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Mary Silveira News 5.2.21
Posted 4/30/21


Upcoming Events

  • May 3 - 7: Teacher Appreciation Week
  • May 4: 5th Grade Family Life Parent Info Zoom: 6pm
  • May 6: Mary Silveira DEI Meeting - 3:15pm
  • May 10-14: STAR Reading Test: Grades 3-5
  • May 12: MESHSA Meeting - 6:30pm
  • May 17-21: STAR Math Test: Grades 2-5


Young Authors Week!

We had a fun and successful Young Authors week. Big shout out to Mrs. Madden and Mrs. Armstrong for helping to organize this year's pandemic-friendly version. The guest author visit on Wednesday with Carmen Agra Deedy was excellent. I hope you all had a chance to have your child share some writing or reading with you for Parents & PJ's Wednesday evening. Another highlight was Book Recommendation Day last Monday!

Monday, April 26: Book Recommendation Day

Principal for the Day: Brooke Shelston’s Book Recommendation

Hi I’m Brooke. I’m principal for the day, and my book recommendations are Best Friends, and Ramona the Brave. Ramona the Brave is about the little girl Ramona who thinks growing up will be so much fun, but her new first-grade teacher, Mrs. Griggs isn’t very exciting. Ramona gets into arguments with her friends, and Ramona doesn’t realize that first grade isn’t always easy.

Best Friends is about a girl Shannon, and she is about to go into sixth grade. Right when she thinks everything is going great and she finally has friends, she realizes that when they’re getting ready for seventh grade, she might be interested in other things. She has to try to do what she wants to do instead of following the popular people.

-Principal Shelston, April 26, 2021


Staff Appreciation Week!  May 3 - 7

From May 3-7, we will have Staff Appreciation Week

MESHSA will be supporting our Teachers and Staff this week with the following treats:


Monday, 5/3 - MESHSA has invited the Red Whale Coffee Truck from 7:30-9am.  They will be serving coffee and pastries for all teachers and staff.  We will also decorate the Staff Lounge and hang a large vinyl banner in front of the school. 

Tuesday, 5/4 ~ Miller Creek School District will host a luncheon

Wednesday, 5/5  - MESHSA will provide bagels, coffee & pressed juices 

Thursday, 5/6 - Teachers & Staff will receive our gift from MESHSA.

Friday, 5/7 MESHSA will provide pre-ordered lunch from Marinwood Market. 


If you'd like to contribute to the Teachers and Staff further, please use this Sign-Up Genius:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Sign Up


Other easy and thoughtful ideas are to bring your Teacher a flower from your garden, a homemade card, or a school supply item from their wish list. You may also receive direct communication from a Room Parent about a class-specific gift or idea. Be on the lookout for that!

Bringing in a homemade card, or acknowledging the hard work of our classroom aides, librarian, specialists, secretaries, and other staff in some small, but thoughtful way is also appreciated!


Thank you Teachers and MES Staff for all that you do! And thank you to all of the families that supported our Walkathon and made these types of celebrations possible!


Your MESHSA Presidents: Heather DiGiorgio and Jen Belair


Two Books/One Silveira!

One Book/One Silveira is shifting to Two Books/One Silveira.

The common theme to our stories is having imaginary friends to help people get through hard times. The book Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, is being purchased for all 3-5th grade students. This book is about a 5th grader named Jackson, who has an imaginary friend named Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a great big cat. He helps Jackson deal with the fact that his family has fallen on hard economic times.  

For our K-2 classes, we are purchasing classroom copies of the read aloud The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat.  Beekle is a darling story of an imagininary friend who is searching for their perfect human companion. 

Recordings in both English and Spanish of Beekle will be made available to Silveira students and families as Two Books/One Silveira gets underway.

Special thanks to MESHSA for underwriting this community building Silveira tradition. Additionally, we are grateful for our CanDO! Funded amazing art teacher, Ms. Winter, who will be doing some art related lessons to Crenshaw and The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend.


Family Life: 5th-Grade Parent Information Night

5th-Grade parents and guardians, an optional parent night has been scheduled to understand the 5th-Grade Family Life program more fully. The Parent Information Meeting is set for Tuesday, May 4th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. (zoom link) and is intended for parents only. 


MESHSA Meeting - May 12th!

Please join our next MESHSA (Mary E. Silveira Home and School Association) meeting! All parents at MES are already a part of MESHSA, so all parents are welcome to join the meeting!  Wednesday, May 12th at 6:30pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

Dial by Phone: 669 900 6833

Meeting ID: 896 4635 0854

Passcode: 639735


School Lunch Program Available for In-Person and MCVA!

