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Principal Letter 298

  • Written by Will Anderson

Many thanks to Brian Dettor (parent), Laura Reoch (Parent), and Mike Schulist (Parent and Miller Creek Science Teacher) for the extraordinary photos they took on Friday. When they are ready I will find a way to share with you all. As you know, Friday was the conclusion of Kindness Week, though as I shared with our children on Friday...



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Monday, February 5th

Many thanks to Laura Reoch for this photo to the left! It is award winning for sure! Her Photo skills are extraordinary and we are lucky to have her for this last year!

Tuesday, February 6th

Guest Speaker, Author, Armand Baltazar, Artist, Designer and Creator at Pixar, 9:00-10:00, MPR, Grades 3-5

Wednesday February 7th

MESHSA - Mary Silveira Home and School Meeting, 8:30-9:15am, Staff Room

Site Council, 3:30-4:30pm

Thursday, February 8th

Event Free

Friday, February 9th

The love keeps coming! Welcome to Mary Silveira's first, VALENTINE'S FAMILY DANCE! (See below)


This event is going to be super fun! Music, Dance, Disco Ball, Food, Community! Friday, February 9th, 6:00-9:00pm, Mary Silveira MPR. information will be coming home soon.

BUT WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. Click here too see how you can help.

And what a week of Kindness it was

Students wrote letters to their school buddies and support staff members such as our bus drivers, crossing guard, specialists, etc. Students were treated to wonderfully engaging and supportive guest speakers such as Michael Pritchard (I encourage you to check out this site) and our very own Miller Creek Ally Student Panel. We passed out Kindness Strickers to all students and staff and students chose to try and sit next to someone new at lunch. I heard in the hallway a student calling out to another student who was alone, "Do you want to have lunch with us today?" It was truy sweet!

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At the end of our assembly our students and staff marched to the field and formed ourselves into the shape of a heart. A combination of a drone and two briliant parent photographers took shots that will amaze! These photos will litter the Memory Book, so when it is advertised, get them while we have 'em.

Many thanks to Brian Dettor, who took this photo to the left. Like Laura, his skills are extraordinary and we are grateful to have him for a few more years!

Friendly reminder (Love that silly term, right?)...No pooches on campus please

We have worked hard over the year to ensure that our campus is free of our community pooches. As sweet as they all are, we have had incidents of dogs biting and barking at students. In addition, we have students with allergies and owners allowing their dogs to leave their...ugh...marks on our lawns. With kids playing in these areas, it is certainly not healthy. Please help us by not walking or carrying your dog on campus grounds. Thank you for helping keep our campus safe for all students.

Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration

We currently have registration packets in the office to register for the upcoming school year.  We are hoping to have Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten packets returned by March 1st to help us get ready for next year.  We are planning to have a Transitional Kindergarten class here on campus at Mary Silveira that will be similar to a kindergarten day 8:14 – 1:25.  Please spread the word to others in the community. 

MES Science Fair is coming - 4th and 5th grade

Wednesday, February 28th, Mary Silveira MPR. 6:30pm - 8:00pm. Click here for more information about the event and for ideas if your child is a 4th or 5th grader.

We need help with our lunch program

If you are interested in volunteering, gathering a free lunch for your child, hanging our with our awesome children...and we could use your help, please contact contact Mo at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to gather more information about how you can help!

When your child is not feeling well

Just a reminder from one parent to another, please keep your child home if he or she is not feeling well. 

Walker Creek Information, 5th Grade

Parent Evening: Thursday, March 1st, 6:00-7:00pm, Vallecito Elementary School Gym. Come hear Walker Creek Ranch Outdoor Education Program faculty share information about their program. Click here for more information about the program. 

Walker Creek Visit: Tuesday, March 13th, 11:00-12:00, Walker Creek Ranch.

Talent Showcase Timeline

Tuesday, February 13th: 2:30-4:00, MPR, Rehearsal at MES for those in need of extra support and ideas.

Tuesday, March 6th: Talent Showcase Dress Rehearsal 

Thursday, March 8th: Talent Showcase Performance Evening. 34 days to go and we are all getting excited!

