Upcoming Events

Young Author's Fair and Book Drive
Mon Mar 27 - Sat Apr 1
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Favorite Word Day
Tue Mar 28 - Wed Mar 29
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Wed Mar 29 - Thu Mar 30
12:00 am - 12:00 am

PJ's and Parents
Wed Mar 29 - Thu Mar 30
12:00 am - 12:00 am

Poem in a pocket
Thu Mar 30 - Fri Mar 31
12:00 am - 12:00 am


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Principal Letter #264

  • Written by Will Anderson

"There is no such thing as a child who hates to read; there are only children who have not found the right book." - Frank Serafini 

SAM 0918Monday, March 27th

Silveira Book Drive: Bring your gently used books and CD music to school this week and drop off in the blue bin or plastic bags in front of the office. Help us support local libraries in Marin that are deeply lacking in funding.

Young Author's Fair Week begins with our Guest Reader's Day: We have local sheriffs, politicians, mayors, NFL Football players, Pacific Baseball players, Humane Society folks,  Fire department folks, Principals, Board members, and our Superintendent of our Dixie District in his last year here, Dr. Thomas Lohwasser, and many more who will be reading books and engaging our children. This all begins at 8:45am!

Walk Through California: 4th grade interactive Social Studies assembly! I really enjoyed the Walk Through U.S. History and certainly wish this was made available when I was in 5th grade. Students dress up, perform, and learn about California History!

Tuesday, March 28th  

Young Author's Fair continues with Favorite Word of the Day: Teachers lead students through word discovery. Students select their favorite or most interesting word, write it, hang it, and share it throughout the day! Book Drive Continues in support of local libraries!

Special Guest Author: Grades 3-5, Penny Warner will be dropping by for a visit with our students! Great mystery writer! 8:30-10:00 in our MPR. She is not charging our school either. Very sweet community we have.

Talent Showcase 5800Wednesday, March 29th

VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION EVENT: Please join us in the MPR for 30 minutes of appreciations, teacher/parent mingling, snacks, and a cute student video. We will be unveiling our Volunteer of the Year as well. We are ever grateful for the time you have given us, be it field trips, classroom time, talent shows, book clubs, committees, lunch, and so much more. There are never enough appreciations. The event begins at 12:45 in the MPR and concludes at 1:15 where you can pick up your children from school. We have full coverage in both yards so teachers can join us, which has always been challenging for us in the past.

PJ's and Parents: Parents and students come to school in PJ's and children read their newly authored books to families. Please be sure your child has someone visiting who he/she can read their book to. 8:15-8:45, Head straight to classrooms. Come early for a parking spot and remember, please do not to park in our drop off circle or surrounding neighborhood driveways. Great shots for the Memory Book! Book Drive continues in support of local libraries!

Thursday, March 30th

Poem in a Pocket Day: Students create their own poems or find ones they have an interest in, write them down, bring them to school, and share them with anyone and everyone who will listen. I always love this day as children get to express themselves in the most clever and creative of ways! Encourage your children to write them ahead of time this week. Book Drive continues in support of local libraries!

Friday, March 31st 

Welcome our Principal of the Day, Sophia Roeck! She will be running our school until lunch and will be visiting classrooms!

Special Guest Author: Jonathan London will be joining grades K-5 throughout the morning. Here is a Link to his wesbite and below are the times. You are more than welcome to join us in the MPR and listen in at any of the times listed!

K-1: 8:30-9:00, 2-3: 9:15-9:45, and 4-5: 10:30-11:00

Talent Showcase 5699MOVIE NIGHT UNDER THE MPR: K-5 Families, Spring Movie Evening in our new MPR to celebrate our new sound and audio system! Join us for a special Pajama Party & Movie Night featuring the film DORYFriday, March 31, 2017, 6:00pm Doors Open, 6:30pm Movie Begins. 

Cost is $5 per person and Includes Movie and Popcorn! Pizza & snacks will be sold at the event starting at 6:00pm, available while supplies last! Please bring a blanket, pillow or a very low-back chair to sit on. All proceeds go to support your local Home and School Heroes, MESHSA!

Tickets available at: https://MESPajamaPartyMovieNight.eventbrite.com or by bringing your cash payment in a clearly marked envelope to the office. 

Book Drive concludes: Thanks for helping Marin Libraries and the countess students they serve!

Read More: Principal Letter #264

Principal Letter #263

  • Written by Will Anderson

'Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of.' - Bethany Hamilton

SAM 0768Monday, March 20th

No School - Staff Professional Development Day

Tuesday, March 21st  

Event Free

Wednesday, March 22nd

Event Free

Thursday, March 23rd

Event Free

Friday, March 24th 

Life Skill Assembly, Flexibility, Walkathon Information for students (Our most important Fundraiser of the year for Mary Silveira, where we really need your support), Talent Showcase Performers, Starbucks. 8:30-9:45 - JOIN US with your children!

