Mary Silveira Elementary “STARS”
Dear Mary E. Silveira Parents,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope all of you enjoyed a summer vacation filled with warm weather and memorable events with family and friends. Our family recently returned from the picturesque country of Japan and safe to say, it was one of the most awe inspiring experiences and countries we have traveled to for so many reasons. We returned invigorated and I am ready for an exciting new year enriched with 400+ curious and smiling faces!
To begin, I am both grateful and honored to have served the families in our community for the last 7 years and embrace the opportunity to continue this educational journey alongside so many caring families and eager students. All signs point to another incredible and productive school year. Our skilled and energetic teaching team is already collaboratively planning and preparing for your children while our enthusiastic office team is registering new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility and preparing rooms for your children and staff and our much-appreciated Home and School Team (MESHSA) is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer exciting events and programs to all of you!
While there are several contributing factors that support a successful year of learning, I believe “Partnership Development” lies at the core. This includes Teacher:Parent, Student:Teacher, Student:Student, and School:Community. Through open communication and instilling a collaborative spirit, almost anything is attainable. As such, I encourage all of you to invest time and energy into the fabric of our MES culture in whatever way you are able. Our Mary Silveira Home and School Association is filled with wildly creative, humorous and talented parents, so delving into how you can support that team through volunteer opportunities is the best place to start. Watch for the team’s communication letters.
This year we are eager to introduce a new K-5 Language Arts program: Wonders, McGraw Hill. Carefully vetted last year by our teaching teams at all 3 elementary schools, this program is in tandem with Common Core Standards and filled with exemplars, award-winners and other high-interest literary and informational texts that range across many genres, eras, and cultures. In addition to our academic focus, we are deeply invested in a balanced learning approach that includes Social Emotional support for all of our children. The continual and careful balancing act of Academics and Emotional Confidence is critical and the resources are ever shifting. Over the last 7 years we have explored several important programs ranging from Dave Nettle’s Cooperative Adventures, Counseling, Friendship Groups, Zones of Regulation, Solution Teams, Schoolwide Jobs, Kimochis, Mindfulness, Life Skills, and more. What we have come to understand is that there is no universal program that supports the needs as every child. Each child sees the world around them through a unique lens and how to reach and support each child is going to vary. This year we are delving into the theme “Kindness”, which we will share more about in the weeks ahead.
Finally, I want to extend a warm welcome to all of our new families joining us this year and encourage you to attend our New Parent Orientation on August 23rd from 10:00-11:00am in our Multi Purpose Room. Following this, all of our parents and children are encouraged to attend our Meet the Teacher event from 11:00-12:00 in your child’s classroom.
As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions you have.
Mary Silveira Elementary School, K-5