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From the Principal

Hot Websites


Seven billion people– Check out this BBC website for some graphics on world population, including your place in the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515

Google Art Project– Google continues to branch out. Here’s a new art project with extraordinary resources:



Real-world math– In this website, math teacher Thomas Petra shares practical math lessons, lesson ideas, examples, and downloads, including how to find the volume of the Great Pyramids of Giza, converting currency, working with time zones, and tracking a storm’s progress: http://realworldmath.org.

iPads and Learning


As iPads continue to become an important tool for student learning, Apple continues to offer information we need for our planning.  Join Apple experts for online seminars and learn how Apple education solutions are enhancing teaching and learning and increasing student achievement.  Find weekly webcasts for iOS devices (iPads and iPods-touch) which feature a different topic each day of the week. In addition, the Tune-In-Series are available on-demand. Catch some if you can and enjoy!!!


Visit :

Apple Online Seminars

App Corner

Here are some great apps for the iPad...


Science 360 

Immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math


Khan Academy

Allows you to learn almost anything for free


Mars Globe (Free)
Take a tour of the Red Planet


And for the entire solar system:

A Solar System Journey (Free)
Nice app for exploring all the planets



Declaration of Independence (Free)
Includes text, notes and images of original document. Also has thumbnail bios of the signers.


For Building Brains:

A Year of Riddles (Free) 

This puzzle-a-day app will keep your students intrigued and challenged.


The Life of Art (Free)

This beautiful new app was created in conjunction with a 2012 exhibition at the Getty Center in L.A. It is focused on the question "How do objects end up in a museum?" Beautiful photographs, animations, video and 360° rotations.


natlGeoAppLogo.jpgNational Geographic Today (Free)

This mash-up combines news, videos, quizzes, articles and photos in a daily offering.


MindsOfModernMathApp.jpgMinds of Modern Mathematics  (Free)

Explore nearly 1000 years of mathematics history.


FunnyAlphabetApp.pngFunny Alphabet (Free)

Interactive learning game for the young student who needs more time to connect letters with sounds.



Celebrating the Earth

The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive children's story book

This app was released for Earth Day in 2011 and is now free. Earth Day is being observed on April 22 this year. This interactive story book has lots of engaging seasonal activities: grow a tree, help a gardner, shovel snow.


Free Podcasts...

Say It Plain: Great African American Oratory

Here's a collection of notable African American oratory, including downloadable transcripts and profiles. When you download printed material from iTunes U, it will show up in the iTunes Library in the iTunes U section.


Virtual Missions Field Trips - Great info for 4th grade students, teachers, and families...

California's Gold

Huell Howser, as part of his California Gold TV series, visited all 21 California missions. You can download these episodes from the iTunes store. Look for the word "mission" in the podcast description field, Also the podcast titles includes the word "classic".

District News

For current happenings going on in Evergreen School District visit the eesd.org website or "like" Evergreen School District on Facebook.



Evergreen School District



Home & School Connection is a newsletter for parents of elementary aged children that is packed with practical ideas any family can use.


Parents will learn how to:

  • Improve school success.
  • Strengthen the home and school partnership.
  • Make learning fun with simple activities.
  • Enhance parenting skills and discipline.
  • Strengthen family life.
  • Build positive character traits.


April 2014

January 2014

Happy Thanksgiving Silver Oak Families***No School Nov. 24-28***Book Fair Nov., 17-21


Silver Oak School Is Closed for

Thanksgiving Break November 24-28

School Resumes Monday, December 1

Book Fair

Last Day Silver Oak PTO Book Fair!

Friday, November 21

10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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There is still time if you haven't had a chance to stop by the library and check out all of our quality books at affordable prices.  It’s a great place to stock up on holiday and teacher gifts with our Classroom Wish List program.
If you can't make it to our store, the PTO Book Fair is online too. NOW through Nov. 30, for your shopping convenience, click on our Online Book Fair Store to see all the same and other wonderful books available to buy.
Thank you for your support!

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For more information about this year's book fair, please contact our PTO Book Fair Chair Catherine Azevedo.


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Security Update

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Silver Oak Increases Security Systems On Campus


The safety of our students, staff and school is our utmost concern at Silver Oak. Over the past six months, Silver Oak has increased security systems and changed security processes in an effort to rebuild confidence and increase a feeling of safety at our school. Many things have changed and these improvements have been made or are being evaluated:


  • Fortified interior storage workrooms with a motion detector, special glass, bars and deadlocks.
  • Erected fencing and gates near the bus loop, by the teachers' parking lot and behind the baseball backstop to make our campus less open.
  • Reconfigured all door locks.
  • Reduced the amount of visitors on school grounds during drop off, pick up and throughout the day.
  • Teachers and staff are easily identified by wearing badges.
  • Improved parent, volunteer and visitor check in and out process.
  • Physically secured desktops to desks.
  • Implemented new classroom security protocols.
  • Video surveillance systems researched and purchase recommendations made.
  • Piloting a desktop and laptop security software.