Friday, March 9th:  Talent Showcase Performance morning for students at school, 8:30-10:00 (For those interested in performing again, not mandatory at all)

Monday, March 12th: Talent Showcase Performance morning for students at school, 8:30-10:00 (For those interested in performing again, not mandatory at all)

Events and Activities in the Community

Lucas Valley Swim Team Registration is open!

Marin Waterdevils on line registration!

Parcel Tax Renewal is moving forward after our Dixie District Board approved Tuesday evening

English: Our local school funding (Parcel Tax) is set to expire.  If we don’t renew local funding, our schools will lose $1.9M every year. To protect teaching and instructional programs ini hnWRZVw S local elementary and middle schools, the Dixie School District Board of Trustees has placed a measure on the May 8, 2018 all-mail ballot to renew existing local funding for 12 years. The measure will renew the current annual rate of $352 per parcel and add $118 per parcel with a 3% cost of living adjustment (COLA) each year. This measure will:

  • Attract and retain qualified teachers
  • Maintain instructional materials and equipment for science programs
  • Support core academic programs, including math, science, technology, reading and writing
  • Maintain music programs and world language electives, such as French and Spanish classes
  • Maintain classroom computers and technology instruction
  • Maintain class sizes
  • Keep school libraries open and maintain library services and materials

For more information: http://www.fordixiestudents.org

Impuesto de Parcela 2018 recientemente aprobado por nuestro Consejo del Distrito de Dixie

La renovación del impuesto a la parcela está avanzando después de que nuestro Distrito de Dixie haya sido aprobado el martes por la noche

Spanish: Nuestra subvención local para las escuelas (Parcel Tax=impuesto a la propiedad) está por expirar. Si no renovamos nuestra subvención local, nuestras escuelas perderán $1.9 cada año.Para proteger los programas de enseñanza e instrucción en las escuelas primarias y la media (elementary and middle school), el Board of Trustees del Distrito Escolar Dixie   ha ubicado una medida en la hoja de voto del 8 de mayo de 2018 para renovar la subvención local existente por 12 años. La medida renovará el monto anual de $352 por propiedad y añadirá 118 por propiedad. Esta medida:

  • Atraerá y retendrá a profesores calificados
  • Mantendrá los materiales de instrucción y equipamiento para los programas de ciencias
  • Apoyará los programas académicos centrales, incluyendo matemáticas, ciencia, tecnología, lectura y escritura
  • Mantendrá los programas de música e idiomas electivos, tales como las clases de francés y español
  • Mantendrá las computadoras de las clases y la instrucción de tecnología
  • Mantendrá el tamaño de las clases
  • Mantendrán abiertas las bibliotecas de las escuelas y mantendrán los servicios y materiales de biblioteca
  • Para mayor información vean: http://www.fordixiestudents.org/volunteer

Supporting our children with allergies...

Mary Silveira Elementary is a school that prides itself on not only providing all students the finest education, but also ensuring their well-being and safety. This school year we have a number of students with food allergies some potentially life-threatening. While some children may experience a stuffy nose and watery eyes, other children develop more severe reactions. In the most severe cases, anaphylactic shock can occur within seconds of coming into contact with the nut product. Several of our children have strict guidelines in place to prevent these severe allergic reactions. This is where we need your support. We are asking for your help this year to provide all of our children with a safe school environment by considering not sending any peanut or nut containing products to school with your child. If this cannot be avoided, please remind your children not to share food with others.

On the school side, we continue to educate and remind our students that we do not share food and they have been responding well. Our school nurse has met with our teachers and instructional yard duty personnel to educate and support. We are very fortunate that our School Lunch program, Choice Lunch, is Nut Free. We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration in helping us maintain a safe and healthy environment for all of our students. Alternative snack ideas..... Alternative lunch ideas ..... Additional alternative lunch ideas















Principal Letter 297

  • Written by Will Anderson

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Monday, January 29th

KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Kindness Stickers will be passed out to students and staff in class. Students will also write letters of appreciation to their School Buddy.