The US department of Agriculture extended all Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through June 30, 2021.  This allows schools to offer free meals to all children under age 18.  Distance learners will be able to order a 5-day meal kit (vegetarian or meat).  In-person learners will be able to order simple daily GrabnGo cold lunches to have at school. (vegetarian or meat)

Parents must register their children by creating an account at:


The School code is:  millercreekmary


Questions? Please contact Roxana Ascencio  at 415-492-3711 or 


Next Year's School Calendar!

The 2021-2022 School Calendar can be found HERE





 If you have an incoming kindergartner or know of other children in the area who need to register for the upcoming school year, please contact the school office.


Registration documents are available online at:


or call


415-492-3741 for more information


Mary Silveira Yearbook: Online Orders

How do I order a Mary Silveira yearbook?

Click Here for instructions on how to order a yearbook. Supplies are now limited!


Our Very Own DEI Newsletter!

The Mary Silveira Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion group is putting together four amazing newsletters focusing on Asian American and Pacific Island History Month, which takes place all the month of May.  Parents, please take some time to read the newsletter and discuss aspects of it with your children!  A big shout out to our DEI team's hard work on this!

Please Click Here to read Part 1 in this 4-part series! 


In case you missed the April newsletter, Click Here to read. 


Parent Input on Class Placements - Please Read

Staff and I are beginning the process of planning for next year and will soon begin designing classes based on enrollment projections. 


As per Board Policy, the teaching staff and principal share the responsibility for student placement. The teachers meet by grade levels before the end of the year to develop classes. Classes will be designed based upon the following criteria: 

➢ Ratio of boys to girls

➢ Students with special needs

➢ Second language learners 

➢ Learning styles 

➢ Social/Emotional needs

➢ Citizenship 

Parent input will be considered if the input is based upon clear-cut educational or developmental needs (per board policy). All input must be received by May 25th and be in writing to the principal.


Accommodations will not be made to place your student in a class with a particular teacher or with friends and we ask that you do not include specific teacher names in your correspondence.  A family may have had a sibling in a class with a particular teacher previously but this is not considered a valid educational reason for placement. Each child’s needs are unique and because a brother or sister liked or disliked a teacher does not mean the sibling will have the same experience.

The key ingredient to this process is trust. You need to trust that we will do the best job possible in placing your student with all the information at our disposal. We do the best job we can because it is important to us that each child has the optimum chance for success.




“The Wishing Tree” is Art Instructor Laura Winter’s latest project.  Students are creating decorated hearts, with their wish for the future, that will be hung on a tree at each school.  Make sure to look for the tree the next time you are on campus.


Did you get your jump rope? 

Check out Coach Paoli’s classroom video and take the Avengers Jump Rope Challenge!

Can Do! is now accepting donations for the 

2021-22 Family Giving Campaign!


In preparation of a more traditional school experience in the fall, Can Do! is accepting donations for the 2021-22 Family Giving Campaign now!


Now is the time to look towards the future and start preparing for a new school year that will hopefully look more familiar to us all.  


While the specifics of the Can Do!-funded programs are still being planned, we do know the intention of the District is to bring back as many programs and activities as possible.  Elementary programs like:

  • K-2nd Grade Music & Movement Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Physical Education Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Art Specialist and Supplies @ each site

  • Elementary Counseling and Social Emotional Support

  • Environmental Sciences via site gardens

  • Technology

But in order to make to this happen, we need to start raising money today.

Please consider donating early!


Click here to donate online or here to print out a 2021-22 remit

Look for hardcopy remit in your child’s Friday Folder!


Top 5 Reasons to Give Early:

  1. Donate in May and spread your 2021-22 payments out over 14 months.

  2. Be first to get your 2021-22 Can Do! car magnet.

  3. Donate the full ask amount ($600 per student) by June 30th to get a free calendar highlighting elementary students’ artwork and pre-populated district dates.

  4. Your early commitment to Can Do! helps secure funding to fully restore programming for all students next year.

  5. Be a part of the community that values excellence and equity in education.

The Harmony Art Project has been postponed to next year.

Stay tuned!

Looking for a rewarding volunteer experience?

Can Do! is looking for Can Do! Ambassadors at each site.

Please contact us at or click here for more information. 




ELA/ Math Testing Windows


Assessment informs instruction and our testing windows open next week.  Please support our efforts by scheduling appointments outside of the school day and bring your child to school on time and well-rested.

  • April 26 - May 7 English Language Proficiency Assessments for California English Language Learners (ELPAC)
  • May 10-14: Grades 3-5 STAR ELA Testing Window
  • May 17-21: Grades 2-5 STAR Math Testing Window


Weekly Covid-19 Update for MES


Marin County "Decision Tree"


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):;

•Mr. Remmers:;

•Tara Devine:

Thank you!


Vaccination Appointments Open to All Marin Residents

Public health has opened COVID-19 vaccinations to everyone who lives or works in Marin who are 16 years old or older.  They now have sufficient vaccination capacity to ensure that our low HPI / vulnerable communities will be able to easily & quickly get vaccination appointments so we have been able to completely open up vaccination appointments to the general public and have good availability. 

