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Sunday, September 9, 2012

Great First Week, Team Work, Curriculum Night-September 11,2012

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                  

We had a great first week of school!  As I visited classrooms, I saw children engaged in math games, reading science texts, developing an understanding of the text features that support learning in math books and much more!  We had a busy first week with a focus on teaching routines and procedures that will set the stage for efficient use of class time the rest of the year!  Thank you for sending your children to school on time and eager to learn!

Not only was the week busy but the weekend was also.  I saw our kids as observers and participants in the Beaverton Parade Saturday and many participated in the Hayhurst Triathlon on Sunday.  Following the triathlon, my husband and I talked about the goal of the event (having fun) and the various ways athletes participated.  We were both volunteers along the bike portion of the route so we saw kids with training wheels, toddlers in bike seats, pre-schoolers on tag-a-longs, and highly proficient bike riders shifting gears to maximize performance.  Some riders appeared to have just given up the training wheels.  They had parents who ran along (the whole mile long loop I assume) with a guiding hand ready just in case there was a need.  We saw volunteers push kids on bikes up steep inclines.   Other volunteers were willing to jeopardize their health in order to keep the young riders from crashing at the bottom of the hill.  Volunteers were told at the start that it was their job to make sure kids were successful, safe and having fun.  The group in burnt orange shirts clearly took their task seriously!  Parents, extended family members and friends were cheering, encouraging and ready to do whatever was needed in order for the kids to succeed!

This mini swim-bike-run event perfectly symbolizes the work before us this school year.  We have kids of many different levels and abilities.  We need to help them finish strong no matter what.  We will work as a team.  Students, parents, extended family members, staff and our community will work together to make sure kids are supported.   We will offer a range of supports so that kids can be on the path to college and career readiness!  You can learn more about what we will be doing to support your child this Thursday.

Curriculum Night (also known as Back to School Night) will be this Thursday, September 13.  The purpose of this evening is for parents to meet their child's teacher, to learn about the curriculum, homework expectations, the daily schedule and classroom volunteer needs.  Each classroom teacher will prepare a presentation for parents that will be repeated.  Kindergarten presentations will begin at 6:00pm and 6:30pm.  For grades 1-5, the first presentation will be given from 6:30-6:50pm.  Then there will be a 15-minute break.  The second presentation will be given from 7:05-7:25pm.  Each presentation will be the same and you can choose to come to either one. Due to the large class sizes this year, I am asking that parents come to Back-to-School Night without students.  There will be many other fun-filled evening events this year where families can come together.  This special evening will be just for adult family members.  This night is not the time to have a conference with your child’s teacher or discuss specific concerns.

At Curriculum Night, teachers will share about classrooms.  I ask that you review the Student Handbook (available online at our school website or in the office) to learn more about school-wide expectations.  Please take note of expectations about dogs.  In the past week, I have had several families express concern about dogs on our school grounds and even at bus stops.  In our Student Handbook, we request that dogs not be brought onto our campus.  Unpredictable animals, even when on leashes, coupled with 600+ sometimes-unpredictable children, can create unsafe conditions.

I have appreciated visiting with many families so far this year.  At the triathlon on Sunday I heard one parent jokingly express concern that the principal knew his child’s name.  It’s actually my job to know every child!  The best way for me to serve your child is to know your child and your hopes and dreams for your child as well as your concerns. If you haven’t had a chance, please stop by the office and introduce yourself.  I look forward to the 2012-13 school year and meeting all the new families.  I know our staff and community are committed to making Sexton Mountain the best school it can be.  We’ve had one great week of the school year with 39 more to go!  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

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

Thank you Volunteers!
·      Thank you to Sally Ebanks and her team of volunteers who helped get us off to a great start with the recess before lunch change.  Thanks to all the volunteers who helped with hand-washing and student management!

Upcoming Events
Sept. 13          Curriculum Night
Sept. 25          Picture Day and Vision Screening
Sept. 26          Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)
Sept.  27         Spirit Assembly at 8:25am.
October 3       Walk and Bike to School Day
October 4       Jog-a-thon
October 5       Community Engagement Committee Mtg. 9:00am
October 5       PTC Meeting-9:30am
October 12     Staff Development Day-No School
October 17     Family Bingo Night
October 18     Conferences-No School
October 19     Conferences-No School
October 24     Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)

Spotlight on New Staff-Meet Joel Miller
Joel Miller has joined the Sexton Mountain team as our new PE teacher.  Joel graduated from Gonzaga University and received his Masters degree at Portland State.  He is a former collegiate student athlete.  Joel believes that hard work in academics and experiences in activities and/or sports are important to a persons overall development.  Before coming to Sexton Mountain, Joel taught PE for 12 years at Greenway Elementary.  He’s also had experience teaching high school PE and Health classes in Washington.  Joel’s wife is also a teacher in the Beaverton School District.  She spends her day with Kindergarten students.  Joel’s son is a first grader at Hiteon Elementary and his daughter is in pre-school.  With two young children, family time is his main hobby but he also enjoys growing food, cooking and reading books about food.  Joel is a year-round bicycle commuter so he asks that you watch for his black and yellow helmet then be careful to NOT run him over.  Joel is excited to get to know the Sexton Mountain community.  We are thrilled that he’s joined our team!

Spotlight on New Staff-Meet Dawn Kimball
Dawn Kimball is the new library media assistant at Sexton Mountain. This past summer, she finished the coursework for her library media endorsement in the master’s program at Portland State University. Dawn also attended Eastern Illinois University and the University of Illinois (I-L-L-I-N-I), earning her degree in English education. Born in Chicago, Dawn is an avid fan of the Bears and the Cubs. In other words, she’s used to rooting for the underdog.  The proud mother of two (a 6th and 9th grader), Dawn frequently shares stories about her sweet puppy, named after the main character in Olive, the Other Reindeer. An avid reader and writer, Dawn is excited to share great books with our children and encourage them to love reading as well. We are thrilled that Dawn has joined the Sexton Mountain team!

Information About Additional Handouts
Throughout the school year, you may receive materials from various organizations in our community that offer educational and/or extra-curricular opportunities for your student and/or family.  All materials are reviewed by the Communications & Community Involvement Department prior to distribution.  The Beaverton School District does not discriminate against any community organization on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, national origin, religion, sex, or sexual orientation.  The District does not sponsor or endorse the activities or information contained in these materials.

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