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!!!
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.
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".
Calling all students in grades 1 - 4...this is your chance to sparkle in our holiday vocal ensemble showcase. This year's PTO fall choir will learn heart warming up-beat classics to perform for a school assembly and at an evening show before our holiday break. We will be introducing a new choir director from Starting Arts for this popular program. The limited number of spots fill quickly, so make sure to register as early as possible!
Registration - opens online Tuesday, September 2 at 10 a.m.
Rehearsals - Tuesdays from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in G-4 classroom beginning September 16
Performances - December 17 (assemblies and evening show)
For more information, please contact, PTO Fine Arts Director Lisa Anderson.
Attention 5th and 6th Graders!! Are you interested in Lego Robotics? Would you like to experiment with the newest Lego Robotics platform, the EV3? Now is the time to apply for the Silver Oak Robotics Club, sponsored by PTO!
Who is eligible? We have spots for ten 5th graders and a few 6th graders, to be selected based on the quality of the application and teacher recommendation.
When does the club meet? Robotics club sessions are 3 – 5 p.m. every Friday at Silver Oak School. (Note: No supervision is provided from 2:15 – 3 p.m.)
What does it cost? There is a $100 materials fee to join the Robotics Club. This covers equipment and competition entry fees. 6th graders will compete as a team this fall, with support from 5th graders.
How do I apply? Complete all three parts of the application packet (details and packet can be found here). Completed applications (including teacher recommendation) are due to the office by Friday, September 12.
Welcome to another fantastic Silver Oak school year!
I’m Rosey Gellman, the Principal of Silver Oak.
We have exciting learning opportunities in store for your children, but in order to accomplish our goals we need you! Your pledges are vital to support and enrich Silver Oak and it’s never been more vital than this year.
You’ve heard of the 3 R’s. Well, we’ll be focusing this year on the 3 I’s: Imagine, Innovate, Instruct.
I want you to take a moment to Imagine - Imagine what happens when a community is united in one purpose. And that purpose is to create an exceptional, state of the art educational experience for your children.
I want you to take a moment to consider your part in supporting how we Innovate around creative and 21st Century learning experiences. This means teachers and parents working together to develop and implement programs for your children that are innovative and prepare them for college and beyond.
Finally, I want you to take a moment to consider your part in how we Instruct. How we equip teachers and classrooms to enrich the learning experience with a special emphasis on Technology, Art and Music.
How do we do this? It’s only through your generosity and pledges. The time is now to support your child’s education. The time is now for every Silver Oak family to pledge their support. And when you do, remember your pledge and its support of the three I’s: Imagine, Innovate, Instruct.
My name is Stacey Johnston and I am the president of the parent teacher organization here at Silver Oak.
The PTO is the organization that makes the three I’s come alive here at Silver Oak. Over 90% of our funds go directly back into our children’s classrooms. The pledge drive is our primary fundraiser and the economic engine of the PTO here at Silver Oak.
I’d like you to imagine that for $250 per student - which is as little as $1.25 per day in the school calendar year - we can Innovate. We can have state of the art technology in our classrooms. We can resource our teachers so that they have the supplies and the training they need. And we can create a collaborative learning environment so that our children learn new ways to work together
We can instruct our children by showing them that we value and support their learning environment by investing our time and our financial resources. We’d like to show everyone how to be a model for others in creating an excellent educational experience in a public school setting.
Last year we had 83% of our families support the pledge drive. This year we know that we can do better. Thank you again for your continued support of the PTO, of your children, and of Silver Oak elementary. I’d like to remind you that your contribution is tax deductible and that your investment is priceless.
So remember, pledge now! Thank You.
School Site Council Election
Two parent positions are up for election (for a two-year term) during Back to School Nights on September 3 and 4. If you are interested in becoming a part of this decision making team or learning more about SSC, please contact Corinne Bordelon, School Site Council chair.
The School Site Council (SSC) is a group of parents, teachers, and classified employees that work together with our principal, Rosey Gellman, to play an important role in the decision-making process at Silver Oak. The Council develops the Single Plan for Student Achievement, identifying goals and actions, and allocating funds in support of the actions. We continue to meet monthly throughout the school year to monitor progress on these actions and goals. The Council also is a key player in the on-going review and development of the Comprehensive School Safety Plan.
Parents, classes will not be disrupted at all for forgotten homework, lunches or changes in after-school pick-up. Please make sure your child has all they need before they come to school each morning. If your child does forget something, please email the teacher and let him or her know and the child will be directed to the office to pick up the item... In saying that, teachers are also busy teaching your children. They try to check their email, but it could happen that they do not get your message until after school. Therefore, being prepared every day makes life easier for everyone.
Here is a tip to make your child's next school picture day a better one.
Choose an outfit with solid color. Why? Because ANY patterns, stripes or other distracting elements on the body will distract the viewer from the face of the portrait. For more information, contact Liz Martinez in the front office.
Silver Oak PTO is proud to offer a series of eight-week computer programming classes to 4th-6th grades beginning Monday, September 8. The fall session will include Primary Programmers Essentials and Primary Programmers Advanced.
In Primary Programmers Essentials students will learn basic programming concepts using a standard programming language, such as Java....click for more...
In Primary Programmers Advanced students will learn graphical user interface development using an integrated development environment, such as NetBeans...click for more...
Dates & Times:
Primary Programmers Essentials -
Fridays: September 19 - November 14
5 - 5:50 p.m.
Primary Programmers Advanced -
Fridays: September 19 - November 14
6 - 6:50 p.m.
Open to 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students
Each class - 20 maximum students
Registration opens at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 8. Students will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. In case the registration limit is reached, you can sign up on a waiting list.
Friday, September 14, 2014
$30 per student. Online registration only at so.schoolloop.com.
