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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

Open House & Art Show Thurs., May 28***Pay Outstanding Lunch Balances by May 29***

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Silver Oak’s Open House

Thursday, May 28

Art Show 5:30 p.m.

Classrooms Open 6 – 7 p.m.


Thursday, May 28 Silver Oak welcomes parents and students to join us at our end of the year open house. This is a wonderful time to celebrate with your children the projects, writing, art and other classwork they have accomplished throughout their school year. It is also a great time to meet teachers and visit classrooms in the grade your child will be in next year.

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!

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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Box Tops Results for the Year

Box Tops May 2015 Schoolloop.jpgThank you everyone for clipping Box Tops this year! We earned a total of $1310 for our school, which is wonderful.


Although we collected about a hundred dollars worth of Box Tops this past few weeks, we didn't quite make it to our goal of $1500 for the year and didn't earn the school-wide ice cream party.


To see how your class did this year: check the Box Top totals by class.


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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Moving or Going to Another School Next Year?

If you are currently attending Silver Oak, and are either moving or going to another school next year, please let the front office know.  As we get closer to moving.jpgthe end of the year, knowing this information makes class placement much easier.  Please take a minute to contact Liz or Cassie at 408-223-4515.  Thank you!


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Cub Scouts Give Back to Silver Oak

On May 9, 2015, Cub Scout pack 264 participated in their project "Giving Back to Silver Oak" and showed appreciation to the school for using school facilities for scout activities and meetings by planting and making the campus beautiful. The students covered the whole area outside the school office and worked very hard to plant perennials, succulents, annuals and shrubs that consume less water and are more hardy.


100% of the Cub Scout pack 264 participated in this project even though it was a Mother's Day weekend. The kids worked for one and a half hours to finish the planting. It was a very fun activity and everyone was happy with the end results of how the campus looked. We also want to convey our thanks to Lowe's who contributed to our budget for the planting.

Silver Oak March Madness Basketball Championship Results


Make It PAWsible Campaign

cci.pngSilver Oak 5th graders in Mr. Laraway's and Mr. Reed's classes are raising awareness and donations to support Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), a non-profit organization that provides disabled adults and children with assistance dogs.


This week, our students taught assistance dog awareness lessons in each of the first through sixth grade classrooms.  Additionally, these students organized and hosted a school-wide assembly, featuring a CCI puppy raiser and a CCI graduate.  Next week the project will feature a student PAWsible Store and an exhibit-style Open House to support our Make It PAWsible fundraising campaign.


Spread the word to family and friends!  Over the past two years, our community has raised over $10K for this worthwhile organization.  Please consider helping us again this year in multiple ways:


To learn more about, Canine Companions, visit their website at www.cci.org.


(Make it PAWsible Awareness & Fundraising Campaign benefits Canine Companions for Independence (CCI) in memory of Lee Ann Laraway and her three faithful service dogs Isaac, Zinkle, & Jeannie.)


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Lunch Account Balances


Beginning June 1, there will be no extending of credit for Hot Lunch through the last day of school. Your child will need to bring cash, check or use the credit balance on their lunch account. This will hopefully cut down on the amount of money owed at the end of the school year.


Also, if your student has an outstanding balance, please send in your payment before Friday, May 29 to ensure that proper credit is applied to your students account.


If you have any questions please contact  the Child Nutrition Services Department at 408-223-4500.


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The Fab Lab...Full Steam Ahead

New STEAM Lab Name Announced 

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New Contest Announced to
Design a Logo for the Lab


Congratulations to Name the STEAM Lab contest winners Andrew Y. and Maryam H. for creating the winning name for our new STEAM Lab! The official name is: The Fab Lab...Full Steam Ahead. The STEAM Lab has now morphed into STEAM, because Art is integrated part of Science, Math and Engineering.


Contest to Design Logo with STEM Lab Name May 18-29


Mrs. Gellman announced a new contest this week asking students to create a logo for the new STEAM Lab. So pull out your creative drawing juices and see what fabulous ideas you can make for the STEAM lab logo. Submissions should be drawn on white paper and submitted to the front office with student's name and room number. Multiple entries are acceptable. The selected design will be given to a graphic artist to finish and make into different file formats so the logo can be used in various applications. The logo design should include the name The Fab Lab...Full Steam Ahead, the name of the school and any other creative elements and colors that best visually describes this new learning environment. The winning name will receive a prize. Contest runs May 18-29.


