Dear Mes Community, with just two weeks left in our 30 Million Word Challenge, our Silveira Stars have now read a combined 44, 343, 190 words. Students are challenging themselves to get to 50 million words! Please continue to carve out space and time at home for reading. I am excited to see how much they read by April 5th!
How did the Walk-A-Thon go?
Despite the rain, the Walk-A-Thon was a blast today! Parents handed out water, wrist bands, and stamps. Students dressed up in a wide variety of sports-related costumes, our 5th-graders were in colonial garb, and I was riding a magic unicorn. Students and teachers walked a lot of laps and were in great spirits. Forms went home Friday announcing how many laps each child walked, and the form will remind you to collect funds by March 29. Thank you to all the parents who helped make this event such a big success!
When is the Talent Showcase again?
The 3-5 Talent Showcase is Tuesday, March 26th at 6pm in our MPR.
The TK-2 Talent Showcase is Wednesday, March 27th at 6pm in our MPR.
I can’t wait to see all the fun acts that are lined up this year!
When do all the 5th graders take a picture together?
This year’s 5th grade Panoramic Picture will be taken on Wednesday, March 27th at 1:30pm.
My child said something about a Young Author Week?
Yes! Mary Silveira’s Annual Young Author Fair and Book Drive is coming up the first week of April. CLICK HERE to read all about that.
So is that when “Parents and PJ’s” happens?
Yes. On Wednesday, April 3rd, parents and families are invited into classrooms from 8:19am- 8:50am to hear stories written by our students. Students are invited to wear Pajamas. So are parents!
What’s this I hear about Boot Camps and Golf Tournaments?
Please join Can Do!’s upcoming spring events!
Boot Camp & Breakfast Saturday, March 30th 2019 45 minute high-energy, fun and challenging boot-camp class followed by a light breakfast and coffee. Great for any exercise level! Miller Creek Field Class starts 9am! $25 donation per ticket
24th Annual Golf Tournament Friday, May 3rd 2019 $175 Registration Includes Lunch, Dinner, Refreshments, Green Fees, Cart, Range Ball Visit https://www.cando4schools.com/register-for-the-golf-tournament to register today!
Can Do! is grateful for all your generous support to help sustain PE, Art, TK-2 Music, Garden and Social Emotional Learning programming.
Hot lunch order reminder
Orders for April 1st must be placed by Tuesday, March 26th at 9am. Please Click Here to go to the ordering page. You can order for the whole month of April, too!
Thank you to the students and families who supported our Square1 Art Fundraiser. Thanks to you, it was a big success, and we hope to continue the tradition next year!
Yearbooks…when do they go on sale?
Yearbooks went on sale in January. Please Click Here to go directly to the ordering page. The school code is 82622. You can enter that code under the State, City, School section to speed up finding MES.
Any simple MES fundraisers coming up that involve shopping?
During the months of March and April, Good Eggs will donate 5% back to Mary Silveira every time you shop. Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting schools.goodeggs.com. Enter the code: MES Once you place an order, 5% will go back to the school.
Remind me about those Marin County-sponsored Parent Education Nights.
Embodied Resilience: Mindfulness for Challenging Times
Presented by Shai Lavie, LMFT When: Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm Where: San Rafael Community Center - 618 B Street, San Rafael, CA
Adolescence is an emotionally challenging period for kids and parents alike. Embodied resilience, that is, being aware of one’s own and others’ internal / non-verbal body signals strengthens our ability to access internal resources. Shai Lavie, MA, LMFT, works with adults, adolescents, and families in private practice in San Anselmo. He received his Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 1995. Shai is certified in the Hakomi Method of mindfulness-based psychotherapy, and a Certified Hakomi Trainer on the faculty of the Hakomi Institute of California.
We invite you to join us on May 7 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm at the Marin County Office of Education. In this two hour version of Courageous Conversations, you can better understand the work that we have been engaged in on behalf of our students and teachers’ professional practice. While an RSVP is not required, it would be helpful to help us best determine seating and capacity. Please do not hesitate to contact MCOE with any questions. We look forward to seeing you!
For more information, please Click Here.
What’s going on at MES between now and Spring Break?
March 26 6pm 3-5 Talent Showcase (MPR)
March 27 6pm TK-2 Talent Showcase (MPR)
April 1 - 5 Young Author Week and Book Drive
April 3 8:19am - 8:50am Parents and PJ’s
April 8 - 12 No School Spring Break
Thanks for reading!
