District School Calendars
From the Principal
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!!!
Here are some great apps for the iPad...
Immerses visitors in the latest wonders of science, engineering, technology and math
Allows you to learn almost anything for free
Mars Globe (Free)
And for the entire solar system:
A Solar System Journey (Free)
Declaration of Independence (Free)
For Building Brains:
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.
National Geographic Today (Free)
This mash-up combines news, videos, quizzes, articles and photos in a daily offering.
Minds of Modern Mathematics (Free)
Explore nearly 1000 years of mathematics history.
Funny Alphabet (Free)
Interactive learning game for the young student who needs more time to connect letters with sounds.
Celebrating the Earth
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.
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...
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".
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:
Pledge Drive Thank You Message
From PTO President Stacey Johnston and Silver Oak Principal Rosey Gellman
|What's Coming Up|
Friday, October 31
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
On Friday, October 31, Silver Oak will host the annual costume parade beginning at 8:30 a.m. Students can come to school dressed in their costumes that morning. Students can change into regular school clothes after the parade or they will have the option to wear costumes all day if costumes don't interfere with daily activities (Please note: some costumes lend themselves to wearing all day and some don't -- please help your child to make this decision.) If students plan to change after the parade, please have them wear street clothes under their costumes.
Costume participation is voluntary, but should your child choose to join in, the following guidelines will be adhered to:
Check with your classroom teacher if you have any questions about costumes, the parade, or guidelines in general.
Students will line up outside by class along the track and then proceed twice around the track and then back into their classrooms. Parents will be asked to stay behind the yellow line until parade time when parents can then watch the procession inside the track on the grass. Hope to see you there.
If you are using this as a Kodak moment, please remember the photo policy of the Evergreen School District to not post pictures of other students on social media.
The Coolest Pumpkins in Town
The second graders recently participated in a unique pumpkin literacy project and the results were amazing!
Second grade teachers asked families to decorate pumpkins as their favorite storybook characters. You can see some of the wonderful pumpkins in the Silver Oak library, such as Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Library Lion, Cat in the Hat, Wilbur/Charlotte (Charlotte's Web), Fly Guy, Flat Stanley, Captain Underpants, and Corduroy.
More pumpkins are on display in the second grade classrooms. Wow!
New eFlyer Service Helps Schools Go Even More Green
Evergreen School District is now using an online service called Peachjar to send school-approved flyers to parent's email inboxes. These eFlyers will keep parents informed about upcoming school activities, programs and events while saving on the cost of paper and duplication.
Last Friday Silver Oak parents received an email from Peachjar explaining this new service. The school district automatically signed all parents up for this service, so no action is needed to begin receiving emails with school flyers. However, parents can manage their account preferences, such as eflyer delivery frequency, by logging into Peachjar and clicking on “My Account.” If you have any questions about flyers you will receive through this service, please contact Liz Martinez at email@example.com or 408-223-4515.
Student Council News
by Fadi B., Silver Oak 6th grader
Get your friends a Halloween gram! Grams will be on sale during lunch on October 21, 22, and 24. Each gram will be $0.50. You are not allowed to use Saber Savers. The gram will be delivered to classroom you write on the slip of paper. It will be delivered on Halloween. Thank You!!!!
Catch the Fitness Wave
Silver Oak PTO presents
2014 Fitness Run Fun-raiser
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR SHEETS!!
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Be on the look out in your student's Friday folder for the 2nd ORANGE Fitness Run Contribution sheet or click here to download a copy of the form. Students who raise $25 or more in contributions will automatically be entered into a raffle for awesome prizes.
Silver Oak continues its commitment to fitness with the 2014 Fitness Run! All Silver Oak students participate in the running of this event as part of the school's Physical Fitness Program. Everyone runs with their grade around the playground track and the students running the most laps will receive a personalized medal for their victory. This is a fun event for parents too. SO - mark your calendars and plan on joining us to cheer your child on!
2014 Fitness Run Schedule
Be on the look out in your child's Friday folder for the orange Fitness Run Contribution sheet or click here to download a copy of the form. Students who raise $25 or more in pledges will automatically be entered into a raffle for awesome prizes.
Great Prizes in the Fitness Run Raffle
SHARKIE RETURNS TO SILVER OAK.......
