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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.



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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

***Claim Lost & Found Items by December 18***Thursday, December 18 is a MINIMUM Day***Friday, December 19 NO SCHOOL

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Silver Oak is Closed from December 19, 2014 - January 2, 2015

Classes Resume January 5, 2015


Wishing All Silver Oak Families

an Enjoyable Time with

Your Family and Friends During our Winter Break

- Silver Oak Teachers and Staff

School Safety Survey - Please Take!

Silver Oak Parents in All Grade Levels

Are Invited to Take

This Important School Safety Survey




Each year Silver Oak asks students, teachers and parents to participate in a school safety survey. Results from this survey help school and student leadership assess our school's needs and create strategies to increase safety at our school. We are inviting Silver Oak parents in all grade levels to take this important short survey from now through January 6. The survey is designed to gather input about your perceptions and experience regarding our school climate and site safety. Your anonymous responses will be used to develop Silver Oak’s 2015 - 16 key goals and strategies for our Comprehensive School Safety Plan.


Your Opinion is Important to Us!

Parent Survey Is Available to Take

Only Until January 6. 

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Responses from past surveys have been instrumental in helping make the school campus more closed through the installation of fencing at the bus loop and behind the back stop on field. From survey results we also discovered a need for additional education around social conflict. Students from the Expect Respect Team created student bully assemblies last year to help students better understand the difference between perceived and actual bullying.   



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School Safety Program

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If you drop your child at the front of the school in the morning you may notice several students with neon green caps and safety belts helping other students to safely navigate the busier areas in our parking lot. Last week, Silver Oak started a new School Safety Program in an effort to make our parking lot area safer during pick-up and drop-off.


School Safety Patrol is a nationwide program from AAA. "We started this effective and engaging program at Silver Oak as a way to keep children safe around congested school drop-off areas, while also teaching leadership and responsibility skills," says Mr. Ian White, 6th grade teacher and the School Safety Program advisor. After long conversations between Mrs. Gellman and Mr. White concerning the potential dangers that can occur during drop-off and pick-up, we knew that something had to be done to make the parking lot a safer environment for our students.


Who Better to Lead this Project

than Silver Oak Students Themselves?

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School Safety Patrol membership is available to 6th grade students who can commit to fulfilling the responsibilities that being a cadet requires. So far six students have stepped up to take advantage of this amazing leadership opportunity. Currently, School Safety Patrol is being rolled out in the mornings from 7:45-8:05, but we hope to expand the program as more 6th grade leaders step up to the plate. Interested participants can speak to their teachers about being recommended to Mr. White for membership in the program.


Keep an eye out for us and see our Silver Oak Safety Patrol in action!


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Math Olympiad Test Results

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Results of 2nd Math Olympiad Test Announced


The Silver Oak Math Olympiad Team has completed its second MOEMS contest. 35 students took the test on Tuesday, December 16 morning. The contest had 5 challenging problems to be completed in 30 minutes.


Congratulations to these Silver Oak students who got all the 5 questions correct!


Andy B (5th Grade)
Arul M (4th Grade)
Ethan T (6th Grade)
Linus T (3rd Grade)
William W (6th Grade)


Silver Oak Math Olympiad teams meet weekly before school to prepare for five tests administered November - March.  For further information, please visit: www.moems.com. For questions, email Silver Oak PTO Math Olympiad chair at silveroakmath@gmail.com.


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Box Tops November Results

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See how your class is doing: check the Box Top totals by class.


Remember, only unexpired Box Tops and Box Tops with visible expiration dates can be counted, so please cut the Box Tops out carefully and bring them in as soon as you clip them.


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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Throwback Thursday


Silver Oak is celebrating its terrific 20-year anniversary! The school opened in August of 1994 -- since then, many things have changed and many things have stayed the same. In honor of the occasion, we will be sharing Throwback Thursday facts each week:


Silver Oak has always celebrated the arts. The first school plays back in the day were The Music Man and Free To Be You and Me (directed by none other than our Principal Gellman).



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Project Cornerstone Book

Silver Oak PTO presents
Project Cornerstone's December Book

BIG Challenges Students to Think
About Their Place in the World


The focus of December's Project Cornerstone book is to learn about becoming a BIG person - to be the biggest you that you can be. Big is not defined as large or tall, but a person who thinks BIG about the world and his/her place in it.


The author defines BIG as being bright and imaginative, healthy, kind and helpful, friendly and valuable members of society. Being BIG is a journey made up of small things we say and do every day. The reward for being BIG is not tangible, but something felt inside of each of us. It is a feeling of goodness that comes from thinking and acting generously. The book encourages readers to look within ourselves to see how we can tap into personal power to become a valuable member for family, school, neighborhood, community, country and world.


As a family, we encourage you to discuss:

  • How can I be healthy BIG?
  • How can I be BIG in my family?
  • What do we do to be BIG toward our planet?
  • How can we be kind to each other in a BIG way?
  • How can we be BIG in our community?
  • Name people who are BIG (famous, friends, family, in the news) and explain why.


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Community Service Update

Another Successful UNICEF Campaign
at Silver Oak School

By Silver Oak 5th Grader Hannah T.


The fifth grade classes at Silver Oak Elementary participated in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. UNICEF is an acronym for United Nations International Children’s Emergency Funds. UNICEF is a program sponsored by the United Nations that helps provide basic needs for children in many countries around the world. By participating in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, our school is demonstrating good global citizenship. Global citizenship is a way for people to support other people outside of their immediate local, state and national communities. By raising money for UNICEF through the campaign, Silver Oak’s students know they will help provide vaccinations, medicines, clean drinking water, food and shelter to children who suffer without these basics in 190 territories and countries.


