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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.


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.


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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

Parents: Please Read, Sign and Return Standards of Behavior Agreement***Noontime Supervisors Needed***Yearbooks for Sale***

Kindergarten Registration Information

Silver Oak

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It is now time to register for kindergarten, if your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2015 and it is time to register for transitional kindergarten if your child turns five between September 2, 2015 and December 2, 2015. Registration packets for transitional kindergarten and kindergarten are now available in the Silver Oak Elementary School administration office located at 5000 Farnsworth Drive. 


Process for Submitting Registration Packets

For kindergarten registration, please bring your completed kindergarten registration packets to Silver Oak Elementary School on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 8:30 am. At that time, parents will be given a lottery ticket and asked to wait in the school's multipurpose room. Kindergarten packets will be processed throughout the morning by number.


Completed transitional kinder packets will be accepted in the school's administration office beginning Friday, March 6, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. 


Please note that in addition to the registration packet, parents must have the following items:

  • Proof of residence: Three pieces of original documentation are required. (Acceptable forms may be viewed at www.eesd.org under “Registration” in the “Parents” section.)
  • An original birth certificate or other legal document showing date of birth (i.e. Passport)
  • Immunization record (California schools enforce a “no shots, no school” policy).


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Pennies for Patients

Pennies For Patients

Save the Children!


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The Silver Oak Student Council has organized a Pennies for Patients drive to help children with life-threatening leukemia and lymphoma. The Student Council is asking everyone to please donate! On Friday, February 27, students will bring home small boxes to collect pennies and a flyer with more information about the drive. Students can return the boxes to their classrooms.


Bring in your pennies from March 2 to March 13.


Every Penny Counts! Your Pennies Help Kids.


For more information visit http://www.penniesforpatients.org/


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District Parent Advisory Meeting


Reminder for the March PAC Meeting
Wednesday, March 4 
9:30-10:30 a.m.

Norwood Creek Elementary*

Multipurpose Room

3241 Remington Way


Join parents throughout the district Wednesday, March 4 to learn more about LCAP (Local Control and Accountability Plan), how it works and how it will impact the day-to-day activities of each school in our school district. This is a good opportunity for Silver Oak parents to understand the money our school receives in comparison to other schools in the district and to ask how to make up the differences.

*Please note the location change for this meeting*

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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, May 4 – Friday, May 22, 2015        

School Choice Transfer Requests Accepted


If you are a resident of the Evergreen School District but wish for your child to attend an Evergreen school other than your home school, you must complete a School Choice Transfer Request form.  “School Choice” placements are dependent on space availability and are offered on a lottery system. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent and will not be provided by the district.  Forms will be available at your neighborhood school and at the Evergreen School District Office at 3188 Quimby Road after Monday, April 20, 2015.  Completed requests will be accepted at the District Office during the request window: Monday, May 4 through Friday, May 22, 2015. Requests received after Friday, May 22, 2015 will not be included in the lottery. These requests will be put on a waiting list. For additional information, see Evergreen School District Attendance Options. and information at the bottom of this page titled Enrollment & Registration.


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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Standards of Behavior

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In response to your input on the parent safe school survey last month, the Silver Oak Standards of Behavior have been revised and will be coming home with your students this week.


Please review this document, complete the bottom,

sign and return the form to your child's teacher.


This document lists school rules and outlines consequences for any misbehavior. This document will be filed in your students' file for future reference. You can also print a copy of the PDF for your reference.


Thank you for helping to update our Comprehensive Safe School Plan.



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Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival

It's time for the Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival -- inspiring students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative and creative problem-solving.



The festivals began around the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007, and are expanding across the country.  The closest one to Silver Oak is in Palo Alto. Details are:


  • Saturday, April 11, 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Open to girls in grades 4-9
  • Located at The Girls' Middle School, 3400 West Bayshore Road, Palo Alto, CA.


If you would like to register to attend, please fill out the registration form.


Julia Robinson was a mathematics professor at UC Berkeley for many years. She is famous for her solution of Hilbert’s tenth problem. The Julia Robinson Mathematics Festivals were started in the San Francisco Bay Area to honor her legacy and encourage more students to pursue mathematics.


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Box Tops January Results

Box Tops January 2015.jpgOver 2000 Box Tops clipping were collected for January (wow!), so we have now earned $633.70 for the year.


Thank you, thank you!!!


Cinch locks will be purchased using Box Tops money for the classrooms, keeping Silver Oak safe. Kindergarteners are also now enjoying a new tire replacement to their tricycle from the Box Tops money.


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


We gained a lot of ground last month (thank you for everyone who brought in Box Tops) and are still behind last year's January number($792) as we strive to meet this year's goal ($1500). 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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A Grand Celebration


Happy 20th Anniversary

Silver Oak Elementary School


Silver Oak teachers, staff, parents, alumni teachers and administration filled the festively decorated dining room at The Ranch Friday, February 6 to celebrate our 20th anniversary. Everyone enjoyed a wonderful evening with a delicious crab dinner and dancing to lively music by James Henry. Silver Oak Principal Rosey Gellman thanked everyone for attending while 5th grade teacher Bill Laraway and Will Ector, Silver Oak's first principal and current superintendent of Berryessa Union School District, entertained the audience with stories of opening the first school of its kind in the district, naming Silver Oak, selecting the mascot and school colors, rodent invasions and wild pigs on the school field. It was an exciting first year with many good memories.  



Silver Oak is a great gift to all of us with fantastic teachers and staff, amazing students and wonderful supportive parents. Many thanks to our anniversary dinner sponsors Lillian Moore of State Farm and the team of Niki Brown and Eric Parker from Alain Pinel for helping to make the evening so memorable.


