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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:

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

For current happenings going on in Evergreen School District visit the eesd.org website or "like" Evergreen School District on Facebook.

 

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***Registration Now Open for Upper Grade Play Shrek, Jr. The Musical***

PTO Pledge Drive Update

PTO Pledge Drive Starts Out at 30% of Goal


To Pledge Now Click on the Red Button!

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The Silver Oak PTO Mission Possible Pledge Drive campaign is off to a tremendous start!  We have already achieved 30% of our goal with just one week into the new school year.  A big THANK YOU to all the families who have already pledged!  Your child(ren) will receive the Silver Oak sackpacks in the coming days.

 

Our goal for this year's campaign is 100% participation.  This may seem like a lofty ambition, but with your help, we can achieve this target.  If you have not yet contributed, please do so now and help us prove to our children that no mission is impossible!

 

Why Pledge?

 

The Silver Oak PTO Pledge Drive is our annual fundraiser event. The money raised helps Silver Oak fund a wide variety of enrichment programs and equipment throughout the year that are not subsidized by the school district. These programs include STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math), Language Arts, Reading and Fine Arts.  Your contribution directly benefits your children.

 

Raffle Drawings for Exciting Prizes

 

As a thank you for your generous support, we are thrilled to offer an exciting collection of raffle prizes. Raffle drawings will be held on the following Tuesdays:

 

  1. September 8, 2015
  2. September 22, 2015
  3. October 6, 2015

 

Our first drawing on Tuesday, September 8 is quickly approaching.  We will raffle off the following prizes:

 

  • Gold Level Contributors - a $100 AMC Theatre Gift Card and 4 x Reserved Front Row Seats for the Upper Grade Play Shrek Jr.!

 

  • Platinum Level Contributors - Bus Loop Street Sign with Your Child(ren)'s Name(s) and a $200 Amazon Gift Card

 

Get your pledges in early so that you are included in these upcoming raffles!  If you have any questions, please contact Jinny Baw or Tess Chin at soepto@gmail.com.

 

Thank you again for your financial support.  Your pledge will help all of us show our children that together we can turn a seemingly impossible target into...

 

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School News

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Please Give a Warm Welcome

to Silver Oak's New Staff Members

 

Silver Oak is pleased to welcome Ms. Mary Nguyen, Ms. Cynthia Chan and Mr. John Penn to the Silver Oak family this school year.

 

Ms. Mary  Nguyen is teaching 6th grade at Silver Oak this year. She comes to our school from Carolyn Clark where she had been student-teaching. Ms. Nguyen is an Evergreen area native who graduated from Santa Clara University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies with emphasis in Pre-Teaching, Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Masters in Education. While growing up, she attended Silver Oak, Chaboya Middle School and Evergreen Valley High School. When she isn't teaching she likes to spend quality time with her family and friends, getting boba (a Taiwanese tea-based drink), exploring new ice cream places and participating in game nights at a friend's house.

 

Ms. Cynthia Chan is Silver Oak's new RSP (Resource Specialist Program) teacher replacing Mrs. Christine Bowers who is on leave. And Mr. Penn is our new night janitor.



We say goodbye and wish the very best to Mrs. Annora Lee, Mr. Trent Tyni and Anthony Hernandez. Mrs. Lee has accepted a coaching position with Dove Elementary School. Mr. Trent Tyni moved and is teaching at an elementary school in Oakland. And Mr. Anthony Hernandez is now at Dove Elementary School in Evergreen School District.

 

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Message to Silver Oak Parents

Tips On How to Best Handle

Forgotten Lunch and Homework

 

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 them know. When you bring the homework or lunch to the front office, make sure your child's name is easily visible on the item. Your child will be directed by their teacher to pick up their item in the front office during their recess or lunch break. Please remember that your teacher(s) are busy teaching your children. They try to check their email, but they may not see your message until after school. Therefore, being prepared every day makes life easier for everyone.

 

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Sign up to Get Electronic flyers

Are you getting Silver Oak e-flyers?

If not, sign up with PeachJar!

 

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The Evergreen School District has asked all programs and classes to distribute e-flyers through PeachJar to reduce paper waste and inefficiency.

 

So if you'd like to keep up on the latest afterschool offerings, such as Tennis, Drawing, and Writer's Workshop (to name just a few), check out PeachJar. You can go to the PeachJar web page and browse all e-flyers, or register to automatically receive Silver Oak Elementary flyers by email.

 

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Upper Grade Play Registration

Online enrollment opens 10 a.m. August 24
for Upper Grade Play SHREK JR!