FITNESS WORKOUT with Sharkie
Raffle Drawings Daily October 15 - 21
SPECIAL THIS YEAR: Every day there will be 6 lucky winners drawn for a FITNESS WORKOUT with Sharkie, the mascot from the San Jose Sharks hockey team. Total of 30 students will be able to workout with Sharkie:
SHARKIE WORKOUT DATE: Thursday, October 30 1 - 2 p.m. (Silver Oak Track)
And, all students who raise $25 or more for the Fitness Run will automatically be entered into a raffle for the following prizes. As a THANK YOU to our families who donated to the Pledge Drive, each student who contributed $250 (+) to the Annual Pledge Drive will get an additional ticket into the raffle.
…….. and many more RAFFLE Prizes
Grand Prizes to the top 2 students
with the Highest Contributions to the Fitness Run
The 2 students who raise the MOST money for this event will win FITBITS. To be eligible for the Fitness Run PRIZE RAFFLE and FITBITS…
please fill out the Fitness Run Contribution sheet and return to your child’s teacher no later than Monday, October 20.
Thank our primary sponsors for their very generous donations to this year's PTO Fitness Run!
Fitness Run Sports Bag Participation Gifts – Freeman Orthodontics
Sharkie Sponsor: Xavier & Maggie Ferla – Dance Theatre International
Volunteer/Sharkie Food & Bev – New Leaf Community Markets - Silver Creek
Order your school portraits now:
If you prepaid for your portraits and are not satisfied, return the portraits on make-up day and Lifetouch will rephotograph free of charge. If not satisfied with the retakes, you can make an appointment and Lifetouch will rephotograph. If at that point you are still not fully satisfied, you can return the pictures for a full refund.
Red Ribbon Week
"Love Yourself Be Drug Free"
PTO is proud to sponsor
Red Ribbon Week at Silver Oak
with age-appropriate activities that encourage students to lead healthy, happy, drug-free lives.
Hey Boos and Ghouls, whoooo wants to go to a spooky pizza party?
Your class can win a fun pizza party by participating in this years’ Red Ribbon Week door-decorating contest. There will be one winning class for upper grade and one for primary. Ideas need to be collaborative, creative, and send a positive message about living a healthy drug-free life.
1.) Doors need to be finished and on display by Friday October 24
RED-y to be Drug-Free! - Wear Red to School on October 30.
Box Tops Sept. Results
Keep clipping those Box Tops - we need to collect more if we're going to reach our goal this year! Want to see how your class is doing so far? 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.
Calling All Mathematicians
Do you know students who enjoy math? There is an upcoming Julia Robinson Math Festival that will take place in San Mateo on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Students will get a chance to work on fun math problems with fellow kids who love math. There will be adult mentors who can help them as well. It will be a great, non-competitive environment for everyone to learn and have fun.
There will be two sessions in San Mateo that day: Early Bird festival from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and Late Bird festival from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. These festivals are designed for students in grades 3-8. Kids who come to the Early Bird festival can stay and continue to the later festival, and kids who register to the Late Bird festival can arrive early.
To register, please visit http://juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/register.php. Students can register as an individual or a school group. There is a small registration fee, but anyone who has difficulty paying can request a fee waiver with a simple checkbox, so a lack of funds should not discourage kids or groups from attending.
Night of Fun
Dandiya Night Was a Blast!
Dandiya Night was celebrated on Friday, October 10 evening. It was a fun evening with great turnout. Everyone had a great time celebrating the Indian festival of Navratri, dancing to Bolllywood music played by the DJ, and enjoying a variety of Indian snacks as refreshments.
PTO thanks all the volunteers and everyone who attended, for making this event a great success! A special thanks goes to Rajol Phadke, our Dandiya PTO chair, for going all out and giving all it takes as a new Silver Oak parent!! And thank you to our generous sponsors:
Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week Results
Silver Oak PTO
Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week came to a close Friday, October 10. We had a special visitor that morning to welcome the students and teachers alike. Gigante, the mascot for the San Jose Giants, was out on the black top high-fiving kids, dancing, riding a scooter and signing autographs.
Principal Gellman announced the final results at the end of the day.
We had a great week!
Silver Oak, let’s keep walking!
Pledge Drive Ends at 86% Pledge Participation!
to the 86% of Silver Oak families
who pledged this year!
You did an amazing job!
Here are the totals as of 10/9:
Let The Battles Continue!
