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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:

http://www.googleartproject.com/

 

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

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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.

 



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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

 

Evergreen Quarterly

The Evergreen School District publishes a newsletter about the current happenings in the school district. Click here to see a current copy of this newsletter.

 

SupTalk!

Visit SupTalk!, a Q&A page with questions generated by our community! Submit your questions to SubTalk@eesd.org

 

Facebook

Evergreen School District

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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.

Newsletters

April 2014

January 2014

***Families not confirmed on School Loop and PowerSchool will be contacted***First Day of School August 20

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Have a Safe and Happy Summer!

First Day of School is August 20, 2014

PTO News

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Silver Oak PTO would like to thank our outgoing board members for their hard work and dedication making the first year of our combined SOEP And PTA into one parent teacher organization a success:
 

Stacey Barck -- Director of Communication
Charlene Hu -- Treasurer
Michele O'Brien -- VP Finance
Cheryl Brashears -- President

 

We are pleased to announce the 2014-2015 PTO board:

 

Stacey Johnston*     President
Mary Suh*   Vice President
Lakshmi Subrahmonia*   Treasurer
Kim Hernandez   Secretary
Madhu Mujoo   Director: Enrichment
Alice Tu*   Director: Communications
Attila Lengyel   Director: Information Technology
Lisa Anderson   Director: Fine Arts
Reena Arya   Director: Outreach Programs
Catherine Azevedo*   Director: Fundraising & Special Events
Bala Sahejpal   Director: Community Outreach 

*new PTO board members

 

Volunteers of the Year

The PTO board would also like to thank our parent volunteers of the year Dixie Lopes and Mary Suh for leading the 2013 pledge drive and enabling our new fundraising strategy which allows volunteers to spend more time working on programs to be fit the kids and less time worrying about raising money.  

 

More thanks

Additional monies that come from corporate sponsors help the PTO in many ways. Thank you 2013-2014 corporate sponsors for your support this year.

 

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2013-2014 PTO Year End Review

2013-2014 was a year of change with the new Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), but what stayed the same is the amazing Silver Oak community: teachers, administration, students, parents and neighbors all giving to make Silver Oak the great place it is!  With your financial support and time we were able to successfully implement many PTO-funded programs. As a result, our children’s education was enhanced, both inside and outside of the classrooms. Our kids benefited greatly from your generosity. THANK YOU for your support of Silver Oak PTO!


Cheryl Brashears ~ PTO 2013-14 President

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Caring Community

Silver Oak Establishes Safety Fund

With $2,254 in Community Donations

 

Wanting to help Silver Oak after the May break-in, third grader Sohum A. asked neighbors to donate money for a Silver Oak security fund. Thanks to his altruistic efforts, Sohum raised $1,354 dollars from generous families in the Meadowlands' neighborhood. With the donation from another Silver Oak family, the safety fund has $2,254 to put towards the purchase of desktop computer locks that will be used to secure PCs to classroom desks. We are sincerely grateful to those families for kindly reaching out and charitably donating to help make our school a more secure and safe environment. Thank you for your support! For more information about this security fund, please contact Principal Rosey Gellman at rgellman@eesd.org.

 

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Reading is Fun!

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Silver Oak students like to read. They like to read so much, that during the 2013-14 school year they checked out 32,969 books! “It’s exciting to see such enthusiasm from our students for reading. Since last year, I’ve seen a 20% increase in the number of borrowed books from our school library," says Silver Oak Librarian Karen Hokanson.reading.jpg

 

Research shows there is a strong correlation between independent reading and academic success. Independent reading boosts vocabulary, reading comprehension, verbal skills and achievement test scores. Reading opens up a world of knowledge and can help children pursue their interests and hobbies. According to Educational Psychology, students who read regularly have better research skills and are more effective writers. 

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Library News

2013-2014 AR High Point Achievers

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Congratulations to these Silver Oak students

for earning the most number of AR points

in their grade this school year!

 

Student Grade Total AR Points Read
Kavya K. 6 727.1
Heidi S. 5 512.3
Michael L. 4 639.9
Elizabeth L. 3 706.2
Siddharth C. 2 241.3
Kyra C. 1 67.6

 

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Get Oragnized for Next School Year!

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for 2014- 2015

 

Grade 1

Grade 2
Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5
Grade 6

 

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Classroom Assignments

2014 - 2015 Class Placements

 

  • If you want to be able to see your child's 1st - 6th grades classroom assignment for the 2014-2015 school year, you MUST register on Power School. This information will be available for viewing online on in PowerSchool Parent Portal on Tuesday, August 19 at 5 p.m. If you still need to register, please click PowerSchool. If you have any problems in registering, please call the office at 408.223.4515 for assistance.
  • Kindergarten orientation begins at 12:30 p.m. in the school's multipurpose room on Tuesday, August 19. After a short meeting with Principal Gellman, kindergarteners will find out their class assignment and meet their teacher.

 

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Summer Reading List - Battle of Books

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Coming Fall 2014

 

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, featuring our own Principal Gellman as our quiz show host! 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!

 

3 & 4 Grade Reading List

5 & 6 Grade Reading List

 

If you have any questions about Battle of the Books, please contact Corinne Bordelon at cdbordelon@gmail.com

 

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Volunteer Next Year

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Silver Oak PTO is Looking for Chairs

2014-2015 Events and Programs

 

There are a few chair positions that still need to be filled for new school year. If you haven't already volunteered, please consider becoming a part of what makes Silver Oak the best school.
 

Pub Night or Girls Night Out
Carnival Co Chairs
Volunteer Outreach and Sign up Genius
Sound Technician for Performing Arts

 

Contact Michele O'Brien at petiteone@comcast.net or 408.531.9856.

 

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Moving Or Going To Another School Next Year?

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Silver Oak Elementary

California Distinguished School

2012

Imagine...Innovate...Instruct

 

Read About Us

Administration

Gellman, Rosemary
Principal
Giannotta, Cassie
Office Assistant

Student Absence Line

Please call to report your child's absence

408-223-4515

2013-14 Birthday Book Club

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Thank you to our May Birthday Book Club participants! 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.

Linus T
Thalia P
Emily M
Kirsten F
Julius K
Renuka B
Maddox C
Anjali L
Romina J
Aksithi E
Divya V
William N
Hunter G
Gabriel C
Jennifer K
Warren P
Rhoan M
Meera B
Fadi B
Isha M
Juntao R
Hannah J
Michael A
Ethan C
Katherine N
Isabella B
Haydyn P

Justin W
Aaliya C
Shaanveer D
Dennis P
Matthew T
Amanda C
Tristan H
Erin K
Eliana C
Mia G
Emma D
Casey M
Emma S
Ryan R
Kevin M
Reed M
Ronak D
Noah G
Siddhant S
Hoai-Phuong H
Jack R
Mehul ALuca S
John K
Nataie P
Matthew C
Maya P
 

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Traffic Safety

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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

 

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Silver Oak School would like to congratulate the following students on being "Upstanders" during this school year.  Great job on being an outstanding citizen!

SaberCatch

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Congratulations to these students who were caught doing a good deed by their teacher. They were rewarded by a visit and a treat from Mrs. Gellman.  Great job.....

 

Chloe

Hamza

Amara

Kareena

Benjamin

Akshaya

Olivia

Isabelle

Kanta

Nathan

Andrea

Kareena

Eesha

Alia

Carolina

Mitra

Kenneth

       

Daniel

Ethan

Matthew

Tristan

Zainab

Averie

Ashwath

Riyana

Anita

Sydney

Sydney S.

Madison

Emily

Varsha

Keelin

Brianna

Eliana

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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."