While we have taken steps internally to make sure that our building and equipment are more secure, we need your help. In addition to the changes made by the school, Mrs. Gellman asks that parents help by being on the lookout for any suspicious behavior. If you see anything suspicious during school hours call the office. If you see something taking place after school hours, on weekends or during holidays call law enforcement.


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Community Support

Chris Bergevin Makes His Goal
to Be Home for the Holidays!

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Join His First Walk with His Children to School
Monday, December 1


The Bergevin family has many things to celebrate this Thanksgiving. But probably the thing they are most excited about is their father Chris is coming home next week from the rehabilitation center where he has been working so hard on his recovery. In keeping with achieving all the goals he has set for himself, Chris plans to be with Caitlin and Cole as they walk to school the first day back from this school break on Monday, December 1.  


Celebrate Chris's Homecoming With Him


We want to surprise Chris by inviting Silver Oak families to get to school a bit early Monday, December 1. Please join us in lining the path starting at the pool parking lot all along the sidewalk on Farnsworth and ending at the front of the school (the path he has taken everyday since Caitlin started kindergarten). You are welcome to bring posters, balloons and noisemakers to show Chris what an inspiration he is, how proud we are of how far he has come and celebrate his homecoming with him. In the event something changes, please look for an email from the school confirming these plans on Sunday, November 30.


To learn more about Chris Bergevin and his journey to recovery, please click on Help Team Chris.


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Silver Oak Turns 20!

Save the Date!!
To Celebrate!!


Silver Oak Elementary School's
20th Anniversary
at a Dinner and Dance
February 6, 2015


Mark your calendar to join us in celebrating 20 years of Silver Oak Elementary School at our anniversary dinner and dance Friday, February 6, 6:30-10:30 p.m. at The Ranch Golf Club.


Throwback to the Beginning...

Twenty years ago, Silver Oak opened its doors and began a tradition of providing children in our community the very best in education excellence.


Our first year...

  • Silver Oak opened August 1994 with 177 students.
  • Children from Dove Hill were bussed to Silver Oak to help fill classrooms.
  • There was only one class per grade the first year.
  • Students from Santa Teresa Elementary School attended Silver Oak from January-June after their school was damaged by a fire.
  • The first graduating Class of 1995 had 31 students compared to 119 6th graders who will graduate this school year.


This will be a fun evening Silver Oak parents and adult alumni won’t want to miss. More details about the dinner and how to order tickets will be available soon.

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Claim Your Lost and Found

Silver Oak Lost & Found to be Donated to Charity

Please make sure to check the lost and found in the multipurpose room for clothing, thermoses, drink containers and lunch boxes that you may be missing before Thursday, December 18. Items not claimed will be donated to charity.


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District News

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Calling All Parents Interested in Serving
on the Evergreen School District
Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Committee


The Evergreen School District is now accepting applications from parents and community members interested in filling a vacancy position on the Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  This committee will oversee the expenditure of Measure H Parcel Tax funds, ensuring they are spent as approved by the voters. It is expected that the committee will meet twice a year, with the first meeting taking place on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.


If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter of interest to:

Evergreen School District
3188 Quimby Road
San Jose, CA 95148
Attn: Dan Deguara


Your letter should include a brief introduction of yourself, your contact information, and an overview as to why you are interested in serving on the committee.  All letters must be received at the District Office by 4 p.m. on January 7, 2015. Applicants will be contacted for follow-up interviews in January.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dan Deguara, Assistant Superintendent at 408-270-6827.


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EESD Invited to Washington D.C.

Evergreen School District Superintendent Kathy Gomez
Attends U.S. Department of Education
First-Ever National Connected Summit


Our school district superintendent Kathy Gomez joined top school leaders from across America at the first ever National Connected Summit in Washington D.C. held Wednesday, November 19.


She spent the day at the White House with 117 school superintendents from across the United States learning about what they are doing in their districts and sharing how Evergreen School incorporates the use of technology into teaching.


"The meeting was awe-inspiring!" described Mrs. Gomez. "We all signed the Future Ready pledge promising to help get our districts and those back in our home states connected. While most of us there were already 'connected,'  I was shocked to learn that over 40% of the schools in our country do not have broad band WiFi connectivity!" she shared.


