"From small beginnings, come great things"
Mary Silveira Elementary School
Home of the Stars!
2017-2018 School Year has been amazing!
Monday, May 21st
Tuesday, May 22nd
Proudly announcing our 2017-2018 MES Consistent Achiever Award Winners (See below for names of winners)
Principal and Parent gathering, 5:30pm, MPR (See below)
Spring Concert, Choir, 7:00pm, Miller Creek! Keep your kids in music for as long as you can for many reasons!
Wednesday May 23rd
Assembly, K-5, MPR, San Rafael Library folks sharing information about summer program.
Thursday, May 24th
Open House (See below for times and a unique addition that will surely be a hit this year and for years to come!)
Golden Bell Award Event (See below for names of winners)
Friday, May 25th
Welcome our final Principal of the Day of the year - Ryan Gamblin, 3rd grade!
Open House walk through with our students.
Consistent Achiever Award Winners for the 2017-2018 school year!
Each year our 5th grade teaching team, with the voices of the rest of our teaching teams, selects two outstanding 5th grade candidates, boy and girl, as the recipients of this award. This year I am proud to announce that this year's recipients are Rocio Gonzales and Domonic Modesitt and on Tuesday, May 22nd, are recipients will be rewarded with a very sweet luncheon and awards ceremony!
The Consistent Achiever Award is presented to students who, throughout their school years, have demonstrated a consistent commitment to good citizenship and to developing their highest academic potential. Every school in the San Rafael and Dixie School Districts honor two students each from fifth, eighth, and twelfth grade levels.
Heads-Up and Can Do! education foundations have been working together for over 30 years to sponsor the annual Consistent Achiever Awards.
Each student receives a certificate of achievement from Congressman Huffman, State Senator McGuire, Assemblyman Levine, and Mayor Gary Phillips. Mayor Phillips delivers a personal message at the beginning of the luncheon and Dominican University Vice President Peter Johnson presents the awardees with a special scholarship.
We are very proud to have Mary Silveira represented by these two outstanding students!
Golden Bell Awards Meeting - Annual Marin County Awards for excellence in Education
We are so very proud of all of our Dixie District educators who were selected for this prestigious award. Here are our district award winners:
Educator of the Year: Judith Arrow, Assistant Superintendent Ed. Services
Certification: Nicole Cunha, ALISON HUTCHENS, Teresa Colyer, and Sue Holland
Classified: Shawna Winston, LESLIE BIRNBAUM, and Laraine Cunha
Programs: Educational Technology and Music Programs
They will all be celebrated at Dominican University from 4:30-6:00 at Dominican University, Angelico Hall 20 Olive Avenue, San Rafael, CA, US, 94901
Principal and Parent gathering to discuss Principal transition
I am hosting a Parent/Principal gathering on Tuesday evening to share my thoughts about the Mary Silveira transition and provide all of you an opportunity to ask questions and share your concerns. Know that Mary Silveira remains in the most wonderful of hands moving forward. It was when I arrived and will be when I leave. Truly, the reason why this school remains a wonderful space for learning is the tight ever tightening bond between families and school, the guidance and support of our 40+ Silveira Team, and how our students arrive to us. This organization is humming along but is also ready for a new injection of leadership. Many thanks to Jennifer Belair and Christina Bonner, your MESHSA presidents, and their Merry Team, for hosting this event with snacks and drinks.
Open House Schedule of events - Thursday evening
6:00-6:30: Art Show in the MPR. Come by and see your children's art work through the guidance of Gisele Clark, our Can Do! Art instructor.
6:30-7:30: Class visitations to see the wonderful work your children have been engaged in this year.
ANOTHER UNIQUE ADDITION TO OUR MES CULTURE HAS SPROUTED
4th grade is running something unique this year which I am very excited about! It is called the Wax Museum. Students will be dressing in character and acting as Wax characters. Push the button and hear about their unique contributions to society (At least that is how I understand it). Super cool and interesting! Make your way down there...
6:00pm: 4th grade classrooms open
6:30-7:00pm: Wax Museum opens on the black top. This we will have to see!
7:30pm: Classrooms close for the evening
Wait Until 8th Meeting #1 - Great turnout and rich conversation - 2nd meeting coming up - Evening!
1) Wait Until 8th website
3) Page with Email Template, Parent Info Packet and other useful information. https://www.waituntil8th.org/
Our 2nd meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 30th, from 5:00-6:30 in the Mary Silveira MPR and we encourage any and all parents within our Dixie District community to attend and learn more about this growing movement and hopefully take the pledge.
Go Team :),Emily Radstrom and Christina Bonner - Parent volunteer leaders of the movement!
Your Home and School (MESHSA) Survey - Improving Community Outreach and Events
Field Day is coming!
Mary Silveira is known for the most excellent of community activities for our families and guess what...here comes another one that is out of this world: Field Day! We need volunteers to help us with all sorts of fun games and events such as jumpies, Extreme Pie Tossing at Mr. Anderson and Staff, Dunk Tanks, Face Painting, Basketball, Football, Frisbee, Volleyball, etc. Click here to offer your services on June 13th!
Mary Silveira is undergoing construction over summer - Last day for campus access for all students, staff, and community, is Friday, June 15th
There will be no access to the site during the summer months and while there are always questions related to time lines as relates to construction projects, we have every reason to be optimistic about s smooth transition into the 2018 school year with classrooms prepared for our incoming students in August. The construction team was vetted carefully and have been highly 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. This will add 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 (Note this is not for the portables)
- 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).
Community Heroes is in need of a few more Parent Heroes for the 2018-2019 school year!
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!
Family and Student Events/Activities in our Community
May Dates to Calendar
May 28th: Memorial Day
May 29th: Kindergarten Spring Orientation, 8:30-9:30am, MPR, classroooms
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!, Last MESHSA meeting
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