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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Joy, Rain, Growing and More-Sept. 19, 2017


Sexton Mt. Families:

Monday morning at 8:05am the theme song for our school could have been "Singing in the Rain" as kids welcomed the return of cooler weather.  Students were excited about puddles, downspouts and the sound of slogging, squeaking shoes on linoleum.  Thank you for sharing your joyful children with us!  
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Singing in the Rain original
Rain Boots, Umbrellas and Wet Clothes
Some students find that having a change of shoes and clothing makes staying comfortable during the day easier.  While rain boots keep feet dry, they can be difficult to wear to PE or have on while sitting on the carpet for a story. 

Collaboration Wednesday at Success!
Our first early release Wednesday was a success!  Teachers got right to work and teams spent a productive 90 minutes engaging around student learning in different content areas.  We look forward to our time tomorrow too! 

Meet the Kindergarten Team!
The Kindergarten team met last Wednesday and had rich discussions about how to engage students in "just right" texts for longer and longer periods of time.  Practice makes proficient. Picture below are Gina Smith (left), Jennifer Blumhagen (center) and Christine Leyva (right).  Between them they serve 84 students!  



Growth Mindset
Our students have talked about having a growth mindset in math and that minds are like muscle that get stronger with exercise.  This morning, Ms. Yoshida challenged fifth graders to think about having a growth mindset when it comes to relationships too.  In a different fifth grade classroom, students welcomed a new classmate and shared that one of the core values in the classroom relates to the power of YET.  Just because someone hasn't learned something YET, doesn't mean they don't have the capacity to learn.  

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  It's exciting to see how they are settling in to their new classrooms and routines.  Sexton Mt. School is a great place to spend the day.

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Principal
a.k.a. Mrs. C.-B.
Principal
Sexton Mt. Elementary School
503-356-2473

Friday, September 8, 2017

Early Release Wednesday Starts Sept. 13



As we have had opportunities to get to know kids over the past week and begin to implement new curriculum in order to better meet the needs of all students, we are incredibly excited about the time staff will have to collaborate on early release Wednesdays.

Remember that Wednesday, September 13th (and every Wednesday thereafter),  Sexton Mt. Elementary School will start at 8:30 a.m.  and will dismiss at 1:35 p.m.









Sunday, September 3, 2017

Ingredients for Great First Week of School-September 3, 2017

The 2017-2018 school year  promises to be a great adventure for our children.  All great adventures begin with preparation.  Here are some things you can do to prepare for a fabulous first week.

1st Ingredient:  Appropriate Clothing and Hydration
Warm Weather-It looks like it will be a warm first week. Our HVAC system is inconsistent so indoor temperatures can vary.  Label water bottles and layers of clothing with first and last name.


2nd Ingredient: Movement Before School
Walk to School or the Bus Stop Together-Morning movement prepares the brain for learning and provides a time for conversation and connection.  It's also a great way to meet new families along the way.  As you walk, generate a list of things your child is looking forward to (keep it positive-what we focus on grows). Because our parking lot and nearby roads can be so congested in the mornings, some parents drive part way and park 6 or 7 blocks from school in order to enjoy this special walking time with kids.

Remember that dogs are not allowed on school property (except service dogs) so if you walk to school, dogs and the person holding the leash will say goodbye at the sidewalk on 155th or 158th entrance and dogless children will continue into the school.

3rd Ingredient: Knowledge of Routines

Buses Drop Students Off Behind the School
Our buses are met by Mr. Tsakistos and Ms. Galante or members of the Structured Routines Center team.  Because of traffic on the playground in the morning, students are allowed to play under the covered area only.

If you bring your child to school, plan to arrive by 8:08am because 8:08 is  GREAT!  This allows ample time to relax a little in the gym, cafeteria, library or playground before walking to class at 8:25am.

4th Ingredient:  An Attitude that Kids Have "Got This" and will be Independent!

Pastries for Parents on the Stage
At 8:30, class will begin and parents and grandparents will leave the classroom so that teachers can teach and children can learn.  Feel free to join other parents in the cafeteria for pastries and conversation. 

We Practice Growth Mindset
Throughout the day,  children will be encouraged to practice a growth mindset.  Here is a little bit of information that adults might find helpful in supporting the shift from a fixed to growth mindset.  




Children will be encouraged practice good sportsmanship throughout the day too!


5th Ingredient:  More Knowledge of Routines
 
After seeing who is in your class and recess, LUNCH is the next most exciting part of the day.  Lunch time provides mid-day nourishment and a time to connect with friends.  Because this is a time for kids to grow in their interdependence, we ask that family NOT join children for lunch during the first few weeks of school.  

