"137 years later, Memorial Day remains one of America's most cherished patriotic observances. The spirit of this day has not changed - it remains a day to honor those who died defending our freedom and democracy"
Mary Silveira Elementary School
Home of the Stars!
2017-2018 School Year has been amazing!
Monday, May 28th
Memorial Day - Remembering those women and men who have served and continue to serve our country! Thank you to members of the Armed forces in our Silveira Community!
Tuesday, May 29th
Kindergarten Orientation, 8:30-9:30 - MPR, 8:30-8:45, Classrooms 8:45-9:30am
Superintendent/Parent meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Silveira MPR
Wednesday May 30th
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION MORNING, 8:30-9:30, Silveira front lawn - Be there if you have done anything whatsoever to support our school!!!
Wait Until 8th, 2nd meeting, 5:00-6:30pm, Silveira MPR (See Below)
Spring Dixie District Concert, Orchestra, 7:00-8:00pm, Miller Creek Middle School
Thursday, May 31st
Spring Dixie District Concert, Band, 7:00-8:00pm, Miller Creek Middle School
Friday, May 1st
Last day for K-2 Music - Thank you to Mr. Brett Edwards! For those who are not aware, this is his last year as he is returning to Virginia with his wife and son. He will be missed and has expressed how much he has loved teaching our children and working within our community. It is hard to put into words what he has meant to our school and our children. I hope all of you can make our K-2 music presentation on June 6th, 8:30-9:30 in the MPR and celebrate their final work together.
Volunteer Appreciation Day - All are welcomed!
Date: Wednesday morning, May 30th
Time: 8:30-9:30am (Only 1 hour so no excuses. Step away from your work and accept our hospitality for a mere 60 minutes)
Where: Front lawn of the school.
Event: Celebrating all of you, our beautiful community of parents. This is very informal so drop your children off and walk to the front of the lawn. Make NO EXCUSES not to stop by. " I would love to but I have to work" does not work for us.
Activities: Food, drinks, awards, teachers, and student speakers! What more could you ask for?? Our children will be housed (that sounds terrible I know) in the MPR with a very appropriate artistic film for the hour with all sorts of coverage so worry not.
Superintendent meeting with families
Tuesday evening, 6:00-7:00, MPR
The sole goal of this meeting is to share information about the principal hiring process and gather valuable community input related to the next leader at the helm of this school. I encourage as many of you to attend so you are feeling in the mix. There is nothing like being on the outside, especially as relates to your children's education.
Mr. Anderson/Parent Meeting in review
For those who were not able to attend last Tuesday's meeting, I shared my process of thinking leading to this decision. What I failed to adequately convey to all of you in my initial letter was just how much of this decision was driven by my personal and professional goals as well as my interest in "change". One of the educational tenets I hold very dear, is the power and value of change from time to time and how shifting positions or, put another way, "shaking up the board", can ultimately lead to productive, positive, and cultural advances. Note that this interest in change is not due to Silveira staff, students or community. It is both personal and professional in nature.
This school has meant everything to me in the 8 years I have spent here and what I have come to know is that it is creative and hard working staff, deeply caring and invested families, and our creative and shining children that drive this program. Leaving that, of course, is heartbreaking and more than you will know or that I am willing to share. What is important for you to know is that this is not a decision made for me, rather, by me.
I am very confident that the next leader of Silveira will be someone who values and places children at the core of her/his work and one who is ready to support and guide and inspire our staff and community to new heights. Whoever that is, that person will be lucky to inherit such a community as this as the foundation of their work. That begins by attending Tuesday's meeting with our superintendent at MES and sharing what is important to you in a leader.
Transitional Kindergarten at Mary Silveira
Just a reminder that next year, we are hosting a Transitional Kindergarten class at Mary Silveira. Mrs. Clark, our current Art teacher, will be teaching that class! She is more than ready and excited to get started! This is another exciting chapter in the Silveira novel.
Special Education Class moving
Due to several factors, our current K-2 Special Education Classroom, taught by Tara Costello, Laura Wilson, and Leslie Birnbaum, will be shifting to Dixie Elementary School next year. Our current model has students in that class shifting to Dixie in 3rd grade. That is asking a lot to foreably shift a student and family to another school after a few years developing friendships and connections. And then we ask them to shift again when 6th grade rolls around. Sound fair? Not really.
Moving forward, the entire K-5 program will be hosted at Dixie providing students an opportunity to fully assimilate throughout their elementary years. This makes sense.
Blanton Kindness Award Unveiling
During our 5th grade promotion ceremony on June 14th, we will unveil our 1st ever Wendy Blanton Kindness Award, in honor of our beloved Ms. Wendy who fought but tragically lost her battle with cancer several months ago. Her supreme advocacy for all students and love of anything and everything "children", will long be remembered and honored. Coupled with the planting of a tree and plaque on the front lawn commemorating her work, we ensure that her efforts are not soon forgotten.
Two 5th grade students, one girl and one boy, will be selected for this award who have demonstrated over the top consistent kindness and care towards our school community and peers. A plaque will be provided for each of the students to take home as well as their name attached to a separate plaque that will hang in the office for years to come. The selected students will remain unknown until the day of their promotion, June 14th, 8:30am. Note that this is a very difficult decision as there are so many students who deserve this award! THAT is why Silveira ROCKS!
Wait Until 8th Meeting #1 - Great turnout and rich conversation - Meeting #2 this week!
- Wait Until 8th website
- Page with Email Template, Parent Info Packet and other useful information
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).
June Dates to Calendar
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