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Programs and Events


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Research has consistently proven that music and art education build vital critical thinking skills in children. At Silver Oak, PTO funds these programs so all our students have access to art.


Kindergarten - 6th Grades

Arts Attack, a video-based art curriculum system, is used in Kindergarten through 6th grade. This program is designed to teach each child how to express themselves through art and see and experience the world in different ways. The language of art, like the language of words, requires the learning of skills and concepts that will allow the free flow of expression. The goals of ARTS ATTACK are to teach the elements and principles of art and drawing in a developmental and sequential way, as well as to study the art of other artists, cultures and historical periods.


4th - 6th Grades

Upper grade students participate in two additional art programs.

  • Our 4th - 6th graders' art program is managed through the San Jose Museum of Art (SJMA) Residency program. Students participate in a six week program with resident artist, Mr. Stuart, to learn and create their art pieces through the Studio Arts program. Teachers claim our kids will not miss school on a day that Mr. Stuart is teaching!


Art Supplies

PTO also funds the necessary art supplies to provide each student an outstanding art experience. 


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Band and Choir

Band and Choir


Fall Choir (Grades 1 - 4)


Choir is open to all students in grades 1-4 who want to share their singing talents. Choir practices weekly after school. The fall choir culminates with a Holiday Choir Performance in December.

Silver Oak Band (Grades 5 and 6)


The after school PTO instrumental music program, led by Matthew Powell (classroom music teacher), is available to all 5th and 6th grade students with no previous experience required. Beginning and advanced levels are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The program culminates with a performance in the Spring Concert in May or June.



2015 - 2016 Dates to Remember

Sept. 8, 2015 Fall Choir registration begins

Sept. 8, 2015 Fall Band registration begins

Sept. 29, 2015 Fall Choir weekly rehearsals begin

Sept. xx, 2014 Band rehearsals begin

Dec. 16, 2015 Holiday Choir Performance

May 25, 2016 PTO Band/Choir Spring Concert


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Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books - October 2015


Battle of the Books is a reading incentive program for students in grades 3-6. The first Silver Oak Battle of the Books started in 2012. The format is a game show venue where two teams of kids compete to answer questions related to books read over the summer. Pass, Play, Steal, and Strike; Fun for all involved! 


2015 Reading Lists: 3-4 Grades and 5-6 Grades


PTO Coordinator: Corinne Bordelon


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Bingo Night

BINGO Night - January 28, 2016


Calling all BINGO players! Grab the kids and join us for this popular event. Everyone plays for FREE and can win some fabulous prizes! Don't miss out on the excitement and great family fun.


PTO Coordinators: Karen Prince and Karen Westfield


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Birthday Book Club

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The Birthday Book Club is a monthly event to celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book to your child’s classroom or the school library. If your child has a birthday in June or July, they will be able to celebrate their half-birthday in December or January.  This is a wonderful way to increase the number of books for our classroom and school libraries.


A notice is sent home prior to your child's birthday. If you wish to participate, you complete the form and return with a $10 donation to your child's teacher. You may also include a wallet sized photo which will be placed inside the book along with your child’s name. When the form and donation are received, the students will be notified to visit the multipurpose room to select a new book purchased by the PTO. The child will sign the book and donate it to the place of their choice. The book can be taken home, read by your family and then returned back to classroom/school library.


The books are long-lasting gifts that all the students of Silver Oak School can enjoy for years to come. We greatly appreciate your support. The Birthday Book Club is chaired by Ramya Kumarasamy, Linda Kalna and Tracy Garfinkel.



PTO Coordinator: Ramya Kumarasamy



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Book Fair

Fall Book Fair - November 16-19, 2015


Scholastic Books always provides Silver Oak with a great selection of books and novelties for our Book Fair. During book fair, stop by Room B-2 to see and buy great books for holiday gift giving and reading. You can also help your child's classroom increase its library with the Classroom Wish List program. Just look for the classroom wish list display in Room B-2 near the registers. Scholastic Book Fair promises to be a great event for literacy. Proceeds from this event benefit the school by going towards items like new AR books and AR tests. We look forward to seeing you there!


PTO Coordinator: Kathleen Kelley and Dawn Hofmeister


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Classroom Music

Music in the classroom

Silver Oak Students Enjoy These Exciting PTO Music Enrichment Programs


Kindergarten welcomes back visiting musical artist James Henry.HenryBW.jpg

Again this year, our kindergarteners will experience the dynamic energy of innovative San Francisco artist James Henry.  This master percussionist has been a friend to Silver Oak for many years.  Mr. Henry delivers monthly classroom workshops in our K-wing, and will once again perform a February assembly for the entire student body.

