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From the Principal

Hot Websites


Seven billion people– Check out this BBC website for some graphics on world population, including your place in the story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-15391515

Google Art Project– Google continues to branch out. Here’s a new art project with extraordinary resources:



Real-world math– In this website, math teacher Thomas Petra shares practical math lessons, lesson ideas, examples, and downloads, including how to find the volume of the Great Pyramids of Giza, converting currency, working with time zones, and tracking a storm’s progress: http://realworldmath.org.

iPads and Learning


As iPads continue to become an important tool for student learning, Apple continues to offer information we need for our planning.  Join Apple experts for online seminars and learn how Apple education solutions are enhancing teaching and learning and increasing student achievement.  Find weekly webcasts for iOS devices (iPads and iPods-touch) which feature a different topic each day of the week. In addition, the Tune-In-Series are available on-demand. Catch some if you can and enjoy!!!


Visit :

Apple Online Seminars

App Corner

Here are some great apps for the iPad...


Science 360 

Immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math


Khan Academy

Allows you to learn almost anything for free


Mars Globe (Free)
Take a tour of the Red Planet


And for the entire solar system:

A Solar System Journey (Free)
Nice app for exploring all the planets



Declaration of Independence (Free)
Includes text, notes and images of original document. Also has thumbnail bios of the signers.


For Building Brains:

A Year of Riddles (Free) 

This puzzle-a-day app will keep your students intrigued and challenged.


The Life of Art (Free)

This beautiful new app was created in conjunction with a 2012 exhibition at the Getty Center in L.A. It is focused on the question "How do objects end up in a museum?" Beautiful photographs, animations, video and 360° rotations.


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This mash-up combines news, videos, quizzes, articles and photos in a daily offering.


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Explore nearly 1000 years of mathematics history.


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Interactive learning game for the young student who needs more time to connect letters with sounds.



Celebrating the Earth

The Four Seasons - An Earth Day Interactive children's story book

This app was released for Earth Day in 2011 and is now free. Earth Day is being observed on April 22 this year. This interactive story book has lots of engaging seasonal activities: grow a tree, help a gardner, shovel snow.


Free Podcasts...

Say It Plain: Great African American Oratory

Here's a collection of notable African American oratory, including downloadable transcripts and profiles. When you download printed material from iTunes U, it will show up in the iTunes Library in the iTunes U section.


Virtual Missions Field Trips - Great info for 4th grade students, teachers, and families...

California's Gold

Huell Howser, as part of his California Gold TV series, visited all 21 California missions. You can download these episodes from the iTunes store. Look for the word "mission" in the podcast description field, Also the podcast titles includes the word "classic".

District News

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



Evergreen School District



Home & School Connection is a newsletter for parents of elementary aged children that is packed with practical ideas any family can use.


Parents will learn how to:

  • Improve school success.
  • Strengthen the home and school partnership.
  • Make learning fun with simple activities.
  • Enhance parenting skills and discipline.
  • Strengthen family life.
  • Build positive character traits.


April 2014

January 2014

***No School Thurs., Sept. 25 Teacher In Service Day***Help Reach 100% Participation on Pledge Drive***Tickets on Sale for Dandiya Night

2 Weeks Left to Pledge -- Only at 62% Participation!

Pledge now at so.schoolloop.com/pledgedrive if you haven't done so already!
Here are the latest totals as of 9/17:


  • Thank you to the Silver Oak families who have already pledged!  Are you one of them?  Click here to see a listing.
  • Interested in knowing your child's class participation?  Click here to find out.  
  • Every class with 100% pledge participation = popsicle party!
  • Way to go to Mrs. Gardener's (88%), Mrs. Richard's (79%), and Mrs.Neil's (76%) classes for having the highest participation and being the closest to 100% and the popsicle party!

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Meet the Silver Oak Families Who Support PTO

"After being in private school, our children Bobby and Makayla moved to Silver Oak in 2012.  It has been such a positive and wonderful experience for us, with all that the school and PTO have to offer.  For our family, supporting the PTO, with our dollars and with our time is a “no-brainer.”  Ultimately, the direct recipients are our children…our future!"
  --Lillian Moore, for the Moore family




"The success of the PTO is dependent on both our financial resources/pledging and time. Because my husband and I believe that parents have an important role in the success of our school community, I decided to take on an active role as Treasurer of the PTO Board this year.  I wanted to give back to the Silver Oak community and show our daughter, Divya, that we all have a role in creating the best educational environment for her and her fellow students."
  -- Lakshmi (Lux) Venkat, for the Venkat family



"Our family is very grateful to Silver Oak PTO for the many excellent programs that it provides, both inside and outside the classrooms. Our children, Ethan and Linus, have participated in numerous PTO-sponsored programs including Programming, Choir, Band, Robotics, and Math Olympiad.  All these wonderful programs have greatly enriched their educational experience at Silver Oak.  Thank you, Silver Oak PTO!"
    -- Geraldine Goh, for the Tang family



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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No School Thur., Sept. 25




Parent Reminder!


