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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Green Team, Auctions, Family Fun and More-March 12, 2013

Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

Today some of our fifth graders helped conduct a waste audit.  A sampling of garbage from each pod was analyzed.  Kids sorted, weighed and measured items and found that we had 9.5 gallons of plastic, almost 3 gallons of recyclable paper, lots of half-eaten apples and much more.  The Green Team will be thinking about how we can reduce the amount of waste going to the landfill from Sexton Mountain School but they’d love to hear your ideas too.   Kids had interesting conversations as they sorted items into 10 different categories (glass, compostable food, non-recyclable plastic, aluminum, milk and juice cartons, mixed recyclable paper, non-compostable food waste, plastic bottles, and other).  If you were to do an audit at home, what do you think your kids might notice?  This might be a great science project for the April 11 Science Fair.

Students are busy learning here at Sexton Mountain School.  Our fourth and fifth graders had a science assembly this morning and learned about sustainable energy.  Last week our second graders had guest speakers teach them about artifacts from Australia.  Music Workshop is up and running and kids are enjoying the lessons and homework.  Students are reading, writing and doing math.  We have busy learners and teachers!  Thanks for sharing your kids with us.

The PTC has been busy supporting the enrichment of our students’ lives. Every day we see evidence of this group’s work.  The PTC hosts the Ice Cream Social, Sparky’s Running Club, 5th Grade Year End Party, classroom parties, Family Dance Night, Art Literacy, Literacy Night, Science Fair, assemblies and more!   In addition to the regular enrichment they offer, this year, they are hoping to add even more by dedicating the proceeds from the Learn and Play Auction to technology and playground improvements. As the PTC auction team is hard at work gathering items for the April 13 Learn and Play Auction, I already have my eye on a Kerig coffee maker and Winco gift cards.  From cutting out boxtops to dining for dollars, it’s nice to know that our PTC does so many things to enrich the lives of our students.  On Saturday night my husband and I went to an auction to benefit  We had fun with friends and came home with a Lazerport party package for my son’s next birthday, carpet cleaning services, and more.  It’s always fun to spend money for a cause. I can’t wait to see how our PTC’s auction turns out.  If I had as much fun as I did last weekend with a group of 10 friends, I can’t wait to see what fun we’ll have when our parent groups gets together for the good of our kids.   My family is also looking forward to Fuddrucker’s night this Wednesday, March 13 at the Progress Ridge Fuddruckers.  I’m sure I’ll see many of you there as well.

If you would like to welcome new to Sexton Mountain families to our school, we’d love some help Thursday.  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!  Please let me know if you can lend a hand.

Take Care,

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

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Lindsay Link, Megan Arbuthnot, Renee Wilkins and Kristin Hayes for helping prepare projects for Kindergarten Orientation.
§  Thanks to Geri Ingalls for the donation of a booster seat to the office. 
§  Thanks to Kate Kristiansen for making shirts for our Battle of the Books regional team.
§  Thanks to Abeer Awad for volunteering to provide two bags of cuties for the April 12 staff development day.
§  Thanks to Tonya Spencer for volunteering to bring cheese sticks and bananas for the April 12 staff development day.
§  Thanks to Amy VanCauteren for volunteering to bring bagels to provide orange juice and bagels on April 12.
§  Thanks to the Starbucks on Murray and Scholls for volunteering to provide coffee for our April 12 meeting.   Thanks to Michele Cobain-Soto for organizing this coffee donation.
§  Thanks to Robyn Fuenmayor for donating fabric for window coverings.  We will continue to collect fabric until every window can be covered during a lock in drill.

Lemonade War Service Project
In Lemonade War we’ve read about how two of the characters decide to make a donation. 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:

Upcoming Events
March 13-Fuddruckers-Dining With Dollars
March 14- Kindergarten Orientation Night
March 15-Grading Day-No School
March 20-Passport Club Check Day
March 25-29-Spring Break-No School
April 1-School Resumes
April-OAKS Statewide Assessment for 3-5th grade this month during technology class
April 5-PTC Meeting at 9:00am
April 11-Science Fair and Family Science Night 6:30-8:30pm
April 12-Staff Development Day-No School
April 13-Learn and Play Auction
April 22-25-Earth Week
April 24-Passport Club Check Day
April 25-Spirit Assembly
April 29-Budget Reduction Day-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.
§  Hospitality Help-On April 12 our school will host 90 teachers from around the District for a special training.  We could still use fruit, napkins, small plates and cups if you’d like to contribute.    
§  Twin Size Flat Sheets or Large Pieces of Fabric Needed-We will be asking volunteers to make fabric covers for the windows and doors in our classrooms.  We want to be able to quickly deny visual access to our rooms in the event of a Lock In or Lock Out drill.  If you would like to donate fabric for this project, please send it in.
§  Crafty Volunteers Needed-We need volunteers to beautify fabric and craft it into window coverings.  If you can do this, please email Mrs. CB.  The end product will be fabric that is rolled up at the top of the window with tabs that can be pulled so that the fabric rolls down quickly in the event of lock in drill.  The fabric will be treated with fire retardant so that it is not a safety hazard in the event of a fire.

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