“Whenever one person stands up and says, 'Wait a minute, this is wrong' it helps other people do the same" - Gloria Steinem
Monday, March 26th
Silveira Book Drive Continues - Please bring in any K-5 books you are no longer in need of. We would like to provide them for an after school enrichment program in the canal area of San Rafael. Bring that "Silveira Love" by stopping them off in our MPR each morning.
Tuesday, March 27th
K-5 Book Drive continues
Local Control Accountability Plan meeting with Site Council, 3:30-5:00, District Office (See below)
Wednesday March 28th
K-5 Book Drive continues
Thursday, March 29th
K-5 Book Drive continues
Friday, March 30th
K-5 Book Drive continues
Special Acceptance Life Skill Assembly, 8:30am: Starbucks, Walkathon Raffle Tickets, and 2nd half of our Talent Showcase!
Parent Survey results are coming in!
I deeply appreciate the comments, all of them, that have been shared. The responses were illuminating, inspiring and thoughtful, in so many ways. My next steps, and that of the Dixie Team, are to share the results with our Site Council, Teaching Staff, and Administrative Team. We will celebrate areas of success and consider ways/strategies to improve upon suggestions when we see themes. If you have not taken the survey, it is here for you one last time. Plan on this survey coming out once a year and please do your best to share your voice with us. Click this link for the PARENT SURVEY!
Water Conservation Assembly (See above photo)
On Friday morning we presented to our students an educational and interactive K-5 assembly. Go with the Flow is a one man show, Doug, who shares best practices related to water conservation. Through humor, video, student activities on stage, and magic sprinkled about the MPR, he helped convey to our children and staff the importance of water conservation. Ask your children what they learned but be prepared that they may share more about the magic than the content of the lesson. Nevertheless, press them and see what they remember.
Mary Silveira Book Drive continues this week - March 20th-April 6th
We continue to collect gently used K-5 books for the Kids Club, an after school enrichment program at the Pickleweed Community Center in San Rafael (Canal area). Please bring K-5 picture or chapter books to MES and help make a difference in the lives of families most in need. Simply head to the MPR and place your books on the tables anytime throughout the next few weeks. Our Book Drive will run from March 20th-April 6th. THANK YOU FOR MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHER CHILDREN IN OUR COMMUNITY! Star Pride!!
Mary Silveira Site Council Team
For all of our Silveira Families out there, here is an update as to what this team has been up to recently:
- SITE PLAN: March 21st, 2018, We completed our work on the School Site Plan, a document outlining key educational programs for next year. After editing and fine tuning it will head to our fearless Chairwoman, Melissa Vree, for her John Handcock.
- SAFETY GOALS: Beginning with our October 18th, 2017 meeting, we have been working on developing and carrying out two Safety Goals for our site. Together, we discussed and decided upon: #1. Intruder Drill Protocol when there is a disturbance on the yard and students are outside playing. We practiced what to do when they are in a classroom but not when they are outside and they have to exit the campus. While this is tragic that we have to spend time on this, it is imperative that our staff and students clearly understand what to do and the logistics associated with it. #2 Crossing Guard support next year and creating a safe space during morning and afternoon drop off in the parking lot each morning and afternoon for our children. Convincing all families in the drop off zone to slow down is important as well keeping the line moving so children arrive to class on time.
- LCAP: Our team has also been involved in discussions related to the LCAP (Local Control Accountability Plan). Defined, LCAP provides school districts and their communities with more local control and makes it easier to respond to the needs of their students. At the same, the LCAP makes school districts more accountable to provide the necessary programs and resources to create a level playing field for all students. Finally, for the first time ever the LCAP gives parents access to the school district’s budget and planning process and allows parents to help determine its local priorities and approach. our Site Council plays a vital role in this process by participating in these meetings and providing important feedback.
- BEAUTIFICATION PROJECT: Our team has been planning a project for our school for most of the year and we are well our way to completing it. We will share the final results in the next few months or so. Very creative, very colorful, very student oriented, very decorative. Any artists out there by chance?
Like each of our teams before, this year's Site Council is certainly special and super star advocates for all children. I am proud top be working alongside them. If you are interested in taking part on the 2018-2019 team next year, there will be roughly 3 spots available. Let me know.
SHAMROCK WALK/WALKATHON - Collecting Pledges! Supporting Our Schools
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Many thanks to our Home and School Club and the countless volunteers who helped support this walk and the collection and counting! This is one of the most taxing aspects of the fundraiser but again, this is how we provide authors, engaging assemblies, supplies, and activites for our school. Yellow envelopes trickled in all day today. Very heartwarming so again, thank you! How exciting that you are all playing a part in supporting your child's school. Note, if you are late getting in your pledges let me know.
Raffle tickets for the prize selection will take place Friday March 30th, 8:30am, at our Acceptance Life Skill Assembly. 1 ticket for every $25 collected through pledges. The prizes are for the all the hard work students put into collecting money. Not easy I know!
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.
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
Golden Bell Award - Mrs.Hutchens (See right)
This annual Marin County Award is provided to one teacher at each school throughout Marin and selected by their colleagues. This recognition has varying criteria but the short of it is that the teacher has had an impact in the classroom with students, with colleagues, with community, and with programs. We are happy for the selection of Mrs. Hutchens and all the work she has done for our school. In the same breath, she will be the first to share with all of you that she is surrounded by an equally amazing talentpool of educators from K-5 and all with the singular goal of educating all children and to provide each of them with the opportunity to reach their potential. That is the Silveira way!
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?
Once the reults of the Parent Survey come back and are reviewed we will look at a meeting date to discuss. So far there is a pretty high demand from what I am seeing at a quick glance. Good stuff. Remember, the Wait Until 8th is not a school sponsored event, rather a parent led one that I am happy to support as a parent. While I will set a date and place for it, I am attending as a parent, Dad of Jude Anderson, 7th grader.
Family and Student Events/Activities in our Community