Thursday, September 25

school will be closed

for a Teacher In-Service Day.


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Library News

Special Children's Author Signing Event

Barnes & Noble Eastridge

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 Author Tom Angleberger,

will read and sign

his just released book,

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Thursday, September, 18 at 4:30 p.m.

To learn more click here.


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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


We still need parent volunteers before the event and on the day of the event.

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




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Evergreen School District Budget Advisory Committee

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Would you like to be involved in the district budgeting process? The Evergreen school district is establishing a Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) and asking for interested applicants. Members will learn about the District’s budget development process, share information with stakeholder groups, and make recommendations for consideration in the budget development process. The Committee will be chaired by the District’s Chief Business Officer (CBO), Nelly Yang, and will meet every other month.


Tentative dates for this year’s BAC will be:

·       October 16, 2014

·       January 21, 2015

·       February 25, 2015

·       April 22, 2015

·       June 17, 2015


If you are a parent or community member and are interested in helping get this committee launched, please submit a letter of interest to Nelly Yang, Chief Business Officer, at nyang@eesd.org. More information, including qualifications, is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese.


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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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Revolutionizing the Classroom

Silver Oak PTO announces


PTO is Looking for

Silver Oak Parents & Students to Join

Exciting New 3D Printing Project Initiative

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3D Printing Project is a new initiative to offer innovative educational tools at Silver Oak Elementary


3D Printing has moved the imagination of millions of students around the globe. There are thousands of schools equipped with 3D printers world-wide and the results are encouraging. Students have designed and engineered miniature drag racers, music instruments, prosthetic hand for disabled, dinosaur skeletons, and many more amazing creations using nothing but their imagination and computer skills. PTO plans to offer a course at Silver Oak Elementary where students can learn and experience 3D printing technology.


PTO is looking for members to join the 3D Printing Project committee. The tasks of the committee are as follows.3D headline.png

  1. Research and evaluate 3D Printer solutions and recommend a maker and product to PTO for purchase.
  2. Install the 3D Printer and print prototypes.
  3. Establish a course and curriculum to teach 3D printer usage to the students.
  4. Establish a contest where students can show off their new skills. (Such as who can print an airplane flying farther?)
  5. Generate ideas on how to self-sustain the program.

If this sounds like a project you are interested in getting involved in, contact Silver Oak parent Attila Lengyel at 408-797-6029 or email primaryprogrammers@gmail.com. The committee is open to parents and students in any grade. Parent-student teams are welcome! Let’s make it a family program.


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Register for Math Olympiad

Registration Now Open
for 2014 - 2015 Math Olympiad


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Parent Information Session:
Thursday, September, 18
7 - 7:30 a.m. in Classroom E3

We are happy to announce the 2014 - 15 Math Olympiad classes at Silver Oak. All interested students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades, especially those who like mathematical challenges and who like to hone their problem solving skills further are strongly encouraged to enroll. The classes are organized and conducted by parent volunteers.


Click Math Olympiad Sign Up to Enroll!


  • Classes start September 25, 2014.
  • There will be two teams. One team will meet on every Thursday morning 7-8 a.m. and the other team will meet every Friday morning 7-8am to prepare for the tests. Students are required to attend their team's session.
  • There are 5 contests over the year. The contest dates are: November 18, December 16, January 13, February 10, and March 3. Students are required to attend all the five contests.
  • There is a $50 fee to cover expenses for the entire year of instruction. The fee is not needed during registration and will be required only if your child is selected to be on the Silver Oak Math Olympiad Team.

For further information, please visit: www.moems.com. For questions, email silveroakmath@gmail.com.
Registration closes on Sunday, September 21.


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Parent University News

Evergreen District Announces

2014 - 2015 Parent Classes



Parent University 2014-2015 registration is coming!


Come on out and hear about our amazing classes from our extraordinary instructors and to register for your classes. Don’t miss out on your choices. Some exciting and informational topics for this year's classes include:


  • 21st Century Family Learning Program: The Whole Child,The Whole Family
  • How Can The Habits Of Mind Help My Child?
  • Robotics For The Family - Common Core Mathematics
  • Common Core Language Arts
  • Social and Emotional Behavior
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Technology Tools For Success
  • How To Help My Child Become A More Proficient Reader and Writer


Parent registration will be held on:

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.

Katherine Smith Elementary School

2025 Clarice Dr., San Jose, CA 95122


Register early so that you can get your first choice. And guess what?……THESE CLASSES ARE FREE!


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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.


(Important Note: We will not have Principal's Forum on September 24)


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


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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


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 first Awesome Authors of the school year and view their work in the multipurpose room!


Alex L.

Amara A.

Ashley H.

Emily P.

Greg S.

Heena K.

Mia A.

Mehul A.

Taardak B.



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! Thank you to our first Upstander:


Nicole J.



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."