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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Read to Go! January 3, 2012

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                  

I hope you had a great winter break and that 2012 is off to a great start!  My family spent a lot of time with friends and extended family.  We enjoyed reading, playing and just hanging out.  I love vacations but I’m ready to get back in the groove with a more regular routine.  In fact, I find January through March my favorite time of the year at school because kids are so focused on learning.

It seems that many students set goals for their own learning during this time as well.  Have you talked to your child about resolutions?  My son is trying to wake up a bit earlier each day so he doesn’t have to rush in the mornings.  He has also set a goal to correctly spell more interesting words using a dictionary app on his ipod.  My daughter will have Saturdays off from work this term so she’s already thinking about how she can better use that day to study instead of play.  It’s always a good time to talk to kids about being reflective about work habits and goal setting, but January seems to be a time where they can see a lot of examples of people setting big goals and breaking them down into small manageable chunks.

By 8:30 this morning, students were back into the swing of things.  In Mrs. DiResta’s class students were writing about their winter break.  Some started with a brainstorm and others had obviously been expecting this assignment.  Grace wrote about a trip to Mt. Hood and the interesting things that happen when large groups of people come together.  Austin and Brianna wrote about New Year’s Eve.  Armando wrote about opening a very special present.  Humaira wrote about a movie she watched and Brandon wrote about a trip to Mt. Hood.  Natalie made a last minute shopping trip sound harried and while reading about the experience, I was thankful to be back to the quiet calm of the classroom.  Students wrote with experiences in Disneyland and Canada, with books, video games and guitars.  They wrote using descriptive words and great expression.  It was exciting to see how enthusiastic students were to share their stories.

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain.  Thanks for sending your children to us rested and recharged.  It’s going to be a great 2012.


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

Reminders and FYI

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids.  If you have things you'd like to share, feel free to send them in.
  • Paper towel tubes or gift wrap tubes
  • Masking tape
  • Tin foil

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