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".
For current happenings going on in Evergreen School District visit the eesd.org website or "like" Evergreen School District on Facebook.
Next week, 3rd and 4th grades will be represented by the Flaming Book Readers and 49ers at an assembly on Wednesday, October 22 at 8:30 a.m. to name their grade's champion team. Immediately afterwards at 9 a.m., 5th and 6th graders will see the Legendary Flames of Books take on the Book Keepers for their grade's championship.
This year, with their teacher's permission, siblings of Battle of the Book participants are invited to cheer their brother or sister on during the assembly.
Please contact PTO Battle of the Books Chair Corinne Bordelon if you have any questions.
On Friday, October 31, Silver Oak will host the annual costume parade beginning at 8:30 a.m. Students can come to school dressed in their costumes that morning. Students can change into regular school clothes after the parade or they will have the option to wear costumes all day if costumes don't interfere with daily activities (Please note: some costumes lend themselves to wearing all day and some don't -- please help your child to make this decision.) If students plan to change after the parade, please have them wear street clothes under their costumes.
Costume participation is voluntary, but should your child choose to join in, the following guidelines will be adhered to:
Do not wear makeup that would interfere with the rest of the day's activities
Do not bring makeup or hairspray to school
Be elementary-school appropriate
Be safe to walk and move in
Not be excessively gory, gruesome or frightening
Not include weapons of ANY kind
Check with your classroom teacher if you have any questions about costumes, the parade, or guidelines in general.
Students will line up outside by class along the track and then proceed twice around the track and then back into their classrooms. Parents will be asked to stay behind the yellow line until parade time when parents can then watch the procession inside the track on the grass. Hope to see you there.
If you are using this as a Kodak moment, please remember the photo policy of the Evergreen School District to not post pictures of other students on social media.
A time honored Silver Oak tradition continues next week when fifth graders in Mr. Laraway's and Mr. Reed's classes distribute small orange boxes to students to use during trick-or-treating Friday, October 31. The idea is that when students go door-to-door to collect candy they can solicit small change donations from the houses they visit.
Silver Oak’s “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” campaign began in 1999 as part of a fifth grade class project. This group of students learned how a Halloween night tradition that began in 1950 has helped support the world’s children. These ten year olds initiated Silver Oak’s first Halloween night fundraiser that year, collecting and donating $650 in one night while gaining a better understanding of the challenges facing children around the world – clean water, nutrition, medicine, immunizations, and education.
Since then, Silver Oak’s “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” event has steadily grown from a one-classroom event to become a school-wide campaign. Each October, fifth grade students spread throughout first through sixth grade classrooms to increase awareness of the need to provide childhood vaccines, education, clean drinking water, and improved nutrition worldwide. The “Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” initiative gives Silver Oak students an opportunity to learn about their peers worldwide who are truly in need and to raise money on their behalf as a global citizen.
The campaign provides motivational opportunities to develop research, leadership, and presentation skills and models effective roles for younger students. Over the years, Silver Oak students and their families have proudly donated $45,000 to UNICEF in coin, currency, and personal checks payable to UNICEF. Amazing!
In 2010, as part of UNICEF’s 60th anniversary, Silver Oak was showcased in a NBC Nightly News “Making a Difference” segment. This was the first time Evergreen School District had received national media recognition. The story focused on our “Kids Helping Kids” campaign.
“Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF” introduces students to the idea that they can make a difference. Kids can help kids. Silver Oak students learn that being global citizens can help change the world.
The second graders recently participated in a unique pumpkin literacy project and the results were amazing!
Second grade teachers asked families to decorate pumpkins as their favorite storybook characters. You can see some of the wonderful pumpkins in the Silver Oak library, such as Cheshire Cat (Alice in Wonderland), Library Lion, Cat in the Hat, Wilbur/Charlotte (Charlotte's Web), Fly Guy, Flat Stanley, Captain Underpants, and Corduroy.
More pumpkins are on display in the second grade classrooms. Wow!
But did you know that our Library page has a tool to check the AR points for any book?
Each month teachers ask students to read books and take AR (Accelerated Reader) quizzes on these books. The AR BookFinder (at the top of the Library page) lets you search for any book and find out AR points, grade level, student ratings, and more. You can also find out what other kids are reading, which books have won awards, and librarians' picks.
