Silver Gate Elementary

Week of 11/08/21


We appreciate all our families that serve or have served in the military. We value all that they do for our freedoms in this country and sacrifices they make for our safety and security.
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Students, parents, friends, and colleagues:

We are writing to follow up on the communication sent yesterday regarding a proposal to make next Friday, November 12, a non-instructional day.

We’ve heard from many families that appreciated the opportunity to focus on mental health and wellness; others expressed concerns about their ability to find adequate childcare solutions on such short notice. After careful consideration, we have decided to keep our classrooms open next Friday.

All students will be welcome at school on November 12.

  • We will continue to offer students the chance to use that day to rest and recharge. Families that choose to keep their students out of school for a mental health day on November 12 will have their absence marked as “excused.”

Thank you to everyone who took the time to contact us. Your input helped us arrive at what we believe is the best possible option for all families. We continue to look for new ways to recognize the importance of mental health.


Dr. Lamont Jackson

Interim Superintendent

San Diego Unified


The Friends of Silver Gate parent association is gearing up our Annual Giving Fund campaign, and we hope this year will be our biggest fundraiser ever for our schools.The annual giving fundraiser kicks off Monday, November 8th and runs through December 31, 2021. Our goal is to raise $35,000! Please click on the below link for details!


Hopefully by now you've received your Art to Remember order form featuring your student's artwork. Please place your orders online by tomorrow, Monday, November 8, in order to have your order shipped free to the school in early December in plenty of time for the holidays. If you didn't receive an order form and your child was present the day their class created the art, please contact Julia Roller, our Art to Remember coordinator, at Also remember that you can search for artwork from past years on the Art to Remember web site and include that in your order as well. Thanks for supporting Silver Gate with this fundraiser!


Parent Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching. Please see Konstella for sign-ups for your child's classroom or whatever form of sign-up your teacher is using. SDUSD is offering free parent workshops to guide parents on how to have successful conferences. Whether this is your first experience or you would like some pointers to improve your experience, this is an opportunity to gather tips and information. Please click the button below for more information.



Our students have been engaging in Leader in Me learning in a variety of ways throughout campus! One way is teachers creating chart with the students on what they want to SEE, HEAR and FEEL in their classrooms. What do you want to See-Hear- and Feel school wide?
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Traffic Safety

Please pay attention whenever you are crossing any street. Specifically the crosswalk on Catalina Blvd. Do not take for granted that the cars will stop when they see the flashing lights or remain stopped while you and your family are crossing. Be aware.


TK/Kinder STEAM:

Scientists reminded Miss Danielle how the Water Cycle works :) and then figured out that when the air freezes during the water cycle it snows! We admired the work of “Snowflake”Bentley, a meteorologist who began photographing individual snowflakes in 1885. By capturing over 5,000 snowflake images in his lifetime, he was the first to discover that every snowflake is unique but all share two common traits — they all have 6 points and are symmetrical. We then had a Snowflake art lesson using crayon, watercolor and salt. The salt acts like a sponge soaking up the wet watercolor creating the appearance of a frosty icicle. The kids are excited to bring their project home to show off next week!

1st Grade: Sky Above Unit

First graders in STEAM learned how the orbit and rotation of the earth around the sun effects daylight and seasonal changes, then students created a Four Seasons Tree in the Art studio!

2nd Grade:

We started Unit 2 eGames/coding and digital responsibility

We started with learning two simple games Flappy Bird and Bounce Ball observing how they are different and similar. We then moved on to some simple coding steps. Next week we will dive a little deeper into our projects.

3rd Grade:

We continued our Motion Unit and learned how to use Counterweights to Counterbalance a tag board Crayfish cutout on a balance point. They learned a lot about how small adjustments to counterweights can make all the difference in a stable position verses an unstable balanced position.

4th Grade:

Dia de los Muertos Art!! We learned about the holiday and made creative Mexican Folk Art. We used aluminum foil, cardstock, traceable images, and Sharpies to create a beautiful "Sugar Skull".

The kids loved it and came up with some striking designs!

Room 20:

Week used silver crayons, blue water color, Epson salt to create a beautiful snowy scene! The textures and different mediums was fun and exciting for the students.

Around Campus!


Sickness Protocol:

If your child is out sick, you will need to provide us with their negative COVID PCR test results to return. With any of these symptoms:

  • Fever with or no chills > 100.0F
  • Cough*
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nasal congestion/Rhinorrhea (Runny Nose)*
  • Sore Throat
  • Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea*
  • Fatigue*
  • New Loss of Taste/Smell
  • Headache*
  • Muscle/Body Aches*
  • Poor Feeding or Poor Appetite*

Your student may return 24 hours after symptoms are improving and no fever with a negative COVID-19 PCR-NAAT test (please note: Antigen and at-home tests are not allowed)

o Please send a copy of the result to your school nurse

• If you do not wish to get a COVID-19 test, your student must stay home for 10 days after their symptom(s) first began, returning on ________________ (date) if their symptoms are better and no fever for 24 hours before returning to school without fever reducing medications

See below for same day drive up testing options. The Front Street option in Hillcrest is the closest option to Silver Gate.

Drive-Up Testing Centers

  • Appointments are required! Please make an appointment by clicking the link or scanning the QR code below.

  • Please see list of locations and self-scheduling instructions.

  • Parents: If this is your first time your child is getting tested with UCSD, please fill out the Consent and Release of Information (ROI) form for your student to be tested. Please fill out in one sitting or use the save and come back later option.

  • Staff: If this is your first time getting tested with UCSD, please fill out the ROI Form. Please fill out in one sitting or use the save and come back later option.

Upcoming Events:

11/11 - Veterans Day/No School

11/15 - Choice Window Closes

11/15-11/19 - Parent Conf/Min Days

11/19 - Spirit Day - Hero Wear

11/22-11/26 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

11/15-11/19 - Min. days all week due to parent Conferences. 12:35pm Dismissal every day!


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