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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Culture Fair, Room Moves and Signal to Noise-May 15, 2012

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Last Thursday night I attended the Signal to Noise awards ceremony.  It was the closest to a red carpet event I’ll ever get.  Watching the stars from Sexton Mountain get out of the limo and walk by the flashing cameras and cheering fans was a hoot!    “Writing is Life” by Presli and Ellie in 5th grade won top honors. We had many teams represented.   It was indeed a special evening culminating months of work.

We have a lot to celebrate here at Sexton Mountain.  Next week we will have our Culture Fair on Tuesday, May 22.  Our PTC is bringing a Taiko drumming group for two assemblies.  We have a number of families who will be sharing information with our students during the morning.  Dancers are coming from Aloha High School.  While this is the day that will highlight some of the rich cultural backgrounds represented in our school, we know that our school is a special place because our students bring perspectives from a wide range of backgrounds and that we learn from one other another every day. 

We continue to have changes with our staff for the upcoming year.  Stacy Ellison announced her plans to retire at the end of this school year. Stacy has served students in our resource room for many years.   Pam Duhrkoop, our evening custodian, has accepted a position more closely related to her field of study and will be relocating closer to our nation’s capitol this summer. Though there will likely continue to be more changes in the upcoming weeks, we are tentatively moving forward with plans for the upcoming year.  Last week, teachers learned about tentative teaching assignments for the upcoming year. Ms. Loumena will teach kindergarten along with Mrs. Cubley or Mrs. Hiatt (yet to be determined).   Ms. Martin and Ms. Cobain will be first grade teachers along with Mrs. Cubley or Mrs. Hiatt (yet to be determined).  Ms. Goei, Mr. Hayhurst, and Mrs. Weigel will be our second grade teachers.  Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Olson, and Mr. Pfaff will teach third grade.  Ms. Hunt, Mrs. McConnell, Mrs. Stratton and Mr. Shotola will teach fourth grade.  Mrs. DiResta, Mrs. Krueger, Mrs. Skiba, and Mrs. Tanksley will teach fifth grade.  Ms. Yokom and Ms. Burnett will teach SRC. Again, these are our tentative plans and subject to change but we are moving forward in preparation for the upcoming year based on our best thinking and planning with the information we have now. 

Because we will have fewer classes of students (we are going from 25 classes to 20) ALL of our classrooms will be housed inside the building.  Because we will have three sessions of some classes and four of others AND we want all teaching teams to be in close proximity, we will have many moves.  SRC, Kindergarten and First Grade will remain in the same pods.  The ESL class will move into the first grade pod and music move in to the building next to kindergarten along with technology.  Second and third grade will be in the purple pod at the north end of the building where fourth and two of the fifth grade classes are currently located.   Fourth grade will move to the green pod where the second grade team currently resides.  Fifth grade will move to the green pod where most of the third grade classes are currently located.

Because there will be so many moves across the District between schools, resources like boxes for moving items between classrooms won’t be available.  I shared this info with parents at our PTC meeting on Friday and by Saturday, I was already getting emails with ideas about how to support our teachers with the move.  Our greatest need right now is boxes.  Paper boxes with lids, moving boxes, or banker’s type boxes with lids would be ideal.  We have started collecting boxes now so that teachers can pack up materials as they finish with them for the year.  A total of 20 teachers will be changing locations so if you like packing, you may want to let teachers know of your availability. 

As always, I am already impressed by just how hard our families are willing to work in order to support our staff and students!  Last week’s “Staff Appreciation” gestures were over the top fabulous!  This week’s Carnival will be amazing!  Thanks in advance for being so positive and solution oriented as we make changes and move forward.  Sometimes when things change we focus on our loss.  Other times when things change, we find new ways to innovate. We discover hidden pleasant surprises.  I am thankful for all of the positives that are already coming out of the change.  Thank you for making our school such a special place!

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

Wish List
·       Soil for the Garden Project
·       Boxes for moving
·       Student Artists willing to participate in Art Show at Canfield on June 22

Upcoming Events
·       May 18-Carnival 6:30-8:30pm (Volunteers Needed)
·       May 22-PTC Taiko Assembly  (Primary grades at 10:00am, Intermediate Grades at 8:45am)
·       May 22-Cultural Celebration-8:45am-1:00pm)
·       May 22-Incoming Kindergarten Writing Night-6:30-7:15pm
·       May 22- GoogleDocs for Families Presented by Pam LeLand at 8:45am in the Computer Lab
o   As you know, Google Docs is a powerful learning tool that is now available for every Beaverton School District student.  We have scheduled a joint parent training about Google Docs here at Sexton Mountain at 8:45 on May 22.  Please join us.
·       May 25-Furlough Day-No School
·       May 31-Volunteer Appreciation Day
·       June 3-Hayhurst Triathlon  This event has been postponed until fall.
·       June 5- Intermediate Music Program at 6:30pm (DiResta, Stratton, Skiba, Shotola)
·       June 6- Intermediate Music Program at 6:30pm (Krueger, McConnell, Tanksley, Parson)
·       June 8-Field Day-9:00-10:50 (1st, 2nd, 3rd, Yokom and AM K.)  and 1:00-2:45 (4th, 5th, PM and Full-Day K. and Burnett)
·       June 12-PBIS Assembly at 8:45am
·       June 12-Mt. Guide Picnic
·       June 13-Fifth Grade Party
·       June 13-Last Day of School
·       June 14-Teacher Workday
·       June 15-Furlough Day a.k.a. Budget Reduction Day
·       June 22-Canfield Art Fair and BBQ (Please let us know if you have student artwork to display and would like to attend the BBQ with your child between 11:00am and 1:30pm.)

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