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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

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



Evergreen School District

***Congratulations Mr. Laraway - ESD 2015 Teacher of the Year***Wednesday, August 19 First Day of School

Message from Silver Oak's New Principal

Welcome back, I hope you all had a restful and relaxing summer. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as the new principal of Silver Oak. My name is Howard Greenfield and I am very excited to combine my commitment to 21st century learning to Silver Oak's mission around exploring new horizons beyond the traditional modes of instruction. I believe that Silver Oak is moving forward with what the future of education will look like and I am energized to be a part of this work.


For seventeen years I have been in education in a number of different roles.  Prior to my appointment to Silver Oak, I was the director of curriculum and instruction in Los Gatos Elementary School District, principal of Fischer Middle School and a science teacher for grades 6-12. Outside of the my work life, I have two boys that keep me very busy and I try to stay in shape in an effort to compete in triathlons during the summer months.  


I look forward to meeting more of the school community as the new academic year begins. One of the most important aspects of my work as Silver Oak’s new principal is building solid relationships with students, families, teachers and staff. It will be important to me to be in the hallways, classrooms and on the playground getting to know your child(ren). Additionally, meeting parents and getting better acquainted with Silver Oak teachers and staff will help me in continuing Silver Oak’s commitment to academic excellence.


I feel lucky to be following Mrs. Gellman as the principal of Silver Oak. She took great pride in everything she did here. I will be in touch with her from time to time so that we can make this a smooth transition for students, teachers and families.


Thank you in advance for welcoming me as a part of this great community!


Howard Greenfield
Silver Oak Elementary School Principal


School News

2015 - 2016 Class Placements


Your child's classroom assignment for the 2015-2016 school year will be available online on Tuesday, August 18 at 5 p.m. You MUST be registered on PowerSchool to view class placements. If you need to register or have forgotten your password, please go to PowerSchool. If you have any problems, please call Liz Martinez or Cassie Giannotta in the office at 408.223.4515 for assistance.


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Get Organized for School Next Year!

2015-2016 Beginning of School

Important Dates & Times


Start next school year organized. Make sure to note these important dates on your calendar. Have a great summer!


  • Kindergarten Orientation Tues., Aug. 18 at 12:30 p.m.
  • Grades 1 - 6 Online Class Placements available beginning 5 p.m. Tuesday, August 18 - Must be Registered on PowerSchool to Access
  • First Day of School A.M. Kindergarten & Grades 1 - 6 is Wednesday, August 19 at 8:05 a.m.
  • First Day of School P.M. Kindergarten is Wednesday, August 19 at  11:45 a.m.
  • Back-to-School Silver Oak PTO Social Wednesday, August 19 at 8:05 a.m.


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PTO End of Year Report


As we end this school year, Silver Oak PTO extends a big "thank you" to the parents, teachers, staff and students for a great year at Silver Oak! The students and staff  benefit tremendously from the countless volunteer hours and financial support the school receives.  A special thanks to Mrs. Gellman for her investment at Silver Oak and for helping us all to strive towards excellence as we partner together in the education of our students. Please click here for a 2014-2015 Year End Summary of what we accomplished this year together.


2015-2016 Silver Oak PTO Board


Looking to next school year, Silver Oak PTO has many exciting programs and events planned. For the 2015-2016 school year, the PTO is pleased to announce its Board Members:


Stacey Johnston President
Lisa Anderson  Vice President
Lux Subramanian Treasurer
Lisa Stanziele* Secretary
Karen Westfield* Director: Community Events
Erika Kirchenbauer*  Director: Fine Arts
Lillian Moore* Director: LAR (Language Arts and Reading)
Catherine Azevedo Director: Special Events
Corinne Bordelon* Director: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)

*indicates new members with a two year term to serve for 2015-2017.

Many thanks to Stacey Barck, Attila Lengyel, Mary Suh, Reena Arya, Bala Sajhepal and Madhu Mujoo for their service on the board for the 2014-2015 school year.

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Volunteer Next School Year

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Silver Oak PTO is Looking for Parent Volunteers

2015-2016 Events and Programs


Silver Oak PTO is looking for parent volunteers to coordinate these exciting PTO events for the 2015-2016 school year. If you haven't already volunteered, please consider becoming a part of what makes Silver Oak the best school.

