"I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination"
Mary Silveira Elementary School
Home of the Stars!
Putting a cap on our 2017-2018 Kindness Year Focus
Monday, May 7th
Welcome our Principal of the Day, Zoe Chew!
Railway Safety Assembly, K-2, 8:30-9:00
Railway Safety Assembly, 3-5, 9:15-10:00
Tuesday, May 8th
5th Grade departs to Walker Creek Outdoor Education at about 9:15am
Wednesday May 9th
International Bike to School Day - Mr. Anderson departing at 7:45 from this location and heading up Las Gallinas
5th Grade at Walker Creek Outdoor Education
Thursday, May 10th
5th Grade at Walker Creek Outdoor Education
Friday, May 11th
5th Grade returns from Walker Creek Outdoor Education at about 12:45pm
Life Skill Assembly, Confidence
Congratulations to our very own, Theresa Lum, Kindergarten Teacher at Silveira: KRON's Teacher of the week focus!
Keep your eye on KRON 4 News on May 15th at 5:00pm and 9:00pm as Ms. Lum will be recognized for her outstanding work at Mary Silveira! We are thankful to have Ms. Lum supporting our children year after year. Her affection for her students and advocacy for their success across all areas of learning are wonderful to behold and we are grateful for her humble approach to this recognition. If she had her druthers, she would not want this attention. For those of you who know her, Ms. Lum would be content operating her magic from the little hobbiton world that is room 9. Go Lum!
Congratulations to Gisele Clark, our new Transitional Kindergarten Teacher for 2018-2019!
As you know, we are opening our first Transitional Kindergarten class for the 2018-2019 school year and we could not be more excited. This will provide opportunities for our children and new families to become familiar with our campus, curriculum, and community of learners while providing for a smooth transition to our kindergarten program the following year. Oh, and did I mention that it is free!? What a deal! Pass the word!
And that leads us to who will be navigating our youngest students through their initial learning years at Mary Silveira. Gisele Clark has been our resident Art teacher for the last few years and has done an excellent job securing relationships with all of our children, staff, and community. She is fully credentialed, talented, creative, and brings a collaborative spirit to the work place. She is already coordinating meeting times with our two current Transitional Kindergarten teachers in the district, Stephanie Levinson and Anne Shaver, presently operating out of our sister Elementary Schools, Vallecito and Dixie Elementary. We are excited to have her on the team and are looking forward to adding this new element to our culture. STAR PRIDE!
Golden Bell Award Winners for the 2017-2018 School Year!
Each year two members of our learning community are selected for our learning community who have impacted our culture in some way or form. This year those two are:
Certificated: Alison Hutchens, 5th grade teacher, room 6 - Organized, Kind, Humorous, Collaborative, Professional, Beloved, and a Leader!
Classified: Leslie Birnbaum, Special Education Aid, room 18 - Kind, Passionate, Student advocate, Patient, Humorous, Talented, and always goes the extra mile!
May Dates to Calendar
May 14th: CAASPP testing grade 3, Teacher Appreciation Week, 5th Grade Family Life
16th: Final Site Council Meeting
May 17th: Miller Creek Open House, 5th Grade Walk Through the Revolution
May 18th: Last day for Library and Art -Thank you Can Do!, MESHSA Luncheon for staff (Thank you Kindergarten families)
May 22nd: District Choir Spring Concert at Miller Creek (5th grade included), 7:00pm
May 24th: Open House: 6:00-6:30 Art Show and 6:30-7:30 Classrooms
May 28th: Memorial Day
May 29th: Kindergarten Spring Orientation, 8:30-9:30am
May 30th: Volunteer Appreciation Recognition, Wednesday, 8:30-9:30am, District Orchestra Spring Concert at Miller Creek (5th grade included), 7:00pm
May 31st: District Band Spring Concert at Miller Creek (5th grade included), 7:00pm, 5th Grade Walk Through the Revolution
June Dates to Calendar
June 1st: Last day for K-2 Music -Thank you Can Do!
June 4th: 5th Grade Evening State Fair event
June 5th: Volunteer of the Year Recognition at District Office as well as those retiring from the district, Board Meeting recognizing 5th grade science Fair winners
June 6th: MESHSA Meeting, K-2 Music Performance, 8:30-9:30am, MPR and Evening Play Performance at 6:00pm
June 7th: Evening Play performance #2 and last day for Counseling
June 8th: Last day for PE - Thank you Can Do!, Student play performance, and Student Awards Assembly
June 11th: Memory Books distributed
June 12th: 4th and 5th grade Project Recycle Runway
June 13th: Field Day (we need volunteers for this one) for grades 1-5 and Kindergarten Picnic - Both Super fun and plan to volunteer for this one!
June 13th and 14th: 1:25 release
June 14th: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL, 5th grade promotion, 8:30am, MPR followed by Pool Party celebration, Report Cards home
CAASPP Testing, 4th and 5th grade, completed!
