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Monday, February 24, 2014

Art Fair, Talents, and Acts of Kindness-February 25, 2014

Dear Sexton Mt. Families:                                                                                                                                                         February 25, 2014

Students engaged in a range of activities during the Art Fair Friday night.  Students enjoyed guest artist Chris Purdin.  Thanks to Leisl Jeck for organizing such a great evening of learning and celebration for our students!  Thanks also to all the volunteers who helped with set up, volunteered at the stations and helped with clean up. 

We’ve had artists visit classrooms to SHARE A TALENT with students in classrooms this month too.  Recently, students in Mr. Tsakistos’ class were treated to a special presentation.  Mr. Zundel, also known that day as Will’s dad, SHARED A TALENT with students.  As a result of his time with them, they learned about animation.  They were also inspired to DREAM BIG!

“One thing that inspired me about Mr. Zundel’s presentation was how he did so many different and awesome jobs and that each one, though different, helped with the others.”  Emily

“When Mr. Zundel talked about helping with movies, it inspired me!” Meadow

“Barry Zundel inspired me!  When he was talking about how he tried to get a job at Pixar and how it took him about three years, I learned that I can be anything if I work hard and NEVER GIVE UP!”

“Will’s dad showed me that even the craziest dream can become real with a little hard work!”  Kaiya

We want every student to graduate from Beaverton schools with a wide range of options and be ready to THINK critically and creatively, KNOW master content,  ACT in a self-directed and collaborative way and be ready to GO into the world and navigate locally and globally.  Mr. Zundel’s presentation emphasized the importance of these skills for these students and reinforced the importance of hard work and perseverance.

On a different day, students in Mrs. Antich’s class had a special presentation about clothing design.  Cynthia Neely, also known as Christian and Chloe’s mom, taught students about designing clothing.  Students learned about form, function and special touches added to the clothing our Olympians are wearing.  Ask one of Mrs. Antich’s students about the secrets in the hockey jersey!  Again, kids learned about the importance of thinking critically and creatively, knowing master content, developing habits of mind to act in a self-directed and collaborative way, and navigate globally. 

Do YOU have talents to share with our students?  From high school students sharing enthusiasm about science to parents sharing passion about green living, we have a wide range of volunteers making a difference for our students.  The parents, grandparents, staff, siblings and community members investing in our future

In addition to inspiring our students, we also have community members keeping an eye out for our student’s safety.  When families report safety concerns to us, we act on the things we have control over.  For things happening off campus, we will pass concerns along to our Public Safety Office.   Recently, Mrs. Zwetschke found a link that might be helpful for families.  The link below should take you to the Beaverton Police Department site and a page where you can report traffic problems.  You can tell them what day(s), what time(s) and what the problem is (drop down menu includes "parking problem" for the problems on 155th).   

The many acts of kindness shown at our school on a regular basis are too numerous to count but we are going to try during the upcoming month.   When a kind act is noticed it will be recognized with a piece of string.  Recipients will be invited to add the string to the Kindness Wreath in the hallway near the Passport Club Bulletin Board just outside the office.  I’ll add pictures of the wreath to newsletters between now and spring break.  Already students are pointing out their strings as they describe the action that earned it.  Feel free to recognize kind acts at home with a string or ribbon too (about 6 inches in length).  Extra string is available in the office if you’d like to have a stash so you too can recognize kind acts when in the building. 

Our PTC has been hard at work preparing for the Jog-a-thon and Community 5K.  The Jog-a-thon is the major fundraiser for the PTC operating budget and the Community 5K and Wellness Expo is new this year.   PTC President Anna Grass has been involving community members and technology in new ways.    I am grateful for the many ways our community comes together to support students and learning. 

Thank you for sharing your children and talents with us!


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

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 Leisl Jeck for an AWESOME ART NIGHT.  Thanks also to those who helped with set up, clean up and everything in between.
  • §  Thanks to Safeway and Sports Authority for generous donations to our 5K.
  • §  Thanks to Jenny Tan for making awesome math posters for our kids.
  • §  Thanks to Mr. Zundel and Mrs. Neely for SHARING A TALENT with our students.  Kids learned about clothing design and animation!
  • §  Thanks to Holly Medell for creating signs in the library to help our readers find good-fit books. Also, many thanks for her generous donations of books and time in the library to help our students. We are so lucky to have her!

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 are needed daily from 11:50-12:10 to serve as mentors and homework completion encouragers. Loving, encouraging helpers can make extra practice fun!
       Volunteers are needed daily from 8:05-8:25 to read with students.  Loving, encouraging listeners can make reading practice fun!
       Donations of hand sanitizer will be put to good use in our computer lab.  Please send donations to the office or computer lab.
       Donations for our teachers’ projects are still appreciated! 
·          The Lost and Found has a growing number of items.  Please check it often.
·          The school directory is intended for Sexton Mountain Family use only. 
·          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 (503-259-7635) before 8:30am.
·          Dogs are not allowed on school property when students are present.
·          If you pick up your child behind the school, please do not use our neighbors’ driveways to turn around. 
Upcoming Events (bold items have been recently added)
§  February 26-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 7-PTC’s Jog-a-thon
§  March 8-PTC’s Kids and Community 5K-Register at
§  March 10-No-School-Budget Reduction Day
§  March 13-PTC Meeting-9:30-10:30am in the Cafeteria
§  March 13-Kindergarten Orientation-5:15-6:15pm
§  March 13-One School, One Book Family Literacy Night-6:30-7:30pm
§  March 14-No School-Grading Day
§  March 17-Author Visit for 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade Students
§  March 17-Barnes and Noble Bridgeport -Author Presentation by Lincoln Pierce and Book Fair-5:30pm
§  March 19-Passport Club Check Day
§  March 24-28- No School-Spring Break

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