  • Fall Choir, Upper Grade Play, Lower Grade Play - Contact PTO Director of Fine Arts Erika Kirchenbauer.
  • Book Fair, Teacher for a Day and Spring Carnival - Contact PTO Director Catherine Azevedo
  • International Night - Co-leader (Vidhya Iyer is looking for someone to share in coordinating International Night with her.) - Contact PTO Director of Community Outreach Karen Westfield


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Something to be Proud About

Congratulations Mr. William Laraway!

Silver Oak’s

5th Grade Teacher Selected
2015 Evergreen Teacher of the Year


Silver Oak has something wonderful to celebrate. Silver Oak 5th grade teacher, Mr. Bill Laraway has been selected from among 675 district school teachers as Evergreen School District’s 2015 Teacher of the Year!


A native of California and graduate of San Jose State University with a Masters in Instructional Technology, Mr. Laraway began his teaching career in Evergreen School District 35 years ago and has been teaching at Silver Oak for the past 20 years. Having held several jobs in the district, what Mr. Laraway likes most is teaching students to become lifelong learners.


Mr. Laraway sees teaching beyond giving information or teaching a lesson. “I see teaching as how to impart knowledge while you are preparing students to be lifelong learners,” he says. “I want  students to have the resources in organization and study habits to attack any learning situation. And when they get stuck, as we all can do from time to time, that they have the self-help study skills to get unstuck in their learning. Also, I believe it is important to know what strategy to use, evaluate those strategies and discard the ones that do not work,” he explains.


In October, Mr. Laraway will be honored at a Teacher Recognition Celebration by Santa Clara County Office of Education along with Santa Clara County's finest teachers, each selected by their respective school districts. A tradition for more than 40 years, the Teacher Recognition Celebration is the oldest and largest celebration of teachers in California, and the most prestigious local award given to classroom teachers.


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6th Grade Class Gift

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Sixth Grade Class of 2015 to Purchase
Portable Sound System for School


It is a Silver Oak tradition of the graduating sixth grade class to purchase a departing gift for our school. The 2015 graduating sixth grade class is pleased to announce they will be buying a new portable sound system for the school to replace the aging system the school has been using for many years. The new system will be used for any and all outdoor activities (spirit rallies, Halloween parade, Fitness Run, Carnival) as well as indoors as needed. It has two speaker units, a wireless microphone and Bluetooth technology, as well as an MP3 input line. The purchase will be made this summer, after funds are finalized from generous donations from sixth grade families and from concession sales at school events this past year, (which also raised money for the sixth grade class).


Thank you for this terrific gift, Class of 2015!


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Annual Student Art Exhibit

Silver Oak's Student Art Exhibit was a huge hit this year! Hundreds came out on the night of Open House to enjoy the phenomenal artwork created by our talented student artists. The students loved having their projects on display and the new display boards helped to transform the multi-purpose room into a stunning gallery.



Thank you to our student artists for contributing their works of art and to the many volunteers who helped to make this event a success!



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Lego Robotics Competition

On Saturday, May 30, the Silver Oak Robotics team participated in the first Evergreen School District Lego Robotics Competition at K.R. Smith School.


Cedar Grove and K.R. Smith also fielded teams to compete in three challenges: Drag Racing, Sumo Bots, and Off-Road Racing. The teams from each school divided themselves into sub-groups and each group built robots optimized for each challenge.


Silver Oak’s own Michael H. and Andy B. took top honors in the Drag Racing challenge with the robot they built and programmed. The Silver Oak team was able to compete using its new Lego EV3 equipment generously donated by corporate sponsor ARM and the Silver Oak PTO. Many thanks to Silver Oak’s Robotics advisor, Mr. Munguia, for organizing the competition — it was a fun day for all participants!





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Summer Reading Lists - Battle of Books 2015

Silver Oak PTO presents

Battle of the Books

Coming Fall 2015


The end of the school year is fast approaching. This can only mean one thing - it’s time to begin preparing for the return of Battle of the Books next fall!


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


Then next fall, 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!


3rd & 4th Grades Reading List

5th & 6th Grades Reading List


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


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Spring Concert 2015

Family members and friends filled the multipurpose room on May 26 for a fantastic Silver Oak Spring Concert!


(Sponsored by the Silver Oak PTO)


More than 125 people attended the fun evening, which was directed by our talented classroom and instrumental music teacher, Matt Powell. The concert featured performances by the Silver Oak Combined Band as well as the 4th Grade Chorus singing folk songs from California history.


Thanks to Mr. Powell and the musicians and singers for a great performance!

(Parents: If you'd like any of these band or chorus pictures, email Mia with your request and the name of your child (for verification) and she'll send you a link to the downloadable files.)


