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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Gratitude-April 16, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                 

Saturday night I came home with beautiful artwork, a $100 grocery certificate, new shoes, lots of coupons for services and a big smile!  Thanks to Cynthia Neeley and Karyn Johnson for chairing this special PTC event and for all the volunteers who worked so hard to make it happen.  Thanks also to those who donated items and time so that we had so many cool things to auction off.  Thanks also those who were there spending money for a good cause!  The final totals aren’t in yet but I’m sure our kids will benefit from the efforts of so many!

Thanks to Grace Campbell for chairing the PTC Family Science Night and to Geri Ingalls for serving as the PTC Assembly Coordinator.  Thursday morning was busy as students set up projects in the gym.  Next kids enjoyed OMSI assemblies.  Family Science Night Thursday was AWESOME.  Students enjoyed viewing the wide range of projects.  Many of our younger students were clearly getting ideas for their future projects.  It was evident that students worked very hard to design investigations, collect information then present their findings. As with the Art Fair, some of our students were a bit disappointed that others explored and (accidentally I hope) broke their special projects.  Between now and next year, I hope we can brainstorm creative ways of showcasing special work in a way that it will be safe from small or impulsive hands.  Let me know if you have any ideas.  We did end up with several nameless, leftover science boards so if your child is missing a board, have him or her stop by the office.  If they are not claimed by Friday, we will recycle them.  Fourth graders will continue to present findings to their classes this week so I’m sure that we’ll see a stream of boards coming home for a few more days.

On Thursday night, families also enjoyed some of the games from our Everyday Math Curriculum.  Family Math Games and Leveled Books are available for families to check out to enjoy at home.  The room next to the stage stores many book bags and math game bags. Check out is based on the honor system.  Feel free to borrow books or games then return them when you are done.  This room will be open regularly throughout the summer too, so please take advantage of this resource!

Our school hosted many other schools Friday for a staff development session. Thanks to Jenny Tan, Megan Arbuthnot, Susie Wilson, Tonya Robson, the VanCauteren Family, Abeer Awad, Tonya Spencer and Starbucks on Murray and Scholls for providing snacks for our day of meetings.  Our parent community has officially been deemed the MOST AWESOME OF ALL based on the wonderful hospitality shown on Friday.  Thanks to all who made the day special for us!

Tiffany Hellum, our PTC Eco-Team leader, has several exciting things planned next week for Earth Week. Our big goal for the week is to see how close we can get to a waste free lunch.  Kids will bring home a bookmark this week with ideas and instructions for things we’ll be doing next week.  It’s going to be a great challenge for our students.

In addition to the after school events and special activities, our teachers are teaching and learners are learning so great things are indeed 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.

Classroom Placement Info
As we plan for the 2013-2014 school year, we are asking for parent input regarding the learning environment that fits your child.  We want to achieve the best possible balance and learning for all students at our school.  It is very important for us to get a complete picture of your child as a learner.  Current teachers will be providing information regarding students' learning needs as well as current specialists.  Your information, in addition, will be of great value in understanding individual needs for all of our students.  If you desire, please write a letter commenting on the following points:
*Your child's learning style. 
*The type of teaching which best suits you child. Please do not list specific teacher names as teaching assignments have not been determined and as we know from last year, many things could change between now and September.
*The type of classroom environment you prefer. 
*Any special concerns that need to be considered.
Please drop letters by the office or send letters to by April 30. Much thought and care go in to building balanced classes.  Your input is one valuable piece of the process.  By the time we have finished this procedure, we have created an intricately woven community of children.  Your information allows us to meet your concerns while doing what is best for all children at Sexton Mountain.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Thank you!
§  Thanks to Tonya Robson and Polly Campbell for organizing the Dining for Dollars event at Pizzicatto last week.  They raised more than $600 for our PTC.
§  Thanks to Karyn Johnson and Cynthia Neeley for chairing the Auction last weekend. 
§  Thanks to Glenna Griffiths and Rachel Cillo for prepping items for Earth Week.
§  Thanks to Kevin Koga for bringing his Lego Robotics team to the Science Fair.
§  Thanks to Allison Oberg for the generous donation of Sports Illustrated for Kids.  Our students really enjoy reading these after lunch.
§  Thanks to Rachel Cillo and Allison Oberg for the generous donation of chewing gum.
§  Thanks to Kohl’s for supplying volunteers and donating $500 to the auction.  Thanks also to Kohl’s for donating a large bag of stuffed animals for our prize box.

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.
§  Donations of KIDS MAGAZINES for lunch table book boxes.  Kids love Ranger Rick, Sports Illustrated for Kids and other age appropriate magazines.
§  Photographer needed to take pictures of students as they model routines and procedures on the playground and in the lunchroom so that we can put together a teaching slideshow for the fall.
§  Volunteer needed to iron and roll fabric for window coverings.  This is a job that can be done and home though volunteers will need to pick up items and directions from the office.  Stop by the office if you are interested in completing this project for us.

Upcoming Events
April-OAKS Statewide Assessment for 3-5th grade this month during technology class
April 16-2nd Grade Field Trip
April 22-25-Earth Week
April 24-Passport Club Check Day
April 25-Spirit Assembly
April 29-Budget Reduction Day-No School
May 3-Community Engagement Committee meeting -- 9:00 am
May3-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
May 6-10-Staff Appreciation Week
May 15-Passport Club Check -- 8:30 am -- 12:00 pm
May 17-PTC Carnival
May 23-Volunteer Appreciation Day
May 23-PBIS Assembly-8:25am-Students go straight to the cafe on these days.
May 24-Assessment Day
May 27-Memorial Day Holiday-No School
May 28-Pizzicatto Night-Dining for Dollars
May 30-Cultural Celebration Assembly- Grupo Condor-   (Thank you PTC!)
8:30-9:20-Olson, 4th and 5th Grad
9:35-10:35-Baldwin, Pfaff, K, 1st, 2nd Grade
May 31-1st Gr. Field Trip
June 7-Community Engagement Committee meeting -- 9:00 am
June 7-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
June 7-Field Day
June 7-4th Grade Human Growth and Development Lesson
June 12-Mt. Guide picnic
June 13-PBIS Assembly-8:25am-Students go straight to the cafe on these days.
June 13-5th grade party at Conestoga Rec Center
June 13-Last day of school

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