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Monday, January 14, 2013

Writing, Kindness and More-January 15, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         

I happened to be in a first grade classroom last week as they prepared to write opinion pieces.  Students generated topic sentences that might be used to answer the given question.  Students then shared reasons to support their thinking.  They were very persuasive kids!  The question Ms. Martin posed inspired deep thought.  She asked kids their opinions on having recess before lunch.  Chase shared that playing before eating helps him get hungry.  Elijah shared that eating before exercise often makes him feel uncomfortable or sick so he likes recess, then lunch.  Orion shared that often, kids threw away lunch so that they could rush out to recess last year so there may have been more waste.  Cole shared his dislike over having recess times reduced this year so he thinks we should have recess more often, for longer periods throughout the day.  Our first graders had well developed ideas. They are able to explain their thinking and this will lead right into well-constructed writing.   We are lucky to have articulate kids and great teachers!

Our hallways are full of student writing.  Our fourth graders currently have work displayed about helping others.  By reading their work I learned about different organizations and individuals that are making a difference in our community.  Connor wrote about making contributions to World Vision so that others have soccer balls, chickens, or bed nets.  Julia wrote about inviting her friends to help her contribute to the Oregon Humane Society on her birthday.  Several students wrote about how they serve others through scouts, Pennies for Patients, the Red Cross, and Team Cole.  We have a very generous group of students and I was touched and inspired by reading their work.  I hope that you’ll have a chance to see the great things that are happening at Sexton Mountain School!

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain!  Thank you for sending your children to school each day ready to learn! Thank you for all you do at home to make sure they are prepared!

Take Care,

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

Thank you!
  • §  Thanks to Toni Fisher for teaching kindergarten parent volunteers strategies for working with emergent readers.  We are so lucky to have an expert on early literacy willing to share ideas!
  • §  Thanks to all who attended the PTC meeting last Friday.   We are so lucky to have such a supportive group willing to work hard so that our kids have access to engaging learning materials!
  • §  Thanks to Christine Leyva for getting us started on Oregon Battle of the Books.  We have thirty-three teams off and running.  As seems to be the case with many of our volunteers this year, Christine found full time employment after starting the volunteer job.  Thanks to Grace Campbell for stepping in to help out!
  • §  Thanks to Eric McElroy for serving on our Community Engagement Committee.
  • §  Thanks to Tonya Robson for organizing Dining for Dough at Pizzicatto!  Not only do we get to earn money for our school but families also get to make connections away from school!  Hooray for community building!
  • §  Thanks to Tiffany Hellum for working to make sure that our school continues with our Green School status.  Tiffany leads our after school Eco Think Club and Garden Club.
  • §  Thanks to the Jenison family for sharing ideas on how to make morning drop off flow more smoothly.

Upcoming Events
January 15  Dining for Dollars Night at Pizziacatto
January 16  5th Graders visit Highland Park
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 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.
·          Morning Greeters Needed-Grown ups are invited to help with morning drop off duty in the front traffic circle.  If you would like to help open car doors, please contact the principal.
·          Battle of the Books Helpers Needed-Battles have started and we need volunteers to help with battles during lunch recess.
·          32 Ounce Nancy’s 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.
·          Pinecones Needed for Upcoming Writing Project
·          Donation of liquid hand soap.
·          Donation of $10 Powell’s or Barnes and Noble gift cards for Ms. Kimball to use as prizes for the Adopt a Bookshelf Program
·          Organized Volunteer to Pack Boxes Needed
·          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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