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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.


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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

Spirit Week Nov. 3-7***See Winning Doors from Red Ribbon Week Door Decorating Contest***

Halloween Spirit Abounds

Silver Oak Teachers and Office Staff

Make Halloween and Parade Lots of Fun!






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Spirit Week

Next week, November 3-7, is Spirit Week at Silver Oak.

Spirit Rally is Friday, November 7 at 1:30 p.m.

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sponsored by Silver Oak Student Council

story by Silver Oak 6th grader Fadi B.


Are you ready for the first spirit week and rally of the year? Get pumped with school spirit by dressing in the following themes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  • Monday: Nerd Day - bust out those suspenders , glasses with tape, and tall socks!
  • Tuesday: 50's Day -  poodle skirts, leather saddle shoes, and jackets.
  • Wednesday: Disney Day - come as your favorite character or wear clothes that represent Disney
  • Thursday: Opposite Day - wear your clothes inside out or mix-matched
  • Friday: My Alarm Didn't Go Off! - pajama day


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Red Ribbon Week

Silver Oak PTO Announces

2014 Red Ribbon Week

Door Contest Winners


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Congratulations to Mrs. Barde's 3rd grader and Mr. Laraway's 5th grader in for creating the winning doors in this year's Red Ribbon Week door contest. Their themes of "Drug Free Dreams" and "Words of Wisdom" best inspire and encourage students to lead healthy, happy, drug-free lives. In recognition of their efforts, these classes will enjoy a pizza party on Monday.


Thank you to 6th grader Colin B. for holding a mini-assembly for 5th and 6th graders on how to pursue their own natural highs so that they have a reason to say no to an artificial high.

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Thank you to all Silver Oak students and teachers for participating in Red Ribbon Week.

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Silver Oak Student Shines

Report by Silver Oak Student Alex L.

on Possible Hazards of Different 3D Printers

to Help School District In Future Purchases

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Silver Oak 6th grader Alex L. recently researched the possible hazards of certain 3D printers and the environmental impact on students in a closed environment. He presented his report to Mahmoud Abel, IT director, Nellie Yang, CFO and Dave Sinclair, manager of constructions and inspection all from Evergreen School District in addition to Silver Oak principal Rosey Gellman and Attila Lengyal, Silver Oak PTO board and director of technology. Alex's valuable information will help the school district with future purchases. Way to go Alex!!


To learn more about Silver Oak PTO's 3D printing project click here. If this sounds like a project you are interested in getting involved in, contact Silver Oak parent Attila Lengyel at 408-797-6029 or email primaryprogrammers@gmail.com.


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Fitness Run Results

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Proudly Announces the Winners of

the Silver Oak 2014 Fitness Run

Congratulations to these awesome Silver Oak students and teachers who ran the most number of laps in their grade earning a personalized trophy with their name:


  Girls Boys Teacher

Claire B.

Nadia L.

Evan H.

Mrs. Trusso



Brooklynn C.

Melissa M.

Emma H.

Alia S.

Jayden L.

Richie S.

Moises T.

Mukul K.

Andrew B.

Mrs. Murnin

Kyra C.

Keelin M.

Melanie P.

Mason H.

Ethan M.


Sophie B.

Kiara R.

Kaitlyn M.

Lauren C.

Trajan S.

Owen W.

Mrs. Brown
4th Meena K.

Sam S.

Aidan M.

Christopher L.

Ms. Ellenberger

Aubrie C.

Amanda L.

Kayla H.

Jakson B.

Mrs. Tibbens

Ms. Giacomini

6th Steffi B.

Max S.

Skyler H.

Ian C.

Mr. White

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And a BIG THANK YOU to our Fitbit student winners
for earning the highest contributions to this year's fitness run:

Fitbit winner #1

Cienna May B.
1st Grade – Mrs. Noteware

Fitbit winner #2

Matthew S.
2nd Grade –  Mrs. Clemmenson


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2014 Fitness Run RAFFLE WINNERS


Grade Student Prize





Sophia W.
Jake N.
Timothy  Z.  
Sophia G.    
Brandon O.
Siena M.
David F.   
Rishika M.
Aaron L.  
Daryl B.   
Michael L.
Sophia V.
Nima H.

Yogurt Land Gift Card
Baskin Robbins Gift Card
Yogurt Land Gift Card
Baskin Robbins Gift Card
Lego Alien Conquest
Baskin Robbins Gift Card
Lego Power Miners
TOYS R US Gift Card - $25
Baskin Robbins Gift Card
Baskin Robbins Gift Card
Sports Basement Gift Cards - $25
iTunes Gift Card $10
Amazon Gift Card - $25


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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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College Preparatory Mathematics

Attention Parents of 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Students

Please Join Us for

A Parent’s Introduction to College Preparatory Mathematics Materials
Wednesday, November 5
Carolyn Clark Elementary School
3701 Rue Mirassou
San Jose, CA 95148
6:30-7:30 p.m.



