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Mary Silveira News 1.3.21
Posted 1/3/21

Dear Mary Silveira Community,


Happy New Year! The Mary Silveira teachers and staff can't wait to see all of our Stars back on campus tomorrow, Monday, January 4th. I certainly can't think of a better way to kick off this new year than to see students playing on our playgrounds, walking our halls, and learning in classrooms once again.

Please remember to certify that your child is healthy and ready to come to school each morning. You can do this by answering the email that comes to you right at 6am each day from

Your child will be on the same am/pm schedule as previously communicated or practiced. 

Happy 2021, and see you all soon!


1.2.21 Community Update

In case you missed the "1.2.21 Community Update" email put out by our district, you can read that HERE. This update has a lot of important information on:

•Rationale for starting 2021 in-person

•Precautions we've taken to minimize transmissions in school

•Testing we've provided

•Quarantine procedures you can follow

•Safety Resources


Monday, January 4th

All students in Waves 1-4 will resume in-person instruction in our hybrid model beginning Monday, January 4th


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!


Hybrid Instruction Reminders

Even though the below resources are intended for 4th-wave families, anyone is welcome to view them if they would like a refresher course on our Hybrid in-person instruction program.


1)  Mr. Remmers' 4th-Wave Hybrid Video for Mary Silveira 4th-Wave Families


2)  Slide Deck Used in the above "Mr. Remmers' 4th-Wave Hybrid Video for Mary Silveira 4th-Wave Families."


3)  Miller Creek School Distirct's Parent Webinar for 4th-Wave Parents: Recorded on December 7


Upcoming Events

  • Jan. 4:  First Day of Hybrid In-Person Instruction for all students in Waves 1-4. 
  • Feb. 11:  Picture Day


Our District Needs Help!


Office Clerk Needed!

To become an office clerk: Please download our fillable application from the District website, save it and email it directly to Lauren Campbell, our HR specialist at


Substitute Custodian Needed!

To become a substitute custodian: Please download our fillable application from the District website, save it and email it directly to Lauren Campbell, our HR specialist at


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.


Substitute Teachers 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.


Instructional Assistants Needed!

To become an instructional assistant: Please download our fillable application from the District website, save it and email it directly to Lauren Campbell, our HR specialist at


Help Support Can Do!

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who so generously supported our students this year through our Family Giving Campaign, the Business Partner Program, Run As One and Holiday Auction. 


We honor ALL of you, your acts of generosity and kindness, patience and resilience, and the fortitude and determination you have demonstrated during these past months. 

Wishing you and your family a joyful holiday season!

With gratitude, 

Can Do! Education Foundation



AMAZON SMILE will donate to Can Do! every time you make an eligible purchase. Same great products and low prices. 





Mary Silveira 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 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.


Parent Racial Equity Series

Miller Creek School District hosted Dr. Watson as she engaged participants in the first of four parent seminars on racial equity. Participants were introduced to four agreements to utilize when talking about race:

  1. Commit to the cause

  2. Tell your truth

  3. Lean in to listen and learn

  4. Don’t dodge the discomfort

  5. Resist requiring resolution

Participants identified barriers that prevent open dialogue about race and viewed Being 12 an important video that amplifies the voices of children as they talk about race. Dr. Watson shared The Intersection, a tool that individuals can use when engaging in conversation about race to understand where oneself is and to recognize how others are entering a conversation.

Participants will read Detour Spotting by Jenna Olson in preparation for our next seminar which will be held via Zoom on February 2, from 6:00-7:30.

Want to join us? Register for the remaining three seminars by clicking here.


MES Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

I would like to invite interested folks to join our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion team. Our first meeting was on December 10th and our next meeting will be on ThursdayJanuary 21st at 3:15pm

What we will be engaging 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. 

If interested in joining us, please use the Zoom link below. 

Join Zoom Meeting - 1/21/21 - 3:15pm
Meeting ID: 883 5408 8919
Passcode: 371341

Dial by phone: 669 900 6833


Weekly Covid-19 Update for MES


Status of Schools

All schools in the Miller Creek School District will open to Hybrid, in-person instruction on Monday, January 4th.


Positive for Covid-19?

If someone in your immediate household tests positive for Covid-19, please email our school health specialist, Adelena Rodriguez:


Updated Quarantine Guidance


The Most Current "Decision Tree"

For the most current Decision Tree, which guides what parents should do when their child is sick or has come into contact with a Covid-Positive person, or has Covid themselves, please Click Here.


Covid-19 Handbooks from Marin Health and Human Services




Community Forum - Jan. 4

We are excited and ready to resume in-person instruction on January 4, 2021. Our community continues to have a spectrum of thought about opening schools with some members eager to return and others questioning the safety. For those seeking additional safety rationale for keeping schools open, you can hear directly from Public Health experts, Dr. Willis and Dr. Santora, who support our reopening work. They are hosting a webinar for the community on Monday, January 4th from 1:00pm-2:00pm where they will provide an update, share data, and include an opportunity for Q&A. Visit this page for the webinar link and information on how to submit questions in advance.


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.


Parent Education and Student Enrichment Opportunities


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:


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


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.


Virtual Academy News!

Dear MCVA Families, 


With over 40 new families to our elementary Virtual Academy since school started, I thought this would be a good time to go over a few points regarding the academy, especially now that the Virtual Academy is closed and our numbers are stable. Please carve out time to read this, as I think it will prove useful.


1) We have four classes in the Virtual Academy: Susan Ritscher (Kindergarten);  Anne Shaver (1st/2nd-Grade);  Nicole Camarda (2nd/3rd-Grade);  Gina Tanner (4th/5th-Grade)


2) We now have Virtual Academy "HSC" Co-Presidents. I have asked Lisa Michael and Liz Boyd to serve in this role, and to therefore serve as liaisons to our school district's Coordinating Council. The Coordinating Council consists of all HSC presidents, principals, Can Do!, and the Superintendent.  Lisa and Liz are the two responsible for us having an MCVA spirit wear shirt, having an MCVA yearbook, having the Hallloween Digital Parade, etc. They are very much interested in finding ways to give the Virtual Academy a sense of community.  I will send a separate email out from them with  more info, so stay tuned for that.


3) Along those lines, when you have ideas for MCVA or for your teacher, please share those offline (via email) with either your teacher, Lisa & Liz, or myself. 


4) For information specific to MCVA, please look for the section of my Mary Silveira newsletter called, "Virtual Academy News." 


5) Students are welcome to drink liquid during Zooms, but they should not eat during Zooms as that is distracting for others. 


6) Parents are welcome to be nearby during Zooms, especially if tech assistance is needed, however parents should not attend Zooms without their child. Zooms are for students only.


7) During student Zooms, parents should avoid making requests of the teacher while any kids are present. Requests or concerns should be communicated offline through email.


8) When issues or concerns arise with a teacher, please first try to resolve the problem directly with the teacher. If a resolution can not be reached, that would be when reaching out to the principal is appropriate.


9) For grades 4 and 5: Be sure to check Google Classroom to see if students are turning in assignments.


10) The optional in-person Picture Day originally scheduled for Decebmer 10th has been rescheduled tentatively for February 11th.


11) MCVA Yearbook

We are using an app called "Yearbook Snap" to upload pictures to be used in the MCVA Yearbook. We really need your help to make this successful.

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.


That's it for now, everyone. Thank you for working with your children and helping them be successful. I know our teachers and I are excited to make this the best virtual year we possibly can. Thank you for your support!



Bjorn Remmers