"Springtime is the land awakening. The March winds are the morning yawn." Lewis Grizzard
Mary Silveira Elementary School
Home of the Stars!
Monday, April 16th
Tuesday, April 17th
Wednesday April 18th
Special Guest Author, grades 1-5, MPR, 9:00-10:00 - Parents, if you want to be amazed, you are going to want to attend this assembly and hear the true story of this author from Sudan!
5th grade Student Portrait. 1:00pm. Have your children look sharp.
Any 5th grade parents interested in meeting with 5th grade teachers to review promotion event and get involved, stop by room 6 at 1:30.
School Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30, Staff Room
Thursday, April 19th
Miller Creek Middle School 5th grade Parent Orientation, 6:00-7:00. Hear about their program and what is in store for your child next year!
Friday, April 20th
Teachers Luncheon - Thank you MESHSA for taking care of our staff all year long!
Sunday, April 22nd
Official Earth Day - The week of the 23rd we are aiming for a Green Week, with a green strategy each day.
Walkathon Numbers are in - Drum roll please!
MESHSA is so super impressed with the results of our extraordinary fundraiser this year. We set our sights on a lofty $35,000 but were utterly amazed and now proud to announce that we not only met that goal, we exceeded it! All your amazing efforts brought in $37,395!!!! AND we had over 70% of students participate!!!
Know that these funds go right back into our school and continue to support the incredible learning environment our children enjoy at MES. So once again, THANK YOU!!! We are currently contacting all winners fomr the raffle!
Have a fantastic Spring Break!!
Jen Belair and Christina Bonner, Your MESHSA Co-Presidents
Mr. Anderson chiming in here with a ....WOW! I am so happy to hear that so many of our families participated and leant their support! Your partnership continues to make this job so rewarding and there is nothing that makes us more proud than to feel our community pulling in the same direction! Way to go and yes, have a great Spring Break!!
Another wonderful Young Author's Fair comes to a close
What a week of planning and preparation and committment on the parts of our Students, Staff, Parents, and Community. This event truly captures it all; the union of the four. The most rewarding part of the weekfor me personally was how our students were so proud of the books they authored over the year and how all they wanted to do was find someone to read to. That is the true magic of learning and why this work is so meaningful. Here was the week at a glance:
Monday: Guest Readers arrived from all corners of the county to read to our students and share their stories in their own unique ways.
Tuesday: Thoughtfully designed Book Recommendation Templates were created by students and adorned windows across our campus.
Wednesday: Parents showed up at the crack of dawn (At least it probably felt like that, right?) in their colorful sleep wear to sit and listen to their children read their brilliantly creative stories. That was the best!
Thursday: Students arrived in unique costumes to celebrate a book character they loved and took a group shot for the Memory Book,
Friday: Students in grades K-5 listened in as a special Guest Author, Deborah Underwood, shared her stories and her writing process. She was truly amazing. Ask your kids about her! Such an inspiring author and she made it look so easy! Thank you for helping to make this past week a very magical one for all of our students and for always encouraging your children to read and to find the joy in reading and writing. Loved the Crazy Hair Day madness as well! We really do have amazing spirit here at MES!
April and May Dates to calendar
April 23rd: Earth day was the 22nd, so let's focus attention on supporting our planet by doing our part. List of ideas to come...
April 25th: Secretaries Day
April 27th: Life Skill Assembly, Problem Solving
April 30th: CAASPP State Testing begins for grades 4+5
May 4th: Indoor Movie Night, Scotty's Golf Tournament, and Star Wars Spirit Day
May 8th: 5th Grade students head to Walker Creek
May 9th: International Bike to School Day
May 11th: Life Skill Assembly Confidence
May 14th: CAASPP State Testing begins for grade 3 and Teacher Appreciation Week
May 17th: Miller Creek Open House
May 24th: Open House. 6:00-6:30 Art Show and 6:30-7:30 Classrooms
May 28th: Memorial Day
County Science Fair Results
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in this year's County Science Fair! There were so many beautifully designed projects to choose from and we are most definately proud of them all. But alas, only a few are selected by the judges so here they are in all their glory, our MES County winners:
3rd Place: Aashna Selvaraj and the team of Luka Erickson and Harrison Lau!
2nd place: Valentine Hillary, Bennett Baird, June Medows, and Jack McCarthy!
Wendy Blanton Tree Planting
Upon our return from Spring break we will be planting an Autumn Gold Ginkgo Tree in Wendy Blanton's honor. For those who do not recall my earlier letters to the community, Wendy was a gracefully talented instructional Aid at MES for several year as well as a significant volunteer/giver in our community over several decades. Her contributions cannot be understated. Many of our families have directly experienced her love, passion, and advocacy for all children especially those in need of that extra care. She was someone who gave and gave and asked for nothing in return. Her ever optimistic outlook was an example for all to follow.
In addition to the tree planting, we will be adding several lava rocks around the tree (she loved Hawaii and always carried with her, that Aloha Spirit) and a plaque in her honor. Finally, we will will be incorporating a Wendy Blanton Kindness award at the end of the year in her honor for two graduating 5th grade students, boy and girl, who best exemplify that similar Aloha Spirit of Kindness. This will be a challenging selection as so many students deserve it.
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.
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