As the Evergreen School District implements Common Core Standards, parents may be wondering, “What does this all mean for my child?”  This year Evergreen School District began using College Preparatory Mathematics (CPM) materials for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students in an effort to improve mathematics instruction and student learning. We invite you to come learn more about the materials.  Parents will leave the presentation with a better understanding of:

  • CPM Core Connections
  • Research methodology supporting CPM
  • The components of a balanced mathematics program
  • Common Core standards alignment and the Standards for Mathematical Practice
  • Inquiry based learning
  • How to help your children with homework


Please join us for this informative and engaging evening. Please contact the Instruction Department at 408-270-6827 with any questions or to get more information.


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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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Register for Math Kangaroo

Silver Oak PTO Announces



Registration for

Math Kangaroo 2015 Exam

Grades 1 - 6 Invited to Participate


Silver Oak PTO is pleased to announce that we will conduct the 2015 Math Kangaroo exam at Silver Oak. Only students CURRENTLY ENROLLED at Silver Oak can take the test at the Silver Oak center.

Click the green button

to register for the

2015 Math Kangaroo exam at Silver Oak:

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Math Kangaroo is a popular competition in mathematics for students in grades 1st through 6th. Silver Oak parent volunteers coordinate this popular international program which is organized by “Kangourou Sans Frontiers” whose purpose is to promote mathematics among young people around the world. For more details, visit http://www.mathkangaroo.org.



Math Kangaroo Registration Information:


Registration deadline November 15, 2014
Registration Fee $21 per student
($20: Exam registration + $1: Online processing fees)
Date of Exam Thursday, March 19, 2015
Eligibility Silver Oak Students in Grades 1 - 6

For more information, please contact: Snehal Khandkar.


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We Are The Champions

Silver Oak PTO Announces


Our 2014 Battle of the Books Champions


3rd/4th grade - 49ers

5th/6th grade - Book Keepers



After two assemblies featuring the final rounds of the PTO Battle of the Books tournament, hosted by our very own Principal Gellman on October 29, Silver Oak has two new Battle of the Books champions!


The 3rd/4th grade finals were a tense affair, with the championship decided by a razor-thin 2 points with the 49ers narrowly defeating the Flaming Book Readers. Congratulations to 3rd graders Rohan M., Matthew S., Keith T., Mehul A., Rishi S. and Anton L.!

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The 5th/6th grade match was also exciting, with the Book Keepers flexing their literary muscle to take the crown over the Legendary Flames of Books. Congratulations to 6th grade students Meera B., Alex L., Arvind T., Lewis P., Kashyap C., Satvik S. and Dennis P.

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We’d like to recognize all 121 3rd through 6th grade students who participated in this year’s Battle of the Books, and showed us how fun reading can be.


Mark your calendars for next May, when the reading list for the 2015 Battle of the Books comes out. Who will be our next reading champions?


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Giving Back

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Look for UNICEF Orange Collection Boxes

to Come Home with Your Children This Week

A time honored Silver Oak tradition continues next week when fifth graders in Mr. Laraway's and Mr. Reed's classes distribute small orange Trick or Treat for UNICEF box.jpgboxes to students to use during trick-or-treating Friday, October 31. The idea is that when students go door-to-door to collect candy they can solicit small change donations from the houses they visit.


Silver Oak’s “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign began in 1999 as part of a fifth grade class project. This group of students learned how a Halloween night tradition that began in 1950 has helped support the world’s children. These ten year olds initiated Silver Oak’s first Halloween night fundraiser that year, collecting and donating $650 in one night while gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing children around the world – clean water, nutrition, medicine, immunizations, and education.


Since then, Silver Oak’s “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” event has steadily grown from a one-classroom event to become a school-wide campaign. Over the years, Silver Oak students and their families have proudly donated $45,000 to UNICEF in coin, currency, and personal checks payable to UNICEF. Amazing! To learn more about this campaign provides motivational opportunities to develop research, leadership, and presentation skills and models effective roles for younger students , click here.


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The Coolest Pumpkins in Town

The second graders recently participated in a unique pumpkin literacy project and the results were amazing!


Second grade teachers asked families to decorate pumpkins as their favorite storybook characters. You can see some of the wonderful pumpkins in the Silver Oak library, such as Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Library Lion, Cat in the Hat, Wilbur/Charlotte (Charlotte's Web), Fly Guy, Flat Stanley, Captain Underpants, and Corduroy.




More pumpkins are on display in the second grade classrooms. Wow!


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District News

Evergreen School District

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)


Menu Planning and Nutrition Priorities

November 5 at 9:30 a.m.

