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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


Evergreen Quarterly

The Evergreen School District publishes a newsletter about the current happenings in the school district. Click here to see a current copy of this newsletter.



Visit SupTalk!, a Q&A page with questions generated by our community! Submit your questions to SubTalk@eesd.org



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

***Classroom Placements Available on PowerSchool Tuesday, August 19 at 5 p.m.***First Day of School Wednesday, August 20 at 8:05 a.m.***No Zuca backpacks allowed on campus***

Math Enrichment After-School Program

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Did you know that Math Enrichment offers an after-school program at Silver Oak every day until 6 p.m.?


  • The focus is on homework completion each day, additional time is spent on test/quiz preparation, enrichment work, and recreational activities.
  • A 5 to 1 student-to-staff ratio offers more individualized attention than other programs.
  • Each class will have a credentialed teacher to assist with schoolwork.

Thanks to the success of last year’s program, Math Enrichment donated nearly $70,000 worth of technology (iPad and laptop carts) to Silver Oak.

Program pricing and more details are available on this flyer. For more information, please call (408) 667-9277, email info@mathenrichment.net, or visit www.meafterschool.org.


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School News

Silver Oak is pleased to welcome three new staff members to the Silver Oak family this school year.

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When you enter the front office you will immediately see our new school secretary, Mrs. Liz Martinez. Liz joins us from Evergreen school district where she has been subbing in various departments over the past few years. She lives in the Evergreen area with her two boys and husband and enjoys hiking, reading and drawing. She is excited to be at Silver Oak and looks forward to meeting everyone. 


Mr. Trent Tyni comes to Silver Oak from southern California and is teaching 6th grade this year. Mr. Tyni is an experienced educator with a background in project based learning and interest in using technology to enhance student learning.


Ms. Christine Bowers has extensive experience teaching special needs students and joins the Silver Oak staff full time as our resource specialist.


We say goodbye and wish the very best to Mrs. Paula Vargas, Mrs. Samantha Schlesinger and Mrs. Cheryl Dahberg. After many years as Silver Oak's secretary, Paula leaves us to pursue other interests and focus on her family. Mrs. Schlesinger accepted a coaching position with Evergreen school district where she will work with schools and teachers in the district. And Mrs. Dahberg will be a resource specialist at Laurelwood Elementary.


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Pledge Drive 2014 Starts This Week!

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The 2014 PTO Pledge Drive is the annual Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser that raises money for Silver Oak school programs that are not funded by Evergreen school district. The programs encourage STEM development (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as art, music, and language arts enrichment, and are only made available by your direct and generous contributions.


WHY Should I Pledge?

  • 91% of the PTO spending goes directly into the classroom and benefits all children.
  • Take advantage of the Pledge Drive’s special offers and prizes!
    • All kids who pledge receive a special Silver Oak wallet!
    • First highest 10 pledges ($400 and higher) will win a field trip to Google with Mrs. Gellman (only grades 3 to 6 are eligible for field trip)
    • All kids who pledge $400 and higher will be able to attend a special event with a San Francisco 49er's player at Silver Oak!

HOW Do I Pledge?

  • Pledge in person at Kinder Orientation, Tuesday, August 19, 12:30 p.m.
  • Pledge in person at the PTO Social on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 20, 8:05 a.m.
  • Pledge online at  so.schoolloop.com/pledgedrive
  • Pledge at least the suggested $250 amount, (PTO invests approx. $250/ child every year), but any amount counts!

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Online Registration - PowerSchool & School Loop

register now.jpgCommunicating with parents and caregivers is important to us at Silver Oak. There are two online systems we use at Silver Oak to stay in touch.


  • School Loop lets us keep you up to date on what is happening at school. Through School Loop we send out information about school events, holidays, and other important activities.
  • PowerSchool is the system we use to contact you in case of an emergency and for safety notifications. On this site you will tell us who you want us to contact and where you want us to contact you...on email, through text or calling your home or mobile phone.

It is important that you register on both systems to help us help you get information about your child in a timely manner. Please click on the registration guides below to help you get started. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie giannotta@eesd.org or call 408.223.4515 in the front office.


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Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Protocol

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Drop off and pick up of students before and after school can be challenging at Silver Oak. We ask that parents follow the procedures below to make the process efficient and safe as possible. Before and after school, teachers are on duty in the front of the school, at the bus loop and back gate to maintain order for the safety of your children. Students are not allowed on campus before 7:45 a.m.


  • Families living in the Meadowlands and California Oak Creek communities will use the former bus loop parking lot for drop-off and pick-up. As you exit the lot you will make a right turn only.
  • Families living in the Country Club community will use the main parking lot for drop-off and pick-up. As you exit the lot you will make a left turn only. Country Club families may also use the Trowbridge entrance and pool/Farnsworth entrance.
  • Use designated loading zones (orange cones) for pick-up and drop-off. Drive all the way forward into the drive through areas before dropping off or picking up your child. No parking is allowed in those areas. If your child is not ready to load when you are in the zone, you will be directed to drive through with the flow and re-circle around.
  • Parents who walk children to and from school cannot come on campus and must stay behind the yellow lines at drop-off and pick-up.
  • When picking up your child after school, please direct your child to meet you in one of the designated pick-up areas (front of the school or former bus loop area). Staff will be assigned to supervise your child. You cannot park and leave your car unless you are in a designated parking space. You will not be allowed to block parked cars. Use the loading zone areas for pick-up and drop-off.
  • When using the pick-up and drop-off loading zones, children should unload quickly from the side of the car that is adjacent to the curb. Backpacks should be with children, not in the trunk of the car, to expedite loading and unloading.

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PTO Announces

Online Registration Opens August 25

for Upper Grade Play GREASE JR!