Old Repeated Stuff can be found below...totally ignore, or read again...depending on your politics.
When should people enroll their children at Mary Silveira?
Enroll Your Child Now for the 19-20 School Year! Do you have an incoming TK or K aged sibling that needs be enrolled in school for next year?
Do you know of a neighbor or friend who has not filled our their enrollment papers yet? Is there someone you know who has recently moved into the district and has school aged children?
We are reminding everyone to get those enrollments in as soon as they can, and please encourage others to do so as well.
Having accurate enrollment numbers helps the district make plans for the best school year possible for all of our students!
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.
A Big Mid-Year Thank You!
We are a little over halfway through the school year. As such, I’d like to take a moment to thank MESHSA, Can Do!, and the many Mary Silveira parent volunteers who have stepped up this year to make our school such a wonderful place. I’m including a list of things you’ve made possible. The crazy thing is that I know this list is incomplete. So please forgive me for those things I forgot to include. That said, a sample of what you as parents, and you as a community, have helped make possible is as follows:
•The Winter Dance •The Silveira Stars Talent Showcase 2019 •Square 1 Art Fundraiser •Teacher Luncheons •Revolution Foods •Star City Diner •4th Grade Coloma Trip •International Fall Harvest Festival (This was fully planned and coordinated and would have happened if it hadn’t been for smoke and rain) •The Scholastic Book Fair •Picture Day •School Site Council •Walk and Roll Wednesdays •Garden Days and ongoing gardening •Upkeep of the MES Pond •Halloween Parade •Outdoor Movie Night •Family Giving Campaign •Run as One Can Do! 5K and Fun Run •Ice Cream Social •Back to School Night •Class Party coordination and help •Art Class Help •Box Tops Fundraiser •Spiritwear •Diversity and Inclusion •Community Heroes •One Warm Coat Drive •Socktober Drive •Campfire Victim Drive •Coast Guard Government Shutdown Drive •TK/K Welcome Picnic •First Day of School Event •Room Parent Classroom Support •Grade Level Parent Reps •Photography at school events •AV at School events •Safety Loop Help •PE •Art •TK-2 Music and Movement •Mindfulness •Technology
I think we can all agree that this partial list really shows why Mary Silveira is such a special place for our students and families. I feel very fortunate to be a part of it, and have also sincerely appreciated how welcome you have all made me feel since arriving here. Thank you!
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!
My 4th grader needs to relax. Will 3rd - 5th graders be getting any mindfulness instruction this year?
Yes! This coming week, mindfulness will be coming to 3-5 graders via a 4-week program. To learn more, click here.
Public Hearing at Dixie School District - March 19th
The Dixie Elementary School District Board of Trustees issues this notice that on March 19, 2019 at Dixie School District Offices located at 380 Nova Albion Way, San Rafael, The Board of Trustees will conduct a Public Hearing which will start at 5:00 p.m. to consider 2 petitions seeking to change the name of the School District. The petitions propose the following names which are listed in alphabetical order: Live Oak Valley Elementary School District and Sojourner Truth Elementary School District.
Speakers must submit a speaker card at the meeting. Cards will be drawn randomly and each speaker will be allowed up to 2 minutes for public comment. Additionally, members of the public may submit written comment that will be considered at the hearing. There are three ways to submit these written statements. You may email comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org, send letters to the Dixie Elementary School District Office, or submit comments via an electronic form at https://www.dixieschooldistrict.org/comment-on-petitions. If you wish for your written statement to be considered at the hearing, please submit your statement in one of the aforementioned ways by 3 p.m. on March 13, 2019. Please note that all communication received, including names and addresses, will be considered public record and will be submitted to the Board simultaneously.
Any author visits coming up for 1st - 3rd graders?
Elizabeth Singer Hunt will be speaking to our students on March 12th in a special 1st-3rd assembly. Hunt is the author of the Jack and Max Stalwart series. Book Passage is donating one copy of one of her books to every single one of our 2nd grade students via their Giving Tree Fund, which is super generous!
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.
When is the district going to present on the Local Control Accountability Plan? I missed it last year.
