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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sanitizer, Sunshine and Budgets-January 22, 2013

Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

Last Friday we took advantage of the sunshine and had our monthly fire drill.  All students were out and accounted for in about three minutes.  It was a sure sign that we are deep into cold and flu season when each of the kindergarten students in technology class quickly took a pump of hand sanitizer on their way out.  We’ve been going through tissues, soap and sanitizer like crazy. 

In addition to sunshine, sanitizer and snow routes last week, I had a chance to start thinking about next year as the District’s budget process gets underway.  It is very possible that we may face yet another round of cuts next year.  The District’s first budget listening session is tonight, Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at Aloha High School. The session will include opening remarks by Superintendent Jeff Rose and a Budget and Funding Update by Chief Financial Officer, Claire Hertz. A panel including Superintendent Jeff Rose, Claire Hertz, Board Chair LeeAnn Larsen and Budget Committee member Susan Greenberg will answer questions from the audience.

The chart below is one that will be shared during the session.  It shows the percentage of the state budget that goes toward education.  What do you notice about change in the percentage of the state budget that goes toward K-12 education over the past ten years?

The District’s budget listening session will provide an opportunity for learning about the District.  On February 5th, Southridge High School will host a session with Representative Read and Senator Hass from 6:30-8:00pm.  This is your opportunity to talk to the people who can make a difference in the State budget for education in the upcoming school year.  The meeting will take place in the Community Room at Southridge.  

Meanwhile, teachers are teaching and learners are learning here at Sexton Mountain.  Thank you for sharing your child with us!

Take Care,

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

Thank you!
·      Thanks to Michelle Brown for assembling science packets for the whole fourth grade.
·      Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for chairing the MUSIC WORKSHOP.  This program is similar to Art Literacy and is going to provide a great opportunity for our students! 
·      Thanks to Stacy Namdar, Michele Cobain-Soto, and Darold Brower for donating hand soap for before lunch hand washing. 
·      Thanks to Roger Golliver and Grace Campbell for leading the first round of battles for the Oregon Battle of the Books today.  There were four exciting matches!
·      Thanks to Sally Ebanks for unpacking boxes of paper for the office. 

Upcoming Events
January 23 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi at to volunteer
January 25  Family Movie Night  at 6:30pm
January 31  Spirit Assembly at 8:25
February 1  Staff Development Day—No School
February 14-Dress Your Best Day
February 15-Hundredth Day of School Dance, 6:30-8:30pm
February 18- Presidents’ Day-No School
February 20 Passport Club Check Day (Grades 3,4,5)-Email Heidi at 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.
·          Technology Researchers Needed- Which ipad apps provide the most bang for the buck for elementary school aged children.  Please let Mrs. CB know which ones you would suggest and which ones we should stay away from if our goal is to optimize student learning through technology.
·          Volunteers Needed-We will begin our One Book, One School-school wide reading experience in mid-February.  Volunteers are needed to help label and distribute books on February 4 at 9:00am in the staff room.
·          32 Ounce  Yogurt Containers Needed
·          Musicians wanted-We would like musicians to play for us as students transition into the cafeteria for assemblies.  If your child plays and can share about four pieces between 8:15-8:30am during our spirit assemblies, please contact Mrs. CB.
·          Donation of liquid hand soap (refills are perfect)
·          Donation of $10 Powell’s or Barnes and Noble gift cards for Ms. Kimball to use as prizes for the Adopt a Bookshelf Program
·          HELP WANTED-With our economy as it is, we think there might be an untapped volunteer resource in our neighborhood that you might help us access.  We’ve heard that many recent college graduates are unable to find employment so have moved back home as they look for work.  We can provide wonderful volunteer experiences that might enhance resumes.  Does anyone on your block fit this description?  We would love to have some extra volunteers assist with kindergarten stations, technology, math games, community outreach and more.  If you know of someone who might benefit from this type of experience, please have them email and complete the District’s Volunteer Background Check.

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