Box Tops for Education Clipping Campaign Kicks Off!
This year, Silver Oak will again be participating in the Box Tops for Education™ program. My name is Mary Liau and I’m thrilled to be the Box Tops Coordinator for Silver Oak Elementary. Clipping Box Tops is an easy way for you to help our school buy what it needs. Box Tops are each worth 10¢ and they quickly add up to real free cash for our school.
This school year, our school’s earnings goal is $1,500. If the goal is met at the end of school year, each kid will receive an ice-cream as a reward! Last year Silver Oak clipped $1,669 worth of Box Tops clippings. Thank you! I will be collecting and reporting the progress monthly. Box Tops do expire so turn them to your child's teacher frequently.
To help our school, just look for pink Box Tops on products, clip them, and send them to school. For more information on the Box Tops for Education program, including a list of participating products and our school’s progress, visit www.BTFE.com. Be sure to become a member to receive exclusive coupons and recipes and learn about extra ways for our school to earn.
I hope you’re excited for everything we can do this year with Box Tops! If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m here to make our school’s Box Tops for Education program a huge success this year.
Parent University 2014-2015 registration is coming!
Come on out and hear about our amazing classes from our extraordinary instructors and to register for your classes. Don’t miss out on your choices. Some exciting and informational topics for this year's classes include:
21st Century Family Learning Program: The Whole Child,The Whole Family
How Can The Habits Of Mind Help My Child?
Robotics For The Family - Common Core Mathematics
Common Core Language Arts
Social and Emotional Behavior
College and Career Readiness
Technology Tools For Success
How To Help My Child Become A More Proficient Reader and Writer
Parent registration will be held on:
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 6 p.m.
Katherine Smith Elementary School
2025 Clarice Dr., San Jose, CA 95122
Register early so that you can get your first choice. And guess what?……THESE CLASSES ARE FREE!
On Friday, August 22, Prinicpal Rosey Gellman and 14 Silver Oak teachers accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge issued by Cedar Grove and K.R. Smith Elementary Schools. Just before the end of school, the Silver Oak student body cheered on as Principal Gellman and our teachers on the school field. They each fulfilled the challenge by not only donating to ALS but then had cold ice water poured over their heads. What's next? Silver Oak nominates Cadwallader principal Tina Choy, the Evergreen Instructional Coaches, and all Nextdoor community parents and families to take the challenge!
By now you’ve no doubt heard about the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that has taken the nation by storm. People are literally soaking themselves to raise awareness and funds for ALS while figuratively “pouring cold water on the disease” in hopes of finding a cure. While a fun activity that is perfectly tailored for the YouTube-era, the viral videos haven’t only taken over social media but have contributed to an avalanche of awareness and funding for ALS.
Rev your engines for another musical adventure at Silver Oak! This year the PTO is proud to be working with Starting Arts once again to offer GREASE! as the upper grade play. All 4th - 6th graders are welcomed to participate. Set in 1959, GREASE! 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 don't miss this chance to participate in the upper grade play! Important dates are listed below. Check back soon for more information.
Online Registration - opens 6 p.m. August 25
Auditions - September 8 and 10
Rehearsals - Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., beginning September 15
All 5th and 6th graders (no experience necessary) are invited to join Silver Oak PTO's spectacular after school band program under the instruction of music director Matt Powell. Lessons in our instrumental music program begin near the end of September after school on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays (day of week will depend on the instrument chosen), and culminate with a spring concert in May.
Please be aware that due to our enrollment numbers, it is possible that classes will be added, dropped or that combination classes will be formed. Should this happen, some students will be required to change classrooms. For the next two weeks of school, please consider the placement of your student provisional. If changes are necessary, you will be notified. Thank you for your patience and understanding.
The 2014 PTO Pledge Drive is the annual Parent-Teacher Organization fundraiser that raises money for Silver Oak school programs that are not funded by the School District. The programs encourage STEM development (science, technology, engineering and math), as well as art, music, and language arts enrichment, and are only made available by your direct and generous contributions.
WHY Should I Pledge?
91% of the PTO spending goes directly into the classroom and benefits all children.
The PTO invests $250 per child for all students at Silver Oak throughout the year; please invest in enriching your child’s education by pledging the suggested $250 amount or more.
Take advantage of the Pledge Drive’s special offers and prizes!
All children who pledge receive a special Silver Oak wallet!
Communicating with parents and caregivers is important to us at Silver Oak. There are two online systems we use at Silver Oak to stay in touch.
School Loop lets us keep you up to date on what is happening at school. Through School Loop we send out information about school events, holidays, and other important activities.
PowerSchool is the system we use to contact you in case of an emergency and for safety notifications. On this site you will tell us who you want us to contact and where you want us to contact you...on email, through text or calling your home or mobile phone.
It is important that you register on both systems to help us help you get information about your child in a timely manner. Please click on the registration guides below to help you get started. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie email@example.com or call 408.223.4515 in the front office.
All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Rosey Gellman each Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!
Students in 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade are preparing to square off in this year's Battle of the Books.
Teams begin forming next week during lunchtime in the school library on Wednesday, September 3, for Battle of the Books! Don't worry if you don't already have a team - all children will be placed onto a team. And don't worry if you haven't read any of the books - there's still plenty of time!
Teams will meet in the library weekly during lunchtime until the preliminary competition rounds begin in mid October, with the final rounds to be held in an assembly (date to be announced shortly) to determine who knows their books best!
There are a few chair positions that still need to be filled for this school year. If you haven't already volunteered, please consider becoming a part of what makes Silver Oak the best school in San Jose.
Project Cornerstone Co-Chair
Sound Technician for Performing Arts
Silver Oak School congratulates students on being "Upstanders" throughout the school year. This recognition is given to students who have someone's back or stands 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.
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."