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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Writing, Talent, Art, Assemblies-February 26, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:    

Monday afternoon I was in Ms. Watson’s class while students were writing about their day.  I happened to be by Thai and Omar.  They wrote about xylophones in music and croissants for lunch.  Around the room students were hard at work writing about events of the day.  Kids were focused on getting their jobs done.  There is something special about the hum of productivity in an elementary school!

Friday night was a very special night as students enjoyed art projects, viewing the work of others and sharing talents at Family Art Night.  Thanks to Lisel Jeck-Buzan for organizing such an interesting night for our families!  From the hands-on projects to displays, kids were very engaged in the gym.  In the cafeteria, we had over 30 different acts with everything from comedy to board breaking.   We are lucky to have such interesting and interested kids!

Our next evening event will be Thursday, March 7 from 6:30-7:30pm as we celebrate Family Literacy Night.  I hope your family is enjoying Lemonade Wars.  If you are following the suggested reading plan, you should be just about done with chapter 11.  This chapter provides you with a wonderful opportunity for discussion about what you can learn from characters in books.  We know what NOT to do as we read about the experiences of others.  

Today we had Aaron Meyer share his acoustic and electric violins with students at a morning assembly thanks to the Oregon Music Hall of Fame and the Music Workshop Project.  Students learned about world music styles and were treated to songs inspired by Russian museums, Led Zeppelin, Irish artists and South American influence.   Our primary students were also treated to a presentation on safety with electricity by the Oregon Children’s Theater (thanks to PGE).   Ask your child about our special guests and what was learned.

Our school’s Battle of the Books battles finished today with a close match.  Congratulations to the Book Reading Bees-Lily, Hannah, Haley and Kaiya.  They will represent our school at the regional battle on March 16, 2013 at Oregon Episcopal School.   I was proud of the work our teams put into this project.  This afternoon I was talking to a group of fifth graders and was impressed by what nice things the students had to say about the teams that made it to the final battle.  How cool is it that we have such great kids?! 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain School.  Thank you for sharing your children with us!

Take Care,

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

Thank you!
§  Thank you to Crystal Wilson for a generous donation of hand soap. 
§  Thank you to Jenny Tan and Durga Singhal for sharing photos of Family Art Night.  Check out the cool posters in our entry.
§  Thanks to Susan Rehm for volunteering to share information with community members about our current budget reality.
§  Thanks to Polly Campbell for watching for opportunities to share information with community members about our current budget reality.
§  Thanks to Grace Campbell and Roger Golliver for donating countless hours so that our kids could have a Battle of the Books this year.

Lemonade Math
The characters in Lemonade War are working to earn money for an ipod or to donate to the Animal Rescue League.  Whether it’s saving for a special item, a fabulous trip, or a fund raising goal for a good cause, knowing how to set and work toward financial goals is an important life AND math skills.  This week talk about strategies your family uses to meet goals.

Lemonade War Service Project
In Lemonade War we’ve read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation to helping organization. We’ve entered THE GREAT LEMONADE WAR, a fundraising contest to help find childhood cancer.  The winner of the war not only contributes to a good cause but also will be rewarded with a visit from Jacquline Davies’  author of The Lemonade War.
You can make a contribution to the Sexton Mountain team by sending coins to the office or by visiting:
 So far we’ve raised over $100!

Upcoming Events
February 26-Aaron Meyer Assembly at 8:25am-This is a kick off to Music Workshop.
February 26-Electric Safety Assembly for K-3rd Grade at 2:00pm
February 28-Spirit Assembly at 8:25am
March 7-Family Literacy Night 6:30-7:30pm
March 11-Budget Reduction Day-No School
March 13-Fuddruckers-Dining With Dollars
March 14- Kindergarten Orientation Night
March 15-Grading Day-No School
March 25-29-Spring Break-No School

Wish List--These are little things or jobs that will make a difference to our kids. Feel free to send items in or let Mrs. CB know if you are willing to do a project.
§  Volunteers to Help with Budget Brainstorming and Messaging-Volunteers needed to help inform community members, local businesses and state decision makers about how current budget realities honestly impact OUR students. 
§  Postcards-We love to send our students postcards of praise.  Our supplies are dwindling.  Postcards from around the town or around the world are always appreciated and we promise to put them to good use.
§  Volunteers Wanted-Kindergarten Orientation is March 14. We need about 10 volunteers to serve as our official parent “Welcome Wagon” from 7:00-7:45pm.  If you would like to give a tour of the build to a small group of incoming kindergarten parents, please let me know.  We will have a map and guidebook so no experience is necessary but a warm and welcoming attitude is a MUST!
§  Hospitality Help-On April 12 our school will host 90 teachers from around the District for a special training.  Grade level will spend the morning here and we’d like to provide juice, coffee, donuts, fruit and bagels for the teachers as they work.  If you would like to help with our hospitality effort by providing any of these things, please let Mrs. CB know.  We will not spend school dollars on snacks for staff but we certainly like to make guests feel welcome.  

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