Dear Mes Community, the rain is back, and no one knows that better than our 5th graders, who went to Walker Creek Ranch this week, and braved two days of outdoor science in the rain. From my own visit there, and from talking to students and teachers, it sounds like we can all be proud of how great they did. They showed grit, perseverance, open-mindedness, and flexibility, overcame fears and challenges, and had a lot of fun doing so. Way to go, 5th graders!
Is it true the School Board Leadership sent an update out to all district families?
Yes, and it is certainly worth your time to read. You can find that update by scrolling down on this page. Under the “What’s coming up in May?” section, you’ll find “Special Update from Board Leadership.”
Art Show Help is Needed…It’s this week or never!
We have a number of volunteer opportunities to help Ms. Winter get ready for this year’s Art Show, which is THIS week, and we’d love your help. Please CLICK HERE to sign up and/or learn more. We especially need help Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. Thank you!
When is Open House this year?
Open House is this Wednesday, May 22nd and has two components: 1) The 2019 Art Show will be open from 6pm - 7:30pm and will be held in Room 22. 2) TK - 5 Classrooms will be open from 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Lunch Help Needed!
No one is signed up for tomorrow, May 20, and we need people. We also need people for Wednesday, May 22 and Friday, May 24 of this coming week. If you are able to help from 11:30am-12:30pm, or even 11:55-12:30 on any day, please sign up HERE. Thank you!
Parent Volunteers - Please Mark Your Calendars!
On Tuesday, June 4th at 8:30am we will be having a Volunteer Appreciation Celebration in our MPR. If you have volunteered this school year for Mary Silveira, please join us!
MESHSA is looking for a couple good people!
Mary Silveira is looking for one or two people to be Co-Presidents of MESHSA, along with our current president next year. This will allow an incoming president or co-president the opportunity to learn the ropes and ease into the role over the course of next year. Also, being a Co-President is half the work of being a solo President. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Jennifer Belair at: email@example.com
Tell me again about this One Book/One Silveira event?
On Wednesday, May 29th at 6:30pm in our MPR, our school will be holding its first One Book/One Silveira event. The idea is that everyone in the school (and their parents) read a version of The One and Only Ivan, by local author Katherine Applegate. All 3-5 students received a copy of this book. TK-2 students are reading the picture book version: Ivan: The Remarkable True Story of the Shopping Mall Gorilla. (This is being read to them in their class, in the library, and hopefully at home with you using This Link.) Then on May 29th, we will come together in the MPR to learn more about Ivan and to discuss the book as a community. We hope this becomes a tradition moving forward and that we can do this again next year with a different book.
How do I purchase a yearbook?
Please click HERE to go to that page of our website.
Remind me about the Aeries Parent Portal for elementary schools again.
On, April 29th, the district launched the Aeries Parent Portal for our elementary age parents. (Parents currently with students at Miller Creek established accounts last summer, you will simply be adding siblings to your current access). Aeries is our student information system. By providing you with digital access to your students' files, you will be able to:
update contact information including emails and phone numbers
update emergency contacts
view CAASPP and ELPAC score reports online
receive and approve beginning of the school year information
Click Here to go to the login page for that. It would be a good idea to bookmark this page.
What was that about class placements again?
At the end of May, MES will design classes based on enrollment projections. As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placements. We use teacher feedback as well as data to create classes that are balanced. Classes will be designed based upon the following criteria: ➢ Ratio of boys to girls ➢ Students with special needs ➢ Second language learners ➢ Learning styles ➢ Social/Emotional needs ➢ Citizenship Parent input is optional and will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received between by May 28th and should be in writing to Mr. Remmers. Any input received after May 28th will not be considered.
What’s coming up in May?
May 20 7pm 5th – 8th Band Concert (MCMS Gym)
May 22 6:00pm - 7:30pm MES Art Show (Room 22)
May 22 6:30pm - 7:30pm Open House (Classrooms are open to visit)
May 23 7pm 5th – 8th Orchestra Concert (MCMS Gym)
May 27 No School Memorial Day
May 28 7pm 5th – 8th Choir Concert (MCMS Gym)
May 28 Unclaimed Lost and Found clothing items will be donated to charity on this day.
May 29 6:30pm - 7:30pm One Book/One Silveira Community Event (MPR)
May 30 6pm - 7pm 5th Grade State Fair (MPR)
Special Update From Board Leadership
May 17, 2019
Dear Parents, Guardians, Teachers, Staff and Community:
With several developments underway in our district, we want to provide you with some important updates related to district operations and future plans.
