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Mon Oct 2 - Wed Nov 1
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Silveira Cycle Day! Bike to School!
Wed Oct 18 - Thu Oct 19
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Walking Wednesday
Wed Oct 18 - Thu Oct 19
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Site Council Meeting #2
Wed Oct 18
3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

California Shakeout Drill
Thu Oct 19
10:19 am - 11:00 am


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Principal Letter #275

  • Written by Will Anderson


Mary Silveira Elementary “STARS”

Welcome Back!

August, 2017

Dear Mary E. Silveira Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope all of you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with warm weather and memorable events with family and friends. Our family recently returned from the picturesque country of Japan and safe to say, it was one of the most awe inspiring experiences and countries we have traveled to  for so many reasons. We returned invigorated and I am ready for an exciting new year enriched with 400+ curious and smiling faces!

To begin, I am both grateful and honored to have served the families in our community for the last 7 years and embrace the opportunity to continue this educational journey alongside so many caring families and eager students. All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and energetic teaching team is already collaboratively planning and preparing for your children while our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility and preparing rooms for your children and staff and our much-appreciated Home and School Team (MESHSA) is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer exciting events and programs to all of you!

While there are several contributing factors that support a successful year of learning, I believe “Partnership Development” lies at the core. This includes Teacher:Parent, Student:Teacher, Student:Student, and School:Community. Through open communication and instilling a collaborative spirit, almost anything is attainable. As such, I encourage all of you to invest time and energy into the fabric of our MES culture in whatever way you are able. Our Mary Silveira Home and School Association is filled with wildly creative, humorous and talented parents, so delving into how you can support that team through volunteer opportunities is the best place to start. Watch for the team’s communication letters.

This year we are eager to introduce a new K-5 Language Arts program: Wonders, McGraw Hill. Carefully vetted last year by our teaching teams at all 3 elementary schools, this program is in tandem with Common Core Standards and filled with exemplars, award-winners and other high-interest literary and informational texts that range across many genres, eras, and cultures. In addition to our academic focus, we are deeply invested in a balanced learning approach that includes Social Emotional support for all of our children. The continual and careful balancing act of Academics and Emotional Confidence is critical and the resources are ever shifting. Over the last 7 years we have explored several important programs ranging from Dave Nettle’s Cooperative Adventures, Counseling, Friendship Groups, Zones of Regulation, Solution Teams, Schoolwide Jobs, Kimochis, Mindfulness, Life Skills, and more. What we have come to understand is that there is no universal program that supports the needs as every child. Each child sees the world around them through a unique lens and how to reach and support each child is going to vary. This year we are delving into the theme “Kindness”, which we will share more about in the weeks ahead.

Finally, I want to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families joining us this year and encourage you to attend our New Parent Orientation on August 23rd from 10:00-11:00am in our Multi Purpose Room. Following this, all of our parents and children are encouraged to attend our Meet the Teacher event from 11:00-12:00 in your child’s classroom.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you have.


Will Anderson


Mary Silveira Elementary School, K-5

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Principal Letter #276

  • Written by Will Anderson
 "It is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate!"  - Remind your children to pursue their dreams and to not let future hurdles, deter them!


Thank you to the parents of our graduating 5th grade class for the "gift that will keep on giving" for many years to come!


6 Brilliant European Birch Trees!

Special love to Denise Roeck, the Designer, the Planter, the Landscaper, and one of several parent caretakers of our garden!

Monday,June 5th

Memory Books were passed out to students today.

Promotion Practice, 5th grade.

Tuesday, June 6th

Promotion Practice, 5th grade

Recycled Runway Assembly - Our 4th-5th grade students have collaboratively to manufacture outfits using only recycled materials with extraordinarily low overhead costs. Very clever out of the box thinkers we have! Super cool and innovative activity for the least week of school. Hope you can join us as they share their concepts with us all. 10:30am, MPR!

Board Meeting: Volunteer of the Year recognition, Brian Dettor, Dr. Lohwasser retirement recognition, Mrs. Honig (Speech Pathologist) and Mrs. Lim (MES Instructional Assistant) retirement recognition! Please join us at 6:00pm at the District Office, 380 Nova Albion Way San Rafael, CA 94903.

Wednesday, June 7th 

Promotion Practice, 5th grade.

Kindergarten Picnic, Marinwood Park!

Field Day, Grades 1-5 (See below for shirt colors children should wear today)

1:25pm Student Release

Site Council Ballots due back today and your 2017-2018 will be announced in final newsletter. (See below)

Thursday, June 8th


5th Grade Promotion! Bittersweet to say the least. I am so going to miss this cohort! They were K's when I arrived! 8:30am-9:15am, MPR. For more information, click here.

5th grade Pool Party! 10:00am-1:00pm, Marinwood Pool. For more information, click here.

Report cards heading home

1:25pm Student Release


Read More: Principal Letter #276

Principal Letter #272

  • Written by Will Anderson
Advice for our graduating 5th grade students: "Follow your passion, stay true to yourself, never follow someone else's path unless you're in the woods and you're lost and you see a path. then by all means, you should follow that." Ellen Degeneres

SAM 2395Monday, May 29th

Memorial Day - The “National Moment of Remembrance” resolution was passed on Dec 2000 which asks that at 3 p.m. local time, for all Americans “To voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a Moment of remembrance and respect, pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to ‘Taps.”

Tuesday, May 30th

Principal of the Day - Vivienne Russell, 2nd grade!

Last day to submit interest for Site Council, 2017-2018.

San Rafael Library assembly visit, MPR - Grades K-2: 8:30am & Grades 3-5: 9:00am - Check out their Summer Reading Challenge!

Wednesday, May 31st

Best Me Kaiser Assembly, Grades 3-5, 9:00-10:00, Grade K-2, 10:20-11:00 - Click here for the site and the educational goals attached to this wonderful program!  We are grateful to partner with Kaiser for this wonderfully interactive and educational program!

Evening Spring Play Performance, 6:00pm, MES MPR

Spring Choir Performance, 7:00-8:00pm, Miller Creek Middle School 

Thursday, June 1st

Last Day for counseling

Evening Spring Play Performance, 6:00pm, MES MPR

Friday, June 2nd 

AWARDS ASSEMBLY - 8:30-9:30am, MPR - Please join us!

Last day for PE classes

Read More: Principal Letter #272

Principal Letter #271

  • Written by Will Anderson

"She who succeeds in gaining the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life" - Susan b. Anthony

SAM 2258Monday, May 22nd

Gate Testing - 4th and 5th grade

Tuesday, May 23rd

Gate Testing - 3rd grade

Band Concert - Miller Creek, 7:00pm

Wednesday, May 24th

SILVEIRA BIKE TO SCHOOL DAY - Join us for another AM and PM ride! We will count the bikes and use that number as our baseline to build from. Next year, I have built in "Monthly Silveira Cycle Day" into the calendar with the goal of topping the our previous month's numbers.

Final Site Council Meeting - 4:00-5:00pm

Orchestra Concert - Miller Creek, 7:00pm

Thursday, May 25th

Miller Creek Open House

Gina Tanner, 4th grade teacher, Golden Bell Award Winner event at Dominican College! Way to go Gina!

Friday, May 26th

K-2 MUSIC ASSEMBLY, 8:30-9:15, MPR, Parents and K-2 classes! This is going to be a hoot! Cuteness meter off the hook!

3rd grade families, First Coloma Payment due to the office today (See below)

Read More: Principal Letter #271

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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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