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Silver Oak offers several Language Arts and Reading Programs:

Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program that Silver Oak has participated in since 2012. Silver Oak students who will be in grades 3-6 in Fall are invited to challenge themselves and join the fun!

Students have from summer break through October to read as many books as they can from their grade's book list. In the fall, 3rd-6th graders that choose to participate will form teams and compete in a game show style venue where two teams face off at a time to answer questions related to any of the stories on their list.

The top 2 teams for each level will meet in the Championship Competition to see which 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade teams win the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!


YMCA's Asset Building Champions (ABC) is Project Cornerstone’s literature-based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. The stories and activities focus on providing tools, building social skills and increasing student-to-student respect. Students also learn about values such as honesty, caring, responsibility, and friendship. 
 
Volunteers read a specially selected children’s book and lead related activities and discussions that help teach valuable lessons related to these issues each month. The learnings are extended to families in the form of summary LETTER every month to follow up on tools learned through the book. Please take time to talk about the book at home, help us build a stronger and healthy and happy SilverOak Community. Click the Project Cornerstone tab for more information. Click the Project Cornerstone tabs for more details.
 

Celebrate your child’s birthday and help build their classroom or school library collection by participating in the Birthday Book Club. This long-standing tradition that allows parents to recognize their child's birthday by donating books to their classroom or our school library. Click on the Birthday Book Club tab above for more details. Click on the Birthday Book Club Recognition page to see a list of students that have donated a book for their birthday.


Silver Oak's Scholastic Book Fair takes place in every year in November. All proceeds raised In this event benefit our school library. 


Spelling Bee offers all Silver Oak students in grades 4-6 the chance to showcase their spelling prowess in January. 

 

Calling all 3rd to 6th graders! Didn't get through all the books you planned to this summer? There is still time to read and prepare for the 2022 Battle of the Books! 

Sign-ups and team forming will begin the week of SEPTEMBER 12–16 during the school day at lunch. The team competitions will begin OCTOBER 24, also during the school day at lunch. There is no cost to participate in this program and all BoB books are available in the Silver Oak Library!

Here are the book lists for 3-4 and 4-6 grades. Pick your favorites or the ones you have not read or the ones you never would have if not for the BoB...which ever way you pick, have fun reading!

Each list consists of 20 excellent titles, a mix of classic and new, selected by the America's Battle of the Books organization.

Battle of the Books Reading List 2022

Battle of the Books is a national reading incentive program that Silver Oak has participated in since 2012. Silver Oak students who will be in grades 3-6 in Fall 2021 are invited to challenge themselves and join the fun!
 
Students have from now through most of October (if the contest remains as originally scheduled) to read as many books as they can from their grade's book list above. In the fall, 3rd-6th graders that choose to participate will form teams and compete in a game show style venue where two teams face off at a time to answer questions related to any of the stories on their list.
 
The top 2 teams for each level will meet in the Championship Competition to see which 3rd/4th grade and 5th/6th grade teams win the BATTLE OF THE BOOKS!

 

Happy Reading!

 


COMPETITION RULES FOR BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

Students in 3rd-6th grades are signed up, have formed teams, and are ready to battle in our upcoming 2022 Battle of the Books competition that begins begins Monday, October 24.

Teams are made up of 4-6 students and are grouped in two grade spans where 3rd and 4th graders play against each other and 5th and 6th graders compete amongst each other. This year we have twelve 3/4 grade teams and ten 5/6 grade teams. Over the next 5-6 weeks, these teams will prepare to go to "battle" with each other by reading 20 books from the Battle of the Books list.

How "Battles" Work

The tournament starts with each team playing 2 games to get a feel for the types of questions being asked and how answers should be given. There are 24 questions in each game worth 2 points a piece. An example of a question might be: In what book did students participate in a Quidditch game? Teams earn 1 point for providing the title of the book and a second point for naming the author. 

After the initial 2 games are played, teams are ranked and play in the elimination rounds, meaning their team wins they move on, their team loses they are done for this year's competition.

Championship Prize and Recognition

The winning team has a chance to win $15 Amazon gift cards sponsored by our PTO and the title of Silver Oak BOB Champions.

Tournament Bracket Schedule

Here is a schedule of days teams will face each other in competition. This schedule is subject to change.

3rd and 4th Grade Teams

Monday, 10/24     Thursday, 10/27    

Tuesday, 11/1

 
  Game 1     Game 1      Game 1
  The Book People     The Book People     Hawks
  Talons of Knowledge     Super Saber Cat Readers     Battle Dragons
               
  Game 2            
  Silver Readers            
  Super Saber Cat Readers            
               
Tuesday, 10/25     Friday, 10/28     Wednesday, 11/2 Elimination Rounds begin
  Game 1     Game 1     Game 1
  Book Burglars     Book Burglars      
  Girls Read and Rock     Falcons 2.0      
               
  Game 2     Game 2     Game 2
  Falcons 2.0     Girls Read and Rock      
  Flamin' Hot Cheetos     Flamin' Hot Cheetos      
               