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Be Ready for School Next Year

Verify Your PowerSchool and School Loop Accounts
2015-16 Class Assignments Available Only Online


As we near the end of school, it is important that all your contact information is up-to-date in our School Loop and PowerSchool online systems and that you know your login information. This is especially important because at the start of the 2015-16 school year, you will find out your children’s new class assignments by logging on to these systems. Class assignments will not be posted at the school; they will only be available online.


Please take a minute to access your accounts, review that your contact information is correct and then file your login information somewhere you can easily find it in August.  If you have not registered on School Loop or PowerSchool, see How To Register for Silver Oak School's Online Systems to create an account.


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School News

Consider Making a Difference in Your Child's School


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Silver Oak School Site Council

is Looking for Parent Volunteers

for Four Positions Beginning Next School Year


Silver Oak School Site Council (SCC) plays an important role in decision-making our school. Our SCC meets monthly and is made up of a group of teachers, parents and staff that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets. The terms for parents currently holding our president, vice-chair, DAC and PAC representative positions are ending and we are looking for Silver Oak parents to join the SCC.


If you are interested in school policy or budgets and think you might enjoy serving on our school's site council, these parent volunteer positions are available beginning the 2015-2016 school year:


Positions open in 2015-16:

  • Chair  – facilitates and coordinates the agenda, content, and meetings of council in conjunction with the mandate of the principal’s office. Collaborates across all organizations. (term: 2015-16 to 2016-17)
  • Vice-Chair  – full partner to Chairperson, assumes duties in the absence of the Chair. (term: 2015-16 to 2016-17)
  • DAC Representative – designated by Silver Oak to attend Evergreen Education School District (EESD) information meetings (typically 5 meetings per school year, on Tuesday evenings), and to forge communications between EESD and SSC. (term: through 2015-16 -- finishing a current term)
  • PAC Representative  – designated by Silver Oak to attend Evergreen District information meetings (typically 5 or 6 meetings per school year, on Wednesday mornings), and to forge communications between EESD and Silver Oak’s SSC. (term: 2015-16 to 2016-17)


To find out more about Silver Oak's School Site Council, please contact Silver Oak parent and School Site Council Chair Corinne Bordelon or Principal Howard Greenfield.


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Celebrating 20 Years of Education Excellence


Silver Oak Elementary

California Distinguished School




Read About Us


Giannotta, Cassie
Office Assistant
Greenfield, Howard
Martinez, Liz
Office Assistant

Student Absence Line

Please call to report your child's absence


All Parents Invited!

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All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Howard Greenfield each Wednesday in the school conference room to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!

2015 - 16 Birthday Book Club

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Each month 1st - 6th grade students choose books to be donated to their classroom libraries in honor of their birthdays. We recognize their donations by posting their names (and birthday months) here. Thank you to

Kayla T. (February)
Zachary D. (March)
Kenneth T. (July)
Jordan L. (July)
Joshua L. (November)


Deshna S.
Divya V.
Emily M.
Fadi B.
Gianna D.
Hunter G.
Isha M.
Janine H.
Jasmine S.
Jayce G.
Jayden L.
Jennifer K.
Justin W.
Kamat S.
Lisette D.
Maddox C.
Matthew C.
Matthew T.
Maya P.
Mehul A.
Natalie P.
Roger G.
Rohan M.
Rohin G.
Romina J.
Shreya C.
Siddhant S.

Siddhartha M.
Skyler H.
Sophia D.
Stephen M.
Suha B.
Wasi A.
William N.
Christopher L.
Eliana C.
Mihir M.
Tristan S.

Alex C.
Ananya P.
Dennis P.
Erin K.
Hoai-Phuong H.
Jaydyn P.
Jude S.
Juntao R.
Kayli A.
Kirsten F.
Mailan N.
Meera B.
Noah G.
Renuka B.
Shaanveer D.
Sophia V.
Thalia P.
Gabriel C.
Michael A.
Reed M.
Tyler B.

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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 latest Awesome Authors.

Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!

Aiden L.
Kaylin W.
Trisha S.
Ethan L.
Deshna S.
George Z.
Chloe S.
Samara R.
Aaron Y.
Vedh R.
Araaz H.


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 W
Mac W
Ian C
Dean D
Hermione S
Brandon G
Rutvik 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.

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.

Anthony G.

Alexander C.

Spencer W.

Joshua W.

Ashley H.

Samaarah S.

Carolina R.

Spencer W.

Avery P.

Madison G.

Suha 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."