Silva Star

August

AUGUST SILVA STAR
 
Manlio Silva Elementary School
2016
 

School Expectations and Safety
Our school opens at 7:45 a.m. to serve breakfast in the cafeteria and the playground opens at 8:00 a.m. We ask all students to arrive no earlier than 8 o’clock due to supervision, unless they are having breakfast (free for all students). The bell rings at 8:15 a.m. for students in grades 1 through 6 to line up on the blacktop (look for the room numbers painted on the lines), and we’ll all meet our teachers together! Kindergarten students, please go straight to your classrooms. We ask for students to be on time and ready every day for a wonderful day at Silva School! 
Entering and Exiting School – Please read carefully for the children’s sake!
Silva families, please help us keep our school safe by slowing down around campus, and being patient during drop off and pick up each day. Our school is the largest elementary school in the district, which means there are several hundreds of vehicles in the parking lot and around the campus. That will require everyone to use patience, manners, and lots of smiles. We hope you are not in a hurry when picking up or dropping off your children. Here are a few safety rules that we all must enforce for the safety of your children:
1.    Please follow the directions of our crossing guards and always use the crosswalks on the streets both around the school neighborhood, and while on campus. All wheeled vehicles (bikes, scooters, and skateboards for only 3-6th graders) must be walked on campus and helmets are required per California DMV Code 21212.(a)
2.    When driving on campus, please pick up and drop off students in the White Drop Off Zone only. (note: We do allow for double rows of cars around the green zone during afternoon pickup, as long as other cars can get by on the left. Please make sure others can pass your car if you are waiting for pickup.)
3.    If parents are coming into the school, we ask that you park in the parking lot or the adjacent streets. Do not park in the White Zone. It is part of the fire code and a huge fine!
4.    Please do not ask students to walk across the campus streets without parent supervision. This is extremely dangerous, and students will be asked to reverse their steps and use the crosswalk if they try to cross in other areas. 
5.    Please sign in at the front office and pick up a visitor sticker if you are visiting, observing, or volunteering at school during school hours. If you are observing or volunteering in a classroom, we ask you to arrange it with a teacher first. This procedure allows us to create a safe campus where everyone is accounted for.
6.    Do not use the Bus Zone for private vehicles. If you are dropping off on the south side of school, you must use the street parking and sidewalks for student safety.

Back to School Night is Thursday, August 4th
A gentle reminder: We hope all parents and guardians come to Silva School for our annual Back-to-School night for 1st through 6th graders. All parents or guardians are asked to report to their child’s room to listen to a 45 minute presentation from the classroom teacher, and to better understand how they can become partners in their child’s learning. This important evening is designed for parents and teachers only to discuss how shark students can be successful in their classrooms, and how our teaming together will help make 2016-2017 their best school year ever! We do ask that students do not attend class that evening. Students can prepare for the following day of school, and so we can talk as adults without any interruptions. If you are unable to find child care, Mrs. Shields representatives from the YMCA and I will be here to monitor kids on the playground. Please don’t miss this very important evening for parents and teachers to start children on the road to success!  Times: (6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. for grades 1-3 and 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. for grades 4-6) See you at Silva’s Back to School Night!!

Parents + teachers working together = Success for all Silva Sharks!
PTA General Assembly – The PTA will hold their quarterly General Assembly Meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria on August 4th to meet our PTA president Mrs. Ingrid Ledesma and the rest of the Board members. This short meeting (5:30-6:00 p.m.) is a great place to start networking with some key parent leaders and to find out how you can help your award winning school! Hope you can make it. 

 “Come Sea What the PTA Is Up To” at Back to School Night!!
Make sure you stop by the PTA table at Back to School Night from 5:45 – 7:30 to join the Silva PTA and ask any questions you might have about our award winning PTA.  Our PTA membership last year was over 300 families and we hope you will be a part of our Silva team this year.  Our goal this year is 325 families!! Congratulations Rachel Pena, winner of the Shark drawing contest sponsored by the PTA. Rachel is a 6th grader here at Silva, and her winning drawing will be featured on a pennant which will be displayed in the cafeteria. 
 BACK TO SCHOOL Picnic!
The annual Back to School picnic will be held on Friday, August 19th, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is a great school-wide event where staff, Silva Sharks and their families can gather to enjoy a social gathering with food. If you join Silva’s PTA by contributing $10, you will receive 4 tickets towards ice cream. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner, blankets and lawn chairs for your family. For those who love food trucks, we’ll have taco and Thai food tucks.
Did you know that two classes that have the highest percentage of families that sign-up for a PTA membership by August 18th receive a pizza party? 
 