If you have any questions about the new STEAM Lab please contact Mrs. Gellman.


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2015 PTO Sabercat Carnival

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Despite Rain, More Than 500 Attend

Silver Oak PTO Sabercat Summer Carnival

Heavy rain did not deter the over 500 people who came out and enjoyed the Silver Oak PTO Sabercat Summer Carnival.  A great time was had by all ages with games, entertainment and good food and treats to eat.


Silver Oak PTO extends our thanks to the many people who help make these events possible:


Volunteers – we cannot host these great events without you

Sponsors – Your support builds community and helps to resource these events

Administration Staff and Teachers – for sharing the campus with us

Students and families – making time in busy schedules to have fun and celebrate our school community.



School News

Santa Clara County Office of Education
Walden West Safety Update


Santa Clara County Office of Education has created a page on their website that is a clearing house for all updates and information pertaining to the ongoing investigation into Edgar Covarrubias and Walden West. An update on the safety changes being made at Walden West and new FAQ can by found on the SCCOE website. This page on SCCOE website will be used to communicate any new developments in the investigation.


On Monday, May 11 Mrs. Gellman shared her concerns with 5th and 6th grade parents in an email about the allegations and arrest of Edgar Covarrubias, a former Walden West employee known as Papa Bear. Covarrubias was arrested Friday, May 15 for possession of child pornography with additional charges added the following week. The District received confirmation from Santa Clara County Office of Education that Silver Oak, Matsumoto, Laurelwood and Norwood schools attended science camp when the suspect was present.


Mrs. Gellman encourages parents to talk with their children and if they have concerns to please contact the SCC Sheriff's Office SAFE Task Force at 408-808-4300 or send an email to safetaskforce@sheriff.sccgov.org. Counseling services are available from school psychologists if parents or students want to speak with a counselor. And if parents have any further concerns, they can also call or email Mrs. Gellman.  


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Annual Student Art Exhibit

Silver Oak PTO proudly presents:

the 12th Annual Student Art Show

May 28, 5:30 p.m.



You are invited to the Silver Oak Art Gallery (multipurpose room) on the evening of Thursday, May 28 for a special exhibit featuring the artwork of our talented student artists. Every student will be represented. The show opens at 5:30PM and Open House will begin immediately afterward.


Please contact Norma Park or Jinny Baw with questions.



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Primary Programmers Summer Schedule


Silver Oak PTO Primary Programmers classes will be offered throughout the summer for current and former Silver Oak students. Students who were in grades 4, 5, 6 in the 2014/2015 school year at Silver Oak are eligible for the classes.


The classes will be held in the community classroom of New Seasons Market from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays starting on June 18.


Classes will focus on simple projects using command line interface. Students must bring their own devices to class, computers will not be provided. Class fee is $40 per student. For full class details, please see the primary programmers class web page.


Email Silver Oak parent Attila Lengyel with any questions.


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Box Tops Deadline May 22

Box Tops April 2015 Schoolloop.jpgWe have until Friday, May 22 to achieve this year's goal of $1500 and win an ice cream party for the whole school.


Now is the time to search your cupboards and clip clip clip!


We are only $300 (3000 BoxTops) away from our goal. That's only $11.50 (115 BoxTops) for each class.


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


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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Yearbook for Sale

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Silver Oak Elementary School




Online ordering for Silver Oak's yearbook is now closed, but you can still order a copy by completing and giving this form along with a check for $43 to Liz Martinez or Cassie Giannotta in the school's front office.  Orders will be accepted through June1.


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Math Kangaroo 2015

math kangaroo.jpgOn March 19 2015, 65 students from Silver Oak took the Math Kangaroo test. Over the course of 75 minutes, the students of grades 1 through 4 solved 24 questions, while those of 5th and 6th solved 30 questions. The questions were increasing in difficulty and the last few ones were really challenging for the grade levels. Questions are in a puzzle-like format that really challenge students’ logical and analytical skills.


