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Mary Silveira News 11.22.20
Posted 11/21/20


Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 23:  Report Cards available in Aeries Parent Portal by the evening of this date
  • Nov. 23:  No School - Teacher Work Day
  • Nov. 24 - 27:  No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Dec. 7:  4th and 5th Grade begins Hybrid
  • Dec. 10:  Picture Day
  • Dec.19 - Jan. 3:  Winter Break
  • Jan. 4:  First Day of School after Winter Break 


Report Cards

Report cards will be available for viewing in the Aeries Parent Portal by Monday, November 23 at the latest.

If you do not see report cards in your Aeries Parent Portal by Monday evening, please email:


Help Support Can Do!



The Holiday Online Auction Is Open! 

From mountain bikes to a virtual chocolate-making class (complete with all the ingredients), we have something for everyone on your holiday shopping list!

It's not too late to donate to the auction!  Please contact Can Do! today at





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Farm Fresh To You Supports Can Do! & our students!

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SIGN UP TODAY!  Use promo code CANDO 


Yearbook - Important Update

We will have a yearbook this year!  And, we need your help. Any pictures you take of your child are greatly appreciated!


1) How do I upload pictures I have taken to the yearbook?

Please Click Here to learn exactly how to do that! We are especially looking for pictures from Halloween and pictures of your child engaged in remote learning.


2) How do I order a yearbook?

Click Here for instructions on how to order a yearbook and to take advantage of the "Early Bird Special" and see other pricing.


3) Picture Day is December 10th.

More info on how to order pictures to follow. Stay tuned.


For Parents with Students in Hybrid In-Person Instruction

1) Daily Email: Please submit your iPass Safety Pre-Certification each morning by 7:30am. This will be emailed to you each day at 6:00am exactly, and will come from CrisisGo.

2) Temperature Check: A daily mandatory temperature check of your child is required. Families that do not have a thermometer at home, please contact our front office for support.

3) Car Loop Do's and Don'ts

4) Pick Up Procedures: For 1st - 5th-grade families, please do not pick your children up at their classrooms. We will line up in front of the school by class at 11:10am and 2:55pm. You may drive into the car loop, and we'll walk your child to you. Or, if you plan on parking and getting out of your car, please do that in the neighborhood or in a legal parking spot. Also, if you do that, please wait on the edge of campus for your child, and we'll dismiss your child to you. Thank you!

5) Rainy Days!  If we are lucky enough to have rain, don't forget to send your child to school with shoes and clothes that can get wet. Raincoats, rainboots, and umbrellas are all welcome!


Virtual Academy News

1) Our 100% remote Virtual Academy is now full. As such, we will not be able to accommodate any more students into the Virtual Academy. The school district sent out an email on November 9th titled, "11.9.20 Update on Virtual Academy Enrollment." This would be a good communication to refer back to for more information. 


2) Picture Day for MCVA!  Mark Your Calendars!  Students in our Virtual Academy are invited to have their individual pictures taken (for Aeries and our MCVA Yearbook) at Mary Silveira Elementary School on Thursday, December 10th. MCVA will have it's own time slot, which is TBD. Social Distancing and masks will be required for all. This event is optional, but for those comfortable with it, we'd love to have you participate.


3) MCVA Yearbook Reminder! 

Do you have photos of your child engaged in remote learning? If so, please use the "Yearbook Snap" app and upload your photos to it.  If you have NOT downloaded Yearbook Snap to your phone, please go to an app store and download it. It's free.


Please remember:

1. After you download the Yearbook Snap app to your phone, type in our school name: Miller Creek Virtual Academy

2. Enter code: MCVA (not case sensitive)

3. Click the orange arrow next to Miller Creek Virtual Academy Select Photos

The app might need your permission to access your photos on your phone, so please allow permission...

4. Click 'People' and then click on the photo (or photos) that you want to add to our yearbook... you can add up to 5 in each attachment.

