been a catalyst for change. Check it out!
Can Do! is offering some terrific events in March!
1. BOOK LOVER'S LUNCH: Join the fun by calling 415-492-3500 or mail your check to Can Do! to reserve your space.
Are you a book lover, a book clubber or just looking for a good read? Grab a friend, neighbor or relative and join us for a Book Lover's Lunch at Book Passage. Join Elaine Petrocelli, owner of Book Passage, the liveliest independent book store in the Bay Area for a captivating presentation on the must reads of the season as well as cultural trends and latest developments in the rapidly evolving print and publishing industry. Following the talk, your hostesses will serve a delicious buffet lunch complete with wine and dessert. You'll receive a reading list of new and interesting selections guaranteed to make you the best read person on your block.
Date: Thursday, March 29, 2018
Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Book Passage – Corte Madera
Cost: $50 per person
Hosts: Erica Providenza, Maggie McPhail, Patti Bender, Kim Revai
2. BOOT CAMP AND PRACTICE: Join the fun by calling 415-492-3500 or mail your check to Can Do! to reserve your space.
Get ready for a 45 minute high-energy, fun and challenging boot-camp class followed by a light breakfast and coffee. Great for any exercise level.
Keli Honseberger is an ACE Certified Personal Trainer and has been teaching this program for over 5 years. She is also a runner and has completed 9 marathons, multiple trail races and numerous races of distances from 5Ks to half marathons. "One of the first things I'm asked is "what is your class like?" In a nutshell I would say that my class is intense, motivating and challenging. I incorporate cardiovascular conditioning, calisthenics, strength training using bands or medicine balls, a lot of core and abdominal exercises."
Date: March 31, 2018
Location: Lohwasser Field (Miller Creek)
Cost: $25 per person
Host: Keli Honsberger
Transitional Kindergarten Parent Educational Evening - Monday Evening
On March 12th, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Mary Silveira Elementary School, MPR, we are hosting a Dixie District Transitional Kindergarten Parent Evening to share with parents the activities our youngest children will experience next year. Mary Silveira willl host a T.K. class on campus starting in August, 2018-2019. Please pass the word and be sure to attend this event to learn more.
Family and Student Events/Activities in our Community
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.
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.