Dear Silveira Community, this continues to be a difficult time for our state. Thankfully it is supposed to rain next week beginning Wednesday. Let’s hope it does. Since students are not in school next week, this will be my last News! update until November 30th. As such, I’d like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving. This is a great time to be with family and feel thankful for what we have.
You know what I’d really be thankful for? A good festival to attend. Am I right?
You are, and look no further! The International Fall Festival is only two weeks away: Friday, November 30th. Please mark your calendars!
Does the International Fall Festival need any help?
Yes! Thank you for asking. You can CLICK HERE to sign up for a variety of volunteer opportunities.
I could use even more good news in my life. When does the Can Do! Holiday Auction start?
The Can Do! Holiday Auction starts November 28th and ends on December 9th.
If you have any items you'd like to donate please click here to complete a donation form! Any and all donations welcome, including group sponsored outing/ activity!!!
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.
What’s this I hear about a Revolution?
The last day of the old diner program is November 30th (RIP). Revolution Foods will start providing lunch at Mary E. Silveira on December 3rd. There are several delicious options each day and we have lowered the cost of lunch to $5 a day. As always, if a child is eligible for free lunch then lunch will be provided free and if he or she qualifies for reduced lunch the charge is 40 cents.
Families no longer have to sign up for a full trimester of the same lunch on a specific day of the week with this new system. Once you register an account, you can order on a weekly or monthly basis and pay with a number of different credit cards (you will not be charged extra for using a credit card). It is important to know orders need to be made by 9AM of the Tuesday of the week before. This means that orders for the week of December 3rd need to be in by 9am on November 27th.
Please follow the below link to Boonli (the ordering website for Revolution Foods) and directions to get signed up and start ordering lunch.
1. Go To: https://dixie.boonli.com - (please bookmark this page)
2. Click Create an Account: Password is: MESE1
3. Enter information and click Submit
4. Enter information for your child, Add Profile. Repeat for any additional children.
5. Click I’m Done and Sign In
If you have been approved for free or reduced meals:
Register first - do not add items to your shopping cart. Please email email@example.com so your account status can be updated. Once your status is updated you will receive a confirmation email and can begin ordering.
What’s the deal with Monday the 19th and Tuesday the 20th of November?
Monday the 19th is a conference day. There is no school for children. If the air quality remains severely bad, teachers will reach out to you to reschedule conferences if needed. Tuesday the 20th is a professional development day for teachers. No school for children and no conferences that day either.
I’ve got enough bad news in my life, but anything awful you should warn us about?
Sadly, yes. You may have heard about a kidnapping scam going around Marin County. You can read about it in This Article. Basically, people call and pretend your child has been kidnapped, which they have NOT been, and then ask for a ransom. I want to be clear that this has NOT happened to a Mary Silveira family, but I am aware that the superintendent of Larkspur-Corte Madera put out a warning after it happened to a family in that district. Anyway, it’s just something to be aware of as a call like that would be every parent’s worst nightmare.
Do you need any help serving food during lunch after Thanksgiving break?
Yes, we especially need help on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th! Please sign up to help HERE.
Anything coming up?
1. November 19: Lost and Found items will be donated. Please locate and remove your child’s items before then. 2. November 19: Conference Day - No School for Students 3. November 20: Professional Development Day - No School for Students 4. November 21-23: Thanksgiving Break - No School 5. November 26-28: 4th graders go to Coloma 6. November 30: International Fall Festival
Thanks for reading!
Old Repeated Stuff can be found below...totally ignore, or read again...depending on your politics.
I heard the Fall Festival is looking for multi-cultural acts. Can the performers for these acts be adults? Or must the performers be kids?
The Fall Festival is not an ageist event. Therefore, the multi-cultural acts we’re looking for can absolutely be comprised only of adults. And thank you for helping us find performers! If you have more questions on this, please email the MESHSA team: firstname.lastname@example.org
FREE ONSITE STUDENT COUNSELING?
Mary E. Silveira Elementary provides free counseling services to students at all grade levels. We have three onsite counselors who can provide students with confidential, one-on-one support around issues that might affect their academic and relational lives such as identifying and regulating emotions, managing anxiety, or building resilience. Our counselors can also help students who are navigating challenging issues or life transitions such as parental divorce, death, family illness, recently moving, bullying, puberty, and new siblings. Sessions are 30 minutes each and take place during non-critical class time.
If interested, ask for a consent envelope in the school office or your child’s teacher can submit a referral. Once the counseling team receives your completed Consent Forms, a member of the team will call you to set up an appointment to speak about your goals and needs. Based on availability and urgency of need, the counseling team will determine the best path of support for your child.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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!