We are very proud of our 4th and 5th graders who worked super hard on their State Tests over a 5 day period this past week. Make ups are underway.
Third grade testing comes up the week of May 14th. Here are a few thoughts regarding how to prepare your children to do the best they can:
Mary Silveira is undergoing construction over summer - Last day for campus access fo all students, staff, and community, is Friday, June 15th
There will be no access to the building during the summer months and while there are always question marks when it comes to timelines related to completion of the the job, we have every reason to be cautiously optimistic about s smooth transition into the 2018 school year. The construction team was selected carefully and have been communicative with our team from the start of the process.
Here are a few of the projects they will be working on over the summer and what you will expect to see when school begins:
- Middle Courtyard: Reconfigured layout supporting easier access and upgraded drainage, improved seating in the grade 1-5 lunch area as well as replacing the old lunch seating with new tables. All will be ADA accessible. Ths will add great practical value as well as curbside appeal.
- Library Rebuild: Pulling everything out and rebuilding the infrastructure including new layout, paint, flooring, lighting, Audio/Visual upgrades, window treatments, and potential skylights.
- Modernized Classrooms: Ceilings, lighting, Audio/Visual upgrades, insulation, flooring, signage, interior walls w/ and upgraded tack boards
- Bathrooms: Bathroom closet in kindergarten, reconfigure bathrooms for accessibility in Admin, accessible upgrades to bathrooms as needed.
- Kindergarten Classrooms (Ms. Lum and Mrs. Franklin's room): Adding a new interior Kindergarten wall between room 8-9 (replacing the old one currently in place).
Wait Until 8th - May 9th Meeting Date, 8:20am, front of or inside MPR depending upon our numbers
What is this meeting about: 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? Come to this meeting and take part in the conversation. Even if your children have already been given a phoe with internet access, it is not too late if you are experieincing problems.
When is the meeting: May 9th, 8:20, in front of the MPR with tea and snacks
Who is invited: Anyone who wants to come by and discuss how cell phone use is affecting lifestyle. This is a growing problem, globally.
Is this a school sponsored event: No, this is not related to any Mary Silveira School programs and this is not something teachers are pressing upon students. It is a parent forum, which I will be attending as a father and sharing my concerns and strategies as well.
Teacher Appreciation Week - May 14th-18th
Mary Silveira Teachers are the best! They are hard working, passionate, connected, and always have a beat on how each of their children are performing and what it takes to move them to that next level. Although Teacher Appreciation week is officially the week of May 7th (May 8th being the day), our 5th grade team will be out at Walker Creek Outdoor Education. So as a district, we are celebrating our teaching teams the following week, May 14th. Here are the activities to prepare for so you can plan ahead:
- Monday, May 14th: Bring your teacher a Flower.
- Tuesday, May 15th: Write your teacher a personal card.
- Wednesday, May 16th: Bring your teacher a school supply.
- Thursday, May 17th: Bring your teacher a treat.
- Friday, May 18th: Bring a teacher specialist any of the above.
Community Heroes is in need of a few more Parent Heroes for the 2018-2019 school year!
Kala Shah, a parent at Sun Valley School in San Rafael, founded the Go Inspire Go Community Heroes club at her kids’ school in 2012 with a vision of fostering compassion and empathy in students, and to empower them to perform community service from a young age. Go Inspire Go is a 501c3 multi-media social networking platform that inspires people to find their power to help others. The founder, Toan Lam, also believes in the untapped potential kids have to make a positive impact in the world. Together, they launched the club at Sun Valley, and it’s been going gangbusters ever since! This short video explains the program and impact. The club is an outlet for kids to discuss issues they care about (hunger, homelessness, etc.) and to get involved in service projects.
Inspired by the great work at Sun Valley, the MES Community Heroes club was born in January 2015 and facilitated by parent volunteers Erin Rudsenske and Barbara Snekkevik. Two years ago, we welcomed Jennifer Marks as an additional parent volunteer. Lunchtime meetings are held every other Monday in the MPR. Last year approximately 50 kids attended each meeting, full of great ideas and ready to make a difference! The students created care kits for the homeless for Homeward Bound, valentines for the women and children at the Center for Domestic Peace, collected earthquake relief funds for the Nepal Youth Foundation and collected 150 pairs of shoes for Mission Atletica. The students also learned about the value of random acts of kindness and practiced these acts at home, on campus and in the neighborhood. It was a fantastic year and we can’t wait to see what ideas the kids bring this year!
Class Placement for 2018-2019 School Year
Staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and will soon begin designing classes based on enrollment projections.As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade levels before the end of the year to develop classes. Classes will be designed based upon the following criteria:
- Ratio of boys to girls
- Students with special needs
- Second language learners
- Learning styles
- Social/Emotional needs
Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received between May 1st and May 30th and be in writing to the principal. Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence. A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience.
The key ingredient to this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your student with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.
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