Sexton Mt. Families:
Principal Cherie Reese got to meet a lot of our students Thursday at STEAM Night. Our goal is a smooth transition into the new year. Principal Reese has met with staff and hopes to attend our next PTC meeting and PBIS assembly. Thanks to all who continue to send in welcome notes to Ms. Reese.
District-wide, Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 16-20. Without our volunteers, our school would be a very different place. Many of our special enrichment activities (STEAM Fair, Talent Show, OBOB, Bingo Night) are run entirely by volunteers. At Sexton Mt., we celebrate our volunteers at the end of the year with a special program. This year, we will celebrate on June 1 from 2:00-3:00pm in our cafeteria.
Family Literacy Night-May 31-Volunteers Wanted
The purpose of Family Literacy Night is to get kids signed up for the library’s summer reading program, to get families familiar with the library’s growing collection of bilingual books and to promote home language literacy by showcasing the 20+ languages spoken in the homes of Sexton Mt. students. At the same time this special evening showcases the inclusive culture our school creates as we recognize the traditions and background of our families. We are looking for volunteers to share information about culture or language. Please complete and return the attached Family Literacy Night form if you can volunteer at this special event at the Beaverton City Library.
Thanks to Lindsay Maher, Ellie Larsen and Adria Eilers for organizing a fabulous STEAM night last week. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with set up and clean up.
Thanks to those who continue to donate books to classroom libraries.
Local Option Levy #34-284 - May 15, 2018 (see attached)
If passed, Ballot Measure #34-284 would allow Beaverton schools to preserve 300 teaching positions, maintain class sizes, and help ensure students are prepared for post-high school success. The levy renewal costs $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value, the same tax rate as the current levy. Homes with the median assessed value of $238,000 would continue to pay about $25 per month. The levy would raise approximately $31 million in the first year.
In 2013, voters approved a five-year local option levy to restore teaching positions that had been cut due to repeated state funding shortfalls. The levy has raised $128 million, and 100% has remained in Beaverton schools to fund approximately 300 teaching positions and reduce class sizes. In the 2017-2018 school year, 158 of these positions were allocated to Beaverton's elementary schools, 53 to middle schools, 70 to high schools, and 18 to options schools.
Families are expected to check their own children regularly for head lice. The life cycle is more easily interrupted if caught early. We put a notice in the newsletter if we know of three or more unrelated cases but this may give families a false sense of security since more often than not, cases are not reported to our office.
Attendance Awareness Month
Every day a student is absent is a lost opportunity for learning. Too many absences not only affect achievement for the absent student but can also disrupt learning for the entire class.
Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Sexton Mt. Elementary School