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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Service Learning and Change-June 12, 2018



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Eagle Scout candidate, Ethan Bock, has been organizing volunteers to transform the atrium.  Students have noticed as the weeds have been removed, the birdhouses cleaned and the bricks spiffed up. They've watched as plants have been added and the overall appearance transformed. When our former students come back to serve our school it is always very special. Many of our current students are finding ways to help our school and it’s exciting to see how helping others can change a child’s outlook. 

We have several changes that will take place over the summer. 

Construction-Parts of our roof will be replaced this summer. Expect extra traffic and a construction staging area near the cafeteria.

Staff Changes- Holly Cohn and Mary Bentley will be retiring at the end of the school year. Holly has served children at Sexton Mt. for the past 6 years.  Before coming to our school, she was at Hiteon Elementary.  Mary has served children in our SRC and at the SRC at Cedar Park Beaverton for a total of 10 years. Kelsey Baldwin will be taking a leave of absence next year.  Darlene Cadiente will be returning to her home state of Hawaii at the end of the school year. Hers was one of several positions that were funded for just this year.  This year Darlene worked with 3rd-5th graders to improve literacy and mathematics skills. Katherine Stanley supported 3rd-5th grade students in the area of mathematics. Kerri Truesdell served students for part of the year in our SRC classroom.

Sexton Mountain’s new principal, Mrs. Reese, will notify families about new staff coming to the Sexton Mountain team later this summer .
Summer Office Hours-The office will be closed from June 26 to August 6.  Please encourage new neighbors to register online. Please visit our school's website for information about office hours, school supply lists and more.

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Medication
All medication not picked up from the Health Room/office by June 25 will be disposed of.

Volunteer Background Checks
Volunteers will be needed for field trips, Field Day and more.  Only approved volunteers are able to assist with these special events.  Make sure that you complete you Volunteer Background Check far in advance of the actual event.  You can do that by visiting:

MOVING? We know that our fifth graders will be off to new schools next year.  If your current kindergarten through fourth grade student won’t be here, we’d love to have that information now.   If your child will not be attending Sexton Mt. in the fall because you are moving or have moved, please let us know.  Email Diane_Holste@beaverton.k12.or.us with the information.  Please also let your child’s teacher know. 

Appreciation
*Thank you Suse Duffy and family for the generous donation of books to our school.
*Thanks to the Renker family for donating books to our school.
*Thanks to Ethan Bock and all of the volunteers who helped transform our courtyard.
*Thanks to all who prepared and assisted with Tye Dye.






Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Exctiting Things Are Happening-May 29, 2018



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Every day is a busy day in an elementary school but it seems that during the last month of school, things get even busier.  Students are writing, reading, investigating and more!    Some students in 3rd, 4th and 5th grades are finishing up state assessments.  Students at all grade levels are preparing for mini-performances at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 1 from 2:00-3:00pm.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower

Volunteer Background Checks
Volunteers will be needed for field trips, Field Day and more.  Only approved volunteers are able to assist with these special events.  Make sure that you complete your Volunteer Background Check far in advance of the actual event.  You can do that by visiting:

Family Literacy Night at the Beaverton City Library
We hope to see families this Thursday between 5:30-6:30pm at the Beaverton City Library on 5th and Hall.  Students can learn about the summer reading program by watching a special skit at 5:30pm.  Kids can also sign up for the summer program.  Families can become more familiar with the library by doing a scavenger hunt.  Sexton Mt. families will also teach kids how to make origami hats, write their name in Arabic, and do several things with technology. 

We the People-May 31
Fifth graders will present information about the Constitution during a We the People Celebration Thursday night here at school.  While the primary audience will be the We the People judges and families of students, others are invited to attend as audience members. 
Presentations will begin at 6:30pm

Sparky’s “Run with the Eagles” 5K
The 5th Annual Run with the Eagles 5K is Saturday, June 2. Please join other Sexton Mountain families on June 2 for a fun-filled race with prizes, food and fun! 

In honor of the 5th anniversary, all race entry fees are $5 (plus processing fee)!
The 1/2 mile Kid's Fun Run is free!

Please register today at:  www.RunWithTheEagle5k.com

If you would like to volunteer, please sign up at: http://signup.com/go/BmeeAHh



Thank You Jogathon Volunteers!
Thanks to Anna Grass and her team of volunteer for all the work they put into making the Jogathon such a special experience for our students last Tuesday.  Many students were excited about breaking their own personal best records.  Our kids set goals and work to meet them.

MOVING? We know that our fifth graders will be off to new schools next year.  If your current kindergarten through fourth grade won’t be here, we’d love to have that information now.   If your child will not be attending Sexton Mt. in the fall because you are moving or have moved, please let us know.  Email Diane_Holste@beaverton.k12.or.us with the information.  You can also let your child’s teacher know. 