Wednesday, 10/26     Monday, 10/31     Thursday, 11/3  
  Game 1     Game 1     Game 1
  Flaming bookworms     Flaming bookworms      
  Hawks     Da Bananas      
               
  Game 2     Game 2      
  Da Bananas     Silver Readers      
  Battle Dragons     Talons of Knowledge      

 

5th and 6th Grade Teams

Monday, 10/24     Thursday, 10/27     Tuesday, 11/1 Elimination Rounds Begin
  Game 1     Game 1     Game 1
  French Fries     Team Keefe      
  Team Keefe     Gamer Team      
               
  Game 2           Game 2
  IQ            
  Gamer Team            
               
Tuesday, 10/25     Friday, 10/28     Wednesday, 11/2 Elimination Rounds begin
  Game 1     Game 1     Game 1
  Standard Oil     Standard Oil      
  IDK     Valcroy's Return      
               
  Game 2     Game 2     Game 2
  Nutella Supreme     IDK      
  Valcroy's Return     aarav'a team      
               
Wednesday, 10/26     Monday, 10/31        
  Game 1     Game 1     Game 1
  aarav'a team     Nutella Supreme      
  Ate them Markers     Ate them Markers      
               
  Game 2     Game 2      
  French Fries     IQ      
  IQ     French Fries      

 

 

Project Cornerstone's ABC program provides our children with the tools and skills to trive. We rotate through the three year program with the first year being our "ASSET" year, second year being our "BUILDING" year, and the third year, our "CHAMPION" year. 

2022-2023 is the Building year of ABC (Assets Building Champions) program. The focus of these books is "Inclusion" It's for everyone.

2021-2022 was the ASSET year of ABC and the theme is being UPSTANDER An UPstander is someone who stands up for others by using kindness and empathy to do the right thing.

From October through May, each month, a school-wide book will be read by assigned parent volunteers in every classroom in Grades K through 4. The book and discussion will build developmental assets like respect, tolerance, friendship and perseverance and teach life skills and tools to deal with social conflicts.

ABC (Assets Building Champions) program is Project Cornerstone's literature–based program addressing important issues like respect, tolerance, honesty, peaceful conflict resolution, taking a stand against bullying behaviors, and refusing to participate in gossip. It provides our entire school community, from principal to student, a shared vocabulary and collective strategies for dealing with difficult situations both in school and out.

Ideally, each classroom has a volunteer parent reader team of 2 per classroom to share the reading, classroom management, discussion and activity for each monthly visit. 


Would you like to be part of our Project Cornerstone ABC Reader Team? Do you love to read to children in the classroom and have about 2 – 3 hours to spare a month? Then this opportunity is for you – Read a Book – Change a life. 

Volunteer Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a monthly one–hour training session for the book you will read in class and plan activities.
  • Prepare activity, read the book to the class, facilitate a discussion, and present the activity to the class each month. 

ABC readers make a difference by making Silver Oak Elementary School a safer and more caring place to learn and grow. 

If you are interested in volunteering please contact:

  • Sree at sree.kadiyala@gmail.com or
  • Priya at shirodkarpriya@gmail.com

2022-2023 Books

 

November 2022 Book:

The Day You Begin  by Jacqueline Woodson

The Day You Begin” is about a little girl entering into a new world. It features this beautiful African American girl talking about her expectations about entering someplace new and her thoughts about how she might be received. She eventually figures out how to make herself seen and heard. This book celebrates diversity in the classroom and talks about how we can learn about the world from each other.

Theme : Celebrate Differences

Goals: Accept and celebrate differences. UPstanders practice intentional acts of caring. Practice inclusive behaviors to create a caring school. Show empathy to others. Speak your voice. Recognize and value all dimensions of diversity.

 

October 2022 Book:

Stand Tall, Molly Lou Melon by Patty Lovell

This book helps students recognize that they have the power within themselves to deal with bucket dipping behaviors. The main character is empowered by a caring adult, her grandmother. As her grandmother fills her bucket, Molly Lou gains self confidence which empowers her to stand up to bucket dipping behaviors. Molly Lou models positive self-talk to other students in the class. She demonstrates how positive energy can not only change negative behavior, but also create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Theme : Walk Proud, Smile Big and Sing loud

Goals: Use self-care to be your best. Focus on the fact that you have the power to choose how you react! Use your body language to stand tall, walk proud, smile big and sing loud. Remove mud thoughts by using clear thoughts and positive self-talk. Stop, think, and understand to prevent bucket dipping. Identify and name the caring adults that are your cheerleaders. 

 

September 2022 Book:

René Has Two Last Names by René Colato Laínez

This book is about a little boy, René, who moves from El Salvador to the United States. René has two last names which represent his mother and father’s families. His classmates make fun of him for having such a long name. René is proud of his names and intentionally uses his family tree homework assignment to stand up to the bucket dipping and explain the significance of his family names.

