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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gratitude-May 23, 2017



Dear Sexton Mt. Families

Thanks to all who helped make the carnival so special for our children.  Time and time again, I heard that Sexton Mt. is the most welcoming, inclusive community in town.  Thanks especially to Lisa Chavez-Melo, Nicole Moes, Lisa McGarvey and their families for their leadership in making this event so special.

Thanks to our PTC Auction Team for providing the funding for new hoops on the playground.  Thanks to Lisa Lai for writing the proposal and working with our facilities department to have these installed.

Why do so many people work so hard for our students?  The kids in school today are the future.  Your investment grows exponentially.  It is clear that our community understands that investing in this resource will change the world!   Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

School Goals  and Successes
·      Students starting the year Below Grade Level will make 1.5 years growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA.
o   87 Students have made 2+ years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
o   48 Students have made 1.6-1.9 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
·      Students starting the year at or above grade level will make at least one year of growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA
o   110 Students have made 1-1.59 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
o   376 Students are working at or above grade level in reading
·      We have 1980 minutes of literacy instruction still to come between now and summer break.  We will finish strong!   


Lice
There have been a few isolated cases of head lice reported to the school recently. Head lice is a common condition. It is not associated with a lack of cleanliness or any particular life style.
Head lice should be suspected when there is intense itching and scratching of the scalp and the back of the neck, or when there is known infestation in the community. A close examination of the scalp will reveal small, whitish, tan or opaque eggs (nits) firmly attached to the hair shaft, especially at the nape of the neck or above the ears. They are about the size of this comma (,). Although dandruff may resemble eggs, dandruff can easily be removed from the hair. The louse egg is firmly attached to the hair and not easily removed by gently pulling on it.

If you need assistance, ask your doctor or call Washington County Health Department. There are also medicated shampoos that you can purchase over the counter from a drug store. Be sure to follow directions on the package.

The policy of the school district is:
· Nits only:
o Student is not excluded from class.
o Parents will be notified of the nits and should treat accordingly.
o Student will be re-checked at school following the treatment and then in one week.
· Live lice:
o Student is excluded from school until treated and all live lice are gone.
o School Health Room staff will check student upon returning to school.
o If nits only, student returns to class. They will be re-checked by the school weekly.
o If live lice, student is sent home until all live lice are gone.
We would appreciate notification of any known cases so that we may take precautionary measures at school. All information is confidential. We appreciate your cooperation in helping us control this difficult problem.

Reminders
·      https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx
·      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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
·      Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information. 
·      All medication (including allergy medicine and cough drops) must be signed in and out of the Health Room by an adult.
·      Volunteer Background Checks must be completed by all volunteers.  With so many field trips and special events coming up, please complete your background check today if you haven’t already OR call if you’re not sure if you have completed the updated form.  Volunteers must complete Background Checks and must have been approved to volunteer prior to any event.

*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.
·      We are collecting cardboard paper towel tubes for an upcoming project.  Please send donations to the office by May 30.
·       Birding Books-We have several students who have shown great interest in the birds in our area.  If you have bird identification books you no longer use, I’m sure we can find a good home for them.


*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.
·      We need a volunteer to pick up a book order for us from Powell’s.  If you can swing by, let Mrs. Z know so we can let Powell’s know to expect you.

Appreciation to:,
·      Thanks to those in our community who continue to encourage safe, respectful and responsible behaviors of those on our campus during non-school hours.  Thanks for those who call the Washington County non-emergency line when you see vandalism happening on our property.  Thanks for sending pictures to help with identification.
·      Thanks to Mazen Elsadek for helping a new family feel included during the carnival and for explaining how the prize table works. 
·      Thanks to Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue for spending time at the carnival Friday.
·      Thanks to our We the People Judges.  We had an amazing group providing feedback to our students including:
·      Cassandra Buyserie,Administrative Prosecutor, Mom
·      Jen Fife-Adams,Executive Director, Planting Seeds
·      Kathryn Hall, Attorney at Law
·      Tom Colett, Beaverton School Board Member
·      Donna Tyner,Beaverton School Board Member
·      Tracy Carver,Project Manager at HealthInsight Oregon
·      Karen Stratton, Former Lawyer and Teacher
·      Melanee Lucas,College & Career Readiness TOSA
·      Billy Winters,Portland Police Detective
·      Colleen Shoemaker,Teacher OEA
·      Marilyn R. Cover, Executive Director, Classroom Law Project
·      Brian Talcott, Attorney at Law
·      Gabe Klinger, Grant High National Team
·      Ceyriss Caron, Portland Public School Teacher
·      Elizabeth Barrent, Mock Trial National Championship Team
·      Judge Erwin, Chief Criminal Judge, Washington County
·      Curtis Semana, Principal, Highland Park Middle
 