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Lower Grade Play Registration Coming Soon

1st - 3rd Graders
Register for Lower Grade Play
Beginning December 8

Silver Oak PTO is proud to offer another Starting Arts production! The jungle is brought to life as a human child named Mowgli is aided by an agile panther to escape a ferocious tiger. Along the way, the two meet a sinister snake, a herd of elephants, and a giant bear, who teaches them the swingin’ musical rhythms of the jungle. After surviving a dangerous encounter with a band of monkeys, Mowgli and his friends are forced to run for their lives. Mowgli and the other jungle creatures battle the tiger and restore peace to the jungle.


The "Bare Necessities:"

  • Monday, December 8: online registration opens
  • Monday, January 5: parents/students meet director and introduction to music (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, January 7 and Monday January 12: auditions (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Mondays/Wednesdays beginning January 14: rehearsals (2:30-4:30 p.m.)
  • Week of April 20: performances!


For more information, contact parent producer and PTO Chair, Erika Kirchenbauer.


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Community Giving

Silver Oak Student Council Announces

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Toys for Tots Drive
December 1-14

Help us bring smiles to less fortunate children this holiday season! Silver Oak Student Council is sponsoring a Toys for Tots Drive the first two weeks of December. If you would like to participate, please bring an unwrapped new toy and drop it off from December 1 – 14 in collection boxes located in the kinder A-wing.


Donation Ideas

Toys and other items are needed for all age groups both boys and girls. The Marine Corp. Gunnery Sergeant in charge of the San Jose campaign says this year they are especially looking for items for older youth tweens and teenagers.  Donation suggestions include: sporting equipment/bags/balls; books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet, gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers.


Toys for Tots is a program of the United States Marine Corps Reserve that collects new unwrapped toys for distribution to needy children in the community where they are collected. The goal is to deliver a message of hope, with a new toy during the holiday season, to less fortunate children. Click on Toys for Tots for more information.


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Science Night Mermerizes All


Over 160 people attended Silver Oak's PTO Science Night on Thursday, November 13. The evening was a big success with fun hands-on “edutainment” for the whole family.


An engaging, informative Fire and Ice show headlined the event, and kids had a blast watching the performer and all of the cool tricks.


The 5th and 6th grade workshops were also big hits. Over 30 kids participated for the upper-grade session, and they learned a lot about light, color, and optical illusions. The kids were extremely eager to participate in hands-on activities.


Thanks to everyone who attended, thanks to PTO and Mad Science for sponsoring the event, and thanks to all who helped make Science Night a success!

Earn Free Money for Our School!

Support Silver Oak with your everyday activities without spending an extra cent!


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Box Tops.jpg Box Tops for Education: Each Box Top that you clip and turn in is worth 10 cents for our school!
officedepotbacktoschool.png Office Depot 5% Back to Schools Program: Every time you purchase basic school and office supplies at Office Depot, just say "I want to give back to Silver Oak" at check out and our school is credited 5% of your purchase to use for free supplies.
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It really is that simple. Last year these 6 programs (and the wonderful parents who used them) made over $5500 for Silver Oak!!! Please help us to make even more free money for our school this year. Click on any of the program names for more detail.


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Upper Grade Play Tickets

Tickets for Sale NOW

for the Upper Grade Play


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School Version


Our upper graders have been hard at work bringing our exciting production of "GREASE School Version" to life!  This G-rated interpretation of the classic tale is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  So rat your hair, put on your pedal pushers, and prepare to join us for the PTO upper grade play!  Tickets are on sale now.


Order your tickets NOW by clicking on the ticket:

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Show times and cast assignments:

Wednesday, December 10 - 4 p.m. (Cast A)
Thursday, December 11  - 3 p.m. (Cast B)
Thursday, December 11 - 6:30 p.m. (Cast A)
Friday, December 12 - 6:30 p.m. (Cast B)


Click here to see full cast lists for Cast A and Cast B.


For more information contact PTO Upper Grade Play Chair Tonie Lam.


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Silver Oak Seen in Nutcracker Rehearsals

Can you spot the Silver Oak staff member who is trying on her costume for the Nutcracker?



That's right, our own Mrs. Gellman will perform the role of Mother Ginger in the San Jose Youth Ballet holiday production of the Nutcracker. Several Silver Oak students are also hard at work rehearsing for their roles in the Nutcracker!


You can see Mrs. Gellman in these performances:

Saturday, December 13 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Sunday, December 14 at 1 p.m.