Theme : Embrace Your Culture

Goals: Try to get to know people before making judgments. Understand and learn about different cultures and how diversity makes us stronger. Identify and celebrate individuals’ personal identities. Use positive personal power to stand up for traditions and beliefs. Be inclusive and accepting of differences. Understand friendship boosters and busters. Hang out with people who let you be YOU!

 

 

2021-2022 Books

 

May's character trait is “Integrity”

 

We will read the book, “The Empty Pot” by Demi

 

Theme: Courage, Honesty, Integrity, Responsibility, Perseverance (CHIRP)


Goal for May: Model how to act with courage, honesty, responsibility, integrity, and perseverance. Stand by beliefs and stand up for them with courage and determination. Honesty makes trust bloom.

April’s character trait is “Acceptance.”

We will read the book, “One” by Kathryn Otoshi

Theme: It just takes ONE to make a difference! Everyone counts.

Goal for April: Students will know, accept and value who they are, and know that they have the power to make a difference in their own (and other students’) lives.

March's character trait is “Honesty.”

This month we will read the book "Trouble Talk" by Trudy Ludwig. This book is about the power of words and how words can either be uplifting or hurtful.

Theme: Rumors stop with me!

Goal for March: Help children become more aware of their personal responsibility to treat others with kindness and respect. Use tools of healthy talk and a genuine apology.

 

February's character trait is "Empathy."

We will read the book, “The Recess Queen” by Alexis O’Neill

Theme: Peaceful conflict steps.

Goal for February: Empower students to use their skills as UPstanders to create a safe and caring climate on the school playground by using conflict resolution, telling and making a report, and inviting and including all to participate in play.

Due to the Pandemic, Project Cornerstone was cancelled during the month of January.

December’s character trait is “Caring.”

We will read the book, “Say Something” by Peggy Moss

Theme: If you see an injustice... say something! Say and do something. Move from bystander to becoming an UPstander.  

Goal for December: Provide students with concrete examples of bully behaviors and discuss strategies for safely responding to verbal, physical, and relational bullying. Use kindness and be an UPstander to counteract negative behavior. 

November’s character trait is “Leadership.”

We will read the book, “Simon’s Hook” by Karen G. Burnett

Theme: Five tools to deal with teasing. 

Goal for November: Help students feel empowered and in control of things that happen to them. Learn specific language and techniques to avoid taking the bait. 

October's character trait is  "Respect." 

We will read the book," Have You Filled a Bucket Today? " by  Carol McCloud . 

Goal for October: Empower students to intentionally fill their buckets and the buckets of others with good feelings. 


About Silver Oak Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday and help build their classroom or school library collection by participating in the Birthday Book Club. This long-standing tradition that allows parents to recognize their child's birthday by donating books to their classroom or our school library.

Flyers are sent home with students with upcoming birthdays. Those who wish to participate can return the completed form and payment to their classroom. The students is then invited to choose a book, write their signature on it and donate it to their classroom or the school library.

These books are long lasting gifts that all the students of Silver Oak School can enjoy for years to come. We greatly appreciate your support.

For more information please contact Nicole Rotter at rotter.nicole@yahoo.com

Birthday Book Club Recognition Page

Thank you Birthday Book Club Participants!

PTO is happy to report the following students have chosen books to be donated to their classroom or the school library.

September Birthdays

Aanya T.

Aisha K.

Celine T.

Dale W.

Jace P.

Jasen L.

Kaya T.

Khoa L.
                    

Mason D.

Mila H.

Olivia D.

Ryan H.

Saideetya K.

Shriya K.

Sushil V.

Tanishka C.

Zac P.

 


August Birthdays

Elena H.

Ella T.

Emma R.

Esha K.

                       

Evelyn W.

Hasini P.

Kourtney T.

Riley S.

Vaishnavi A. 

 

Bzz...Bzz...It's Time to Study for the 2023 Silver Oak Spelling Bee

This spelling bee contest offers all students in grades 4-6 the chance to showcase their spelling prowess in a classic Spelling Bee contest in January.

All grade 4-6 students will take the Written Spelling Bee test in their respective classes on January 11, 2023.

Top finalists from the written bee will advance to the Oral Spelling Bee on January 19, 2023 1-3 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. Permission slips will be sent home to those students who qualify for the oral spelling bee.

The Regional Qualifier Online test will be held between 2/10/23 and 2/17/23 and SNSB California Regional Bee is in March 2023 via zoom. More information will follow for the winner of the school spelling bee, and where they will compete next!

A big thank you to Silver Oak PTO for sponsoring this event.

Important Dates:

  • Written Spelling Bee: January 11, 2023 (Wed) during regular school hours.
  • Oral Spelling Bee: January 19, 2023 (Thu)  1-3p.m. in Multi Purpose Room

Words used in the Silver Oak Oral Spelling Bee event may be selected from the following:

In preparation for the written spelling bee visit:

www.myspellit.com for free word lists. (Click on a language of origin to see the word lists)

spellingbee.com/word-club if you wish to purchase National Spelling Bee Club preparation kits.

Please contact Silver Oak PTO at silveroakreads@gmail.com if you have any questions.