PowellBW.jpgGrades 1-4 will learn and perform music with Teacher and Band Director Matt Powell.

Matt Powell returns with his impressive cornerstone music program for grades 1 through 4.  Designed around education standards, the curriculum leads classrooms through guided activities that ensure a level of success, making the students an integral part of a fun, interactive experience.  Mr. Powell also guides the PTO after school instrumental music program and conducts the PTO Silver Oak Band.


Grades 5-6 will "make some noise" with guest instructor Angelica Lovio.LovioBW.jpg

We are pleased to introduce Angelica Lovio, guest instructor for grades 5 and 6. Ms. Lovio will lead our fall music workshop, MAKE SOME NOISE!, which is designed to make music theory fun and engaging for our upper graders.  The program includes seasonal songs, hands-on percussion studies, music games and more.



After School Music Programs

Fall Choir (Grades 1 - 4)

Choir is open to all students in grades 1-4 who want to share their singing talents. Choir weekly practices right after school. The fall choir culminates with a Holiday Choir Performance in December. The spring choir culminates with a performance in the Spring concert in May. See After School Programs for more information on this PTO sponsored program.


Silver Oak Band (Grades 5 and 6)

The after school instrumental music program, led by Matthew Powell (classroom music teacher), is available to all 5th and 6th grade students with no previous experience required. Beginning and advanced levels are available for a variety of instruments including flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trombone, and percussion. The program culminates with a performance in the Spring Concert in May. See After School Programs for more information on this PTO sponsored program.


Contact PTO Fine Arts Director, Erika Kirchenbauer for more information at erikakirchenbauer@yahoo.com.


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Fitness Run

Fitness Run - November 6, 2015


The Silver Oak School community continues its commitment to fitness! All students participate in the running of this event as part of the school's Physical Fitness Program. We would also love to have parents stop by to cheer for their students during the Fitness Run! Parents are encouraged to support their children with their pledges. Students who raise $25 or more in pledges will automatically be entered into a raffle for awesome prizes.


PTO Coordinators: Stacie Pittenger & Katie Wilson


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Walk and Bike to School Week

Walk and Bike to School Week - October 5 - 9, 2015

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Walk-and-Bike-to-School Week takes place in October.  During this week all students who can walk or bike to school—one day or each day. Can’t walk or bike to school? Students get to school early and do some laps around the back grass to earn your stamp. Throughout the week participating student's hands are stamped. The class with the highest participation for the week will be awarded the “Golden Shoe” trophy.


PTO Coordinator: Linda Paulson


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International Night

International Night - March 24, 2016


Travel around the world and learn about the different cultures within our own Silver Oak community. International Night is a wonderful evening of displays, music and food! Children get their passports stamped as they visit and learn about each country. Tour all the wonderful displays and answer questions along the way to get a "stamp" on every page of your passport! Try new foods, watch traditional dancing and listen to live music from around the world.This very popular event is always great fun - the children LOVE it!


PTO Chair: Vidhya Iyer


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Math Kangaroo

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Math Kangaroo is a popular international not-selective competition in mathematics for students in grades 1 through 12. It is organized by “Kangourou Sans Frontiers” with the aim of promoting mathematics among young people around the world. Each participant is seen as a winner and receives recognition and gifts on the test day in March. Those who achieve the top results are awarded in May. The competition consists of a 75 minute multiple choice test with 24 to 30 questions of increasing difficulty that challenge students through posing interesting problems. Math Kangaroo helps the students both to develop their skills and to enjoy mathematics even more.
Silver Oak is an exam center for Math Kangaroo and this competition is open to Silver Oak students only. For more information about this program, visit www.mathkangaroo.org.
PTO Coordinators: Snehal Khandkar or Atul Mathur

Math Olympiad

Silver Oak's Math Olympiad Team          

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Silver Oak Math Olympiad team students work really hard and have achieved excellent results in the Olympiad contests. Students meet before school in the library to learn different problem solving techniques and practice solving non-typical math problems. Through this program students experience a marked improvement in their mathematical thinking, their confidence when faced with a problem and, most importantly, their love for math. 


Math Olympiad contest consists of 5 exams held once a month from November to March. The exam covers advanced math problems and has the same paper for 4th, 5th and 6th graders.