You can book appointments easily at


Going forward they , we will continuing updating that page will additional days at the Marin Center POD, Kerner / MCC POD, the increasing number of mobile POD operations, and other options including Kaiser & pharmacies.


Quarantine Guidance


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


Other Covid-19 Related Items to Know

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.


Parent Education and Student Enrichment Opportunities


Helping Children Cope with Frightening News

Please Click Here for a great article about how to talk to your child about upsetting news.


Mobile Crisis Response Team

We would like to introduce to you the Mobile Crisis Response Team. The Mobile Crisis Response Team responds to mental health and substance abuse crises and psychiatric emergencies in the community throughout Marin County. They work collaboratively with the citizens of Marin County, community based mental health and substance abuse agencies, hospitals and local law enforcement to increase the safety of individuals in a crisis. Please click on the link below to view  a video for further details of their services.

Mobile Crisis Response Team Video:                                      

Best regards,

BHRS Prevention and Outreach Team



Community Resources

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

*New this week: SummerCrest 2021



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.




Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook

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




Hablar, leer, cantar!

Talk, Read, Sing en español!


¡En español!

Developmental Activities for

Babies, Toddlers and Preschoolers,

Bilingual or in Spanish




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'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



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:


Email us!

Pegah Faed, Executive Director -

Michelle Fadelli, Policy and Communications Manager -

Susanne Kreuzer, Help Me Grow Marin -

Maritza Barahona, Help Me Grow Marin - 


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.


Virtual Academy News!


For our MCVA families!


1) Two Books/One MCVA

Two Books/One MCVA is a virtual spin on a tradition we've had at Mary Silveira. The idea is to bring people together to read a common book so we can all talk about the same stories. This year, we are reading two books: 4th and 5th graders in MCVA will have access to a digital version of Crenshaw and K-3 students in MCVA will have digital access to the story The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend. We hope students will read and discuss these books with you at home. 

The common theme to our stories is having imaginary friends to help people get through hard times. The book Crenshaw, by Katherine Applegate, is about a 5th grader named Jackson, who has an imaginary friend named Crenshaw. Crenshaw is a great big cat. He helps Jackson deal with the fact that his family has fallen on hard economic times.  

For our K-3 classes, The Adventures of Beekle, the Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat, is a darling story of an imaginary friend who is searching for their perfect human companion. 


2) Teacher Appreciation Week - May 3-7

For teacher appreciation week, we have events planned for each day of the week at Mary Silveira. However, since your child's teacher is remote, they may not be able to make it to all of those events. If you would like to show your apprecation for your child's teacher, please consider sending digital thank you cards, sending a thoughtful email, or anything else you think would make them feel good. Thanks!


3) MCVA Yearbooks!


Hi everyone,


This year, your student’s resilience has shown through in ways we never could have imagined. 


Thanks to everyone’s efforts the Miller Creek Virtual Academy (MCVA) yearbook will showcase the top moments to remember.  

Reserve your student's copy today at and type in Miller Creek Virtual Academy for your school's name.



Lisa Michael

Editor of 2020-2021 yearbook 

and Mom to 3rd grader, Samuel


4) Spirit Days for MCVA!

Please CLICK HERE to see a list of planned spirit days for the remainder of the year. These spirit days were developed by our MCVA 5th-graders!


5) For MCVA students whose home school is Vallecito

Hello Vallecito Virtual Academy Families - 

Last week, Ms. Denise sent you an email regarding our school wide art project - "Every Face Has a Place at Vallecito." We would love every Vallecito student, both in-person and remote, to be a part of this permanent installation.

How does your child participate?

  • Stop by the Vallecito front office no later than this Friday, April 30th to pick up your child's tile.  
  • After painting a self-portrait on the tile with the included paints, return it to the office no later than Friday, May 7th.

Looking forward to every Eagle having a place on the mural.

-Mrs. Foehr


6) Auto-enrolled in Homeschool

Please know that your child or children currently enrolled in MCVA will be automatically enrolled in your homeschool for next school year. If you have questions about that, please reach out.


7) Free Lunch: 5 Day Meal Kit Option


The US department of Agriculture extended all Seamless Summer Option (SSO) waivers through June 30, 2021.  This allows schools to offer free meals to all children under age 18.  MCVA students will be able to order a 5-day meal kit (vegetarian or meat). 


Parents must register their children by creating an account at:


The School code is:  millercreekmary


After creating an account, you must place your order for the week of April 26th no later than 10 am on Monday, April 19.   

MCVA students can pick up their meal kits on Mondays between 12 pm to 1pm at Mary Silveira.


Questions? Please contact Roxana Ascencio  at 415-492-3711 or