Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! I hope you all had a restful and relaxing summer. I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as the principal of Silver Oak. My name is Howard Greenfield and I have been part of the Silver Oak family for the past three years. I am very excited to welcome you to the 2018-2019 school year.
This year Silver Oak will continue on a Habits of Mind focus to continue to create well-rounded students who are ready to succeed with any challenge or endeavor they encounter. There are 16 Habits of Mind that research states will support students in being successful and over the last two years we have focused on Listening with empathy and understanding; Striving for accuracy and persisting; Applying past knowledge to new situation; Thinking and communicating with clarity and precision; and Managing impulsivity. This year our focus areas will be Thinking flexibly, Thinking about thinking and Finding humor. You can learn more about the Habits of Mind at http://www.artcostacentre.com/html/habits.htm.
We will also be working on utilize our STEAM Lab through instructional practices that include design thinking, project based learning, and engineering to increase our students capacities in these areas. With the support of Silver Oak PTO, Mrs. Veronica Gardener will be our STEAM project specialist helping to support our teachers in creating and leading lessons that encompass 21st century skills.
For our kindergarten parents I want to remind you that the first two and a half weeks will be half-day kindergarten and then starting September 10, 2018 our kinder students will be with us from 8:05am till 2:00pm daily.
Enjoy the rest of your summer and we look forward to seeing you all soon! Below are important dates and information regarding the 2018-2019 school year.
School resumes on Wednesday, August 22, 2018 and our daily schedule is as follows:
Kindergarten (August 22, 2018 – September 7, 2018) 8:05 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Kindergarten (September 10, 2018 till the end of the year) 8:05 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Grades 1-6 8:05 a.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Grades 1-6 minimum days begin on Thursday, August 30 8:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.
Kindergarten minimum day begins on Thursday, September 13 8:05 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.
On Tuesday, August 21, at 5:00 p.m. your child's classroom assignment for grades 1-6 will be available for viewing on PowerSchool Parent Portal, so it is imperative that you are registered. Please check the school website or call the school office for registration assistance. Also on that day, Kindergarten class lists will be posted in the multi-purpose room at 12:45p.m. with the Principal's welcome at 1:00p.m. Kindergarten students will then meet their teachers in rooms K-1 and K-3. 1st Grade will also have a meet and greet from 2:00pm-3:00pm in their classrooms. 1st Grade class list will be posted on the classroom doors at 1:50pm. Visit our website at http://www.eesd.org/page.cfm?p=2915 for grade level supply list information and all Silver Oak news, important dates and activities.
The Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) enriches and extends the instructional experiences for your children. Participation within this organization is critical if that enrichment is to continue. Find out more about how you can get involved at the PTO sponsored social on Wednesday, August 22 at 8:05 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Please join us.
Also, mark your calendar for the Silver Oak Back-to-School Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 6, 2018. Back to school night for students in grade K, 4-6 will start at 5:30pm in the Silver Oak multi-purpose room and wrap up at 6:45pm. For students in grades 1-3 we will begin at 6:15pm in the multi-purpose and end at 7:30. Additional information can be found on our website.
Finally, on behalf of the entire staff I welcome you back home to Silver Oak...a place where this journey of growth and self-discovery begins and where teachers and students and parents come together in anticipation of and enthusiasm for learning.
Howard Greenfield, Principal
2018-2019 Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Protocol
Drop-off and pick-up of students before and after school continues to be a challenge at Silver Oak. Please follow the established procedures and if possible, make plans to participate in carpools in order to alleviate traffic. Before and after school, teachers are on duty in the front of the school, at the bus loop and back gates to maintain order for the safety of your children. Please follow their directions. Please remember that students are not allowed on campus before 7:45 a.m.
For the safety of Silver Oak students and staff, it is important that we all follow the established drop-off and pick-up procedures. Please share this information with babysitters and other family members responsible for student drop-off and pick-up.
Families using the former bus loop parking lot for drop-off and pick-up we only allow left turns into the parking lot.
Families using the main parking lot for drop-off and pick-up we only allow right turns into the parking lot. Also please do not park on the curb between then marquee and the country club pool gate.
Families using Trowbridge, students will only be allowed to be picked up if your car is parked along the curb. We do not want students walking in the road. Please also drive slowly to ensure the safety of our students.
Use designated loading zones (orange cones) for pick-up and drop-off. Drive all the way forward into the drive through areas before dropping off or picking up your child. No parking is allowed in those areas. If your child is not ready to load when you are in the zone you will be directed to drive through with the flow and re-circle around.
When picking up your child after school, you will direct your child to meet you in the designated pick-up areas (front of the school or former bus loop area). Staff will be assigned to supervise your child. You cannot park and leave your car unless you are in a designated parking space. You will not be allowed to block parked cars. Use the loading zone areas for pick-up and drop-off.
When using the pick-up and drop-off loading zones, children should unload quickly from the side of the car that is adjacent to the curb. Backpacks should be with children, not in the trunk of the car, to expedite loading and unloading. Zucas are not permitted.
Student safety and courtesy for others are matters of considerable importance at Silver Oak School. It is crucial that parents do their part to assist in this effort. We request that all families respect the traffic guidelines and respect those who enforce them.