Ahuwale ka po‘okela i kau hana ia ha‘i
“It is through the way you serve others that your greatness will be felt”
Monday, December 18th
Last week for the Marin Food Drive: Tuna, Canned Meat, Peanut Butter, Soup, Chili, Beans, Cereal, Canned Fruit and Vegetables, Whole Grain Rice, Pasta & Oats. No glass or perishable items, please.
10 Book Fair Winners - Pizza Lunch with the Principal (Student winners are listed below)
Play Evening Performance, Scrooge - 6:00pm, MPR
Tuesday, December 19th
Marin Food Drive continues
Miller Creek Choir Winter Performance @ Miller Creek Middle School, 7:00pm
Wednesday December 20th
Marin Food Drive continues
K-2 MUSIC WINTER PERFORMANCE, 8:30-9:15am, MPR - Children love to perform for families and friends so...Come one! Come all!
Silveira Cycle Day - Principal leading bikers from Holly Drive and Las Gallinas to school at 7:45. Join us or ride from your home to school and fill that bike station
Play Evening Performance, Scrooge - 6:00pm, MPR
Thursday, December 21st
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
PAJAMA DAY - Bring your PJ's and your MES Star Spirit to school
"Student-Only" play performances, Scrooge
Marin Food Drive ends and thank you for what you have given to our community
Friday, December 22nd
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO YOU ALL IN THE MANY BEAUTIFUL WAYS YOU CELEBRATE THEM!
Scholastic Book Fair was a hit!
Thank you all for playing your part in our Book Fair this year. This was certainly one of our most successful, especially with our new venue (MPR). This took a lot of work and I do want to officially thank Jeanenne Ray for leading this effort. I deeply appreciate our mighty volunteers who stepped in and supported behind the registers. You all were gracious and stepped up at a time when we needed you most. THANK YOU!
Cute Book Fair Moment:
Student: Hi Mr. Anderson, here are the books I want to buy.
Mr. Anderson: Excellent choices! (Begins ringing them up). That will be $40.27.
Student: Here you go Mr. Anderson (Hands me a $20 bill and 4 quarters)
Mr. Anderson: I am not sure you have enough there my friend.
Student: Oh no Mr. Anderson, I do have it all there. See?! (Points to the bill and quarters)
Mr. Anderson: (Sweating as the line behind him is growing with recess coming to an end). Let's just add this up one more time, shall we?
Student: (Counts the bill and then counts each quarter as a dollar) Yup, all there!
Mr. Anderson: Riiiiiight. How's that new MES Math program treating ya?
I loved that genuine confidence and for a moment he had me thinking. This job is just super hilarious at times. Can't make some of these stories up.
Our 10 winners for our Scholastic Book Fair 12/8 and 12/14 Raffle for a Lunch with the Principal
Grades 1-5: Nathan, Tanner - Max, Van Deusen - Sebastian, Hutchens - Alejandro, Charton - Cruz, Madden - Zachary, Madden - Arthur, Malaret - and a special guest winner from the past
Kindergarten: Cairo, Lum - Luke, Hooper
They will be joining me for a pizza lunch: Kinders at 11:10 and 1-5 at 12:00. Going to be a hoot.
Still want to purchase a book for the holidays but could not make it to the fair?
Wow "What an act of Kindness" moment!
*Shout out to Alejandro, 1st grade, as he found $1 bill on the ground, appraoched me and said he wanted to make sure whoever lost it, got it back. He did this knowing he did not have enough money to buy a book he really wanted to buy. Very, Very Cool! We bought him the book anyway for his efforts!
*Shout out to Ella, 5th grade, as she found $6 on the ground and gave to me. Within 2 minutes another girl approached me asking if anyone found $5. Her million dollar smile made my day! Sooooo cool!
Several other students found $20 and passed to me as well as several $1 bills throughout. I am so thrilled to have students like this at MES!
I AM SO PROUD OF OUR STUDENTS AT MARY SILVEIRA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Ella and Alejandro have my vote for Co-Presidents
Mary Silveira Science Fair is coming - 4th and 5th grade
Annual Talent Showcase is coming!
This is one of my favorite events of the year as students have the opportunity to shine in ways we do not typically see at school and to exhibit/practice important life skills such as Courage and Leadership. During our Friday Life Skill assembly and shortly thereafter at recess, I shared with students details including dates, performance ideas, and group expectations. I also passed an audition form to each student to review. If your child did not gather a form or missed the meeting, all good! We have forms in the office (We ran out of them on Friday. Soooo many children interested).
It is important to know that by attending this meeting, students were not committing themselves to perform. It was just a forum to answer questions and get them thinking. Performance commitment comes with the form turned in by the due date (See timeline below)
Students can perform individually or as a team. There are no winners or awards for this event and in no way is this considered a contest.
Talent Showcase Philosophy: I have emphasized that our final selected performing team will be pulling for one another from start (Auditions) to finish (performance evening). When a student or team struggles along the way or during an audition, my expectation is that we rally for that student or team. A hug, high five, supportive comment, clapping, etc. This event is 100% void of drama and negative feedback and if I see it I will provide warnings. If it continues, I will not hesitate to notify parents and dismiss the act. My goal is for my students to pull together as one. Note that this has been the norm since we began this program and both students and parents have always risen to that challenge.
Parent Role: The leader of our Talent Showcase this year is our superstar MES parent, Sibel Demirmen. She is a gifted perfromance artist and has given of her time to our children over the last several years and we are grateful. She has a team of energetic parents but if you are interested in jumping on board with our production this year, please do not hesitate to contact me. We are always looking for more support and would love to have you on the team. The only thing we ask for is for a positive vibe, a good sense of humor because there are moments, and a creative eye. We are always looking to infuse new ideas and creativity into our productions.
JANUARY 12th: Audition Forms due to the office. We have more in the office if you need another (Not to teachers)
JANUARY 18th: Mandatory Talent Showcase Auditions, 2:30pm-5:30pm (There is little reason for our team to say no to a student/team other than they have nothing at the audition. They will need your help to get things going. Later we will provide a little support and coaching but do have them come in to the audition ready with something. It does not have to be their final act. If singing or dancing, lyrics must be clean and music must be provided. More to come on this in January when we return)
MARCH 8th: Talent Showcase evening
Apple TV Carts, Monitors, and Teacher ipads are here at Mary Silveira!
Our Apple TV's are fully functioning and our teachers are working hard to utilize them in supportive ways. Remember, this tool is replacing our older projectors and cameras that have been slowly fading out. Here are just some of the differences teachers and students will be experiencing:
- Apple TV's, Wireless HD format, provides an incredibly clear picture/resolution from anywhere in the classroom.
- TV's can electronically slide up and down depending upon the audience.
- Our cart format provides flexibility in placement around the room at any given moment. They are light.
- They are easy to use and quick to set up once you get the hang of it.
- No more wires on the floor connecting to endless portals. One plug in for power and it is done.
- They come with a teacher ipad that teachers can shift around the room.
- They work with all of our devices such as phones, laptops, and Chromebooks.
- There are several applications that come with it that we will soon be exploring.
- With the ipad, teachers can pinch and zoom for detailed viewing.
- Students work in teams and present from anywhere in class.
- Camera/video from anywhere in class and present in real time...and more!
I am ever grateful to the countless hours of work from our Can Do! and district office tech team, our Superintendent of schools, Dr. Yamashiro, and to all of our parents who have already shared their Family Giving Campaign contributions. What a lovely community.
If you have not contributed at this point feel free to click here and play your part now and give what you can.