Teacher Luncheon provided by 2nd grade parent team: THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED GENEROSITY!!

Read More: Principal Letter #263

Principal Letter #262

  • Written by Will Anderson

'Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That's what little girls are made of.' - Bethany Hamilton

IMG 9450 5.55.53 AMMonday, March 13th

Daylight Savings Time - Clocks forward an hour!

Walk Through The Revolution: 5th Grade, MPR all day! Highly interactive approach for our students!

Tuesday, March 14th  

Spring Visitation, 9-10, Introduction and tour of our facilities for our incoming families for next year.

Miller Creek Music Tour - Students only, 1:30-2:00

Project Green, District Green Team, 4:00-5:00

Dixie District BOARD MEETING, Miller Creek, 7:00pm

Wednesday, March 15th

School Site Council, MPR. 4:00-5:00, LCAP Presentation (See below for LCAP defined)

Thursday, March 16th

MarinSEL (Terra Linda) student team meeting with 5th grade students about Walker Creek. They will once again be our student cabin leaders - Student event

Friday, March 17th - Happy Saint Patrick's Day

Did you know that...100 lbs. of green dye was once poured into the Chicago River in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. In 1961, business manager of Chicago’s Journeymen Plumbers Local Union, Stephen Bailey, received permission to turn the Chicago River green for St. Patrick’s Day. Due to uncertainties about the amount of dye it would take to turn the river green, a massive 100 lbs of vegetable dye was used in comparison to the 25 lbs used today. The Chicago River stayed green for a full week.

Report Cards and Can Do! Specialist reports head home. Thank you to our Elite Specialists Gisele Clark - Art, Will Mosely and Tim Wallen -Physical Education, and Chris Kroupa - K-2 Music! Special thanks to our parents out there who have already contributed their Family Giving Dollars to support our children's education. Everyone benefits!

Read More: Principal Letter #262

Principal Letter #261

  • Written by Will Anderson

“By breaking down our sense of self-importance, all we lose is a parasite that has long infected our minds. What we gain in return is freedom, openness of mind, spontaneity, simplicity, altruism: all qualities inherent in happiness.” ~ Matthieu Ricard

SAM 0344Sunday, March 5th

DAY OF GIVING EVENT: 9:00am -1:00pm, at the Marin County Office of Education Office, 1111 Las Gallinas Avenue - Thank you Community Heroes and to our leaders Barbara Snekkevik, Erin Rudsenske, and Jennifer Marks, for their leadership and guidance with our children at school and for events like this wonderful project (See details below)!

Monday, March 6th

Welcome back Kerrie Nichols, 5th grade teacher, and thank you Rachel Knopf, 5th grade long term substitute for excellent support!

Masque Unit Play, K-3, MPR, 9:00-10:00 - "Cinderella Gone To The Dogs" which is basically the Cinderella story, but all of the characters are dogs--except for a cat fairy godmother. This group comes to our school each year to perform and our children love them! You are more than welcome and indeed encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, March 7th  

Talent Show Dress Rehearsal, 2:30pm, MPR

Wednesday, March 8th

A Miller Creek Middle School student panel is visiting with grades 3-5 in our MPR, from 9:00-10:00am. A separate and more informative email/reminder will head out this weekend related to the creative and beautiful content of their message as well as educational links. In short, this extraordinary student team has already visited Val and Dixie with their message of how they cope with various challenges. It is both inspiring and courageous. Whenever and wherever children have a message to share with others that involve managing unique and challenging experiences and sharing attainable strategies and personal solutions to overcome them, is more than welcomed at Mary Silveira and should be welcomed at all learning institutions.

Thursday, March 9th

TALENT SHOWCASE! MPR doors open at 6:00-8:00, MPR, All are welcome to attend! SOOOOOOOOO fun! Many thanks to Sibel Demirmen who has led this den of talented wolves! We are grateful for her musical gifts and leadership this year! We hope to see all of you there to cheer on our students!

Friday, March 10th  

Several Talent Showcase Teams will be performing at this morning's assembly along with Starbuck presentations, and Digital Citizenship Life Skill information for our children. It all begins at 8:30am in the MPR. Join us for coffee, children, education, and fun!

5th grade: FINAL WALKER CREEK PAYMENT DUE, $180 - If you missed the first payment we will contact you to ensure your child attends. This experience is a fan favorite of our children! Science, Leadership, Environment, Projects! You name it, they have it! Click here for more information about Walker Creek.

Read More: Principal Letter #261

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Dixie School District

375 Blackstone Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903

(415) 492-3741

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