5. Click the upload icon (bottom right corner- looks like a box with an upward arrow)

6. Click on 'Category: People' and in the 'Add a Note' section, type in your student's name/grade/teacher - This way, your photos will end up on the correct page in the yearbook

7. Click 'Done', 'Save' and ' Upload'


Please contact Lisa Michael if you have any questions or comments:

The more photos we get from parents, the better... so keep taking photos and keep downloading them to the Yearbook Snap App.


4) 4th/5th Grade Music schedule beginning December 7th:

1:45pm - 2:15pm on Tuesday for 4th grade 

1:45pm - 2:15pm on Thursday for 5th grade


MES Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee

I would like to invite interested folks to join our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion team. We will have 4 meetings this year, beginning in December.  

What we will be engaging in: 

  • Supporting our District Equity Team  

  • Promoting and celebrating diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism in a variety of ways including school-wide gatherings, cultural events, workshops, parent education, and community conversations.

  • Providing all members of the community with a supportive space and the tools to learn about, discuss, and ask questions about issues and topics related to diversity and identity.

  • Collaborating with the District Equity Committee

  • Serving as a liaison between our Home and School Club parent organization, School Site Council, and the District Equity Committee. 

If you are interested in joining, feel free to email me at:


Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month. Native American Heritage Month has evolved from its beginnings as a week-long celebration in 1986, when President Reagan proclaimed the week of November 23-30, 1986 as "American Indian Week." Every President since 1995 has issued annual proclamations designating the month of November as the time to celebrate the culture, accomplishments, and contributions of people who were the first inhabitants of the United States.

Through dance, family traditions, and music, these stories show the diversity and long history of Indigenous people across the United States. Celebrate the history, culture, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives in a special collection of films, short stories, and resources from Public Television. You can access those HERE.


Weekly Covid-19 Update for MES


Positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please email Tara Devine and Mr. Remmers.

Tara Devine:

Bjorn Remmers:


Updated Quarantine Guidance


Community Message

To see the 11.20.20 Community Message from our school district, please Click Here.


4th and 5th-Grade begins in Hybrid In-Person Instruction on Dec. 7th.


Family Pledge

Please review and complete this family pledge which is required before returning to school.


District Reopening Schools Page

Our district now has a comprehensive Reopening Schools page. There is a ton of information on this page. Whatever questions you have related to hybrid, Covid-19 and schools, reopening, cleaning and sanitizing, air filtration, etc. can be found here. 


Hybrid Covid-19 Parent Handbook

To view our Hybrid Covid-19 Parent Handbook, Click Here. This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of how we plan to keep students and staff safe during Hybrid Instruction.

For a Spanish translation of the handbook, Click Here.


Decision Tree for Health-Related Scenarios

Please Click Here to see the proper response to various Covid-related safety scenarios.

Also, please watch the "Decision Tree Explained" video found at the very bottom of This Page


Positive Cases: What to Expect and Norms

Here's what to expect when someone at school tests positive for Covid-19:

  • MES will receive and follow specific guidance from Marin Health and Human Services (MHHS). MES provides data to MHHS for tracing. 

  • The COVID-19 positive person and household members will have to isolate/quarantine.

  • Families and staff members who are in the same cohort or who have had close contact with the COVID-19 positive person will receive an email. Depending on the last date of exposure, the full cohort may have to close.

  • MES will communicate with the full school community when there's a positive case, regardless of whether the case affects each grade level.

  • If staffing levels are impacted greatly, MES may have to move to remote learning for affected grade levels.

  • If there are multiple cases across cohorts, MES may have to move to remote learning for the entire school, and will return to campus as soon as it's safe to do so with guidance from Public Health.

  • We maintain confidentiality. We notify site staff of a potential exposure, but do not share the student/staff name or cohort information. Cohort information, but not student/staff name, will only occur for staff who have had direct contact with that specific cohort.

  • Norms: Please treat each case with respect, and do not ask who the patient is, or engage in speculation. Medical information is confidential. Furthermore, students or staff members should not be shunned or blamed for having been exposed to COVID-19. We are all going through this together.


Community Forums

As we continue to open our schools we understand that there are many questions and are committed to ensuring opportunities to access information. The experts from Public Health continue to support our reopening work by hosting webinars for the community.

