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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Literacy, Service, Gratitude and More-November 27, 2012

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                 

So much is going on in the next week or two, I wanted to make sure you are aware of the many ways you, your child and your family can be involved.

Barnes and Noble Book Fair/Family Literacy Night-December 7 from 4:00-8:00pm
At the Tanasbourne Barnes and Noble, off 185th and Evergreen, you will have an opportunity to do several fun projects.  There will be many learning stations set up so that kids can see how literacy inspires work. 
  • ·         The Reading About Math station will allow students to see how many books have information about math.  Additionally, kids will get to do a math project related to More M&Ms Math by Barbara McGrath. If you would like to donate M&Ms for this station, feel free to send unopened bags to the office by December 5.  Volunteers are needed to encourage learners at this station between 6:00 and 8:00pm.  If you can cover a 30-60 minute shift, let me know.
  • ·          Kids can start thinking about the April 11 Science Fair at the Crystal Packages Observation station. Using microscopes and magnifiers, they can examine different types of sugar and sugar substitutes.  Families will have an opportunity to extend the project at home.  There are many different jobs related to the field of science so kids can read about different types of scientists with the Science in the Field Series.   If you would like to donate sugar, sugar in the raw, Splenda or salt packets for this station, feel free to send unopened packages to the office by December 5.  Volunteers are needed to encourage learners at this station between 5:00 and 8:00pm.  If you can cover a 30-60 minute shift, let me know.
  • ·         Families can read different versions of The Mitten and create props to retell the story.  At this station, there will also be a copy of Missing Mittens by Stuart Murphy and several number story problems related to mittens for students to solve too. Volunteers are needed to encourage learners at this station between 5:00 and 8:00pm.  If you can cover a 30-60 minute shift, let me know.
  • ·         One station will have books related to different artists.  Following with the math and science theme, students will get to do a project to take home with them.  Students will explore lines of symmetry as they do a spilled-milk-type painting project.  This might be a messy table so we could use a volunteer or two to stand by with baby-wipes. Volunteers are needed to encourage learners at this station between 4:00 and 8:00pm.  If you can cover a 30-60 minute shift, let me know.
  • ·         A guest reader will share The Polar Express by Chris VanAllsburg at 7:00pm.  Rumor has it that the reader may be dressed in red and sporting a white beard.  Who could it be?
  • ·         Since it is a bookstore, families can also do some shopping.  If you let the cashier know you are from Sexton Mountain, a percentage of the proceeds will go to purchase books for our library.
  • ·         If you would like to make donations to your child’s teacher’s classroom library, there may be books to purchase that would be the perfect fit.
  • ·         This event kicks off the Winter Break Reading Challenge so families can pick up a reading log so that kids can see how many books they can read between December 7 and January 7.  The Portland Trail Blazers will help us celebrate the month of reading by providing a free ticket for all kids who complete the challenge.

Dining for Dollars-Red Robin Tanasbourne Night-December 7
While you are in the Tanasbourne area our PTC has put together a Dining for Dollars event at Red Robin.  If you let Red Robin know that you are from Sexton Mountain, a percentage of the sales from your meal will also go toward supporting our PTC.  Thanks to Polly Campbell and Tonya Robson for organizing this event for the PTC.

Canned Food Drive to Benefit Beaverton Families-December 4-7
Next week, students are invited to bring in non-perishable food items to be distributed to families in Beaverton.  Each pod will have empty boxes for students to deposit food.  Students have been reading Stone Soup and thinking about how the actions of a community working together can lead to important things. I wonder how much food will be brought in by December 7?

Mrs. Holste’s Last Day-Help us Celebrate!
Diane Holste has been serving in the front office since first week of school.  Thursday will be her last scheduled day with us as Mrs. Z. will return Friday.  I am grateful Diane worked so hard for us during the first trimester.  With so many changes this fall, it was nice to have someone so proactive and solution oriented in our office.  I’m sure that families enjoyed having such a competent substitute serving our students.  Please join me in letting her know how much we appreciate the job she did! 

Great Things ARE Happening!
GREAT things are happening daily at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us and for taking part in the work we are doing!  We couldn’t do it without you!

