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Mary Silveira News 2.13.21
Posted 2/13/21

Dear Mary Silveira Community, Happy Lunar New Year's, Happy Valentine's Day, Happy President's Day, and happy day in general. I hope you all are able to carve out some rest and relaxation time with your children over this break. We will see everyone back on Monday, February 22!

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Upcoming Events

  • February: Black History Month
  • Feb. 15 - Feb 19 - Mid-Winter Break
  • Feb. 23 - District Equity Working Group - 4pm
  • Mar. 5: End of Trimester 2
  • Mar. 8: Start of Trimester 3
  • Mar. 19: Report Cards Sent Home
  • Mar. 25: Make-up Picture Day

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At MES, we continue to celebrate the achievements and contributions made by the black community.  Our librarian, Mrs. Armstrong, has compiled a list of books we have in our MES library that students can check out to read stories about black characters, stories about black experiences and/or stories by black authors and artists. You can find that list HERE. Mrs. Armstrong will be spotlighting books each week for K-1, 2-3, and 4-5 related to Black History Month, which she'll read aloud to students. Our art teacher, Ms. Winter, has great lessons planned for this month and our teachers will provide "windows and mirrors" experiences to students in class on this theme. In addition, parent volunteers have created Black History Month posters that spotlight important figures of Black History. Those are up all around campus in classroom windows - a very cool project, so thank you to the parents who helped bring that together!

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MES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

I would like to invite interested folks to join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. We have had two meetings thus far, and are preparing the foundation for some great work ahead! What we are engaged in:

•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.

Our next meeting will be on March 4th via Zoom. (Zoom link to follow in future newsletters.) Please join us if you are interested and able!

Meeting Dates: 

March 4 - 3:15pm

April 1 - 3:15pm 

May 6 - 3:15pm

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Help Support Can Do!

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Weekly Covid-19 Update for MES

 

Status of Schools

All schools in the Miller Creek School District opened to Hybrid, in-person instruction in 2021.

 

What types of playdates are considered safe?

In general, children spending 15 min. or more, less than six feet away, without masks (especially inside) with kids who are not in their designated bubble or stable cohort is considered unsafe. Activities done outside with masks and social-distancing is considered by Public Health to be much much safer. 

 

Did Someone Test Positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please email the three below people:

•Adelena Rodriguez (MES Health Specialist):

arodriguez@millercreeksd.org;

•Mr. Remmers: bremmers@millercreeksd.org;

•Tara Devine: tdevine@millercreeksd.org

Thank you!

 

Marin County "Decision Tree"

https://www.marinschools.org/cms/lib/CA01001323/Centricity/Domain/154/Marin%20COVID-19%20School%20Decision%20Tree%20-%20Tier%202%20Red%20-%203.1.21%20English.Spanish.pdf

 

Quarantine Guidance 

https://www.marinschools.org/cms/lib/CA01001323/Centricity/Domain/154/Quarantine%20Guidance%20for%20Families.pdf

 

Covid-19 Handbooks from Marin Health and Human Services

Englishhttps://www.marinschools.org/cms/lib/CA01001323/Centricity/Domain/154/COVID%20Handbook%20MCOE%20StayHome.docx

Spanishhttps://www.marinschools.org/cms/lib/CA01001323/Centricity/Domain/154/COVID%20Handbook%20MCOE%20StayHome_Spanish.docx

 

A bibliography of Covid-19-related References from Marin Public Health

https://www.marinschools.org/cms/lib/CA01001323/Centricity/Domain/154/REFERENCES%20-%20Rethinking%20Schools%20-Updated%202021.01.03.pdf

 

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: tdevine@millercreeksd.org

 

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

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

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Mary Silveira Yearbook

Pictures need to be uploaded by March 15th!

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

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

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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:

*Gallinas Valley Little League Registration is Now Open!

 

 

Raising Healthy Families

The 2021 Raising Healthy Families series (Click Here for more information) from Community Institute for Psychotherapy is a FREE annual series that will take place in the virtual format and will cover the following topics:

  • Understanding Mental Heath in the Latinx Community to Create Strong Families – (Conducted in Spanish)
  • Raising Resilient Kids:  Teaching Kids to Bounce Back from Stress and Difficulty
  • Raising Wise Girls:  Helping Develop Self Esteem in the Age of Social Media
  • Prevent Adolescent Substance and Behavior Problems Using Systemic Approaches to Promote Harmony and Safety for the Whole Family

 

Free Tutoring Service

The Marin Equality in Education Program (MEEP) is providing free tutoring to families in need via high school students who are looking for community service. We are still looking to expand our network of students/families receiving free, virtual tutoring. The link to the website to sign up is below and you can also call (628)-226-8757 and leave a voicemail with your information.

Website: https://www.marinequalityineducationproject.org/

 

 

Preparing our Children and Ourselves for an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World

We invite you to join us for a virtual conversation with Dr. Madeline Levine, psychologist with over 35 years of experience as a clinician, consultant, educator and author.