As you know, Superintendent Jason Yamashiro submitted his resignation effective June 30, 2019. On April 23, the Board unanimously agreed to request assistance from the Marin County Superintendent of Schools to identify an Interim Superintendent to lead the district during the 2019-20 school year. The Board will begin work to conduct a superintendent search with the goal of having a permanent superintendent identified no later than the spring of 2020.
We are pleased to announce that Rebecca Rosales (Becky) will be serving as the Interim Superintendent for our district beginning July 1. Becky is currently the Superintendent/Principal of the Waugh School District in Petaluma serving 850 students. Becky returns to Marin having previously served as a preschool, elementary and middle school teacher early in her career followed by a long history of work in the San Rafael community as Principal, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent in the San Rafael City Schools.
The Board will continue to have the support of Walt Buster who was assigned to serve as an Advisor to the Board in March by Marin County Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke. In addition, retirees Judy Arrow and Larraine Cuhna have offered their services to the District Office as needed.
We are pleased to announce the selection of Tenisha Tate-Austin as the new Principal of Miller Creek Middle School. Tenisha is currently the Assistant Principal at Tamalpais High School and previously served as the Assistant Principal at Hall Middle School in Larkspur. We believe Tenisha will be a valuable addition to our district and we look forward to welcoming her. Current Principal Kristy Treewater will assume the role of Assistant Superintendent of Education Services in the district effective July 1.
On April 16, the Board passed a resolution to change the name of the District. The new name will be selected by August 22. The District collected applications for an Advisory Committee charged with soliciting and filtering name ideas based on criteria approved by the Board. District names will be presented to the Board in late June. We are grateful to all of the community members who expressed an interest in participating on this committee.
We are pleased to announce that Suzanne Egan, Tracy Benning, Jason Lau, Jonathan Eldridge, Katlin Vagelatos, Darcie Case, Shahrazad Vakharia, Jane Jewell, Norm Levin, Jim Linford and Joy Dahlgren will comprise the committee membership, and we thank them in advance for their time and involvement. Their first meeting was held on May 16 and work is scheduled for completion by the June 25 Board meeting.
In addition, on May 14, the Board authorized the creation of a School Naming Advisory Committee for Dixie Elementary School. Additional information regarding committee membership and timeline will be provided to the Dixie Elementary School community by Principal Will Anderson.
The Board has agreed to be a part of a countywide pilot program focused on developing an effective board governance model. On May 18, the Board will participate in a workshop designed to address individual roles and practices, and meeting procedures and protocols. We are grateful to Mary Jane Burke, Marin County Superintendent of Schools, for financing this opportunity.
MILLER CREEK PORTABLE CLASSROOM PROJECT
Construction related to the replacement of the portable classrooms on Miller Creek Middle School’s campus was scheduled to occur over the summer in time for the start of school. However, we have encountered a delay at the Division of State Architect, and our timeline is currently in question. We are continuing to work on a resolution to keep the project on time but may need to prepare for a delay.
PARCEL TAX UPDATE
The Board is researching an issue related to discrepancies between the ballot initiative language which identified a 3% annual escalation clause and marketing materials which described an escalation clause of “up to” 3%. We will keep you apprised of details as this issue is researched.
Last week, our students celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week to honor our amazing educators who support the success of our students each day. During the week of May 19, we will celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Classified School Employees.
We are thrilled to announce the following Dixie District Golden Bell honorees who will be recognized at the annual event on May 23 at Dominican University of California.
Arianne Miller, Miller Creek Middle School
Ginny Pheatt, District Office
Christina Kersnick, Dixie Elementary School
Glenn Almodova, Maintenance Dept.
Lisa Bradley, Vallecito Elementary School
Vernon Lee, Maintenance Dept.
Samantha Palmer, Mary E. Silveira Elementary
Jan Robinson, Vallecito Elementary School
In addition, on May 8 the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce recognized a group of teachers for their outstanding service. Our own Suzi Wayne, Resource Teacher at Mary E. Silveira, and Steve Steinberg, Music Teacher at all three Elementary School and Miller Creek Middle School, were honored. Congratulations to you both!
This is an exciting time of year for our students as they complete a successful school year. We are so very proud of their accomplishments and look forward to another fantastic year!
Brad Honsberger, President Dixie School District Board of Education
Alissa Chacko, Vice President Dixie School District Board of Education
Old Repeated Stuff can be found below...totally ignore, or read again...depending on your jam.
How does the community give input on the district’s new name?
There are two ways to submit names:
1) Suggested names from the suggestion boxes will be posted at the “Naming Parties” (Vallecito on May 13th, drop in from 5:30pm - 7pm; and Miller Creek Middle School Library on May 16th, drop in anytime from 6pm-8pm) and everyone will have a chance to choose their favorites. Those will then be passed along to the Advisory Committee.
