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Monday, February 4, 2013

Lemonade War-February 5, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:

Thursday we had a Spirit Assembly.  It started with guitarist, Riley S. performing for us as students came in and got settled.  Following her performance I asked her a few questions about how she got so good.  She said she practiced!  Here was a perfect example of how practice makes proficient! We hope to have other students perform for us on assembly days.  Please contact me if your child is interested in sharing this way.  Children will also have an opportunity to perform at Family Art Night on February 22 during the Talent Show portion.  Check the Art Fair entry form for more information.

This month our school will be embarking on a special project, an all school book club called One School, One Book. Every family will receive a copy of the same book – Jacquline Davies’ The Lemonade War- and will be asked to read it at home over the month. The bookmark included with your books provides a suggested schedule.  I am personally asking you to make the time, about 10 minutes a day over 14 days, so your family can participate in this special activity.
Reading aloud at home is valuable because it better prepares your child to be an effective reader. But it is also a fun, worthwhile family activity. With the One School, One Book program, we aim to build a community of readers at our school. Everyone – students, parents, teachers, even administrative staff – will be participating, and we can all reap the many benefits.  See the attached brochure to learn more about the benefits of reading aloud to your child.
Over the next month, all children at all grade levels will all be listening to the same book. Strange or daring as that may seem, it actually makes sound educational sense. Reading professionals recommend reading material out loud that is beyond a child’s own reading level. And we also believe that you can and should continue reading chapter books with your older children, even when they are able to read by themselves. We have selected a title that can be followed and understood and enjoyed by younger students, but that will still captivate and stimulate older children.
Good luck! I hope to talk with both you and your student sometime this month about Jessie and Evan and their lemonade stand competition – and maybe even a little about math and economics! “When a whole school reads a book, there’s a lot to talk about.” With your help, we can build a Community of Readers.
Take Care,

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

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor, Jhuma Biswas, Renee Wilkins, Jenny Tan, and Judith Yan for preparing and distributing Lemonade Wars to classrooms Monday. 

Lemonade Math
The characters in our book go through many cans of frozen lemonade.  This week when you visit the grocery story, have your kids check out the frozen food aisle.  How many types of lemonade are available?  Have your child compare prices.  Show them how supermarkets list each item’s price but also a price per ounce in this case for further comparison.  What do they notice about the prices?  Have your child read the nutrition information, serving size and how much lemonade the can will make. Ask them to pay attention to the math vocabulary on the can and in your discussion.  Help your child think about making decisions by “thinking aloud” as you look at different products.  At Winco last weekend, there was quite a difference in price between store brands and name brands (see picture below).  As consumers, we opt to pay less or more based on many variables.  Talking with your child about the costs and benefits of decisions.  You might link this activity to a product you are already familiar with (i.e. Mrs. Douvris will only by Skippy peanut butter because she likes it best but other items, she’ll buy the cheapest option) by going to that section of the store and comparing prices while explaining your thinking. 

Lemonade War Service Project
Later in Lemonade War we’ll read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to an organization they are passionate about. Our students are compassionate and caring.  Our lives are touched by incredible people. Some of those people are battling cancer and we'd like to do all we can to support those engaged in the fight. We know that little contributions add up to support big change.  We will have a penny drive to fight childhood cancer. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR. The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacquline Davies’  author ofThe Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:

Upcoming Events
February 6-Science Assembly at 8:25am
February 8-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
February 14-Dress Your Best Day
February 15-Will Hornyak-Storyteller Assemblies
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.
§  Volunteer needed to cut apart and count stickers into sets for each class.  This is a job that can be done at home and materials can be sent home with your child.  This job needs to be done by February 13.

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