At the end of recess students will hear a "freeze whistle".  Kids will freeze ( modeled by our staff in the picture below) then listen for directions.
Students will line up then come inside to wash hands then go to the cafeteria.  Kids will be taught the routines and procedures for this before mid-day.  Students will bring lunch from home or purchase lunch from school.

If your child brings lunch from home, the lunch wagon will be in the hallway.  Kids will get their lunch then have a seat at the table with their teacher's name on it.


 If your child buys lunch, kids will need to have their number memorized OR pick up a lunch card (K-1) or  we will make a lunch number wrist band for older kids. Cards for younger kids are near the stage.

Next, children get a tray and milk.  If a child does not drink milk, water is available for pick up later near the salad bar.


After getting a tray and drink, children go into the kitchen and select one entree.   Sometimes kids have a difficult time deciding on ONE thing so families may want to review the choices the night before by visiting the Nutrition Services Website https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/nutserv/Pages/default.aspx



Children must take an equivalent of 1/2 cup of fruits or vegetables at the salad bar. 

The next stop is the point of sale station.  This is where students scan their card (K and 1) or put in their PIN. The final stop is the condiment station where napkins, forks, spoons and other things are available.


Children sit at assigned tables and enjoy lunch with friends.


When it's time to clean up, students put forks in the fork bucket, spoons, in the spoon bucket, dump extra liquid, throw away trash and put empty trays in the kitchen window for washing.



During the day students will spend time learning.  During the week they may go to PE, Music, Library and technology for "specials" time.   Children will learn about a range of things and we will reinforce the importance of growing daily.


After School
With 500+ children leaving at once, we do over very best to support children and adults to keep pick up time calm.  After an intense 7 hours, tired kids need us to be positive and patient.  If you come to our parking lot, you may appreciate knowing some of the things we'll have taught your children during the day.






First graders wait for grown ups just outside the door to the cafeteria.

 Kindergarten students wait on the kindergarten porch.

Buses and day care vans pick students up from the playground.  Students will wait in the daycare van area (wallball court B) or near the post for their bus.


 
6th  Ingredient: Know What to Expect so You Plan Proactively for Success
 
Hot and Tired Kids Need Adults to Show Enthusiasm!
If it's 102 at the end of the school day and IF kids have been focused on doing their very best for the whole day, it's likely they will be tired and emotions will run strong.  From past years as a parent, teacher and principal, I know this gets worse before it gets better.  Tuesday kids will be giddy or goofy, Wednesday they'll be even more so and by Thursday afternoon they could be downright grumpy.  Think about rituals or routines you can have in place to help kids focus on staying positive and productive (regulated).  Just like adults, at the end of a long day, kids need a routine to transition from work to play. 

One of the things we will be teaching kids this year as if they are feeling off, to stop or HALT and think about what they are feeling.  Are they hungry, angry thirsty, lonely or tired?   How can those needs or feelings be addressed in positive productive ways? 

Example...
Hungry?  Get a snack--Where are the healthy snacks located?
Angry? 
Lonely? 
Tired?

7th Ingredient:  Positive Attitude-What we focus on grows!

The 2017-2018 school year promises to be the best year YET!  We are excited to be back and look forward to see the kids.  We have positive, enthusiastic staff members ready to care for kids and teach new things!


Enthusiasm is contagious!  Start an epidemic!

It's going to be a great year!

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower








Friday, August 18, 2017

Meal Key Pad Practice

When students purchase breakfast or lunch they input their 6 digit personal identification number on the keypad in the cafeteria.  Please note that the layout of  numbers is different than kids might be used to on phones or keyboards.   Practice with this keypad will help the flow of the lunch line.  Stop by the office if you need a paper copy.  Thanks for helping us make every minute count.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mid-Summer Check In-July 25, 2017


Sexton Mt. Families:

I just returned from a family camping trip.  I got to spend a glorious week in sunny Central Oregon.  My time was spent with a stack of books and with friends at the lake.  Other than annoying mosquitoes, the trip was PERFECT.  I hope your family is having time to relax, READ, and recharge in special ways this summer too.

Since it’s been just over a month since school got out, the purpose of today’s note is to let you know about what’s been going on since June and what you can look forward to in August.

Welcome New Staff!
Please join me in welcoming new staff to Sexton Mt.  Gina Smith will join our kindergarten team. She comes to us from Fir Grove where she also taught kindergarten.  Krista Dorr and Trina Cole will join the first grade team. Krista comes to us from Findley and Trina from Nancy Ryles.  Michael Blake will join our PE team.  Catherine Morris is our new Speech and Language Pathologist.

Thank you!
We have openings because several of our teachers have moved to new schools.  Ms. Lew will teach PE at Conestoga next year.  Ms. Cobain-Soto moved to Nancy Ryles, Ms. Antich to Findley, and Ms. Trujillo to Aloha-Huber. We are thankful for the time these teachers served Sexton Mt. students. 