 

Dr. Levine will be discussing her book and New York Times bestseller, The Price of Privilegewhich explores the reasons why teenagers are experiencing epidemic rates of emotional problems. Her current book, Ready or Not, focuses on how to best prepare our children and ourselves for an uncertain and rapidly changing world. Dr. Levine will include strategies and practices on how we can support our students during these unprecedented times.

We hope you can join us for one of the offered dates: January 26 or February 23, 2021 from 5:00 to 6:30PM.

Registration Link: https://mlevine.eventbrite.com.

 

Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

Along the lines of navigating uncertain times, check out this Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook, with a lot of great tools!

 

Uppers, Downers, and All-Arounders

In the fourth of six virtual community discussions that follow the chapters of Let's Talk: A toolkit for navigating teen substance use in Marin County, we will look closely at “Uppers, Downers and All-Arounders.”

The event moderator, Jaclynn Davis, authored the Let's Talk booklet. She received her Masters in Public Health and Social Work, and now focuses on adolescent health and youth development through her work with Huckleberry Youth Programs, local school districts, and teaching at Dominican University.

Our guest expert, Jennifer Epstein, has been a Health Educator for the past 20 years, and has taught in both public and private high schools in San Francisco. Her curriculum focuses on substance use prevention with an emphasis on saying "know." She has talked with hundreds of young people frankly about substances and uses student voices as well as current research to create class sessions that are both informative and relevant.

Michael Danne will share the youth perspective on this topic. Michael is a Senior at Redwood High School and is co-chair of the Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships Youth Advisory Council. He is also a Tobacco Use Prevention Education (TUPE) peer educator.

You will have the opportunity to ask questions and share ideas. We hope you can join us. Feel free to share and bring a friend! All attendees will be entered in raffle for local gift cards.

 

Register Via Zoom

 

 

Hablar, leer, cantar!

Talk, Read, Sing en español!

 

¡En español!

Developmental Activities for

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers,

Bilingual or in Spanish

 

¡HOLA!

 

We are so happy to be able to share resources with you to promote early childhood development... ¡En español! Many of these are appropriate for Spanish speakers and Spanish learners alike! If you have others, please email Michelle@First5Marin.org--we'd love to share!

 

-- LOVE and virtual hugs from your friends at First 5 Marin

 

Spanish Playground: Preschool Spanish Activities

 

Spanish Mama: 101 Spanish Activities

 

Spanish Academy: Ten Activities for Learning Spanish

 

Pura Vida Moms: Ten Kids Songs in Spanish

 

Spanish Mama: Songs for Preschoolers in Spanish (nursery rhymes, alphabet, numbers, lullabies and more)

 

PBS Kids: Online Games in Spanish

 

Spanish Mama: Fun Games for Kids

 

BONUS!

First 5 California: Actividades destacadas

 

*** First 5 Marin offices remain closed for the near future, but staff is available-- and we will be communicating by email and on Facebook. We MISS you! Follow us at: www.Facebook.com/First5Marin.

 

Email us!

Pegah Faed, Executive Director - Pegah@First5Marin.org

Michelle Fadelli, Policy and Communications Manager - Michelle@First5Marin.org

Susanne Kreuzer, Help Me Grow Marin - Susanne@HelpMeGrowMarin.org

Maritza Barahona, Help Me Grow Marin - Maritza@HelpMeGrowMarin.org

 

Confronting Antisemitism: Series II - Taking a Stand

Please Click Here for information on the continuation of the Confronting Antisemitism series – virtual workshops for students, parents/families, and teachers.  Series II – Taking a Stand will be offered in January and February, 2021.  

 

 

Social/Emotional Wellness Sessions

We are happy to share that Pure Edge is providing a Social & Emotional Virtual Wellness Series of Sessions for PARENTS/GUARDIANS.  Participants will take away strategies to support well-being through mindful movement and rest – very timely for our various school communities with upcoming holidays, COVID-19, etc.!

Please join, and the Registration info is as follows:

https://pureedgeparent2020.eventbrite.com

 

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. 

https://crushingthecurve.me/

https://www.instagram.com/crush_covid/

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: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

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Virtual Academy News!

 

YEARBOOKS are now ON SALE!

The Miller Creek Virtual Academy (MCVA) will have its own yearbook and can be purchased at:  www.yearbookforever.com

All you need to do is search for Miller Creek Virtual Academy and you’ll access our online store.  The cost is $20.  Only a certain number of yearbooks have been ordered, so it is on a first come, first serve basis...You can order your yearbook now or wait until June, but we can not guarantee that there will be any yearbooks available to purchase in June.  The yearbooks will be available for contactless pick up at MES in June.  More details to follow (in May/June)  If you want to purchase a yearbook from your home school (Vallecito, MES or Lucas Valley), please contact your home school HSC president so he/she can direct you to the appropriate yearbook committee contact.

 

Thanks,

Lisa Michael (Yearbook Coordinator for MCVA)

Jon.Lisa.Samuelsfam@gmail.com (415) 686-1459 (text/call)

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