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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Talented Kids, Family Literacy Night, and Budget Teaching Sessions-February 28, 2012


Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

We have a group of very talented students here at Sexton Mountain.  At our assembly Thursday our fifth graders performed several songs for us about writing.   From sharing ideas to revising and editing, they got our student body excited about the work that goes into writing!  Friday night we were treated to the amazing talents of many students. Additionally, we had student work displayed and a wide range of projects for students to do.   Thanks to Liesl Jeck-Buzan for organizing a great evening of learning for our students.  Thanks also to Tammy Molina for running the talent show!  Thanks to all who helped with set up and clean up as well!

In earlier newsletters, you were introduced to Karen Grant who will be filling in for Mrs. Hiatt later in the year and to Kathy Moore who will be filling in for Mrs. Loumena this spring.  The Special Education department let us know this week that SLP, Erik Nebel will be filling in for Katie Walker, our speech and language pathologist, when she is out on Family Leave this spring.  Eric will be joining us for meetings and doing work with Katie to make for a smooth transition.

Thursday, March 1 will be a very special day at Sexton Mountain Elementary School.  We will culminate our One School, One Book event with a very special author visit from Grace Lin.  That evening, our teachers have planned special activities for your family.  In the pink pod, students will do a special art project.  Stop by to make a MASK with your family.  In the library, the students from our own International Orchestra will perform on authentic Chinese instruments. Visit the green and red pods for puzzle activities.  Mrs. McConnell’s room will host games.  Mrs. Krueger’s room will have art and poetry activities and there will be relay races in the gym.  It is sure to be a fun night for ALL! 

At the beginning of Where the Mountain Meets the Moon Minli’s family was hungry and rice was carefully portioned.  Rice is on the most wanted items list for the Oregon Food Bank so we are inviting each family to bring in a bag of rice to donate to the Project Second Wind Food Drive.  I wonder how many pounds of rice will be donated?

On a different note, a Budget Teaching Session at Sexton Mountain Elementary School is scheduled for Tuesday, March 13 from 8:45-10:15am in our school cafeteria.  Additionally, I’ll be teaming with principals at Montclair Elementary School on Monday, March 12 from 6:30 to 8:00pm and at Hiteon on Wednesday, March 21 from 6:30-8:00pm for similar presentations. The purpose of each Budget Teaching Session is to provide up-to-date budget data, collect advisory data from participants and answer questions.  There will also be a hands-on activity for participants to use several budget areas to make the estimated $40 million in reductions.  The information presented will be the same at each school in Beaverton.

Thanks for sharing your children with us and for being involved in the work happening here!  Sexton Mountain School is a great place to learn.

Fondly,

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

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send them in.
  • Volunteers to help with Kindergarten Orientation on March 8 from 6:30-8:00pm (please contact Mrs. C.-B.)

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