Dear Mary Silveira Community,
All of a sudden, we have a lot of opportunities to Get Involved and help out. You will learn all about that in this newsletter. We also have two big community events coming up this month: The Run as One Can Do! Community 5K and Fun Run and the International Fall Harvest Festival. See below for more info on that. And hope to see you there!
Mark Your Calendar! The Run as One Can Do! Community 5K & Fun Run is next week!
This fun community event for all Miller Creek School District families is happening next Sunday, September 22nd. I can’t wait to be there, and I would love to see as many of you as possible register. Click HERE to join in the fun!
**Volunteers are very much needed to help on the day of the event. Please Click Here to get involved.
Mark Your Calendar Again! The International Fall Festival is Coming Soon!
Join us on Friday, September 27th from 6pm - 8pm at Mary Silveira for great games, food, activities, performances, and company! This annual Mary Silveira is a blast, and is FREE to attend! Hope to see you there!
We will need a lot of help to make this big event a success. Please Click Here to get involved and volunteer for this festival!
Also, we’re looking for multi-cultural entertainers and performers for this event. See the flier attached to the “Mary Silveira News! September 15th” email you received for more info.
What’s Coming Up?
Sunday, Sept. 22 8:30am Run as One Can Do! 5K & Fun Run
Friday, Sept. 27 Picture Day
Friday, Sept. 27 6:00pm Fall Harvest Festival
Tuesday, Oct. 1 3:30pm School Site Council Meeting
Wednesday, Oct. 2 International Walk to School Day
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Lunch Help Needed!
I was hoping to ONLY use 5th graders to help with lunch this year, but it looks like we could use parent help after all. If you are able to help out from 11:30am to 12:30pm, please CLICK HERE. Thank you!
Want to help on Picture Day?
We need a few parent volunteers to help out on Friday, Sept. 27th. Please Click Here to sign up! Thank you!
Are you a 4th Grade parent who would like to help adjust stand up desks on Sept. 24th for a bit?
Please Click Here to sign up for a slot. No experience necessary. Thanks!
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: email@example.com or (925) 528-1066. The next three dates are: Oct. 2, Nov. 6, and Dec. 4.
Will there be a Fall Play this year?
Sadly, there will not be. Mrs. Costello, one of the organizers is out on maternity leave. There will be a Spring Play!
4/5 Spelling Bee Info
The Mary Silveira 4th and 5th Grade Spelling Bee will be on Monday, September 23rd, at 8:30am in the Library. Please know that this event is for our student participants only. Our Spelling Bee team, librarian, and I do our best to create both a festive and challenging atmosphere for our students. Each 4th and 5th grade class will conduct their own class bee and send their top 2 winners to us. We will send the top 3 spellers to the Regional Spelling Bee on Oct. 3 at Lucas Valley Elementary at 3:30pm. Parents are invited to that Bee.
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!
Thanks for reading!
Information from previous editions of Mary Silveira News! can be found below.
Speaking of Community…
“Community” is September’s Life Skill of the Month at Mary Silveira. We discussed this at our all-school assembly last Friday. Please find time to talk to your children about what it means to be a part of the Mary Silveira community. What can they do to feel like a part of it, and what can they do to help others feel like a part of our community? Can they think of other communities they are a part of? What does it means to be a part of those communities?
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
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