Dear Silveira Community, there is a lot of information in this week’s News! Please find some time during this three-day weekend to read. Thank you so much.
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.
I haven’t danced in ages, but would like to live vicariously through my child. When is the Winter Dance this year?
The Winter Dance will take place on Friday, February 8th from 6pm - 8pm. In order for this event to be fun for the kids, we’ll need donations of items AND volunteers. Please see the two links below to get involved!
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 I find information on the Talent Show?
The Silveira Stars Talent Showcase 2019 has its own page on our school website. Please Click Here to see that, and to sign your child up for auditions. Remember, this is NOT a contest. It’s open to all students who want to participate.
My child keeps bugging me about Box Tops. Any news on that?
Great job, everyone! Thanks to all the Box Tops you turned in, our school received a check from Box Tops For Education™ for $127.60. Our goal for the year is $500, and our next submission date is March 1.
Keep the Box Tops coming in! Our collection box is in the office, and a collection sheet to help keep track of all of your clips will be sent home in Friday Folders in the coming weeks. An updated list of participating products and instructions to download the Box Tops Bonus app can be found HERE.
Thanks for your commitment to this program, and helping us reach our goal of $500 in free money for our school!
Where can 4th and 5th grade parents find information on this year’s Science Fair? And can I enter, or is just for students?
It’s only for students. Sorry. And all information can be found by Clicking Here.
Do you still need 4th grade parents to help with the Staff Luncheon on Jan. 25th?
Yes! We need volunteers to help with The International Fourth Grade Hosted Faculty & Staff Luncheon. Please Click Here to view and sign up for volunteer opportunities around this event.
This event will be held on: Friday, January 25, 2018 10:00 a.m. Set Up 11:00am-2:00 pm Luncheon 2:00pm-2:30 p.m. Clean Up MES Faculty Lounge MPR
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Besides the above events, can I see a sample of upcoming events or dates to know about?
January 21 No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 29 2:35pm 3-5 Talent Showcase Auditions (MPR)
January 30 1:50pm TK-2 Talent Showcase Auditions (MPR)
February 5 6:00pm Transitional Kindergarten (TK) Parent Information Evening (MPR)
February 6 6:00pm - 7:00pm MESHSA Meeting
February 8 6:00pm Winter Dance
February 18 - 22 No School Mid-Winter Break
Thanks for reading!
Old Repeated Stuff can be found below...totally ignore, or read again...depending on your politics.
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!
The only art I purchase is art created by my children. When is the Square1Art Fundraiser and what is it?
MES has partnered with Square1Art for a fundraiser using your child’s artwork. Students have been working hard with their art teacher, Ms. Winter, to complete artwork for this. Please consider ordering gifts for grandparents, parents, and even yourself. There are a few samples of the products in the display case in front of school. Order forms will go home in early February and all orders must be in by February 13. We are accepting orders online, on paper and via phone..... more information coming soon. Please remember this is a fundraiser so any order truly helps. And at this time, this is really just to inform you that this is coming soon.
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 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!