For more information, or to buy early tickets, check out the show flyer:


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Hope to see you there at one of the productions.


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Spelling Bee

Silver Oak PTO Announces


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Silver Oak Spelling Bee 2015


It is time to start studying for the 2015 Silver Oak Spelling Bee! This spelling contest offers all students in grades 4-6 the chance to showcase their spelling prowess in a classic spelling bee contest in January. All Silver Oak students will take the written spelling bee on January 7, 2015. Top finalists from the written bee will advance to the oral spelling bee on January 15, 2015. There is no need to register. Teachers administer the written test in class on January 7, 2015. Permission slips will be sent home to those students who qualify for the oral spelling bee.


Words used in the Silver Oak written spelling bee events will be selected from the following:

Words used in the Silver Oak oral spelling bee maybe selected from the following:

  • Spelling Bee study list.
  • Webster’s Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, Copyright 2002, Merriam Webster Inc., and its Addenda Section.

Contact PTO Chair Usha Gandhasi at silveroakspelling@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Good Luck!!


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Silver Oak Elementary

California Distinguished School




Read About Us


Gellman, Rosemary
Giannotta, Cassie
Office Assistant
Martinez, Liz
Office Assistant

Student Absence Line

Please call to report your child's absence


All Parents Invited!

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Next Meeting:

Wednesday, December 3

8:30 a.m.

All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Rosey Gellman each Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the school conference room to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!

2014-15 Birthday Book Club

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Each month 1st - 6th grade students choose a book to be donated to their classroom library in honor of their birthday. We recognize their donation by posting their names here each month.

Arisha Q
Natasha K
Dylan L
Aubrie C
Marie M
Rose M
Mayanka S
Gavin W
Aidan M
Katharina G
Rishi S
Robert M
Prateek S
Erin S
Connor C
Peyton F
Spencer W
Aadrit T

Samiksha S
Nima H
Anvitha G
Joshua O
Olivia T
Kate I
Ethan L
Tairan W
Candice P
David F
Henri Q
Lingbo Z
Sarah S
Joelle L
Ashley N
Lucas W

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Traffic Safety


Traffic safety concerns continue to present a problem for the Silver Oak community. Please be reminded that:


  • Traffic tickets will be issued for parking violations.
  • Cars CANNOT be left unattended in red and white zones.
  • Pull your vehicle up as far as you can when dropping off or picking up a student to avoid congestion.  

If we all work together, the neighboring community and our Silver Oak family will benefit.


For more information please review the Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Protocol.

Awesome Authors

Please congratulate our November Awesome Authors.

Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!


Brandon G

Anish S

Sruthi S

Audrey N

Keith T

Zakaria K

Willem C

Gabby H

William W

Ananya P

Samara R

Anuva A

Madison G

Amanda C

Emily M

Nicole J

Rishi S

Aaron L

Jaydon N

Melanie P

Samara S

Lingbo Z

Hoai-trant H

William K

Mariam H

Medha M

Emma H

Ethan M

Ava R

Mahul A

Ryan S

Lyndsey B

Emily K

Gavin W

Ethan T

Sarah M


Silver Oak School congratulates students on being "Upstanders" throughout the school year. This recognition is given to students who have someone's back or stand up for a friend. Our Upstanders earn a bracelet and an invite to an end-of-the-year party!

Joyce R
Siena M
Joshua V
Mac W
Ian C
Dean D
Hermine S
Brandon G


At Silver Oak, students caught by their teacher doing a good deed, like helping another student or adult through random acts of kindness, are recognized by name on our website and rewarded by a visit and a treat from Mrs. Gellman.

Anit P.

Averie P.

Cooper G.

Hunter G.

Kaitlyn M.

Kaitlyn B

Max C.

Sophia V.

Zach H.

Brianna Y.

Aaron L.

Hailey N.

Phuong H.

Srijan B

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Truancy Defined


At Silver Oak, we believe that a student's success in school is directly proportionate to being at school and on time daily. The California Department of Education agrees!


The California Legislature defines a truant in very precise language. In summary, it states that a student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year must be classified as a truant and reported to the proper school authority. This classification and referral helps emphasize the importance of school attendance and is intended to help minimize interference with instruction. The California Education Code (EC) section that defines a truant reads as follows:


EC Section 48260 (a): Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.


In compliance, Silver Oak will send out truancy letters accordingly. Should you have any questions about letters received, please contact the site Principal. Parents are reminded that a student absence from school is considered "excused" when it is due to illness, a medical/dental appointment, funeral service for a member of the student's immediate family, a court appearance, or religious observance. All other absences are considered to be "unexcused."