New Student Registration
Our school has been closed during the month of July but online registration is available so please let your new neighbors know.   Online registration information can be found under the RESOURCES tab on our school website or by visiting Enrollment Information. 

We closely monitor numbers at grade levels (in order to make sure class sizes aren’t too big or too small) and adjust staffing as needed.  Currently, we expect Ms. Blumhagen, Ms. Smith and Ms. Leyva to serve our kindergarten students, Ms. Cohn, Ms. Dorr, Ms. Cole and Ms. Yarats to serve 1st grade, Mr. Shotola, Mr. Hayhurst, Ms. Weigel and Ms. Martin to serve 2nd grade, Ms. Hiatt, Ms. Tanksley, and Ms. Baldwin to serve 3rd grade, Ms. Brock, Ms. Olson, and Ms. Hunt to serve 4th grade and Ms. Munoz, Ms. Bartlett, and Ms. Yager to serve 5th grade.  Ms. Rice will serve SRC primary students and Ms. Burnett will serve SRS intermediate students.   These assignments are based on projected enrollment and may change as actual enrollment numbers change.   As people move in our out of our attendance zone, we hope to keep our enrollment up to date in order to avoid the need to reconfigure classes after the school year begins.  Thanks for your help in making sure we get new students registered early or drop those who’ve moved.

Summer Library Meet Ups
The single most important thing students can do to prevent summer learning loss is read every day during the summer.  Thanks to Ms. S’Moore for arranging library meet ups this summer.  It’s been fun to see kids as they check out new books and share what they’ve been reading.  The next meet ups are Aug 3 at Murray-Scholls Library at Noon and   Aug. 10 at Beaverton City Library at 10:00am.

Summer Office Hours
The office will be open from 8:00-Noon on August 2 and August 9.  August 14-17 the office will be open from 7:00am-3:30pm.  Beginning August 21, the office will be open on weekdays from 7:00am-4:00pm. 

The School Supply List can be found on our website under the SCHOOL tab. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/schools/sexton-mountain/school/Pages/School-Supply-list.aspx

Classroom Placement Postcards
Postcards announcing classroom placements will be mailed the week of August 21. 

Bus Info
Bus stop information is typically available around the third week in August.  You can find the information for your child at the Transportation Departments webpage.

Upcoming Events (Please note, beginning Wednesday, September 13 students will be dismissed at 1:35pm every Wednesday during the school year).
·      Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug 31 - Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social 4:30pm-6:30pm-Classrooms will be open from 4:30-5:30pm for supply drop off.
·      September 5-First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade
·      September 5-First Day of School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 5-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 6- First Day for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-This is the only Wednesday of the school year with a 3:05pm dismissal due to it being the first day of school for some kindergarten students and some students at the middle and high school level too.
·      September 13-Early Release Wednesdays Begin-Students will be dismissed at 1:35pm
·      September 14 – Curriculum Night –Teachers will present information to adult family members about content standards and classroom routines and procedures.
o   Kindergarten-1st Grade @ 6pm 
o   2nd-3rd @ 6:30pm
o   4th-5th @ 7:00pm
·      September 20-Early Release -Students will be dismissed at 1:35pm every Wednesday during the school year.
·      September 27-Early Release Wednesday --Students dismissed at 1:35pm every Wednesday during the school year.
·      September 29 – Movie Night 6:30pm
·      October 13 – Picture Day
·      October 19-20 – Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
·      October 27 – Family Dance 6:30pm
·      November 3-Grading Day-No School
·      November 10-School Closed due to holiday/break
·      November 15 – Picture Retakes
·      November 22-24-School Closed due to holiday/break
·      December 21-January 3- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      January 15- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      January 19 – Bingo Night 6:30pm
·      February 2- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      February 6 – Kindergarten Orientation 4:30pm-5:30pm
·      February 19- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      February 23 – Talent Show 6:30pm
·      March 1-2- Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
·      March 7 – 2/3 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      March 26-30- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      April 11 – K/1 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      April 12 – STEAM Fair 6:30pm
·      April 13- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      May 15 – Jogathon
·      May 18 – Carnival
·      May 28- School Closed due to holiday/break
·      June 1 – Volunteer Appreciation 2:00pm-3:00pm
·      June 2 – Run with the Eagle 5K
·      June 13 – 4/5 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      June 15 – Field Day
·      June 19- Last Day of School

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Field Day, Sing Along, Summer Learning Loss-June 20, 2017



Children had so much fun at Field Day today.  Thanks to Mr. Miller, Mrs. Lew and all of the other volunteers that made the day so special for our kids.  Thanks also to Mr. Taft and Mr. Hayhurst for arriving early to help set up. 


In addition to Field Day, this week we’ve enjoyed a morning sing-along.  Kids have enjoyed reading the lyrics to different songs.