Click Sign Up Now to register
 

Calling all 4th through 6th graders!  Our friends at Starting Arts are offering another exciting musical adventure this year at Silver Oak. The tale of a faraway kingdom, where everyone’s favorite green ogre Shrek finds his swamp invaded by banished fairytale misfits, runaways who've been cast off by Lord Farquaad, a tiny terror with big ambitions. When Shrek sets off with a wise-cracking donkey to confront Farquaad, he's handed a task - if he rescues feisty Princess Fiona from the Dragon-guarded tower, his swamp will be returned to him. But, a fairy tale wouldn't be complete without unexpected twists and turns along the way...

 

Relevant dates are listed below. 
 

  • Online/Mail-In Registration through Starting Arts - opens August 24
  • Auditions -  September 9 and 14
  • Rehearsals -  Mondays and Wednesdays 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. beginning Sept 16
  • Shows - week of December 7

 
Sponsored by Silver Oak PTO.  Contact Erika Kirchenbauer if you have questions.

 

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Keeping Our School Campus Safe

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Drop Off and Pick Up Students From Behind Yellow Line

Policy Enforcement Begins August 24

 

The safety of our students, staff and school is our utmost concern at Silver Oak. Over the past few years, Silver Oak has increased security systems and changed security and emergency processes in an effort to build confidence and increase a feeling of safety at our school. Part of our increased security process is to reduce the amount of visitors on school grounds during drop off, pick up and throughout the day. In an effort to accomplish this, we have restricted visitor access with a yellow line around the playground. We ask that parents stay behind this yellow line during drop off and pick up. We will begin enforcing these guidelines Monday, August 24, 2015. We appreciate your support in keeping our school and community safe.  Please see the following for more information. http://bit.ly/SOsecurity.

 

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Monthly Meeting With Principal

Principal's Cafe


First Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 2
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

 

Save the Date! Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are invited to meet Principal Howie Greenfield at his first Principal's Cafe meeting on September 2 at  8:30 a.m.  Mr. Greenfield will meet monthly with parents on the first Wednesday of each month in the school conference room to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!

 

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Class Placements Provisional

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.

 

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Silver Oak Communications

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 by email about school events, holidays, and other important activities every week.
  • 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. Please take a minute to access your accounts, review that your contact and emergency information are correct and then file your login information somewhere you can easily find it. 

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 How To Register for Silver Oak School's Online Systems to create an account. You will need your child's student ID number to get started. If you have any questions, please contact Cassie giannotta@eesd.org or call 408.223.4515 in the front office.

 

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Evergreen School District News

 Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Looking for Parents to Fill Three Positions

 

The Evergreen School District is accepting applications from parents/community members interested in filling 3 vacancy positions on the Measure H Citizens’ Oversight Committee.  This committee will oversee the expenditure of Measure H Parcel Tax funds, ensuring they are spent as approved by the voters. It is expected that the committee will meet twice a year, with the first meeting taking place on Monday, September 21, 2015 at 9 a.m.

 

If you are interested in serving on this committee, please submit a letter of interest to:

 

Evergreen School District
3188 Quimby Road
San Jose, CA 95148
ATTN:      Dan Deguara

 

Your letter should include a brief introduction of yourself, your contact information, and an overview as to why you are interested in serving on the committee.  All letters must be received at the District Office by 4 p.m. on September 11, 2015. Applicants will be contacted for follow-up interviews.

 

If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dan Deguara, Assistant Superintendent at 408-270-6827.

 

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Battle of Books Reading Lists

Silver Oak PTO presents


Battle of the Books

Coming October 2015

 

It’s time to begin preparing for the return of Battle of the Books in the fall! The Battle of the Books is an exciting team-based competition for 3rd through 6th graders! In October, 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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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 Howard Greenfield.

 

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Silver Oak Elementary

California Distinguished School

Imagine...Innovate...Instruct

 

Read About Us

Administration

Giannotta, Cassie
Office Assistant
Greenfield, Howard
Principal
Martinez, Liz
Office Assistant

Student Absence Line

Please call to report your child's absence

408-223-4515

All Parents Invited!

 

Principal's Cafe


First Meeting
Wednesday, Sept. 2
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

 

Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are invited to meet Principal Howie Greenfield at his first Principal's Cafe meeting on September 2 at  8:30 a.m.  Mr. Greenfield will meet monthly with parents on the first Wednesday of each month in the school conference room to discuss educational issues of the day and factors impacting student achievement. We hope you can join us!

Birthday Book Club

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2015-2016

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.

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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

The Awesome Authors program at Silver Oak highlights students’ writing abilities.  Each week, teachers from K-6 pick one student in each class who has exhibited exceptional writing for that week.  Students then get to meet with Principal Greenfield to share their work with him, along with the other Awesome Authors of that week.  Finally, the students’ work is posted on the Awesome Authors wall in the school’s multipurpose room.

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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!

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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.

   
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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."