Rev your engines for another musical adventure at Silver Oak!  This year the PTO is proud to be working with Starting Arts once again to offer GREASE JR! as the upper grade play.  All 4th - 6th graders are welcomed to participate.  Set in 1959, GREASE JR! follows the adventures of Danny, Sandy and all their kookie friends during one year at Rydell High  School.  Our G-rated version is sure to be a crowd pleaser, so rat your hair, put on your pedal pushers, and don't miss this chance to participate in the upper grade play!  Important dates are listed below.  Check back soon for more information.


  • Online Registration - opens August 25
  • Auditions -  September 8 and 10
  • Rehearsals -  Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., beginning September 15
  • Shows - week of December 9

Contact Lisa Anderson at lc_anderson@hotmail.com or parent producer Tonie Lam at tonielam3@gmail.com if you have questions.


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All Parents Invited!

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Save the date! The first Principal's Forum for the year will be Wednesday, August 27 at 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. to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!


Some of the topics of discussion have been:
  • School Security

  • Common Core Standards

  • Smarter Balance Testing

  • Lunch Lines

  • School District Enrollment

  • Spectrum of Plagiarism

  • District Advisory & Parent Advisory Councils Updates

  • The Case for Combination Classes

  • The Pros and Cons of Homework

  • SO Bullying Student Survey Results

  • 21st Century Teaching, Learning, & Assessment

  • Technology Roll Outs

  • Online Resources


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2014-15 Free & Reduced Lunch Applications

Free and reduced lunch.jpgSchool lunch applications were mailed out August 4. This is a reminder that the 2013-2014 School Lunch Application will expire on October 1, 2014. Submit your application EARLY to avoid a lapse in benefits and incur charges. If you have not received a letter stating your application has been processed, please call CNS at 408-223-4500.


Applications can now be filled out and submitted online! The website is: http://evergreen.heartlandapps.com


School Lunch Prices:
Full Price Lunch is $2.75
Reduced Price Lunch is $0.40
Adult Price Lunch is $4.00


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PTO News

Silver Oak Parents

PTO Welcome Back-to-School Social

Wednesday, August 20

8:10 a.m.

Silver Oak Multipurpose Room


Welcome to Silver Oak Elementary!  The first day of school is Wednesday, August 20 and it is not just for our kids. Silver Oak PTO invites parents to please join us at 8:10 a.m. in the school's multipurpose room.  This is a great opportunity to learn what Silver Oak is all about and how you can support your child(ren) this year.  We look forward to seeing you there!


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Get Organized for the New School Year!

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for 2014- 2015


Grade 1

Grade 2
Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5
Grade 6


As a reminder, beginning this school year, Zuca rolling backpacks are not allowed at Silver Oak for safety reasons.


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Classroom Assignments

2014 - 2015 Class Placements


  • To see your child's 1st - 6th grades classroom assignment for the 2014-2015 school year, you MUST be registered on Power School. Class placements will be available for viewing online in PowerSchool Parent Portal on Tuesday, August 19 at 5 p.m. If you need to register, please click PowerSchool. If you have any problems in registering, please call the office at 408-223-4515 for assistance beginning Wednesday August 13.
  • Kindergarten orientation begins at 12:30 p.m. in the school's multipurpose room on Tuesday, August 19. After a short meeting with Principal Gellman and an opportunity to socialize with other kindergarten parents, kindergarteners will find out their class assignments and meet their teachers at 1 pm.

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New Parent Information

New to Silver Oak Elementary School?


If you are joining Silver Oak Elementary School for the first time we know that getting to know a new school isn't always easy. To help you navigate our school, we have a special place on our website under the Parent Resources tab at the top of this page that has important new parent information. If you are interested in reading about what to expect the first week of school, understanding what Silver Oak is about, or how you can participate in our school and community, please go to the New Parent Information page. Or contact contact Karen Westfield at westfieldjk@ymail.com.


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Caring Community

Silver Oak Establishes Safety Fund

With $2,254 in Community Donations


Wanting to help Silver Oak after the May break-in, third grader Sohum A. asked neighbors to donate money for a Silver Oak security fund. Thanks to his altruistic efforts, Sohum raised $1,354 dollars from generous families in the Meadowlands' neighborhood. With the donation from another Silver Oak family, the safety fund has $2,254 to put towards the purchase of desktop computer locks that will be used to secure PCs to classroom desks. We are sincerely grateful to those families for kindly reaching out and charitably donating to help make our school a more secure and safe environment. Thank you for your support! For more information about this security fund, please contact Principal Rosey Gellman at rgellman@eesd.org.


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Battle of Books Reading List

Battle of the Books III


Coming Fall 2014


It's time to begin preparing for the return of Battle of the Books in fall!


The Battle of the Books is an exciting team-based competition for 3rd through 6th graders, featuring our own Principal Gellman as our quiz show host! Current 2nd through 5th graders can get a head start by reading some or all of the books on the lists over the summer.


In October, students square off in teams of 5 or 6 -- with 3rd/4th graders competing against each other and 5th/6th graders battling it out -- to see who knows their books best!


Let’s get ready to rumble!


3 & 4 Grade Reading List

5 & 6 Grade Reading List


If you have any questions about Battle of the Books, please contact Corinne Bordelon at cdbordelon@gmail.com.


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Parent Volunteers Needed

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Silver Oak PTO is Looking for Chairs

2014-2015 Events and Programs


There are a few chair positions that still need to be filled for this school year. If you haven't already volunteered, please consider becoming a part of what makes Silver Oak the best school in San Jose.

Science Night

Project Cornerstone Co-Chair
Sound Technician for Performing Arts


To learn more, please contact Stacey Johnston at staceyjohnston356@gmail.com.


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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


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.



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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



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



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.


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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."