Finding fun ways for kids to spend time with text has been an ongoing project for teachers this year.  We hope that children will continue reading throughout the summer.  The charts below show assessed reading levels for two children from one year to the next.  Can you tell which child read daily over the summer and which one took a vacation from reading?
      




Thank you for sharing your children with us this year!  It’s been so exciting to watch them grow! On Thursday, June 22 we will start the day with a special assembly and end the day with a “Send Off Archway” for our 5th Graders.  At 3:00pm, students in kindergarten through fourth grade will line the walls of the main hall.  At 3:03, 5th graders will leave the cafeteria for their last lap around the school.  As 5th graders walk by, younger students and adults will do the silent Sexton Mt. Cheer (picture high arms and jazz hands).  Fifth graders will walk all the way around the loop and back to the cafeteria then younger students will be dismissed.






This may be an emotional day for some of our students and staff as we send off such a special group of children.  The children in fifth grade today will thrive in middle school and beyond!  They are inclusive, kind, solution-oriented and most of all, they support one another in positive ways!   

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

School Goal Updates, Successes and Challenges
·      95 Students have made 2+ years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
·      58 Students have made 1.6-1.9 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
·      161 Students have made 1-1.59 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
·      442 Students are working at or above grade level in reading
·      Ms. S’Moore has contacted families regarding summer virtual reading conferences for children working below grade level or those who have just reached grade level
·      We have 270 minutes of literacy instruction still to come between now and summer break.  We will finish strong!     

Library Books are due!  In the fall, students returning to Sexton Mountain or moving onto another Beaverton school (including middle school!) won't be able to check out books until their accounts are clear.

Reminders
·      Head Lice-It’s always a good idea to check heads weekly.
·      Great readers make plans for future reading.  Encourage your child to stay on track this summer by signing up for the summer reading program.
·      Early Release Starts Fall of 2017 - When planning for next year, please remember that the District will implement an early release model beginning September 13.  Sexton Mt. will release students at 1:35 on Wednesdays throughout the school year beginning September 13, 2017  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx

*Wish List-These are items we’d love to have donated.  If you have something on the list you’d like to donate, please send items to the school office.
·      Children’s Books-We have several teachers changing grade levels so we can put books your child has outgrown to good use.  Feel free to send donations of great books to the office.  We’ll make sure they get to classroom libraries.

*Help Wanted-These are tasks with which we’d love to have help.  If you are able to help, email Mrs. C.-B. at Teresa_Clemens-Brower@beaverton.k12.or.us and make sure your volunteer background check has been completed.
·      Bulletin Board Clean Up—We’d love to have volunteers help take down the bulletin boards in the main hallways sometime Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.  If you can help with this job, please see Mrs. Z for tools. 

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to the Miller family for the generous donation of Gary Paulsen books.

Upcoming Events
·      June 23 All Lost and Found Items not picked up by 4:00pm will be donated
·      June 26 All Medications not picked up from Health Room by 4:00pm will be disposed of.
·      June 29 Office closes at 4:00pm for the summer.
·      Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug 31 - Back to School Night and Ice Cream Social 4:30pm-6:30pm-Classrooms will be open from 4:30-5:30pm for supply drop off.
·      September 5-First Day of School for 1st-5th Grade
·      September 5-First Day of School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 5-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-No School for Kindergarten Students Last Name A-L
·      September 6- First Day for Kindergarten Students Last Name M-Z
·      September 6-This is the only Wednesday of the school year with a 3:05pm dismissal due to it being the first day of school for some kindergarten students and some students at the middle and high school level too.
·      September 13-Early Release Wednesdays Begin-Sexton Mt. students will be dismissed at 1:35pm
·       Here is a link to the BSD calendar to show when schools will be closed.  Other dates specific to our school are below.
·      September 14 – Curriculum Night 6:30pm
·      September 29 – Movie Night 6:30pm
·      October 13 – Picture Day
·      October 19-20 – Parent Teacher Conferences (No School for Students)
·      October 27 – Family Dance 6:30pm
·      November 15 – Picture Retakes
·      November 27 – Vision Screening
·      January 19 – Bingo Night 6:30pm
·      February 6 – Kindergarten Orientation 4:30pm-5:30pm
·      February 23 – Talent Show 6:30pm
·      March 7 – 2/3 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      April 11 – K/1 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      April 12 – STEAM Fair 6:30pm
·      May 7-May 11 – Staff Appreciation
·      May 15 – Jogathon
·      May 18 – Carnival
·      June 1 – Volunteer Appreciation 2:00pm-3:00pm
·      June 2 – Run with the Eagle 5K
·      June 6 – Literacy Night
·      June 13 – 4/5 Grade Music Performance 6:30pm
·      June 15 – Field Day