2) Send suggested names via email to firstname.lastname@example.org -- these will not be part of the Naming Party events, but they will go directly to the Advisory Committee for consideration.
Our School Board has established the following criteria for the new name for our school district: •Named after a geographical area or geographical features in which district is located. Or… •A name that is reflective of the values of our schools/community. Or… •Named after deceased individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community. •Also, the name should be inspirational, lasting, inclusive and local.
When is the first day of school next year? And where can I find next year’s calendar?
The 2019-2020 school calendar is hot off the press! You can find it HERE.
I’ve been dying to know if we reached our Walk-A-Thon goal?
Thanks to the tireless efforts of our parent volunteers and the super generous support of our families and extended community, we exceeded our $35,000 goal and had the most successful Walk-A-Thon to date. A HUGE thank you to everyone who participated. We are incredibly proud of this school and community. These funds will allow MES to continue to support students, teachers, staff, and families to create an incredible learning environment for all.
And where did we land on the reading challenge?
Now that the 30 Million Word Challenge is officially over, I am proud to report that our Silveira Stars read a combined 55, 607, 926 words! We almost doubled our goal! Thank you to everyone who supported your children’s reading efforts. Now I have to figure out how to dye my hair “multi-color,” as that was the color that the school voted on. That fun will likely occur at our next assembly. I’ll keep your kids posted.
Didn’t you also just have a Young Author Week and Book Drive?
Yes! The week before break we had a very successful Young Author Week. We had guest readers, parents at our Parents & PJ’s event, poetry, author assemblies, and more! Thank you to everyone who donated books to the students of St. Vincent’s School for Boys. We received a lot of books, so thank you for helping to make that drive a big win!
I haven’t donated any money to Can Do! this year. How can I do that?
You can Pledge or Donate any amount by Clicking Here. Remember that a donation of any amount is appreciated and helpful. Your donations help support P.E., Art, Music, Technology, Gardening, Social-Emotional Learning and much more!
Is there somewhere I can see a list of professional development trainings our MES staff has had?
Yes, please Click Here to go to that page of our website.
Is it true every Friday is a Mary Silveira Spirit Day?
It is now! Each Friday we can all encourage students to wear MES spiritwear and/or school colors to school. Go stars!
Also, please note that this Friday, 2.15 is a special spirit day, thought up by our school’s service council: Crazy Hair and Sock Day. Students can wear crazy hair and socks and/or school colors and spiritwear this Friday!
Recreation Reimaged, one of our two aftercare programs, wants to let you know that registration for new families for the 2019/20 school year is now open. For more information, please contact: email@example.com
Where can I find this newsletter if I don’t get your email?
Each Friday or Saturday I post a new newsletter. So if you bookmark this page, you can find this newsletter anytime. This is just the News! section of the marysilveira.school website.
What’s the school website? Is it marysilveira.org or marysilveira.school?
It’s marysilveira.school. The other one does not work anymore, so you may want to bookmark marysilveira.school for quicker access.
How do I learn about upcoming events if I don’t want to read your emails? No offense, but I’m busy.
Aftercare “Drop-in” opportunities at MES would be icing on the cake. Am I going too far?
Not at all! The Recreation Reimagined After School Program is excited to now be accepting drop-ins on an as needed basis. The cost for drop-in days are $30 for 1-5th grade ($40 on Wednesdays) and $40 a day for Tk/K. Participants will enjoy a snack, have time for homework, and participate in games and arts/crafts.The program runs until 6:00pm. If you have any questions or are interested in a drop-in day please contact Cornelia at (415) 798-6243. Please do NOT contact MES to register.
I’ve already bid on everything in the auction. Any other ideas on good holiday gifts for my family?
I can think of no better gift than the gift of Mary Silveira spiritwear. And you’re luck, because if you attend either of the winter concerts mentioned above, spiritwear will be for sale. If not, you can always click here to order anytime.
You know what would be cool…if Mary Silveira had its own Weather Station!
You’re never going to believe this, but…See weather at our school by clicking the following link: http://owc.enterprise.earthnetworks.com/OnlineWeatherCenter.aspx?aid=7610
Can you remind me what foods NOT to send to school with my child?
This school year we have a number of students with food allergies, some with potentially life-threatening peanut and tree-nut allergies. We need your support. Please consider not sending any peanut or nut-containing products to school with your child. We are a community, and this will really help those members of our community that are most vulnerable.
I've got Mary Silveira spirit, and I want to represent. How do I get spirit wear?
To order Mary Silveira Spirit Wear, email Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org
When my child is absent or going to leave early, do I have to tell you?
Please inform Tara Devine in the office, as well as your child's classroom teacher. A simple email to both of them is ideal. Or just call the school office so Tara knows.