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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Principal's News-Week 1-9/6/11

September 6, 2011

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                        

The first day of school was fabulous!    As I visited classrooms today, it was a delight to see kids hard at work.  In kindergarten, future architects and engineers were hard at work building things. In Mr. Shotola’s room, artists learned about perspective and light source.  Mrs. Baldwin’s first graders were encouraging one another to learn lunch codes.  Students listened for the beat in music and learned how to treat books in library.  Students practiced new routines, like where to put lunch pails or line up, and made new friends. In second grade, Mr. Hayhurst’s students listened to a story about the importance of sticking with it to finish strong. Fifth graders were engaged in a project about the meaning of their name.  It was an exciting day indeed!  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Before School
Students should plan on going to classrooms now at 8:30a.m.  Before school, beginning at 8:10, students may go to the cafeteria, playground or gym.

Thank You Ice Cream Social Volunteers!

Thanks to the PTC for sponsoring the Ice Cream Social last week.  Families certainly enjoyed reconnecting over a special treat.  Thanks especially to Heather Hough for her hard work in organizing the event, recruiting volunteers and making sure that every last drop of sticky stuff was mopped up off the floors.

Staff Changes

We continue to make staffing adjustments.  Please join me in welcoming the following:
q  Jannette Wesner has joined our staff as our English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.  Jan has a background as a reading teacher, ESL teacher and is known for challenging students to think deeply.  Jan replaces Meg Sundseth who accepted a position in Oregon City.
q  Pam Duhrkoop will serve as our evening custodian. Pam replaces Bill Coker who accepted a position at McKinley School.

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Local Option Levy
The severe recession has caused the Oregon Legislature to reduce basic operating funds for K-12 schools statewide. In the last four years, the Beaverton School District has reduced its budget by $105 million. The Beaverton School Board will ask voters to consider a five-year Local Option Levy on the Nov. 8, 2011 ballot.

The Local Option Levy would provide the District with additional operating funds to help offset staff and program reductions, help maintain class size and protect basic academic programs.  The Local Option Levy could raise approximately $12-16 million per year. Over a five-year period, it could generate nearly $70 million for the Beaverton School District.

Upcoming Events

September 7              First Day of School for Kindergarten students with last name Beginning with M-Z
                        Kindergarten Students with last names Beginning with A-L do not come to school on this day

September 9                Volunteer Orientation Meeting at 9:30am

Come to this informational meeting to learn about volunteer opportunities at our school.


September 9                PTC Meeting at 10:00am       

Come to this informative first general meeting to learn about the ways the PTC is enriching the lives of our children.


September 15             Back To School Night, 6:30-8:00pm
During this important evening, you will have a chance to hear about our school and each classroom’s curricular goals.  We will start in the gym for a short presentation unlike any you’ve seen before on Back to School Night.   Teachers will hold three sessions with identical content so that families with more than one child can plan accordingly.  Thanks in advance for walking to school that night if you can since parking is often tight.
6:30-6:50-Presentation in the Gym
6:50-7:10-Session 1
7:15-7:35-Session 2
7:40-8:00-Session 3

September 27                        Picture Day
Student Verification Form
Please review your child's Student Verification form and complete or correct all missing or erroneous information.  Pay particularly close attention to your address, phone number, zip code, emergency information and employment.  Sign the form and return it to school as soon as possible.
Thank you!
We've had a fabulous start to our school year thanks to the efforts of many! Our school rocks!

All my best,

Dr. Teresa Clemens-Brower
a.k.a.  Mrs. C.-B.

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