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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



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

Silver Oak Looking for Noontime Help***Help Reach 100% Participation on Pledge Drive***Tickets on Sale for Dandiya Night

Last Week to Pledge!

Students Craving Ice Cream Party!
Current Pledge Participation (as of 9/30)  78%
Pledge Participation Needed for SCHOOL-WIDE ICE CREAM PARTY:  87%
We are just 62 student pledges away from the school-wide ice cream party.
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If not, pledge now!
Complete the yellow pledge form, write a check to “Silver Oak PTO”, and return to your child's teacher, OR 
‚ÄčPledge at so.schoolloop.com/pledgedrive!  
Here are the totals as of 9/30:

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  • Thank you to the Silver Oak families who have already pledged!  Click here to see a pledge listing.
  • Click here to view your class participation. 
  • Every class with 100% pledge participation = popsicle party!  Don't be the one to hold back your class!
  • Way to go to Mrs. Richard's (96%), Mrs. Gardener's (92%), Mrs.Barde (91%), and Mrs. Neil (90%) classes for having the highest participation and being the closest to 100% and the popsicle party!

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Catch the Fitness Wave

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2014 PTO Fitness Run

is coming

Wednesday, October 22! 




This fun-filled PTO event is one of the highlights at Silver Oak each year.


If you are interested in helping out and watching your kids run at the same time, take a look at our volunteer sign up.


Pledge sheet information coming soon.


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Professional Football Player Pledge Drive Event Gets Bigger and Better

Silver Oak PTO
In Conjunction with ClubSport and Silver Creek Sportsplex




Proudly Presents

An Afternoon with Ian Williams

and Michael Wilhoite


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WHO:  For every $400+ pledge for the PTO Pledge Drive, a child and a parent are invited

WHAT:  Meet starters Ian Williams, #93, and Michael Wilhoite, #57
•    Q&A with the players
•    Pose for a group photo with the players
•    Receive an autographed player photo
•    “Play with the players” at stations led by ClubSport fitness experts
WHERE:  Silver Creek Sportsplex (note location change)
WHEN:  Monday, November 10, 2:45 - 5 p.m.


Pledge now at so.schoolloop.com/pledgedrive!


If you wish to increase your pledge to $400+, go to so.schoolloop.com/pledgedrive to pledge the incremental amount, and send an email to soepto@gmail.com to let us know!

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Student Council Election Results

Silver Oak is pleased

to announce and welcome

the newly elected

2014-2015 Student Council officers


President: Skyler H. - 6th grade
Vice President: Nathan B. - 5th grade
Secretary: Natasha K. - 6th grade
Treasurer: Rachel H. - 5th grade
Historian: Katrina M. and Kaitlyn B. - 4th grade
Sergeant-at-Arms: Emily M. - 4th grade


Congratulations and a big thank you

to all who participated in this year's election.


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Free and Reduced Lunch Expiration

If you have not filled out an application and/or received a letter confirming your child’s eligibility for the Free and Reduced Lunch program, then your child’s eligibility (based on last year’s application) will expire on Wednesday,  October 1, 2014.


REMEMBER: Any charges incurred after October 1st will be the responsibility of the parent or guardian.


2014-2015 Free and Reduced Lunch Applications in English, Spanish and Vietnamese can be picked up at the school front office, printed from the district website at www.eesd.org (under the parent tab) or at the Child Nutrition office at 2828 Corda Drive, San Jose,  CA  95122.  You can also complete and submit your application online at: https://www.heartlandapps.com/.


Este documento está disponible en Español en de su escuela.
Don xin an trua ngon ngu tieng viet co tai truong hoc cua con em quy vi.


If you have any questions, please call CNS at 408-223-4500.


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Turn in Box Tops All Year

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Turn in Box Tops All Year


Last year we changed the way we collected and counted Box Tops, and it worked so well we're doing it again this year. Instead of saving Box Tops to turn in during the March contest (which led to too many expired Box Tops), you can submit Box Tops any time throughout the year. This process helps us raise even more money for Silver Oak. And the best part is, these contributions will count towards your teacher's classroom contest in March!