At the March School Site Council meeting, there will be a presentation by Tracy Smith, Assistant Superintendent and Tanya Michel, Chief Business Official on the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). We will review the year-long process, timeline and documents: March 11th - Mary Silveira - 3:30-4:30 PM - Room 13
For more information on the Dixie District LCAP go to: http://www.dixieschooldistrict.org/lcap
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!
Is it true there is a new P.E. coach at MES?
Yes! Coach Will took a position as a National Director in the baseball work he does after school. Please welcome Coach Mobina! Mobina Shakeriniasar comes to us from Recreation Reimagined, one of our aftercare programs. She is very excited to be on board, has already formed a great partnership with Coach Tim, and has had an outstanding first few days at MES.
Where can I find information on the Mindfulness Program at MES?
Please Click Here to go to that page of our website.
Jennifer Harris-Marks and Community Heroes would like you to Save the Date!
I am honored to be coordinating a very special evening at the Rafael Theater on Monday, February 11, at 7:00pm. We will be screening a documentary which tells first-hand the story of the horrific events of November 8, 2018 during the Camp Fire in Butte County, CA.
The film highlights the heroic efforts of my dear friend, Stephen Murray, as he single-handedly saved more than 60 senior citizens from a burning mobile home park in Paradise. Following the screening, there will be a 30-minute Q & A Session with Stephen and Nancy Hamilton (the filmmaker).
This event is a fundraiser to support the continued efforts by Stephen and his team of volunteers as they help survivors relocate and rebuild their lives. We are blessed to partner with the amazing local non-profit Community Heroes (www.comheroes.org) who will be processing all donations. I would humbly ask that you join me in attending, and PLEASE spread the word. Tickets are available by clicking the link below.
-Jennifer Harris-Marks and Community Heroes
Does Can Do! have any parent events coming up that could raise money to support our schools?
Please join Can Do! for these FUN filled parent sponsored events (see below) to support our schools! First come, first serve- limited spots available! To register: https://www.cando4schools.com/parent-hosted-events
Sip N' Shop (Enjoy wine, small bites and shopping with 10% discount night of event) Thursday, February 7th 2019 at 6pm-9pm Bella Boutique 4th Street $30 donation per ticket
Boot Camp & Breakfast (45 minute high-energy, fun and challenging boot-camp class followed by a light breakfast and coffee. Great for any exercise level!) Saturday, March 30th 2019 at 9am Mary Silveira Field $25 donation per ticket
Texas Hold Em Party (Poker Night fun!) Saturday February 2nd 2019 Doors Open 5:30pm $75 donation per ticket (Additional $75 is required upon entrance for the winner's fund!)
Where can 4th and 5th grade parents find information on this year’s Science Fair?
All information can be found by Clicking Here.
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
Are the February menus available for school lunch?
The menus for Revolution Foods school lunches are now available. Please order for Feb. 1 by 9 am on Tuesday, January 22. You may order for the entire month of February at the same time. Remember that ordering closes on the Tuesday of the week before at 9 am. To order, please Click Here.
I’ve decided against homeschooling. What is the deal with Kindergarten registration again?
Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year has begun. Please pick up registration packets from the school office between the hours of 7:30am - 3:30pm. Children who are 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2019 are eligible for kindergarten. If your child turns 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2, they are eligible for Transitional kindergarten. We would like registrations turned in by March 1 so we can plan for next year and guarantee you a spot in your neighborhood school. We are also registering for grades 1-5. We date stamp all registrations so register early to reserve your spot.
I’d love to attend a Parent Education Night. Any coming up?
1) What: Courageous Conversations. This event, led by Dr. Lori Watson, will guide us through a thoughtful, compassionate conversation about race and racism. When: Tuesday, January 29 Time: 5:00 to 7:30pm Place: San Rafael High School Library Who: Open to all TK- 5th-grade parents Other: Registration is highly encouraged to ensure adequate seating. Translation will be provided.
2) What: DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) - Join our whole school district as parents from all schools come together to discuss learning for students who speak English as a second language. When: Wednesday, January 30 Time: 6:00pm Place: Mary Silveira Elementary School Who: Open to all TK-5 parents, especially those for whom English is a second language. Babysitting: Food and babysitting will be provided.