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District News



Tentative Agreement Reached Between

Evergreen School District and

Evergreen Teachers Association


The Evergreen School District is happy to announce a tentative agreement has been reached with the Evergreen Teachers Association. Based on information released by the Department of Finance on January 30, 2015, regarding the LCFF funding gap percentage for 2016/2017, the District was able to offer a salary increase of 3.25% effective July 1, 2014.


This tentative agreement resolves all outstanding issues in contract re-opener negotiations for 2014/2015. The agreement will be subject to approval by the ETA membership and the Evergreen School District Board of Trustees.


We are pleased to have arrived at an agreement that is fair to all parties and that gives our hard working teachers a much deserved salary increase. Thanks to the funding increases in the recent Governor's budget we have been able to achieve this agreement while maintaining our fiduciary responsibility to the families and taxpayers of this community. Many thanks to all for their patience and understanding during this period.


If you have questions you can contact Kathy Gomez, superintendent of Evergreen School District or Brian Wheatley, Evergreen Teachers Association president.


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Date Change!

Silver Oak PTO presents

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Please Note Date Change:

International Night 2015

Will Now Take Place

Thursday, April 30

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.


Due to unforeseen calendar conflicts, International Night is moving to Thursday, April 30. Please make a note of this change of dates on your calendar so you don't miss one of the most fun PTO events of the year. As in past years the event will be held in the school's multipurpose room.


PTO's International night takes you around the world to learn and experience the different cultures within our own Silver Oak school community. About 30 countries participate in this wonderful evening as children travel from country to country getting their passports stamped. It's a pure celebration -- of our school, our teachers and students, our entire community -- with great food, activities, games, live music, and performances from our students, parents, teachers, and generous local businesses who donate their time and talents.


If you have any questions about this event, please email PTO International Night Chair Vidhya Iyer.


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School Site Council News

Comprehensive School Safety Plan Update


Thank you to the 310 parents that responded to our school safety survey in January. We are in the process of revising Silver Oak's comprehensive school safety plan for 2015-2016. Once the plan is updated, parents will have the opportunity to review and comment on the goals and tactics outlined in next school year's plan.


If you have any questions about the plan or process, please contact Corinne Bordelon, School Site Council president and Silver Oak parent.


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Science Fair

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Silver Oak March 4


In class, most students have begun to prepare for the 2015 Silver Oak Science Fair to be held March 4.  The science fair project gives students the opportunity to extend their knowledge of a particular scientific topic or idea that they find interesting. It allows them to share the results of their investigation with others through an experiment, model, demonstration, collection or invention. Winners of the 2015 Silver Oak Science Fair competition will be announced March 4 and are eligible to advance to the Evergreen School District Science Fair on Thursday, March 19 from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at Quimby Oak Middle School.


For more information on the judging criteria or to see this year's guidelines, click on Science Fair Student Handbook.


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Math Olympiad News

Silver Oak PTO announces


Results from 4th Math Olympiad Test Announced


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The Silver Oak Math Olympiad Team completed their fourth MOEMS contest Tuesday, February 10. Thirty-six students had 30 minutes to complete the early morning test comprised of 5 challenging problems. Congratulations to these Silver Oak students who got all the 5 questions correct!


Grade 4: Arul M
Grade 6: Avi M, Ethan T, Meera B, William W.


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Help Wanted

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We need noon yard supervisors!!


We are looking for moms or dads or grandmas or granddads who might like to spend a couple hours a day with our great students.  If you are interested in working 3 or more days a week for a couple of hours, please contact Liz Martinez in the school office at 408-223-4515.


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Yearbook for Sale

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Silver Oak Elementary School




The teacher who had the ice dumped over their head, the school plays and Silver Oak Sings are just some of the memories from this school year. We are making memories every day and the yearbook helps preserve them so you can remember them forever. A limited number of books will be ordered, so place your order today to guarantee your copy.


To order, go to YearbookOrderCenter.com or you can call toll free at 1.888.287.3096 (M-F 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Silver Oak's order number is 12035. For copy of the yearbook flyer, click here.




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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, March 4
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:

Aaditya B. (Jan)

Aaron L. (Jul)

Alexander L. (Jun)

Amanda C. (Jul)

Anish S. (Jul)

Ann-Mei S. (Jul)

Anthony G. (Jan)

Anya I. (Jan)

Arnav R. (Jul)

Avi M. (Oct)

Braden F. (Jan)

Bradley N. (Jul)

Brandolyn R. (Jul)

Brianna H. (Jan)

Calvin L. (Jul)

Cole B. (Jan)

Cooper G. (Jan)

Hailey H. (Jun)

Ian C. (Dec)

Jiale F. (Jul)

Kaitlyn H. (Jan)

Katherine T. (Jan)

Kayla C. (Jan)

Kyra C. (Jan)

Lauren C. (Jan)

Lauren Y. (Jan)

Maya G. (Jan)

Medha M. (Jun)

Melanie P. (Dec)

Rachel H. (Jan)

Ria S. (Jul)

Shreya Y. (Jul)

Sruthi S. (Jan)

Yahia K. (Jan)

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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 January Awesome Authors.

Stop by to view their work in the multipurpose room!

Daryl B
Ethan T
Emily M
Selina T
Aarav V
Nadezda L
Lisette D
Katherine T
Anton L
Anit P
Elizabeth L
Justin L
Adrian L
Taarak B
Mia A
Alex C
Kayden W
Joshua L
Jerry Y
Joyce R
Akhil A
Valerie N
Andrew B
Raghav T
Ethan L
Sydney R
Kiara R
Eesha B
Hannah G
Reese R
Adrian S


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

Anthony G

Alexander C

Spencer W

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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."