District Board Room at 3188 Quimby Road



Want to learn more about hot lunches at school? The PAC will be reviewing Menu Planning and Nutrition Priorities in the District with Lida Gaines, Supervisor, Child Nutrition Services at our next meeting Wednesday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m. The meeting will be in the District Board Room at 3188 Quimby Road.


Evergreen Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) is comprised of parents and administrators who meet monthly to learn about and discuss topics pertinent to their children's education in Evergreen. All Evergreen School District parents are welcome and are invited to attend! We hope to see you there!


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Check the AR Points for Any Book

You know that Silver Oak encourages kids to read!

But did you know that our Library page has a tool to check the AR points for any book?





Each month teachers ask students to read books and take AR (Accelerated Reader) quizzes on these books. The AR BookFinder (at the top of the Library page) lets you search for any book and find out AR points, grade level, student ratings, HarryPotter.jpgand more. You can also find out what other kids are reading, which books have won awards, and librarians' picks.


It's a nifty tool. One quick search, for example, revealed that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is worth a whopping 18 AR points.


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District News



New eFlyer Service Helps Schools Go Even More Green


Evergreen School District is now using an online service called Peachjar to send school-approved flyers to parent's email inboxes. These eFlyers will keep parents informed about upcoming school activities, programs and events while saving on the cost of paper and duplication.


Last Friday Silver Oak parents received an email from Peachjar explaining this new service. The school district automatically signed all parents up for this service, so no action is needed to begin receiving emails with school flyers. However, parents can manage their account preferences, such as eflyer delivery frequency, by logging into Peachjar and clicking on “My Account.” If you have any questions about flyers you will receive through this service, please contact Liz Martinez at emartinez@eesd.org or 408-223-4515.


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Classes With 100% Pledge Participation Win Popsicle Party!

CONGRATULATIONS to Mrs. Brown's, Mrs. Barde's, Mrs. Richard's, and Mrs. Gardener's classes for winning the popsicle party with Principal Gellman!  Stay tuned for pictures of future classes that reach 100% pledge participation . . .

Calling All Mathematicians



Do you know students who enjoy math? There is an upcoming Julia Robinson Math Festival that will take place in San Mateo on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Students will get a chance to work on fun math problems with fellow kids who love math. There will be adult mentors who can help them as well. It will be a great, non-competitive environment for everyone to learn and have fun.

There will be two sessions in San Mateo that day: Early Bird festival from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and Late Bird festival from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. These festivals are designed for students in grades 3-8. Kids who come to the Early Bird festival can stay and continue to the later festival, and kids who register to the Late Bird festival can arrive early.


To register, please visit http://juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/register.php. Students can register as an individual or a school group. There is a small registration fee, but anyone who has difficulty paying can request a fee waiver with a simple checkbox, so a lack of funds should not discourage kids or groups from attending.


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Book Fair Looking for Volunteers


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November 17 – 21
Volunteers Still Needed!
Sign up today!


Click on

PTO Book Fair Volunteer Sign Up Link

to see specific dates and times.


We need volunteers for:


Set Up - November 13
Class Previews - November 14
Book Sales - November 17-21
Break Down - November 24


All proceeds go to updating Silver Oak’s Library.


If you want to work at book fair this year, please click on the link above or contact our PTO Book Fair Chair Catherine Azevedo.


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What is Measure M?

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How Does Your Vote On Measure M Impact

Evergreen School District and Silver Oak?

The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees has placed a bond measure called Measure M on the November Ballot. If passed, Measure M will generate $100 million for safety and modernization projects in Evergreen schools. To learn more about Measure M, please read these FAQs to find out all about this proposed bond measure and how it impacts Evergreen School District and Silver Oak.


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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, November 12

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.

Ava L
Brianna Y
Brooklynn C
Emily V
Hayden T
Heena K
Heidi S
Jaclyn L
Jacqueline L
Kaitlyn M
Kaiyao Z
Lainey T
Landon G
Mason H
Mia C
Michael L
Nguyen P
Ryan H
Sanjana V
Tyler Josiah B

Andrew Y
Anshay C
Anya R
Brandon I
Daniella W
Darya A
Emily L
Ethan K
Gabrielle H
Hannah G
Hayden G
Kailie D
Kayla H
Kendall T
Keshav G
Lillian Y
Makayla M
Meena K
Moises D
Nithya P
Raiyah A
Sahana V
Sophia G
Zachary H

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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 Awesome Authors.

Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!

Jackie Z
Samiksha S
Linus T
Olivia R
Ryan S
Mathew S
Varsha B
Billy C
Zeerak A
Aasha J
Christopher W
Katie M
Sofia L
Ruslama K
Elise N
Shivane S
Joelle L
Wesely S
Phuong H
Steffi B
Christopher F
Ian C
Enna O
Rachel H
Kailyn H
Arianna V
Paree O
Anaya K
Thalia P
Jessica L
Gianna D
Raghav T
Mia C


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


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.


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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."