Message from Leukemia and Lymphoma Society-“Sexton Mt. Elementary School students generously donated (pennies for patients)  the outstanding amount of $3749!  We would like to share our deep appreciation for your generosity and thoughtfulness to local blood cancer patients and their families.”

Monday, May 21, 2018

Celebrating Growth and Kindness-May 22, 2018


Sexton Mt. Families:

On Monday morning, I got a call from a Sexton Mt. parent.  She was calling to celebrate the growth her child had noticed in another student.  Taking time out of one’s day to recognize the growth of others takes effort but what a difference it can make.  Thanks to all who point out the positive things happening in our school.   What we focus on grows!

When individuals focus on making a positive difference in the lives of others, their actions get noticed.   Every year, the Association of Beaverton School Administrators awards several scholarships to graduating seniors.  Last week, students from different Beaverton High Schools were recognized.  As each student was introduced, I noticed that accomplishments of the selected recipients went beyond academics or after school clubs.  An additional thing that all of the students had in common was their service to others.  Their social presence made a positive difference at school.   I know that years from now, Sexton Mt. students will be recognized as difference makers.  Thank you for helping children enter school eager to learn and leave our system ready to serve. 

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Sincerely,

Teresa Clemens-Brower
Principal


Mark Your Calendar
Please plan to attend Family Literacy Night at the Beaverton City Library on Thursday, May 31 from 5:30-6:30pm.   While there, sign up for the summer reading program, go on a scavenger hunt AND enjoy activities set up by our parent volunteers in Conference Rooms A and B.  Origami and LegoRobotics are just two of the examples of activities families can do as they learn about cultures and coding. 

Parking/Fire Lane
When you visit our school, please park in a legal parking spot if you plan to leave your car.  Emergency vehicles sometimes need quick and easy access to the school and if we have to track down drivers to move vehicles, it could slow their response time. 

Carnival Thanks!
Thank you to Lisa Melo and the whole carnival team for providing another fabulous event for our community.
Thanks to the Cub Scouts for cleaning up the school grounds on Saturday after the carnival.
Thanks to ACMA students for volunteering at the Face Painting station and at other events Friday night.

Wish List
*We need NEWSPAPERS for an upcoming project.  Please send donations to the office by May 30.

District seeks applicants for Physical Education Project Team
Teachers, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District’s Physical Education (P.E.) Project Team. The Project Team’s work will begin in September, 2018 and will conclude by June, 2019.  The team will meet one weekday evening per month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Letters or emails of interest are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018

District seeks applicants for Science Project Team
The deadline has been extended.
The Beaverton School District’s Science Project Team is still looking for applicants in the following areas:
·       School Administrators - All Levels
·       Teachers - All Levels
·       Community Members

The Project Team’s work will begin in September, 2018 and will conclude by June, 2019.  The team will meet one weekday evening per month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Letters or emails of interest are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 25, 2018




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Safety, Books, Curiosity and Playdates-May 15, 2018


Sexton Mt. Families:

Our school went into Lock Out due to police activity in the neighborhood Friday afternoon close to dismissal time.  Please review the attached to learn about the different types of drills we practice.  Think about the safest place for YOU to be during these events as well.  

A lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. STUDENTS come inside of building and do business as usual.  Teachers and staff make sure students and staff are inside, increase their situational awareness, account for students and do business as usual.

Because our Lock Out Friday was close to dismissal time, we had a number of adults standing outside of the building waiting for kids to come out.  Once a Lock Out is called, we will get students and staff in the building but we do not let people in the building or out of the building.  If you are Locked Out of the building, please get to a safe spot.  Talk with your child‘s care providers about this as well.

Spring is a magical time in elementary school!  If you look closely, you can almost see children growing right before your eyes. On Thursday afternoon I was in the kindergarten pod as students got ready to leave.  Students would tiptoe by the incubator and quietly peek inside to see the eggs.  Curious kids are so much fun to watch! Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Books!
In Ms. Dorr's classroom last week, I got to see first graders give book talks.  Kids took turns sharing about a book they'd brought and why they loved it. Kids made connections and rich conversation followed each book share.  Many classroom libraries grew last week as families donated books for our kids to enjoy!  

Reading Playdates
Last week staff learned about how one teacher is encouraging "reading playdates.”  Kids are getting together to talk about, dramatize, and do fun things around books.  Think about how you can build opportunities for your child to incorporate favorite authors or series into summer meet ups.  Our readers have grown so much over the school year.  Please make plans to keep the momentum going over the summer.

Dogs 
Please remember that only service dogs are allowed on school property.  Please leave dogs home during the Carnival Friday.  On Friday a dog jumped out of a car window and gave kids quite a scare.  

Carnival
In addition to leaving dogs at home Friday during the carnival from 5:30-7:30pm, please be aware that families are expected to supervise their children during this special event.