It's a nifty tool. One quick search, for example, revealed that Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is worth a whopping 18 AR points.
New eFlyer Service Helps Schools Go Even More Green
Evergreen School District is now using an online service called Peachjar to send school-approved flyers to parent's email inboxes. These eFlyers will keep parents informed about upcoming school activities, programs and events while saving on the cost of paper and duplication.
Last Friday Silver Oak parents received an email from Peachjar explaining this new service. The school district automatically signed all parents up for this service, so no action is needed to begin receiving emails with school flyers. However, parents can manage their account preferences, such as eflyer delivery frequency, by logging into Peachjar and clicking on “My Account.” If you have any questions about flyers you will receive through this service, please contact Liz Martinez at email@example.com or 408-223-4515.
Get your friends a Halloween gram! Grams will be on sale during lunch on October 21, 22, and 24. Each gram will be $0.50. You are not allowed to use Saber Savers. The gram will be delivered to classroom you write on the slip of paper. It will be delivered on Halloween. Thank You!!!!
Proofs came home on Friday, October 10 with your child.
Each proof has a portrait ID and access code which you can use to access your photographs and the wide variety of backgrounds on mylifetouch.com.
Orders for these proofs must be placed by June 27, after that date you will no longer be able to view/order these pictures online.
Picture make-up day is Wednesday, October 29.
If you prepaid for your portraits and are not satisfied, return the portraits on make-up day and Lifetouch will rephotograph free of charge. If not satisfied with the retakes, you can make an appointment and Lifetouch will rephotograph. If at that point you are still not fully satisfied, you can return the pictures for a full refund.
with age-appropriate activities that encourage students to lead healthy, happy, drug-free lives.
Hey Boos and Ghouls, whoooo wants to go to a spooky pizza party?
Your class can win a fun pizza party by participating in this years’ Red Ribbon Week door-decorating contest. There will be one winning class for upper grade and one for primary. Ideas need to be collaborative, creative, and send a positive message about living a healthy drug-free life.
Doors need to be finished and on display by Friday October 24
All students need to be represented on the door in some way
Decorations need to be removable and not damage doors
Door will be judged on creativity and positive message
Winner to be announced on October 31
RED-y to be Drug-Free! - Wear Red to School on October 30.
From PTO President Stacey Johnston and Silver Oak Principal Rosey Gellman
Transcript of Pledge Drive Message:
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Box Tops Sept. Results
September Box Tops have been totaled. We received 992 Box Tops in September, which makes a total of $260.70 so far this school year.
Keep clipping those Box Tops - we need to collect more if we're going to reach our goal this year! Want to see how your class is doing so far? Check the Box Top totals by class.
Remember, only unexpired Box Tops and Box Tops with visible expiration dates can be counted, so please cut the Box Tops out carefully and bring them in as soon as you clip them.
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.
Do you know students who enjoy math? There is an upcoming Julia Robinson Math Festival that will take place in San Mateo on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Students will get a chance to work on fun math problems with fellow kids who love math. There will be adult mentors who can help them as well. It will be a great, non-competitive environment for everyone to learn and have fun.
There will be two sessions in San Mateo that day: Early Bird festival from 9 - 10:30 a.m. and Late Bird festival from 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. These festivals are designed for students in grades 3-8. Kids who come to the Early Bird festival can stay and continue to the later festival, and kids who register to the Late Bird festival can arrive early.
To register, please visit http://juliarobinsonmathfestival.org/register.php. Students can register as an individual or a school group. There is a small registration fee, but anyone who has difficulty paying can request a fee waiver with a simple checkbox, so a lack of funds should not discourage kids or groups from attending.
Silver Oak's PTO Book Fair is just around the corner and we are looking for parents interested in volunteering before, during and after this fun event. If you would like to work at book fair this year, please click on the link below or contact our PTO Book Fair Chair Erika Marcuccillo, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees has placed a bond measure called Measure M on the November Ballot. If passed, Measure M will generate $100 million for safety and modernization projects in Evergreen schools. To learn more about Measure M, please read these FAQs to find out all about this proposed bond measure and how it impacts Evergreen School District and Silver Oak.
All Silver Oak parents of all grade levels are welcome to join Principal Rosey Gellman each Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. 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
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.
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.
Stop by to view their work in the 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!
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."