Mr.Laraway’s and Mr.Reed’s classes led the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign for Silver Oak’s. The fifth grade students advertised this campaign for over a week through posters, presentations, and songs. At the conclusion of the campaign, students had donated $3,627.The fifth grade students were responsible for collecting and counting the cash. This was a group project that required a lot of cooperation.  


At the end of the campaign the fifth grades and all the contributing students felt they understood a little better what it means to be a good global citizen. Thank you so much for all your contribution towards this project and making it a successful fundraising program.


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Be Prepared for a School Emergency

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Silver Oak Elementary School is committed to ensuring the safety and security of our students, teachers, staff and visitors. Over the next several weeks we will highlight how Silver Oak is prepared to handle emergencies and what parents can do to make sure they are ready in the event of an emergency at school. 


What Can Parents Do to Be Prepared?
During an emergency situation, school officials must act quickly to secure the school, safeguard students and staff, and communicate promptly.  Parents can help by being prepared before an emergency happens.  Here are a few essential things you can do:

  • Review Silver Oak's Parent Guide to Emergency Situations at School available under the Parent Resources tab on the school website. be prepared.jpg
  • Make sure you are registered on PowerSchool and that your information is up-to-date.   
  • Make sure your current email address is registered on Schoolloop.
  • Talk to your children about what to do, where to meet and how to contact you.
  • Provide names and contact information for people authorized to pick up your children.
  • Notify school officials if you see a dangerous or suspicious situation at school.
  • If your child is on medication, be sure the school has at least a 1-2 day supply.


Silver Oak Prepares All Year
Silver Oak Elementary School has an extensive emergency plan. Trainings are held during the year, both at the district and school level, to keep staff prepared for emergencies. In addition, Silver Oak School conducts 10 emergency drills with students throughout the academic year each with a different focus (intruder, fire and earthquake). Every teacher has an emergency backpack with student information, each child's Disaster Release Card and provisional supplies for urgent situations. 


Upcoming stories - What To Do During a School Emergency; Types of Emergencies Students Might Encounter at School; and Finding Your Child After an Emergency.


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Save the Date for Family Bingo Night

Family BINGO Night!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Multipurpose Room

Sponsored by the Silver Oak PTO



Mark your calendars for Family BINGO Night! It’s FUN and FREE for all Silver Oak students and their families! We’ll have snacks for everyone, and prizes for the lucky winners! Arrive early for the best seats! Bingo markers will be available for $1.00, but completely optional.


And, if you have time to help volunteer or have any questions, email Karen Prince.


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Sign Up Today

1st - 3rd Graders
Registration for Lower Grade Play
Sign Up Now Through January 4

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


To begin registration,

click on Mowgli and Baloo

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The "Bare Necessities:"

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


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


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Girls on the Run Registration

Girls on the Run Program Registration

Opens Saturday, December 13

Program Dates: The weeks of March 2 - May 16, 2015


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Girls on the Run Silver Oak is a transformational physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-6th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.


Is your daughter counting the days until the Girls on the Run program begins in March? Program registration for the 2015 season opens in December!


  • The registration link will open at 8 a.m. on Saturday, December 13. Go to www.gotrsv.org to access the registration link in December and to learn more.
  • Registration is ONLINE ONLY and first-come, first-served. Some sites did fill up the first day that registration opened last year.
  • For sites that do fill, there is a waiting list option. Please register for the waiting list, because when space opens, we move girls into the program in the order their registrations were received.
  • For General information about the program visit: www.gotrsv.org


Please contact Rose Weber for questions about our GOTR site or review this Girls on the Run at Silver Oak flyer.


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Celebrate Silver Oak's 20th Anniversary

Don't miss out!
Join us for a fun night of celebration!!

Click BUY NOW to purchase tickets to
Silver Oak's 20th Anniversary Dinner. 


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Claim Your Lost and Found

Silver Oak Lost & Found to be Donated to Charity

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


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District News

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

Deadline to Apply: January 7, 2015


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


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

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


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


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


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Spelling Bee

Silver Oak PTO Announces


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Silver Oak Spelling Bee 2015


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


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

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

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

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


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Silver Oak Elementary

California Distinguished School




Read About Us


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Giannotta, Cassie
Office Assistant
Martinez, Liz
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Student Absence Line

Please call to report your child's absence


All Parents Invited!

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Next Meeting:

Wednesday, January 7
8:30 a.m.

All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Rosey Gellman 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!

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.

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

June: (half birthdays)
Aaryana A
Ashley H
Jonathan M
Kayden W
Nicolina C

Aasha J
Alexander C
Ashrith K
Isita T
Kareena M
Katrina M
Matthew S
Reena K
Vivian W
Zoe W



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Traffic Safety


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


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

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


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

Awesome Authors

Please congratulate our December Awesome Authors.

Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!

Gia P
Ayush I
Natalie S
Aadrit T
John H
Krystal M
Tristan P
Alexander C
Ethan L
Hailay N
Adonis S
Meera B
Hanah T
Zainab A
Hannah J
Steven M
Diya A
Rishik G
Talar Y
Mihir M
Daniel R
Anuva A
Connor C
Jackie L
Colin C
Kaila C
Averie P
Madison G


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
Hermione S
Brandon G


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

Anit P.

Averie P.

Cooper G.

Hunter G.

Kaitlyn M.

Kaitlyn B

Max C.

Sophia V.

Zach H.

Brianna Y.

Aaron L.

Hailey N.

Phuong H.

Srijan B

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Truancy Defined


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


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


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


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