"Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst moods. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come." - Robert H. Schuller
Monday, April 2nd
Guest Reader's Day, throughout the morning (See below)
K-5 Book Drive continues
Tuesday, April 3rd
Book Recommendation Day, throughout the day (See below)
K-5 Book Drive continues
MESHSA Meeting 8:30am, Staff Room
Wednesday April 4th
Parent's and PJ's Day, Please be sure to ahve at least one parent/guardian there for your child, 8:14-8:45 (See below)
K-5 Book Drive continues
Thursday, April 5th
Dress up as your Favorite Character Day, throughout the day (See below)
K-5 Book Drive continues
Special Assembly, Zun Zun, Water (See below)
Friday, April 6th
Guest Author Day Assembly, Welcome Deborah Underwood! (See below)
Last day of our K-5 Book Drive
Final Walker Creek Payment Due - $200
Friday Assembly recap
Our Home and School Team (MESHSA) dropped by our assembly and pulled raffle tickets for the winners of the Walkathon Prizes! Super fun and you will soon here from them directly. This may have been the most our school has raised in many years, if not all time! I believe 7 out of every 10 children participated! THANK YOU!!
Starbucks were awarded to several amazing children who have been working hard at staying true to the Lifeskills we build our school foundation upon.
Talent Showcase students performed admirable on the stage. Ventriloquism, piano players, dancers, singers, and a wonderful rendition of the Greatest Show"woman" on earth adorned our stage. This whole process is less about the skill level or "talent" of our students, rather, it is much more about an opportunity to build upon the foundational kife skills like Courage, Perseverance, Acceptance, Personal Best, Responsibility, Flexibility, and Sense of Humor! They all showed that and we could not be more proud of them!
Moving forward we are looking to build our parent team to support this event for next year. If you have an interest in playing a part on this team next year, drop me an email and we can get you into this exciting program!
Young Authors Week schedule of events!
Monday is Guest Reader Day. Over 20 very important people from our community will be visiting classrooms and reading to students. Our distinguished list of guest readers includes a City Editor from the IJ, Marin County Sheriffs, the Marinwood Fire Chief, a Pacifics Baseball player, and a video game creator!
Tuesday is Book Recommendation Day. In class or at home, students are making Book Recommendation posters. These posters will be hung in windows so that students can walk around campus and learn about new books to read.
Wednesday is Parents and PJ’s Day. Join your child in class from 8:14- 8:45 to listen to his or her Young Author Week story. Every student at Silveira writes a book for this week, so do plan on spending this morning in class with your son or daughter!
Thursday is Dress up as your favorite Book Character Day! At recess students who wish to share their costumes will have a chance to come to the MPR for a photo shoot for the Memory Book!
Friday is Guest Author Day. Guest Author Deborah Underwood will be speaking to the students during grade level assemblies. Check out her website at: http://www.deborahunderwoodbooks.com/
Community Heroes at work again (above)
"At Community Heroes this week we had a wonderful conversation about Random Acts of Kindness both large and small. Afterwards we lovingly decorated and filled 200 Easter eggs. These eggs were donated to the Center for Domestic Peace which has a lot of children in its residence this year." - Erin Rudsenske, Parent Community Heroes Leader along with Jennifer Marks. What a team! The time and hours these two put into this program cannot be quantified. They are precious to us!
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!!
Zun Zun Assembly - Where Music and Water Conservation come together!
Sounds of the Watershed Thanks to Marin Municipal Water District, the musical duo ZunZun recently visited our school, and presented a musical assembly about water conservation and watershed protection. It was a great year to celebrate water and have students also learn many state standard concepts, including Next Generation Science Standards. ZunZun uses music and volunteers from the audience to teach students how important water is and how they can conserve it each and every day, especially by keeping irrigation outdoors turned off during winter months. Students learned that most of their water comes from their local Mt. Tamalpais Watershed and that it’s very important to keep irrigation runoff, yard waste, and pollutants out of the storm drains. Doing this helps keeps our creeks, Bay and ocean clean. This year ZunZun brought brand new instruments to represent our watershed, ask you child what instruments they remembered, and what instrument represented the sound of waves crashing! Also, ask “What is the number one way we use energy in California?” You might be surprised when they tell you it is moving and cleaning…water. So when you save water you save energy. “Sounds of the Watershed” is sponsored by the Marin Municipal Water District (www.marinwater.org) and performed by ZunZun (www.zunzuntunes.com). Find your local watering schedule here:
Upcoming work this summer related to the Bond
This summer your bond dollars will be hard at work with renovations to several areas of our campus including our classrooms, library, middle courtyard, phone lines, fire alarms, and more! There will be no summer school or summer activities on our campus and all staff and parents must be off site starting the week of June 18th when work will promptly begin. We are excited about the changes to our campus and as we grow closer to the end of the year I will share more.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
Our Home and School Club: On behalf of the entire staff at MES, we thank you for the delicious lunches you provide our teaching staff throughout the year. Your generosity and kindness stretch infinitely!
Our Parent Site Council: We deeply appreciate the thoughts and contributions of this team. One important task this team was responsible for was their recent participation on our Local Control Accountability Plan last Tuesday. This plans outlines our three primary goals for the net 3 years: 1. Attracting and Maintaining Outstanding Staff 2. Providing Safe and Clean Facilities 3. Maintaining and Increasing Connectedness for Students, Parents and Community. Supporting Staff, and Supporting Community (The short version)
GATE Eligibility Testing – April 2018
The district will be offering eligibility testing for the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Program this spring to all interested 3rd-8th grade students. Testing will take place in April. Parent permission letters have been emailed to families of all 3rd grade students.
If your child is in 4th-8th grade and would like to participate in testing, please pick up a parent permission form from your school office. Forms may be completed and returned to your child’s school, the District Office of Educational Services (380 Nova Albion Way) or by email to Magan Kleinman (mkleinman@
The deadline to submit testing permission slips is Monday, April 16th.
There will be additional on site after school care at all three elementary schools in 2018-2019!
We will have an additional, on-site after school program at all three elementary schools in 2018-2019! The program will include enrichment, homework/academics, community building, and recreational activities. While there are still some details to be worked out, we can say that:
- Pricing will nearly match the San Rafael City program
- Hours will run from the end of school until 6:00pm
- Program is available to all age groups
- Priority will be given students attending 4-5 days a week
Sign ups for 2018-2019 will start within a month. Our San Rafael City program will remain in place at all three school sites. They have been a dependable partner and will continue to provide great service to our families.
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.
Wait Until 8th - Supporting families with the influx of Smart Phones (See left for parent survey result)
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