Upcoming Events
·      May 26 No School Assessment Day
·      May 29 No School Memorial Day
·      June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library @ 5:00pm
·      June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00 – 3:00 pm
·      June 3 Run with the Eagles 5K
·      June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
·      June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)
·      June 16-Field Day Clean Up Party at 3:45pm-Please help bring items in from the field and get them sorted and put away. 
·      June 22  Last Day of School for Students.  At 3:00pm we will make a “Send Off Archway” for our 5th Graders
    • Kinder through Fourth Graders have backpacks on and line hallway with backs to wall at 3:00pm-  As 5th graders walk by, younger students do the silent Sexton Mt. Cheer (high arm jazz hands)
    • Fifth grade students leave cafeteria, travel past lost and found, work room, first grade pod, fifth grade pod, purple pod restrooms, 4th grade pod, kinder pod, office, back to cafeteria to meet up with parents or to buses or pick up area (they can’t stop by office or we will have a traffic jam).
    • Other students dismiss as usual
·      June 23 All Lost and Found Items not picked up by 4:00pm will be Donated
·      June 26 All Medications not picked up from the Health Room by 4:00pm will be disposed of.
·      Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      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

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Celebrate! May 16, 2017



Dear Sexton Mt. Families

When Nevaeh arrived this morning she told me that last night her grandpa was busy so she read a book to herself.  She thought it would be too hard but she tackled it anyway and was delighted that she could understand it on her own!

When I met with Zoe last week she told me that she attributes her reading success to having discovered the science fiction genre.  The vocabulary is stretching her in ways that realistic fiction doesn’t.  Her dedication to exploring next texts while thinking deeply about the meaning has resulted in nearly 2 years growth in reading achievement since September.

I’ve shared in past newsletters that we are working hard to increase student achievement in reading.

Our goals are:
Students starting the year Below Grade Level will make 1.5 years growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA.
Students starting the year at or above grade level will make at least one year of growth in reading achievement as measured by IRLA

Successes
87 Students have made 2+ years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
46 Students have made 1.6-1.9 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
105 Students have made 1-1.59 years of growth in reading as measured by IRLA
67% of Students are working at or above grade level in reading
26 Students and their families are receiving support in meeting basic needs through the Planting Seeds-Community Partnership Team

We have 2340 minutes of literacy instruction still to come between now and summer break.  We will finish strong!

We prepare children for an ever-changing world by teaching children to critically read and respond to increasingly complex text. Mastery of language (reading, writing, speaking and listening) allows students to fully participate in all content areas. We are inclusive and have high expectations.

Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Help Wanted--On June 1 our school will have a Family Literacy Night at the Beaverton City Library.  The library has just acquired a bunch of bilingual children's books so we were hoping that our families might showcase some of the 23+ languages at Sexton Mt. by hosting a table with a simple project that showcases the language or culture.  During the family night, kids will come to your table to learn something and complete a simple project.  

Reminders
https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx
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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information.
All medication (including allergy medicine and cough drops) must be signed in and out of the Health Room by an adult.
Volunteer Background Checks must be completed by all volunteers.  With so many field trips and special events coming up, please complete your background check today if you haven’t already OR call if you’re not sure if you have completed the updated form.  Volunteers must complete Background Checks and must have been approved to volunteer prior to any event.

*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.

We are collecting cardboard paper towel tubes for an upcoming project.  Please send donations to the office by May 30.

