Dear Mary Silveira Community,
I hope you and your family enjoyed this Veteran’s Day weekend, and all the nice weather that came with it. I had a great time riding my bike to school with students last week. It was great to see so many families walking, carpooling (taking the bus counts!), riding scooters, and riding bikes. I’ll ride with students again, weather permitting, on Dec. 4th. We had a great full five days of school last week. Students adjusted well to the post-power outage/Halloween days of the week prior and settled in nicely.
Do I need to sign up for conference with my child’s teacher?
Yes, please! Parent/Teacher conferences are coming up Nov. 19-25. Please make every effort to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher. It’s an invaluable way to learn how your child is doing.
And when does school get out during conference week?
School gets out at 1:25pm each day from Tuesday, Nov. 19-22. There is no school for kids on Monday, Nov. 25. That day is reserved all day for parent/teacher conferences.
Coming Up in November
Wednesday, Nov. 13 - 15 Coloma (4th grade outdoor ed. experience)
Wednesday, Nov. 13 6:30pm MESHSA Meeting (MPR Staff Room)
Monday, Nov. 18 - 22 One Warm Coat Drive (in front of MES)
Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 22 School Gets Out at 1:25pm each day
Tuesday, Nov. 19 - 22 Parent / Teacher Conferences
Friday, Nov. 22 All unclaimed lost and found items will be donated to charity.
Monday, Nov. 25 No School for Students (Parent/Teacher Conference Day)
Tuesday, Nov. 26 - 29 No School (Thanksgiving Break)
Can you help with lunch? We especially need it tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12th.
If you are able to help out from 11:30am to 12:30pm on any day of the week (even once is fine), please CLICK HERE. Thank you!
Now that the weather is beginning to change, when is One Warm Coat this year?
One Warm Coat is coming soon! Mary Silviera's Girl Scout Troop 32053 will be collecting every morning in front of school from Nov 18-22. It's time to clean out those closets, all while teaching your children about service and giving back! (One Warm Coat is a national non-profit organization that works to provide a free, warm coat to any person in need. Coats are distributed in the communities where they were collected, to children and adults in need, without charge, discrimination or obligation.)
I’m curious, what did teachers do on Nov. 1st’s Professional Development Day?
We missed your kids on November 1st, but in their absence were able to engage in some meaningful adult learning! To stay consistent with one of our instructional priorities of differentiating instruction for students, we did the same for our teachers. Teachers, psychologists, counselors, administrators, speech pathologists, and outside specialists offered 17 different workshops for teachers. Teachers attended two workshops of their choosing in the morning and then spent the afternoon sharing what they learned with their teams. Take a peek at the workshops that were offered. Thank you to our presenters and participants for your engagement!
Differentiating Math Instruction: Guided Math
Division Through the Ages
"Wait, What Was that Word?", Language Memory Strategies
ADHD and How it Affects Students in the Classroom
Strategies for Supporting our Students’ Social and Emotional Health
Beyond, Beyond Diversity- Culturally Relevant Teaching
“What’s inYour Toolkit?”- The New California History Social Science Framework
Writing: Planning for Small Groups
STAR and Accelerated Reader- Next Level
Google Classroom: Tips and Tricks
How to Design Instruction with F&P (Reading Assessment)
Public Library Resources
Hand Strength: An Early Toolkit
Instructional Strategies That Support Language Acquisition - GLAD Inspired
Seesaw to See It All: Digital Assessments and Portfolios
Math Engagement Strategies- Bring Math Classrooms Alive
How do I get involved in Can Do!?
If you are interested in joining the Can Do! team, we are always seeking volunteers and advocates! Please contact email@example.com
Thanks for reading!
Information from previous editions of Mary Silveira News! can be found below.
How are you doing building a culture of reading at home?
Please remember to encourage and create a culture of reading at home! This can be done in a variety of ways, such as providing your child with a quiet space to read, reading to your child, having your child read to you, making up stories and telling those stories to your children, taking your child to the library, asking them questions about the books they are reading, and telling them about what you are reading!
Walk and Roll Wednesdays!
Each month, we hope students will participate in our Walk and Roll Wednesday events. This is a chance for students to walk, bike, or get to school in anyway that helps reduce the amount of carbon we put into the atmosphere. Also, if you can help at the Walk and Roll table sometimes, or help chaperone kids to school from a location in your neighborhood, please contact Jessica Rhodes at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (925) 528-1066. The next two dates are: Nov. 6 and Dec. 4.
Looking for work?
The Miller Creek School district has open part time and full time positions. Click here to see what opportunities are available.
When can parents come onto campus in the afternoon?
Please wait until 2:35pm (or 1:50pm on Wednesdays) to walk to your child’s classroom. Many teachers are still trying to teach or give out important information in those last 15 minutes of school. Conversations with others, especially near teacher’s windows, can be distracting to students or teachers. This is why we kindly ask for your cooperation with this. Thank you!
And when is campus closed after school each afternoon?
Campus is closed beginning at 2:45pm each day. We ask that all students and families head home by 2:45pm for a few reasons. One reason is that we have many After Care students playing after school each day. We don’t want to confuse those students with students who are NOT in after care. This is a request from our after care providers. Another reason is to allow teachers to prepare for the next day without distraction. If you are socializing after school beyond 2:45pm, a great place to gather is the little courtyard area directly next to our MPR (it has benches on two sides and a confined spot to keep the kids). Alternatively, the “lower play structure” area next to our field is a good spot when after care is not using it. Thank you!