August Box Tops have just been totaled, and we received 1,615 box tops, for a total of $161.50. Thank you students and parents!

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Want to see how your class is doing so far? Check the August Box Top totals by class.


The Process Is Easy:

  1. Cut out Box Tops carefully from each package.
  2. Put Box Tops in envelope or plastic baggie. Make sure to include: Your Child's Name and Teacher's Name and Grade.
  3. Have your child bring in clipped Box Tops to his/her teacher or deposit them in the Box Tops bin in the school's multipurpose room.
  4. The Silver Oak Box Tops coordinator will count contributions monthly. Updates by teacher and grade will be posted on the school's website each month. Remember, only unexpired Box Tops and Box Tops with a visible expiration dates can be counted. 


Last year we raised $1669 from Box Tops for Education! It's an easy way to earn FREE cash for Silver Oak. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents. For more information about this program, or to see a list of participating products, visit www.boxtops4education.com. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Liau.


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Walden West

5th Graders Prepare for Week

at Walden West Outdoor Science School

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On Monday, September 29 you may see several buses waiting in front of the school to take all Silver Oak fifth graders on the annual field trip to Walden West. Each year in the fall, Silver Oak’s fifth graders are offered the opportunity to spend one week at Walden West Outdoor Science School, located on 55 acres of beautiful oak woodland and is adjacent to Stevens Creek Park in the Cupertino Foothills. Santa Clara County Office of Education has been operating the outdoor school for fifth and sixth grade students since 1950.


During their stay at Walden West, our students will learn about the forest, meadow, and stream communities through the use of games and other activities. Qualified naturalists will use their expertise to help children see the interrelationships between plants and animals, as well as the effect we have on the environment. The experience is social, as well as academic. Living 24 hours a day with other students requires your child to cooperate and work together with others toward common goals. Throughout the week, classroom teachers will be available to help students adjust to being away from home. In the end, however, friendships and memories are made that last a lifetime. What greater way to learn than to be immersed in real-life science for one week!


For more information, see the Walden West Outdoor Science School site.


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Family Resource

Cyber Awareness Week

September 29 - October 3


The week of September 29 is Cyber Awareness Week throughout the district. Teachers will be discussing cyber awareness, safety and digital citizenship throughout the week.


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Media and Technology Resource

Helps Parents and Educators

Navigate Entertainment and Technology


As parents, you know how much today's media and technology can affect your children. Common Sense Media is a terrific online resource that gives you the latest scoop on entertainment and tech so YOU can decide what's right for YOUR kid. As an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, Common Sense Media publishes:


  • Reviews of movies, shows, games, apps, and other stuff.  You will find an unbiased breakdown, so you can decide whether it's ON, OFF, or PAUSE for your kid.
  • Recommendations for great entertainment choices for your kids including best movies, games and learning suggestions.
  • Useful articles about parenting, media, and everything in between.


To learn more, go to the Common Sense Media website to help you to make informed decisions about media and technology for your children.


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Walk and Bike to School Is Coming!


October 6-10, 2014


Silver Oak PTO is pleased to announce that Silver Oak will participate in the Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week October 6-10, 2014. During this week, we encourage students and parents to walk, bike or use an alternative form of transportation to get to and from school.


Why should you walk or bike to school?

1)  Have fun and spend time together as a family simply by walking —an easy way to stay healthy.
2)  Join with other families to walk together and build a sense of community.
3)  Get the regular physical activity that all children need to stay healthy and strong.
4)  Reinforce children’s traffic safety skills.
5)  Increase the number of visible pedestrians and bicyclists to remind adults to drive safely in school zones.
6)  Decrease traffic congestion around school to improve the air we breathe.
7)  Participate as one of the thousands across America—and families around the world—who will be walking/biking to school this week! International walk-to-school day is Wednesday, October 8th.