Band and Strings Are Back!
We are excited to tell you that we are once again offering band and strings programs at Silva this year! Mrs. Evans will teach 5th and 6th grade band classes during the school day at Silva. Classes will be taught twice a week for 40 minutes. Mrs. Evans gave registration forms to all interested students this week. Registration for band closes Aug. 8.

We have added Ms. Erin Wells, who also teaches strings at McAuliffe Middle and Bear Creek High School, to Silva staff to teach strings to Silva’s 5th and 6th grade students during the school day. She will visit and speak to every 5th and 6th grade class this week to share information about the requirements to join the strings program. Both strings classes will be taught twice a week for 40 minutes. Thank you all for your support!

YMCA located in room C-8 - The YMCA child care program is located on the south side of the school in Room C-8 near the bus loop. The program does have openings for various times before, during, and after school, and parents are encouraged to call them directly if they have questions about their services. Their number is (209) 472-9622.

1st Quarter Important Dates and Information 
Friday, July 29th – Kindergarten Orientation/Back to School 8:30-10:20 a.m.
Monday, August 1st – First Day of School/ Triple A Period 1 & AR Shark Tank Q1 Begins
Tuesday, August 2nd  – Spirit Assemblies/ 1st-2nd 8:35-9:15, 3rd-4th 9:30-10:15, 5th-6th 1:15 to 2:15
Wednesday, August 3rd  – Sharkwear Orders Begin/ College Wear Day!
Thursday, August 4th – PTA General Assembly Meeting/Cafeteria – 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4th - Back to School Night for Parents: 1-3rd is 6:00-6:45/4-6th is 6:45-7:30
Monday, August 15th – Cookie Dough Fundraiser Kick-off Assemblies in the Cafeteria (Primary 1:30-1:50, Intermed. 1:55-2:15) AM K 10-10:20 and PM K in the classrooms @ 11:15
Wednesday, August 17th – Common Planning Day 12:22/25 Early Dismissal
Thursday, August 18th – PTA Membership Drive Contest Ends/ College Wear Day!
Friday, August 19th – Back to School Picnic 5-7 p.m. 
Tuesday, August 23rd – Harvest Festival Committee Meeting/Library (3:30 p.m.)
Friday, August 26th – Shark Wear T-shirt Orders Due
Friday, August 26th – End Triple A Period 1
Friday, August 26th – Picture Day!
Monday, August 29th  – Triple A Period 2 Begins
Wednesday, August 31st – School Site Council Meeting (7:30-8:15 in the Library)
Wednesday, August 31st – Staff Meeting
Thursday, September 1st - Cookie Dough Fundraiser Ends 
Friday, September 2nd -  PTA Membership Winners Pizza Party
Friday, September 2nd – Purple Passion Day!
Monday, September 5th – Labor Day – No School
Wednesday, September 7th – Grade Level Meeting/ College Wear Day!
Tuesday, September 8th – Harvest Festival Committee Meeting/Library (3:30 p.m.)
Friday, September 9th – PTA Movie Night (6:30-8 p.m. in the Cafeteria)
Tuesday, September 13th – Preschool Story Time/Library (8:15-9:00 a.m.)
Wednesday, September 14th – Common Planning Day 12:22/25 Early Dismissal
Thursday, September 15th  - Triple A Period 1 Handout (No Books)
Friday, September 16th – End of Shark Tank Q1 Accelerated Reader Deadline
Saturday, September 17th – Constitution Day!
Monday, September 19th – Start of Q2 Shark Tank
Tuesday, September 20th – Picture Make-up Day! (8:30-10:00)
Wednesday, September 21st – AC Day 12:22/25 Early Dismissal/ College Wear Day!
Tuesday Sept. 27th – Friday, Sept. 30th – Parent-Teacher Conferences (Minimum Days)
Wednesday, September 28th – Cookie Dough Distribution Day!/Cafeteria (11-4:00)
Friday, September 30th  – Staff Appreciation – Baked Goods
Friday, September 30th – RED RIBBON Week Celebration!/Cookie Dough Prizes (Flag Salute)
Friday, September 30th – Triple A Period 2 Ends
Monday, October 3rd thru Friday, October 14th – Fall Break

Silva Sharks  Learn Strong!