Every Friday is a Mary Silveira Spirit Day!
Each Friday, students and staff are encouraged to wear Mary Silveira spirit wear or Mary Silveira school colors. Spirit wear will be on sale during Back to School Night, the Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Movie Night this Friday!
Help Support PE, Art, Music, Social-emotional Learning, Technology, Our Garden, and Our Pond!
Our students need your support to sustain all of the above. CLICK HERE to make your contribution to the Family Giving Campaign TODAY! Every Donation supports EVERY student!
We are excited to announce our 2019-2020 Birthday Book Club! We started the Birthday Book Club in 1992 which has enabled us to provide a wonderful collection of new books for the students at Mary E. Silveira School each year. The order form was attached as a pdf to the “Mary Silveira News! September 8th” email you received. Hard copies were sent home in this week's Friday Folders, so you can look for them there, too. You can also Click Here for a slightly less accessible version.
Free Money for Mary Silveira with Box Tops!
We love free money for our school, and we need your help to get it! Box Tops for Education is a program that offers cash for schools when Box Tops from participating brands are collected. Our goal this year is to raise $500 for Mary E. Silveira school. Each Box Top earns 10 cents, and every Box Top makes a difference!
We’re excited to share that the Box Tops for Education program is migrating to a digital platform. Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt into their app.
Please CLICK HERE for additional details and instructions on how to download the app.
If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, please bring them to school and place them in the Box Tops bin at the office before Friday, October 25 and we’ll submit them for the Fall deadline.
Thanks for helping Mary E. Silveira school earn free money!
When does school get out each day?
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 2:35pm - Wednesday: 1:50pm
Aeries Parent Portal Reminder
Please remember to login to Aeries (HERE) to update contact and health information whenever that changes since this is replacing the old paper emergency card system. If you have any questions, please contact: email@example.com
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Tony Thurmond, California’s state superintendent of schools, came to Marin to speak last Thursday on the topic of Equity. (Click Here for the I.J. article on that.) This was rather timely as Equity is one of our district’s curricular goals this year. In fact, teachers spent part of their professional development day on August 20th diving into that topic. The Miller Creek School District is also in the process of establishing a District Equity, Diversity and Inclusion team. Stay tuned for more information in editions of News! to come. Special thanks to Assistant Superintendent Treewater, Superintendent Rosales, and our school board for leading this work. All of our Miller Creek School District principals are very excited to be part of this team!
It has been seven days, and I’m already tired of making lunches. What’s the lunch program called?
Our new Lunch Program is called The Lunch Master. CLICK HERE and Order today!
Basketball Opportunity for 4th and 5th graders
St.Isabella CYO Basketball registration is open through September 15th at www.sicyo.com for all incoming 4th-8th graders. The season runs from November through March and experience is not required to play. CYO basketball is a great way to be introduced to the sport of basketball playing with your friends and making new ones. For any questions please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join our School Site Council Team!
This year we are in need of three members for our School Site Council. This council gathers once a month from 3:30pm - 4:30pm. Meeting dates can be found HERE. Children are welcome to attend (and read or do homework) while we meet. This team works collaboratively to learn about, support, and build our school instructional programs, safety plan, and site plan. For the upcoming year, we will focus attention on looking at programs through the lens of Equity and Inclusion, including science, social studies, math, reading, writing, and small groups/centers. In addition, we will focus attention upon mindfulness, Accelerated Reader, STAR assessments, how technology enhances our programs, health, green issues, and much more.
If you would like to be a part of this team, please email me a brief 1 paragraph bio (share who you are, why you are interested, and what you might bring to the team) by Tuesday, September 10th. I will then send physical ballots to our parent community for a vote.
Parent District Information
Please visit the Miller Creek School District webpage by clicking here to find the following important information: student calendar, Parent Handbook, voluntary student insurance program.
Parent Information - Allergies
The Miller Creek School District recognizes the prevalence of food allergies. Common food allergies include: peanut, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish, fish, soy, wheat, mile, and sesame products. In an effort to make our school community safe for all students, we ask you to consider limiting the presence of these potential food triggers at school. Also, please reinforce with your child not to share snacks or lunches and to wash hands after eating to reduce contamination. If your child has a severe allergy, please contact your school to discuss specific needs and to develop a plan.
Free & Reduced- Price Meals
To learn more about the income eligibility to receive free or reduced-price lunch meals, or to apply to receive school lunch for your child, please click here. If you were on the Free & Reduced lunch program last year, lunch will be provided for your child for the first few weeks of school. (More information to follow). Forms will also be sent home the first day of school with your child.
I’m new to Mary Silveira. What else do I need to know?
Glad you asked! Please begin by exploring the website you are currently in. Marysilveira.school is our school website and has a lot of helpful information. Please CLICK HERE to read our comprehensive Parent Handbook.
You know what would be cool…if Mary Silveira had its own Weather Station!
You’re never going to believe this, but…we do! See weather at our school by clicking the following link: http://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7610