Volunteers are needed during Walk and Bike to School!

If you can help out from 7:30-8:10 a.m., please email Linda Paulson with the days of the week you are available.

We especially need help on Tuesday and Thursday.


Let’s get walking!!!




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Keep Reading for Battle of the Books!


Our 121 Battle of the Books participants are continuing to meet weekly on Wednesdays at lunch to prepare for the upcoming competition.


We'll find out who knows their books best!


The preliminary competition rounds will begin on October 13 during lunchtime, and continue during the week until we find the top two teams from each division (3rd/4th and 5th/6th) to square off in the finals to be held at a school assembly on October 29.


So keep reading!

3rd/4th grade reading list

5th/6th grade reading list


Please contact Corinne Bordelon if you have any questions.


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Become a Girls-on-the-Run Coach!

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Volunteer Coaches Needed


Girls on the Run is a life-changing, after-school program for girls in the 3rd through 5th grade. The 10-week program teaches girls life skills such as confidence, how to be a good friend and how to stand up for themselves and others while inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident through the use of a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running.


You don’t have to be a runner or athlete in order to be a coach.


Coaches can be male or female (18 years and older) and will keep the Girls-on-the-Run program going at Silver Oak for the 2015 season (March-May 2015). If you are interested in becoming a coach: Please email Rose Weber or Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley Program Director Miyoko Beetem. For more information, visit www.gotrsv.org/become_a_coach


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Dandiya Night... Volunteers Needed



Dandiya is a fun, traditional group dance from Western India

played with colorfully decorated sticks.
Bring your family & friends

to a fun-filled evening

with dancing and light refreshments!


Friday October 10, 2014
5:30 PM - 8:30 p.m.
Silver Oak Elementary School
Multipurpose Room


Get ready to dance and twirl. There will be lots of music and drum beats that will get everyone moving.

Tickets still available: Purchase tickets


Thank you to those who have already volunteered for this event! We still need 2 parent volunteers for clean-up.

If you can help, please contact Rajol Phadke at SilverOak.Dandiya@gmail.com or 214-457-3425.




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Part-time Job Opportunity

Interested in Earning Money While Your Children are at School?

Noon Time Position Open


Silver Oak is looking for someone who enjoys working with children and is interested in a part-time paid position, five days a week for approximately two hours each day. Responsibilities include working in the lunch room and on the playground each school day. To learn more about this job, please email Liz Martinez or call 408-223-4515.


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Parent University News

Evergreen District Announces

2014 - 2015 Parent Classes




Did you know you could sign up for interesting, fun, and FREE Parent University classes, such as: Robotics Fun, Healthy Bodies Equals Healthy Minds, Literacy Alive, the Global Competency Experience, Trying New Foods, and 21st Century Learning?


View the Parent University Fall 2014-2015 Class Schedule or register for specific classes through the district calendar (click to the desired month, then select the desired class to see all details).


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After School Band Registration

Silver Oak PTO announces



After School Band

Online Registration



Click on Register Now

to Sign Up

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All 5th and 6th graders (no experience necessary) are invited to join Silver Oak PTO's spectacular after school band program under the instruction of music director Matt Powell.  Lessons in our instrumental music program begin near the end of September after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (day of week will depend on the instrument chosen), and culminate with a spring concert in May. 

 Please e-mail Mr. Matt Powell for more information.


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All Parents Invited!

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Next Principal's Forum: Wednesday, October 1, 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!


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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

Please congratulate our Awesome Authors and view their work in the multipurpose room!


Aiden S
Alex L.
Ally L
Amara A.
Ashley H
Emily P
Emma C
Greg S.
Heena K.
Jake N
Makayla K
Mehul A.
Mia A.
Nithya P
Omar H
Phuong H
Ryan D
Taardak B.
Zahir S
Zayaan A


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!

Nicole J.

Sanjana V.

Sydney S.



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.


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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."