Silver Oak PTO presents
Battle of the Books
Finals - October 29
After two days of exciting Battle of the Books matches, we're down to the 3rd/4th grade Elite Eight and the 5th/6th grade Final Four!
On Friday, October 17, the 3rd/4th grade play-offs continue at lunchtime with the Mischievous Readers facing The Wolves.
Also on Friday, the 5th/6th grade semi-finals will see the Book Squad against the Legendary Flames of Books, and the Book Keepers versus Team Nameless. The winners will meet in the Championship Finals on October 29, at the Battle of the Books assembly
Play continues on Monday, October 20, for the 3rd/4th graders, when the Peace Readers will square off against the Flaming Book Readers; the Lightning Bolts will go up against the Book Dominators; and the Ninja Readers will face the 49ers.
The winners of the 3rd/4th grade Elite Eight round will move on to the Final Four on Tuesday, October 21, to determine who will make it to the championship at the October 29 assembly.
Don't Miss the Final Rounds
at the Battle of the Books Assembly
Wednesday, October 29
Please contact PTO Battle of the Books Chair Corinne Bordelon if you have any questions.
Making Music at Silver Oak!
Silver Oak Students Enjoy These
Exciting PTO Music Enrichment Programs
Kindergarten welcomes back visiting
musical artist James Henry.
Again this year, our kindergarteners will experience the dynamic energy of innovative San Francisco artist James Henry. This master percussionist has been a friend to Silver Oak for many years. Mr. Henry delivers monthly classroom workshops in our K-wing, and will once again perform a February assembly for the entire student body.
Grades 1-4 will learn and perform music with teacher and band director Matt Powell.
Matt Powell returns with his impressive cornerstone music program for grades 1 through 4. Designed around education standards, the curriculum leads classrooms through guided activities that ensure a level of success, making the students an integral part of a fun, interactive experience. Mr. Powell also guides the PTO after school instrumental music program and conducts the PTO Silver Oak Band.
Grades 5-6 will "make some noise" with
guest instructor Angelica Lovio.
We are pleased to introduce Angelica Lovio, guest instructor for grades 5 and 6. Ms. Lovio will lead our fall music workshop, MAKE SOME NOISE!, which is designed to make music theory fun and engaging for our upper graders. The program includes seasonal songs, hands-on percussion studies, music games and more.
Contact PTO Fine Arts Director, Lisa Anderson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Silver Oak Tradition is Born
Students Start Their Morning with a New Silver Oak Tradition
Principal Rosey Gellman began a new tradition this week when she brought all Silver Oak students together for an impromptu spirit rally song fest. On Tuesday morning, students and teachers began their day moving, grooving and singing to the songs of Happy by Pharrell Williams and Count on Me by Bruno Mars. Mrs. Gellman hopes this new, fun student activity, called Silver Oak Sings or SOS, will energize and inspire the students. Click on the arrow in the box below to see if you agree.
Book Fair Looking for Volunteers
PTO Book Fair
November 17 - 21
Silver Oak's PTO Book Fair is just around the corner and we are looking for parents interested in volunteering before, during and after this fun event. If you would like to work at book fair this year, please click on the link below or contact our PTO Book Fair Chair Erika Marcuccillo, email@example.com.
to see specific dates and times.
We need volunteers for:
Upper Grade Play News
Save the Date!
Upper Grade PTO Play
the School Version
Performance Dates Announced
Rev your engines for another musical adventure at Silver Oak! This year we are proud to be working with Starting Arts once again to offer GREASE School Version, as the Upper Grade Play. Our 4 - 6 graders are hard at work bringing this exciting production to life. Set in 1959, GREASE School Version, 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 prepare to join us for the upper grade play during the week of December 8! Tickets will go on sale mid-November. Tickets for nightly performances are $10 online & $12 at the door. Performance dates and times are:
What is Measure M?
How Does Your Vote On Measure M Impact
Evergreen School District and Silver Oak?
The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees has placed a bond measure called Measure M on the November Ballot. If passed, Measure M will generate $100 million for safety and modernization projects in Evergreen schools. To learn more about Measure M, please read these FAQs to find out all about this proposed bond measure and how it impacts Evergreen School District and Silver Oak.
Silver Oak Elementary
California Distinguished School
Student Absence Line
All Parents Invited!
Wednesday, October 29
All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Rosey Gellman each Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 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
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.
Please congratulate our Awesome Authors.
Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!
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!
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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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."