*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.
Year End Project
Bulletin Board

Appreciation to:
Thanks to Ziggurat Deli and Catering for providing food for our Family Literacy Night last week.
Thanks to Liwaa, Heba, Hind and Shayma for providing translation services at the literacy night last week.
Thanks to the Beaverton City Library for sharing their new multilingual titles with families.
Thanks to Anna Grass for doing such an amazing job with the Jog-a-Thon.
Thanks to Camden, Mr. Hayhurst and Ms. Heaver for representing our school so well at the School Board meeting Monday.
 



Congratulations Signal to Noise Teams!

http://www.signaltonoisefestival.com/


Upcoming Events
May 18 We the People Celebration for 5th Grade Students
May 19 Carnival 5:30-8:00pm (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event.  Complete your application today if you haven’t already.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
May 26 No School Assessment Day
May 29 No School Memorial Day
June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library @ 5:30pm
June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00 – 3:00 pm
June 3 Run with the Eagles 5K
June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)
June 16-Field Day Clean Up Party at 3:45pm-Please help bring items in from the field and get them sorted and put away.
June 22  Last Day of School for Students.  At 3:00pm we will make a “Send Off Archway” for our 5th Graders-  Families are welcome to join us!

  • Kinder through Fourth Graders have backpacks on and line hallway with backs to wall at 3:00pm-  As 5th graders walk by, younger students do the silent Sexton Mt. Cheer (high arm jazz hands)
  • Fifth grade students leave cafeteria, travel past lost and found, work room, first grade pod, fifth grade pod, purple pod restrooms, 4th grade pod, kinder pod, office, back to cafeteria to meet up with parents or to buses or pick up area (they can’t stop by office or we will have a traffic jam).
  • Other students dismiss as usual

June 23 All Lost and Found Items not picked up by 4:00pm will be Donated
June 26 All Medications not picked up from the Health Room by 4:00pm will be disposed of.
Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
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





Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Culture of Care, Collaboration and Curiosity-May 9, 2017



Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Last Thursday morning, a team from Sexton Mt. was recognized at the Beaverton School District Community Partnership Team Meeting.  The Planting Seeds team has done amazing work over the past few months to meet needs in our community.  Learn more about this group by visiting the link below.

I am grateful that our community understands that TOGETHER WE ARE BETTER!  When we work collectively to make sure every child’s needs are met, all children thrive.  Thank you for modeling empathy, resilience, persistence and optimism for our students.
“Children who develop social and emotional competence are happier, have more rewarding relationships with peers, are resilient in the face of stress, and even perform better academically.”  Mraz- A Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth

Thanks to our PTC for purchasing A Mindset for Learning:  Teaching the Traits of Joyful, Independent Growth so that 17 interested staff members could participate in a book club.   Staff were excited about this book even before we learned that our staff had been selected to serve as a Culture of Care Pilot School during the 2017-2018 School year.

Culture of Care is about creating optimal learning environments for learners by increasing awareness and understanding of the impact of adverse childhood experiences and the need to develop effective, innovative, system-wide interventions.  Culture of Care communities strive to promote the development of life-long, resilient learners. Through safe, supportive relationships and a safe, predictable school environment, Culture of Care Schools strive to cultivate a sense of belonging for all members and guests of our community. They believe a culture of care fosters optimal regulation for all learners, allowing them to access their full range of skills, and take advantage of the educational opportunities offered by our school community.  Ten staff members will attend training on May 10 and 24 so thanks in advance for your patience on these days.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mt. School because our community is so committed to nurturing the collective whole.  Thank you for sharing your children with us! 

Fondly,

Teresa Clemens-Brower, Ed. D.
Principal

Staff Appreciation Week Follow Up



Thanks to our Sexton Mountain families for the notes, kind words, and gorgeous drawings from your children. The yummy treats were an incredible bonus. This is a GREAT place to work -- thanks to our families—Sue Olson




I am so grateful for the generosity of delicious food and never ending supply of caffeine last week.  It was much appreciated.  Thanks for everything you do to help make our school community special.—Kristin Hiatt





Thanks to our Sexton Mountain families for the notes, kind words, and gorgeous drawings from your children. The yummy treats were an incredible bonus. This is a GREAT place to work -- thanks to our families.—Dawn Kimball


Jog-a-thon -May 11-Rain or Shine
The Jogathon will be May 11.   There is still time to create an online fundraising account!  Go to http://pledgestar.com/sextonmountain to get started.    If you are interested in volunteering for this fun event, please sign up at http://signup.com/go/W27ZT6.  
(If you need to do your background check, please do so at www.myvolunteerpage.com)