For a link to recordings on past webinars and future offerings, please CLICK HERE.


Help Avoid a Twindemic! 

Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer states, “If you’re eager to put the pandemic behind us, we urge you to get a flu shot to reduce the chances of influenza crossing paths with COVID-19. Managing surges in both illnesses would over-burden an already taxed healthcare system.”

The flu shot recommendation is more urgent than in past years – especially as Marin and other Bay Area counties settle into gradual and cautious reopening plans that result in more human mingling.

Flu activity usually increases in late November and December in California. It takes a couple of weeks after a flu shot for the body to build an immunity, which is why September through early November is a critical period for seasonal flu vaccinations.

For those with medical insurance, flu shots are free as a preventive service at doctor’s offices and most retail pharmacies (e.g., Costco, CVS, RiteAid, Safeway, Walgreens). Those without health insurance can obtain free or low-cost flu shots through local community clinics. 


Other Covid-19 Related Items to Know

Mary Silveira's campus is closed to the public. Please remind your child that owing to the County's Public Health Orders, students and parents should not be on the MES campus (unless they attend aftercare) until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation with this.


Please make an appointment before coming on campus. This can be done with our front office by calling: 415-492-3741 or emailing Tara Devine at:


For Mary Silveira's Campus Visitor Guidelines, please Click Here.

For Marin County's Public Health Orders and Guidelines, please Click Here.


Our District Needs Help!


Bus Drivers Desparately Needed!

We at Miller Creek School District are seeking a dedicated part-time bus driver to join our team! Our bus drivers provide a crucial service for our students and families. Our transportation department is integral to the success of our district, they are the first MCSD smiling faces that some students see each day. This position follows the school calendar and grants a wonderful opportunity to enjoy the summer sun with loved ones. A class B license would be preferred, but the transportation department is eager and willing to train. The pay range is $19.01-$24.27(based on experience and background). If this type of position might interest you please do not hesitate to reach out to Lauren Campbell, HR Specialist, at 415 492 3702.


Substitutes Needed!

Our District is looking for motivated, enthusiastic candidates to be substitute teachers for the 2020-2021 school year. We'd be thrilled if you were interested. For more information, Click Here.


Parent Education and Student Enrichment Opportunities


Community Resources

Parents can access community flyers by visiting the Community Resources page on the Miller Creek School District website.

New flyers this week:
* Books for Baseball Program

* Free Vision Screening and Eyeglasses

* AC Marin Late-Fall Training



Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series

For some parents, talking about race to a child can be unnerving. Largely because many parents, particularly white parents, were taught to be “colorblind”, rather than “color conscious.” But children begin to notice race as early as 6 months and begin to develop biases as young as 3. Parents must realize that when nothing is said about race, a lot is actually still being communicated. An important first step in talking to our children about
race is to first do our own personal learning about race.


In the Parent Racial Equity Seminar Series, parents will intimately explore issues of race and identity, and will
learn the tools necessary to speak with their children, friends, and community members about this often
challenging and uncomfortable topic. This series is designed for people with a desire to engage and learn
about race in order to elevate their own personal racial consciousness.


For dates, times, and to register, Click Here.



Supporting Student Math Learning at Home

The following trainings are offered by our partners at Sonoma County Office of Education specific to mathematics. These trainings are held virtually and offered at no cost. 

Home Learning for Parents

Supporting Student Math Learning at Home (Spanish


•Supporting Student Math Learning at Home (K-


•Supporting Student Math Learning at Home (2-


•Supporting Student Math Learning at Home (6-



Parent Tech Tool Kit

Google for Education has made this Parent Tech Tool Kit available. It's loaded with resources, including short videos providing help with Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Calendar, etc.  In the Tool Kit, there's a separate link to Family Engagement and Tech FAQs, which are also helpful.


Crushing the Curve

Crushing the Curve is a collaborative project with North Bay counties to provide youth with resources to help them with the challenges of COVID-19.


Parent & Youth Helpline and Parents Anonymous

In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email.  The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. 

Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.