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End of Year Events Hosted by Student Council

Student Council will be hosting 1-5th grade Field Days May 26th-June 2nd. Game stations will be set up for students to play during lunch recess, with otter pop snacks.

Our annual Student vs. Teacher Games will be held in June. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students will battle Shirakawa teachers in Volleyball, Capture the Flag, and Dodgeball during first recess, on the upper grade playground. Winner gets bragging rights!
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7 FMSD Schools Named to California Honor Roll

We’re proud to have 7 schools named to the California Honor Roll, which recognizes high performing, achievement gap closing schools across the state. The Honor Roll by CBEE is the only school recognition program in the state using student achievement outcomes as the criteria, and is a growing resource for all schools to learn about best practices that increase student achievement. CBEE utilizes data from the non-profit Educational Results Partnership, the largest longitudinally-linked, actionable school system of data in the country.
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SBAC Testing Starts!

It is difficult to believe it but it is testing time again! Students in grades 3 to 8 will be taking The Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for ELA and Math during the next weeks. 5th and 8th graders will also participate in a Science Field test.
It is very important that students get a good night sleep, and a healthy breakfast. Please, send your students to school on time since testing will start promptly at 7:45am.
To get access to the testing calendar and other testing resources, click on Show All and then on Read more (or click on this article headline).
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Spelling Bee Chant.

Shirakawa Student, Rey Alexis Rafanan, is heading off to compete in the Regional Scripps Spelling Bee next weekend on Saturday, March 18th. He placed first in our school's spelling bee. Today, Jennifer Mistrot, from CBS, interviewed Rey Alexis while his classmates cheered around him. We are proud to have Rey represent our school as he competes at the next level. Congrats and good luck, Rey!
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Donations Update (3/4/17)

Saturday , March 4 was the last opening day of the donation center. Families were able to get disaster relief resources such as clothes, food, and cleaning supplies.

We would like to say THANK YOU to all the families and organizations that have contributed with donations for those affected by the floods.

For more information on Flood Relief Resources go to
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Neighborhood Flood Relief

At 8:00am on Saturday, February 25th, the staff at Shirakawa Elementary School opened the doors of their cafeteria to the community members affected by the flooding. In coordination with our district office, a hot breakfast was served by our district's Food Services. Families who came today were provided with supplies to assist them with cleaning up, as well as donated food, water, and clothing. Other supplies available were baby strollers, diapers, toiletries and basic essentials.
We continue to receive generous donations from our immediate community and beyond. We had donations come from families, non-profit, and local community organizations nearby and as far away as Fremont.
The efforts put forth by Shirakawa's staff and parent volunteers were indescribable! There were helping hands with unloading donations to loading donations for the affected families. We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations of time, food, clothing, and money!
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Complimentary Tickets to San Jose Earthquakes Game.

The San Jose Earthquakes are providing complimentary tickets and transportation to and from tomorrow’s game against Sacramento Republic FC to all families in affected areas of San Jose by partnering with LuxBus America and Uber. LuxBus America is contributing multiple busses that will pick up passengers from the shelters at James Lick High School and Evergreen Valley High School at 12 p.m. Complimentary Uber rides will also be available at the two high schools and Shirakawa Elementary School with promo codes provided by the ride-sharing service. Busses will be departing Avaya Stadium after the match at 4:30 p.m. and Uber rides can be redeemed postgame in the Uber Zone across the street from the stadium.

People from the affected areas of San Jose may call the Quakes Front Office during normal business hours (9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) today at (408) 556-7700 for assistance with transportation.
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Want To Help?

Due to the flooding of Coyote Creek, many families of the Shirakawa Community have been affected. At the moment, we are asking for donations of the following items: uniform clothes and regular clothes for adults and kids, shoes for adults and kids, and new, unopened undergarments. Donations can be brought to Shirakawa's cafeteria today, Wednesday, February 22, until 12PM. Donation collection will continue tomorrow, if school is open. We appreciate the outpour of support in helping our Shirakawa families!
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Tet Assembly

Next February 21 our students at Shirakawa school will attend the New Year assembly, performed by Vovinam America. There will be lion dancing, Vietnamese cultural dancing, and Vovinam martial arts. As a tradition for good luck and prosperity for both parents and children, you can give lì xì (money you put it in a red envelope) for the students to feed to the lions. This will attract the lions and make them more enthusiastic to dance and jump around!
We wish you and your family a happy Lunar New Year and good luck on the year of the horse. Hope to see you all there, and thank you for your support.
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Shirakawa's First Annual Walk-a-Thon a Success!

Thank you to all the awesome Shirakawa Family for helping make our first ever ValARTine Walk-a-Thon a successful event! We have collected a total of $1,570 in pledges and donations and more are continuing to come in. We held our event on Friday, February 10th. There was a bit of rain, but that didn't keep the Sharks from walking and raising the money for art supplies. The students enjoyed the healthy activity and can't wait for our next one. Go Sharks!
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