PTO Chairs: Snehal Khandkar


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PTO Sabercat Summer Carnival

PTO Sabercat Summer Carnival (May 12, 2016)

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PTO Sabercat Summer Carnival is a fun event for the entire family. On a warm afternoon in May, the community comes out to play at Silver Oak. With carnival games, inflatables, the infamous Teacher Dunk Tank and Amazing Raffle Prizes.


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Primary Programmers

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Primary Programmers Essentials and Advanced are both 8-week basic programming classes offered to 4th - 6th graders. In this class, students learn basic programming concepts using a standard programming language, such as Java. From variables and data types to loops and arrays, students will learn basic algorithm development based on simple mathematics. As students continue to develop these skills, the instructors will present more challenges in new and exciting and fun ways. Primary Programmers classes are taught by Silver Oak parent Attila Lengyel.


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Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week - October 2015


This is a National Drug Awareness & Prevention Program supported by Silver Oak through age appropriate activities and assemblies that encourage students to lead healthy, happy, and drug-free lives. Drug Free messages will be reinforced throughout the week via themed spirit days, a poster contest (with prizes) and special readings by the teachers. We encourage you to take this opportunity to discuss the topic with your kids as well.


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Robotics Club

Silver Oak Robotics Club 


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The Silver Oak Robotics Club is an extracurricular club for 5th and 6th grade students who are advanced in science or interested in learning more science. Students learn how to build, design, and program Lego Mindstorm NXT robots, and participate in robotics competitions at school. Students also learn about different areas in science and do hands on experiments and activities. The goal of this club is to give students a chance to explore the field of science and further develop their interest/knowledge in this area. Space is limited. Applications are sent home in the fall.


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School Plays

Upper and Lower Grade Plays


Students in grades 1-6 have the opportunity to participate in theater arts through our school plays. The after school drama program allows students to fully experience being a part of a theater production from auditions, to rehearsals, to the excitement of the performance, and finally, the reward of applause for a job well done. Every student who auditions is guaranteed a part in the play. Students work hard to hone their acting, singing and dancing skills over the course of a 3 month period. The program is partially funded by the PTO so students are able to participate in a professional production at a fraction of the cost charged by Professional Theatre Companies. In recent years, we have had the benefit of the directional talent of "Starting Arts", a nonprofit organization whose mission is the promotion and preservation of quality arts education in public schools. (Visit www.startingarts.com) The program also relies heavily on parent volunteers in order to run smoothly.


There are 2 productions each year. In the fall, students in grades 4-6 start work on the upper grade play culminating in a week of performances in mid-December. During the spring, students in grades 1-3 start work on the Lower grade play culminating in a week of performances in April. This is always a wonderful experience for the children so be on the look-out for details about each play.





Shrek The Musical

Upper Grade Play (Grades 4-6)


Registration: opens August 24, 2015

Auditions: September 9, 2015

Performance Dates: December 10-11, 2015


Everyone's favorite ogre is back in the hilarious stage spectacle based on the Oscar-winning smash hit film. "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek…" And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who finds himself on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a feisty princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short tempered bad guy, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand...and his name is Shrek.


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Lower Grade Play (Grades 1-3)


Registration: begins December 14, 2015

Auditions: January 6 & 8, 2016

Performances: April 21-22, 2016


Silver Oak's 2016 lower grade play will be announced soon.


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Science Night

Science Night (Spring 2016) 

Bring the entire family for a night of Science Fun. This event promises to be an evening filled with fun science activities to Silver Oak students. The night starts out with a 45 minute Science Show, followed by activity tables where your little scientist will have an opportunity to see experiments up close and personal. Students even conduct some experiments of their own to be taken home! 5th and 6th graders have a special event just for them, focusing on a unit from their science studies. Don’t miss out on this exciting event. Check the school calendar for more details as the event date approaches.


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Spelling Bee

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Students in grades 4-6 have the chance to showcase their talents in this classic spelling bee. Daily spelling activities begin in January. Finalists of the written spelling bee will advance to the Oral Spelling Bee taking place towards the end of January. All words are chosen from www.myspellit.com. Visit the website for practice word lists and more information about the Scripps Spelling Bee.


2015 was Silver Oak's 9th year as a participant in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. The winner of this event goes to the Bay Area Regional rounds of the Scripps National Spelling Bee sponsored by the San Francisco Chronicle. The winner of the Bay Area Regional rounds continues to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington D.C.


PTO Chair: Usha Gandhasri


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Talent Show

Silver Oak Talent Show - May 2 & 4, 2016


Talent Show.jpgSilver Oak students are superstars and the Talent Show is the event where they can showcase their talents. Auditions are held in April or early May with performances in May.


PTO Coordinator: Michelle Dickman


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