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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Learning, Kindness, and Family Time-October 23, 2012

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                              

The BEST part of my job is watching teachers teach and learners learn.  As I visited second and fifth grade classrooms today I saw kids hard at work learning math.  Some students were applying a “doubles plus or minus one” strategy to solve equations.  Others were comparing objects using words like heavier, heaviest, and less than.  Others were using a spring scale and a pan scale to compare items.  Children were solving number stories, using knowledge of place value to solve problems, and talking about probability.  I visited seven classrooms and different things were happening in each room yet ALL kids were focused on grade level learning targets.  Individual teacher talents coupled with different groups of children result in teachers do things differently but they are all working toward the same targets.  Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain!  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

It was certainly nice to see so many families last week for conferences!  It’s amazing how much information can be shared in 15 minutes.  Thanks for working with teachers to have such a productive time!  It was also great fun to see so many families at Family Bingo Night!  Applause to Heather Hough and Abeer Awad for planning and implementing such fun night!  Kids were actively engaged in the games and parents were too!  Kudos to Mr. Miller for being the caller for the night!

We have so many kind people in our building.  Our fourth graders are currently working to implement a school-wide Kindness Club. Kyler, Nick, Madison, Savanna, Taylor, Kristin, Esme, Jacob and Romy have been brainstorming strategies for increasing the number of kind acts displayed by students in our school.  From skits to posters, stickers to compliment catchers, this group has been focused on creating a culture of caring in our building.  At our Thursday assembly, their first invitation for action will occur.  Be sure to follow up with your child Thursday afternoon to see if he or she is inspired by this group!

As I reflect back on the past 32 days of school, I am amazed by how well our students, staff and community have adapted to all the changes.   We are continuing to work out bumps and refine our practice.  One thing that you should know is that our new student information system had a spot for families to give permission for medication like Tylenol or Advil to be administered at school.  Many of you checked this box but we will not distribute medication to students at school unless you have brought it to school, signed it in and given clear guidelines about how it is to be dispensed.  The section on the student verification form is not accurate so please know that we won’t have medicine for you child unless you’ve brought it.  Please let me know if you have questions.

Again, thank you for sharing your children with us!  Have a great week!
Take Care,

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

Upcoming Events
October 24     Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
October 25     Spirit Assembly at 8:25am
November 9   Staff Development Day-No School
November 12            Holiday-No School
November 14 Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
November 16 Family Dance 6:30-8:30pm
The Family Dance is intended to bring families together for a fun, social opportunity.  Parents will stay with children and enjoy time as a family so that everyone has fun.  The evening will start with a special time from 6:30-7:00pm just for kindergarten students.  Wiggles songs, the Chicken Dance, and songs targets for the younger group will be featured during this time. The success of the event is dependent on volunteers.  If you can help, contact Kate at
November 21 Budget Reduction Day-No School
November 22  Thanksgiving Holiday-No School
November 23 School Closed-No School
November 30 Holiday Bazaar
December 3  Grading Day-No School
December 2-7  Beaverton Elks Canned Food Drive
December 7 Barnes and Noble Family Literacy Night and Book Fair (at Tanasbourne) 4:00-8:00pm
December 19 Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)
December 20 Spirit Assembly at 8:25
December 21 First Day of Winter Vacation (Yes this is a Friday with no school.)

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send them in.
·         Volunteer to organize our storage portable wanted.  We cleaned out many things this summer but it wasn’t neat and tidy.  If organizing is your gift, contact Mrs. CB.
·         Donation of bird’s nests (we are hoping to collect 36 by January) for a school-wide writing project.  Please send them in in a zip lock back.
·         Personal shopper needed—If you love to shop, there are often small things that need to be purchased for our school.  The shopper will be reimbursed.  If you love to shop, contact Mrs. CB.

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