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Monday, December 16, 2013

Doors, Play Structures, Learning and Gratitude-December 17, 2013

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:


As I visited classrooms this week it was certainly fun to watch kids at work!  First graders were analyzing the conclusions of different books to see how these “mentor texts” wrapped things up.  Other first graders were retelling stories using pictures for the story to put ideas in order.  In fifth grade, students used the strategy of generating a list of questions a reader might have in order to consider which details need to be added to work.  In another class, students were survey one another.  Our students are learning to think critically and creatively at all levels!  GREAT things are indeed happening in our school!

If you’ve been by the school lately you likely know that the talk here seems to be around the change of location for the unlocked entry door.  In order for office staff to more easily see people as they enter, the unlocked door has changed a bit.  Please look for the door with the green sign. 

If you haven’t been to school but have talked to our students, you likely know that students are very excited about the addition to the big toy.  Thank to David Harrison, Cynthia Neely and Roger Hill plus the other volunteers for getting the final piece of the playground big toy install this weekend.  The bridge makes it so that kids can go all the way around the toy without touching the ground.


In addition to the door and the bridge, students learned about the Winter Break Reading Challenge in library this week.  Look for the snowflake sheet and keep track of how much time your child spends reading.  Kids can return the sheet by January 10 for a small treat.    I look forward to tackling the stack of books on my nightstand over the break!  I hope your family enjoys great books too!

As we wrap up 2013 I look back with a heart filled with gratitude.  The Sexton Mountain community has been so generous with time and materials and as a result, our students have benefited.  Our PTC has purchased iPads and the new play structure and our students use each daily.  We have countless volunteers working from home and at school so that our students will have a great learning experience.  The Sexton staff works tirelessly to make each day positive for students.  I am grateful to serve in a community where so many come together for kids!  Thanks for all you’ve done to make 2013 awesome!  Have a restful vacation and a Happy New Year!

Fondly,

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

THANK YOU-We are so lucky to have an active and involved community willing to do special things for our kids.  When we work together, our kids benefit.
  • §  Thanks to ISB student Nezar Awad and Mason Lunz for organizing all of the boxes for the canned food drive and for keeping things organized.
  • §  Thanks to the Isenhart family for Kerig coffee for our staff.  What a treat!!


Wish List-These are things or jobs that make a difference to our kids, teachers or school. Send in items or let Mrs. CB know if you can volunteer.
       Volunteers to help with our Canfield (Senior Citizen) Lunch Buddies on the last Thursday of every month from 11:15-12:15 as they have lunch with our second and third graders.  We need helpers on December 19.
       Mr. Miller would like tripods to mount ipads for students to use in PE.  They are using really cool apps to analyze performance but we need more tripods.  If you have a sturdy tripod to donate, please send it in.
       Donations for our teachers donorschoose.org projects. 
 
Reminders
  • ·          Pedestrians should cross 155th with the crossing guard at Sexton Mountain and 155th.   Thanks!
  • ·          If your child will be late or absent, please call the attendance line before 8:30am (when messages are checked each day).  

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