School Site Council Team

Site Council, 2017-2018


IMG 1466What is School Site Council?

This council is comprised of school employees, parents, and community members. The belief is people involved with schools and students on a day-to-day basis--that is, the teachers, parents and other school employees--can make some of the best decisions regarding school improvement. Therefore this group meets on a regular basis to discuss and make decisions about school improvement.

What are the Site Council's responsibilities?

The School Site Council is an elected group of teachers and parents who work with the principal to develop, review, evaluate academic, safety, and social emotional programs. Part of the important work we do is to:

1. Develop, review, and evaluate the Single Plan for Student Achievement

2. Review and approve Site Safety Plan

3. Share ideas regarding school wide improvements

4. Collaborates with all four schools to support our district's Local Control and Accountability Plan

How often does this team meet and where do they meet?

This team meets monthly ona Wednesday from 3:30pm-4:30pm in our Multipurpose room.

How does one become a member of this team?

There is an election process. Each member elected serves two years on the council. When their term is up, a proper election ensues. This will be advertised in the weekly principal letter in the Spring. A one-paragraph bio is submitted to the principal by the interested party by the due date provided. Ballots are sent out to our parent community for a vote with a due date of return. The members with the highest vote count are elected to the team and announced to the public. In the late Spring they are introduced to the team!

Are meetings open to the public?

Yes, all meetings are open to the public and we welcome folks to stop by and share ideas and thoughts. Many of the changes that have occurred at MES were the result of guests coming in. However, non members do not have a voice in voting or decisions. That is the will of the council.

Meeting Schedule and Minutes Information, 2017-2018

October 18th, 2017

November 29th, 2017

December 20th, 2017

January 17th, 2018

February 14th, 2018

March 21st, 2018

April 18th, 2018

May 16th, 2018

The agenda for this meeting will be posted in the school newsletter, and on this site. If you have any questions about School Site Council, please contact the Principal, Will Anderson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 415 492 3741

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2017-2018 Parent Site Council Members!

Melissa Vree

Melissa Vree moved to Terra Linda three years ago this summer after a short stint Alexandria, VA. She is the mother of Ruby in 2nd grade and William in Kindergarten.  Since joining the MES community Melissa has served as a classroom volunteer, room parent and more recently a MESHSA member. Melissa received her BA in Sports Management and a minor in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California in the East Bay. Melissa is a preschool teacher after making a switch from a career in Human Resources. Previously, Melissa has led recreation classes for kids ages 2-8 in soccer, tee-ball, LAX and yoga. Melissa is very excited at the opportunity to serve on Site Council and continue her involvement with the school.

Jennifer Belair

My name is Jennifer Belair. I am a college graduate and the mother of three intelligent, beautiful daughters. Currently, Bailey is in 2nd grade with Ms. Presson and Avery is in 1st grade with Mrs. Ivarson. I grew up in San Anselmo and we moved to Blackstone Drive in 2014. The more I immerse myself in this school and the Marinwood community, the more I realize it is everything I had ever hoped for. My mother was a kindergarten teacher Ross Valley School District. In 1980, she started ABC Acaemy Preschool in San Anselmo. She and my sister, Lauren, still own and operate that school and my youngest, Lexi, will attend starting in June. I have spent my whole life surrounded by teachers and have the utmost respect for what they do on a daily basis. I have been particularly thrilled with the way Mary E. Silveira has risen to meet the needs of both my girls. I feel their challenges were met with respect and fairness and a true desire to help and understand. I believe the school fosters independence, kindness, inclusiveness, and a love for learning. I would like nothing more than to help keep us all on this path. If chosen, I will honor my commitment by collaborating with the other council members to create the best environment possible for our children.

Liz McCarthy

Liz is a full time Real Estate Broker, mom and involved parent in the community and neighborhood.  As a mom to a Micro-Preemie (her daughter weighed only 1.5 pounds at birth) she had to navigate medical and educational systems for the last 11 years since her early birth. Her children are just finishing up 5th and 2nd grade at MES.   She is a former board member of the MES Home and School Club and has served as room parents for both of her children’s classes there.  Although she work full time, she always tries to drive on field trips and organize events as needed for their teachers.  She started (a local free mothers club open to parents with children of all ages), which now has over 700 members in it. She has come to absolutely adore MES, the school where her children both attend, as well as our amazing neighborhood and community.   Prior to her 12-year real estate career, she worked in management in Software Business Development, travelling globally so has been able to use her professional background in all aspects of her professional and personal life.  Lastly, she is involved either currently or in the past in many volunteer roles (including President) for a local professional organization, serving as a board members of multiple non-profits and she volunteers in the NICU at CPMC helping support parents who have had very premature births. She adores this community in which she lives and would love to help direct the future of our schools and for our children who are such an essential part of our amazing neighborhood. 

Christina Ishibashi Bonner

Prior to Real Estate, she spent 5 years as an educator both in Los Angeles and Marin teaching English and Social Studies for 7th/8th and 10th grades. Ava is her only child and she feels that she owes it to her and to the community to be involved with all aspects of her education (not only for her, but the rest of the children that attend this esteemed district).  She is a graduate of UCSB with a BA in communication and received her teaching credential from CSULB.  She spends most of her time trying to actually become a published author while doing the most impossible task of all- work/life balance. Growing up in California, she has seen great schools and struggling schools and knows that it takes a village and Dixie is a village.  

Evan McKay

Evan McKay would be happy to be part of the Mary Silveira Site Council Team. His daughter Charlotte will be in 2nd grade this year, and his son Connor will be entering Kindergarten in the fall. As the IT Director for Reed Union School District in Tiburon, he could bring valuable insight to the Mary Silveira team. Evan oversees all technology for Reed Union, a K-8 district where grades 2 – 8 are 1:1 devices (iPads and laptops).  He is part of the leadership team, helping make decisions to improve student outcomes. He is responsible for leading meetings and committees to further improve technology integration at all school sites in the district.  He led a complete network overhaul for the schools, which included an entire network hardware upgrade. Evan also trains teachers, students, and staff in all aspects of technology. In his “free time” Evan enjoys photography, kite boarding, surfing, and spending time with his family. “It would be an honor to participate in the Mary Silveira Site Council.” 

Phil Marsh

Phil is excited for the opportunity of being a member of Mary Silveira’s Site Council team. He has been a member of the MES community for over 5 years and is looking forward to many wonderful years with this amazing community. He has two children; Addison in 3rd grade, and Drew a sophomore at Terra Linda High School. Phil is an active volunteer at MES serving as Choice Lunch assistant at the MES Café, and as a classroom assistant. Phil is on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard serving over 20 years of faithful and dedicated service. He has a background in emergency management, training, and leadership. He is currently pursuing his bachelors in management studies through Norwich University. Phil has an array of emergency management training and certificates through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as the U.S. Coast Guard. He most recently attended and graduated a U.S. Coast Guard senior-level leadership academy emphasizing on technical and management development. Phil has been stationed in the SF Bay Area since 2001 and moved to Marinwood in early 2011. His background in emergency management, training, leadership skills, and volunteer experience at MES makes Phil an excellent candidate for the Site Council position.



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Dixie School District

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San Rafael, CA 94903

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