Reminders
·      Volunteer Background Checks must be completed by all volunteers.  With so many field trips and special events coming up, please complete your background check today if you haven’t already OR call if you’re not sure if you have completed the updated form.  Volunteers must complete Background Checks and must have been approved to volunteer prior to any event. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx
·      Parking Lot Safety-Slow, cautious drivers and buckled kids keep our parking lot safe.  We strongly encourage kids to get out of cars on the curb side of the car so that drivers can remain at the wheel.
·      Bike and Pedestrian Safety-As the weather gets nicer, we will likely see more children walking or biking to school.  Please review the safe routes to school map that shows a safer route to school.  http://www.beavertonsaferoutes.org/sexton-mountain-elementary-school
·      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.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/PS/Pages/Early-ReleaseTeacher-Collaboration.aspx
·      Thanks for keeping the office informed of any updated contact information. 
·      All medication (including allergy medicine and cough drops) must be signed in and out of the Health Room by an adult.

*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.

·      Donations of children’s books can be put to good use in classroom libraries.
Series
Subjects/Topics
Authors
Children’s Books-Mindset
Mouse and Mole
Iris and Walter
Ivy and Bean
Pete the Cat
Pinky and Rex
Henry and Mudge
Fly Guy
Who would win?
Rookie Readers
Ricky Ricotta
Pixie Tricks

Magic Tricks
Cars
Dogs
Horses
Insects
Video Games
Henri Houdini
Jokes (appropriate)
Alphabet Books
Fairies

P.D. Eastman
 Mo Willems
Eric Carle
Laura Numeroff
Audrey Wood

Favorite Magazines
Sports Illustrated for Kids
National Geographic for Kids
American Girl
Bunny Cakes by Wells

Everyone Can Learn to Ride a Bicycle, Raschka
On No George by Haughton
Lily the Unicorn by Clayton
How to be  Jedi by Lee
Worms Build by Caple
Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Willems
The Amazing Spiderman by Macri
Almost by Torrey
Big Red Lollipop by Khan
Yo!  Yes? By Raschka
Rosie Revere, Engineer by Beaty
The Most Magnificent Thing by Spires
A Home for a Bird by Stead
Beautiful Oops! By Saltzberg
Going Places by Reynolds
Those Shoes by Boelts
Author:  A True Story by Lester
Freedom Summer by Wiles
Each Kindness by Woodson
Wilma Unlimited by Krull
If you Want to See a Whale by Fogliano


*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.
·      Creative Tech Volunteer is needed to make a photo collage on Snapfish or Shutterfly type website to make a school puzzle.  If you can do this type of project for us, contact Mrs. CB for details on the vision of the project to be completed by August 1.

Appreciation to:
·      Thanks to Adria Eilers for transforming our science storage room! 
·      Thanks the Progress Ridge Ace Hardware for donating $25 for soil and supplies for our vegetable garden.  Students in SRC will plant, grow, then eat the healthy foods grown in our garden!
·      Thanks to Roger Golliver for the donation of a hose for our vegetable garden.
·      Thanks to our Creative Volunteer, Ms. Peerenboom, for making visual tracking sheets for author book clubs. 
·      Thanks to Kate Kristiansen and all who have made Staff Appreciation Week so special.

Upcoming Events
·      May 11  Jog-a-thon During Specials (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event. https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      May 19 Carnival 5:30-8:00pm (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event.  Complete your application today if you haven’t already.  https://www.beaverton.k12.or.us/depts/CCI/volunteer-engage/Pages/default.aspx)
·      May 26 No School Assessment Day
·      May 29 No School Memorial Day
·      June 1 Family Literacy Night at Beaverton City Library @ 5:30pm
·      June 2 Volunteer Appreciation Celebration 2:00 – 3:00 pm
·      June 3 Run with the Eagles 5K
·      June 7 4th and 5th Grade Music Program at 6:30pm
·      June 16 Field Day (Volunteers must complete Background Checks prior to the event)
·      June 22  Last Day of School for Students
·      Aug. 2  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      Aug. 9  School Office Open 8am-Noon
·      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