Wish List
*donations of matchbox type cars 
*donations of Magic Treehouse books
*donations of Mr. Putter and Tabby books
*donations of Pete the Cat books
*encouragers wanted--If you like to encourage kids as they play, we could use extra help on the playground from 9:30-10:00 and 10:30-11:30.  Volunteers must complete the background check first, then contact the office for more information.

Thank you!
Thanks to our PTC and amazing community for treating our staff to such a special week last week.  
Thanks to the Hamilton-Kerr family for donating books to our classroom library.

SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL SURVEY

Dear Sexton Mountain Parents and Guardians,
As you may know, Beaverton School District received a two-year Safe Routes to School grant. The purpose of program is to make walking and biking to school safe, convenient and fun.
One of the requirements of the grant is to get some information about how your students are now traveling to school and what their parents/ guardians think about the routes to school. This survey will come to you one more time after this, next May.
The following link was generated from the National Safe Routes to School Center and will be combined with classroom travel tallies to give us a good picture of how students are getting to and from schools throughout the district.
The school’s survey will be open for responses for three weeks starting May 1. 
We appreciate your help in giving us information to make our program effective for all Beaverton School District students.
Thank you,

Lynne Mutrie
Beaverton School District
Safe Routes to School Program
503-329-6469
Survey Link
http://www.saferoutesdata.org/surveyformparent.cfm?key=3506295

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal
Sexton Mt. Elementary School
503-356-2470

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Finishing Strong-May 1, 2018


Sexton Mt. Families:

At our assembly last week students got to meet future Sexton Mt. principal, Cherie Reese. Mrs. Reese told the students she has three types of pets in her home.  Did your child tell you about her pets?  She also told students that her goal is to know every child’s name by the end of October.  Thanks to all who included pictures in the “All About Me” family homework.  Photos with facts about your child will help her get to know your kids! 

At our assembly Friday, I let kids know that when I retire, I plan to spend time doing some of my favorite things.  It’s my understanding that retired people get to do what they want when they want.  The first project I’ve been invited to do is to help plan and prepare materials for a summer science camp for children living in foster care.  I love teaching science and engaging students in inquiry projects, so helping students in this way will be very exciting.  I asked your children to help me with my first volunteer project by writing me a note about their favorite science project or experiment to do at home.  Unfortunately, the summer break for the children I’ve been asked to help starts on June 4 but my last day of work is June 29.  I hope your kids can give me great ideas that I can share with my team of volunteers.  Another project I’ve been working on is getting books to kids in need in the Philippines.   Several friends are working to build libraries so I am collecting children’s books. When I retire, I look forward to continuing to help children but in different ways. 

Though we are working to transition into summer and then a new school year, we are still working to finish strong.  During the month of April, we focused on attendance.   During April, the Average Daily Attendance was 95.75%.   Our biggest celebration has been a reduction in the number of students arriving after class has started.  We’ve gone from over 30 students to fewer than 4.  When students arrive on time, there are fewer disruptions to learning for classmates.  Missing the first few minutes of class is like missing the first chapter in a novel.  When kids are on time, they don’t have to spend the day guessing about what might have happened during the time they missed.  The first few minutes of the day set the stage for learning!  

Avoid the Summer Slide
As I’ve shared in previous newsletters, missing instruction for any reason means missed learning time.  There is a direct correlation between students who miss instruction and learning levels.  During the summer, kids can fall further behind so it’s important to spend time daily reading.  For kids who have missed more than the typical 6 days per school year, I hope families will consider how they might recapture some of that learning time over the summer.  I’ve included a chart below with a possible formula for calculating missed practice time or instruction along with a range of ways to help your child make up the practice time. 

Subject
Minutes per day
Days Missed (check ParentVue)
Time to be recaptured
Ways to Practice During summer
Reading
90

90 x ___=______ minutes of practice needed over the summer
· Read just right books
· Read books on Bookshelf
· Read with a reading tutor
· Read with a friend
· Read at the library
· Take a reading class
Writing
30

30 x ___=______ minutes of practice needed over the summer
· Write about what you do each day
· Write letters to your friends
· Write stories
· Write with a writing tutor
· Write a neighborhood newspaper
· Write about experiences you have
· Make lists
· Write songs
· Take a writing class
· Create a family blog to capture your summer adventures
Math
75

75 x ___=______ minutes of practice needed over the summer
· Practice with Dreambox
· Practice math games on StudentSource
· Play math games or board games
· Read and follow recipes
· Play store
· Work with a math tutor
· Practice with math workbooks
· Compare prices at the grocery store
We have almost two months of school yet to go and look forward to finishing strong. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Sincerely,
Teresa Clemens-Brower
Principal

State Test Results Available on ParentVue

The administration of our state assessment will take place between April 24 and June .
Beginning this year, state test scores are available in ParentVUE! You will be able to see your child’s test results sooner than in prior years with less impact on the environment. For the English Language and Math tests, a student’s score is available in ParentVUE two weeks after both parts of the test are completed. Science test scores are available in Parent VUE three days after the test is completed. The Testing Information tab in ParentVUE has links to additional information about your child’s scores. If you need assistance activating a ParentVUE account, please contact your child’s school.