3) What: Navigating the Digital World - Dixie School District Parent Night Kelly Glossop, District Curriculum & Technology Coach, will present a framework for understanding how to parent in the digital age. Participants will become familiar with current social media apps and explore parenting strategies for helping your family and child find balance in an increasingly digital world. When: Thursday, January 31, 2019 Time: 6:00PM Place: Vallecito Elementary School Who: Open to all TK- 5th-grade parents, strongly encouraged for 4th & 5th-grade parents
4) What: LIKE is an IndieFlix Original documentary that explores the impact of social media on our lives. Technology is a tool. It’s here to stay and social platforms are a place to connect, share and care, but what’s really happening? Are we addicted? How do we stop? Where do we start? What do we need to know? By understanding the effects of technology and social media on the brain, on our lives and on our civilization, we can learn how to navigate it more safely together. When: February 5th Time: 6:30 pm Cost: $5 Click here to purchase tickets. Location: Miller Creek Gymnasium Other Info: The film is appropriate for parents and ages 10 and up. Miller Creek counselors will facilitate conversation after the screening. Brought to you by MCHSC.
I can help serve food at lunch this week. Where’s the link for that again?
Please sign up to help us serve lunch by clicking HERE. We will also be posting on Next Door to see if we can get any retired folks in the community to come in. But until that pans out, we’ll continue to need parent heroes to save the day.
My preschool-aged child is driving me nuts. And I’ve got friends in the same boat. When is that Transitional Kindergarten Parent Information Evening again?
That will take place in the Mary Silveira MPR on Tuesday, February 5th from 6pm - 7pm. Bring all your questions!
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.
Are we having a Talent Showcase this school year?
Yes! There is an informational meeting for ALL students on Monday at lunch in the MPR. Students will get all the important information they need to participate. One different thing this year is that there will be two different showcases. The 3-5 Talent Showcase will be on March 26th and the TK-2 Talent Showcase will be on March 27th. The hope is that this will cut down on the length of the program, and make each showcase more manageable.
When is ELAC?
ELAC stands for English Language Advisory Committee. It is a committee comprised of parents, staff, and community members specifically designed to talk about English as a second language and to help improve our English learner programs. Our first meeting is on Tuesday, December 11th at 3:30pm. This meeting is open to all parents, but I’d especially like to invite parents of English learners. We will meet in the Staff Room of the MPR.
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
The Mary Silveira Talent Show is amazing, and it’s time we made it shorter. Anyway to make that happen?
Funny you should ask. Owing to serendipity, among other things, this year’s Talent Show will be divided into two talent shows: A TK-2 Talent Show, and a 3-5 Talent Show. This means both events will be shorter. We have parents lined up to run the 3-5 event (March 7th). We have people who will help with the TK-2 event (March 6th), but do NOT have a parent lead for that yet, which is essential if it’s going to happen. If you’d like to take the lead for the TK-2 Talent Show, email Mr. Remmers firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've heard Mary Silveira could use a lot of parent volunteer help this year. What can I do to get involved?
Thanks for asking! We do need help, and will take all the help we can get. Please CLICK HERE to find an area where you can Get Involved!
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.
When does the Winter Session begin for Star City Diner?
The Winter Session runs from 12/3 - 3/15. Orders for the Winter Session must be placed by Thursday, Nov. 29.
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 email@example.com
Construction...what do I need to know?
Everything is going according to plan.
We'll have new lunch tables in our courtyard by the end of September.
A landscape committee will be formed to determine the vegetation in the "pits of dirt" that surround the courtyard area.
The construction crews will be putting on the finishing touches around the campus in the coming weeks.
Does Mary Silveira have all its Can Do! specialists?
Thanks to Can Do!, we have two PE specialists (Will Mosley & Tim Wallen); a TK-2 Music and Movement specialist (Brenna Foley, who begins Sept. 17th), and an Art specialist (Laura Winter). Rachel Hubbard (former Vallecito Art specialist) will be teaching art with us from Sept. 10th - Sept. 21st. Laura Winter will begin on Sept. 24th. Thank you Can Do! for providing our students with these much needed teachers!
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.
Is the bus always going to be late dropping off my child on Wednesdays?
The buses on Wednesday are not late, but they will be about 10 minutes later than last year. This is because (on Wednesday only), they will be picking up students at Miller Creek first. This is a change from last year.
Is it true there is going to be a big district push in the area of reading this year?
Correct! All school sites will be training teachers on new programs, and diving deep into making our students even stronger readers! More information on this will be broadcast in the weeks ahead. For now, keep encouraging your child to read consistently each night!