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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Science, Auctions, and Learning-April 9, 2013

Dear Sexton Mountain Families:

Monday afternoon I visited Mrs. Grant’s kindergarten classroom and students were just finishing up a counseling lesson with Ms. Jenny.  They transitioned quietly from this lesson to a math game where they got to practice interpersonal skills and math vocabulary as they used problem-solving skills to determine a mystery number.  Nia and Kianna thoughtfully took turns and encouraged one another as they gave clues about the number.  They also celebrated when their partner succeeded.  It was a great day to be in kindergarten!  Mrs. Grant took over for Mrs. Stoecker this week and will remain with us through the end of the year; it was awesome to see such a seamless transition! 

Our week, though short, will be full!  Students in third, fourth and fifth grade continue with the OAKS assessment.  Many students are putting the finishing touches on science fair projects.  OMSI will be here for a special assembly Thursday morning.  Our Science Fair is Thursday evening from 6:30-8:00pm.  In addition to amazing student projects, we’ll also have Hart’s Reptile World there with hands on activities for students.  Our teachers will host a special staff development workshop for five other schools on Friday.  Our Learn and Play Auction will be Saturday and kids continue to enjoy math and literacy learning, Music Workshop, Art Literacy and more! 

In preparation for our week we will have a work party in the gym on Wednesday afternoon at 2:15 to set up tables.  Volunteers are needed to help set up tables so that science projects can be displayed Thursday.  If you can help, let Grace Campbell know by emailing,  Our auction committee is hard at work making sure that all the last minute jobs are done.  You can see what jobs and time slots are open by visiting VolunteerSpot at  Many families are bringing treats for our Friday meeting but since we’ll host 100 people, we’ll gladly take additional donations.  Call Mrs. Zwetschke at school if we can count on you to bring something at 7:30am Friday. 

Last week, Esme represented Sexton Mountain School at the District Spelling Bee and won third place.  She will go on to represent our District at the Regional Spelling Bee.  At a recent assembly, Esme shared that she reads a lot so is familiar with many words.  We know that readers are leaders!  We are proud of Esme for her hard work!

Thank you for sharing your children with us!  It’s going to be a great week!

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, as well as current specialists, will be providing information regarding students' learning needs.  In addition, your information will be of great value in understanding individual needs for all of our students.  If you’d like to contribute, 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 for providing snacks for the staff at our March 18 staff meeting.
§  Thanks to Lindsay Link and Glenna Griffiths for putting labels on postcards.  Thanks also to all who volunteered to help with this job.
§  Thanks to the Peterson family for a generous donation of fabric for window coverings.
§  Thanks to Susie Wilson for donating items for our staff prize box.
§  Thanks to Diane Karim for running errands on short notice for us last week. 
§  Thanks to All American Eye Glass Repair for speedy service so that one of our students didn’t need to go without glasses for long.
§  Thanks to Reese H. for generously donating sugar-free gum.
§  Thanks to Lori Laraway, Meredith Potter, Karen Stratton, Holly, Nash and Pippa Heaver,  Toni Fisher, Susan Rehm, Mindi Smith, Darold and Jacob Brower, and several ISB students for being such amazing helpers for our school on Sunday.

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.
§  Teachers will have two team building activities during the upcoming weeks and we’d love donation of small prizes for a staff spirit prize basket to make these activities extra special for staff.  Gently used books, special office supplies, magazines, gift cards or any small treats will be put to good use.
§  Volunteer needed to iron and roll fabric for window coverings.  This is a job that can be done at 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.
§  Volunteers need to collate and count items for Earth Week into class sets.  Materials and directions can be sent home in backpack mail and must be returned by April 17.  Contact Mrs. CB if you’d like to do this project.
§  Donations of sugar free chewing gum would be appreciated for students to enjoy as they take the Oregon Statewide Assessment.  Some believe that chewing gum helps with concentration.  We note it also helps with attitude.  Feel free to send donations to the office to be distributed when kids test.

Upcoming Events
April-OAKS Statewide Assessment for 3-5th grade this month during technology class
April 10-Science Fair Set Up-2:15-3:05pm-Volunteers needed to set up tables
April 11-Science Fair Assembly (Thank you PTC!)
April 11-Project Set Up-Students and parents may set up project between 7:50-8:30am.  Students will continue to set up projects until 9:30.  Children may not enter the gym unless accompanied by an adult.
April 11-Science Fair and Family Science Night 6:30-8:00pm-Students will take home their science projects when they leave that evening so our volunteers can put away the tables.  Volunteers are needed at 8:00pm to help with clean up.
April 12-Staff Development Day-No School-Thanks to all who have volunteered to bring in snacks for the 90+ teachers we will be hosting on this special training day.
April 13-Learn and Play Auction
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 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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