Students whose parents/guardians do not have an active ParentVUE account will receive a paper report of test scores. Paper score reports will be sent home with students on the last day of school. Score reports will be mailed over the summer for students with test results that arrive after the paper score reports are printed in June. Students with at least one parent/guardian with ParentVUE access may request a printed report by contacting Kay Jenkins by email at kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us or by phone at 503.356.4594.

A partir de este año, los puntajes de la evaluación estatal estarán disponibles en ParentVUE! Usted podrá ver los resultados de los exámenes de su hijo más pronto que en años anteriores con menos impacto en el medio ambiente. Los resultados de las evaluaciones de inglés y matemáticas de un estudiante, estarán disponibles en ParentVUE dos semanas después de que se completen ambas partes de la evaluación. Los resultados de la evaluación de ciencias estarán disponibles en ParentVUE tres días después de que se complete la evaluación. La pestaña Testing Information en ParentVUE tiene enlaces con información adicional acerca de los resultados de su hijo. Si necesita asistencia para activar una cuenta de ParentVUE activating a ParentVUE account, por favor comuníquese con la escuela de su hijo.
Los padres o tutores de estudiantes que no tengan una cuenta activa de ParentVUE recibirán un informe impreso con los resultados de las evaluaciones. El reporte impreso con los resultados se enviará a casa con los estudiantes el último día de clases. Los reportes se enviarán por correo durante el verano para los estudiantes cuyos resultados lleguen después de que se hayan imprimido los reportes en junio. Los estudiantes que tienen por lo menos un padre/tutor que tenga acceso a ParentVUE pueden solicitarle a Kay Jenkins un reporte impreso por correo electrónico a kay_jenkins@beaverton.k12.or.us o por teléfono al 503.356.4594.


District seeks applicants for Science Project Team
Teachers, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District’s Science Project Team. The Project Team’s work will begin in September, 2018 and will conclude by June, 2019.  The team will meet one weekday evening per month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Letters or emails of interest are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 4, 2018

District seeks applicants for Physical Education Project Team
Teachers, students, parents, and community members are encouraged to apply to serve on the Beaverton School District’s Physical Education (P.E.) Project Team. The Project Team’s work will begin in September, 2018 and will conclude by June, 2019.  The team will meet one weekday evening per month from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Letters or emails of interest are due by 4:00 pm on Friday, May 4, 2018

P.E. Student Survey

In addition to data collection for the Carol White PE PEP grant, for the next three years all 5th and 8th grade students will be surveyed in an online nutrition and PE survey in order gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Physical Education and nutrition plan. The student survey window is: May 9 - June 8th.

  • The District is surveying 5th and 8th grade students to gather information for planning, program evaluation, and assessment of progress on the District’s Physical Education and nutrition plan.
  • The student survey takes about 20 minutes during the regular school day.  Like other surveys, results will be presented only about groups. No individual data will be reported.
  • Your child may skip questions or stop filling out the survey at any time. Refusing to participate or withdrawing from the survey does not affect your child's grades or class standing in any way. If you or your child does not want to participate, your child can read or do some other activity while his or her classmates complete the survey.
  • A copy of the survey is available from your child's school and is posted at
  • After reviewing the survey, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify Teresa Clemens-Brower.

Spanish version: Encuesta Anual de Estudiantes
  • El Distrito encuestará a los estudiantes de 5.º y de 8.º grado para recolectar información para la planificación, la evaluación del programa y para la evaluación del progreso en el plan de educación física y en el plan de nutrición.
  • La encuesta de estudiantes toma aproximadamente 20 minutos durante el día escolar. La información que obtengamos de la encuesta es anónima.  Al igual que otras encuestas, los resultados que se presentan son sólo acerca de los grupos. No se proporcionará información de su estudiante.
  • Su hijo puede no contestar las preguntas o dejar de contestar la encuesta en cualquier momento. El negarse a participar en la encuesta o no terminar de contestarla, no afecta las calificaciones o rango de su hijo. Si usted o su hijo no quieren participar, su hijo puede leer o hacer alguna otra actividad, mientras que sus compañeros de clase completan la encuesta.
  • Una copia en blanco de la encuesta, está disponible en la escuela de su hijo y se encuentra publicada en
  • Después de revisar la encuesta, si usted no quiere que su hijo participe, por favor, notifique a Teresa Clemens-Brower.
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Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal
Sexton Mt. Elementary School
503-356-2470