Silveira Scribble Art work due back to school. WE CANNOT ACCEPT LATE ORDERS.

Tuesday, January 30th

KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: During recess, students can write a letter and draw a picture of appreciation for our crossing guard, bus driver, custodian, secretary, or any support staff on campus. There will be tables and chairs and materials available. We also have a guest speaker, Michael Pritchard, Nationally acclaimed Keynote Speaker and a local in our area, who will share his words of wisdom related to Kindness. “Lessons from the Heart.” Through humor and stories, Mike will encourage students to engage their emotions, examine empathetic behavior, and learn strategies about kindness. (K-2, 8:30-9:10 and 3-5, 9:15-10:00). 

Wednesday January 31st

KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Students are challenged to sit with someone new at lunch. We encourage students to meet other students and develop other friendships! Students will have another opportunity to write a letter to a support staff member during recess.

Thursday, February 1st

KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Miller Creek Student Team (Ally Squad) will stop by and share information about acceptance, share personal reflections on their own identity, and the importance of being an ally and standing up to hurtful language. This assembly provides students with strategies to help prevent bullying and teasing. Recognizing the diverse backgrounds of our student population and community, students will walk away with an appreciation that different is not only unique, but beautiful! 11:00-11:45, MPR, Grades 2-5.

Black History Month: One of the most terrifying things that could happen to this country is to forget where we were and forget those who sacrificed for a global cause. Black history is essential to understanding ourselves as a nation. Celebrating a culture for its contributions to our history can only be a good thing. Black history month reminds all of us to walk in another person’s shoes, to see where they’ve been. It is so easy to forget our past and frankly, many people want to forget. It is a difficult to talk about but it is critical to learn from our mistakes in order to move forward. Think about this, it was only one hundred and fifty years ago, when the United States had slavery, and only fifty years ago when our lives were segregated along racial lines. The question that ought to be asked at this time in our history is, ...How much has truly changed and more importantly, from what lens are we viewing our answers from? Lots of work to be done around this as a nation, as a community, and most importantly, personally.

Friday, February 2nd

KINDNESS WEEK ACTIVITY: Life Skill Assembly, Honesty. 8:30-9:00. Join us for coffee and snacks! At approximately 9:00am, students and staff will go to the field and take a large group shot in the shape of a heart to conclude the week's events. Wish us luck on managing that one!

Wear Red or Pink to school for the Heart Photo!

Read More: Principal Letter 297

Principal Letter 296

  • Written by Will Anderson

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Event Free - It is an honor working with your children at MES. Bright little inquisitive bulbs, they all are and in their own unique way. 

Tuesday, January 23rd

ELAC Meeting (English learner Advisory Committee), 3:30-4:00. Please join me in welcoming Laura Mayorga and Marisol Rocha, (Silveira parents) to this team. Together, we will work to review our English Language Learner programs districtwide and help develop a more inclusive learning environment for all.

District Green Team meeting, 4:00pm, MES Library

Wednesday January 24th

Event Free

Thursday, January 25th

Event Free

Friday, January 26th

Progress Reports heading home for those students not meeting benchmarks

MESHSA (Your Home and School Team) providing our staff with lunch. Many thanks to our 4th grade parents this month. These lunches truly bring so much spirit to our staff. We all know how hard they are all working to support every child in their educational journey and this type of care you show goes so far!

Read More: Principal Letter 296

Principal Letter 295

  • Written by Will Anderson

images721Monday, January 15th

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday - Just an outstanding human being

Tuesday, January 16th

Dixie District Board Meeting, Dixie Elementary School, 7:00pm, Dixie Elementary School

Wednesday January 17th

Silveira Site Council Meeting, 3:30pm-4:30pm, Silveira MPR

Thursday, January 18th

Mandatory Talent Show Audition, 2:35pm-5:00pm in our Silveira MPR. Schedule coming soon. This is manadatory meeting (Information below for all of our performers)

Friday, January 19th

Event Free

Read More: Principal Letter 295

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Mary E. Silveira Elementary School
Dixie School District

375 Blackstone Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3741

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