Take Care,

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

Canned Food Drive
December 4th – December  7th

Every month, more than 270,000 Oregonians need emergency food boxes, 92,000 of which are children. During the month of December, we will be highlighting acts of kindness and compassion as a school.  One way we can show kindness and compassion is to think of others in need and offer a helping hand during hard times.  Hunger is a reality within our community.   To support this need, we are holding a canned food drive.  Items collected will directly impact families living within the Beaverton community.  We hope you will assist us in showing kindness and compassion for others by donating nonperishable foods.  Working together, we can make a difference.
Food Bank needs include these nutritious foods:

•canned meats (i.e., tuna, chicken, salmon)
•canned and boxed meals (i.e., soup, chili, stew, macaroni and cheese)
•peanut butter and other nut butters
•canned or dried beans and peas (i.e., black, pinto, lentils)
•pasta, rice, cereal
•canned fruits and vegetables
•100 percent fruit or vegetable juice (canned, plastic or boxed)
•cooking oil
•shelf-stable milk
•consider donating healthy, low-fat and low-sugar products

Thank you!
  • §  Thanks to Steve McCoy for continuing to collect bird’s nests for us.  We now have 10 and need 36.  Please keep an eye out for nests for us.
  • §  Thanks to Danielle Isenhardt for the donation of handsoap.
  • §  Thanks to the Peterson family for the donation of giftcards and great ideas for showing appreciation to staff!  It was a hit!
  • §  Thanks to Cascade Microtech for generously rewarding your employees with gift cards as incentives so that spouses who happen to be principals can provide teachers with bagels Monday morning as they work on report cards.
  • §  Thanks to Sambo Kirkman and Garlic Jim’s Pizza for donating pizza for the staff so teachers can be nourished mid-day as they work on report cards and for donating pizza prizes for our Winter Break Reading Challenge.
  • §  Thanks to the Zimmerman family for the generous donation of books for classroom libraries!  Kids were so excited to see all the new titles!!!
  • §  Thanks Tiffany Hellum for leading the Eco Think Club.  Kids are enjoying time to learn!
  • §  Thanks to all the volunteers who are helping in the library this year! Every minute spent shelving books helps tremendously!!!!!!
  • §  Thanks to our Cub Scouts for donating two evergreen wreaths to make our office smell good and look festive!
  • §  Thanks to Tonja Hodgkinson for the donation of hand sanitizer.

Upcoming Events
November 29  Spirit Assembly at 8:35am
December 3  Grading Day-No School
December 2-7  Beaverton Elks Canned Food Drive
December 7  CEC Meeting at 9:00am and PTC at 9:30am
December 7 Barnes and Noble Family Literacy Night and Book Fair (at Tanasbourne) 4:00-8:00pm
December 7 Dining for Dollars Night at Red Robin Tanasbourne
December 19 Passport Club Check Day(Grades 3,4,5)- Email Heidi  at if you’d like to volunteer.
December 20 Spirit Assembly at 8:25
December 21 First Day of Winter Vacation
January 7 School Resumes
January 7  Winter Break Reading Challenge Ends
January 11 CEC Meeting at 9:00am and PTC at 9:30am
January 15  Dining for Dollars Night at Pizzacatto
January 17  Parent Night at Highland Park
January 21  Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday Observed-No School
January 23 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi  at if you’d like to volunteer.
January 25  Family Movie Night (if we get a volunteer to be in charge)
January 31  Spirit Assembly at 8:25
February 1  Staff Development Day—No School
February 14-Dress Your Best Day
February 18- Presidents’ Day-No School
February 20 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi  at if you’d like to volunteer.
February 22 5th Grade Biz Town Field Trip
February 22-Art Fair 6:30-8:30pm

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send them in.
·         Photographer Needed-Are you great at catching action shots?  We are working on a project where we need to catch learners learning and teachers teaching throughout the school.  Pictures need to be taken by December 7.  Contact Mrs. CB for more info.
·         Gallon sized Ziploc bags—We are in the process of assembling math games for students to play with volunteers, at home or in the class. Having all materials together in one bag will save teacher prep time and student learning time.
·         Donation of benches for front entry. We’d love to have a spot just inside our doors for kids or parents to wait on rainy days at dismissal time.
·         Volunteers to help with a Career Day/College Day later in the year.  Would you be willing to share information about your career with students?  Later in the year we are going to have a day when kids can learn about different jobs in our community and how different colleges a better matches for some careers..  
·         Donation of liquid hand soap.  With recess before lunch, we have supervisors making sure that students wash hands before going to the cafeteria.  Hand washing is required by the Health Department.  We’ve found that if kids get a pump of hand soap before they go into the restroom, they leave the restroom with cleaner hands. 
·         Donation of $10 Powell’s or Barnes and Noble gift cards for Ms. Kimball to use as prizes for the Adopt a Bookshelf Program.
·         Volunteers to serve on our Community Engagement Committee.  Two-thirds of our volunteers have started new jobs so are no longer able to serve.  This job requires just 30 minutes of your time from 9:00-9:30am one Friday a month.  This committee makes decisions on building use requests, generates ideas for engaging the community, keeping our building safe and more.  Please contact Mrs. CB for more information.

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