Congratulations to all the Math Kangaroo students for taking on the test challenge, for working hard and for earning a good score. You make us proud!

Ten students of Silver Oak have made it to the National merit list. Linus T. (Grade 3) and Ethan T. (Grade 6) scored full marks with all answers correct and have a National and California first rank!










Linus T. 3 1 1
Ethan L. 3 6 4
Catherine L. 3 15 11
Arul M. 4 4 4
Elizabeth L. 4 8 8
Anthony T. 4 12 11
Saurish S. 4 17 16
Ethan T. 6 1 1
Alex L. 6 19 17
Sathvik S. 6 20 18


The result for all the participants will be available on www.mathkangaroo.org in on the third Sunday of May. Participants will also receive an email from Math Kangaroo.

Please note that the parent coordinators do not have access to individual student scores.


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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 Rosey Gellman.


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Library Summer Reading Challenge


Kids can prevent the "summer slide" and keep up with their reading over the summer by signing up for the San Jose Public Library Summer Reading Challenge.


The challenge runs from June 1-July 31 and the whole family is welcome to sign up. Take the challenge by reading 20 minutes a day and learning about STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).


Register at your local library or online starting on June 1.


Please read this summer reading challenge flyer for more details.


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Interdistrict & School Choice Transfer Dates

Each year parents have the option of enrolling their children in a school that is different than the one that is assigned. There is one process for choosing a school within the district which the parent lives (School Choice transfer), and separate processes for selecting schools in other districts (Interdistrict Transfer).  As we begin planning for 2015-2016 enrollments, the following dates are important to keep in mind:


Now Through Friday, May 29, 2015

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If your child is currently attending an Evergreen School District school on an Interdistrict Transfer (i.e. you reside in another school district), you will need to begin the renewal process at your resident district office. Interdistrict Transfers must be renewed yearly. If your child has not been approved for an Interdistrict Transfer by your resident school district and Evergreen School District, he/she will not be placed in a class. We will begin the review of renewals for the 2015-2016 school year during this time frame. For additional information, see Evergreen School District Attendance Options.


Monday, March 2 – Friday, May 29, 2015

New Interdistrict Transfer Requests Accepted


If you live outside the Evergreen School District attendance area, are planning to have your child enrolled at one of our schools, and have not requested an Interdistrict Transfer from your resident school district, you must start the process of requesting an Interdistrict Transfer at your resident district office. Approved transfers from your resident district office should be received by the Evergreen School District Office (3188 Quimby Road San Jose, CA 95148) within this window of time. For additional information, see Evergreen School District Attendance Options.


If you have questions, please contact Jessica Villalobos at Evergreen School District 408-270-6806.


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Prepared to Keep Students Safe

What Type of Emergencies

Might Your Child Encounter At School?


All emergencies impact schools including local and national events. Here are some examples of emergencies that Silver Oak practices with students and staff throughout the year so everyone knows what to do:


  • Earthquake - may result in an evacuation depending on the location and severity of the quake
  • Missing Person or Student - may result in a lockdown.
  • Fire - may result in evacuation or shelter-in-place depending on location and severity of fire. 
  • Weapons - may result in an evacuation or a lockdown.
  • Bomb Threat - may result in an evacuation.
  • Chemical/Hazmat/Biological Materials - may result in an evacuation or a shelter-in-place depending on the location and type of incident.
  • Intruder- may result in a lockdown or evacuation depending on the circumstances. 


In response to an emergency that threatens the school, here are some of the actions the school might take:


Code Red

(Lockdown or Run, Hide, Defend)

Secures the building and safely shelters all students, staff, and visitors inside the school building.

Code Blue


Is a low-level lockdown that has been called because there is a situation/threat in the neighborhood that requires everyone to get inside. Staff and students can continue on their day-to-day activities indoors.
Code 9 (Evacuation) Requires students, staff, and visitors to exit an unsafe school building.


To learn more about how you can prepare for a school emergency please read Silver Oak's Parent Guide to Emergency Situations at School available under the Parent Resources tab on the school website. be prepared.jpg

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Celebrating 20 Years of Education Excellence


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


All Parents Invited!

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Next Meeting:

Wednesday, May 27
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 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.


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 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.

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."