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Monday, June 3, 2013

Summer Fun, Open Book Room, Battle of the Books Titles, and More-June 4, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                 

The teenage boys in the backseat of my car Friday night studied their data sheets.  They excitedly were talking about scores and how to improve performance.  They talked about averages, how they had improved since the last time and what they were going to do to get better.  One talked about practice, slowing down and being intentional verses rushing through.  The boys discussed when they could get together for practice and how they could support one another’s strengths and weaknesses.  They planned their research (learning from experts) and were so excited about getting better. If they had been talking about schoolwork instead of laser tag, I am sure I would have been over the moon.   I love to hear kids excited about what they are doing.

One of my favorite parts about summer is that kids can be encouraged to explore their interests.  As I spent my Friday evening driving teenage boys around Beaverton, I realized that music, photography, marine biology, and Kendamo were just a few of my son’s interests.  If I am creative, I might be able to link reading, writing, math and research to these over the summer.   Have you thought about how you will encourage your child to read, write or math problem solve during the vacation to keep the summer slide from happening?

As I visited Ms. Martin’s class Monday afternoon, kids were talking about math, problem solving and accuracy.  Triads around the room encouraged, analyzed and celebrated the success of partners as they went.  Having opportunities to explore mathematical thinking and discuss learning with a peer develop vocabulary and builds a bank of strategies.  Have you considered summer play dates where board games can build these skills too?   Ms. Hunt’s students have been sharing imaginative stories with me this week and it’s a delight to see how creative students can be.  I hope students will continue to write over the summer as well.

Throughout the summer, our book and math game resource room next to the stage will be open every TUESDAY from 10:00-11:00am.  Families are welcome to come and borrow just right books and/or math games for home use.  Check out is done entirely on the honor system so take items home, use them then return them. 

Great things are happening at Sexton Mountain and will continue in the upcoming weeks as our goal is to finish strong.  Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Take Care,

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

Thank you!
o   Thank you to the family of Kaela Chang for the generous donation of a toaster!
o   Thanks to Kelly Jackson for the volunteering to bring a little Sparky Spirit to our June 13 assembly.
o   Thanks to Rachel Cillo for taking inventory of all our textbooks.  We will make sure we have enough for our kids then share books with other schools around the district.
o   Thank you to the 5th Grade Party Planning team and all of our 5th Grade students for the generous gift of Explorer Books to our school library.  This is a gift to the school that will be used for years to come. 

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.
§  We would love to have small, pocket-sized packets of tissues for recess duty bags for the upcoming year.  If you have these small packs of tissues to donate, we would love to put them to good use send them to the office.
§  We would LOVE donations of large scraps fabric or sheets to use to cover the library books shelves over the summer.  Please send fabric to Ms. Kimball in the library.
§  We would LOVE donations of plastic magazine type boxes or shoebox sized plastic tubs for book organizing.

Summer Reading Suggestions-Battle of the Books for Grades-3-5
Abraham Lincoln by Mary Pope Osbourne
Birchbark House by Louise Erdich
Clementine by Sara Pennypacker
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff
Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins
Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
Into the Firestorm by Deborah Hopkinson
Kenny and the Dragon by Tony DiTerlizzi
Marty McGuire by Kate Messner
Pie by Sara Weeks
Dear Mr. Henshaw by Beverly Cleary
The Tale of Despereaus by Kate DiCamillo
Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff
Waiting for the Magic by Patricia MacLachlan
Who was Neil Armstrong by Roberat Edwards
Young Fredle by Cynthia Voigt

Upcoming Events
June 4-3rd Gr. Field Trip
June 7-PTC meeting -- 9:30 am
June 7-Field Day-PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Email if you can help.
June 7-4th Grade Human Growth and Development Lesson-Materials available for preview in office.
June 12-Mt. Guide picnic
June 13- Assembly at 8:35am-Students will go to class to drop off stuff then go to the assembly.
June 13-5th grade party at Conestoga Rec Center
June 13-Last day of school
August 29-Ice Cream Social-Time to be determined

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